10 Family Fun Month Ideas to Enjoy Together

Did you know that August is family fun month?  I am a firm believer in spending time together as a family, especially as the kids get older. If you are looking for a few family fun month ideas you have come to the right place.  I truly believe that a strong family bond goes a long way towards keeping the lines of communication open and keeping kids on the straight and narrow.  Summer is already almost over and soon it will be back-to-school time.  Mine start next week!  So very sad!  But the summer fun doesn’t have to be over just yet and … [Read more...]

Our Whitewater Rafting Adventure with WhiteWater Express

My family was recently was with a whitewater rafting adventure and I admit...I was a tad bit nervous about the whole thing.  We are an outdoor family but our experiences tend to be of the SLOW variety.  Hiking, paddle boating, kayaking, camping and even horseback riding are all common outdoor experiences that we like to enjoy as a family.  Whitewater rafting sounded rather fast!  But, we were excited to give it a try and finally got a warm weekend without any prior commitments and headed over to WhiteWater Express in Columbus, Georgia to give … [Read more...]

How to Plan a Long Distance Road Trip for Fewer Snags Along the Way!

When I woke up this morning, the first thing on my to do list was to plan a long distance road trip for this summer.  My husband and I live far away from all of our family.  Since the time my kids were babies, we have been making long road trips at least once or twice a year so we can visit with parents, siblings, cousins and grandparents.  Over the years, we have had some good times and some bad while on the road.  There have been poopy diaper blowouts, flat tires, and vomiting children but there have also been hours of singing, amusing … [Read more...]

Things to Consider When Planning Summer Sports for Kids

This post about summer sports for kids has been sponsored by TeamSnap but all opinions are my own. There is exactly one month left of school for my children before summer vacation begins.  Isn't that crazy?  The school year has just flown by and summer will be here before you know it.  I already have a calendar on the wall to help me keep track of my children's summer activities.  My daughter is taking a summer PE class (so she can opt out of it in high school) and my son is excited about tennis camp. We are looking forward to a busy and fun … [Read more...]

Craft Closet Ideas: How to Keep it Stocked for Creativity!

For parents of young children, I highly recommend you research a few craft closet ideas to keep your kids busy without plugging them in all the time.  When we first moved into this house,  there were things I liked about it and things I didn't really care for.  Unfortunately, I will never be able to create a basement underneath my house but I have turned that weird space under my stairs into a superb craft closet for my kids! Craft Closet Ideas: Keep it Stocked for Creativity I was a stay at home mom from the time my first child was born … [Read more...]

How to Plan Family Game Night for More Fun and Less Stress!

This post about how to plan family game night has been written by me on behalf of Spin Master Games for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. Want to bond with your kids?  Create lasting memories?  Maybe get worked up and laugh, yell and generally annoy one another in good fun?  Learn how to plan family game night and your whole family can spend an hour or two just relaxing and reconnecting with each other!  Of course, without a bit of planning, your family game night may be a flop.  Do you want tears from the 5-year old who doesn't understand … [Read more...]

Tips for Staying Active with Your Dog #PinnacleHealthyPets

This post about staying active with your dog is sponsored by Pinnacle and the BlogPaws Professional Pet Blogger Network. I am being compensated for helping create awareness about Pinnacle's Newly Formulated Grain Free Dog Food, but Suburbia Unwrapped only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers. Pinnacle is not responsible for the content of this article. #PinnacleHealthyPets Many years ago, my husband and I discovered the joy of competitive dog training and getting involved in dog sports.  At the time, we had a German Shepherd … [Read more...]

Hiking with Teens: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

My husband and I have always been avid outdoors type people.  Long walks in the woods are far more enjoyable for us than a cruise or an island vacation.  Yes, we would rather get dirty and sweaty than sunny and tan. Sorry, maybe that's weird!  Our love of the outdoors did not stop once we had kids.  We threw the baby in a backpack and continued hiking up mountains.  The kids have hit those fun teenage years (yeah...that is sarcasm there!) and we struggle to get them out into the woods with us occasionally. Hiking with teens is a challenge.  … [Read more...]

How to Make Easter Fun for Kids

Easter means different things to different people. Obviously if you are of the Christian denomination, Easter has significant religious meaning for you.  If you aren't the religious sort, maybe you just like Easter because you can gorge yourself on those decadent little creme filled chocolate eggs!  My family falls in both of those categories and while I feel the need to drag the kids to Easter church service, I also want to find ways to make Easter fun as well. How to Make Easter Fun for Kids My kids are teenagers but they still get a lot of … [Read more...]

This weekend’s nail art project!

I have never been much into painting my fingernails.  Seems like every time I put on a coat of nail polish I end up with my hands in the dishwater or digging up things in the garden.  Inevitably my nail polish would get chipped within hours of putting it on my nails.  Needless to say, I haven't experimented with nail art yet!  Seems like a lot of work for a few hours worth of sparkly nails.  Now, my daughter on the other hand LOVES painting her nails.  She would happily paint her nails a different color every single day of the week if she had … [Read more...]