Twenty Comforting Casserole Recipes

comforting-casserole-recipesIf you are anything like me, you are anxiously awaiting the arrival of Fall.  I find myself longing for the days of cooler temperatures, snuggling under blankets and warming the house with the delicious smells of casseroles, fresh from the oven.

I tend to stay away from my oven through the summer months.  It seems to add extra heat to an already warm house and I’m generally drawn to the grill and spending as much time outside as possible.  Not in the Fall and Winter.  Give me a warm, filling casserole and I’m a happy girl.

This list of 20 of the best casserole recipes around is your ticket to warm, comforting Fall and Winter meals, any time of day.  Paleo, Veggie, breakfast and more!

  1. Frito Pie Casserole from
  2. French Toast Casserole from
  3. Cheesy Vegetable Casserole Recipe from
  4. Cheesy Mashed Potato Casserole from
  5. Paleo Tuna Green Chile Zoodle Casserole from
  6. Blueberry Buttermilk Pancake Casserole from
  7. Tuna Casserole: Light Tuna Noodle Skillet from
  8. Quick And Easy Green Chile Chicken Enchilada Casserole from
  9. Ham Egg And Cheese Breakfast Casserole from
  10. Stuffed Overnight French Toast Casserole from
  11. Corn And Broccoli Rice Casserole from
  12. Cheesy Quinoa Casserole With Corn And Chicken from
  13. Hungarian Potato Casserole from
  14. Taco Casserole: Beef, Beans, Taco Seasoning, Cheese, Tortilla Chips, Salsa from
  15. Butternut Turkey Baked Spaghetti Casserole (Grain Free) from
  16. Easy Southwest Black Beans Polenta Casserole {vegetarian} from
  17. No-boil Pasta Casserole With Chicken from
  18. French Gratin Potatoes from
  19. Weight Watchers Chicken Taco Casserole from
  20. Eggplant Parm Rice Casserole from

Take a peak at the recipes that intrigue you and let me know which ones you think will be your favorite in the comments below or on Facebook.

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4 Unexpected Ways To Save For College By Investing

Starting a college fund for our kids can be challenging, especially considering inflation and the rising costs of practically everything, but this investment is important for the future of our children. Sure we’ve all heard about tradition avenues, even some non-traditional methods such as life insurance policies with a “grow-up plan” available, this are additional avenues in investing towards the education of our children when they mature.

But investing in almost any form, even “safe” methods like life insurance come with their risks along with potential rewards.  Here are four unexpected investment opportunities that can turn into cold, hard cash when it comes to paying for college tuition in the future:


#1 – DIAMONDS – An Investor’s Best Friend?

They may be a “girl’s best friend,” but they have also held up remarkably well over the years when it comes to ROI. While their prices rise by approximately 7% in our country, globally speaking, they’ve seen regular double-digit increases, which increases their potential value worldwide.

While USA prices were under a rise of 10% annually, overseas markets have seen 26% in China  and 37% in India. Compare those to an annual yield of a CD account, even the highest returns are less than 2% yearly.

#2 – ETD’s – Affordable, But Risky or Rewarding?

ETD (Exchange Traded Debt) is a lesser known opportunity that comes in $25 increments, which makes in an affordable investment for many people, especially single mothers. These structured investment bonds pay quarterly dividends that are at a higher rate than the traditional yield of the company’s stock, usually between 6 and 7 percent annual rates are common.

ETD’s take 10 and 30 years to mature and they can be “called” early by the company that issued them leaving you with the original starting amount of your cash. This means that your future interest you were expecting could disappear.

#3 – REIT’s (Real Estate Investment Trends) – Are they safe?

Many are hesitant to invest (or reinvest) in the real estate market when we still looming from the housing crash in 2007 and beyond. Some blame bankers and investors for this economy busting era, but REIT are different than traditional property investments.

Real Estate InvestingREIT’s can be bought, sold and exchanged similar to stocks on the major markets since they are investments in commercial real estate properties. Some REIT’s pay dividends to their investors quarterly and others mature over time and can be sold for a profit.


Statistics tell us that while 20% of people are using investment plans to save for their kids college coffer, 18% of parents are using their credit card rewards and other options (21%) to reinvest or save towards tuition. Since credit card rewards are just that, money that we earn that can easily be put aside, think of any “other options” where you could put aside some extra cash and then invest that into your child’s future.

Whether it’s that morning trip to the coffee shop or quaint cafe for our daily caffeine fix, think of other possible ways of curbing costs. Saving a few dollars or some spare change every day can add up to big rewards later on when invested properly.

