My Awesome Experience Traveling to London for the First Time

You may not have noticed but the blog has been a bit quite for the last couple of weeks.  That's because I was lucky enough to travel to London with my daughter and her high school band for the London New Year's Day parade. Traveling to London for the first time was both exciting and terrifying but the memories we made over the last week or so will hopefully last a lifetime for both of us.  I thought I would share my experience traveling to London in case you ever plan on going yourself.  There are so many things to do in London that I can't … [Read more...]

How to Make Road Trips Fun and Educational

Are you planning a long car ride this holiday season and wonder how you will all survive the trip with your sanity intact?  Do you get tired of plugging your kids into electronic devices for the entire journey to grandma's house?  We have traveled long distance with our kids since my first was only 6 months old. A  2 to 3-day drive from Georgia to Vermont gave us plenty of time to find creative ways to keep us all busy. If you are wondering how to make road trips fun and educational, I am sharing some tips from Ruth Rumack, the founder of Ruth … [Read more...]

Shopping at DICKS Sporting Goods and Supporting Youth Sports

This post has been sponsored by DICKS Sporting Goods but all opinions expressed here are my own. Christmas is coming up faster than I can deal with and I am in full shopping mode this week.  Gifts for kids, my husband, my parents and for a needy family at our church are on my shopping list and I found a ton of great ideas at DICKS Sporting Goods this weekend.  Since fitness, health, and exploring the outdoors are all high on my list of great ways to spend your free time, I was really impressed with the selection of items that I found there. … [Read more...]

Hiking Tips for Women: What the books don’t tell you!

If you are planning a hiking trip soon and happen to be female, you might want to remember these hiking tips for women as you plan your trip. When I was in college, I joined the Outing Club and got my first taste of what hiking and camping were really all about.  I had a great group of people at my disposal that had been enjoying the  great outdoors for many years and lived to tell about it.  I was taught how to put up a tent, build a fire, and prevent bears from rummaging in my food stuffs.  I was NOT told quite a number of things that I have … [Read more...]

Having Fun with the AtmosFlare 3D Pen Set and the IDO3D Pen Set

This post about the IDO3D Pen and the AtmosFlare 3D Pen Set has been sponsored by AtmosFlare and The Women Bloggers but all opinions expressed here are my own. #3dpen #funwith3d My daughter is 14 and has always been passionate about art.  Growing up, she had a well-stocked art closet and enough craft supplies to keep an entire elementary school entertained.  As she got older, she grew out of alot of the 'little kid' crafts but still loved drawing, photography and being creative.  This year in high school, she is taking a 2D and 3D design … [Read more...]

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...]

Easy Ways to Stay Cool in Summer

With the oppressive heat of a southern summer already here, I am looking for easy ways to stay cool in summer. I grew up in New England and while we certainly had our fair share of hot weather, summer was generally bearable.  Fast forward a few  years and after college I headed down to Texas and then on to Georgia, where summers are brutal and the humidity is so thick you could cut it with a knife.  Most summer days have us holed up in the house with the air conditioner struggling to keep the temperature below 80 degrees.  While living in the … [Read more...]

How to Feed Your Soul and Feel Renewed Every Day

This post about how to feed your soul is part of the PTPA Brand Ambassador Program with Rocky 4EurSole. I received compensation as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own. Including today, my children have exactly 19 days left of school before summer vacation.  Not that I'm counting or anything, right?  They are so incredibly excited about the end of school year stress and to be honest, I am too.  Our schedule is always a little bit more relaxed during the summer.  Later bedtimes, lazy days at the pool, … [Read more...]