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Summertime is in full swing, which for many people is prime time for family vacations! Actually, let’s rephrase that to family “trips.” Coming from a mom of 16-month-old twins, traveling with toddlers is rarely a true vacation (at least...
Nestled deep into the High Country of North Carolina, at an elevation of 3,333 feet, is our favorite family destination: Boone, North Carolina. We love them so much, we like to call them our mountains, but I'd love to...
Sky Top Orchard in Flat Rock, NC has been a tradition for my little family since 2008. Spend a day at this gorgeous orchard and you’ll get to pick apples, go on tractor rides, feed goats, sheep, and ducks,...
Get ready for some good ol’ down-home fun when you visit the Showcase of Citrus in Central Florida. A scant 30-minute drive from the most magical place on earth (Disney World, obvi), the Showcase of Citrus offers monster truck...
Strawberry season is right around the corner here in Florida. Typically the farms open at the end of March and stay open through April, but weather conditions and the amount of rainfall we received during the year can always...
I’m honestly quite annoyed at myself for not having visited here sooner. There is so much to do with kids within a five-hour drive that Charlotte, North Carolina, is a no-brainer when it comes to planning long weekends for...
My husband is a very “hands–on” dad – he always gets up with the kids in the morning, and feeds and gets them dressed, so that I can sleep a little longer. (I take the evening shift!) He’s great...
A few weeks before she started kindergarten, my 5-year-old started asking for a “real-life Barbie DreamCamper Trip.” Because this year has been a total train wreck and we all needed a little bit of fun, I happily obliged. I...
I love talk radio. I love Howard Stern (I confess!), NPR and, my new obsession — podcasts. A podcast craze is sweeping the nation, and they range from the obscure, like Here There Be Monsters which explores people’s real stories...
Going on a road trip soon? You've come to the right post! I'm back with part two of my road trip tips — this time I'm sharing my favorite road trip-friendly toys and activities that can help you have...
It's true — this Southerner LOVES Boston! We moved from Jacksonville to Boston in 2007, and I went kicking and screaming. I did not want to leave Florida and its sunny weather for what I imagined as a dreary,...
Blue Spring State Park — just about an hour and half from Jacksonville, about 15 minutes off I-4 West — is a great day trip for kids of different ages. The Main Attraction: Manatees! The main attraction there is the manatees,...

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