BUYER / INVESTOR BEWARE: As with any investment opportunity, there are often many different types of platforms available and none of them come without risk. Minimally, be sure to do your homework before putting your hard-earned dollars into any avenue, but the best course of action is to seek the advice of a long-term financial advisor before taking the leap.


Hilary Smith has writing in her blood and communications on her brain. This yoga enthusiast appreciates a daily workout and loves keeping time with two children. A mother by day and writer by night, Hillary keeps abreast of the latest tech apps as she focuses in on the field of digital parenting.

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Homestyle Cheesy Lasagna Rolls

Lasagna RollsNothing says “home” to me more than a big, warm plate of pasta.  It doesn’t really matter what kind.  I just need noodles, cheese and sauce.  My grandmother made spaghetti sauce on a regular basis when I was little, so maybe that’s why pasta always feels like home to me.  Being a pasta lover, I’m always trying one thing or another.  One of my favorite dishes is lasagna.  To change it up a bit, I went for a more individualized approach with Lasagna Rolls.  They’re loaded with three cheeses, herbs and topped with Ragu Homestyle Pasta Sauce.  The best part is that you can prep these ahead, freeze them and pull out just the quantity you need.

Lasagna RollsIf you don’t love ooey, gooey, drippy cheese goodness, turn away now.  (But, if you are dairy intolerant just grab your favorite dairy-free substitutes!)  This recipe does take a bit of prep and planning, so it’s a great Sunday afternoon activity and there are plenty of opportunities to get the kids in the kitchen and prepare a meal together as a family.  After all, your family is what really makes home “home”.

Homestyle Cheesy Lasagna Rolls

Homestyle Cheesy Lasagna Rolls


  • 1 Package Lasagna Noodles
  • 1 Jar Ragu Homestyle Spaghetti Sauce (use what ever flavor is your favorite!)
  • 1/4 Cup Fresh Basil Leaves, Chopped
  • 1/4 Cup Fresh Parsley Leaves, Chopped
  • 1 Large Container Ricotta Cheese
  • 2 Cups Shredded Mozzarella Cheese, Divided
  • 3/4 Cup Grates Parmesan Cheese, Divided
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 Teaspoon Ground Nutmeg


  1. Preheat your oven to 350.
  2. Cook the noodles according to package directions.
  3. In a bowl, combine your Ricotta, 1/2 cup of the Parmesan, 1-1/2 cups of the Mozzarella, the parsley and basil, and the nutmeg.
  4. Add the eggs to the cheese mixture and stir well.
  5. When your noodles are done, drain them and dump them onto a clean kitchen towel.
  6. Once cooled, lay the noodles out flat on a firm surface (counter top or cutting board).
  7. Create layers with the cheese mixture and noodles. Noodle on the bottom, top with a layer of the cheese mixture, top with another noodle and one more layer of cheese. Each roll up with have two layers of the noodles and cheese.
  8. Roll up the cheesy noodle layers and place them in a baking dish, seam side down.
  9. Top the roll ups with Ragu Homestyle Pasta Sauce.
  10. Top with reserved Parmesan and Mozzarella cheese.
  11. Bake covered for 45-60 minutes, removing the foil after about 40 minutes, or until the cheese mixture is cooked through and the cheeses on the top are bubbly and slightly browned.
  12. Let the rolls cool 15 minutes before serving.
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If you’re looking for more Homestyle recipes, check out Ragu’s recipe page.  Have a great homestyle recipe of your own to share?  Hit us up on Facebook or tell us about it in the comments section below.  Happy eating!

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Hello September – Goals, Plans and Ramblings

It’s not officially Fall yet, but September is finally here and you can feel the first hints of Fall in the air. I started writing this post on the 1st of Sept with the plan in mind of laying out my goals for the month, one of which was to share a new post every day. Clearly, being that it’s September 3rd and this is my first post, I have already missed the boat on that one. If you’ve been a reader for at least a few years, you know the frequency of what I share has become far less than what it once was.  I could blame it on the twists and turns of life, I could blame it on all of the different social media channels we (bloggers/writers/digital content creators) are expected to manage now, or I could blame it on a shear lack of things to say. The true is, I’m just tired.  Plain and simple, just tired

I have a regular day job to support my family.  I wish I made enough money off ads, sponsored content and posts for brands to support my family, but I don’t.  I spend 3-4 hours a day commuting (yes, you read that right) plus 8-1/2 – 10 hours a day at my actual job.  Personal hygiene, food intake and sleep account for most of my down time.  Thrown in some laundry, housekeeping and grocery shopping and I’m about done. I doubt most of you are interested in reading about that.  I spend most of my weekends either catching up on the things I’ve ignored through the week, or soaking up a little bit of time with the other half.

