10,000 Reasons Why you Need to Visit this Ohio Leaf Peeping Spot this Fall

Rose Lake in Hocking Hills, Ohio. Photo Credit: Amy Weirick

If you’re looking for reasons to visit Ohio this autumn, leaf peeping should be at the top of your list. And, when it comes to Ohio leaf peeping, it’s an hour south of Columbus to an outdoor-lover’s dream location. From cavernous hikes to inspiring views, Hocking Hills is the place to be for autumn leaf peeping. 10,000 Reasons to Visit Hocking Hills in Fall When it comes to unbroken forest, Hocking Hills, Ohio has 10,000 acres of it! There’s cool lodging options including sleeping in a restored caboose near Ash…

HalloWeekends 2017 at Cedar Point: The Good, the Bad, and the Spooky

HalloWeekends 2017 at Cedar Point Fright Lane pass

Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio, is the roller coaster capital of the world, no disputing the fact. But, when summer’s over, the park turns into a Halloween fun spot: kid-friendly by day and hauntingly fun by night. Last weekend, we had the pleasure of checking out opening weekend for HalloWeekends 2017. What we found was a delightful mix of family entertainment and a cast of creepers good enough to scare the pants off folks. Add those two together and it’s an ideal weekend for this family! Here’s the scoop –…

Off the Beaten Path Travel: Why Ruidoso, NM Is on my Bucket list

Ruidoso, New Mexico Alto Lake

When it comes to traveling, I love off-the-beaten-path destinations. And this gal, used to a moderate climate, would rather visit destinations where I don’t feel like I’m melting, you know? I recently discovered a good one, Ruidoso, New Mexico, and learned about just what makes it so fun for families, couples, solo travel -you name it. Here’s why you need to consider a visit to Ruidoso, NM, especially when you want to escape the heat! This sponsored post featuring reasons why you need to visit Ruidoso, New Mexico is sponsored…

Four Reasons to “Fall” for Fort Wayne, Indiana

fall events in Fort Wayne: Downtown Fort Wayne, Indiana in fall

Have you visited Fort Wayne, Indiana? True, it’s full of family-friendly spots any time of year, but add autumn into its mix and it’s the recipe for fun! Looking for some Midwest autumn fun? From zombie invasions to zoo boos, here’s four fall events in Fort Wayne you’ll want to check out. I can never resist a good pun, so “falling” for Fort Wayne, Indiana is fun on so many levels. I had the pleasure of visiting the city this year and fell in love with its cool, family-friendly vibe and…

Outdoor Activities in Charlotte, NC: US National Whitewater Center

US National Whitewater Center Rafting

When it comes to summer travel, I love to visit a city and submerge myself in the culture. I especially love to do what the locals do, go where they go, and eat where they eat. I want to have the full-on local experience. So, when it comes to outdoor activities in Charlotte, NC, where do the locals go for affordable fun? The US National Whitewater Center! Here’s the scoop on why you need to make time for USNWC on your next visit to the Queen City. US National Whitewater…

How to Snack on Road Trips: 5 Deliciously Easy Tips

How to snack on road trips

This how to snack on road trips post is sponsored by Acorn Influence  for Yoplait Multipacks. All opinions are my own!  #Yoplait #MomOn AD As a family that is constantly road tripping, fast food and convenient store snacks can only go so far before we’re craving better options. And, while junk food is the easy route, we’ve learned what to pack in our snack bags to keep us energized and ready to visit our next destination. Here’s my best tips for how to snack on road trips! 1. Make a List Before…

Back to School with South Hills Village Mall: What’s Hot for 2017

South Hills Village Disney Store

I love mall shopping. And, while that could be an entirely different story, one of the reasons is that I get to spend time with my teen daughter. The Kid and I got down to back-to-school-shopping business on a recent visit to South Hills Village Mall in Pittsburgh, PA. We hunted for bargains and necessary items, but what we ended up doing the most was having fun! Here’s the scoop on what’s hot for back to school in 2017! We had such a fun time partnering with the folks at…

10 Classic Rides at Kennywood Park You Must Ride at Least Once

Kennywood Park Entrance Arch

If you live near Pittsburgh, there’s a good chance you’ve probably visited Kennywood Park a time or two – or 12. The theme park in West Mifflin is filled with old-school rides that true park enthusiasts adore and kids love compliments of the fun factor. But, if you really want a classic experience, these ones are must-dos. Here’s 10 classic rides at Kennywood Park that you must ride at least once – and a bonus! 1. Turtle Even if you ride Turtle for the view alone, it’s absolutely worth it.…

Simple Ways to Make Road Trips Fun!

Road trip tips

My family? We’re seasoned road trippers. We spend hundreds of hours every year on the road and I relish the time. And, while it’s mainly sunshine and roses, there are times when the hours become barely tolerable, particularly when we can’t take anymore radio tunes or playing “I Spy”. It’s those times that we look for easy ways to keep ourselves happy and occupied, and over the years we’ve come up with some good ones. Here’s my favorite simple ways to make road trips fun. This post is sponsored by BabbleBoxx.com on…

Wayne County, Ohio: 6 Delicious Reasons to Visit

Pine Tree Barn Strawberry Salad Wayne County Ohio.

There’s no way to visit Wooster, Ohio and not check out what Wayne County has to offer in regards to dining options. I had the pleasure of taste testing everything from Amish desserts to cheese and everything in between on a recent visit, so these are six delicious reasons to make a visit to Wayne County, Ohio – and my favorite picks for foodie lovers. 1. The Granary Restaurant at Pine Tree Barn How’s this for a setting? A gorgeous, outdoor patio overlooking a Christmas tree farm, lake, and valley.…