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Sarah Howard

 

 

Puerto Backyarda: Vacationing Locally

The "it's five o'clock somewhere" state of mind is one that I've been craving lately. With no plans on traveling far in the near future, I'm going to feed my appetite for adventure, safely, right here in Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin – the place I proudly now call home. It is, after all, the perfect slice of paradise in our corner of America's Dairyland - WISCONSIN! With its picturesque landscapes, unique open spaces for outdoor recreation, and access to some of the best attractions in the U.S., it feels like our Village has the best of it all. I really want to use this time to kick back and…

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Friend-chip Goals

There's nothing like the sight or smell of freshly baked cookies. Whether welcoming new neighbors or creating tasty memories with the kids or grandkids, these popular treats are the perfect way to let someone know they are special to you. Many people, however, can be very particular about their choice of cookie. With that in mind, if a business is savvy enough to perfect a cookie recipe and gift the finished product as part of their signature first impression to customers - it better be good. That is exactly what our DoubleTree by Hilton in Pleasant Prairie has done, with visitors always…

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Live, Laugh, Love: Ways To Share You Care During COVID-19

This past week was really something, wasn't it? Each day - some days, every hour - felt like the carpet was getting pulled under our feet. Yes, this week was tough, but our community continued to shine - regardless of how cloudy the forecast was. Within the past few days I've come across some of the most educational, fun, and inspiring messages across social media: Supporting local businesses (ordering out, purchasing art kits, buying gift cards, etc...). Dropping off donations to our first responders Making chalk art on sidewalks for people to enjoy while out on walks and many more! SO…

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A Great Cup of Coffee Around Our Corner

Regardless of the season, I'm always craving something warm to drink: coffee, tea - even a hot toddy when the situation calls for it (it is March after all!). On days when I'm short on time to brew at home, I treat myself to a drink at Starbucks. Regardless of where I am, I know I can order something at Starbucks and have it exactly the way I like it, even if I'm hours away from home. Growing up in the Chicagoland area, I've seen a handful of Corner Bakeries but never went in. I didn't need to when there was a Starbucks on (what felt like) every corner. The hustle and bustle of Starbucks…

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What To Do When There's No School

School is closed today; whether it was planned or not, it still leaves our household's normal routine in a minor state of chaos. Between my husband being a first responder and my line of work that periodically has evening/weekend events, our "normal" requires us both to be flexible. Most days we feel like we have perfected this art of balancing different work schedules. Today isn't like most days though. Marty worked well into the early morning, coming home to kiss me and the kids good morning before heading to bed for a few hours, only to go right back in when he wakes up. My fellow first…

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