Hiking in Georgia: Exploring the Chenocetah Fire Tower and Lake Russell in Cornelia

Hiking in Georgia can be an amazing way to spend an afternoon.  You get to escape the chaos of Atlanta and get back to nature.  At the same time, you can get an amazing workout and burn a whole bunch of calories.  I'm a huge fan of combining exercise and nature! Georgia hiking trips that we have been on so far have ranged from hot, dry trails to wet, woodsy areas loaded with gorgeous Georgia waterfalls. I must admit, my husband and I are often drawn back to the hiking trails of the North Georgia Mountains when we want to escape for the … [Read more...]

Stand Up Paddleboarding at Morgan Falls Overlook Park

In an effort to squeeze just a few more fun outings from our summer, we decided to head out this weekend on an outdoor adventure.  My husband's co worker had done some stand up paddleboarding at Morgan Falls Overlook Park in Sandy Springs, Georgia (a northern metro Atlanta city) so we decided to give that a try.  If you aren't familiar with stand up paddle boarding, it is sort of a cross between kayaking and surfing.  You are standing on a board with one oar in your hand that you use to navigate your way around a lake or slow moving river.  It … [Read more...]

Saint Augustine Distillery: Free Tours and an Ecofriendly Mission

My kids have been dying to spend a week at the beach so we headed down to Saint Augustine, Florida last week for a much needed break from reality. While the kids may enjoy spending the day at the beach, my husband and I are DOERS on vacation rather than SITTERS.  After a couple of hours of beach time, we are excited to get out and see a few sites.  Typically, we try to find unique historical and natural things to do while visiting a new location and our trip to St Augustine offered a number of options.  If you are planning some St Augustine … [Read more...]

Callaway Gardens is a Beautiful Georgia Destination for Nature Lovers

This week is spring break for my kids and my husband took a few days off from work so we could spend time together as a family  We decided to visit a few local destinations rather than try to plan a long distance vacation.  Time and money are tight right now and a 'staycation' is much simpler and cheaper!  One place I have been wanting to visit for years is Callaway Gardens.  Since spring is in full bloom here in Georgia right now, I figured now would be the best time to visit.  So, I loaded up on allergy medications, water and snacks and … [Read more...]

Night Driving Tips for Safer Evening Travel #nightdriving

With the days getting shorter and the nights getting longer, more and more people are on the road after dark.  We turn our clocks back this weekend so we will be losing yet another hour of daylight but we still have places to be in the evening!  The older I get, the more I find that my night vision is not as good as it used to be.  I hate to think that I am getting older but even our eyes start to show our age eventually!  Night vision problems don't only effect YOU but they impact every single person that might be on the road with you.  When … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

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, … [Read more...]

Staying Sane While Traveling with Kids #marriottvacay

This post about traveling with kids has been sponsored by Marriot and Clever Girls but all opinions expressed here are my own. My husband and I travel frequently with our kids.  Having all of our family out of state means that traveling with kids is vital if I want them to get to know their grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins.  My youngest was 6 months old when we made our first trip from Georgia to New Hampshire.  For those of you not familiar with geography, let me just tell you that there is a LOT of land between those two states.  … [Read more...]

Hotels in Savannah and Kid Friendly Things to Do There!

This post about hotels in Savannah and kid friendly things to do there has been sponsored.  I received a discounted stay at the Riverstreet Inn during my travel in exchange for this post. Over the summer my family and I decided it was time for a family vacation.  We don't get to travel together very often due to both time and finances so we wanted to find someplace fun that the kids would really enjoy.  Of course, we also wanted it to be relatively local so we didn't have to fly!  Our last trip to Savannah was about 12 years ago and we had … [Read more...]

Fun Things to Do in Texas

This post about things to do in Texas has been sponsored but all opinions expressed here are my own.  I received a complimentary stay at the Austin Hyatt in exchange for my review. When I graduated from college at 22 I followed my heart and my brand new job down to Texas.  Having been born and raised in New England, it was a bit of a culture shock to say the least.  I was raised on pot roast and baked beans and all of a sudden I am eating alligator on a stick and fried jalapenos.  The multicultural mishmash of Houston was an eye opener, to … [Read more...]

Natural Spa Experience and Getting Back to Nature at Hyatt Regency Lost Pines #sponsored

This natural spa experience post has been sponsored by Hyatt Regency Lost Pines.  I received one night stay at Hyatt Lost Pines Resort at no charge with access to their amenities in exchange for my review.  All opinions expressed here are my own. During my recent trip to BlogHer Food in Austin, Texas last month I got the chance to visit the Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort and Spa.  I thought it would be wonderful to pamper myself with a natural spa experience before the chaos of the conference set in.  I don't get to pamper myself on a daily … [Read more...]