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Encapsulating the Crawlspace, When Mold Takes Over.

A homeowner’s worst expense is the one that you can’t even see and isn’t likely to improve home value. That’s where we found ourselves last year. Our first year in our home was a drought year. We had some rain, but by mid august the leaves on the trees were fried and falling off we…

Holiday Inn Club Time Share, is it worth it?

In 2014 we opted for a “cheap” Florida vacation by using a free hotel voucher which included a time share presentation with Holiday Inn Club. Having been through a time share presentation with Wyndham and having a less than stellar experience, I was not looking forward to it. I went into that meeting fully prepared…

Finally, A Kitchen for the New Year

Happy 2021! Last night I made sure to stay up and open the door at midnight to kick 2020 out of here. Sounds silly, but it’s the truth. I’m not one to stay up late, ever… but I made it, just for that purpose. To start our new year off right, we finished our kitchen…

Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure in the time of Covid

If you are going stir crazy like I was and looking at stateside vacations, Universal might be on your list. Actually, it wasn’t on mine. I was looking at taking a road trip to TN and KY to see the fall color. Then I saw some videos of how crowded the state parks were and…

Fabrico Above Ground Pool Dome Review

Shortly after moving into our house Daniel was determined he wanted a pool. We’ve had a pool before. Who was out cleaning it all the time? Me. Who doesn’t like to swim? Me. I did not want a pool… But I was outvoted and we put in a 24′ above ground pool in a flatter…

When life gives you lemons, change up your blog.

I originally started this blog as a family travel blog. I thought it would be a great outlet to share our adventures with others and maybe help families plan their trips by reading our experiences. Then 2020 happened. I feel like I’ve gone through many different stages of grief over the death of vacations. Daniel…

Backyard Chickens. Is it worth it?

When Covid hit and the grocery store shelves started going a bit bare, I started feeling like we needed to be a little more self sufficient. I’ve had chickens in the past. I really enjoyed having them. I parted ways when coyotes found them and I couldn’t stop them. It was pretty sad, you get…

Cathedral Caverns, Woodville, AL

One of our favorite local spots to visit is Cathedral Caverns in Woodville, AL. Originally called Bat Cave, Cathedral Caverns was opened to the public by Jacob Gurley in the 1950’s. The cave was renamed because of its cathedral-like appearance.  The state acquired it in 1987, it was opened as a State Park in the summer…

Step One – Tear Down This Wall.

When I showed my husband this house on Zillow he wasn’t interested at all. We were having a hard time finding something with all of our wants with room to park our camper, quiet neighborhood and close to town. I was getting desperate and considering anything. Driving around the area looking at other homes, I…

A Zoo in Huntsville, Al?

A New Zoo For You in Huntsville, AL

Best chocolate cake in Austria? Maybe?

In researching for our Europe trip I kept coming across people talking about how you had to try the chocolate cake in Austria. Not just any cake, but the Sachertorte. Added it to my bucket list. So when we stopped in Salzburg it was one of my must do activities. I love me some chocolate…

Alien Filled Weirdness in Roswell, New Mexico

We planned a two night layover in Roswell, New Mexico on a cross country trip with our camper. I don’t know about you, but I love all things alien. That being said, I also speak sarcasm fluently with a fairly dry sense of humor. I was ready for anything at Roswell. Informative, funny, ridiculous, I…

When even a bad vacation sounds like a great idea…

I’m fairly new to vacation blogging. I’m sure some seasoned veterans out there are still spilling over with content to blog about during this Covid19 shutdown, but I’m just sitting here wishing to hit the road. Anywhere will do. I would be happy to take a tour of a sewage plant at this point if…

A day in Salzburg, Austria

It’s been almost two months since we spent a day in Salzburg and I’ve had a hard time figuring out how to write about it. In all honesty, it was the second best day of our 4 week trip. (The winner was our day in Berchtesgaden.) Salzburg was interesting for me. Weirdly, it felt like…

Weiskirche, The Pilgrimage Church of the Scourged Savior and the best donut cafe in Bavaria.

We stopped at this church on our way to Neuschwanstein castle and it’s so pretty I felt it needed its own post. Weiskirche is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, designated as such in 1984 and underwent extensive restoration shortly after. Interesting story of how it came to be. In 1738 a local woman moved into…

Königssee, Berchtesgaden National Park, Germany

Berchtesgaden National Park, Germany

Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany and the Partnachklamm Gorge.

Our first experience in the Alps. We had three nights in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, it was not long enough. As a military spouse I felt I needed to give a nod to the Edelweiss Resort on post as I have visited the other three resorts. However, while we ate there and used one of their tours, we…

When your trip doesn’t go as planned. Disney misery.

I LOVE Disney. I’m not one of those adults with Mouse figurines and t shirts but darn close. Disney is my happy place. I love the details, landscaping, their amazing ability to make the inside look like the outside and how they herd people like cattle through a maze of awesomeness. I’ve been to Disney…

Best Family Vacation Ideas for Williamsburg, VA

We recently had a whirlwind of a weekend trip to Williamsburg VA. While I recommend Williamsburg for everyone, it also has military perks offered by Colonial Williamsburg and Busch Gardens (more on the latter below). Colonial Williamsburg offers one day free a year for active military/reservists/national guard and up to 3 dependents, additional day tickets or annual passes for…


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