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bentleyville tour of lights in duluth mn

Bentleyville Tour of Lights – 25 Tips for Your First Trip


Is your family ready to get into the Christmas spirit?  Well, there’s no better way to do that than to visit the Bentleyville Tour of Lights in Duluth, Minnesota.  How many lights are there?  Only four million!  Bentleyville is the largest walk through light display in the US that is free!  There’s Christmas music playing, Santa Claus listening to little…

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bucket list visit to the beach

How to Complete Your Bucket List in One Easy Step


So how are you doing on your bucket list?  Are you living out your dreams and crossing off those bucket list items?  Or are you just dreaming about those grand adventures on your bucket list, and thinking someday you’ll do that or go there?  Is your bucket list written down on paper or just in your head?  Are you insanely…

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jumping in leaves is one of the fall activities for family fun

20 Fall Activities for Family Fun


Summer is over, the weather is cooler, and the kids are getting settled into school.  Your weeks have likely been filled with sports, meetings, homework, and the same old daily routine.  That’s what fall is all about, right?  Everyone is preparing for the long winter ahead, and already longing for the lazy days of summer.  Wait!  Fall is the perfect…

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The colorful Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta

Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta – What You Can Expect to See Your First Time There


Wow!  My kids and I just returned from the most colorful weekend ever!  We spent a few days in Albuquerque and Santa Fe, New Mexico and had a fantastic time!  The words colorful and Albuquerque don’t usually go together do they?  Isn’t everything brown there?  Well, mostly yes, but not during the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta! This nine day festival takes…

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Wood-fired pizza in Seward Brewery

Where to Eat in Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula


Once you know where you are going, where you are staying, and how you are going to get there, it’s time to start planning where to eat in Alaska!  The food we eat and the restaurants we visit while traveling, are a big part of our vacations.  Our family is always talking about certain meals long after we have returned…

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river rafting family fun in alaska

Fun Things to do With Kids in Alaska – Kenai Peninsula


When I told people that we were going to Alaska this summer, I was asked two questions.  The first question was “Are you taking a cruise?” and the second question was “Are the kids going?”.  I guess I wasn’t too surprised by the cruise question, because a lot of people do visit Alaska while on a cruise.  The second question…

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Visit a State Park for a Day of Family Fun


Are you wondering what to do when you get that day of perfect weather in the summer, that first warm day in the spring, or that last kind-of-warm weekend in the fall?  Where can you go when all you want to do is be outdoors, do some hiking, have a picnic, let the kids run around, and enjoy the scenery? …

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Rocky Mountain National Park Mills Lake

25 Tips For Your First Visit to Rocky Mountain National Park


While you are on vacation in a national park, you want everything to go smoothly.  You don’t want crowded hiking trails, full parking lots, zero wildlife in sight, or to waste any time driving around trying to figure out what to do.  You also don’t want to miss anything, right?  As a regular visitor to Rocky Mountain National Park, I’m…

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Surprise glacier from boat tour Whittier Alaska

First Experiences From our Family Vacation to Alaska


Wow!  That sums up our family vacation to Alaska in one word!  All of our planning really paid off, and we had a fantastic trip!  Alaska is beautiful, unexpected, unique and full of fun for the whole family.  I heard the expression “that was a first” more than once!  Now that we are home and trying to get back into…

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Visiting with the animals at the state fair

Tips for a Fun Day at the State Fair


Has your family ever been to a state fair?  If not, now is the time!  A state fair is something that everyone should experience at least once, just for the crazy over the top food!  State fairs really are a good mix of learning and fun.  There are plenty of agricultural exhibits and just as many rides and games.  Most…

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