Sep 252016

Growing up in Maine we didn’t have any local zoos.  We really didn’t even have any non-local zoos.  I had visited one in Canada and one in Florida while on vacation, but that was it.  So when I moved to Kentucky I was excited to find that it was just a quick trip to the Louisville Zoo.

Riding the carousel horses at the Louisville Zoo

Since then we have been to the Louisville Zoo on a number of occasions.  We have a list of “must do” items, like a ride on the carousel which only costs $2 to ride (it’s $3 for unlimited rides all day).  We then fill in the rest of the time with whatever animals are out that day, any shows that might be taking place, or new displays that are being rotated through like the LEGO creations we recently saw. Continue reading »

Aug 042016

This shop and my Angry Birds party ideas have been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser, Walmart Family Mobile. Opinions are mine, but the angry fun can be yours! #AngryForSavings #CollectiveBias

We’re kind of big fans of Angry Birds around here.  When she was around three, Bubbles was sitting with Daddy while he was playing Angry Birds on his phone.  She reached down and after a few minutes was successfully passing levels like a pro.

How to Host the Ultimate Angry Birds Party for the Whole Family!

Because Bubbles starts school next week we’ve been trying to pack as much extra fun into the last week or two of summer.  I had wanted to take her to see the Angry Birds movie in theaters but we didn’t get the chance.  So I decided we’d do an at-home Angry Birds movie party instead! Continue reading »

Jun 192015

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It’s been warm enough to count as summer here for awhile, but for some reason mid-June has always felt like the ‘official’ start to summer for me.  Probably because during my middle school and high school years school always released around this time.  I guess I still have a case of “school’s out for the summer”.

Free Printable Checklist of Summer Bucket List Ideas for the Whole Family - don't forget to make fresh lemonade, go camping in your backyard, and catch some fireworks!

Bubbles has started to give suggestions of things she wants to do this summer and places she wants to go.  We’re also trying to include Austin and his thoughts in our summer planning as he’ll be leaving for boot camp in about a month.  So we’ve come up with some summer bucket list ideas that the whole family can enjoy (you can click the image above for a printable pdf version). Continue reading »

Oct 082014

Quaker has asked me to share about their #QuakerPlayMaker partnership with the NFL and Fuel Up to Play 60 and has provided prizes for a giveaway. All words and thoughts are my own.

Growing up I played outside a lot.  My parents’ house sits on a decent amount of land, so there was plenty of space to ride bikes, play softball, and walk the dog.  My brothers even used one lawn to make their own golf “course” and driving range.

Keep Kids Active: Fuel Up to Play 60 Daily #QuakerPlayMaker

Fortunately Bubbles doesn’t need to be convinced to enjoy playing outside.  She loves to run around, ride her trike, and play on her swing set, to name a few.  Honestly, if there were a few less “icky bugs” out there, I don’t know that she’d ever come inside. Continue reading »

Jun 162014

I participated in an Ambassador Program on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Discover Boating. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation in sharing how to choose a boat and other tips.

Some of my best summertime memories have included the water.  I remember my mother joking with me that I was born a fish because it didn’t matter if it was swimming, fishing in a local stream, sitting on the beach, white water rafting, or out on the lake.  I just wanted to be near water.

There wasn’t a lot of opportunity for the beach unless we were driving down to Old Orchard, which we did a few times each summer.  But there was a lot more opportunity for spending time on a lake.  My uncle’s family had a camp on a lake that we visited fairly regularly, and the family of one of my friends also had a camp on a different lake.

Boating This Summer? How to Choose a Boat and Tips for Renting #MC #DiscoverBoating

There was always a lot to do at camp – laying out in a hammock, fishing, cooking out.  And, of course, getting out on the lake.  I could stay out all day tubing, if given the chance. Continue reading »