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The Perfect Socially Distanced Vacation: Luxury Treehouse in Central Ohio

In a normal year, my travel is filled with adventures and travel throughout the year. From Dubai to New Zealand to Bora Bora to Patagonia or Safari in Africa; typically at least two or three trips of a lifetime planned each year.

The start of 2020 – thankfully two trips to Disney and a short work trip to Boston…then Covid…my vacation to the Maldives, Antarctica, Glacier Kayaking were all cancelled. Instead of 40 epic trips for my 40th birthday – I am learning about local Take-out like Grubhub and DoorDash.

This has not been the year of travel or the year of fun. So far, since March, two short boating trips to Lake Cumberland and that has been it.

After almost 9 months of no real travel, it was time to take a trip! Todd and I discussed a two night getaway and our plan was to stay safe, stay close to home, and to avoid people because of covid and to stay well limiting as many interactions as possible.

The Mohicans

The Mohicans is a popular wedding destination near Mohican State Park – they offer treehouses, cabins, and a barn. It is located in Glenmont, Ohio – about 1.5 hours from Columbus, Ohio. After some discussion, Todd and I opted for the treehouses.

Luxury Treehouses

Luxury treehouses at the Mohicans is like staying in a tiny house with all the upscale modern amenities known to man. From the outside, these treehouses can be deceptive – definitely masterful in design and maximization of space.

The Mohicans offers 9 Treehouses; each with a unique design, furnishings, and amenities.

1. Little Red Treehouse: featured on Animal Planet – Treehouse Masters – Pete Nelson designed two places. Sleeps 2.

2. Old Pine Treehouse: 1 bedroom (queen) and loft (queen). Sleeps 4.

3. El Castillo: 1 loft (King). Murphy hideaway on main floor (queen). Sleeps 4.

4. The View: Loft bedroom (full and queen). Sleeps 4.

5. White Oak: 1 bedroom (queen) and loft (2 queen). Sleeps 6.

6. Moonlight: 1 bedroom main floor (queen) and loft (queen). Sleeps 4.

7. Tin Shed: 1 loft bedroom (2 queen beds). Sleeps 4.

8. The Nest: Single room suite (queen). Sleeps 2.

9. The Silver Bullet: 1 Queen Bedroom. Sleeps 2.

The treehouses sleep 2-6 people and are ideal for that much needed getaway. Every treehouse has parking, includes fire pit, and outdoor space whether a patio, deck, chairs or daybed.

The View Treehouse: Night 1

In order to book, you click the Book Now – and you can book your stay. Once you fill out the waiver and confirm your stay, you receive a code for your stay. There is a keypad on each front door.

We stayed at The View Treehouse that opened in 2020. We drove from Columbus and followed GPS to the exact location. The main driveway has signs that tell you the direction of each treehouse.

What Is the Treehouse Like?

The View Treehouse has incredible windows, small kitchen, bar eating area overlooking the trees, and a loft bedroom with 2 beds. The bathroom is fully functioning; including toilet, shower, and sink. There is a large deck and patio with a fire pit.

Interior Amenities:

Indoor Full Bathroom, Outdoor Shower (warm weather), Kitchen (plates, silverware, cookware, sink ware, mini fridge, toaster, coffee maker, electric cooktop, hot water, tv/dvd (bring dvds- no cable or satellite), grill, electric heat, linens and towels. Soap, Shampoo and Conditioner is provided. Hair Dryer also available.

The View Treehouse
The Living Room
The Living Room at The View
The Kitchen at the View
The Stairs to the Loft
The Loft

What You Should Bring:

Kitchen: ice, aluminum foil, plastic wrap, ziploc bags, paper towels, cooking items, roasters, blenders, snacks, beverages.

What About Food?

There is a small kitchen and you can cook. We took advantage of the amazing new option! In house catering! Just like DoorDash and Grubhub – the in house catering option was absolutely amazing!

