The hot air balloons in New Mexico

Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta – 28 Tips for Your First Trip


The most photographed event in the World takes place during the first half of October every year, and it’s something that every family should try to attend at least once.  This colorful event is the International Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Just think about how excited your kids get when they see a hot air balloon floating in the…

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Stillwater, Minnesota – Top Five Adventures For The Whole Family


Is your family ready to visit a Minnesota city that serves up the biggest ice cream cone you’ll ever eat?  Are your kids ready to walk across bridges, go bike riding, or just take a walk while shopping on Main Street?  Or is your family wanting to spend the afternoon at a one of a kind playground?  If they say…

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The final result of the cook the cover challenge cooking light

Cook the Cover – I Think We’re Getting Good at This!


Well, it’s time for another Cook the Cover Challenge.  This is our fifth Cook the Cover, and I think we’ve done pretty good so far!  Dare I say that this challenge has been easier than I thought?  Or did I just jinx myself?  This month’s Cook the Cover – Cooking Light magazine was a fairly simple one, and healthy, and…

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Totogatic campground in northwest wisconsin

Your Guide to the Best Public Campgrounds in Northwest Wisconsin


It’s summer in Wisconsin, and that means it’s camping season.  We are pretty lucky in Wisconsin because a lot of the best campgrounds are located near water.  You can camp within steps of Lake Superior, fantastic fishing and swimming lakes, or rivers.  There’s even a bonus that some of the campgrounds offer….waterfalls!  We have a lot of experience camping in…

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US Hockey Hall of Fame in Eveleth MN

A Look Inside the US Hockey Hall of Fame


While driving thru many of the small towns in Northern Minnesota, you’ll notice they have one thing in common. That one thing is an outdoor hockey rink. Some towns have multiple rinks so there’s ice time for everyone, and some towns have rinks with boards that have bordered the ice for generations. Winters can be pretty tough in Northern Minnesota,…

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family adventures in St. Paul Minnesota

St. Paul, Minnesota – Top Five Adventures For The Whole Family


When was the last time your family visited a new destination, such as, a park, museum, or main street, and then talked about it for days?  When was the last time everyone went to a new restaurant, the family cook cooked a new recipe, or you did a little taste test of some new goodies that you picked up at…

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The kids area at the water park at great wolf lodge in bloomington minnesota

A Look Inside the Great Wolf Lodge in Bloomington Minnesota


If you live in the upper Midwest, you have probably heard that there is now a Great Wolf Lodge in Bloomington Minnesota.  Actually, there are Great Wolf Lodges popping up all over the country.  These water park destinations are full of family fun and traditions, but a stay there can come at a steep price.  But still, you’re a little…

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How to save money on souvenirs at great wolf lodge

Great Wolf Lodge – 16 Easy Ways to Save Money on Your Trip


Is a trip to a Great Wolf Lodge water park looming in your family’s future?  Did the kids see the commercials on tv and now think it’s the best place in the world, while all you see is the money flying out of your wallet? After a while, you start to realize that it does look like a lot of…

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The boardwalk at the Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve

A Guide to the Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve in Ft. Myers Florida


Imagine your family walking through a jungle-like setting in Florida.  Suddenly, someone spots a gator laying in the morning sun!  A few moments later, someone else hears a creature walking through the underbrush and a wild hog appears!  While even further down the path, you see some birds unlike any you’ve ever seen outside your living room window!  Are you…

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