10 luxury Midwest getaways for nature lovers + Showaflops #Giveaway

But who still want Wifi, a hot tub and queen-size bed or larger

Do you enjoy camping but still left wanting a hot tub, heat, A/C, a queen size bed and Wifi? Think glamping! A combination of camping and luxurious accommodations.

Glamour + Camping = Glamping!

We’ve partnered with GlampingHub.com to bring the best and most unique glamping vacation destination in the Midwest which also feature wifi, hot tubs, and at least a queen-size bed. Also, be sure to enter the Showaflops giveaway and read below for more info about Showaflops. We’re showing off the best Midwest trip ideas to get into nature but also have a cozy, comfortable stay. Glamping Hub features more than 30,000 luxurious locations for nature lovers in more than 180 countries! Discover more amazing trip ideas from GlampingHub.com in this feature article on TRAVEL+LEISURE or on their social accounts at Facebook | Instagram | Pinterest | Twitter.


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Cottage at Daniel Boone National Forest

Burnside, KY – $105/night

This super-cute cottage which sleeps up to 4 guests is located near the Cumberland River and has luxurious conveniences including wifi, two flat-screen TV’s, queen-size bed, queen-size sleeper sofa, large stone fireplace, bubbling hot tub, bbq grill and shared swimming pool. Families with kids will be happy to know that the cottage is kid and infant-friendly however pets are not allowed on the property and there is a two-night stay minimum.

“For those looking to explore the surroundings, head out for some hiking and biking through Daniel Boone National Forest. The adventurers out there can head out for some rock climbing or hiking while those looking to relax can enjoy some boating while scouting out the best picnicking spots. Lake Cumberland also offers guests an array of activities including shopping, swimming, and hiking.”

LINK @ https://glampinghub.com/unitedstatesofamerica/south/kentucky/burnside/cottage-daniel-boone-national-forest-kentucky/


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Riverfront Cabin with Private Hot Tub

Saugatuck, Michigan – $120/night

This private cabin located on the Kalamazoo River features wifi, a king size bed, hot tub all to yourself, fireplace, kitchen, heat, a kayak, bbq grill and amazing outdoor views. Pets are always welcome for an additional fee and a three night minimum stay is required for booking.

“Outside, glampers can sit on the screened deck with a morning cup of coffee and admire the scenery before heading out on an adventure. When glampers return, the grill is perfect for an afternoon cookout, while the private hot tub beckons glampers to soothe their muscles before retiring for the day.”

LINK @ https://glampinghub.com/unitedstatesofamerica/midwest/michigan/saugatuck/cabin-hot-tub-saugatuck-michigan/


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B&B near the Superior National Forest

Grand Marais, Minnesota – $176/night

This wilderness property is located next to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and sports a selection of luxury suites for booking, which include a combination of whirlpool tub, queen size bed, private decks, wifi, heat, kitchen, fireplace and more on site. This 3 unit property requires a two night stay minimum and has a 5 star rating to boot!

“Guests will have access to a wide range of luxury facilities during their stay including but not limited to fire pit, parking and sauna.”

LINK @ https://glampinghub.com/unitedstatesofamerica/midwest/minnesota/grandmarais/bed-and-breakfast-suites-superior-national-forest-minnesota/


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B&B at a Wine Tasting Room

Gibbon, Nebraska – $180/night

The B&B cabin is located at a wine tasting room near Grand Island, Nebraska, just 2 blocks from Windmill State Park. Sleeping arrangements for up to four guests includes a king size bed, futon and queen size sofa bed, kitchenette and jetted clawfoot tub in the bathroom. Pets are prohibited however, guests can smoke in designated areas and each morning includes continental breakfast or breakfast at the local restaurant.

“A wine basket in the afternoon is available upon request; please inquire with the host.”

LINK @ https://glampinghub.com/unitedstatesofamerica/midwest/nebraska/gibbon/bed-breakfast-grand-island-nebraska/


Romantic Boat Getaway

Brownville, Nebraska – $150/night

This romantic boat trip is the one listing that does not have a hot tub or jetted tub but does include accommodations for two guests featuring daily breakfast and dinner on board for an extra fee. Queen size bed and wifi are included as well as a kitchenette, laundry facilities, exercise room, sunny upper and lower decks and views of the Missouri River.

