Sanibel Island, FL vintage postcard

Heavenly Fall Vacation to Sanibel Island 🌴 Florida

Mom Sweeny in FloridaEach year, thanks to Mom Sweeny, our family has the opportunity to visit what’s described as “heaven on Earth”, Sanibel Island on Florida’s Gulf Coast. Sanibel is a magical place in nature with beaches, birds and sunsets. Imagine walking on a shell covered shore with warm air and birds flying above. This past week Mom Sweeny visited our beloved Sanibel Island, FL for a Fall vacation in October! Below are highlights from this trip to Heaven down South, USA.

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15 Best Spooky Gifts for 2019 Halloween


For so many, Fall is a favorite time of year. With images of snuggling up to a cozy fire with a hot pumpkin spice apple cider after a day at the corn maze, raking Fall leaves, or spooky trail hike. Autumn is cozy and wonderful! Gifts may not be the first thing that come to mind however, there’s lots to get excited about and the gifts below do not even include candy! This roundup of the 15 best spooky themed Halloween gifts are for home decoration or to surprise your Halloween-loving buddy.

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Solo Stove LightSolo Stove Light

Warm up on the front porch or on a backpacking trip with the “ultralight” Solo Stove Lite is the perfect Fall gift for the lover of the great outdoors in your life. Solo Stove offers free shipping plus free returns (store returns only after 30 days) excluding Hawaii and Alaska in the United States. The Solo Stove Lite, like its name, is actually light and perfect for two people to cozy up while on a hike or picnic in the chilly Autumn air.

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Lizzo Inspired Halloween Sweater

Get cozy with this handmade “100 percent That Witch” sweater from Etsy.com seller ImPressedClothing. Available in four stylish colors and five adult sizes from small to XXL. This item is made of a “50/50 cotton poly blend, is super soft and cozy” and ships in 3-5 days from California, USA.

Halloween sweater from Etsy.com

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Moosh-Moosh Spooky Halloween Plush Collection

Available in 9 different spooky characters, Moosh-Moosh plushies are super cuddly friends that are not only cute but at $14.99 each are a bargain! Shop the Moosh-Moosh website for these Spooky plushies or check out the other cuddly friends like Ash The Dragon Sequin Faced or Drac The Dragon from the Series 1 collection of Moosh-Moosh Plushies.


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Lake house vacation fun we always wanted and Pool Float #giveaway

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This summer, our big family vacation is at Lake Mitchel near Cadillac, Michigan at a beautiful lake house called “Lake Mitchel Retreat” which we rented via Airbnb.

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Our road trip to the lake house was three hours from Wisconsin to Grandma’s house in Chicagoland where we stayed overnight then another five hours from Illinois, through Indiana into Michigan.

We arrived, unpacked and made our way to the water where we discovered the lake house property includes a pier, 3 stand-up paddle boards, a peddle boat, a fire pit, many lawn chairs and other fun activities for our family to use.


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We rented the Lake Mitchel Retreat lake house for a week and there’s also a boat house on the property which is available to rent which sleeps up to 4 guests.

The lake house rental we’re enjoying sleeps 10 with 7 beds in 4 bedrooms and the back living room has a huge smart TV with Nintendo Wii, Roku player and giant windows facing Lake Mitchell. We also found 2 fireplaces, a big glass grill, full basement with laundry room, big stocked kitchen, tons of games and so much more fun outside!

The best inflatable pool float toy – the Giant Rainbow Unicorn by Coconut Floats

On our Michigan, USA family lake vacation, we brought a big pool float toy to enjoy in the water while on vacation, a Giant Rainbow Unicorn Pool Float by Coconut Floats.

This durable inflatable pool float is big enough for 2 kids or an adult to lounge comfortably and includes a handle on the neck and is super comfy and fun!

#coconutpoolfloatKeller with our Giant Rainbow Unicorn Pool floatOur #coconutpoolfloat

All the kids wanted a turn and Keller was even able to stand up on the giant pool float.

Giant Rainbow Unicorn Pool Float by Coconut Floats

We had fun with this HUGE pool float! Durable, Fun and Chill! Jump in with unique and Giant Rainbow Pool Float!

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Dirt-cheap cabin glamping in beautiful SW Wisconsin

Are you wanting an inexpensive rustic weekend cabin with a covered front porch?

Tucked away in the woods of Southwestern Wisconsin is a nook of four cabins, at Black Hawk Lake Recreation Area. Highland and Cobb, WI are the towns closest to the Black Hawk Lake and the park office has ice, bait, firewood (including kindling) and more. Look for the store at the turn for the park road which has a great selection of camping, fishing, hunting and adult party supplies!

The great find at Black Hawk Lake Rec Area are the four rustic cabins. The favorite (photos below) is Cabin #4 however Cabin #3 has an amazing view. The privacy and forest cover cannot be beat at Cabin #4 but the kicker is these cabins are all inexpensive at $70 (plus fees) per night. Check the Black Hawk Lake website for seasonal cabin pricing discounts and for more photos.

