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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Free things to do in Cleveland with kids

Cleveland is a great city for sports aficionados, lovers of watersports, or those that just enjoy a good sunset or a local brew.  Cleveland is also a great place for kids – there are numerous museums and spacious parks. A day or a weekend with the family doesn’t have to cost big bucks though, here are six FREE things to do in Cleveland with kids. Learn about moolah at the Federal Reserve Bank’s Money Museum For an educational indoor attraction, …

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Isn’t it romantic? A Babymoon at French Lick Resort

Five ways to celebrate a couples getaway (or your growing brood) at this Midwest resort This year the stars aligned and I was very pregnant at the same time Mr. Yoder’s work conference was at The French Lick Resort! This same place was a touchy subject since he texted me photos of the beautiful lobby way back in 2014 – How dare he enjoy luxurious digs when I was home trying to manage 3 children aged 4 and under? Pictures …

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Visiting beautiful Brandywine Falls

An easy hike while visiting Cuyahoga Valley National Park Cuyahoga Valley National Park offers a convenient location close to the interstates that connect Cleveland and Akron, Ohio. While Cuyahoga Valley National Park has plenty of amazing rock formations and waterfalls, you can’t visit without a stop at Brandywine Falls. Brandywine Falls is accessed by a boardwalk suspended from the rock formations. This boardwalk hugs the rocks in a way that is just as awe-inspiring as the falls. The Boardwalk stays …

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Get a taste of old Florida on the St. Johns River

Immerse yourself in Florida scenic drives and historic state parks while sleeping on a houseboat. Not far from the brightly colored lights of theme parks, adrenaline rides, and mega-resorts lies a different kind of attraction.  The St. Johns River & it’s nearby scenic byways offer something different than most Florida visitors have come to expect. When northerners used to travel Highway 17 south through the Sunshine State, this area lured visitors by its cool, spring waters and alligator wrestlers.  Sadly, …

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