Treehouse Provisions provided the most amazing feast for the two night stay. Our order consisted of:

  • Garlic and Parmesan Wings
  • Ribeye with roasted potatoes and veggies
  • Drew’s famous Mac & Cheese
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Big Salad
Basket Containing Dinner
The magnificent feast

Chef Drew Slane prepared the most amazing meal – his background as a graduate of Arizona Culinary Institute in Scottsdale, well versed in Mexican, Asian, French, Italian, Mediterranean, African, and American cuisine – executed amazing meal based on my dietary restrictions of allergy to peanuts, nuts, fish, and shellfish.

Amazing Ribeye and Veggies
Salad with several dressing options

As a world traveler, the meal provided me an opportunity to feel like I was traveling as the food was delicious, was hands down some of the best food I have eaten and really hit the 5 Star Status. Highly recommend choosing to order your food. You will thank me later!

Enjoying dinner

The Silver Bullet: Airstream Treehouse

So, I have always wanted to stay in an airstream and a treehouse. While 2020 was a bit of a bust for travel, I was able to mark these two items off my bucket list by staying at the Silver Bullet and it was incredible.

What was it like to stay in the Airstream Treehouse?

The Silver Bullet has one bedroom, kitchen, steam shower (extra large) and small kitchen. There is a DVD player and tv (no cable or satellite) and the large table made it perfect for cards, food, and movie watching.

It was perfect to start the New Year with snow falling and twinkle lights inside the airstream. The decor was exquisite. The beds were very comfortable- you are not experiencing a “roughing it experience” rather a rejuvenating, beautiful adventure in a treehouse with all modern amenities and stylish decor.

The Airstream Treehouse
Todd and I checking out the Silver Bullet
Silver Bullet Table
Steam Shower in the Silver Bullet
Sleeping Quarters

How to Book a Stay at the Mohicans

Go to The Mohicans website – select Treehouse and you can directly book. These treehouses have been featured on Animal Planet and are extremely popular – plan ahead and book early. Prices start around $300 per night.

Would you stay at the Mohicans Again?

We will definitely go back.

It was so nice to unwind and to be unplugged for a little bit. There is cell service but most likely not inside the treehouse. Make sure you book catering for your trip. The meal was warm; tasted amazing, and was exactly on time.

Note: I was a guest of The Mohicans. Would highly recommend this experience and look forward to returning soon!

Todd and Heidi at the Silver Bullet

Check Out a Video on the Stay

Xoxo,

Heidi

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Boots to Add To Your Christmas List

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It’s almoooost Christmas…and like that… it’s here! I love this time of year for a lot of reasons! The colder temperatures, the sweaters, and most of all boots!

This year is a little different than past year’s but shopping from the couch will have to do! Time to dive in and take a look at some amazing boots to pick up this season!

Earlier this fall, I was wearing tennis shoes and visited my renovation house and a 4” nail went into my foot. Ended up with a tetanus shot (my last one was 5 years ago) – it was a rusty nail and ended up taking antibiotics and the shot – now I wear boots when going to the house! The pair seen above are Ingrid Boot and I now wear these to my reno house often!

Once you find a boot that fits well, you stick with them! Mukluks are an amazing brand and have purchased them for years. The Nikita Boot is so soft and chic. It is almost like wearing a pair of slippers.

The Ingrid Boot is perfect for jeans or leggings and can be worn just about anytime. The Ingrid Boot slips on easily. The boots can be worn in a casual way or can be dressed up.

The Logan Boot is popular and when it comes in stock; it typically sells out! It is a classic style and is higher than the Ingrid – has a little more character with the style. The Logan Boot is another slip on and does keep your feet extremely warm.

The right pair of boots and the left pair of boots. The Patrice Boot (left) is cute, small block heel, with fashionable knit overlay. The Verna (right) is a cozy pair of boots with cozy faux fur – cute enough for family pictures and rugged enough for a hike. Here is a pic of my mom and I hanging out at my place. Funny story here, we were just talking about how to capture a picture of the boots and this one was snapped with Coco – turned out spectacular.

The Chris Boot is stylish and the heel provides a bit of a dressier feel. The heel is higher than it looks. It is an ankle boot and is stylish; these are not hiking boots.

The Lacy Boot is ideal for leggings or tight pants. The Lacy fashion boot had a decorative side zipper with a plush lining and block heel.