Xenia Ohio Drag Race

This weekend, we’re in Xenia, Ohio, at a NHRA (drag racing) event.   We’re camping, he’s racing and I’m writing this post from the stands.  It’s as close as I can get us to both enjoying our hobbies at the same time.  That is a new goal for me personally.  I want to spend more time on my hobbies without dragging him away from his.  We’ve spent a lot of time at The Henry Fors museum this summer trying to do just that.  I can soak up my love of history and cool random knowledge and he gets cars and all things mechanical.

So, back to goals…

I’m aiming to hit 3000 followers on Instagram, 6,000 followers on Twitter and 7,000 followers on Pinterest.  Facebook is a slow go, it always has been, but I’ve been stuck at 2,400 for what seems like forever.  2,500 would be awesome, but I’m not sure how to get there without spending a ton of money on promoting posts through Facebook Ads.

Another goal for the month is to post more frequently here.  I can’t promise a ton of recipes and crafts (you have no idea how much times goes into one of those posts unless you’re a blogger yourself), but I will aim for one recipe or craft per week and try to sprinkle in some other posts as well.  You might see less of my beatifilly photographed foods and more “this is what I’m eating” iPhone photos, but I’ll be sharing.  If you have idea for things YOU want to see, tell me!  I’ll work on it.  After all, what I’m doing here is as much for you as it is for me.  If you want to see a resource posts of Minecraft birthday party ideas or 15 minute meals, just say so.

For now, I’m going back to my low key weekend, watching cars fly down a straight track and then I’m off to make turkey sandwiches in a dirty, greasy 24′ enclosed trailer.  And if I can find someone with some coffee, I’m going to make a new friend and try to score myself a cup.  Happy Saturday.



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Simple and Elegant Strawberry Jalapeno Snack Bites

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Strawberry Jalapeno Snack Bites

The last year has been such a whirlwind.  I’ve moved 700 miles from the only place I’ve ever called home, changed jobs, bought a house and now I’m getting married!  Yes, I’m engage!  Life is good and I am happier than ever.

Sometimes when we’re happy, we let ourselves go a little.  I’ve gained a few pounds, mostly due to poor snacking habits.  With pending nuptials, I’m looking to make some changes and pick up some better habits when it comes to snacking, but I refuse to sacrifice taste.  I am always looking for new products that make snacking more interesting. Unique flavors, unique ingredients and unique preparations always spark my curiosity.

Strawberry Japaeno Fruit Spread and Cream Cheese Appetizers

My newest snack fetish definitely packs a flavorful punch.  It’s so simple that it feels almost silly to call it a recipe!  But, if you search the web, you will see that this a version of a very classic hor d’oeuvre.  It’s quick enough to enjoy as a snack and fancy enough to serve at parties.  Putting together these Strawberry Jalapeno Snack Bites is so easy!

Wasa MultiGrain Crackers

Step 1 – Grab the ingredients – Wasa Multigrain Crispbread, Smucker’s Fruit & Honey Strawberry Jalapeno Fruit Spread, Reduced Fat Cream Cheese, Fresh Jalapeno (optional) and Fresh Strawberries (optional).

Step 2 – Take the Wasa Multigrain Crispbreads and break them in half.  I used the edge of a knife to cut into mine and “crack” them.

Wasa Crackers with Cream Cheese

Step 3 – Add a little cream cheese, about a teaspoon, to each Crispbread.  Spread it just a bit.

Step 4 – Top each cream cheese coated Crispbread with a teaspoon of the Strawberry Jalapeno Fruit Spread.

Cream Cheese and Jalapeno Fruit Spread on Crackers

Step 5 – Top each delightfully flavorful snack bite with fresh chopped jalapeno and strawberry.  This step is totally optional, but I highly recommend not skipping it if you are serving these at a party.  It really adds a finished, high-end look.

Strawberry Jalapeno Fruit Spread and Crackers

Crunchy, wholesome, snackable and surprisingly satisfying Wasa Multigrain Crispbread and the NEW better for you Smucker’s Fruit & Honey Strawberry Jalapeno Fruit Spread are available at your local Walmart.   Wasa Multigrain Crispbread is Non-GMO Project verified, high in fiber, low calorie and Kosher!  How could you go wrong with that?  Smucker’s Fruit & Honey spreads are naturally sweetened with sugar and pack a ton of flavor without all the bad stuff.  It’s easy to make a better for you snack when you start with better for you products.

