Gifts for Him: A Creative 2017 Holiday Gift Guide for Men

What do you get for the man in your life that has everything this holiday season? This is the question I’ve been faced with for Mr. Locke, the man who has basically everything. But no longer, my friends. I sat down with him and asked what his favorite products have been for 2017. You know, the products he’d happily purchase again? Once he started thinking, it was easy to steamroll his loves and favorites. Here’s our 2017 Holiday Gift Guide for men and what they want – no socks or…

Pittsburgh Holiday Guide | 2017

Pittsburgh Holiday Guide

  Families all bundled up whirling their way around a giant Christmas tree surrounded by the clippity-clop of horse hooves. Kids staring at the sky, mouths gaped open in awe of the tens of thousands of Christmas lights. A German Market and fireworks lighting up the night. Can you picture it? Every holiday season, Pittsburgh goes all out and sets this picturesque scene for its visitors and residents. Beginning November 17th and spanning from Point State Park to Kennywood Park, Pittsburgh holiday events are not to be missed! Check out our…

Farm to Table and Back: Agricultural Lessons in Cabarrus County, NC

Hickory Ridge High School Cafe 805 Cabarrus County, NC

While there’s plenty of reasons to visit Cabarrus County, NC (hello, Charlotte Motor Speedway!), the reason for my last visit was out of my comfort zone. A confessed indoor girl, I wanted to get down and dirty on the farm – literally. With a farm to table renaissance all over the country, I also was ready to find out more about the new-age farmers popping up and why they’re changing professions. So, curiosity got the best of me at Travel Media Showcase 2017. That curiosity turned into a deeper love…

How to Pace Yourself at Central Florida Theme Parks: Must-Do Tips

Cinderella Castle Fountain

#Advertisement I received compensation from Dr. Scholl’s® to write this post. All opinions are entirely my own. #CustomFitRelief #DrScholls Whether my family drove or flew to Central Florida, the second I saw those famous theme park gates I wanted to hit the ground running! After a couple of days, I started to think maybe that wasn’t a good idea. At the end of the vacation, I DEFINITELY knew we should have slowed our pace a bit. It took only a couple of visits to realize that pacing ourselves was the…

How to Keep Your Cat Happy on Road Trips: 5 Successful Tips

How to keep your cat happy on road trips back seat

This shop on how to keep your cat happy on road trips has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #ProtectFromPetMess #SeasonalSolutions #CollectiveBias If you have a pet cat and have taken it in the car, you can totally relate to what I’m about to tell you. I have several rescue kitties and they seem perfectly content in the back seat for about 30 seconds. After that, they’re all about exploring, wailing, and making messes! But, with age and plenty of road trips…

6 Must Know Things about Phantom Fright Nights 2017

phantom fright nights cornstalks

Sure, I’ve started celebrating Halloween since the beginning of September (I need at least two full months of the holiday fun!) and last weekend was no exception. A visit to Kennywood Park’s Phantom Fright Nights was just what I needed to really ramp up the Halloween fun! From the haunts to the scare zones, here’s what you need to know about Phantom Fright Nights 2017 – and how to save $10 on tickets. Phantom Fright Nights 2017 You know I’m one to never resist a good Halloween scare, so a…

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…