Channeling My Inner Barista with Ninja Coffee Bar® – And Giveaway!

Channeling My Inner Barista with Ninja Coffee Bar® – And Giveaway!

This post was created in partnership with Ninja Coffee Bar ® System. I received complimentary products and compensation to facilitate my review, but all opinions within are my own. When it comes to more-than-basic coffee drinks, we’re absolutely guilty of standing in line at our local coffee hangs for a taste of something special.  I love all of the fun coffee combinations that our baristas can make and blend which makes me wanting those same amazing styles when I get home. Happily, now instead of bundling up and running out for flavored…

DIY Mickey Ornaments: Easy & Affordable – No Gluing!

DIY Mickey Ornaments: Easy & Affordable – No Gluing!

I like to consider myself crafty. I’m decent with a hot glue gun, love to find inspiration in our local craft stores, and am always on the hunt for simple (and affordable!) holiday make-it-yourself gifts. On a recent visit to Walt Disney World, the fam and I hit Disney Springs for a morning of shopping and popped into Disney’s Days of Christmas where it’s always a jolly holiday. We checked out the Mickey head ornaments – and then looked at the price. Yikes! Knowing I could make them for 10%…

Things We Love | November 2016 Edition

Things We Love | November 2016 Edition

There was so much to be thankful for this month! We spent time on the road traveling back and forth to a few of our favorite cities and spent plenty of time at home with loved ones and relatives. We felt the Eastern Ohio/Western Pennsylvania weather change from only needing a light sweater to needing heavy coats, hats, and mittens. Yep, mittens. We shopped ’til we dropped – but not on Black Friday. Actually, there were plenty of deals on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving! And while we’re so grateful to…

Four Weeks of Giving Back: Holiday Giveaway #1 Is for the Preschool Kiddos!

Four Weeks of Giving Back: Holiday Giveaway #1 Is for the Preschool Kiddos!

My family and I have been blessed this year. We’ve traveled by plane, train, and automobile, met new friends and touched base with old ones, and along the way, have collected items that we’d love to give to others. So this year I started a “Giving Back” box and we’ve been filling it with toys, games, stuffed animals – you name it. Holiday giveaway 1 is just for the kiddos before they hit school and is perfect for kids ages 18 months to over three. My first thought was to…

Ohio Chinese Lantern Festival: Traditional Beauty & Culture in Columbus

Ohio Chinese Lantern Festival: Traditional Beauty & Culture in Columbus

If  there’s one thing I know is true regarding Chinese lanterns it’s this: I’ve always been fascinated with the mystery and beauty of them. As a child, I remember watching lantern festivals on the tele and thinking that I’d love to be apart of a festival one day. What started out as practicality (using paper lanterns to keep flames from going out) turned into tradition. That tradition evolved into both paper and silk forms in homes and on the streets for lighting and eventually made its way over to North…

How to Do Major Holidays at Walt Disney World

How to Do Major Holidays at Walt Disney World

When it comes to the major holidays at Walt Disney World there’s one thing I always hear: it’s too crowded to enjoy attractions. The second thing that’s always brought up is the increase in prices for peak seasons. Is there a way to enjoy the holiday fun in the parks without breaking the bank and losing your sanity? You betcha. Rope Drop Is the Way to Begin the Day You’ll want to hit the turnstile area well before the park opens, aka rope drop. Not only will you be the first…

Top Pittsburgh Holiday Light Displays | 2016

Top Pittsburgh Holiday Light Displays | 2016

When I was a kid, getting all bundled up to hop in the car with my family and check out Christmas lights was an annual tradition. Mind you, I lived on a military base in Northern Maine so when I write bundled up I really mean bundled up.  Driving from house to house, mouth gaped open, is one of those happy Christmas memories I’ll never forget. This year, Pittsburgh has so many twinkling spots to check out lights so compiling a list of our favorite places was hard! Here’s the…

Columbus Holiday Guide | 2016

Columbus Holiday Guide | 2016

There’s a reason that Ohio’s capitol sits almost perfectly in the center of the state: so all of its residents have easy access! If you’ve never visited Columbus, Ohio, you really need to start planning a trip. If you’ve never visited during the holidays? You’re really missing out on the merriment!  Beginning on November 18, 2016 Columbus holiday events are not to be missed! Check out our 9 favorite reasons to head into the city for the holiday fun this year for this year’s Columbus Holiday Guide. Franklin Park Conservatory From November 19 through…

5 Easy Steps for Traditional Holiday Decorating

5 Easy Steps for Traditional Holiday Decorating

My home reminds me of the Disney park process when it comes to holiday decorating: the autumn and Halloween decorations are put away the same day that the Christmas decorations go up. I’ve been doing it this way for so long it’s a seamless transition and one that I truly look forward to every year. This year I partnered with Boscov’s to show you how easy it is to decorate for the holidays using something old and something new. Sounds like a marriage, right? Actually, it is if you think…

Which Pittsburgh Hotel Fits Your Travel Style?

Which Pittsburgh Hotel Fits Your Travel Style?

You know we never need an excuse to visit Pittsburgh, and when it involves spending the night my bags are already packed, the car’s all gassed up, and we’re ready to enjoy our big city. And, while we’ve never had a bad experience at a Downtown Pittsburgh hotel, your travel style may very well determine which hotel you should choose. Ready for a Pittsburgh hotel compatibility test? We narrowed it down for you to give you the scoop on which Pittsburgh hotel fits your travel style! Hip and Relaxed If…