Category Archives: Missouri

Traditions are Made at the Hallmark Visitor Center – Kansas City

Hallmark Visitors CenterOn a trip to watch the Angles play the Royals, we explored the area when we weren’t at the games 🙂  One of the most enjoyable things we experienced while in Kansas City, Missouri was the Hallmark Visitors Center. Hallmark is an exciting company which has been creating greeting cards and many other products in 30 languages that reach 100 countries around the globe for over a 100 years.Apparently the company started in 1910 with a shoebox full of postcards by Joyce C Hall, an 18-year-old entrepreneur from Nebraska. It was so interesting to follow the timeline through the years. It’s also amazing to see the creativity and innovation that go into making Hallmark products.When I think of Hallmark, I immediately think of Christmas ornaments, and their commercials. Thus, I was really looking forward to seeing their collection of old ornaments. I wasn’t disappointed. They have many Keepsake Ornaments and ornament series on display, along with a video featuring “Four Decades of Magic:  Hallmark Keepsake Ornament”. It was fun to look and see how they had changed through the years. We had actually bought our first house a few years earlier and saw the ornament I bought that year to hang on our tree. It was silly, but it was really cool to see it there.The amount of greeting cards on display was shocking. I walked around and ran quite a few, but there we so many, lol. Some of them were hilarious, and very entertaining. We had a blast, but the kids around us even had more fun. They enjoyed pushing the button on the bow machine to create their own star-shaped bow. It was fun to watch it being made, and after they were done playing, I had to make one of my own, lol.I left there feeling like I wanted to move to Kansas City just to work in the factory. It was entertaining watching the workers do what they do. I really felt the spirit of Hallmark as we were walking around reading the cards.  You should definitely add this to your to-do list while in Kansas City, especially if you have kids. They will have a lot of fun, and your wallet will get a break. The Hallmark Visitor’s Center is completely free!  Here is a link to their website with hours, etc.Hope you are able to enjoy a visit the next time you are in the area.


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Mysteries Uncovered at the Saint Louis Science Center

Saint Louis Science CenterWhile visiting family in St Louis, we all went to visit the Saint Louis Science Center with my aunt and uncle. It is a complex with over 300,000 square feet, 750 exhibits, it is among the largest of its type in the country, and according to the Association of Science and Technology Centers, is one of the top 5 science centers in the United States. Continue reading Mysteries Uncovered at the Saint Louis Science Center

Animals Love Road Trips. At Least Our Dogs do.

 I was very happy to see the subject for our post this week – Animals.  We have traveled through a few countries,  but try to do a lot of road trips here in the US, so we can take our two little fur babies with us. Sometimes it is hard trying to find a place to stay where we can have the dogs or places where we can eat with the dogs, but it is all so worth it. We love having them with us and they love going with us.  Continue reading Animals Love Road Trips. At Least Our Dogs do.

Thoughts after 6 Months of Blogging & My 6 Top Posts

6_monthsFirst of all, a HUGE thank you to all of my readers. I appreciate you more than you know. You have kept me going with your comments and suggestions. It has been a fun but busy 6 months and I look forward to what the next 6 months will bring. For those bloggers out there reading my posts, you know what I mean. When I first started this blog I thought I would be able to just write an article, post it on my blog and maybe share it on Facebook and Twitter once in a while. I quickly realized that I had a lot to learn. I also didn’t realize how much of a time commitment it would be. Continue reading Thoughts after 6 Months of Blogging & My 6 Top Posts

St. Charles Christmas Traditions Festival

St Charles SignSt. Christmas traditions take us back to a time where it was elegant and magical. The people in St. Charles, MO invite you to a place where Christmas past and present becomes one.  A place where storybook characters come to life before your very eyes.  A place where the typical hustle and bustle of the holiday season meltsaway, and allows you to enjoy the yuletide sights, sounds, and magic of yesteryear. Continue reading St. Charles Christmas Traditions Festival

Anheuser Busch Brewery Lights in St. Louis, Missouri

Brewery LightsA few years ago we had a great time at the Anheuser–Busch Holiday Brewery Lights in St. Louis while visiting family over Thanksgiving. I was a little sad that we wouldn’t be able to go this year again, but I am beyond excited to share that the location here in Fort Collins, CO is also doing the Holiday Brewery Lights this year too! I can’t wait to go and see what they will do.   Continue reading Anheuser Busch Brewery Lights in St. Louis, Missouri

Kauffman Stadium and Kansas City Royals

 As an Anaheim Angels fan I had wanted to see my Angels at an away game, thus I decided to fly from Colorado to Kansas City to check out a 3 game series. I wasn’t able to do a tour, but did attend all three games. It was my first game outside of California and I had the most amazing time! Found out where the Angels  were staying and had a drink with a few of them in the hotel bar. It was a blast. With that said, I would like to share the Kansas City Royals stadium called Kauffman Stadium. Continue reading Kauffman Stadium and Kansas City Royals