“Guests can head to the Whiskey Run Creek winery for a tasting or enjoy live entertainment at the Brownville Concert Hall.” No smoking and no pets, sorry kitty.

LINK @ https://glampinghub.com/unitedstatesofamerica/midwest/nebraska/brownville/romantic-getaway-boat-nebraska/


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Charming Cabin near Cedar Point Amusement Park

Bellevue, Ohio – $169/night

This amazing rustic style vacation cabin is located at an 1842 farmstead, sleeps 5 guests and is packed full of amenities including queen-size bunk beds, antique shower, gas fireplace, huge TV, wifi, fully stocked kitchen and so much more. Outside, guests will find a “gorgeous porch area with rustic seating”, six-person hot tub, bbq grill and fire pit with firewood provided by the hosts.

Two night minimum stay is required however guests can “inquire about a one-night stay. A different rate will apply when available.”

“The property is jam-packed with amenities to keep guests comfortable during their stay. The six person hot tub is an ideal place to relax after a day of fun, while the private lower level patio with a gas barbecue, chairs, and a table makes a great spot to have dinner. This rental even has an “Old World”-style pergola with a fire pit (firewood provided) and seating for fireside conversations and laughs. On hot days, visitors can make the most of the communal pool located in town, only 10 minutes away.”

LINK @ https://glampinghub.com/unitedstatesofamerica/midwest/ohio/bellevue/cabin-rental-cedar-point-lake-erie-ohio/


Rustic Cottage with Luxurious Comforts

Laurelville, OH – $211/night

Enjoy the views at this hilltop cottage, perfect for a romantic getaway with a 2 guest capacity. Amenities include queen-size bed, “gorgeous bathroom”, gas fireplace, equipped kitchen, living spaces with large comfy couch, dining room, wifi, charcoal grill, fire pit, porch swing, sprivate hot tub and candles provided to all guests. This non-smoking location requires a 2-night stay minimum and is not pet-friendly. Photos of this location by Nathan Szwarc.

“In-cabin services include a Natural Remedies Massage, a Blue Valley in cabin massage, The Ridge Inn Restaurant in-cabin dining available, and Grouse Nest Traveling Chef. The property includes four cabins, each featuring all the amenities and furnishings for guests to feel right at home. All cabins are air-conditioned. Linens and bath towels are provided by the host. There are hiking trails and a stocked pond on the property. Nestled in a majestic pine forest of the Hocking Hills of Southeastern Ohio, this retreat offers peacefulness and serenity while being close to all the attractions. Seven Ohio State Parks are all within 14 miles, and there is plenty of shopping and unique dining nearby. Other attractions just minutes away include Old Man’s Cave, Cedar Falls, Ash Cave, Conkle’s Hollow, Rock House, and Cantwell Cliffs.”

LINK @ https://glampinghub.com/unitedstatesofamerica/midwest/ohio/laurelville/rustic-cottage-hocking-hills-ohio/


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Farmhouse Rental at Vinyard

Muscoda, Wisconsin – $160/night

Ever wanted to spend your staycation at a vineyard? This romantic farmhouse rental located next to Weggy Winery, is five miles from the Wisconsin River and accommodates up to 8 guests. This Farmhouse rental features 3 bedrooms with queen-sized beds, a fully-equipped kitchen, one bathroom with two-person jetted tub plus separate shower, a big fireplace plus a living room, dining room and a family room.

Walking outside, guests can chill on the big deck, stone patio with fireplace or short walk to the neighboring vinyard for a wine tasing. Other fun recreation opportunities include nearby horsebacking riding, the Starlite drive-in movie theater and for guests who stay from the end of February through the beginning of March, enjoy making maple syrup on-site. Pets and smoking not allowed but a one night stay is allowed.

LINK @ https://glampinghub.com/unitedstatesofamerica/midwest/wisconsin/muscoda/Farmhouse-rental-wisconsin/


Garden Themed B&B Suite

Sparta, WI – $208/night

This private romantic suite is situated on the second floor of a bed and breakfast and is perfect for guests looking to be spoiled. This location is accommodating to both pets and children and a two-night minimum stay required on the weekends. Inside, look for the king-size bed, in-room whirlpool hot tub, wifi and included breakfast.

