Exploring Allerton

Who's a pretty Fu Dog? Fu Dog Garden at Allerton Park & Retreat Center in Monticello, Illinois. The expansive formal gardens and woodland trails are free to visit and open daily.

I used to love watching America’s Castles on A&E. The grandeur, the extravagance, the undisguised abundance of wealth that the late 19th and early 20th century ‘robber barons’ had to work with was simply unimaginable. One of these ‘robber barons’ in Chicago, a man by the name of Samuel Allerton, made his money by purchasing pork […]

Looking for Winter Fun? Take the Family to Mankato, Minnesota!

Learning to Ski at Mount Kato

Trying to avoid the winter blahs? Attempting to not hibernate like a bear? Or maybe you just need to combat cabin fever with a quick – and fun!- family getaway? My family found plenty of winter fun in Mankato, Minnesota. We embraced the activities Mankato had to offer, and had an amazing weekend! Family Winter […]

Bird Watching in Your Backyard

holding a bird south dakota birding festival

Today, January 5, is Bird Day – which means it’s the perfect day to share an article I recently published about backyard bird watching. Filled with handy tips I learned at the South Dakota Birding Festival last spring, as well as a few easy bird feeders you can make right now with items you have […]

6 Terrific Midwest Cities for Family Fun in the Winter

Gateway Arch Beyond the Old Courthouse, St Louis

The Midwest is filled with surprises most people don’t know about. Try one of these Midwest cities for family fun during the winter months! Things to Do in the Winter with Kids in the Midwest published by Minitime In the northern part of the center of the US lies a cluster of states affectionately known, […]

The Cottage at Natural Valley Ranch is a “Natural” Choice for Family Vacations in Hendricks County, Indiana

Friendly farm cat at Natural Valley Ranch; Indianapolis vacation home

Our stay at the Cottage at Natural Valley Ranch was arranged in partnership with the Hendricks County CVB. There is just something about a farm cottage that immediately relaxes me. Maybe it’s the wrap around porch that I can all too easily imagine spending evenings relaxing on, listening to crickets chirp and birds twitter as […]