Do You Have a Green Thumb?

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AdvertisementSadly…I do not.  My kids actually laugh at me anytime someone gives me a plant or they bring home something they’ve grown at school.  In fact, this week my daughter brought home a styrofoam cup with a sunflower she has growing in there and when I picked her up at school she asked me if we could go to grandma’s house so grandma could plant it and take care of it.

I have all kinds of dreams of having a garden.  I’d love to grow my own fruits and vegetables.  I’m a frugal person at heart so growing my own fruits and vegetables not only saves my family money, but we know EXACTLY what we are putting in our body.

My Dream Vegetable Garden

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Do you have a garden?  What do you grow?  I’d love to grow watermelon and tomatoes!

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Dream Vacation at Sandusky’s Kalahari Resort

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I’ve been thinking lately about a dream vacation for my kids.  Most people would say Disney World, but nor for my kids.  They have no clue what Disney World is.  I kind of like that!  For me it would be a place like the Sandusky Kalahari Resort.

If you aren’t familiar with Sandusky Kalahari Resort, then hop on it!  This place features:

  • A water park with almost 50,000 gallons of water
  • A lazy river
  • Big and small slides
  • The Zimbabwe Zipper which reaches speeds of 40 MPH!
  • The Safari Outdoor Adventure Park which has a ropes course, a 400 foot long zip line, a 32 foot high climbing wall, and an animal park that allows visitors to get up close and personal with the animals!

Doesn’t this park sound like the ultimate family vacation?  My kids would go nuts here!  I think their favorite part would be a tie between the water park and the animal park.  My daughter would go nuts at the opportunity to get close to animals!  Now me personally, I would, without a doubt, leave my kids with my husband and try out the 400 foot zip line.  That seems like the BEST experience ever!

The Sandusky Kalahari Resorts offer a lot of neat packages that you can add on to your vacation.  The one I think is really neat is the Candy Hut.  Basically you look at all the different options available and then choose the one you like best.  That basket of candy will be waiting for you in your room!  How exciting for the kids!!

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Truly Unique Places to Visit in Michigan

One of my biggest vacation dreams (besides traveling to Hawaii) is to visit all the truly unique places each of the different states has to offer. Growing up in Michigan, and maybe this is true for people in other places, I seriously doubted we had anything unique like a massive ball of string or something like that. Boy was I wrong. Michigan actually has several truly unique places to visit! Let me know if you’ve ever been to any of them!

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Truly Unique Places to Visit in Michigan

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#1 Hell, Michigan

The next time someone tells you to “go to Hell”…you can!  Or better yet, when someone says “when Hell freezes over”, take them to Hell, Michigan in the winter!  When you’re there, visit the Creamatory of Screams and take the Grave Digger challenge. If you can finish the ice cream put in front of you, you get your very own death certificate from Hell, MI! Other things you can find in Hell, MI:

  • Locks of love bridge – attach your lock and throw the key away in the Hell Creek River.
  • Visit the Damnation University – be sure to pick up your Dam U diploma.
  • Buy Your own Piece of Hell – purchase 1 square inch of land in Hell, Mi and say you own a piece of Hell.

#2 Hot Dog Hall of Fame in Rockford, Michigan

Yes you read that right, there is really a Hot Dog Hall of Fame.  This truly unique place is located at the Rockford Corner Bar just north of Grand Rapids.  In 1967, several Detroit Lions football players challenged each other to eat 12 hot dogs each.  From that moment on, anyone that met that challenge received a brass nameplate on the wall!  There are more that 5000 nameplates on the wall…the record being 43.5 hot dogs eaten by Tim Janus.  Could you beat that?

#3 Planet Walk in Lansing, Michigan

Our children learn all about the solar system and the planets in school, but do they truly grasp how LARGE the solar system really is?  You can stroll through downtown Lansing, which takes about 45 minutes to an hour, and each step you take represents a million miles!  During the walk, you will see each of the planets (properly scaled) and the distance between each planet is properly scaled as well!

#4 Erebus Haunted Attraction in Pontiac, Michigan

Do you love a good haunted house? If so, then you need to check out the Erebus Haunted Attraction in Pontiac, MI. Erebus is a four story haunted house. It even made it into the Guinness Book of World Records as the World’s Largest Walk-Through Haunted Attraction in 2005! Could you make it through this haunted house?!?

#5 World’s Largest Cherry Pie Pan in Traverse City, Michigan

At the Sara Lee Bakery Group, near Traverse City, you will find the World’s Largest Cherry Pie Pan. The pan held a pie that weighed 28,350 pounds. It was 17 feet, 6 inches in diameter. While you are in Traverse City, be sure to check out some of my favorite spots to visit!

Have you been to any of these places?  What places would you add to the list?

Funny Signs Crack Me Up!

