Welcome to West Virginia

My daughter and my grandson at his Baptism last week.

View of the Blue Ridge Mountains in route to the Grocery Store.

View of the Blue Ridge Mountains in route to the bank.

Hello! Thanks for making Giggles & Sugar Kisses one of your stops during your Blog Trip. I’m Rhonda, and I would like to welcome you to wild and wonderful West Virginia. West Virginia is known for its beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. They’re stunning in the fall. John Denver sang about the Blue Ridge Mountains in his rendition of Almost Heaven. You can see the Blue Ridge Mountains in the background in the pictures above.
West Virginia is also famous for their Golden Delicious apples. The Golden Delicious apple originated in West Virginia in 1912. We harvest our apples this time of year, and we’re celebrating with lots of festivals and craft shows. We’re also gearing up for our Applebutter Festival. We make it the old fashion way, in a large black kettle over an open fire. It’s delicious on toast and pancakes!
I’d like to tell you a little about myself and how I spend my days in West Virginia. I love taking pictures, I’m an avid scrapbooker. I also love to blog, travel, attend wine tastings, and watch old movies in my spare time. My most important roles are mother and grandmother. I’m the mother of a beautiful daughter and grandmother of an adorable grandson who is about to turn 1 this month. I’m also the owner of Giggles & Sugar Kisses, an on-line website which caters to Sweet, Giggling Babies as well as a full time manager for a federal agency.
We’re Washington Redskins and Baltimore Orioles fans in these parts. Since I’m not a big fan of either, lol, I thought we would spend the week visiting the famous Berkeley Springs Castle and their Mineral Springs. Afterwards, we can also visit the Rumsey Monument, a landmark named after James Rumsey, he launched the first steamboat. Our next stop will be the Harpers Ferry State Park where we will visit John Brown’s Fort, John Brown worked with Frederick Douglas to abolish slavery. We will spend an afternoon at Charles Town Races and Slots for a little thoroughbred horse racing and end the day at the Hillbrook Inn, a beautiful mansion where we will be served a 7 course meal and get a good night’s sleep. If time allows, we can visit our Nation’s Capitol for a litle sight seeing one day. We’re about 1 1/2 hours away. We hope that you will join us for an exciting week.

Before you leave for your next destination browse Mother-2-Mother. It’s the official blog of Giggles & Sugar Kisses. We future Contests, Give Aways, Store Products, and posts about my adventures with my precious grandson. You can also see what products have been given 3 snaps, a booty shake and placed in my grandma bag. Be sure to subscribe to our blog so you don’t miss future snaps and shakes!

I hope that you have enjoyed this little piece of heaven during your journey. Be sure to check out our Current Give Away List before you leave. Have a safe trip around the blogosphere!

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  1. what a lovely green place!

  2. Hello there! nice to see your place 🙂

    I’m on a blog trip too hope you visit my place as well http://www.mommyelvz.com/2008/09/im-on-blog-trip.html

    Thanks and happy blog trip!

  3. Thanks for stopping by my blog. Your pictures are so pretty. I love the pics of the mountains. It looks so relaxing.

  4. Oh, thanks for the John Denver reminder. THAT song will be stuck in my head all day. lol.

    You have such a beautiful family and you are one proud mama and grandma!

    Thanks for showing me West Virginia. I’ve never been to the East Coast.

  5. What a fun post! I love your photos. I wish I had a view like that. We’ve been your way to visit about 8 years ago. See you soon, Beep Beep!

  6. Love the photos!  Love your site.

    I so appreciate your post on teens and safety with their cell phones, I’m going to add the link to my upcoming post on internet safety!



  7. What a beautiful family you have!  Hope to see you around the Blog Trip again.

    Karen of the MomDot Street Team

  8. Hi, Thanks for stopping by my site.  I am on the blog trip, and love, love, love those mountain pictures.

  9. Hi Rhonda! Thanks for visiting me. It’s nice to “meet” you. You have some ADORABLE baby products in your online store. I will definitely be visiting again before this little one arrives!

    I LOVE West Virginia. We’ve only driven through, but I fell in love with its beauty. I am quite enamored with the gulf beaches, but I am a country girl at heart who hopes to one day settle somewhere in the southern mountains. Virginia? W. Virginia? Tennessee?

