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New Car Shopping + Cars.com Is Going To Help Someone Pay For Theirs #NewCarFace Contest

Sponsored by Cars.com We are shopping for a new car, because my beloved Toyota Camry is now 13 years old. It’s still running well, but I noticed it cough a bit last winter a few mornings. Since we are going to be heading out into the world on many cold winter days this year for […]

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  • I love how cars.com is straight to the point, can’t wait to see what you buy.ReplyCancel

  • This is such an awesome contest. It took us 5-6 years to pay off our car but this could have saved us all those years of payments!ReplyCancel

  • What was that salesperson thinking? That’s ridiculous. Winning $25K towards a new car will go a long way!ReplyCancel

Lancaster, Pennsylvania and Dutch Wonderland #Travel

We recently had a multi-generational family reunion, and decided this year it would be in Lancaster, PA, because it’s close to Dutch Wonderland, the Kingdom for Kids. We have so many little ones and the grandparents love them, so we decided this year’s family reunion would focus on making sure they had a blast, because […]

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  • Such gorgeous pictures! I’d love to visit Pennsylvania someday.ReplyCancel

  • Your photos are so AWESOME! I want to go to Dutch Wonderland now.ReplyCancel

  • What a fun place to go and spend the day! We live near a small Amish community, and you can go into their store and buy bulk items for cooking, and they have baked goods as well. They have some of the best food ever! We love shopping their!ReplyCancel

  • Penelope, your photography is amazing! You captured so much in your photos that it told a story. I can’t decide which photo I love most!ReplyCancel

  • What a great place to visit and how adorable that he fell asleep on his shoulders!ReplyCancel

  • You may have answered this already, but I would love to know what camera you shoot with. Your photos are fantastic. I am looking to replace my camera. I would to love to know what your shooting with.ReplyCancel

    • Penelope

      Thanks :)These days I use the Panasonic Lumix G5 (it’s an older model I reviewed a couple years back here: http://penelopesoasis.com/2012/panasonic-lumix-g5-photography.html when I first took up photography) and it’s so light I ditched my Nikon dSLR and went back to it. Because I run around a lot with my kids I need something light or I never want to put it in my purse.ReplyCancel

  • These photos are amazing Penelope, I’m kind of jealous ;) Anyways. We would love to visit Lancaster County, It’s something I’ve always wanted to do.ReplyCancel

  • These pictures are amazing, Now I want to visit.ReplyCancel

  • Wow, your photos really captured everything so well, like they already told the story. Love it.ReplyCancel

  • When we visited Pennsylvania a couple years ago we did a buggy ride as well. I loved it.ReplyCancel

  • Your pictures are so inviting, I feel like I’m right there. I bet those homemade treats taste amazing.ReplyCancel

  • That party of the country is SO beautiful. I spent a couple of weeks doing some training in Lancaster back in the early 90′s. Where I was staying they were right by an Amish Pretzel making place, and they would send over all of their broken pieces for us to munch on :) I remember being so giddy over seeing the horse and buggies on the roads because I thought it was so quaint!ReplyCancel

    • Penelope

      That was very kind of them, why be wasteful? A corporation would have tossed the broken pieces because giving them to you meant you wouldn’t have to go over and buy whole ones. I wouldn’t mind a little more of an Amish mindset around the country :)ReplyCancel

  • Your post with all of its beautiful pictures took me down memory lane. I miss going to Amish country!! I can remember going with my both of my parents there many times over.

    I’m still trying to figure out how to get real maple syrup for review when the companies I really want to work with aren’t on the Internet.

    I’m glad you all had a great time!ReplyCancel

    • Penelope

      Oh my gosh, isn’t New England maple syrup the best? I have a friend who brings me some from Vermont and it’s awesome!ReplyCancel

This Is Where I Leave You- The Book Club #TIWILY #TIWILYbookclub

Don’t you love it when a book is not only engaging, but long after you read it you keep thinking about it? I’m having book hangover and unable to pick up another book to read because I’m still lost in the world of This Is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper, a New York […]

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  • This sounds like such a great book. I’m traveling quite a bit in September and need to pick up a copy to read while I’m on the plane and in the airports!ReplyCancel

  • You read that so fast! I’m bringing it with me on the plane tomorrow so I will have a good long time to enjoy it!ReplyCancel

    • Penelope

      We went to Pennsylvania this last weekend and I stayed up late each night reading it…some parts are What??! and other parts are Hahahaha! (I can’t wait to hear your opinion on a certain part when it’s done, but I don’t want to spoil it- it was WEIRD!)ReplyCancel

  • I haven’t read the book but it seems to have spurred on quite a discussion for you. The cast of actors will surely bring the movie to life.ReplyCancel

  • I saw the preview for this movie the other day. After seeing that and reading your review, I have got to get a copy of the book and read it before the movie comes out. It looks like a great book to get lost in.ReplyCancel

  • I can’t wait to read this book and see this movie. It sounds so utterly good.ReplyCancel

  • We had a great book club going. We only read books that were going to be released as movies in the near future so that way we had an excuse to get together twice. As our kids got a little busier, my girlfriends and I let our book club go. I’m inspired to restart it though!ReplyCancel

    • Penelope

      I’m with you, I miss that girl time- we let ours go a lot too :(ReplyCancel

  • This would be a fun movie to watch, I would try to read the book before watching though :)ReplyCancel

  • i haven’t read the book. I’d like to read it and see the movie.ReplyCancel

100% All Natural Family Adventure In Gulf County #GCFLnofilter

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Gulf County, Florida. All opinions are 100% mine. We are a family that typically vacations once a year, but now that our children are no longer babies, we want to take family trips more often. We look for family vacation ideas that are great […]

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  • This looks like such a great vacation destination. Thank you for this idea.ReplyCancel

  • Seems like a wonderful place to visit for a family vacation. We love anything near the water so this sounds fantastic!ReplyCancel

  • I love these pics from Gulf County. I’d love to visit there.ReplyCancel

  • I would love to visit Gulf Co. Florida, especially after seeing these photos!ReplyCancel

  • It looks so beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Gosh, I see these pictures and really get homesick. I lived in FL 6 years. Yeah there are times I’m glad I’m back up north but I loved “almost” everything about Florida. I sure don’t miss hurricanes though.ReplyCancel

  • Looks like a fabulous way to spend time. Gorgeous views.ReplyCancel

  • I can see why the sunsets are so highly regarded; they’re absolutely beautiful. I’d love to take my family to Florida.ReplyCancel

  • Ok, that totally looks like a lot of fun! I have to visit.ReplyCancel

  • I’d love to travel more with my children. I felt pretty bad the both times I had traveled this summer without my children. My son was so upset! One was for a cruise for couples and another one was a trip for two that I had won, so I couldn’t take my children. Florida is one state that I wouldn’t mind visiting again, especially with my family. It’s so gorgeous there!ReplyCancel

  • We’ve traveled most of Florida but that is one part we have not seen yet. It’s definatly on my to do list!ReplyCancel

  • Again, your pictures are amazing. I have never been to Florida, but I would love to visit!ReplyCancel

  • We have wanted to visit FL for a while now, it would be so amazing!ReplyCancel

  • You can’t beat Florida! There are always so many different things to do.ReplyCancel

  • Looks like the perfect place to escape from the hustle and bustle of the city.ReplyCancel