things to do in medina oh

Why You Should Spend A Day In Medina Ohio


Above photo compliments of TheTravelingPraters.com The plan was simple enough. Head to Ohio to spend two days researching my SecretCleveland book. In January. In questionable weather conditions. I didn’t say I always have the best plans, but sometimes a missed opportunity leads to something quite unexpected and enjoyable.  Day one in Cleveland was fantastic. Decent weather, albeit a bit cold,…

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The DIY Kitchen Remodel (aka Marriage Challenge) Has Begun


Here is the first installment into our Small House Living series. We decided to start with the kitchen. It needs a lot of updating, but we figured it would be a good winter project. Once we started tearing into the kitchen we started changing our minds about our initial plans. We have, however, at least began. The goal was to…

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The Perfect Condo Beach Rental on Hatteras Island


ENJOYING THE OUTER BANKS OF NORTH CAROLINA DURING THE OFF SEASON My love of the Outer Banks runs pretty deep. As I cross the bridge from the mainland over to Hatteras it’s like a huge weight is lifted off my shoulders and all my worries slip away. I think it’s a combination of the fresh salt air, the ocean waves…

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“Throw Me Something, Mister”: A Guide to Mardi Gras in Lake Charles, LA


Lake Charles, LA is a wonderful destination in a beautiful southern state, and this Guide To Mardi Gras is just what you need to make sure you have an adventure to remember! The second largest Mardi Gras celebration in Louisiana happens in Lake Charles, located in the southwest corner of the state. The family friendly environment brings an estimated 140,000…

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What To Do With A Cancelled Flights & The Downside of Budget Airlines


Twenty years of traveling and it’s never happened to me. I guess, looking back, I’ve been really, really lucky. However, that streak ended on a recent trip to New Orleans Plantation Country. A three night press trip to the NOLA Plantations Country turned into a five night, six day visit. Definitely not the trip I planned, but that’s the thing…

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OCHI Best Sandals Resort: What You Need To Know


The best Sandals resort destination is truly any one you choose.  When you decide to go for an all-inclusive resort destination, Sandals brings you the best there is to find.  Below, you’ll find my thoughts and tips for what you need to know before going to one of the best Sandals resorts for your next all-inclusive vacation. Planning for my…

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Create DIY Quote Mugs With Cricut


I love all the fun mugs I see at stores that carry words of wisdom or little funnies. However, I don’t usually like the price so I don’t usually buy them, but when I received my Cricut I know I would be able to make them. ((insert happy dance)). The mugs are so incredibly easy to make. I used mugs…

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FLAMING TURTLE CHOCOLATE FONDUE

Flaming Turtle Chocolate Fondue


Do you need a great dessert for your next party? Give this flaming turtle chocolate fondue a try and wow your guests with your mad cooking ninja skills. It’s easy to make and only required a handful of ingredients. You might even have everything you need. I know was only missing the heavy cream. You’ll need a fondue pot. There…

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The Italian Farmer’s Table Cookbook Review


The Italian Farmer’s Table: Authentic Recipes and Local Lore from Northern Italy is more than just a cookbook. Although it is built around an intriguing collection of authentic regional recipes, it digs deeper to offer a glimpse inside everyday rural life in northern Italy. Its pages are filled with captivating descriptions of each regions’ distinct culinary identity and the unique…

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