As I wrap up my final thoughts, I am snuggled near the fireplace with my Verna Boots and can say that these are cozy and comfy! Mukluks are true to size. I am wearing a size 8 in all the boots.

Let me know if you own or pair or make a purchase!

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What You Need to Know If You Have Student Loans and Are On Public Loan Forgiveness Plan

Any public servants out there? Any public servants with student loans and on the loan forgiveness train?
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From March 13, 2020 til Sept 30, 2020 your loans are in forbearance.
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What you need to know: do not pay during this time if you meet the criteria above (public service loan forgiveness)
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You will get credit for April, May, June, July, August, and September as if you paid but they have stopped auto withdrawal so 5 months of no payments & credit as if you paid!!
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You do not have this added to the 10 years – it is waived – thank you government.
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To recap: if you are on autopay, you do nothing – it stopped for you. Do not make payments because you are paying for nothing (overpaying) and that money can be saved to use later or a nice gift for you.
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So what if I have student loans but am not public service.. – so what does this mean? 0% during this time so if you pay – 100% goes to the principal which means you will see a drop in what you owe sooner …depending on your circumstance – you can pay it down, pay off some bills, or enjoy the 5 months of no payment.

COVID-19 Relief for Student Loan Borrowers

Last Updated: Friday, April 10, 2020

As we navigate the challenges posed by the spread of COVID-19, we remain committed to supporting borrowers.

We are working diligently to enact all benefits as provided by the CARES Act and will have customer accounts updated as soon as possible. No action is required on your part at this time. Should you have any questions, sign in to your online account or contact us for assistance.

0% Interest for Student Loans

  • The interest rate on all federally held student loans serviced by FedLoan Servicing will temporarily be reduced to 0% until September 30, 2020.
  • FedLoan Servicing will automatically adjust accounts so that interest doesn’t accrue (i.e., accumulate). The account adjustment will be effective March 13, 2020.
  • This 0% interest rate change will be applied to all federally held loans in any status (in school, in grace, in repayment, in deferment/forbearance, etc.).

Temporary Suspension of Payments

  • All borrowers will automatically be placed on an administrative forbearance which will temporarily suspend monthly payments. 
  • The administrative forbearance will last from March 13, 2020, through Sept. 30, 2020.
  • A borrower can request that this administrative forbearance be removed at any time. If the forbearance is removed, required payments will resume.

Payments (including Direct Debit)

  • Direct Debit payments are automatically suspended during the administrative forbearance.
  • Any payments (Direct Debit or otherwise) processed between March 13, 2020, and Sept. 30, 2020, can be refunded; refund requests can be made by contacting us.
  • Borrowers still have the option to make manual payments (i.e., via Account Access or mobile app) on their loans to make progress toward reducing their balance. Payments can be the full amount or a partial amount.

NOTE: If payments are made during the period of 0% interest (March 13, 2020, through Sept. 30, 2020), the full amount of your payments will be applied to principal once all the interest that accrued prior to March 13 is paid.

Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) & Income-Driven Repayment (IDR)

  • Borrowers with a Direct Loan, whom are on a qualifying repayment plan prior to the suspension, and work full-time for a qualifying employer during the suspension, will receive credit toward PSLF for the period of suspension as though on-time monthly payments were made.
  • Borrowers currently on an IDR plan will have suspended payments count toward IDR forgiveness.

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Why the Gamma2 Vittles Vault Outback Should be Part of Your Next Shopping List

In a time when the economy is unstable and shopping trips are limited; conscious shopping takes priority. Saving money with the Gamma2 Vittles Vault Outback!

In order to be completely transparent, The post is sponsored by Gamma2 Vittles Vault but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

The Vittles Vault Outback was added to my shopping list for a few reasons:

1. Stores the entire 40 pound of dog food in a sealed convenient storage bin.


2. Can be stored inside the house, in the garage or even outdoors.

3. Prevents the smell of dog food outside the container.

4. Is stackable and comes with a scoop.

5. Keeps the food fresh and is BPA Free

6. The Gamma2 Vittles Outback Container can be flipped up or down depending on your needs. It can fit in a regular sized cabinet.

