5 Tips For Touring Indianapolis

Indianapolis welcomes millions of tourists every year. As the nation’s 12th largest city, the city offers endless options for fun attractions, unique restaurants, and affordable lodging. While most people know Indianapolis for its famous motor speedway, the city is home to so much more. From cheap lodging to the best places to drink and eat, […]

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Napa Valley Wine Train Gourmet Dinner Express: Romance by Moonlight

We are spoiled.  Our family lives in the best spot in California in my eyes.  We’re less than 30 minutes from the Monterey/Carmel coast line and beautiful Pacific Ocean.  We are just 90 minutes from San Francisco and only 4 hours from the beautiful Lake Tahoe in the Sierras.  Along with those beautiful cities we […]

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5 Tips For Touring Indianapolis

Indianapolis welcomes millions of tourists every year. As the nation’s 12th largest city, the city offers endless options for fun attractions, unique restaurants, and affordable lodging. While most people know Indianapolis for its famous motor speedway, the city is home to so much more. From cheap lodging to the best places to drink and eat, […]

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Napa Valley Wine Train Gourmet Dinner Express: Romance by Moonlight

We are spoiled.  Our family lives in the best spot in California in my eyes.  We’re less than 30 minutes from the Monterey/Carmel coast line and beautiful Pacific Ocean.  We are just 90 minutes from San Francisco and only 4 hours from the beautiful Lake Tahoe in the Sierras.  Along with those beautiful cities we […]

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Photography

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Travel Photography: The Astoria Column

The Astoria Column has served for over 80 years as a beacon on the Pacific Northwest Coast.  600 feet above sea level on Coxcomb Hill, the 360 degree views of the Pacific Ocean and Columbia River from the top are remarkable!  Snow-capped volcanoes of the Cascade Range rise to the east and Saddle Mountain reaches […]

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Travel Photography: Oregon’s Astoria-Megler Bridge

Going through my photos, I can tell very easily the things my husband enjoys.  It seems as if there is a bridge in the vicinity of where we are traveling I’ll get about 2 dozen photos of it.  I’ve mentioned before he is a civil engineer and between our home and his office, there are […]

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Food & Drink

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Napa Valley Wine Train Gourmet Dinner Express: Romance by Moonlight

We are spoiled.  Our family lives in the best spot in California in my eyes.  We’re less than 30 minutes from the Monterey/Carmel coast line and beautiful Pacific Ocean.  We are just 90 minutes from San Francisco and only 4 hours from the beautiful Lake Tahoe in the Sierras.  Along with those beautiful cities we […]

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Beef, It’s What’s for Dinner: Slow-Cooker Beef Minestrone Soup #MC #Sponsored

I participated in an Influencer Activation Program on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for the Beef Checkoff. I received products to facilitate this review and a promotional item to thank me for participating. When I think about the week’s meals, I have to say that at least two of 7 we prepare contain beef in them. […]

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Home & Family

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4 Reasons You Should Check out Republic Wireless

My husband and I have heard my teenage son’s pleas for a cell phone for a few years.  Electronics are huge in our family between televisions, computers, tablets, music players, and cell phones and my son paints a clear picture of his needs.  He is out of school the latest in the day, he has […]

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Hotel & Resort Reviews

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A Taste of Tuscany in Napa: The Meritage Resort and Spa

When we’ve traveled to Napa’s wine country in the past our trip included stops at a variety of wineries, a restaurant or two, and then we’d spend the night in a great hotel.  Recently, we had a similar experience at The Meritage Resort and Spa that included delicious meals, the finest resort amenities, wine tasting […]

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Pismo Beach: Relax at Seacrest Oceanfront Hotel & Play at Steve’s ATV

Once again our son’s baseball playing let us explore a new location in this amazing state. Our latest tournament had us in the Pismo Beach area. Having lived in the Bay Area for over 30 years I had never been to Pismo and I’m wondering what took me so long!! It doesn’t look like much […]

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Wine

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Twisted Roots Wine Tasting Room in Carmel Valley

Located in the lovely Carmel Valley, the Twisted Roots wine tasting room is a great spot to stop into and enjoy some of California’s great wines.  Not only does the wine room offer their delicious reds and whites, but you can enjoy a glass as you stroll in the adjacent LyonsHead art gallery or outside […]

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Entertainment

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The Hundred-Foot Journey Movie Review

I knew before going in to see “The Hundred-Foot Journey” that I would either get hungry or crave certain foods during and after, because as any foodie knows, you don’t go to a foodie movie unprepared!  WOW was I right about that! Where do I begin?  The movie comes alive from the start in a bustling […]

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Cars

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Summer Vacation in the 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited

The Dad’s perspective: The wife and I are always on the lookout for a way to upgrade our family experience. During our recent vacation to the foothills of the Sierra Nevada, the opportunity to evaluate the 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited was presented and we accepted. With our two daughters and son,  we loaded up […]

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