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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
Fall Foliage in Full Color!!
10/21/2012
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Fall Foliage in Full Color!! Because of our work schedule, Dan and I are not always able to take advantage of the numerous fall color drives and festivals (Pike County Fall Color Drive, Spoon River Valley Scenic Drive, Clarksville Applefest and the Louisiana Country ColorFest) that a... Read the full story
Next Stop...Quincy, Illinois!!
9/22/2012
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Next Stop...Quincy, Illinois!! Next Stop…Quincy, Illinois!! When Gary left for his hunting trip, I thought I might have a couple of weeks to regroup. But oh no! He sends me a text last Sunday morning asking if I could write a blog while he was gone. After a couple of messages ba... Read the full story
The Circus Wedding Came To Heartland
9/16/2012
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The Circus Wedding Came To Heartland This past weekend the lodge was host to a beautiful vintage style wedding. The bride and groom were Paige Tharp and Brad Ruble. They place a big white tent behind the New Lodge and the ceremony chairs were placed beyond the tent. Inside the tent were... Read the full story
Plan Your 2013 Illinois Vacation Now!!
9/10/2012
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Plan Your 2013 Illinois Vacation Now!! How early is too early to plan your vacation for 2013? I’m already thinking of my vacation to Florida with my mom in January & February so I would say that you could definitely start thinking about & planning your 2013 vacation NOW! But the all-importan... Read the full story
Annual Anniversary Trip Has Come and Gone!!!
9/8/2012
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Annual Anniversary Trip Has Come and Gone!!! Another year has passed and Dan and I have just returned from our annual anniversary trip to Harpole’s Heartland Lodge – the lodge that we have visited every year since we got married 13 years ago. This year, our actual anniversary was on Tuesday so we a... Read the full story
Summer Internship Update
9/3/2012
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Summer Internship Update It’s hard to believe that September is already here and that summer is coming to an end. It’s crazy to think about how quickly my internship is passing by and there is no doubt in my mind that the next three months will be as enjoyable as my first three h... Read the full story
Apple Harvest Season is Here!!!
9/2/2012
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Apple Harvest Season is Here!!! As I sit here and write this, the rain from Hurricane Isaac is falling and has been for two days. As much as we desperately need the rain here in the Midwest, it’s really too little, too late to help the farmers and their crops. However, as I was drivin... Read the full story
Begin Planning Your Next Family Reunion Now!!
8/18/2012
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Begin Planning Your Next Family Reunion Now!! Every now and then, I struggle with a topic to blog about – either because of writer’s block (really???) or because there are too many items to write about. After spending last Friday with some of my family in Quincy, Illinois for a very happy occasion,... Read the full story
2012 Illinois State Fair Begins Thursday!
8/7/2012
2012 Illinois State Fair Begins Thursday! “Family Fun For Everyone!” That is the theme for the 2012 Illinois State Fair, which begins Thursday, August 9 and continues through Sunday, August 19. Think about it – summer is winding down and the kids are getting ready to go back to school (or in so... Read the full story
Here Comes The Bride...
7/30/2012
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Here Comes The Bride… …and the groom and the rest of the wedding party! And they’re coming to Harpole’s Heartland Lodge for the perfect destination wedding location! I’ll be honest – I’ve never been to a wedding at the lodge and I sometimes think that had Dan and I learned a... Read the full story
Raging Rivers WaterPark - It's Cool When It's Hot!!
7/17/2012
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Raging Rivers WaterPark – It’s Cool When It’s Hot!! On Saturday, Dan and I took part in a family tradition that began approximately 14 years ago – but this tradition included FOUR generations of my family – ranging in age from eight-months to 71 years of age! Believe it or not, we made our annual visit to... Read the full story
Birthday Journey Adventure
7/16/2012
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Well here it is another hot day and it is 100 already with a high supposed to get to 105. Sure glad tomorrow is going to only be in the mid 80s. After a marvelous breakfast with enough food to feed all their horses too, we decided to take a rolling picnic... Read the full story
Our Weekend Getaway is Just Two Months Away!!
7/6/2012
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Our Weekend Getaway is Just Two Months Away!! As Dan & I celebrated the July 4th holiday with some very good friends, I realized that our weekend getaway at Harpole’s Heartland Lodge is just two months away – and I can hardly wait. Our wedding anniversary is September 4 – we will have been married 1... Read the full story
Wild Blackberries are at Their Peak!
7/5/2012
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Wild Blackberries are at Their Peak! Well it’s that time of the year for picking wild blackberries! At Heartland Lodge we have many places to pick and harvest these flavorful blackberries as it is the right time of the year for them to be ripe. Many of our guests take advantage of the hundre... Read the full story
Lantern Festival: Art by Day, Magic by Night
6/28/2012
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Lantern Festival:  Art by Day, Magic by Night All I can say is WOW!!! My mom and I spent a very enjoyable afternoon together last Friday – first by having lunch at Magpie’s, one of my favorite little restaurants in St. Charles, MO. We then headed down to the Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis t... Read the full story
Harpole’s Heartland Lodge New Intern
6/23/2012
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Harpole’s Heartland Lodge New Intern Hello my name is Aaron Pohl, I’m the new Intern at Harpole’s Heartland Lodge. I grew up in a small town in Michigan called Napoleon. Growing up I would spend my summers on the lake, every day and all day as my family were avid water skiers. If I wasn’t on... Read the full story
Hit the ATV Riding Trails This Summer!
6/15/2012
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Hit the ATV Riding Trails This Summer! “Some Like It Easy…Some Like It Rough” is the new motto for ATV riders at Harpole’s Heartland Lodge. Now I have to be honest – in all the years that Dan and I have been going to the lodge, we have never ridden ATV’s. We always go horseback riding but we... Read the full story
Feeling Nostalgic? Check Out The Clark 54 Drive-In Theatre!
6/5/2012
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Feeling Nostalgic?  Check Out The Clark 54 Drive-In Theatre! This past Friday night, Dan and I enjoyed something that neither of us had done since we were teenagers – we went to a drive-in movie! Now I know what most of you are thinking. “Where is there a drive-in movie around here?” or “I didn’t know there were... Read the full story
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