“A hearty breakfast with chef’s choice entrees is included with the lodging at this beautiful glamping property. Served in The Lodge, guests can come down at their leisure from 7:30am–10:00am, or they can arrange to have it delivered to their suite, cottage, or log cabin. Catering to gluten free, dairy free and vegan diets is easily accommodated.”

Outdoors, guests will be delighted to find huge open spaces of natural beauty, trails, star-gazing, on-site disc golf courses and fire pit.

“The host loans discs for use on their course and they have dynamic discs, snacks, wine, and beer for sale. The disc gold course is open year round during daylight hours or at night by appointment. Course access is included for lodging guests. Set in a private valley, this glamping site is situated on 200 acres of woodland, hills, and meadows. There is a 10-mile (16K) trail system on site for guests to enjoy hiking, fat tire biking, running, or making up their own adventures.”

LINK @ https://glampinghub.com/unitedstatesofamerica/midwest/wisconsin/sparta/suite-rental-near-tomah/


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Plush Grain Silo Vacation Retreat

Alvin, IL – $135/night

This unique 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom vacation getaway located in northeastern Illinois is incredibly secluded and is retrofitted from an old grain silo on a working farm. Perfect for two guests in a queen-size bed, this romantic retreat features a large claw foot tub, breakfast delivery to the door, wifi, upper deck for watching the sunset and rise, porch with fire ring and plenty of hiking on site. Located 15-20 minutes from Danville, IL, guests will find this location to be easy to access but also remote and extremely private. Sounds perfect right?

“Staying here is an experience unlike any other. There are restaurants in the surrounding area and the property owners even provide home-cooked meals delivered at an extra cost! Guests can hike through the farm pastures or catch a sunset from the roof and this location is a beautiful place to kick back and relax in Illinois.”

LINK @ https://glampinghub.com/unitedstatesofamerica/midwest/illinois/alvin/unique-accommodation-alvin-illinois/


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The best Valentine’s Day getaway cabins and cottages in Wisconsin

Best cabins and cottages in Wisconsin for a Valentine’s Day getaway

Have you ever wanted to escape to a cabin in the woods?

Can you feel the joy of nature?

This year we’re glamping!

A great solution to traditional tent camping is to rent a vacation home. cottage or cabin (hopefully in the woods, on a lake, with a covered front porch with jacuzzi hot tub, fireplace, oh and Wifi!

I’ve found camping with my boys (7, 10 and 14) to be enjoyable while also a lot of work. A great solution to traditional tent camping is to rent a vacation home, cottage or cabin (hopefully in the woods, on a lake, with a covered front porch, jacuzzi hot tub, fireplace and Wifi.)

While researching for this post, I discovered GLAMPING HUB. It’s like Airbnb but for cabins and cottages! This blog received no monetary sponsorship for this mention but this glamping website is an impressive resource!

This summer, we’ll be camping more frequently than last year, by booking a few weekends in cabins, cottages and vacation homes in Wisconsin. I’m hoping the listings below give you a good range of different accommodations to fit your budget while providing a restful getaway for Valentine’s Day weekend or other romantic occasions.

“There is something of the marvelous in all things of nature.” —Aristotle

“One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.” —William Shakespeare

“It was in the forest that I found, the peace that passeth understanding” —Jane Goodall

“Now I see the secret of the making of the best persons. It is to grow in the open air, and to eat and sleep with the earth.” —Walt Whitman


Loon’s Landing Resort – St. Germain, WI

Loon's Landing Resort - St. Germain, WILoon’s Landing Resort in St. Germain, WI is located in northern Wisconsin, 10 miles from Minocqua and Eagle River, WI. The cabins at Loon’s Landing Resort are furnished with wifi, DVDs, a grill and refrigerator—even heat and a stovetop! Loon’s Landing also boasts a game room, swimming, fish cleaning station with bait shop, a lake with scenic views and an assortment of rentals including canoes, paddle boats, pontoon boats and more. Cabins are furnished with sheets, blankets, pillows, dishes and cooking utensils. Each cabin sleeps 4 to 6 guests and prices start at $89-99/night for off-season use. Visit Loon Landing Resort on Facebook for fun updates!

