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Author: Esther Irish at LaughWithUsBlog.com

My name is Esther Irish with LaughWithUsBlog.com.  My family loves to laugh, travel, and…EAT!  I look for joy and humor in all aspects of my life.  It keeps me sane, and I figure, after all,  if I’ve got to live it, I might as well laugh.  Maybe I‘ll live longer. There’s no sense in keeping all the fun to myself now is there? 

Read about some of my happy, sadscarygoofyembarrassing, or just plain old “doh” moments.  Let me tell you about my very kind, at times absentminded engineer of a husband.  I can’t wait to share some of the antics and quotes of our five children: Faith born in 2001, Joy born in 2004, Grace born in 2006, Jason Jr born in 2008, and Bobby born 2011.  (Names have been changed for their protection.)

Join our journey as I share some of the trialsfrustrations, and joys I experience.  



We love to find fun, interesting, local, and cultural food when we travel. I’m always surprised when people head to the chain restaurants that they can get at home when they travel. Why? Food is one of the best parts of exploring new places! We enjoyed dining in Northwest Indiana as a part of a familiarization trip with Visit the South Shore. All opinions are my own. Here are 5 Foodie Finds you won’t want to miss in Northwest Indiana!


Bright, beautiful, and brand new – Home2 Suites by Hilton in Merrillville is the perfect place to stay in northwest Indiana. We enjoyed Home2 Suites in Merrillville, Indiana as a part of a familiarization trip with Visit the South Shore. All opinions are my own.

Have you tried Home2 Suites by Hilton in your travels? We stayed in four different Home2 Suites on our Great Indiana Road Trip, and we had a great experience every time, but this one in Merrillville was our favorite.