The Gamma2 Vittles Vault Outback Container is a lifesaver. After getting a large bag of dog food; I dump the food into the container and spin on the lid. The scoop holds 1.5 cups. The Vault Outback can be stacked for food, snacks or different food for different dogs. There are different sizes and different shapes depending on your needs. It is reusable and no unwrapping a dog food bag daily. The food stays fresh, no waste, and no pests can get in so no wasted food. Feeding is easy – just grab the scoop and put in Coco’s bowl and we are off and running. Mealtime is a lot more organized and convenient.

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How to Get to Hawaii from Columbus, Ohio for $22.40

Traveling to Hawaii and not spending a fortune makes for the best vacation! The simple task of applying for a credit card and getting to Hawaii for $22.40 makes it all worth it. Read below to get started.

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Above is a link that will make life a lot cheaper to get to Hawaii from the United States.

I live in Columbus, Ohio and have gone to Hawaii 10 times since 2007 – Southwest has recently started flying here and making life a lot cheaper. Let me explain below…

Step 1: Apply for the Above Credit Card (I do receive small credit and this helps me continue writing)

Step 2: Understand what you have to do. Spend $1000 within 3 months. Get 40,000 miles round trip.

Step 3: If you have a significant other, you want them to click the same link and do the same thing. Do not have them added to your card. +5000 is not the same as +40,000 miles

Step 4: Get flying

There are a few ways to get to Hawaii from Ohio but my recommendation is to go to Hawaii from Las Vegas. Flights to Vegas from Columbus, Ohio generally run around $200 roundtrip. The flight roundtrip to Hawaii is usually $588 to $1500 depending.

I recommend figuring out the days you want to be in Hawaii – and booking that first.

Please note that being flexible makes life a lot easier. Holidays and typically busy dates will not work for minimal spends…

This is from the Southwest App –

Leaving LAS to HNL for 11,203 points one way

Returning May 8 from 1:15 pm to 11:46 pm for 13,134

Per person 24,337 miles from Las Vegas to HNL roundtrip

Now to get to Las Vegas…

One way to get from Columbus to Las Vegas is to go Spirit Airlines or book via Southwest. Depending on miles – I can pay roundtrip or do points one way and pay the other. There are options. The total from this trip ends up being 46,106 miles and for getting the credit card – it ends up with me deficient 6,106 miles so buying roundtrip on another airline or buying one way on Southwest or paying roundtrip can also work.

So from CMH to LAS is 11,320 miles

The cheapest return is 10,449 miles from Las to CMH

Keep in mind – booking this way – you will need hotel stay or you will need to plan on staying at the airport…but hotels are pretty cheap in Vegas.

Total miles:

CMH to LAS 11,320

LAS to CMH 10,449

LAS to HNL 11,203

HNL to LAS 13,134

Total 46,106 miles and $11.20 and $11.20

You can’t book from Columbus to Hawaii so you will have to pay tax two times but essentially – $22.40 for a free flight is a win!

If you use your Southwest Card for hotel bookings – sometimes it is a great deal – last weekend- I stayed at a Wyndham in Orlando for $149 for the night and it allowed me to get 4,000 points on my Southwest Card. This is well worth it. Helps make up the points to cover the Hawaii flight.

What I recommend…..

Know these deals are not July 4th weekend or Christmas – you will pay a lot of miles to do that but if you can plan for Thanksgiving or Easter – these times are easier to book with miles. I will also suggest that when the windows open – you can typically land a good deal. I always save my miles – so I would spend an extra month or two then pay with miles for the entire trip. Remember if flying from Columbus – you will have to book to Las Vegas and then from Vegas to Hawaii.

If you are deadset on a time frame and you have enough miles to book from Las Vegas to Hawaii but not enough from Columbus – go ahead and book it – Southwest lets you cancel without penalty and bags travel free – so there is no loss.

I do not typically shop from the Southwest Portal – I do book some hotels there but most of the time – hotels.com as you stay 10 nights and get the 11th free. I have attained good status there and have had positive experiences.

*With many airline credit cards, there are annual fees – depending on the Southwest Card you choose $59-$149.

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