Would you visit a place called Helltown; A place shrouded in mystery, with supposed toxic mutant creatures, and a maniac hearse driver that will chase you to “The End of the World”? If that’s not enticing enough, how about a serial killer who was rumored to have murdered a school bus full of children, and then kept the bus in front of his squatter home as a personal trophy?
If you’ve somehow landed here then you are looking for better ways to save money, or how to save money in general. I can help you with that!
Some of these may be common sense ideas, but hopefully you’ll learn a thing or two. This Savings Series will be the most personal part of my blog. In the travel posts I tend to be light hearted, cause let’s face it… who doesn’t love some good ol travel stories? In the savings portion I will take on a more serious tone. I will tell you how I have lived my life, and what has made me into being the savings ninja that I am today. You’re probably thinking, “I don’t know this lady from Adam…who the heck is she to tell me about my finances??” Well, these posts will touch on that, and much more. I have had many hard times and have made several mistakes and maybe some of you have had similar experiences. I hope you can learn from both my mistakes and my knowledge.
Whenever I have a day off, my goal is to see or do something interesting and new- preferably with a bit of history of the haunted nature tacked on for good measure. I call my little excursions “Adventuring”, and I generally have at least 4 of my family of 5 with me at the time, so I have to take into consideration the cost of these places as well as nearby attractions that can be used to appeal to the less odd members of my family. Who am I kidding, though? We’re all odd here.
I went on a road trip to visit one of my best friends and when we arrived at our AirBnB spot (another post about this soon!) they had generously left us flyers for the local activities. Ijams caught our attention right away with it’s beautiful pictures and interesting name. What the heck is an Ijams anyways?? Well it’s a place of awesomeness that I’m about to share with you! I know that Tennessee is beautiful by default, but I was surprised to see how many parks Knoxville has. It’s very nature friendly there, and if you need a getaway from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, pay this city a visit.
The drive to Ijams is peaceful and serene so when you arrive, it’s no surprise how beautiful it is just through the parking lot. The parking lot is HUGE, and we were lucky enough to snatch a spot near the guest center. If you only want to go to Mead’s Quarry there is another parking lot closer to that end of the park.
I have to admit, I have a penchant for visiting the southern states over all the others. I think I had some fake idea that only warm weather could happen down there or something. I’m not even sure really… I have only begun to hit some of the northern and western states in the past few years! New Jersey was one of those places I knew I’d visit because all 50 states is a huge bucket list adventure for me but it was never a huge priority. I think I may owe NJ an apology. Had I known it was this beautiful I would have made a trip much sooner! My boyfriend’s family goes to Stone Harbor, NJ every few years and HOLY WOW is it AMAZING!!!! I’ll post another story about the beach and the area that we stayed in soon, but today’s adventure is about a sweet little zoo that is tucked away from one of the main roads towards the beach.
I have always said, if I were smarter in math I would have hands down become an architect. There is just something about the way some buildings are built. I love all the aged old buildings in downtown areas with curves and character. They just tell me a story with their beauty and whimsy. Ah, to be the designer of such a thing would have been amazing.. but alas, numbers just look like squiggly lines to me and I chose art school instead! I actually took an intro to architecture class in high school and I was totally psyched. I walked in on the first day and picked out my drafting table. It felt awesome, then throughout the course, we were designing a ranch style home, AAAAND my bathroom ended up being the largest room in the house. Oops. Apparently dimensions didn’t compute in my mind back then. I soon realized that I may not have what it takes to be an architect, but it didn’t stop me from falling in love with it even still.
As you know by now, I am a junkie for unique spots and when our anniversary came around I was on the search. I wanted to cross off some bucket list items and stay on the cheap while doing so. We didn’t have a ton of time, so we wanted to stay sort of close to Ohio. I searched for quite some time, and we bookmarked many interesting places but none were “it.”
Finally, while doing my search I stumbled across something that I felt was truly unique that was close enough to two bucket list spots. Enter, the Red Caboose Motel. Now, I’m not saying this place is like a Ritz Carlton or anything, so if you’re into swanky places then a train car may not be for you. They do have a farm house onsite that looks pretty nice as well, if odd is not your thing. Read More
I was searching for a random adventure, as I always am prone to do, and I stumbled across this little beauty of a place. I had read about it a few times over the years and finally my sweetie and I decided to make our little jaunt out there. It wasn’t too far from Cincinnati, and I have to be honest… when we first arrived I thought we were at the wrong place! If you decide to take a trip out here to check this awesome place out, then take note of a couple things.
When you drive up the street that Hartman is located on, you WILL think you are in the wrong place. You turn off the main drag onto a few smaller streets, and the GPS leads you to a house. Just a regular, ordinary house. My sweetie and I looked around pretty confused at first. We parked the car, got out and wandered to the side yard, and saw this: Read More
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I have always been “different” to say the least. I know that there is more to life than what the average person thinks. I feel like Peter on Office Space who says, “Michael, we don’t have a lot of time on this earth! We weren’t meant to spend it
this way. Human beings were not meant to sit in little cubicles staring at computer screens all day, filling out useless forms and listening to eight different bosses drone on about mission statements.”
I’ve always had a sense of wanderlust ever since my first visit to Florida as a child. I remember being at the hotel looking at these beautiful and different trees, spades of colorful flowers and little lizards that scurried away as my pointing finger got too close to them. The night my dad and I stood on the balcony and watched the giant fire moon sitting in the sky I was hooked. I later learned this was called a Blood Moon, and it occurred before a storm. It was one of the most beautiful sites I still have witnessed even today. It loomed so close to us that I almost thought if I had some super long monkey arms I could touch it. That shade of red woke something up inside me at the early age of 9, that still moves me and creates that mystery in me as an adult.
People ask me how I travel as often as I do, and the answer is simple. I don’t go all out for luxury when I travel, and I try to be flexible with the time that I can go.
Some of these tips you may already know, but hopefully some of them will help you out!