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Be a Part of Your Favorite Childhood Tales at Storybook Land

Storybook Land Express, Aberdeen, SD

What is your favorite nursery rhyme or story from childhood? Maybe you dreamed of being a knight or princess in a magical castle. Or did you dream of having a farm like Old MacDonald? Maybe you just wanted to click a pair of shiny red shoes together and be transported like Dorothy? You can step […]


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A Very Presidential #IGTravelThursday

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Here at Family Rambling we cover a different topic each month. February’s topic was, fittingly, Presidents. The month began with the most ‘Presidential’ of sites, Mount Rushmore. The southwest corner of South Dakota holds the state’s most visited site – Mount Rushmore. And really, it’s s stunning place to visit. The massive granite heads of […]


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Living Like Laura in DeSmet, South Dakota

Ingalls Homestead, DeSmet, South Dakota

I can remember reading the ‘Little House’ books by Laura Ingalls Wilder over and over again as I grew up in southwest Iowa. I never grew tired of Laura’s stories of life on the western frontier. And though I knew Laura was telling stories of her life, I never imagined that I would be able to […]


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A Visit to Long Grove Confectionery is Like Finding a Golden Ticket

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“I never had a chance to shine, Never a happy song to sing, But suddenly half the world is mine What an amazing thing—’Cause I’ve got a golden ticket!” When Charlie finds the Golden Ticket, every child imagines changing places with him for even just a moment to peek into Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory! Fortunately, […]


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St Louis Arch- Gateway to the West #IGTravelThursday

Gateway Arch Beyond the Old Courthouse, St Louis

We made a quick trip to St. Louis last weekend so the girls could compete in two feis (Irish dance competitions). And while we didn’t have a lot of time to do anything extra, we did find time to visit the Gateway Arch. Four years have passed since our last visit to the Arch, and […]


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Ohio, the Home of Presidents

Garfield Memorial in Lake View Cemetery

There’s a reason Ohio is referred to as “the home of Presidents” or “the Mother of Presidents”. Seven U.S. Presidents have been born in the Buckeye State while another simply claimed Ohio as his home. And while you’ll find historical markers, boyhood homes, museums and memorials for William Henry Harrison, Ulysses S. Grant and Benjamin […]


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Mount Rushmore – South Dakota’s #1 Tourist Destination

Mount Rushmore above Avenue of Flags

  The southwest corner of South Dakota holds the state’s most visited site – Mount Rushmore. And really, it’s s stunning place to visit. The massive granite heads of four of our nation’s most beloved Presidents, each as tall as a 6 story building, gaze at you through the Avenue of Flags as you approach […]


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Winter Rejuvenation in Michigan’s Harbor Country

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Winter can be quite bleak in the Chicago area, especially when January and February hit. A few years ago, we stumbled on a little winter escape near our Chicago home that provides us with that much needed boost to help us through winter.   Each February, we like to spend couple of days in Michigan’s […]


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Destination : Verizon – #IGTravelThursday

Verizon Wireless Destination Store Mall of America

The Mall of America got a new store a couple weeks ago, which usually isn’t news (at least for me). I’m not a big shopper…  unless it’s gadgets. I do love me some gadgets. And when I entered the new Verizon Wireless Destination Store I was in geek nirvana. The Verizon Wireless Destination Store at […]


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Hot Rolls! Dining at Lambert’s – #IGTravelThursday

Lambert's, Ozark, MO

It is rare for us to pass through southern Missouri and not stop at Lambert’s. At the ‘Home of Throwed Rolls’, you are ensured to leave full and happy. Dining at Lambert’s – a Photo Essay [sc:Instagram id="gilvRICppG" ] Then there’s the “throwed rolls” thing…  As soon as you hear “hot rolls!”, heads turn and […]


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