Green Road Trip Ideas for Frugal Family Fun!

I learned many years ago that a green road trip can be both frugal and a ton of fun. If you are planning a family road trip this summer, consider a few ways to reduce your carbon footprint while you do it.  Sustainable travel is one small way that you can have frugal family fun this summer!Family Travel Can Be Fun, Right? We travel by car fairly often. The grandparents all live far away and they like to see their grand kids occasionally. I look forward to these drives about as much as I look forward to my yearly OB exam. Must Have … [Read more...]

Sustainable Wine Tips and the Solar Winery Trend

Have you ever considered the ecological footprint of the wine in your glass during happy hour? Many large-scale wineries strain the environment through their use of chemical pesticides and high water consumption. If you are an environmentally conscious wine lover, it's not always easy to find sustainable wines.  As the awareness spreads, however, organic farming methods and solar wineries are starting to reduce the carbon footprint of many wines.I thought I'd share some information about the solar winery trend in case you want to keep … [Read more...]

Morning Vitality Drink from Swissotel Hotels and Resorts to Boost Wellness

This morning vitality drink recipe has been sponsored as part of a campaign with Swissotel Hotels and Resorts to encourage you to boost wellness when you travel. My husband and I love to travel, although we don't get to do it as often as we'd like. Our favorite destinations are those that have an eye towards sustainability. And, of course, if we can boost wellness on the road with the amenities provided, that is even better! When I was approached by Swissotel to share their health and environmental focused mission, I was excited to see what … [Read more...]

Wildlife Safety Tips for Outdoor Family Vacations

If you are heading out into the great outdoors this summer, please read up on a few wildlife safety tips to protect yourself and your family from harm. My husband and I travel quite a bit with our children and many of these journeys are outdoor family vacations. We enjoy hiking, camping, birdwatching and exploring swamps in kayaks. Yes, we are a little bit weird but we would rather be outdoors in nature than cooped up inside. Of course, safety should be a top concern when taking your family off the beaten path!Last year there was a … [Read more...]

Eco Friendly Cruises: Why You Should Rethink Your Next Cruise Vacation

Are you wondering where to go on your next family vacation? Spring break and summer vacation are popular times for people to take a cruise vacation but have you ever considered the ecological impact of your trip? Sure, hanging around by a floating pool and sending your kids to an on board play center may be relaxing but what are you doing to the environment while your ship floats through the ocean? I would like to encourage you to research eco friendly cruises before you book your next trip!I may be one of the few people in this world … [Read more...]

London Travel Planning and Tips for a Safe and Healthy Trip Abroad

The past couple of weeks have been incredibly chaotic. Not only am I stressing out about the holidays but I am also in the midst of London travel planning. My daughter and I are heading to London right after Christmas with her high school band for the New Year's Day parade in London. I haven't done any international travel for about 15 years so I am just a little bit nervous about the whole thing. I have an amazingly long list of things to do before I leave and am hoping for a safe and healthy trip abroad. I thought I would share a few things … [Read more...]

4 Things to do Before Vacation to Make Coming Home Easier

If you are taking a long trip, you need to not only plan the vacation itself but also keep in mind a few things to do before vacation to make coming home easier. 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'm home again, I realize that so much time and energy went … [Read more...]

Car Traveling Tips for Long Distance Road Trips

Since my family will be off on a long distance road trip in the coming weeks, I have been brushing up on a few helpful car traveling tips to help us survive the experience. No matter where you're headed, these easy car traveling tips will make your long distance road trips a lot more fun!Driving Long Distance Can Be FUN! My husband and I live far away from our expended 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 … [Read more...]

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 afternoon. … [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 was … [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 travel … [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 headed … [Read more...]

Night Driving Tips for Safer Evening Travel

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! These night vision tips are vital to keep us safe on the road. 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 … [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...]

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 … [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. #PoisewithSAMMy 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...]

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...]