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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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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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Enter our giveawayEnter our giveaway now to win a pair of Showaflops in your shoe size, for men or women. Showaflops are “slip resistant flip-flops with unique drainage hole designs and antimicrobial layers for women, men and kids” and are available in many unique stylish designs. Read the giveaway rules and entry dates below.

See all the flip-flop designs at Showaflops.com!


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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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5 must watch TV-MA shows to stream in 2019

Warning, these titles are not for kids and are for adults only. It is completely out of the norm for this blog to publish content which is not family friendly but we’ve decided to break our own policy to share this list of must watch TV-MA series shows which you can stream now on Netflix or Amazon Prime Video.

Breaking Bad on Netflix ($16/mo) – 5 seasons


Game of Thrones on HBO ($15/mo) via Amazon Prime subscription ($16/mo) – 8 seasons


Love Deaths+Robots on Netflix – 1 season


Black Mirror on Netflix – 4 seasons


Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams on Amazon Prime Video – 1 season

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


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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
$69.99

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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Our Family Reviews team at Mount Rushmore, near Keystone, SD 2018

10 secret tips to an awesome life

There’s an awakening inside many of us that’s coming to understand that the secret to happiness is knowing yourself, treating yourself to recreation, our connections with everyone and feeding our body and minds with health. Late last night I discovered some excellent tips to sustain an awesome life and below I’ve abbreviated my favorites in a reshare post for your healthy education.

Tips for having an awesome life

1) Walk

Treat yourself with a short 10-30 minute walk each day and do your best to sustain a smile which really does make you feel so good.

2) Sit Quietly

Take 10 minutes each day to sit (facing the sun if you can) and just be, your mind does not have to be silent but find a quiet place to enjoy these 10 minutes of nothingness, your mind, body and soul with thank you.Read More »

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.)

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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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