The Help, a New York Times bestselling novel, is being released in theaters on August 10, 2011. This fictional story is based on the real culture of household workers in 1960′s Jackson, Mississippi and was filmed throughout the state. Author, Kathryn Stockett, was insistent that if her book was to be bought to the big [...]

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First Day of School

School has already started in a few areas near my home and my own children will going back to class next week. The summer vacation is quickly coming to a close, and that means it’s time to plan that weekend romantic escape or a mama girlfriend getaway. If you’re anything like me, you enjoyed the [...]

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Battleship USS Alabama

Spend a day or two in a luxury hotel and see some of Mobile, Alabama’s top attractions. Two downtown, Renaissance hotels are offering the GoMobile! package which includes two adult tickets and deluxe accommodations. Luxury Lodging Choose between two four-diamond hotels located within walking distance of several attractions, restaurants and entertainment. The Battle House Renaissance [...]

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Even during the middle of the busy summer season, the Henderson Park Inn is a romantic beachfront cocoon tucked on a quiet side street in Destin, Florida. The gray clapboard bed and breakfast resembles the seaside homes of upstate Maine. The 36-room inn is on a one-mile stretch of sugar white sand beside the emerald [...]

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Another week, another beach trip.  Our destination this week?  Block Island, a sliver of land off the coast of southern Rhode Island, casual, beachy, and fun.  And unlike on my girlfriend getaway to Lake Superior a couple of weeks ago, my ten year-old daughter, Abby, and I lucked out – no rain (except at night, [...]

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summer time

It’s hard to believe that August is already here, which means the beginning of the school year is just around the corner. This summer season in the US sure has flown by, and many of our readers have been making the most of their holidays, and hopefully saving a few dollars with our travel deals. [...]

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Loews Portofino Bay Hotel Entrance at Universal Orlando

One of the biggest tips I can give anyone about visiting The Wizarding World of Harry Potter inside Universal Orlando’s Islands of Adventures is to stay at an on-site hotel. Why? Because you’ll get early entry into The Wizarding World, an hour before the park opens. My family tested this out during one of the [...]

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Buffalo Soldier Monument, Fort Leavenworth

On July 28,1866 through an act of Congress, legislation was adopted to create six all African American Army units. These fighting men have been memorialized and remembered through songs, movies, monuments, and museums. Buffalo Soldiers were also some of the first national park rangers. The Buffalo Soldier Monument was dedicated in 1992 on the grounds [...]

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A collection of Missouri wines

I’ve had a long and elusive relationship with Missouri’s wine country. For years, I wanted to take a Missouri wine tour and even went so far as to book a spot on a trip to see the area firsthand. Unfortunately, a little hurricane named Gustav arrived at my doorstep the morning I was to fly [...]

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Family fun at Silver Dollar City in Branson, Missouri

Silver Dollar City in Branson, Missouri is more than just a theme park, it’s a preservation of a way of life. I’ve visited Silver Dollar City for a family vacation a few times and each time I enjoy it even more. My first visit was a road trip without my husband where we found out [...]

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