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1/12/2015
Think winter in Wisconsin Dells means rocketing down indoor waterslides while the snow piles up outside? Well, it does. But it also means so much more. You don't have to give up your waterpark fun this winter, but consider adding some of these activities to your itinerary. 1) Sundara Spa Sheltered by a small pine forest, Sundara is one of the Dells' biggest assets. The posh,... More
12/29/2014
Roll up your sleeves and get ready to finally reach that ever-popular New Year's resolution—must get organized! A chalkboard wall calendar, featured in our January/February issue, will help do the trick. You just need a free weekend, a few supplies (listed below) and a blank wall in a home office, mudroom or kitchen. We used: Benjamin Moore Chalkboard Paint in 1101 Fennel... More
12/8/2014
Fireplace mantels are a focal point of any living room, especially when decked out for the holidays. One of my favorite ways to dress up the mantel is to arrange simple, natural touches like fresh greenery, boxwood clippings and pinecones. They make it easy to change your look with just a few additions. Here are three easy mantel looks I came up with using my favorite fresh-cut... More
11/14/2014
In the southernmost reaches of Ohio (50 or so miles south of Columbus), a region of the Midwest called the Hocking Hills feels distinctly Southern. The name comes from the rugged, wooded gorges and peaks, part of the Appalachian Mountain foothills, and the folks working here serve creature comforts (extra handmade quilts for your cottage, a cup of coffee to-go after... More
10/27/2014
For a fun, well-rounded Midwest weekend getaway that’s easy on the wallet, check out free Kansas City attractions, such as the Hallmark Visitors Center, the Money Museum, Harley-Davidson factory tours, and the Nelson-Atkins and Kemper museums. 1) Hallmark Visitors Center You’ve sent the cards; now, you can see how they’re created. The world’s largest greeting card... More
10/13/2014
Chicago’s lakefront, waterways, parks and gardens make it easy to be outdoors and exercise year-round. Here are some of my favorite ways and places to actively explore my hometown. 1) Lakefront Trail Bike, jog or walk this popular 18.5-mile paved route that skirts Lake Michigan and runs through parks and along beachfronts. It’s part of the city’s 200 miles of designated... More
10/6/2014
Whether you’re a fan of the Twin Cities’ glittering blue lakes and lush parks or its many artsy offerings, there is plenty to do for free or for only a parking fee. Even better: Exploring without a car has never been easier. The Green Line light rail train runs between Minneapolis and Saint Paul and connects Target Field to Mall of America and the Minneapolis-Saint... More
10/3/2014
So, I had a giant can of pumpkin. Really giant. At 29 ounces, it was large enough, the label helpfully explained, to make two pies. I'm sure that's the only reason this can exists—to make Thanksgiving baking more efficient. But I never make two pumpkin pies. I make a pumpkin and a pecan. Or a pumpkin and an apple. And I certainly don't need four loaves of pumpkin bread.... More
9/26/2014
Golden mums and bronzy foliage might be taking over garden centers these days, but my mind is on frilly daffodils and dainty tulips. Though it may seem odd to focus on spring when Halloween is around the corner, now is the time to get those spring-blooming bulbs in the ground. Rosie Lerner, extension consumer horticulture specialist at Purdue University, explains why and offers her top bulb... More
9/15/2014
You could easily while away an afternoon picking through sun-warmed cobbled rocks along Minnesota’s North Shore while debating the better blue: the crisp hues of the September sky or the deep sapphire of Lake Superior? No season shorts travelers on stunning scenery in this area, but it’s hard not to favor fall with its golden birch leaves and cool nights. Here are our picks... More