Loon’s Landing Resort
6978 Pickerel Lake Road
St. Germain, WI 54558
715-479-9190
info@loonslandingresort.com


Virgin Timber Resort – Hayward, WI

Cabin rental in northern WIThis beautiful resort has many amenities for guests and this reflects in more expensive cabin rates of $250 (off-peak: $200) to as low as $115 (off-peak: $110) per night. Occupancies range from 2 (Little Perch-Cabin #7) to 10 guests (Big Musky #1). Check out the Virgin Timber Resort Facebook Page where they do a great job with updates about the Wisconsin northwoods business.

“Virgin Timber Resort offers year-round accommodations with seven original log cabins and one vacation home. The log cabins are authentic 1920s log cabins, each highlighted by a natural stone fireplace. Resort includes on-site bar/restaurant, lodge access with billiard and board games, DVDs, basketball court, playground and complimentary use of rowboats, kayaks, canoes, paddle-boats and paddle-boards. Cabins include fully equipped kitchens, linens, satellite TV, WiFi, picnic table, charcoal grill, fire-pit, and outdoor lawn furniture.”

Virgin Timber Resort
10820 N Moose Lake Rd
Hayward, WI 54843
715-462-3269
vtimberresort@gmail.com

The best romantic cabins in Wisconsin for Valentine’s Day Weekend
Scenes around Virgin Timber and Moose Lake Friday June 16, 2017, in Hayward, Wis. (Photo by Robert Graves)

Little Pond Lodge – New Lisbon, WI

New Lisbon, WI cabinsLittle Pond Lodge is located in central Wisconsin near Mauston. Each cabin is “tucked into the woods around Little Pond” and feature fire pits, queen beds, gas fireplaces, kitchens and more. This small family business also features The Lodge, The Loft and The Luxe which are all beautiful vacation homes.

Little Pond Lodge
N6768 Hwy 58
New Lisbon, WI 53950
608-847-4593
littlepondlodge@yahoo.com


HeartSong Cottage – Mineral Point, WI

Mineral Point vacation homeThis lovely vacation home is tucked on a hill in Mineral Point, Wisconsin—hometown to Our Family Reviews! HeartSong Cottage sleeps up to 8 guests, rates start at only $99 per night and is situated in a historic small town with cozy restaurants, unique shopping, art galleries, a brewpub and so much more! Mineral Point is conveniently located half way between Madison, WI and Dubuque, IA and is surrounded by beautiful destinations like Governor Dodge State Park, Shake Rag Center for the Arts, Frank Loyd Wright’s Taliesin, House on the Rock and 35 minutes from Galena, IL. Of all the cabins and cottages featured here for this Valentine’s Day getaway, this wonderful vacation home would be an ideal choice based on the price, amenities, location and guest occupancy of 8 with 3 bedrooms, 5 beds and easy self check-in!

“The house has been updated with modern conveniences but retains its old-world charm and elegance. A well equipped kitchen, super-comfy beds, and lots of natural light, make this perfect for a romantic getaway or family vacation.”

View the HeartSong Cottage Airbnb listing for booking information on this beautiful and unique getaway house. Read the recent coverage which included HeartSong Cottage in LIVABILITY who touted this cozy cottage as “worth braving the cold for.”


Log Cabin near Wolf River – Elton, WI

This amazing cabin near Elton, Wisconsin features accommodations for two guests and includes breakfast each morning, a wood-fired hot tub, a gazeebo, fire pit, kitchen, cozy bedroom, bbq grill and so much more. The price of this cabin is around $95 per night with no minimum on the number of nights. Pets and smoking are not allowed on site.

“This beautiful glamping site is located in northern Wisconsin in the city of Elton. The property is secluded and quiet, making it an ideal choice for a honeymoon, anniversary, or romantic weekend away. It is also just five miles from great cross-country ski trails at Gartzke Flowage Ski Area and only eight miles from the beautiful Wolf River, where glampers can go rafting, tubing, canoeing, or kayaking.”

Learn more about booking this cabin in the woods on on Glamping Hub.