  10. Dropping by from the blog trip.  Great intro.  Very nice to get to know you, Rhonda.  Your pictures are beautiful.  I’m originally from Northern VA and visited friends in W VA many times.

  11. I loved getting to know you!  I stopped by your shoppe…you have a lot of pretty things!!

    I will be stopping by more often!

  12. Thanks for stopping by… I thought I’d return the favor.  Your grandson is sooooo cute!  And I LOVE the pictures of the mountains… it’s so wonderful to have a view like that to see every day.

  13. You have such beautiful scenery to view – no wonder you like take pictures so much.

  14. Beautiful pictures!  I am so jealous of your view.  Now, I have John Denver stuck in my head and have to go find the song online to get it out 🙂
    Samantha from

  15. So nice to met you! Enjoy your trip and thanks for stopping by!!

  16. Wow, the view in those photos are amazing! (you have a beautiful daughter and grandson as well!)

    It was nice to know more about where your from and I love the look of your blog.

  17. Those mountains look beautiful, just gorgeous pics!

    Thanks for stopping by!

  18. stopping by from the Blog Trip thanks so much for coming by my place today!  I puffy heart your name, that is my mom’s name.  Your daughter and grandchild are beautiful and I love the scenery of your state

  19. Stopping by from the Blog Road trip – thanks for stopping by my blog as well!!  I loved your intro!

  20. Thank you for stopping by my blog! Your grandson is adorable.

  21. What beautiful views.. Thanks for sharing. Now I can say I have been to the “Blue Ridge Mountain”.

    Blog Trip mama

  22. What beautiful views.. Thanks for sharing. Now I can say I have been to the “Blue Ridge Mountain”.

    Blog Trip mama

  23. Thanks for stopping in!  I love the
    “I’m the boss” shirt!  I think I need one of those my little guy! 🙂


  24. I love West Virginia.  I have family that live in Lost Creek and Clarksburg.  Your photos are wonderful.

  25. Here on a blog trip visit!  Nice to know another grandmother who is blogging!  Hope you’ll visit me as well!

  26. Stopping by on the Road trip.  It was nice to meet you!  I had to laugh at your 3 snaps, and the booty shake.  I love it!

  27. Just stopping in on my blog trip! Your grandson is adorable! I just had to check out this Berkeley Springs Castle’s website, and its gorgeous! I’m over at giggles and Sugar Kisses right now checking things out…cute stuff!

    Thanks for the great post, and for stoppin by my blog on your trip. I’ll be back for more!

  28. Love the Blue Ridge Mountains!! Stopped by on my blog trip. Nice to meet you!

  29. Thanks for stopping by.  I have you bookmarked so that I can check you out again soon.  Your page is so cute.

  30. Howdy. Stopping by on the blog trip. The Blue Ridge Mountains are sooo gorgeous! No other words.

    I love the picture of you, your daughter and grandson.

    Nice to meet you.

  31. Gorgeous pics! We have friends near Roanoke (I think) and family in Wheeling. It’s gorgeous down there! And you’re a scrapbooker? me too! I love it. Will have to check and see if you have any of your layouts on your blog. Nice to “meet” you!

  32. Hey: I live in West Virginia too!  Stop by my post and see where I live and what I think of my town!

  33. Gorgeous Pictures! thank you for stopping by my blog on your blog trip!

  34. I love West Virginia, especially since I’m your neighbor (PA). 

    I love the pictures of the mountains, very pretty!!

  35. it’s beautiful your place

    Hope you stop by at my post Blog Trip day ^_^ in here. Thanks

  36. that’s a nice piece of information about your city.

    thanks for stopping by

  37. Thanks for stopping by my part of the world. 

    I wish I can be there for the Applebutter Festival.  It sounds fun…I guess I’ll be stopping by later to check that out.

    Have a nice day!

  38. Thanks for coming! And your grandson is a cutie. I envy you the mountain view, I’m originally from North Carolina and we had the Appalachian Mountains, and I loved visiting them. I think I’m more of a mountain girl than a beach girl (no idea why I’m still in Florida). Lucky you escaping the Florida heat (the humidity is the killer) just in time. I’ll be stopping by often, see you on the trip!

    Thrifty Wench

  39. Stopped by for our blog trip! Nice pictures!

  40. Stopping by on the blog trip!  the Blue Ridge mountains are absolutely GORGEOUS!!

    Farrah from…