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Santa Overload In Branson, Missouri

One of the top destinations in the Midwest is Branson, Missouri. Like many, we have made multiple trips to this Ozark location, but this was our first visit during the Christmas season. A winning bid at a fundraiser silent auction had secured us tickets to Silver Dollar City, and Crystal had been wanting to see the holiday magic for many years. It looked obvious that 2017 would be the year she got her wish.Continue reading

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Chez Elle Crepes – Pancakes Fancy Brother

Spending the winter months hunkered down in Kansas City may not be the most tropical of destinations. It does offer us a chance to build up a backlog of topics for articles about our hometown. Fortunately, if we run out of ideas, we can simply ask our readers, and get a ton of great suggestions. A day planned for visiting the World War 1 Museum needed a great breakfast jump start, and you all really went above and beyond with the list. Many were stored away for future outings, and the final decision was made to visit Chez Elle, at 1713 Summit Street.Continue reading

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Seeing Science City Through Kid’s Eyes

The majority of the time Crystal and I travel by ourselves. Recently, we took a day to do some exploring in Kansas City, and were joined by our grandkids, as well as a close friend of the family. Our destination was Union Station, and one of the most anticipated stops was at Science City. It took place at the beginning of January, so obviously it was frighteningly cold. After scurrying from the car to the entrance, we quickly proceeded to the entrance just in time for the 10:00 opening.Continue reading

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What We Found At Top of the Rock

If you are planning a visit to the Branson, Missouri or Eureka Springs, Arkansas areas, you may want to consider adding a stop at Top of the Rock, in Ridgedale, Missouri. We were made aware of it by one of our Kansas City readers, and loved the pictures they shared from their visit. Although we wanted this article for our Branson series, we actually visited on our way home from Eureka Springs. (Better weather for outdoor activities.)Continue reading

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Couples Time In Eureka Springs, Arkansas

We have visited Eureka Springs, Arkansas many times over the years, and each trip we have had an enjoyable time. This laid-back community is nestled in the Ozark Mountains, which offers an interesting terrain to explore. This was our first time to see the town through the eyes of travel bloggers. What we found was still a relaxed and romantic setting, which is perfect for a quick couples getaway.Continue reading

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Hers, Mine and Ours – The Best Foods We Ate In 2017

Recently, we released an article showcasing our Top 10 stops during our travels in 2017. (You can read it here>) We purposely left any food places off of that list, as we wanted to highlight those separately. In this article we have attempted to compile our favorite breakfast, dinner, and specialty locations from all of the destinations we visited last year. Since we both have our own opinions, (Yes, Crystal doesn’t always see it my way.) we decided to go with a Hers, Mine, and Ours approach. See how many of them would make your list.Continue reading

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A Cut Above At Final Cut Steakhouse

Like many couples, we are always on the lookout for restaurants to add to our list for special occasions. We enjoy a good steakhouse, and have a small list we fall back on, when a birthday or anniversary arrives. Finding a new one that rises to the top of the list is a rare feat, but it occurred when we visited Final Cut at the Hollywood Casino in Kansas City, Kansas. We met up with Dean Doria, VP of Marketing, and Adam Fruehauf, the Executive Chef.Continue reading

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Top 10 Spots We Visited In 2017

We launched Our Changing Lives on January 10, 2017, so it seemed fitting to look back at our first year on the one year anniversary. It’s hard to fathom the changes that have occurred in the past 365 days, and much of it would not have happened without our faithful readers. Starting a new blog can be a little overwhelming, and scary. It’s like planning a big party, and wondering if anyone will show up. Well, we threw the party, and what a reception we received. Crystal came up with the idea that each year our journeys will radiate a little farther from Kansas City. For Year One, we settled on a 4 to 6 hour radius, for the most part, but we always try to add at least one longer trip.Continue reading