A Former Top Secret Bunker Hidden in a Hotel for 30+ Years

A former top secret bunker hidden in a hotel for 30+ years On our way to Washington, D.C. on a family vacation, we took the longer, scenic route through the mountains. We discovered a beautiful resort along the way that had both history and mystery nestled in the hills of West Virginia. The Greenbrier Hotel, located in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, started from the popularity of the sulphur springs that were discovered there in 1778.

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Missing Mom-For Anyone Who Has Lost Their Mom

Missing Mom - For anyone who has lost their mom

There is a piece of me that is missing. Anyone who has lost their mom can identify with the feeling.

Mother’s Day is always a day that stirs up the emotions even more because of her absence. I do have a diversion because I am a mom. My kids and husband do sweet things for me during the day to make me feel special but the void is still there.

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A visit to the Garden of Hope


A visit to the Garden of Hope 2

Tucked away across the river from Cincinnati, on top of a hill that is cut by interstate 75 in Northern Kentucky, is a hidden gem of hope.

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Missing the Mark – Our Valentine’s Day Fail

I have a friend who is great a making family traditions for holidays (even those lame Hallmark ones.) April Fool’s Day is even a big deal in her family!  Just ask the friend who ate a chocolate gnash covered cotton ball while visiting. (I’ll admit that one was a pretty good prank) She inspires me to put effort and details to create memories and traditions for my family.

So this year I thought I would try to make Valentine’s Day a little more special.  I missed the mark and that’s ok.  My perfect day had more of the elements of  a drama and endings of a romantic comedy.

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Why snowshoeing is not my favorite but it’s good for me

Why snowshoeing is not my favorite but it's good for me

This winter has been unseasonably warm so attempting to try snowshoeing has been hit and miss all season. I’ve been able to try snowshoeing a few times this winter when we have gotten snow.

Our family’s first time trying was at local Winterfest event.  We tried the types of snowshoes resembled wooden tennis rackets like you see pictures of  Eskimos using.

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What it’s like to try the Luge when you are not an Olympic Athlete


What it's like to try the luge when you are not an Olympic athlete

I love when plans work out for a spontaneous adventure. My friend was already coming to town, so I just offered her  the “choose your own adventure” option for her visit.  Try the luge, cross country skiing or attend an ice sculpture festival.  I was sooo excited that she wanted to try the luge too.  The weekend we went was the first time the track had been open all winter due to lack of snow.  This was a Christmas gift I’ve been impatiently waiting to use.

I had tried the wheeled luge track with my kids this past summer and I knew I wanted to come back to try the winter one.

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The West Side Market in Cleveland

west side market

During my social media trip with Positively Cleveland, we visited an indoor/outdoor market that is a must for any foodie!  The West Side Market in Cleveland is a destination that locals and guests from out of town love to visit.



My first observation upon arrival was that the building had beautiful architecture inside and out.





Upon closer observation, you could see the story of the building’s intention on the walls and ceiling.






The largest area of the market has a beautiful tiled ceiling.


My second observation was that the market was HUGE!!


The West Side Market dates back to 1840 and is Cleveland’s oldest public market.




There is a large section for produce outside and inside.




During your visit you can purchase anything you need for your meal of choice.


The market has a buzz about it with over one million estimated visitors last year, the market is on the list of things to do for tourist and locals alike.


The hardest part during a visit is deciding between all of the amazing options.


There are more than 180 vendors to chose from.


You can select food from a variety of ethnicities and enjoy a large variety of fresh produce, meats, seafood, dairy and bakery items.




While you are in the area there is another point of interest nearby. A block away  from the West Side Market is Ohio City Farm.




“The Ohio City Farm is designed to incubate entrepreneurial farm businesses and support workforce development programs. Ohio City Farm provides urban farmers with low-cost land, shared facilities and technical assistance and is designed to develop and support entrepreneurial farmers. Incubator farm tenants are expected to run economically viable businesses and provide financial information on their operations.”


Cleveland is a city known for great food. Their dedication to bringing consumers back to the basics is helping create a culture that knows where their food came from and rewards the value of quality over convenience.


The West Side Market is located at 1979 W 25th St., Cleveland, OH








Disclosure: Positively Cleveland provided my accommodation, meals and admissions for my participation in their social media driven trip. All opinions are my own.

Why Art Prize is Road Trip Worthy

Why art prize is road trip worthy

I just got back from a trip to Art Prize in Grand Rapids, Michigan. If you have never heard of Art Prize, I feel compelled to passionately tell you why I LOVE it so much and why you should add it to your roadtrip list.

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Oliver Twist at the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company



I recently attend the Regional Premiere of Charles Dickens’ “Oliver Twist” at the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company.


I honestly didnt’t remember much about the storyline prior to the show except for a scene where an orphan asked for more food.



Here is a little more about “Oliver Twist.”

Audiences will re-experience the harrowing adventures of the orphan boy who dared to ask for “some more”. The regional premiere of this riveting new stage adaptation uses a large cast to create the sights, sounds, songs and spirit of Dickens’ London, as well as a rogue’s gallery of literature’s most infamous ne’er-do-wells: the devious Fagin (Jeremy Dubin), the crafty Artful Dodger (Sara Clark), and the murderous Bill Sikes (Jim Hopkins). CSC kicks off its Twentieth Anniversary Season with this unforgettable journey through the seamy side of Victorian England, seen through the eyes of a child.


The cast did a great job of bringing a lot of interesting characters to life.


The storyline really makes you feel empathy for orphans and showcases moments of humanity that bring out the best and worst in the characters who are connected to Oliver in some way. 



Don’t miss out! You can still see a performance of  “Oliver Twist.” 



Performances of “Oliver Twist” are scheduled from September 6-29, 2013 on Thursday, Friday & Saturday evenings at 7:30pm and Sundays at 2pm.

Performance Schedule

Thursday September 12th at 7:30 pm

Friday September 13th at 7:30 pm

Saturday September 14th at 7:30 pm

Sunday September 15th at 2:00 pm

Thursday September 19th at 7:30 pm

Friday September 20th at 7:30 pm

Saturday September 21st at 7:30 pm

Sunday September 22nd at 2:00 pm

Thursday September 26th at 7:30 pm

Friday September 27th at 7:30 pm

Saturday September 28th at 7:30 pm

Sunday September 29th at 2:00 pm (Closing)


Single ticket prices

$22-$31 on Thursdays and Sundays

$26-$35 on Fridays and Saturdays.

If available, $14 student rush tickets may be purchased 30 minutes before a show with a valid student ID.

Visa, Discover, MasterCard, and American Express are accepted.  Ticketing fees may apply.

Discounts are available for students, seniors and groups as well as Enjoy the Arts and AAA members.  To purchase tickets or for more information, call the CSC Box Office at 513.381.BARD (2273) ext. 1, or go online at www.cincyshakes.com.


The theater is located at 719 Race Street, downtown Cincinnati, two blocks west of the Aronoff Center.


**photo credit for all images in this post goes to Jeanna Vella.


Disclosure: I was given complimentary tickets for review purposes. All opinions are my own.