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How to Make the Most of Your Road Trip with Teens
Growing up, I was not lucky enough to go on family vacations. We were dirt poor. My mother was a teen mom and the only time I was lucky enough to go on a “trip” was to go up north to my aunt and uncles trailer in Oscoda. They owned a canoe and putt-putt golf course and sold ice...
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  EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt announced in early April that the agency has completed a midterm evaluation of greenhouse gas emissions standards for cars and light duty trucks for the new upcoming model years 2022 through 2025. These changes are being discussed because the data is not sufficient to support the standards as currently written from the time when Obama...
Huntington State Park in South Carolina for Sea Shell Hunting
This spring we took a road trip to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. I have traveled so much for work; I wanted to go somewhere new. I had never been to South Carolina and thought it would be warmer than Northern Michigan. I was wrong about it being much warmer. When we were there, it was in the 40’s and...
Making the Most of Family Vacations with Teens
When my children were little, the days would sometimes feel so slow. You know the ones. The ones where there was no sleep. The ones where I’d pray for sleep and a shower. Now my children are 11 and 13 and I’d love to stop time. It’s flying by. Did you know there are only 940 Saturdays between your child’s...
7 Tips for Booking with Airbnb Abroad
For my upcoming trip to Germany and Ireland, we are primarily staying at Airbnb’s. I have not booked international home rentals but I do have experience with other home rental services and I have learned a thing or two over the years about what makes all the difference when booking and being happy. Utilize Search Filters. This seems obvious but...
Smart Travel Tips for Traveling Abroad- Visiting Cork, Ireland and More
For almost two weeks this spring, my two sisters, my dad and I will take a trip to Europe. My dad was in the army, stationed in Germany, and has always wanted to go back. We decided to pack in as much as possible on this father/daughter trip abroad so we added Ireland to our agenda.  Our itinerary is...
Why You Should Visit Jerome, Arizona
Two years ago, my sister and I took a trip to Arizona and there is one town I can’t wait to visit again. Jerome, Arizona. Let me describe for you the experience and why it’s a town worth visiting. Driving up the winding slopes of Cleopatra Hill, in the Black Hill of Yavapai County, Arizona you feel as though you...
Could A Modular Home Be The Eco-Friendly Solution Your Family Needs?
Aluminum sales have skyrocketed in recent years, mainly due to the fact that it's durable, resistant to corrosion, and applicable for all kinds of industries. The material accounts for more than 80% of all die cast parts and is able to be used in end products that can reduce environmental impact, like energy efficient cars, appliances, and more. However,...
Nature enthusiasts, environmentalists, and penguin-obsessed travelers alike can now book a day trip to the southern most edge of the planet. Travel Pulse reports that a South African hotel will be offering private plane excursions to Antarctica. While you once had to be a scientist or explorer to traverse these largely untouched lands, you now just need to have $195,000 laying...
Best Eco Friendly Cars for 2017
With Earth Day around the corner, the expert editors at Kelley Blue Book, the vehicle valuation and information source trusted and relied upon by both consumers and the automotive industry, name their top picks of eco-friendly new cars available under $40,000.  The variety of hybrid, electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles recommended by KBB.com editors all offer stellar fuel economy...
Sling Bags for Under $20 for Traveling
My family just got back from a great vacation in Florida and for the first time ever, I used a sling bag as my purse. What a difference this made for me as we walked around the different theme parks and traveled through airports.  What I loved about using a sling bag is that my hands were always free....
20 High Waisted Bikinis from Amazon Under $25.
I think it was Kristen from Rage Against the Mini Van who I first saw on Facebook wearing a high waisted bikini that made me realize how cute the suits are. She looked adorable and I thought to myself, I could wear one of those. I probably won't look as cute but hey, I could try. I hadn’t ever...
Get a 3-Night/2 Day Discounted Vacation
We all need a vacation, right? The average hotel room for my family of four is $125-$150 per night. I just stayed at the Fountains in Orlando, Florida for $79 per night and it was not a hotel. We had a full kitchen, two bedrooms, two bathrooms and a washer/dryer. You cannot beat that cost for a weekend getaway. How...
Awesome Hotel Amenities
Over the last few months, I have traveled a few different times for work and there’s a few things I’ve been very keen on noticing about hotels. I might have even become a little fussy. Maybe this is just because I travel often for business and/pleasure and over the years have done a lot of traveling, so I know...
Spring break is almost over and we stayed home. My husband and I were able to have date night and guess what we talked about, taking a vacation. I think we’re both in need of some family time and warmth. There is still snow where we live and we have another storm warning today. We’re headed to Nashville in...
Taking a Girls Weekend at Grand Traverse Spa and Resort
Taking a girls weekend, it’s something every woman needs to do.  Call up your friends or sisters and make a date. A date to disconnect from the piles of laundry, dusty baseboards, dirty floors, smudged walls and stacks of dishes because it’s all overwhelming when you’re not rested. In addition, women need more sleep than men anyhow so consider...
Green Your Next Hotel Stay with These Tips
When you travel and stay at a hotel, do you have housekeeping come each day? When you leave the room, do you shut of the television and the lights? When we went to Chicago, I thought about this. While we were at the hotel, there was a gymnastics event-taking place and the hotel was flooded with children and families....
Planning a Trip to Chicago with Kids
It’s freezing and wintertime in Michigan and who doesn’t want to go to the Windy city for a long weekend? It sounds crazy, I know. Most people plan beach vacations but not us or at least not this year. We opted for Chicago for several reasons. Most of the sites we want to see are inside where we’ll be warm,...
Family Vacation Planning – Cruising or All Inclusive resort?
High above the ocean, I’m writing this. Somehow, I scored first class on my way home from Turks and Caicos (don’t ask me how) and I’m peering down on the turquoise water, it’s so tranquil and relaxing. When I flew above the Atlantic on my way into Turks & Caicos, I had high expectations. I was ready to experience...
Finding Happiness at a Beaches Resort
Beaches® Resorts for Everyone by Sandals. This is one of their tag lines and after visiting Beaches® Resort in Turks and Caicos, I can honestly say, the tag line is fitting. I was fortunate to visit the resort for Social Media on the Sand but luckily had “down” time to put my feet in the sand, enjoy a cocktail, network,...

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