The bride & groom!

Fourth of July in Chicago

We were all most excited about the Chicago portion our adventure! This is where we would hit the main event of our trip, the big family wedding!  But also because it was finally time to see my youngest sister’s new house! And that also meant a giant family sleepover! After buying all the beer and…

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Back to School Shopping with Goodwill

It’s back to school time! There’s a part of me that’s excited about school.  My kids have had enough summer fun! At the same time, I’m dreading the homework, school supply shopping and all the after-school activities that are just around the corner. I was recently asked to participate in a blogger event to do…

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The Cook Family hits Wisconsin!

As a child, I spent a lot of time in the great cheese state of Wisconsin. My grandparents lived in Burlington before they died, and we visited often.  We also spent time as children at the great Milwaukee event known as “Summer Fest.”  We never actually went to Summerfest.  We only went to Polish Fest…

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Hitting Kings Island on our road trip!

Last summer, we hit Cedar Point.  This year, we saved our Coke Reward Points and scored tickets to Ohio’s other theme park, Kings Island.  I like to pretend to go to the park an re-enact that one episode of the Brady Bunch.  However, no one else in my family knew what I was even talking…

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Touring CNN in Atlanta

It pays to have friends in the TV business! One of my former co-workers now works at CNN in Atlanta and offered to give us a tour while we were in town.  The big news nerd in me knew that was too good to pass up! It was a Saturday, and things were pretty slow. …

Penguins at Georgia Aquarium.

Road Trip: Georgia Aquarium

After our great World of Coke visit, we walked across the courtyard to the Georgia Aquarium. This place is amazing! Granted, it was very crowded the day we went.  But other then problems trying to find a place to sit and eat, it didn’t matter.  The way each animal attraction was set up was pretty…

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Touring World of Coke in Atlanta

We are not huge soda fans in the house.  But there is nothing more that my kids love than “drinking soda around the world” at EPCOT.  They have a great area called “Club Cool” where you can try about 8 different flavors of soda from around-the-world.  So on our road-trip, we decided it was time…

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Road Trip Highlights: UF and Purdue

As you have seen from our road rules, we like to stop at college campuses if we are in the area.  On our 2013 road trip, we drove through Notre Dame and the University of Michigan.  This time, we drove through the University of Florida in Gainesville and Purdue in West Lafayette, Indiana.  The idea…