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Diamond Caverns { Kentucky Travel }

Our family recently visited Diamond Caverns, near Mammoth Caves National Park Diamond Caverns WEbsite:  click here. Our original plan was to go on the Mammoth Caves tour- but our trip was sort of last minute and the tour we wanted to go on was sold out. We found Diamond Caverns on-line, and it was only a few minutes from Mammoth […]

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Clutter free School Year

I know many schools around the country started back up this week… we did not.  We are in Michigan and state law says public schools can’t go back till the Tuesday after Labor Day… So I’m spending the next couple weeks getting organized before the school year starts.  I put together this pinterest “wrap-up” of all the great ideas I […]

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Upcoming FREE events and tours { Colorado, Michigan, Kentucky, Illinois and others}

Looking for some end of the summer travel ideas to do before the kids go back to school?  Here’s a few that showed up in my inbox: COLORADO: Children’s Museum of Denver, 2121 Children’s Museum Dr., Denver The museum is free from 4-8pm on the following days:  (these are a little later in the year) Tuesday November 3, 2015 Tuesday November 1, 2015 ILLINOIS: Chicago Children’s Museum at Navy Pier:  Free every Thursday 5-8pm as a Target Family Night event  (website) KENTUCKY: Mammoth Caves Website link 08/25/2015 Location: Mammoth Cave National Park | Map Fee Information: Free of ChargeContact Name: Mammoth Cave National parkContact Phone Number: 270-758-2417 Join us on August 25, 2015 to celebrate Founder’s Day with a free Mammoth Passage Tour!  Pick up your free tickets at the visitor center for one of the times listed below.  Tickets are free but are required for cave entry.  The tour is limited to 40 participants and is on a first come first served basis.  The trip is approximately 3/4 mile round trip.  Enter the Rotunda, see the remains of an 1812 saltpeter operation, experience some of the most famous ares of the Mammoth Cave.  Enjoy a day out with the family, friends or experience the park yourself.  Either way it’s sure to be a fine time! Mammoth Passage Tour Times 10:00, 11:00, 12:00, 12:30, 1:00, 1:45, 2:30 & 3:30 MICHIGAN: Henry Ford Museum Website Link 09/07/15 Target Family Days January […]

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Custom Artwork {room remodel}

I’m remodeling my daughter’s room… Including all of the wall décor/ art. I wanted to create something to hang over the desk we are adding to her room.  She doesn’t think she’s very good at math, and gets really frustrated.  So I was going to paint  a canvas with the statement “She believed she could, so she did”.  THEN, she […]

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Back to School Shopping

Some of the local stores are already advertising their Back To School Deals:  (NOTE:  I’ve only included deals that appear to last into September 2015 so that this post is relavant for the entire “school shopping season”.  You may find weekly deals that are better- but I don’t always have time to drop everything and hit the weekly sales at […]

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Summer Reading: Girl on the Train

Recently I was shopping for a new book to read on a cross-country flight from Michigan to California. I picked up The Girl on the Train and packed it in my carry on. (The photo takes you to Amazon so you can see more details if you think you might be interested in this book) I pulled this out during the first leg of my flight and literally finished it 1.5 hours before landing in Los Angeles. It’s an amazing , suck you in, story of a lonely, divorced woman who hasn’t quite recovered from her husband leaving her for another woman.  She rides the train in to town every day to keep her roommate from knowing the truth about the current state of her life. One day, while riding the train into town, she sees something curious and gets herself involved in an investigation. The plot and character development is really great and I couldn’t stop reading.  I really NEEDED to know what happened.  I did, about half way through, start to get an idea of the direction it was taking but that only served to suck me in more so I could see if I was right. I don’t always have a lot of time to read in my “busymom” life of work, kids and everything in between so I really appreciated a book that I could START AND FINISH all in one day while traveling.

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Rum Boogie Cafe { Memphis, TN }

We recently stopped in Memphis, TN for some lunch on our way back from vacation. We ended up spending 4 hours on two roads in this beautiful place and can’t wait to head back for a “real” vacation. We stopped here in search of BBQ on Beale Streat.  We perused many restaurant menus and ended up at the Rum Boogie […]

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