Ibotta users, act now and earn $1.00 off Smucker’s Fruit & Honey Spread and $0.50 off Wasa Multigrain Crispbread.  These are Ibotta offers you don’t want to miss!  This is a great chance to check out the other Smucker’s Fruit & Honey Fruit Spread flavors too!

So, what do you think?  Is this a snack you could enjoy on an afternoon at home or a party with friends?

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5 Tips for Back To School Success

happy children group in schoolUnless your child is heading off to Kindergarten, the words “Back to School” are probably music to your ears.  Summer is great, awesome actually, but kids get bored and parents get burnt out.  Lack of schedules, lack of sleep and just lack of a everyone having a break from each other.  I can understand why year-round school programs have been so successful.  Despite the shift in the earth that occurs as the kids head back to school, you can make a smooth transition from the lax rules of summer to the realities of the school year.  It just takes a little planning.

Tired student sleeping over textbooksFirst, don’t over-schedule the kids, or yourself, in the first few weeks of school.  Yes, I know sports are starting up and you’re itching to tackle tasks you didn’t get to over the summer, but give it a few weeks.  The kids need some time to establish new relationships with their teachers, learn the homework routines and basically settle in.  You need to give yourself time to adjust too.  If your kids are on the younger side, their homework is your homework too.

Second, do as much of the “first day of school” as you can before the first day of school.  If you’re able to attend open house, this is a great time to bring in all of those school supplies you bought, ask questions about homework schedules/expectations and learn about your teacher.  Knowing how the teacher expects things to operate can make a HUGE difference in how successful your student (and you!) are in the first few weeks of school.

Assortment of coloured pencils, isolated on white backgroundThird, set the scene for successful evenings.  Don’t plan to come home and cook a “from scratch” meal every night the first week of school.  Like I mentioned before, your child is going to be navigating new waters, new topics and new people.  Have what you need on hand for quick, but nutritious, meals the first week and spend more time talking about their day, working on their homework and less time trying to get dinner on the table.

Fourth, don’t try to be a hero.  You don’t have to be a ‘Pinterest Mom” making packing visually stunning lunches or sign up to a “Room Mom” if your plate is already full.  Doing things out of guilt only leaves you frustrated in the end.  While doing what you can to help your teacher and make school as great as it can be for your kid is awesome, you shouldn’t feel guilty if you can’t be “that” parent.

Fifth, don’t wait until the night before school to start enforcing new schedules.  I don’t just mean bedtime.  If you’re going to have to rise and shine earlier than you have all summer, give yourself a few days, even a week, to adjust.  The same is true for bedtime.  If you’ve been letting the kids stay up until 10 or 11 every night, it will take a few nights for their bodies to adjust to an earlier bedtime.  You too!  You may have a little trouble falling asleep the first few nights, but there’s help for that.

Melatonin To Help SleepNatrol Melatonin is a drug-free, non-habit forming way to fall asleep and stay asleep.  I’ve been using Melatonin (even for the kids) for years.  We all have times when we have trouble falling asleep.  When that happens, you can reach for the purple bottle (there are several options depending on your needs – Natrol Melatonin Fast Dissolve and Natrol Advanced Sleep Melatonin are my favorites!) and be fast asleep in about a half hour.  Grab yourself a $2.00 coupon here and pick up the best Natrol Melatonin product for you when you do your back to school supply shopping.



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Help Support Your School With Box Tops For Education

Boxtops of EducationIt’s officially back to school season.  The supply lists are flying and the debates about education funding are back in full force.  There’s something about buying 36 glue sticks that makes you think about how much money is and isn’t being spent in the classrooms.  Our schools are underfunded, there’s no doubt about that, but there are ways you can help.

if you can afford it, buy those extra glue sticks, buy the copy paper and buy the 4 boxes of tissues.  Participate in boosterthons, fundraisers and program specific drives through out the year.  You can volunteer in the classroom, or even offer to do tasks from home to help the teacher out.  One of the easiest things you can do though Is participate in Box Tops for Education.

The Box Tops for Education program is one of the simplest ways outs there to help your school without spending extra time or money. When you’re at  Walmart Doing your weekly shopping, simply look for products with the Box Tops for Education logo, purchase those products, clip the coupons off the box at home and send them into the school.  For every Box Top collected, the school gets $.10.  That may not seem like much, but it really adds up!

