Little House on the Prairie Laura Ingalls Doll and Giveaway

November 7, 2016

As a child, my sisters and I would count down the minutes until the next “Little House on the Prairie” would come on TV. My mom and dad would be sitting in the living room in front of the one television set we owned, and my sisters and I would be lined up, just outside the room, waiting for the opening music to start, so that we could time it to run across the living room in the same order that the Ingalls girls would run across the prairie on […]

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Macy’s Pink Pig: Atlanta Holiday Tradition

October 27, 2016

There are certain things about living in Atlanta you just come to embrace: shows at the Fox, direct flights to anywhere in and out of Hartsfield Jackson Airport, and the Macy’s Pink Pig during the holidays. It’s part of a beloved holiday tradition for several decades in Atlanta. It debuted in the ‘50’s as a children’s ride (the old version was a cart suspended in air and now hangs at the Atlanta History Center as part of the Atlanta in 50 Things Display). Priscilla – the original Pink Pig – […]

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SHAKEN: Tim Tebow Tackles Life’s Hard Times in New Book

October 25, 2016

You know him on the football field. You know him for his faith. Now, Tim Tebow wants you to know him when life has him shaken, literally. And he wants you to know it happens to all of us. In life, there are going to be a lot of highs and lows, and eventually, everything around you will be shaking, so what will you have to hold on to? It’s a question Tim Tebow poses in his newly released book, Shaken, and it’s something that you’ll be faced with more […]

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Love The Walking Dead? Get to Walker Stalker Con #WSCAtlanta

October 21, 2016

If you are like me, and much of the rest of the world, and LOVE The Walking Dead TV series (it is the #1 TV show, after all), you really, really don’t want to miss the Walker Stalker Con. Walker Stalker Con, or just Walker Stalker if you’re a regular attendee, like me, is a three day event that covers all things zombies—and more. It’s where you can get up close and personal with Rick, Daryl, and the rest of The Walking Dead characters, along with players in several other hit […]

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How to Boo Your Neighbor–and Boo with the Best: #AtHomeStores

October 12, 2016

Halloween can be super fun–and not at all scary–if you choose to take the ‘friendly ghost’ approach with your celebrations and decorations, as we do each year when we ‘boo’ our neighbors. This is a holiday tradition that dates back decades. Never heard of it?  Well, it’s simple and fun to do.  You just put together a little goody bag of candy and/or fun for your friend or neighbor, typically with a Halloween theme, along with a paper that says they’ve been booed, giving them instructions to boo someone else, […]

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Six Flags over Georgia #FrightFest: Yes, It Will Scare You

October 11, 2016

  As a child, my brothers used to get a kick out of scaring me, telling me stories about the Boogie Man and jumping out from behind the next corner, and being at Six Flags Over Georgia for Fright Fest is like being surrounded by those brothers times one thousand. It’s going to scare you. I promise. Especially if you set foot anywhere near Bloodbath Bayou or Mummy’s Curse. Being that I’m such a scaredy-cat, I really don’t enjoy the fun that is Fright Fest, but my kids do, especially my […]

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Panama City Beach, Florida: What Not to Miss (VIDEO)

October 5, 2016

Watching from shore, my toes happily sifting through the sand, it was hard not to laugh at the kids in the surf about 20 feet in front of me. Two eleven year olds and a dad. A dad who clearly found his kid mode again, attempting handstands in the water beside the girls. His form was far from perfect, but he was impressive, holding the handstand for a good two seconds, and from his grin when he was upright again, appeared to believe was worthy of an Olympic medal for […]

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Kim Kardashian West Robbery: Why You Shouldn’t Travel with Jewelry

October 3, 2016

By now, you’ve probably heard the report about Kim Kardashian West being robbed at gunpoint in Paris. According to CNN reports, men dressed as police officers robbed the reality TV star in a private apartment in Paris.  A spokeswoman for Kardashian West said the celebrity was “badly shaken but physically unharmed” following the incident. According to the report, jewelry worth millions of dollars was taken. As a travel writer, whisking my way through Paris one month and climbing mountains in Arizona the next, I can tell you my jewelry of any value typically stays […]

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Strenuous Beyond This Point: Travel Teaching Life Lessons

September 30, 2016

I’d been climbing a mountain, huffing and puffing my way around Pinnacle Peak, Arizona, for about 45 minutes when I saw the sign. Strenuous beyond this point. I laughed. Out loud. Didn’t they think the part I’d done so far was strenuous? And how much more strenuous was it going to get? There wasn’t any further explanation. So, I chose to sit down and think things over for a minute. Gazing down the trail, I could tell the going down part was going to be easy. Coming back, not so […]

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Sleep Safety Tips from @MAMbabyUSA for #BabySafetyMonth

September 7, 2016

As a new parent, my number one worry was whether my baby was still breathing each night. I think I shared that concern with most new parents–we want our babies to thrive and grow and we can help make sure that happens watching them all day–but at night, well, there’s a real fear in letting your guard down to sleep–which we all know we must do to function all day long–but, you also want to do everything you can to make sure your baby stays safe all night, too. That’s […]

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