Black Hawk Lake Recreation Area Cabins – Highland, WI

Situated in southwest Wisconsin in the heart of the Driftless area, the 5 cabins at Black Hawk Lake Rec. Area feature heat and electricity, A/C, charcoal grills, fire pits and picnic tables. The cabins are rustic with pit toilets and one central water hydrant. Inside, most cabins feature bunk beds and an indoor table. A two night stay minimum is required, rates are $70-95 per night and sleep between 6-12 guests, depending on cabin choice.

Blackhawk Lake Recreation Area
2025 County Highway BH
Highland, WI 53543
608-623-2707
bhlake@mhtc.net


Cozy Tree House Cabin – Wisconsin Dells, WI

Includes complimentary water park and theme park too!Bonus tip! I’ve discovered a Wisconsin Dells cabin treehouse with Queen Bed and bunk beds which sleeps four guests for around $100 per night and this booking includes “free tickets to Noah’s Ark Waterpark (Good 5/26/18 to 9/03/2018) & Timbavati Wildlife Park (Good 5/01/18 to 10/28/2018) complimentary with your stay.” Wow! We are for sure book reservations here!


Whether you’re looking for an off-the-grid cabin getaway, a cottage in the woods with wifi or a romantic luxury vacation home, Wisconsin has many opportunities for glamping this Valentine’s Day! What’s your your preference for where to stay on a romantic getaway?

Plan Your Wisconsin Cabins and Cottages Getaway

Feature photo by JOHNSON SCHMALING ARCHITECTS  
Nature quotes from GlobalStewards.org
Many photos courtesy of Glamping Hub

Awesome Family Gifts for the 2018 Holidays

This holiday giving season, we’ve compiled our favorite family gift ideas which we’re sure will be a hit with the kids in your household, plus a special gift idea below for the parents who like to be prepared.

Jooki - smart media player for kids

Jooki Smart Media Player For Kids

Jooki is a smart media player which is water resistant, durable and for the kids! Parents load up a playlist into each Jooki character and the child can choose which playlist to enjoy.

I can imagine my youngest son enjoying his favorite EDM music as he loves to dance and Jooki would make a perfect addition to our bedtime stories as well! Jooki gives kids options, choices and freedom to decide what they’d like to enjoy listening to while giving parents the ability to manage the songs and stories on Jooki via direct upload; Spotify Premium account or; web interface (for desktop users) at http://my.jooki.rocks/ . Jooki is also available on Amazon.

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Rescue Guard

Rescue Guard Life-Saving Backpacks

Rescue Guard kits are life saving backpacks, filled with gear to survive the worst of mother nature’s disasters. Available in three kits ($49.95, $99.95 and $179.95) exclusively on Amazon, having a Rescue Guard all-in-one disaster bug-out backpack kit, will put you at ease knowing that you’re prepared and safe.

The zipper backpacks contain food, shelter, blankets, water, first-aid kit and other life-sustaining essentials. The Advance Rescue Guard ($179.95) kit even includes a knife, lantern, gloves and many other survival tools. We plan to keep our Rescue Guard backpack in storage where we’ll know exactly where it’s stored for easy retrieval in case of an emergency!


Moosh-Moosh plushies

Moosh-Moosh Super-Cuddly Plush Pillow Friends

In my household, we love plush animals and stuffed pillows! First we were crazy about Whiffer Sniffers and now we’ve discovered Moosh-Moosh plushies! These super cute and super cuddly plush pillow friends are perfect for me because I love to lay in bed or sit in my night chair and put a plush pillow friend behind my head to rest my neck.

My boys and I are big fans of plush pillows and this Christmas my little dudes will find a few new friends under our Chris tree to cuddle—Moosh-Moosh! As a family, we enjoy plush pillow friends at bedtime, on the couch for TV or movie time or to play with for pretend play. Our favorite Moosh-Moosh plushies are Corey the Puppy, Midnight the Cat and Sparkle the Unicorn which are pictured above. Available in three sizes, clip-on (4 inch); medium (8 inch) and large (12 inch), grab a Moosh-Moosh plushie on Amazon or on their website!

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Not Parent Approved

Not Parent Approved – An Inappropriate Game Kids Will Love

Games are big in our house! We often spend time on the weekend playing board games, card games, video games and so I know the Not Parent Approved game is going to make the perfect addition to our weekend fun!

