Winter road trip to Niagara Falls on the cheap

What to budget and where to find a last-minute package deal *This is NOT a sponsored post, but does contain affiliate links.* My last trip to Niagara Falls was two weeks before Mr. Yoder and I said our vows! Visiting the falls in the middle of summer with my parents and 5 of my best Australian friends (holy 2004!) was just a BIT different than visiting in winter with my husband and 4 children. Lol. This trip wasn’t about doing …

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Holiday events within a 5-hour drive of Central Ohio

I’ve spent the last 15 years within an hour of Columbus, Ohio, so I’m finding I’m ready to get out and explore more of my home AND neighboring states.Β  Ohio and bordering states Indiana, Michigan, and West Virginia offer a plethora of events to relish in Yuletide joy! Here is my guide to Christmas & holiday displays, including light shows, festivals, and shopping opportunities within a days drive of Columbus. Ohio Ohio Girl Travels gives a rundown of Ohio’s Best …

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5 FREE Christmas Events near Columbus, Ohio

This post may contain affiliate links. Central Ohio is the perfect place to enjoy the Christmas season with your family! ?The chilled air and falling snow will get you in the mood to take in the sights and sounds with your children. Here are 5 free Christmas events near Columbus, Ohio! Scioto Mile Christmas Lights The Scioto Mile is a great place to chill in the heat of summer, but now you can enjoy it during the holiday season. The …

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Best of the ‘Burg: Things to do in Millersburg, Ohio

I grew up in the small town of Millersburg, Ohio and much of my family still lives in the village. Millersburg offers many things for the out-of-town visitor. The historic district has undergone a recent resurgence – there are more dining options and small businesses than I can ever remember! Here is my guide of things to do in Millersburg, Ohio. **This post contains affiliate links. I was provided a tour of the Millersburg Glass Museum & Victorian House Museum, …

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Things to do in Ohio in Fall

I’m sad to say that summer is leaving us and the kids are starting school.  However, autumn is a glorious season and there are many family-friendly things to do in Ohio in Fall.  Ohio is full of fall festivals and activities, and I’ve compiled a list of some of the best. *This post “Things to do in Ohio in Fall,” was originally published in 2017, but all dates have been updated to reflect 2019 festival dates!* September Ohio River Sternwheel …

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Preventing bed bugs while traveling

How traveling families can protect their home from bed bugs Despite our best efforts, our family recently had to deal with bed bugs! I hope that I can help others be educated on preventing bed bugs while traveling! Here are my tips to protect your family and prevent bed bugs during travel AND once you return home. (Disclaimer: Reading this may cause uncontrollable itching) Our experience Two months ago and two days after my husband returned from a work trip, …

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10 Things to Do in Ohio Before the End of Summer

There are plenty of August activities for those who want to explore more of Ohio August is here! Summer is coming to a close as everyone prepares to go back to school and routines. BUT there is still some time left to enjoy a road trip or two, and I hope to inspire you to get out and explore before the first bell rings! (Or in the case of this homeschooler, mom yells that it is time to start)! Here’s …

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Everything is coming up roses at Frederik Meijer Gardens

What to expect on a family visit to Frederik Meijer Gardens in Grand Rapids, Michigan One of the bonuses of our visit to Holland, Michigan’s Tulip Time, was that we had time on the way home to stop at Frederik Meijer Garden & Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids! I heard many great things about the garden, and they all proved to be true. What struck me was that this was more than just a garden, it was a destination! While …

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