Go on a Beach Adventure this Fall! #GCFLnofilter

Go on a Beach Adventure this Fall! #GCFLnofilter

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Gulf County, Florida for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. In general, our family tends to be very outdoorsy and adventurous when it comes to our vacations. We have kayaked in the Carolinas, gone looking for fossils in Maryland, and hiked more trails than I can even count. Encountering wild ponies on the beach was probably one of the most memorable moments I have had on a vacation! Taking the kids out into nature and spending time away from our busy and over connected lives is very important to us. I want my kids to grow up with a great appreciation of the outdoors and in order to do that they need to get out and see it every once in a while! Growing up in Connecticut, I lived only 20 minutes from the beach and would go with … [Read more...]

Kentucky travel highlights from our recent vacation!

Kentucky travel highlights from our recent vacation!

I recently hit the road with my family for a two week journey that took us from Atlanta, GA through Kentucky, up into Ohio, over to Vermont and New Hampshire, down through Maryland and finally back home to good old Georgia.  It was a crazy trip with an incredible amount of good food, lots of time with family, a few visits to local touristy places and WAY too much time in the car!  When we planned our vacation we had a very detailed itinerary and the first place we were heading was to Kentucky.  My husband grew up in the area and there was a concert that he wanted to attend with a few of his highschool friends.  Combine that with family in the area and a few Kentucky highlights we really wanted to see and we were excited to make that our first stop! Must See Places in Kentucky The … [Read more...]

Vacation Recovery and Things I Should Have Done Before I Left

Vacation Recovery and Things I Should Have Done Before I Left

My family just returned home last night from a 2 week vacation.  We rented a car, packed up WAY too much stuff, and spent two weeks driving from state to state visiting an assortment of friends and family.  It was an extremely fun vacation but it also took a lot of planning, organization and probably too much money!  Now that I am home again I realize that so much time and energy went into planning the vacation itself that I forgot to plan for the day we returned HOME from vacation!  I thought I would share a few ideas with you for things I should have done before I left but didn't because I am SO not organized enough!  Maybe writing them down will help me remember to do them the next time we head out on vacation!  Things I Should Have Done Before I Left on Vacation! 1. Cleaned the … [Read more...]

Identity Theft Risks While on Vacation #LifeLocksafety

Identity Theft Risks While on Vacation #LifeLocksafety

This post about identity theft has been sponsored by LifeLock.  I am a LifeLock ambassador but all opinions expressed here are my own. For the last 2 weeks I have spent a great deal of time planning my family's upcoming vacation.  5 states, two weeks, and a whole lot of miles in the car with 2 teenagers.  I think we may be just a tad bit insane.  If not, I can guarantee we will be by the time we get back from this road trip!  Since I leave nothing to chance, I made our hotel reservations over the phone for the places I know we want to stop at along the way.  I have an itinerary planned out already for sights we want to see, restaurants we want to eat at and we are ready to go.  The one thing I will NOT be leaving behind is my wallet....unfortunately this trip will not be cheap and I … [Read more...]

10 Things You Need to Survive a Long Distance Road Trip #PoisewithSAM

10 Things You Need to Survive a Long Distance Road Trip #PoisewithSAM

This post about how to survive a long distance road trip has been sponsored by Poise and Social Stars.  All opinions expressed here are my own. #PoisewithSAM My husband and I are in the midst of planning a long distance road trip.  We will be taking 2 weeks to visit an assortment of friends and family that are scattered between 5 different states.  Needless to say, a road trip of this size requires a significant amount of planning. Think along the lines of a military invasion of an enemy country!   It is a bit hectic but we have made similar trips almost every year since the kids were babies.  Living far from family means that a road trip is often the only way you get to see anyone!  So, throughout the years I have come to realize that there are certain things that every mom needs to … [Read more...]

Glamping: What is it and where should you go?

Glamping: What is it and where should you go?

This post about glamping has been sponsored by The Ranch at Rock Creek, but all opinions expressed here are my own. When I was in college at the University of New Hampshire, I joined the Outing Club. I had never been camping a day in my life but it sounded like fun. I had a blast exploring the White Mountains over the next few years. These were some serious outdoors type people; we would hike 8 miles into the woods just to get to a tent platform, and we had to carry our own water, and pack out our trash. Then there was that 3 AM incident with the bear.... Fun, yes, but also very challenging. As I have gotten older I have come to realize that while I enjoy nature, my back doesn't do so well sleeping on the hard ground any more! Have you discovered the same thing? This is where a new … [Read more...]

Travel Tips for a Long Distance Car Trip

Travel Tips for a Long Distance Car Trip

Thanks to Cottonelle for sponsoring today's travel tips.  All opinions expressed are my own. My husband and I live far away from our family which makes visiting them a bit complicated.  We could travel by plane across half the United States but honestly, have you checked out the cost of air fare recently?  It is ridiculous!  So, instead of flying we usually embark on a two week long car trip which allows us to visit both sides of the family plus a number of friends all in one long vacation adventure.  For those of you who have never spent two weeks in a car traveling thousands of miles it is not easy to plan.  In fact, I think military battles require less planning and precision than our trips from Georgia to Vermont and back again!  We have been making this trip every couple of years … [Read more...]

Aladdin Southern Style Luncheon at Piedmont Estate in Atlanta #AladdinMason

Aladdin Southern Style Luncheon at Piedmont Estate in Atlanta #AladdinMason

Many thanks to Mom Trends, Party Bluprints and Aladdin PMI for sponsoring the Atlanta luncheon.  As a thankyou for attending and writing about the event I will receive products and promotional items from the sponsors. It's not every day that I manage to get into Atlanta but occasionally I step outside of my little suburban bubble to enjoy a little bit of upscale socializing.  Last week I was thrilled to be invited to attend a southern style luncheon at the Piedmont Estate in Buckhead, Atlanta.  The folks at Mom Trends, along with Aladdin PMI and Party Blueprints invited a number of bloggers to enjoy an afternoon of southern style food and good company.  The afternoon's festivities were to celebrate the arrival of the new Aladdin Mason Entertaining Collection. Aladdin Southern … [Read more...]

Camping in Georgia: Watson Mill Bridge State Park

Camping in Georgia: Watson Mill Bridge State Park

My family has always been a huge fan of camping.  A couple of days spent in the woods with no distractions from televisions, phones, video games or household responsibilities can be very relaxing.  I am also a firm believer in the fact that children will never come to truly appreciate nature if they are not actually exposed to it occasionally!   Last week was my children's spring break from school so we decided to pack up the gear and head into the woods.  April is the ideal time to go camping in Georgia because if you wait much later and go during the summer you will regret not being able to bring your air conditioner with you! Camping in Georgia We chose Watson Mill Bridge State Park for our camping adventure because it was recommended to us by a friend. It is located in Comer, Georgia … [Read more...]

Gulf County, Florida is a Nature Lover’s Paradise!

Gulf County, Florida is a Nature Lover’s Paradise!

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Gulf County, Florida for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine. When I think about the most enticing travel destinations they are always locations that offer a wide variety of outdoor activities.  I don't really like spending my days at amusement parks or museums, although I have seen my fair share of those over the years. What I really want out of a vacation is to connect with nature, explore the flora and fauna of an area, hike a few trails, and feel the sun on my face.  Gulf County, Florida is located in Northwest Florida and offers 43 miles of natural shoreline.  There are no high-rises or busy highways to detract from it's beauty.  In one direction you face the Gulf of Mexico and the other  St. Joseph Bay. If you are an avid … [Read more...]