10 Ways Marietta, Ohio Is so Much More than its Tomatoes

10 Ways Marietta, Ohio Is so Much More than its Tomatoes

If you live anywhere in Ohio, you know about Marietta tomatoes. The perfect shade of tomato red, sweet, and hearty, they’ve definitely put the city on the produce map. But what’s the draw when it’s not Marietta Tomato season? On a recent trip to the city I discovered 10 reasons why Marietta, Ohio is so much more than its famous tomatoes. I’ve passed by Marietta, Ohio dozens of times in my travels with the hope that one day I’d get to visit the quaint city in person. My seventh grade Ohio…

Off the Beaten Path: 14 Ohio Hidden Gems

Off the Beaten Path: 14 Ohio Hidden Gems

Living in Ohio has its advantages. One, the state is only about six hours wide via road trip so you can allow plenty of time for pit stops. Two, being a Midwestern state has its benefits (no extreme weather conditions!). And three? There’s plenty of hidden gems. Once you stray way from the major cities, there’s plenty of off the beaten path attractions to discover. Here’s 14 Ohio hidden gems you need to check out when visiting the Buckeye State. 1. and 2. So Creepy It’s Downright Cool If you’re…

Top Indoor Columbus, Ohio Activities to Beat the Cold

Top Indoor Columbus, Ohio Activities to Beat the Cold

In our Midwest winters, we do get a handful of days that make me want to throw my boots and a jacket on and head outdoors. Then there are the rest of them: cold, blustery, and mainly downright willful to keep me and The Kid inside all day. Once we’ve tired of watching Netflix and playing video games (yes, I’m terrible at them but they’re still fun!), we want to get out of the house and enjoy fun, indoor activities. Activities that keep both our health up and minds sharp….

Quirky (But Cool!) Ohio New Year’s Eve Ball-Dropping Ceremonies

Quirky (But Cool!) Ohio New Year’s Eve Ball-Dropping Ceremonies

A few years ago, my go-to New Year’s Eve celebration of choice was to hop into my jammies, grab a few snacks, and try to stay awake until the ball dropped in Times Square. Lately, I’ve found a reason to stay out and party with my family (yes, there are plenty of family-friendly New Year’s parties in my area!). One of my favorite ways is to hunt down unusual ball-dropping ceremonies and, it turns, out Ohio has some quirky and cool ones. Looking for a reason to stay out of…

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…

Why Burr Oak Lodge Is The Perfect Melding of Relaxation and Activity

Why Burr Oak Lodge Is The Perfect Melding of Relaxation and Activity

Our third and final stop on our giant Great Ohio Lodges road trip (Hueston Woods and Shawnee came before it!) found us headed back towards home- and to Burr Oak Lodge & Conference Center. Centered around Burr Oak Lake, the views of the Ohio State Park and so many family-friendly activities that we were kept pleasantly occupied, the lodge is a perfect respite for folks looking to have a laid back vacation with the opportunity to get out there and enjoy nature. Disclosure: I was graciously hosted by Shawnee Lodge…

Beautifully Away and Unplugged at Shawnee Lodge

Beautifully Away and Unplugged at Shawnee Lodge

Stop two on our tour of all three Great Ohio Lodges was Shawnee Lodge & Conference Center and very different from Hueston Woods Lodge & Conference Center. The Kid and I learned all about relaxing and unplugging- and even what it’s like to swim in the middle of a 63,000 acre forest! Disclosure: I was graciously hosted by Shawnee Lodge & Conference Center to give you fine folks the scoop on what makes it so much fun for families. I was not asked to state a particular point of view…

Heading to SouthPark Mall in Strongsville? Check out The Rail Restaurant

Heading to SouthPark Mall in Strongsville? Check out The Rail Restaurant

Getting asked and saying yes to check out a preview of The Rail Restaurant in Strongsville, Ohio has been an August highlight for this foodie family. We hung out with other foodie writers and family staff members, enjoyed the fun, friendly atmosphere, and sampled a variety of what the restaurant has to offer its guests. It was a foodie lovers dream- and one of those dreams that you don’t want to wake up straight way. First thing’s first: The Rail is Ohio proud! All we had to do is look around to…

Summer at Gervasi Vineyard: A Lesson in Relaxation

Summer at Gervasi Vineyard: A Lesson in Relaxation

Living out of a suitcase definitely has it perks (we get to see the country and never tire of our house!) but there are times when all we want to do is relax and enjoy each other’s company, you know? A recent trip to Gervasi Vineyard in Canton, Ohio let us do that and so much more- all with Italian flavor and style. Gervasi Vineyard Guest Suite Overview Yay for gorgeous summer days, especially when we encounter them during our travels. Mr. Locke and I packed our suitcases once again…

How Cleveland Clinic Children’s Is Helping Kids (& Parents) Everyday

How Cleveland Clinic Children’s Is Helping Kids (& Parents) Everyday

Photo Credit: Russell Lee Photos This post was sponsored by Cleveland Clinic Children’s as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. All thoughts and opinions are my own. I have a teen daughter. She gets sick on occasion (I’m super lucky that she’s healthy most of the time) but the causes are generally easy to remedy. If a time were to come that they weren’t, you can bet Cleveland Clinic Children’s would be on our short list of hospitals to make a beeline for should an issue arise. We have dealt…