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 I have always liked funny and pointless signs.  You know, the ones that are put to “educate” and keep the public safe…but really are truly pointless?!?  My favorite being the sign that says “CAUTION Water on Road after Rain“.  Did they really need to put a sign up that says that?  Isn’t it obvious?  Then there’s my other favorite, “I don’t swim in your toilet so don’t pee in my pool“!
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There are definitely times when signs come in handy and are very useful.  For example, playground signs and gym signs.  Both of these signs are meant to keep people safe…let them know the rules for each place; the ages allowed, etc.  But having a sign doesn’t always mean people will follow what it says.  I was in the gym working out today and the older man walks past me and he’s barefoot.  Sure that seems like and obviously stupid thing to do in a gym.  But what made it kind of funny was the fact that he was standing next to a sign that said “Gym Shoes Required.  NO Open Toed Shoes Allowed“.  He even read the sign, but continued to do whatever he walked in their to do (I think it was to grab a paper towel…which makes it all so much more ridiculous since the bathrooms and locker rooms all had paper towels).

I’m a rule follower type.  If I am in Chicago and the street sign is flashing the do not walk sign, I don’t walk.  I piss off the people behind me, but by golly, my feet are planted on the edge of that sidewalk.  The same goes when I am driving and I see a “No Turn On Red” sign.  I will not turn.  I’ll have people honking like crazy behind me, but it doesn’t matter to me.  It’s not worth the ticket just to make those people happy.

What about you?  Leave me a comment and tell me about the funniest sign you’ve ever seen!  If you have a picture of it, send it to me and I will put it on my blog!


Lego Land Discovery Center Chicago!

About a month ago I posted a giveaway for 4 tickets to the Lego Land Discovery Center in Chicago.  Shortly after that giveaway ended, my family and I took a weekend trip to Chicago to visit the Lego Land Discovery Center.  The weekend we went just so happened to be their Star Wars weekend.  My son was beside himself!  He is the biggest Star Wars fan ever!

Upon arriving at Lego Land, we were greeted by a GIGANTIC giraffe and a man sitting on a bench, made completely out of Lego’s!  The kids humored me so I could take a picture…but boy were they itching to get inside!

Once inside we had to decide…go upstairs or stay downstairs and explore the main floor.  The kids were dying to run around the main floor, but one tip I was given from someone that had been to Lego Land before was to make sure you get upstairs right away and sign up for the different events going on upstairs.  So that is exactly what we did…we signed up for two Lego building workshops, a new Lego game tournament, and the Lego factory tour.

Since we had time before our first workshop, we decided to watch the 4D movie.  None of us had ever seen a 4D movie before.  We grabbed our glasses and took our seats.  Let me tell you, 4D movies are AH-MAZING!  I am not one that likes regular 3D movies, but not only did I think 4D was cool, but I didn’t get the typical headache I usually get wearing 3D glasses.  So what exactly is 4D?  Basically, not only does part of the movie look like it is popping off the screen (but way more than it does in 3D), but if the wind is blowing, you feel it.  If it rains, you feel it.  If something bad is about to happen, a red light turns on.  It really is a cool way to watch movies…I’m thinking something like Aladin or The Lion King would be really cool in 4D!

So what made this a “Star Wars” weekend?  Well there were a lot of the popular Star Wars characters present to take pictures with (or not take pictures with since some of them were more interested in getting on the elevator), the mini-lego area where they had a replica of downtown Chicago made out of Lego’s had various Star War Lego people invading the city, and they had a green screen set up so you can take a picture holding light sabers and have it set to a Star Wars scene.

Other fun things Lego Land had to offer was two really fun rides.  One seemed very similar to the It’s a Small World ride at Disney, but everything in this ride was made out of Lego’s and had a dragon theme.  Both rides were very fun for the kids.  But the area that I think they could have spent all day in was the free build area where they could build whatever they wanted.  The most popular being cars so they can race them down the various ramps!

All in all, we had a really great time at the Lego Land Discovery Center in Chicago.  My only complaints would be the fact that a few of the Star Wars characters really couldn’t be bothered to take pictures.  One guy we asked nodded his head yes but as soon as the elevator opened, he bolted inside and never let the kids take a picture with him.  I thought that was highly rude and hurtful to the kids who were excited to see him.

The other complaint was how much they charge to buy your LITTLE object you built during the Lego workshops.  When we signed up for the workshop, they never told us that what we built had to be purchased.  All we built was a mini replica of the Sears tower and a jedi plane thing.  They wanted $5 for the Sears tower and $3.00 for the jedi plane.  I thought that was rather expensive for what it was.

The kids are already asking about when we can go to Lego Land again.  They truly had a blast.  Check out the Lego Land website to see if there is a Discovery Center near you!!  Be sure to check the events page for special themed weekends!!  I wish we could go back in September when they have their Mini-Figure swap…Zachary would be in heaven!


Thank you to the Lego Land Discovery Center in Chicago for providing me with 4 tickets to take my family to visit the center for the purpose of this review.  All opinions stated are solely mine.