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The Family Vacation - All Grown Up
4/17/2013
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The Family Vacation - All Grown Up It seemed so easy when I was a kid.  My parents just packed some bags, possibly invited some friends along and piled us in the backseat for a big family vacation.  Sometimes we had some coloring books or puzzle games.  Other times my sister and I drove ou... Read the full story
Win Cardinal Tickets and an Overnight Stay in our Luxury Suite
4/13/2013
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Win Cardinal Tickets and an Overnight Stay in our Luxury Suite Win 2 tickets, behind home plate, to a Cardinal baseball game in St Louis and an overnight stay at Heartland Lodge in a luxury suite!!... Read the full story
Spring Break - Not Just for Kids Anymore
3/30/2013
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Spring Break - Not Just for Kids Anymore A week ago Central Illinois was on the receiving end of Snowmageddon.  With some areas receiving as much as 18 inches, the last thing on anyone’s mind was spring break.  Many of us were too busy digging out our driveways or scraping our windshields to giv... Read the full story
Full Moon Farms Petting Zoo!!
3/27/2013
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Full Moon Farms Petting Zoo!! Have you ever dreamt of owning your very own petting zoo? Well, Jason Clark (a.k.a. Cave Man) and Kris Mooney made that dream a reality about four years ago with the creation of Full Moon Farms Petting Zoo and Pony Rides. Their farm sits just off County... Read the full story
Unplug and Recharge
3/25/2013
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Unplug and Recharge I was introduced to a totally new concept a couple of weeks ago.  March 2 marked the official National Day of Unplugging - a sort of digital detox for the technology dependent.  I have to say, I first reacted to this notion with a sort of aversion.  I lov... Read the full story
Spring Vacation in Springfield
3/6/2013
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Spring Vacation in Springfield It’s March in Illinois, and you know what that means….unexpected snow? Days getting longer? The Chicago Blackhawks breaking the record for the best opening season in NHL history? All that is true.  But…that’s not all.  Springtime in Springfield means the... Read the full story
February Equals Abraham Lincoln!!
2/22/2013
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February IS Abraham Lincoln!! Were you one of the lucky ones who did NOT have to work on President’s Day? Do you have your favorites picked for winning at the Oscars on Sunday night? I know – you’re asking yourself, where is she going with this blog? Believe me, sometimes I have to... Read the full story
Single’s Valentine's Party!!
1/17/2013
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Single’s Valentine’s Party!! Calling all singles for a great night out at The Lighthouse Inn! Anyone who is single should mark Saturday, February 9, 2013 on their calendar and come participate in the fun at a Single’s Valentine’s Party. Beginning at 7:00 p.m., all singles can join... Read the full story
Don't Forget the Honeymoon
1/12/2013
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Don't Forget the Honeymoon Like many young women, I planned my wedding on a budget.  It can seem intimidating with so many potential expenses – flowers, food, invitations, cake, gown, DJ – the list can go on and on.  With so many costs to consider, many couples on a budget chose to... Read the full story
Discover your Flow
1/3/2013
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Discover your Flow A few days ago, I saw a documentary called “Happy.”  The film explored the nature of human happiness –what causes it, how we can be happier, and what being a happy person can mean for your life. I was especially struck by the film’s explanation of the hed... Read the full story
Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire!!!
12/30/2012
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Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire!!! “Chestnuts roasting on an open fire…Jack Frost nipping at your nose…”. When you hear these words, what comes to mind? For most of us, it’s one of the most recognized and beloved songs of the season – “The Christmas Song” – or commonly subtitled “Chestnu... Read the full story
Celebrate New Year's Eve in Style at Harpole's Heartland Lodge
12/23/2012
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Celebrate New Year's Eve in Style at Harpole's Heartland Lodge So, here it is December 23 and the world didn’t end after all.  I guess the Mayans had it wrong…  Luckily, I didn’t put off anything as important as bill paying, Christmas shopping, or blog writing.  I did, however, put off making any plans for New Year’s... Read the full story
Christmas Gift Giving!!
12/5/2012
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Christmas Gift Giving!! Today is Wednesday, December 5 and I guess at some point, I have to get myself in the Christmas spirit! It seemed like Thanksgiving came so early this year – and I wanted to enjoy the holiday as long as I could – that Christmas has snuck up on me AGAIN!... Read the full story
A New Christmas Tradition. The Way of Lights.
12/3/2012
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A New Christmas Tradition.  The Way of Lights. The Way of Lights is a mile and a half drive through the shrine’s grounds, which are covered in over a million Christmas lights. Every tree on the property is either draped or wrapped in lights, and along the drive you see electro-art displays that corr... Read the full story
Bowling Alone? Not us.
11/25/2012
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Bowling Alone?  Not us. In his book “Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community,” Robert Putnam wrote about the decline of American social participation since the 1950’s. As his title indicates, Putnam points to bowling as an example of this decline. The nu... Read the full story
Thanksgiving Blessings!!
11/21/2012
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Thanksgiving Blessings!! Merriam-Webster defines Thanksgiving as “the act of giving thanks” while The Random House College Dictionary takes it one step further and defines Thanksgiving as “the act of giving thanks; grateful acknowledgment or benefits or favors, esp. to God.” So... Read the full story
Enjoy a Day Trip to Springfield Illinois
11/19/2012
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Looking for a great day trip that will be memorable without breaking the bank? If you're anywhere near the Central Illinois area, there's a place you should consider that you probably haven't thought about visiting since your 6th grade field trip. Sprin... Read the full story
Enjoy the Season with Your Family
11/5/2012
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Enjoy the Season with Your Family Autumn in Illinois is a true treasure. I know that the Land of Lincoln is mostly known for its icy winters, humid summers and crooked politics, but once a year we touch on something wonderful in our lovely fall season. Briskness fills the air. The tree... Read the full story
Planning a Wedding Shower - Think Outside of the Gift Box
10/29/2012
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Planning a Wedding Shower – Think Outside of the Gift Box A few years ago I was asked to plan my sister’s bridal shower. She’s an offbeat gal who lives on the other side of the country and whose hobbies include canyoneering, learning Native American rain dances, and making her own taffy. We don’t have a whole... Read the full story
The Essential Girls’ Getaway
10/25/2012
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The Essential Girls’ Getaway It’s no secret – our lives are busier than ever. For those in the professional world, long hours, e-mails, text messages, and conference calls keep us ever struggling to keep up with a constant barrage of correspondence and obligation. For those raising a... Read the full story
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