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Spring has Sprung!!
3/25/2015
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Spring has Sprung!! At 5:45 p.m. CDT on March 20, 2015, spring (or the vernal equinox) officially arrived! And even though the grass isn’t as green as I would like, and the temperatures aren’t as warm yet, there’s just something about knowing that we are now officiall... Read the full story
Morel Mushrooms Spring Early!
4/6/2012
Morel Mushrooms Spring Early! Can you believe the mild winter we’ve had? This stretch of warmer weather has certainly caused many spring activities to arrive a few weeks early – and one of those just happens to be mushroom hunting. In west-central Illinois, where Harpole’s Heartland... Read the full story
Never Too Early to Plan Your Vacation!!
2/28/2015
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Never Too Early to Plan Your Vacation!! When it comes to planning trips and vacations for Dan and I, I am usually pretty good about scheduling our travel and activities in order to enjoy all that we want to do…no matter where we go. And yes, sometimes our plans have to change based on where we... Read the full story
Wounded Warrior Rib Fest Cookout!!
2/28/2015
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Do you like ribs? Do you like music? And more importantly, do you like supporting a good cause? Then you will want to mark your calendars for Saturday, May 23, 2015 for the first ever Wounded Warrior Rib Fest Cookout. This event will be held at non... Read the full story
Hit the Lodge...Coming Soon!!
1/31/2015
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Hit the Lodge…Coming Soon!! Can you believe that it’s the end of the first month of 2015? Where has the time gone? Are you sticking to your New Year’s Resolutions? If you’re like me, maybe you’ll start in February, right? And if you are a photographer – of any skill level – then I’m... Read the full story
Looking for a Winter Getaway?
12/31/2014
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Looking for a Winter Getaway? With all the focus on Christmas, New Year’s Eve and all the holiday happenings in-between, did you realize that Old Man Winter snuck up on us? According to Wikipedia, the technical term for Old Man Winter is the Winter Solstice and is defined as “the astr... Read the full story
Eagle Watching Season Has Returned!
1/11/2013
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Eagle Watching Season Has Returned! The eagle has landed…again! But this year, we must change ‘eagle’ to ‘eagles’ as there seems to be a larger number of eagles around the area than in the previous two years since I’ve been blogging about a hobby of many this time of year – Eagle Watching!... Read the full story
“The Stockings Were Hung…!!”
12/16/2014
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“The Stockings Were Hung…!!” “…by the chimney with care, in hopes that Saint Nicholas soon would be there.” We all know and love the classic poem “Twas the Night Before Christmas” by Clement C. Moore and it just wouldn’t be Christmas without hearing The Christmas Story at least once.... Read the full story
My Heartland Gratitude Journal!!
11/27/2014
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Gratitude…defined by The Random House College Dictionary as “the quality or feeling of being grateful or thankful”…is something that I’ve thought about a lot over the last few months. Throughout the year, people that I’ve met have said that a person shoul... Read the full story
Enjoy October at the Lodge!!
10/4/2014
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Enjoy October at the Lodge!! Can you believe it’s already the first of October? If you’re like me, each year at this time, you ask yourself “where has the year gone?” I don’t know about you, but I am always adding things to my already busy calendar…and this time of year is cer... Read the full story
Let’s Go Shopping at The Farm!!
10/2/2014
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Let’s Go Shopping at The Farm!! Every now and then, I’ll talk to someone and they’ll say that they’re going to the farm for the weekend. And during the fall, when it is harvest season, we think of all the work that the farmers do on their own farm. My mom’s family will be gathering o... Read the full story
Fall is Officially Here!!
9/25/2014
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Fall is Officially Here!! …and so is the fall festival season! Officially, the autumnal equinox kicked off in the Northern Hemisphere at 10:29 p.m. on September 22. However, the fall festival season surrounding Heartland Lodge officially began on Labor Day weekend with the Pittsfi... Read the full story
Fair Season in Full Swing!!
7/3/2014
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Fair Season in Full Swing!! Can you believe that it’s July 1st, we are getting ready to celebrate the July 4th holiday and that QVC (one of the largest multimedia retailers in the world) is running a “Christmas in July” show as I’m writing this? Where has the year gone? Time certain... Read the full story
Celebrate July 4th in the Heartland!!
6/17/2014
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Celebrate July 4th in the Heartland!! Can you believe it? We are already making plans for the July 4th holiday weekend…but we just haven’t figured out where the year has gone! Do you have your plans made? If not, I’ve got some great ideas for you!   As I indicated in my blog from last year,... Read the full story
St. Louis Celebrates 250 Years!!
2/26/2014
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St. Louis Celebrates 250 Years!! Many of us celebrate milestone birthdays one of two ways – we either moan and groan about turning another year older OR we embrace the number and enjoy a new phase of life. But no matter how you celebrate that day that only comes once a year, you will ne... Read the full story
Don’t Let the Boys Have All the Fun – 10 Ways for Ladies to Love Harpole’s Heartland Lodge
9/29/2013
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A couple of years ago I saw a Facebook ad pointing me to Harpole’s Heartland Lodge.  I asked my Central Illinois friends if they had ever visited the lodge and none had.  But, several of their husbands and significant others had...and apparently they had... Read the full story
Shop and Dine in an Illinois Main Street Town!!
9/6/2013
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Shop and Dine in an Illinois Main Street Town!! If you’ve taken my advice and scheduled yourself for a little R&R at Harpole’s Heartland Lodge, then good for you! Maybe your R&R getaway isn’t all about the rest and relaxation – you may want to hit the ATV trails or go horseback riding. You may even w... Read the full story
Schedule Some Time for Some R&R!!
9/2/2013
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Schedule Some Time for Some R&R!! That’s right! It’s already September 2nd and if you’re like me, you’re asking yourself, “Where has the year gone?” The summer is on its way to being a memory of yesterday, the kids are all back in school and the holidays are just around the corner. The... Read the full story
Visit the Illinois State Fair
8/13/2013
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It is that time again. Every year when the weather is warm and the kids are headed back to school…When the smells of fried food and great barbeque start to waft through the air.  Food.  Music.  Competition.  That can only mean that the Illinois State Fair... Read the full story
Make the Most out of Your Summer Vacation
8/4/2013
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I graduated from school many years ago.  The truth is my days of long, fun summer vacations are over.  Like many though, I still look forward to the summertime during the long, dark, cold days of winter…  Summer is freedom.  Summer is kids playing outside... Read the full story
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