Peaceful North Iowa Escape at Red Cedar Lodge – Charles City, Iowa

Time for some brutal honesty. When I told friends I was going on a trip to Iowa for a few days earlier this month I heard a lot of "Iowa? Really?". Yes, REALLY! While many of us here in Minnesota might consider Iowa a place to drive through on the beginning of our road trips elsewhere, or those more … [Read more...]

Universal Orlando Fun Under 54″ – The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley

When mentioning to people that our family was looking forward to heading back to Universal Orlando this summer as part of Family Forward, I usually heard the responses of "So cool!" or "How fun!" But, I sometimes heard responses similar to  "I don't like roller coasters" or "Our kids are too little … [Read more...]

Mankato Weekend Family Travel Fun

I have spent well over half my life living in Minnesota, but for some reason have never made a weekend trip to Mankato. What's up with that? Like many in the Twin Cities area, I never really realized how close Mankato is (about 80 miles from Minneapolis) or the fact that it's our fifth largest city … [Read more...]

Top Spots in the U.S. for Fall Foliage

As the crisp weather moves in and the hot weather moves out, the leaves start to change colors. This is one of my favorite parts of the season. The yellow, orange and red leaves can make a spectacular sight! But where do you catch the best fall colors? Here are a few of the top spots in the U.S. for … [Read more...]

Travel Entertainment on the Go: Amazon Fire Tablet

Our whole family loves to  travel. Whether it is a short weekend trip by car or a longer vacation by air, we're always ready to go! My husband and I like to take long road trips where we alternate the driving (although he usually ends up doing a lot more of it!) In recent years we have also been … [Read more...]

Celebrating Valleyfair’s First 40 Fun Years!

Valleyfair has gone through a LOT of changes over the 40 years since it first opened in 1976, but one thing that has remained the same is that it is a lot of FUN!!  Earlier this summer I shared the story about the very first time I went to Valleyfair, which was during its opening year (yes, that … [Read more...]

7 Great Things to See in Gretna Louisiana

If you've ever watched a movie set in the city of New Orleans and marveled at the beautiful shot of the city across the water that view is from Gretna, Louisiana. The next time you visit New Orleans, head across the river to Gretna not only for that beautiful view but for everything else historic … [Read more...]

Ways to Save Money on Flights

Traveling can be stressful in and of itself. Especially when your travels cost you an arm and a leg. Traveling by air has been the most efficient mode ever since its invention. It has also remained as one of the most expensive ways to travel. But there are a couple little known secret ways to save … [Read more...]

Summer Adventure TShirts and Plaid – Fashion on the Road

It's time to hit the road for a summer adventure! The long summer days and free weekends are the perfect time for camping or a summer road  trip. This morning I'm headed off on a road trip to Mankato in the southern part of Minnesota. I haven't visited there before (beyond a few hours) and can't … [Read more...]

Valleyfair: Making Memories with Family Fun

Valleyfair is celebrating its 40-year anniversary. Since I so vividly remember the very first year Valleyfair opened, that 40-year mark makes me feel pretty darn old, but it also makes me reflect on happy memories as we add brand new ones. When Valleyfair first opened in Shakopee Minnesota in … [Read more...]

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