We setup a small table on the covered porch at the cabin which is perfect for hiding from the rain and sun.

The view from the porch overlooks the hill down to the campfire, woods past the campsite and beautiful water past the trees.

The beach at Black Hawk Lake State Rec Area is small but nice! There’s 3 charcoal bbq grills, a number of picnic tables, the concession stand has pool float rentals and it’s a beautiful view. Check out the park map for some great weekend glamping inspiration.

There’s plenty of spots to go fishing and the park office store sells bait and fishing licenses too. The photo above shows one of the many private boat moring locations and on the far left is one of the park’s fishing piers.

Black Hawk Lake Recreation Area is located 10 minutes from Highland, WI and 25 minutes from Dodgeville, WI. In addition to the four cabins which sleep six guests, there’s also a 12 person cabin. All cabins feature heat, air conditioning a covered porch, bbq grill and more. The cabins do not have bathrooms, look for pit toilets for common use and the park features three shower houses with nice, hot water, a group campground ($45 per night) and two single family campgrounds.

The park also features power boat, canoe, kayak and pontoon rentals. For an affordable rustic weekend getaway, visit the cabins at Back Hawk Lake Recreation Area for a dirt-cheap option on your next glamping adventure.

5 awesome Father’s Day Gifts 🎁 he wants

Unique gifts which are meaningful and well received require knowing a person well so buying gifts which people actually want is not easy. This Father’s Day, make gift giving easy with one or more of these awesome gift ideas which a dad really wants to open.

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A Handcrafted Wooden Baseball Game

Across the Board wooden Baseball Game

Across the Board is a St. Louis, USA based board game company that produces all kinds of unique wooden games using premium materials. This Baseball Game has slightly different rules than at the ball park using dice, metal pegs and a dry erase scoreboard. Play Ball!


This 4 Person Portable Hot Tub

This portable hot tub has bubble jets, ships via Amazon Prime so it ships in 2 days and has an awesome filter.Portable 4 person hot tub 🛀

This simple maintenance portable hot tub has bubble jets, ships via Amazon Prime, so it ships in 2 days, is large enough to comfortably fit 4 hot tubbers at 77 inches across plus it’s got an awesome filter and many more features.


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Unicorn Easter gifts kids want in 2019

Are you wanting to buy Easter gifts the kids will love?

Toy trends have taken some interesting turns with popularity in product categories including slime, poop and everything unicorn! This Easter, fill your kids’ baskets with some non-candy gifts with a unicorn twist! After scouring for the best unicorn Easter gifts, let’s obsess over these magical horses with their cuteness and enchantment to fill that obligatory Springtime gift basket with these top unicorn gift ideas from online retailers like Etsy, Amazon, Wish, Kohls and more—Enjoy!

Unicorn Aviators

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These whimsical Elli by Capelli sunglasses from Kohls.com are rainbow styled with round frames which fit ages 3 and up.

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Unicorn Trinket Tray

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Everyone needs a place to organize accessories. This unicorn tray by LC Lauren Conrad is available at Kohls.com and is made of ceramic.

$26 – Buy on Kohls.com


LLAMACORN SLIPPERZ

by Moosh-Moosh plushies

These plush Slipperz by Moosh-Moosh will melt your heart. Available in many styles, the Llamacorn Slipperz are super soft and are available for $16.99 on Moosh-Moosh.com.

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Top 10 Michigan Influencers on Instagram

This summer, we’re headed to Lake Cadillac in Cadillac Lake, Michigan for a sunny family vacation with the whole gang! Our Airbnb lakefront vacation home has 5 bedrooms, 2 baths, a 4 season solarium facing Lake Cadillac, pier with boats and much more. Part of the adventure of heading to a new community for a vacation, has always been planning ahead by reaching out to the local Chamber of Commerce and visitors bureau to get area info packets and hopefully a map!

I get excited about an upcoming travel destination by looking at Instagram’s huge collection of local influencers. Let’s enjoy the beauty and fun of Michigan with a best-of list of 10 favorite Michigan based influencers popular on Instagram.


1. @naturalmichigan

https://www.instagram.com/p/BvobZuGAzNO/

NatureMichigan reshares other adventure travel photos, above photo by @lindzjoy1188


2. @michiganskymedia

https://www.instagram.com/p/BvSc3BpA4tS/
Check out Tyler’s photos at www.michiganskymedia.com


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Showaflops are the flip-flops you’ve always wanted #giveaway

Are you looking for a durable, stylish flip-flop which keeps your feet free of germs?

Feet are gross. They’re sweaty and dirty because our feet get lots of use! When I start wearing flip-flops, I wear them frequently. So I cycle through men’s flip-flops at least twice a summer. This year, I discovered Showaflops, a fun and stylish slide which can be worn almost anywhere. I’m excited to try Showflops this summer on glamping trips here in Wisconsin and at the pool and beach nearby.


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