Made in Iowa: Betty Jane Homemade Candies

In the midst of ‘Chain America’ exists local businesses that are amazing at what they do.  Today I’m shining a spotlight on Betty Jane Candies born and bred right here in Dubuque, Iowa!  Betty Jane Candies was first established back in 1938.  They have 3 store locations in Iowa, 2 in Dubuque and one in Marion, with the Asbury Road (Dubuque) store doubling up as a mini Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory where all of their yummy treats are made!

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The Best Route 66 Guide Book (In My Opinion!)

In all honesty, I don’t think I could have done Route 66 without this guide book.  It’s AMAZING.  Seriously.  Everyone should go out and buy it if you’re planning on taking the trip.  Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you…

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How to Survive a Midwest Winter

My goodness.  I’d never been so cold in my life until I moved to Iowa.  It’s not unusual for the temperature to be -20c/-4f on a daily basis, it can even get lower than this!  I honestly thought temperatures that low only existed in the poles…not in a country where the summers are 30c/86f!  Here are my (not so serious) Midwest winter survival tips!

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Missouri: Travel Tips for a Branson Adventure

Today’s Guest Post comes from April Yap!  April is an online publisher for The Cabins at Grand Mountain in Branson, Missouri. She often writes about camping, Midwest traveling, and log cabin experiences.

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Reflections in the Park: Drive Thru Christmas Light Display!

I first started getting excited about Christmas this year, when I visited ‘Reflections in the Park’, it was like Christmas being thrown up on me and I thought it was AWESOME.  ‘Reflections in the Park’ is a drive thru Christmas Light display held in Louis Murphy Park in Dubuque, Iowa to raise money for Hillcrest Family Services.

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Rocking Out to the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train

In the UK, you can always tell it’s nearly Christmas when the Coca Cola adverts start appearing on TV (…The holidays are coming….the holidays are coming!).  There’s a big truck and a big train covered in Christmas lights driving through the snow with Father Christmas on the back.  When I discovered there was a real life train version run by Canadian Pacific (not Coca Cola!), that was going to be passing through Dubuque Iowa, I just had to go and see it!

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Things to be Thankful For

Recently there just seems to have been so much negativity around.  First there was Brexit, then there was the US election (yep I was lucky enough to live through both, I emigrated between the two events) and I’ll be honest that I’ve not always exactly looked at my life in America in a positive light.  Considering it’s Thanksgiving, what better time to write a post about the small things that I should be thankful for?!

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Fall Colors at Dubuque Arboretum

It’s November and it’s only just started getting cold here in Iowa.  A couple of weekends back I visited the Dubuque Arboretum, hoping to catch it before the ‘end of the season’.  There’s a public garden back in my home town in the UK and it’s one of my favourite places so I couldn’t wait to see how the Arboretum compared.  But I was too late!  The day I visited was the first volunteering day of the ‘winterisation process’.  Basically they dig up all the plants and store them in a green house for the winter months so they don’t die!

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