*Disclaimer: I was provided with complimentary lodging and tickets. No other compensation was provided.*
Last weekend the girls and I were invited to spend the weekend in Santa Claus, Indiana. If you know anything about me then you know I’m pretty much a Grinch and a bit of a Scrooge. I don’t try to be but something about this time of year just stresses me out and makes me want to hurry the month along.
When the Spencer County Visitor’s Bureau reached out to me I took this as a sign that maybe I need to stop being so Bah Humbug about the Christmas season and try to just roll with the flow. I mean the city is named Santa Claus so clearly it’s going to be festive and get you in the mood to enjoy the holidays.
Lake Rudolph Campground & R.V. Resort
The girls and I stayed at Lake Rudolph Campground & R.V. Resort. There are several different types of cabins and RVs on the site and we stayed in the Rudolph Christmas Cabins. The Rudolph’s Christmas Cabins feature a master bedroom with a King bed, large loft with a queen mattress and 4 twin-size mattresses, 3 flat screen TVs, electric fireplace, gas grill, fire ring, and a very large covered deck with a lighted Christmas tree! It was so cute inside and totally reminded me of all the tiny houses that I always see when watching HGTV!
What Is Included
- Cabin site includes large attached covered deck, picnic table, stand up charcoal grill, fire ring with attached grill grate, gas grill
- Number of Bedrooms: 1 … includes a King-size bed, clock radio and flat screen TV
- Lofts include a 1 Queen-size mattress, 4 twin-size mattresses and a flat screen TV
- Pillows, pillowcases and fitted sheets are provided
- The bathroom includes a shower/kids tub, sink, and toilet
- Each unit includes air conditioning and heat
- Family room includes an electric fireplace, sofa and flat screen TV
- Full size refrigerator/freezer
- Microwave Oven
- Coffee Maker
- Utensils, plates, cups, glasses, pots and pans
- Dishwashing liquid and broom
- Free Wifi
What’s not to love about this time of year? Food, family and being thankful for all you have! Seriously though, sometimes being around family can be a bit of a nightmare so I’m sharing a few seasonal cocktails made with zero-calorie Sparkling Ice and world-renowned Italian winery Santa Margherita to help make the holidays more tolerable!
1/2 cup apple cider
1 cups hard cider
1/4 cup bourbon
1/4 cup lemon juice
Cinnamon sticks, for garnish
Cinnamon sugar rim, for garnish
Rim the glass with a lemon and dip into cinnamon sugar, set to the side. Combine ciders, bourbon, Sparkling Ice Crisp Apple, and lemon juice in a pitcher- stir to combine. Fill glasses with ice, then punch. Garnish with a cinnamon stick and serve. [Read more…]
If you’ve been with me for a while you know I typically discuss my love for all things related to natural hair, my crazy ass kids and wine. Literally those are the three top things that I feel represent who I am as a person. But for the last year and a half I’ve also focused on a lot of things outside of my blog. That would be dealing with mental illness.
For the last year and a half I’ve been working as a Crisis Consultant for a suicide hotline. While it is probably one of the most stressful jobs I’ve had, it is also one of the most rewarding! The majority of my jobs since I graduated from college have dealt with mental illness in one way or another but not as intimately as this one.
I’ve been trying to figure out the best way for a while now to address some of the issues that come up when I’m talking with callers. I like to just cut to the chase when I’m talking with people on the phone so I figured that would also translate to how I wanted to discuss this on my blog as well. The only way I figured that would work was if I gave some tips on how to treat people that are dealing with mental illness. [Read more…]