Finding Hemlock Falls – A hidden waterfall of Ohio

My introduction to Northeast Ohio’s Hemlock Falls came from an Instagram post.  Ever since then, I’ve been scheming a time and place to see this hidden waterfall.  I’m so glad we did!  What an Ohio gem! While Hemlock Falls is located NEAR Mohican State Park, it’s actually on private property managed by the Mohican School in the Out-of-doors.  Eventually the Falls will be on the new B & O Trail as the land was recently purchased by the Mohican Watershed Conservancy. …

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SAHM survival: Keeping your sanity when your husband travels

I know I normally write about family travel destinations, but there’s another aspect of travel makes me a little cray to the Z every month and that’s when my husband travels for his job. Ever since we just had one tiny baby, Mr. YT has been leaving me for 2-3 nights per month. I know some of you have a husband that travels much more, so I shouldn’t complain.  In reality, in 7 years it’s never gotten easier but it has gotten more manageable. …

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2017 Travel Bucket List

Where I want to go this year. 2016 was a year of big travel and big changes for our family.  We traveled Down Under in January and moved an hour away from our home of 7 years just two days after Christmas.  Now that the boxes are unpacked we’re settled in to our new city (kinda) – I wanted to share with the world our travel plans for 2017. (Our 2016 Travel Bucket List) Ohio  Toledo Zoo & Aquarium  +  Oak …

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Travel Hacking the Canadian Rockies

A four-night, four-star trip for next-to-nothing. I’ve been so eager to tell you how we took second-honeymoon style trip to the Canadian Rockies for pennies on the dollar.  We started travel hacking about 2 years ago and using points and miles has definitely helped with our travel game. After booking our trip to Australia last year, I had a bunch of American Airlines miles left.   Reading Bryce’s blog about how to use the Fairmont VISA gave me an idea- I’d …

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Life is either a daring adventure…

A Mother’s Day Well-Lived I’d been in a funk with a capital F the past few weeks and the mundane of life was getting to me.  So when I woke up yesterday and Mr YT asked what I wanted to do that day I said, “Maybe take a road trip.  Or go for a walk.”  “You don’t want to just rest or get out alone?”  He asked a little bewildered.  “I don’t know…let me think about it.” The sun was …

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A Walking Tour of Melbourne- with kids

Oh, Melbourne.  When we began planning our family trip to Australia the husband made one condition- if we were spending the big bucks to take a family of five Down Under, we’d 1.) Go in summer and 2.) Go to the Australian Open.  Knowing those two stipulations, we knew we’d go in January and we’d have to make a stop in Melbourne.  Here’s our guide to a walking tour of Melbourne with kids.  Taking a walking tour through the city is …

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A recap of our trip to Australia

How did the kids do?  What worked well? What would I change? It’s hard to believe that we’ve been back from Australia for 6 weeks.  Time travels quickly!  While things are still fresh in my mind, I thought I would review our trip in the hopes that it would help others planning a trip Down Under, but also to serve as a future reference for myself! How did the kids do? Despite the jokes before our departure that we were …

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2016 Travel Plans

New year, new places Continuing on with my 2016 goals, I’d like to share my travel aspirations.  The first two are for sure BOOKED, the others are wishful. 🙂  As with everything, timing and finances will play a role.  Since we’re taking a big trip to Australia to start the year, Brian’s time off will be limited – and because we have some big financial goals, travels we do take will be “beans and rice” in nature! International Australia We’re crossing off …

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