Plus, select GeneraL Mills products found at Walmart have bonus Box Tops!  One product is worth FIVE Box Tops. That’s $0.50 each for your school!  It’s a great way to support our teachers and help them get the resources they need in their classroom without asking them to dive into their own pockets.

What if you don’t have kids in school?  It doesn’t matter!!  You can still collect Box Tops and pass them along to a friend or neighbor with children in school, or even drop them off at a school yourself!

if you participate in the Box Tops program as a parent or a teacher, I’d love to hear your thoughts or stories about how the Box Tops for Education program has helped your school.


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Enjoy A Little More Summer in Ocala/Marion County Florida

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Ocala/Marion County VCB. All opinions are 100% mine.

Eatons Beach PierIt’s hard to believe that by this time next month, summer will almost be over.  I am all for hanging on as long as I can and soaking up as much of the summer sun as possible. For us, summer is always about new experiences and spending as much time making memories as possible.  Last summer, I took my kids to Florida for the first time.  I fell in love with Florida Travel and all it has to offer many years ago and last year they fell in love too.

IMG_0030The Ocala/Marion County area of Florida offers more than you would ever imagine.  I was surprised to discover that Ocala/Marion County is known as the Horse Capital of the World™. I know that I’ve never associated horses with Florida, but now that I do, I can’t imagine not enjoying some of the equine activities like trail riding, horse shows and tours.  With my daughter’s current interest in all things equine, I’m sure visiting a champion-producing farm would be on our must-see list too.

Horse Farm ToursFor the men in the family, drag racing is a little more their speed.  We’re actually all pretty big fans, owning our own car and spending several weekends a month at the race track.  Ocala/Marion County is home to the perfect spot for all of us, The Don Garlits Museum of Drag Racing.  The museum boasts over 140 cars of various types as well as the International Drag Racing Hall of Fame.  We really enjoy looking at anything that shows how racing has changed over the years and the different cars that chronicle the history of the sport.

Don Garlits Drag Racing MuseumMe?  I’ve always wanted to try paddle boarding.  It’s one of many. many water activities you can enjoy in Ocala/Marion County.  The area is filled with beautiful, and I mean gorgeous, lakes, springs and natural pools.  Swimming, kayaking, canoeing, paddle boarding, and glass bottom boat tours are just a few of the water activities available in Ocala/Marion County.  If you love the water, there is definitely something here for you.  My son would definitely want to try paddle boarding with me, while I’m pretty sure my daughter would be all about the glass bottom boat tours.  In addition to her love for horses, she also has a thing for fish and other aquatic life.

Eaton's BeachOcala/Marion County has a ton of other outdoor activities too!  From golfing to bicycling, hiking to tubing, and ziplines to museums, there really is something for everyone.  The amount of activities in one place makes an Ocala/Marion County vacation not only a no-brainer, but an amazing value too.  Stay for the weekend or stay for a week, you won’t run out of things to do or places to see.  And whether you prefer a hotel, a cabin or an affordable vacation rental, Ocala/Marion County Lodging offers the perfect options for everyone!  We’re more of a hotel kind of family, mostly because we enjoy having housekeeping.  It’s nice to take a break from daily chores and just relax.

How could you not relax in a place like this?

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOcala/Marion County has a little summer contest going on right now to help encourage visitors to get out and active in Ocala/Marion County, the Ocala/Marion County Summer Decathlon!  The contest offers one person the opportunity to win a getaway to Ocala/Marion County by posting pictures of your Ocala/Marion County summer adventures on Instagram with the hashtag #MAR10NSummer.  Get all the details on the contest here.

Canyons Zip LinesHave you experienced Ocala/Marion County and all it has to offer?  If so, tell us in the comments or share your experience on our Facebook page.   You’ve never visited Ocala/Marion County?  Check out these Ocala/Marion County Activities and tell us what activity you’d most like to participate in when you visit Ocala/Marion County.

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Our Trip To Michigan’s Adventure and WildWater Adventure in Muskegon, Michigan

Disclosure: Our trip to Michigan’s Adventure/WildWater Adventure was sponsored by Cedar Fair Entertainment Company in conjunction with Blog Meets Brand, and I have been compensated for my participation. All opinions are my own. #MAFirstTimer

Michigan's Adventure CorkscrewIt’s hard to believe that August is here already and that the kiddos will be headed back to school this month.  We’re trying to squeeze as much out of our last few weekends as we can, so when we were invited to check out Michigan’s Adventure & WildWater Adventure, how could we say “no”?  Michigan’s Adventure is not only a thrill ride-filled theme park, but is also the home of WildWater Adventure water park.  Two parks for one price is always a win in my book.

