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 … [Read more...]

How to Support Local Farmers and My Georgia Agritourism Experience

Last week, I was lucky enough to go on a 2 day Georgia Agritourism trip with a few other local bloggers.  It was an amazing experience that I am so thankful I got the chance to participate in.  I learned all about Georgia agriculture, the purpose behind the agritourism movement here in Georgia, and a few tips about how to support local farmers.  I thought I would share my experience with you so that you can bring these tips into your own lives and improve the support of the farmers in your own communities. How to Support Local Farmers Let … [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 … [Read more...]

The Let Down Effect and Post Holiday Illness

This post about The Let Down Effect is part of a sponsored conversation with Ricola Herb Drops and SocialStars. All opinions are my own. #RicolaCrowd Everyone already knows that the holidays are a time of serious stress, right?  You spend weeks shopping and wrapping and baking.  Then you end up getting very little sleep and probably eating more cookies than you really need to be eating.  Forget about those vitamins you are supposed to be taking and who in the world has time for exercise, right?  And, if you are like me, you traveled … [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 … [Read more...]

How to hike with kids and actually enjoy it!

Summer is drawing to a close and Fall will be sneaking in soon.  Once the days start to cool off, my husband and I enjoy finding time to head out into the woods for some quality hiking trips.  We had to learn years ago how to hike with kids since we have no family around to play babysitter for us.  And truthfully I WANT my kids out in nature with us.  Yes, hiking with kids isn't always as much fun as hiking with just adults.  They tend to be slower, louder, and more prone to tripping or getting hurt.  However, I am a firm believer in the idea … [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.  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 recently?  It's 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 … [Read more...]

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. 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.  Days of being cooped up with the kids and nowhere to hide!  To top it all off we usually end up eating fast food, getting leg cramps and headaches, and arrive at our destination with a less than stellar attitude about the whole trip.  I know we should be … [Read more...]

How to Prevent Jet Lag without Using Sleeping Pills

This post about how to prevent jet lag is sponsored by Natrol but the content and opinions expressed here are my own. One of the things my husband loves about his job is the opportunity to travel overseas once or twice a year.  He has visited some amazing places, from the rice paddies of  Thailand to his ancestor's land of Germany.  He always enjoys the unique food and interesting people in these faraway lands.  What he does NOT enjoy, however, is the jet lag that accompanies international travel.  Our internal clock gets thrown all out of … [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 … [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...]

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 … [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...]

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...]