Red Roof Inn – Pets Always Welcome

disclaimer: I’d like to thank Red Roof Inn for hosting our stay and helping keep the lights on around here (as well as making sure BB has extra money for snacks/toys). Much appreciated. Affiliate links are included in this post. We’d been driving two days to make our way from the Outer Banks (OBX) back to Michigan. We’d left BB…

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kitchen remodel

Kitchen Remodel Update

disclaimer: The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free. Photos included provided by Best Buy. I honestly wish I had a great update for you showing how far we’ve come since the last update. The truth of the matter is though that life had other…

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Extended Stay America

Making Road Trips Easier With Extended Stay America

I was headed to Chicago for the International Home and Housewares Show. I’ve tried to attend this show the past two years and life always intervenes. This year I made a much bigger effort to attend and actually made it work. Staying in Chicago wasn’t really in the budget (increased hotel prices, paying to park, etc) so I looked at…

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portrait innovations

Portrait Innovations Spring Photo Package

disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Portrait Innovations. I’d like to thank them for helping me keep the lights on around here. Spring is in the air and we celebrated by having Spring photos taken of S. We had such a good experience the last time we went to Portrait Innovations that we returned to take advantage of their huge…

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Best Buy Lunch Box Promotion

Easter Basket Ideas From Best Buy

Easter is right around the corner. I can’t believe how quickly it’s creeping up on us. I mean, weren’t we just celebrating Mardi Gras last week? Feels like I was just in Louisiana but now Easter is knocking on our door. I have so much fun putting together things for each kids Easter Basket. I love finding fun and unique…

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Searching For Wild Horses With Corolla Outback Adventures

We awoke bright and early to a perfect March day. Blue skies, warm temps and thoughts of wild horses dancing in our head. We were ready and in the car with plenty of time to drive to Corolla Outback Adventures for our excursion into the wilds of this most northern part of the Outer Banks. In my mind, I’m picturing lots…

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Where To Stay In The Currituck Outer Banks #ILoveOBX

It’s a long drive between our house and our happy place. Every hour of driving I get more and more excited about returning to the Outer Banks of North Carolina. We take two days to make the drive and I spend that time counting down the hours until I sink my feet into the sand and let the ocean tickle…

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Sanderling Resort

Lunch With A View At Sanderling Resort, Duck, NC

We woke up to overcast skies and a coughing (due to asthmas/croup) 4-year-old so we knew we wouldn’t be making big plans for the day. A lazy morning is always good when you are on vacation and I took full advantage of it by enjoying my morning coffee and a short writing spree. Going out for lunch sounded like the…

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Beer Cheese Soup

Beer Cheese Soup Recipe

Beer cheese soup makes for a warm and satisfying meal on cold, blustery days. Unfortunately, it has a reputation for being a bit tricky to make because it can turn into a gloppy mess if you aren’t careful. However, you can achieve picture-perfect (and palate-worthy) results at home with this easy recipe. Tip: Take a “low and slow” approach while…

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