I can’t wait to show the kids this game as I know that potty humor and other silly word games have been a huge hit for my boys and I as we spend silly family time enjoying each others laughs and giggles. Not Parent Approved is a game that lets kids unleash their silliness and suggested for kids 8 years-old and up! This is going to make the perfect Christmas present in my household of inappropriate boys!

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Top 10 Best Amazon Alexa Echo Dot gifts

Gift ideas for use with Amazon Alexa enabled Echo Dot

Keller with Santa at Shake Rag Alley Center for the ArtsLast Christmas, my daughter surprised me with an Amazon Echo Dot which I love using. Since then, I’ve purchased another Echo Dot which I use both Alexa enabled devices to stream music from Amazon Music, Pandora and I often connect my computer to my Echo Dots to play music from iTunes, YouTube and Google Play Music (thanks CG.) One of my favorite tricks with the Echo Dot devices is to create a group with more than one Echo Dot and have them all play the same music which fills my house with the same song. There’s currently over 50,000 Alexa Skills which are enabled via the Alexa app which connects to your Echo Dot.

I can’t forget to mention how amazing the “talk to me Alexa” feature is which taps into the Alexa Prize Socialbots (a collegiate AI Competition) allowing you to have a conversation, learn and be entertained by Amazon’s Alexa.

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In the spirit of Amazon’s Echo Dot, below is my dream list of the 10 best Amazon Echo Dot gifts which all work with Amazon Alexa. The holiday giving season is very close and I prefer to get a huge jump start on the holiday shopping. I hope this Echo Dot gift list offers some fun and amazing gift ideas for you while not breaking the bank. It’s important to note for editorial reasons, the copy below is from Amazon.com.


Echo Dot Kids Edition – Alexa for kids
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Echo Dot Kids Edition, a smart speaker with Alexa for kids“Introducing a hands-free, voice-controlled speaker with Alexa, designed with kids in mind. Echo Dot Kids Edition can play age-appropriate music, answer questions, tell stories, control compatible smart home devices, and more. Includes a black Echo Dot, a 1-year subscription to FreeTime Unlimited, a fun kid-friendly case, and a 2-year worry-free guarantee. If they break it, return it and we’ll replace it for free.”¹

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Panning for gold at Big Thunder Gold Mine in Keystone, SD in the Black Hills

The best family adventures in the Black Hills South Dakota

Our trusty family vacation Bound for South Dakota with my 3 boys and mom, we opted to drive on this family vacation as we were camping ⛺️ and the drive from Wisconsin to the Black Hills, SD is only 12 hours (with the exception of our numerous stops for bathrooms, gasoline, coffee, sightseeing and food!) Our vehicle was a 4X4 SUV (seats 7) loaded with our possessions including a waterproof fabric car top carrier and a small trailor with more of our vacation gear (bedding, camping stove, food, chairs, etc.)

This post contains affiliate links which I use to keep the office lights on (and coffee.) Read the Disclosure, Terms and Privacy fineprint here, learn about the giveaway rules and note, no product samples were provided for this review and the opinions expressed here are original, unique and my ideas solely.

The first day of our family travel adventure we drove out of Wisconsin through southern Minnesota to Sioux City, SD where we enjoyed accommodations at the Dakota Lodge hotel. We capped the night on the water slide and swimming at our hotel and then I put the boys down to sleep and walked to the Crooked Pint Ale House which had 18 local craft brews on tap. The Dakota Lodge of Sioux City, South Dakota, was excellent and the Crooked Pint has a full menu of not-so pub grub, healthy food too.

On our second day of our family vacation, we were greeted by a huge statue “DIGNITY of Earth and Sky” at a rest stop in Chamberlain, SD off I-90 westbound.

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Travel as a family with Lonely Planet Kids

We’re headed to South Dakota this week for our big family vacation where we’ll camp at Custer State Park for two weeks! I’m so happy to have some fun activities and books for the kids to enjoy while we road trip leaving from Wisconsin on a two day family travel adventure.

I’ve partnered up with Lonely Planet and my boys and my Mom and I will be using the Lonely Planet Kids books. There’s something special about driving for many hours while having fun books with activities to connect with each other as a family while having fun! Oh how I do love to drive!

I’ve included some introduction photos and a vid’ with my youngest son including some of the Lonely Planet Kids books which we’ll enjoy on the road as we head to and from South Dakota this month.

