The Pros and Cons of a Real Christmas Tree

Growing up, my family was really into Christmas. We were a family full of Clark Griswolds! The trip to pick out our Christmas tree kicked off the holiday season each year.   As an adult with... Read more

The Mommy Hug

As I write this, I have just returned from a trip to North Carolina. It wasn't a business trip and it wasn't a vacation. It was a Mom trip, and I'm not sure who needed it more: the child, or the mom. ... Read more

An Army Mom's First Veterans' Day

“A veteran - whether active duty, retired, or national guard or reserve - is someone who, at one point in their life, wrote a blank check made payable to "The United States of America," for an amoun... Read more

12 Things About Blogger Nichole Smith from 'Chaos in the Country'

I’ve always loved writing and telling stories but I realized that you may not know very much about me. Most of my life in rural Northeast Ohio is written out on my blog, Chaos in the Country. I’ve... Read more

Let's Celebrate International Merlot Day!

Doesn’t it seem that there is a day to celebrate everything? From peanut butter to dogs to homemade bread and picnics, you can find a celebration almost any day of the year. And I am here to give y... Read more

Trick or Treat! A Wine for Halloween

Tis the season for witches and goblins and ghosts and candy, candy, candy. Yes, it’s Halloween in Northeast Ohio. We can only hope that this year, the weather cooperates and all the costumes can be ... Read more

How Remove and Save Your Wine Labels

What’s the first thing you notice on a wine bottle? The label, right? Because in addition to the name of the wine, there are wine labels with gorgeous artwork on them. Some have funny pictures. Othe... Read more

Ohio’s 2014 Island Wine Festival

There is no better way to spend a crisp sunny Saturday than on one of the Lake Erie islands. And if you happen to spend it with three good friends in Put In Bay (on South Bass Island) at Island Wine F... Read more

Autumn Confession: Me and the Pumpkin

As the days get shorter and the air a bit crisper, I find myself in a woeful minority among my Northeast Ohio friends and family. I will tell you what my problem is, but you have to promise not to jud... Read more

Don't Just Give. Reward!

Last Spring C, our 5 year old, expressed an interest in getting a basketball hoop for him and his younger brother. I was 100% on board with the idea -- anything to get them outside after being cooped ... Read more

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