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Fall Family Hiking Destination

Experienced hikers can discover more than 50 miles of trails and backcountry camping opportunities at East Tennessee’s Frozen Head State Park & Natural Area. Families with young children can find playgrounds and short one or two mile hiking paths, as well.  The park is in Wartburg, accessible by weekend drive from Nashville, Knoxville or Lexington. […]

Continue Reading By on October 23, 2011 in Appalachia, family, green, natural, outdoors

Unique Southern Hotel Destination

Looking for an out-of-the way place to spend some relaxing time?  You might to try historic Boone Tavern and Hotel on the campus of Berea College in rural Kentucky. Located south of Lexington, the facility recently underwent a renovation with LEED certification.  It’s a unique Southern hotel destination. Guests can appreciate handcrafted wood furniture made […]

Continue Reading By on July 14, 2011 in Appalachia, family

How We Saved at Disney

Can your family have a fun Disney vacation experience without jeopardizing the kids’ college funds?  Our family was relieved to find out the answer is “yes.”  We’re not one of those families with the means for an expensive vacation every year.  We had saved and waited until we felt both our girls would appreciate and remember the trip to […]

Continue Reading By on May 27, 2011 in conscious consumerism, parenting, Scrappy Sprouts

Cozy Garden Spots Bloom at Epcot

Themeparks that offer nonstop action can be fun for a while.  But I appreciate the total experience that includes relaxing ambiance and little tucked in places where I feel free to roam, even amid crowds of tourists.  My husband and kids were content to zoom through everything at Future World this spring (we paid our […]

Continue Reading By on May 26, 2011 in garden, green, grow, sustainable

Disney-Inspired Gardening

Gardening inspiration blooms every spring during Epcot’s Flower & Garden Festival. It greets visitors with friendly topiaries and spreads vibrant color around every corner of the park. This May, I had the treat of talking with Horticulture Manager Eric Darden about how he uses plants as both backdrops and focal points. It’s one of those […]

Continue Reading By on May 25, 2011 in agriculture, Florida, flowers, garden, green, sustainable, travel

Growing Disney Magic at Epcot

The gasps were audible as families approached the entrance.  The “Oh, my gosh”es and “Look at that” and “You want your picture taken with Woody?” were frequent phrases.  Most families waited their turn for a professional photo in front of the Toy Story-inspired sculptures as they entered Epcot during this latest Flower & Garden Festival.  As expected, […]

Continue Reading By on May 24, 2011 in garden

Picture-Perfect Family Theme Park

I started this blog intending to never fill it with cheesy family vacation shots.  I certainly didn’t intend to write about places that are already commercially popular, as I try to highlight simple living that’s off the beaten path. Then a duck posed for me at Dollywood, beside a large fountain brightened with tulips.  I had […]

Continue Reading By on April 3, 2011 in Appalachia, family, outdoors