Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Coffee, Lipgloss & Mascara --EnjoyEssential Graphic Tee


I love a company that not only sells adorable clothing, but also gives back. Meet 'EnjoyEssential' a company that does just that! For every adorable (and affordable) tee that they sell, they give back by giving a meal to someone in need!
Today all I need is coffee, lipgloss and mascara. OK those are every day essentials in my world, just like my new EnjoyEssential long sleeve tee says. On these dreary Ohio days we've been having I've been living in this tee. It's super soft, has that broken-in, I've-had-it-forever feel and is perfect with jean shorts or yoga pants.
Coffee Lipgloss Mascara Tanks & Long Sleeves
 Love that it's available in a tank top too!
EnjoyEssential's not only carries women's sizes, but also available are Baby, Girls, Boys and the cutest Mommy + Me matching tees!
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Monday, July 13, 2015

Step back in time at the Ohio Renaissance Festival --A fun day for the whole family!

Forget your cares and step back in time at the Ohio Renaissance Festival September 5th - October 25th in Waynesville, Ohio. The 30-acre re-created 16th Century English village offers 400 years of fun in a single days visit! The festival offers something for everyone featuring nearly 100 shows daily on 11 stages, over 135 unique arts and crafts shops, hearty food and drink, games of skill and human-powered rides to amuse all ages.


 Over 150 costumed characters welcome you to the village! Rub elbows with Royalty as you cheer your favorite knight to victory in the thrilling Full-armored Tournament Joust. Welcoming you to a festive day in the village are dueling swordsmen, rowdy pirates, nobles, peasants, and daring jugglers. The sprawling landscape is dotted with hundreds of unique shops in the Medieval Marketplace featuring many one-of-a-kind, hand-crafted items. See time-honored crafts of glassblowing, stone carving, blacksmithing, leather tooling, boot making, and more demonstrated. The air is filled with the scents and smells of the foods of the Renaissance period. Feast like Royalty on juicy, giant roasted turkey legs, fresh baked bread bowls overflowing with soups and stews, fish 'n chips, steak-on-a-stake, succulent roasted corn on the cob and a wide variety of the finest ales and wines. There's something for everyone's taste buds!


 Visitors of all ages will be amused by the games of skill and human-powered rides. Try your hand at archery and see if you're a modern-day Robin Hood, or climb the castle tower and rescue the lovely damsel in distress.
September 5th - October 25th / Saturday's, Sunday's and Labor Day Monday / 10:30am - 6pm
Waynesville, Ohio

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 Get $4 off Adults (ages 13+) and $2 off Child (ages 5-12) tickets by using promo code "family" when purchasing discount tickets at:
Tickets good any day of the 2015 season (Saturdays, Sundays, and Labor Day Sept 5 - Oct 25). Online discount only. Not valid with any other offers. Click HERE to learn more!

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Frankenmuth, Michigan --Our visit to the Bavarian Inn Lodge and Bavarian Inn Restaurant...

(We received a complimentary visit to the Bavarian Inn Lodge and Bavarian Inn Restaurant while working through USFamilyGuide.com)

Happy Wednesdsay!

I'm so excited to tell you about our weekend in Frankenmuth, Michigan -- "Michigan's little Bavaria." I've never been to Germany, but seeing how beautiful Frankenmuth is and getting a feel of everything German, it definitely has me wanting to go! Frankenmuth is known for their famous chicken dinners and German entrees, eclectic shopping and entertainment and their rich historical culture all around.

Take a ride on a horse-drawn carriage, visit the Glockenspiel and authentic wooden covered bridge,  and sample Michigan's greatest selection of German beers all along 13 acres of beautiful riverfront. 

We stayed at the gorgeous Bavarian Inn Lodge which offers 360 German themed guest rooms, 4 Indoor Pools (one is for adults only!), 2 Water Slides, 3 Whirlpools, a Family Fun Center with 18 Holes of Indoor Mini-Golf and over 100 Redemption Video Games. The resort also offers 2 Restaurants, a Meeting and Convention center for space up to 500 people and a lounge that offers free nightly entertainment. Our guest room was clean, the beds were comfortable and we loved having our own balcony that looked over the Cass River.

 The boys' loved playing a round of putt-putt golf, swimming in the pools and getting Craig and I to go down the crazy water slides with them! The Bavarian Inn Lodge is very family friendly, but with the adult only pool and various places to eat and get drinks it's also the perfect getaway for couples! You're within walking distance of 75 unique Frankenmuth Main Street shops and attractions and the Bavariann Inn Restaurant.

I love the rich heritage of both the lodge and restaurant. Owned and operated by the "Bavarian Inn" Zehnder Family --the same family who's been serving the World Famous Frankenmuth Chicken dinners since 1928. The two now have 2nd, 3rd and 4th generation family members working in management. We had the pleasure of both dining at the restaurant and meeting Dorothy Zehnder who started the Bavarian Inn Restaurant with her late husband William "Tiny" Zehnder. Dorothy was so sweet to come out to greet us while we were dining and signed a copy of her cookbook 'From My Kitchen to Yours' for me! It features many signature Bavarian Inn Restaurant recipes as well as an 80 year collection of  Dorothy's family favorites, wisdom and stories over the years. 

( I made Dorothy's Banana Drop Cookies with Banana Frosting out of the book and they were delish! Craig's not a huge sweet's fan and devoured them --they were that good!) 

At the age of 93, Dorothy still works in the Bavarian Inn kitchen several days a week --I pray that I look half as good as she does at the age of  93 and have her all of her energy and spunk too! We enjoyed the food, our cute waitress who took great care of us and the boys loved the men walking through playing accordions giving you that authentic Bavarian feel.

We loved Frankenmuth and highly recommend the Bavarian Inn Lodge and Bavarian Inn Restaurant. We will definitely visit again and hope you do too if you haven't already!


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