Tonya Prater

TonyaPrater is a mom of two young adults and one teen who spent several years on the road traveling with her husband's job. Together, her family of five camped, stayed in hotels, rented temporary apartments and finally purchased a camper which they called home for over a year before the road led them back to Ohio. It’s true that absence makes the heart grow fonder. Having missed her home state, she is on a mission to rediscover everything great in the Buckeye State and hopefully, convince the rest of the world to visit in the process.


5 Reasons Frankenmuth, Michigan, is Big Fun for Adults

This Bavarian-inspired town in Michigan captured my heart the first time I saw it. A quick drive through town revealed murals, a covered bridge, beautifully landscaped flower beds and fountains. There’s even an authentic Glockenspiel clock imported from Germany, retelling the story of the Pied Piper. Lucky for Ohio TravelingMom, Frankenmuth, Michigan, is an easy four-hour drive from her Central Ohio home. And lucky for you, this town is not just historic; it’s also fun. Frankenmuth, Michigan: A Fun Destination for Adults Frankenmuth, Michigan, is already known for its Bavarian architecture, family-style chicken dinners, and Bronner’s, the world’s largest...

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3 Simple Recipes to Cook on Vacation

This sponsored post is brought to you by Vacatia. Meal planning and cooking on vacation doesn’t need to be difficult. Often when I plan what to cook on vacation, I choose simple recipes that are family favorites and some of the easiest meals I can think of. That includes meals with a limited number of ingredients or meals that are easy to throw together. My family may prefer to dine in while on vacation, but that doesn’t mean that I want to spend a large portion of my time in the kitchen, cooking and cleaning. If you’re planning to cook all or...

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Spend a Weekend Exploring Ohio’s Castles

When you think of castles, you probably don’t think of the U.S. or even Ohio. But do you know that Ohio is home to several castles?  Some castles offer tours and others provide unique lodging. These fortresses of yesteryear may not be the medieval or historic castles found in Europe where Kings and Queens once resided, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t plan a visit and pretend you are royalty for the day. Ohio Castles: Things to do in Ohio Castles in Ohio to Tour If you’re looking for things to do in the  Midwest, you should consider Ohio’s...

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9 Tips to Enjoying the Magic Kingdom with Teens

Disney appeals to all ages. Where else can you take your toddlers, your teenagers and your parents and ensure that everyone is going to have an incredible time? My family has road tripped several times from our home in Ohio to Orlando to experience all the magic Disney has to offer so I have a few tips to share when you’re traveling to Disney and enjoying the Magic Kingdom with Teens. Visiting the Magic Kingdom with Teens My daughter was seven years old last time we visited the Magic Kingdom. She was old enough to remember the experience, but young enough to think...

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Fun for Families at Put-in-Bay and on Kelleys Island

Accessible by private passenger boat, plane or ferry from Sandusky, Ohio, (home of Cedar Point, the self-proclaimed roller coaster capital of the world), Catawba or Port Clinton, experience laid back island life on South Bass or Kelleys Island and explore the world’s largest geode, dine in a restored blacksmith shop, and ride to the top of a 352-foot monument for a bird’s eye view of the surrounding islands. The Lake Erie Islands are Your Getaway to Fun The islands on Lake Erie, specifically South Bass and Kelleys, offer an ideal location for a family, multi-generational or girlfriend getaway. You’ll find...

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6 Free Things to do in Petoskey, Michigan

Located in Northwest Michigan, Petoskey is an affordable family friendly destination and an easy road trip from Ohio and other surrounding Midwest states. A known hangout of author Ernest Hemingway, the town and surrounding area entice families to get outdoors and enjoy spectacular scenic lakeside views. With much to offer visitors interested in budget-friendly attractions, this destination is steeped in history, nature and one-of-a-kind attractions such as the local Petoskey Stone which is prevalent in this small town. Search for Treasure The Petoskey stone, recognized as the state stone, is only found in Michigan and while you’ll find it outside Petoskey, it’s...

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3 Animal Attractions Not to Miss at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

A trip to Disney’s Animal Kingdom offers visitors an entertaining and educational experience that stresses the importance of the protection and conservation of animals. Cross the bridge from Discovery Island and travel within the park to Africa to experience the bustling village of Harambe. Grab a bite of African-flavored cuisine, sway or dance to the beat of drums, and shop for souvenirs. But don’t leave until you’ve had a chance to experience three animal attractions. 3 Animal Attractions Not to Miss at Disney’s Animal Kingdom The first time my family visited the Animal Kingdom was over 10 years ago....

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Occupy Kids with These DIY Road Trip Ideas

Disclosure: This sponsored post is brought to you as a result of a partnership with TravelingMom and Techlicious. I was provided an Acer Aspire Switch 11 convertible laptop to test and share these DIY Travel ideas, great for your next road trip. Read to the bottom of this post to find out how you could enter to win same product I was provided and more. Planning a road trip is almost as much fun as taking one. Almost. But that’s my opinion. I enjoy plotting road trips full of surprises, and I like to create a few extra treats...

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Join Passports with Purpose and Give Back

Travel is life changing. Travel introduces you to new people, new cultures and new needs. Yep. You read that right. Needs. In 2013, I traveled to Honduras with my family on a church mission trip. We saw many needs that we’re not faced with here in Ohio. We saw children and adults who walked for more than two hours to visit the remote village we called home for nearly a week. They came not only because they were curious about the Americans who were visiting, but also to visit the makeshift dental clinic that I served in and with hopes...

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Thrill Seeking in the Smokies

Millions of people visit the area known as ‘the Smokies’ each year. My own family has taken road trips from our home in Ohio to the area that borders the Smoky Mountain National Park more than a handful of times. Yet, we are still drawn to Sevierville, Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg time and again. When Mobile Brochure invited my family to visit, my kids were excited but as the days pressed on, closer to our departure date, they weren’t sure that this getaway would be much different than any other we’ve experienced in the area. We’ve visited the Smokies more...

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