The Ridge Hotel at Lake Geneva, WI

Saturday, March 28, 2020

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If you caught my previous post about the Ice Castles in Lake Geneva, then you know what a great time we had and how beautiful it was there.  When planning our trip, we knew we wanted to make the most of it and stay somewhere nearby.  The Ridge Hotel was just the place and we can't wait to go back.

Even though it's off the beaten tourist track, it's still a quick drive to downtown (which is beautiful too).  I loved that we were far enough away to get that vacation feel, but close enough to grab breakfast and support a local spot nearby the next morning.

The Ridge Hotel offers numerous accommodations, so you don't have to leave during your stay at all if you don't want to.  

We had unlimited hot chocolate and coffee at the Bean and Vine Coffee Bar located there in the hotel lobby and they serve lunch.  Their soups and sandwiches were so good and perfect for enjoying before heading out to the Ice Castles.  There were no complaints from any of us and we even got to take our souvenir travel mugs with us for hot chocolate at the Ice Castles too!

The Ridge Hotel is also home to Crafted Americana were we had a beautiful view of lights during dinner and they had the perfect spot for warming up, lounging and making smore's, which they offer nightly.  Dinner did not disappoint either, even our girls devoured their food and a delicious cocktail was a great way to warm up for the night after being inside a big mound of ice for the last few hours.  Crafted American is also right next to the Biergarten, which is open for late night snacks and good beer.

The Ridge Hotel even offers a really cool Igloo Experience outdoors!  My husband and I would love to go back and do this when we have a kid-free weekend.  Of course, it is only offered during the winter months, but this is something you need on your travel list!  Who wouldn't want to have yummy apps, drinks and warm blankets to cuddle with an incredible view of the lake?

My girls also enjoyed a visit to The Ridge Hotel's indoor swimming pool before all passing out from an incredible day and visit to Lake Geneva, WI.  You can click here to learn more about The Ridge Hotel, what it offers and Summer activities for your next trip.

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A Trip to the Ice Castles | Lake Geneva, WI

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

I feel like I can say that 2020 will be the year of adventure for our family.  Last year was definitely the year of survival and with newborn twins we didn't do much.  Now, it's only February and we have checked off a lot on our things to do and places to see list so far!

Including the Ice Castles in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin which we had the opportunity to check out last weekend.

I heard about the Ice Castles last winter but the seasoned was closed.  I knew we had to make time to check them out this year and I'm so glad we did.  We took the four hour trip up to Wisconsin and it was worth it.  The Ice Castles are incredibly beautiful and it is such a neat place to explore, especially for kids.

The experience is built using hundreds of thousands of icicles hand-placed by professional ice artists. It was hard to believe the amount of work and how long it takes the artists to create all of the fun hidden gems within the Ice Castles, including breathtaking LED-lit sculptures, frozen thrones, ice-carved tunnels, slides, fountains and much more. 

My girls favorite were definitely all the slides.  They could have spent the entire time just going down them.  There was even this tiny little tunnel/cave they went it and they thought it was so cool! 

Even the twins had a good time!  FYI, you can't bring strollers in, but you can bring a sled.  We opted for a baby carriet and kept everyone warm in their snow suits and we didn't have any complaints.  When purchasing tickets, you choose a time slot in order to keep the Ice Castles from getting overcrowded and to maximize your time spent there.  I suggest going just before sunset.  There is still enough light to really get a good look at all the amazing-ness and you get to see a beautiful sunset, which makes the ice really sparkle.

We didn't make it to dark, but we still got to see some of the LED lights start shining and it was colorful!  They even had a little campfire going and benches around it to warm up and have a seat.  You can't forget hot chocolate either and other yummy drinks to keep you warm!  Did I mention my favorite part?!  The ice throne was fun, but a heads's super icy!  I nearly slid off of it trying to get this photo!

If you haven't had the chance to check out an Ice Castles location, you must put it on your travel list.  They are incredibly beautiful and I want to check them all out now.  They have six locations, including Colorado, Alberta, Minnesota, Wisconsin, New Hampshire and Utah.

Thank you Ice Castles, Lake Geneva for having us!

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Charlotte’s 4th Birthday Art Party

Sunday, February 23, 2020

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Each year it’s hard to believe that any of my girls are a year older. The older they get, the faster it goes by and even though I prepare myself, it doesn’t get easier watching them grow up but it is fun.

Charlotte is officially four years old and we celebrated with an Art themed birthday party! This was her choice and perfectly matched her messy and fun personality. She loves to draw, color and create.  It amazes me with how good she is. It’s definitely something she might have a future in if she keeps it up.

The last two years have felt like she’s getting the short end of the stick with her birthday, but nonetheless, she had a great time and the party turned out much better than I thought. Why do I say that? Well, she turned three just a month and a half after having the twins last year and I just threw a quick and easy pj’s and donuts birthday party together with very little planning and decorating and this year was very last minute as well. Not to mention, it always falls during Thanksgiving so life is busy as it is. So thankful for grace and love from that little girl who could care less about it all. I even messed the cake up this year and she was so forgiving and still managed to give me a huge hug and tell me how good the cake still smelled (she picked out a caterpillar cake from Costco and I put the wrong pick up date).

Anyhow, back to how I planned her art party and how easy you could throw one too!

I was able to get most of her party supplies through Amazon.  Thank goodness for two day shipping and Amazon pretty much always coming in clutch.  And of course, Pinterest always comes in handy too!

Like the idea to have "paint chips" and "paint brushes" was such a fun idea and the kids loved it!  The best part for me, is that it took little effort, which is always a plus when planning a kid's party.  The paint brushes were pre-made marshmallow treats that I dipped in colored chocolate and then stuck with a Popsicle stick.

What makes this Art Party themed birthday so easy was that you can use all the colors and not go wrong.  The more the better and mixing and matching different things was a piece of cake.  Get it? ;)  Plates, napkins, utentils...nothing has to match!

Here's a list of what we used to throw a pretty awesome (if I say so myself) party for my four year old and a few more favorite photos.

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