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4 Tips For Taking Great Fall Pictures of Your Family

Fall is upon us! I can see and feel it already. This is my favorite time and I am excited to be able to photograph the most beautiful season of the year. Here’s a quick list of four tips on WHEN-WHERE-WHAT-HOW for anyone who wants to attempt capturing the beautiful backdrop of fall colors in their family pictures. I know the struggle (especially when getting littles to all smile at the same time!) and have a few suggestions to make it a success. Tip 1: WHEN In my opinion, the prime color time is the second and third weeks of October in Pleasant Prairie. It varies each year with the intensity…

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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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Getting Through Together - But Apart

All over the world people are coming to terms with what the new ‘normal’ is like under various types of quarantine. The accounts vary from disbelief to sadness, to fear, to even courage. The flight or fight response is normal. Who’s to say how you should feel or respond to these trying times? What we’ve learned about humans is that since the beginning of time, we have been resilient. As a whole, strong. United we stand. Divided we fall. That phrase has been used throughout history to describe how we can overcome issues that could otherwise overwhelm us as a Nation – though most who…

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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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Avoid Crowds by Exploring Pleasant Prairie's Wide Open Spaces

Let’s face it. The world is full of things that can hurt us – but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t live our best life. Of course, we should be diligent and take precautions where necessary, but we’ve still got to get out there and do things. Winter is in the rearview mirror and spring is quickly approaching. As cabin fever takes over and the need to get out sets in, perhaps crowded places aren’t where you want to be. It’s time to check out places and activities that get you out there – but where you still feel like you have space...and Pleasant Prairie is just the place to be! A variety of…

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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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