Check out the kids foldout maps, sticker books and other fun books by Lonely Planet Kids at https://www.lonelyplanet.com/kids/books/

Look for our Lonely Planet Books giveaway next month when we return!

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10 Awesome Mother’s Day Gift Ideas for 2018 #GIVEAWAY

Spring is one of my favorite seasons. Finally, we can get outdoors, spend time in the sun, enjoy a Sunday with mom and take an afternoon walk with friends or family. My favorite Spring Holiday has always been Mother’s Day. Maybe it’s because my mom is so special and I love her so much! This year for Mother’s Day, I’m attending Allgauer’s Mother’s Day Brunch with my mom, my sister and my 3 boys. This “award winning Mother’s Day Champagne Brunch” features “over 100 decadent items ranging from unlimited Bubbly Champagne and Mimosas, Oysters on the Half-Shell…Dozens of Fresh Salads, Hand Carved Meats…Kid’s Buffet and a Never-Ending Dessert Buffet including Baked Alaska!” I love good food and I love spending time with with my mom so this is going to be amazing.

I am happy this year to celebrate our moms by sharing with you this awesome list of gift ideas of my favorite Mother’s Day gift ideas which I hope you find useful and fun!

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Last minute Easter basket gift guide round-up

Easter is a great time for finally enjoying the sunshine and spending time with family right?! In this post, I’m including a roundup of last-minute Easter gift guides by other blogs. Check these out as you make last minute Easter basket gift choices.

Feature image by Popsugar.

Whiffer Sniffers make a great Easter basket gift!
Thank you for reading!

-Matt

10 Best Valentine’s Day gifts to give to a friend

When I was in elementary school, every Valentine’s Day my class would exchange greeting cards and now that I’m all grown up (sort of) I always love giving Valentine’s gifts to those I am close to like friends and family. With the simplicity of online shopping, Valentine’s Day gift giving has never been so easy and so I am happy to present you with my 10 best Valentine’s Day gifts that are perfect to give to a BFF, BAE or close friend. This list is not intended for men or women, him or her but for all! Below each product, you’ll see some manufacturer’s socials too.
 

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1. Hard Cover Journal

This notebook is perfect for writing, taking down thoughts and come with a 70 sheets for your friend to jot down their ideas. Available for Amazon Prime members for $16.

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2. One Line A Day Memory Book

That’s right. This journal leaves you with just enough space to make a one line entry for each day. There’s 365 daily entry spaces in this book x5 to make five years worth of one-liner entries. Pretty cool gift idea for a friend and available for Amazon Prime members for $11.

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3. Prince – Purple Rain Record

Prince was a one-of-a-kind artist and there will never be another like him. Vinyl is where it’s at from a music listening experience and if you know your friend has a record player, this amazing album is a must-have for any audiophiles collection! Available for $29 in Vinyl format from Amazon.

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4. Portable Charcoal Grill

Everyone likes to grill out right? This amazing portable BBQ grill folds up tight for easy storage and can accommodate cooking for a party of two! It’s small and convenient and locks for easy transport! Available from Amazon for $67 and a perfect gift for the BFF or best buddy in your life!

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5. Echo Dot

This second generation Echo Dot by Amazon featuring Alexa is a must-have for the tech-savvy household. My 6-year-old’s favorite request for Alexa is to make her fart! But seriously, the Echo Dot is an entry point to using Alexa to control so many things for example Alexa will help you with: making a phone call, ordering items on Amazon, chat with you when you are lonely or want to look up information, plays music from Amazon Music or many other music streaming services (Pandora is my fav’) and so much more! Listed at $39 on Amazon, this item is a perfect gift for a friend.


6. Canvas Travel Bag

This rugged backpack doubles as a carry-on and has tons of storage for the on the go friend. Perfect for backpacking, work, traveling, hiking, camping, school or other on-the-go needs. Plus it just looks classy and somewhat old school and for $37 on Amazon, it’s time to gear up!


7. Scented Candle

Send this large candle to a friend who will love filling their home with the scent of balsam fir. This candle may ship from Amazon but it is made in Maine, USA and is high quality and will last a long time too. Available for Amazon Prime members for just $19.