Being new to Michigan in general, this was not only our first trip to Michigan’s Adventure, but also our first trip to the west side of the state.  Michigan’s Adventure was very easy to find, located just off the highway, and getting in and out of the park was a breeze.  You can buy tickets online (season passes too – a great deal at $99) or at the gate.  We had a lot of ground to cover, so we rolled in right as the gate opened.  Benefits to arriving early include a nice, close parking spot and shorter wait times at the most popular rides.

Girl on Roller CoasterThe first thing we did after entering the park was find a roller coaster.  The park brochure we got at the gate had a great map of the park and a ride by ride guide showing height requirements.  Having a 7 and a 9 year old, we referred to the brochure often for both.  It was a great tool to have handy.  By little thrill-seeker was ready to hit the Cork Screw immediately.  The line was long, but this was one of the shorter rides in the park and that helped move the line very quickly.  The other roller coasters (Shivering Timbers, Thunderhawk and Wolverine Wildcat) had longer ride times, but that meant longer lines too.  My son wasn’t quite tall enough for the Thunderhawk, so I sat that one out with him while my daughter and my other half checked it out.  It was definitely my daughter’s favorite ride of the day.  My favorite was Shivering Timbers.  I have loved wooden roller coasters since I was a kid.  You will want to ride the roller coasters all day, but there are so many other things to do, you will have to pry yourself away.

Michigan's Adventure The Snake Pit Water SlidesWe took a break from the roller coasters, grabbed some lunch and headed to WildWater Adventure water park.  Our visit ended up being falling on the hottest day of the year, so as you can imagine, WildWater Adventure was packed.  As hot as it was outside, it only took a second to hop into the amazing wave pool at Boogie Beach and cool down, way down.  Boogie Beach was by far the BEST wave pool we’ve ever been in.  The waves were awesome and you could tell how much everyone loves it just by watching the people rush to the pool when the buzzer sounds.

Michigan's Adventure Water SlidesAfter we cooled down a bit, we hopped back in line to check out Mammoth River.  It was so fun being in the large raft in an open, river slide type setting.  Somehow, I always end up being the one who heads down backwards, no matter how the raft is turned when we start.  The kids think it’s hilarious!  We tried a few other slides as well, but our favorite was the Snake Pit.  You literally plunge into a tube of darkness, which is the most awesome part, having absolutely no idea what is coming next.  At the end of the ride, you’re plunged out of the darkness into a wading pool.  We could’ve ridden the Snake Pit over and over.  One of the things our trip was really missing was a cabana.  WildWater Adventure offers cabana rentals, something we’ve never tried, but after being there on the hottest day of the year, I would absolutely recommend checking into cabana rental if you plan on spending most of the day at WildWater Adventure.

Michigan's Adventure Sea DragonAfter making a splash at WildWater Adventure, we headed back into Michigan’s Adventure to spend some time on our family favorites.  The kids and I have been visiting theme parks and fairs since they were pretty young, and they definitely have their “kid-friendly” favorites.  My daughter loves The Scrambler.  She will make me ride it with her until I’m literally sick.  My sons favorites are the swings, which are more my speed.  And on the hottest day of the year, swinging around in the breeze felt amazing!  We also hit up the Sea Dragon, the bumper cars (three or four times) and the log ride.  Our last stop for the day was Funland Farm, a special 60th anniversary petting zoo with alpacas, llamas, a mini donkey and more!

At the end of the day, we were all exhausted.  The kids even slept in late Sunday morning, which is almost unheard of in our house.  Michigan’s Adventure and WildWater Adventure are both definite “must-visit” summer spots for us from now on.  Check out Michigan’s Adventure/WildWater Adventure and all of the great rides and family activities here.  Which ride do you think would be your favorite?  If you’re a Michigan Adventure’s alumni, what is your favorite thing about visiting the park and when’s your next trip?


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Great Savings on Purina at Kroger

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Purina at Kroger

Make sure to check out Purina’s coupon offers at Kroger, at this link.  There will be great offers on both Tidy Cat Litter and Dog Chow Natural products beginning on July 31st. Then head to your nearest Kroger for all your pet care needs!

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