Start Your Next Family Tradition in Gulf County, Florida #GCFLnofilter

Gulf County Moonrise

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Visit Gulf County. All opinions are 100% mine. With fall officially here, the time for traditions has begun. From January 1st through the end of September, Jacob and I have a few little traditions here and there, but nothing like our fall and winter ones. For example, we trick or treat in the same neighborhood every single year…and it isn’t even our neighborhood! We’ve been going to my friend’s area since Jacob was a few months old. We have a favorite pumpkin patch, must-have Thanksgiving menu items and so on. […] Read more »

How to Enjoy New York City Without Going Broke

How to Enjoy New York City Without Going Broke

New York City is one of the most exciting and popular vacation destinations for people who love a fast-paced getaway. I’ve lived 2 hours away from it most of my life, so I’ve seen quite a bit of what it has to offer myself. With some of the most expensive and high-class stores in the world, streets filled with lush theaters and jewelry stores so decadent they make movies about them, it’s super easy to go broke in New York. Did you know, though, that’s it’s also pretty easy to enjoy New York City on a very itty bitty budget? […] Read more »

Vacation like a Local at The Woodlands Inn in the Poconos! #GoNative

Wilkes-Barre Sign

This post is brought to you by the Ascend Hotel Collection®. All opinions are my own. Since I live in what is essentially a tourist region (the Poconos), I’ve never been one for doing touristy things when I go on vacation. I like to travel off the beaten path, find the cool little places that aren’t over-crowded and make my own itinerary of fun. I feel like you can’t really say you’ve visited a town unless you’ve been to the local haunts and made the effort to go native. Wilkes-Barre, PA is just about an hour from my house. It’s […] Read more »

Explore the Cultural Side of Puerto Rico


This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Puerto Rico, The All-Star Island. All opinions are 100% mine. Have you ever been to Puerto Rico? I have! Back in 2010, I stopped there when I went on a cruise. I was only there for a couple of hours and didn’t get to see nearly as much as I wanted. One thing I did get to see, though, was the super cool fort in Old San Juan! I’m so glad we took the time to check it out. It was such a neat experience for my son! He […] Read more »

Getting Your Kids to School Safely in the Winter

RainX Safety

Portions of this post are brought to you by Rain-X. I received complimentary coupons in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. I’ve kept Jacob home from school twice in the last month simply because I couldn’t safely get him to the bus stop. In one case, the bad weather started after it was too late for the school to call a delay or a closing. In the other, my driveway and road leading to the bus stop were still an ice rink even after the two-hour delay. This is life in the Poconos. One day we […] Read more »

6 Places to Have Fun in the Poconos During Winter If You Don’t Ski

6 Places to Have Fun in the Poconos During Winter If You Don't Ski

If you’re a skier, chances are you already know of fun winter attractions in the Poconos.  As a total skiing tourist trap…er, destination, we have plenty of slopes. What about us non-skiers though? What can we do in the Poconos? As someone who grew up here, it may surprise you to know that I’ve only been skiing twice in my life. Once when I was very little and once when I was 15. That second time, I fell down the bunny slope backwards, got stuck and had to be rescued by an elderly couple. That was the end of my […] Read more »

Life is a Trip, Take it with Atlantic Luggage + Awesome Sweepstakes!

Atlantic Luggage

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Atlantic Luggage for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. Atlantic Luggage knows that life is a trip. That’s why they’re giving you and your family a chance to win the trip of a lifetime! They’ve partnered with Delta Vacations to give one lucky family of four a vacation to New York or San Diego! I’ll tell you more about how to enter that in a moment. First, though, I want to share some of my all-time favorite packing tips. Packing Tips for Parents Flying Solo with Kids I was […] Read more »

Family Fun at Mazezilla Pumpkin Patch at Klingel’s Farm

Jake Corn

I have a million and one reviews and posts that I’m supposed to be writing right now, but I’m sick as a dog who isn’t feeling well. I never understood the whole “sick as a dog” saying, because my dogs are pretty healthy! Anyway, rather than completely skip today, I thought I’d share some pictures from the pumpkin patch this weekend at Mazezilla, run by Klingel’s Farms in Saylorsburg PA. We didn’t do Mazeilla, but we did hang out doing some of their cool free attractions. Take a look! This isn’t sponsored or anything, I just wanted to share some […] Read more »

Organize Your Beauty Necessities on the Go with EMME Bag


I received a complimentary EMME Bag in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. I’m an incredibly light packer when it comes to clothes. Seriously, I’m like the anti-girl with that! I can pack an entire week’s worth of clothes in a tiny suitcase no problem. The problem comes when I get to the bath and beauty goods! THAT is where I become the ultimate girly-girl nightmare. As you know by now, I’m totally addicted to beauty products. Not because I’m trying to hide my flaws or anything, I just think they’re fun! One look in my […] Read more »

Traveling the Plains: 5 Oklahoma Sights That Can’t Be Missed


Surprisingly (at least to me), the state of Oklahoma sees nearly as many people pass through its borders as the state of Florida does each year. While it’s no surprise that Florida is a popular tourist destination, it’s a bit more surprising that Oklahoma gets so many visitors. In fairness, many of them are just passing through while heading to other locales and popular travel destinations, but the fact remains that Oklahoma has nearly as many visitors each year as “destination” states, such as Florida. While we know you’re in a hurry to get to your vacation destination, that doesn’t […] Read more »