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8. Essential Oil Diffuser

I have this very diffuser and it’s such a joy to use. I can fill it and once it’s empty its auto-shutoff feature kicks in. Use this diffuser with or without the LED lights too, which we love. This is the perfect Valentine’s Day gift for the friend in your life and for $15 on Amazon with fast shipping for Prime members, it’s quite the deal.


9. Mini-Espresso Maker

This self-contained miniature espresso maker is small and versatile and with no plugs needed, makes the pefect travel companion fort the espresso aficionado in your life! Grab this hand operated wonder as a Valentine’s day gift for a friend or loved one for just $49 on Amazon.

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10. Quality Time

The best gift to give to a friend is your time. Be present. Show up, listen, say hello and spent time with those you love.


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6 last minute holiday gifts for kids and kidults + Giveaway

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Thank you for all your entries! I’m proud to announce the winner of this giveaway is Hesper Fry who has been notified of their win!

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My three boys, who are now 5; 9 and; 13, and I are often given opportunities to test family products and toys and games. Below are some last minute gift ideas that we’ve recently enjoyed which I think will be a hit with the kids or kidult in your life.

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Funtastic DIY Robot Kits by The Young Scientists Club

I’ve been given a chance to document a fun new STREAM science kits where we assembled our own robots! (STREAM stands for science technology, robots, engineering, art and math.)

The Young Scientists Club has four new DIY robot kits called Funtastic Robots. Each of the four kits include a robot with light detection; a robot with infrared detection (like your TV clicker/remote); a robot that avoids obstacles and; a metal detecting robot kit. Read more and shop for their four DIY robot kits.

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I loved working together to assemble these robot kits and found the green robot, Hurdle, to be the funnest in action. I secretly love that these DIY Robot kits required that I spend time with my boys and was a great lesson in using communication, teamwork and helping each other. Find these on Amazon or on The Young Scientists Club website for $29.99.

Who’s The Dude by Identity Games USA

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Who’s the Dude is a new party game for teens and kidults ages 16+ where you play charades with a blow up dude who looks like your harry uncle but much cooler with sunglasses, The Dude is Great! Available on Amazon for $24.99 and find The Dude game at retail stores nationwide including Target, Walmart and ToysRus locations. Check out Identity Games videos about Who’s the Dude on their new YouTube channel too!

Tanzky Men’s Leather Dress Belt

I was provided a very nice men’s leather belt by the Tanzky brand in exchange for my opinion. The Tanzky dress belt is very unique and required some assembly too! I unpacked the contents of the belt box which shipped from Amazon and inside were instructions to cut the belt then I fixed the belt strap to the buckle using the supplied instruction steps.

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Once I completed the easy assembly of the belt, I found it to be my favorite belt in my closet. The Tanzky men’s leather belt uses a unique ratchet instead of typical belt holes, when you put it on. It looks very stylish and at around $15, the Tansky belt makes a perfect gift for the Kidult in your life. Plus, it’s available in 29 styles!


Top Trumps Card Games

Top Trumps makes educational playing cards which we play with our kids often. Intended for players ages 6+, the Top Trumps card game decks are for 2-6 players and playing a round of this fun game takes about 15 minutes to complete. Have a look at the Top Trumps decks at https://www.toptrumps.us/All-Packs-s/120.htm Make sure to enter our giveaway for 2 Top Trump card games (and a DIY Robot kit) below.

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For info on to play the game, look on the back of each Top Trumps deck set for instructions or if you look on the how to play section of the website it makes it pretty easy and I know you’ll see that this is the most simple card game which is one of the reasons we love playing it at home with the boys so much! Simple = FUN!


MAX TRAXXX Tracer Racers Remote Control Infinity Loop Set

The Tracer Racers RC Infinity Loop Set by Skullduggery is an addictive, glow-in-the-dark racing set featuring two high speed R/C cars with undercarriage lights which produce tracing light streaks as these speeders fly around the looped tracks. The R/C cars have multiple speeds and are rechargeable too. Price is $119 is for ages 6+.

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Tactical Backpacks

I’ve been shopping for quite some time now for the perfect travel backpack which is both functional with lots of storage while not being bulky; giving me ample compartments for tucking away and carrying my belongings. The Outlaw Sling backpack is my favorite as it also looks the most stylish too!


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