Visit a State Park for a Day of Family Fun


Are you wondering what to do when you get that day of perfect weather in the summer, that first warm day in the spring, or that last kind-of-warm weekend in the fall?  Where can you go when all you want to do is be outdoors, do some hiking, have a picnic, let the kids run around, and enjoy the scenery? …

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homemade pasta and sauce

Pasta – Try It Homemade


Sure, it’s easy to boil some water and open up a box of pasta, but is it fun?  Homemade pasta is rustic, delicious, and a lot of fun to make.  You will be surprised at how good homemade pasta tastes, and if your kids did the cooking, the meal will be gone in minutes. It takes just a few ingredients…

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Rocky Mountain National Park Mills Lake

25 Tips For Your First Visit to Rocky Mountain National Park


While you are on vacation in a national park, you want everything to go smoothly.  You don’t want crowded hiking trails, full parking lots, zero wildlife in sight, or to waste any time driving around trying to figure out what to do.  You also don’t want to miss anything, right?  As a regular visitor to Rocky Mountain National Park, I’m…

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Surprise glacier from boat tour Whittier Alaska

First Experiences From our Family Vacation to Alaska


Wow!  That sums up our family vacation to Alaska in one word!  All of our planning really paid off, and we had a fantastic trip!  Alaska is beautiful, unexpected, unique and full of fun for the whole family.  I heard the expression “that was a first” more than once!  Now that we are home and trying to get back into…

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Food Firsts on vacation

Entering Week Two of the Biggest Food First Before Friday Challenge


How did week one go?  Has your family been trying new foods?  Our family certainly has!  We are currently on vacation in Alaska, and I can’t wait to share with you what we’ve been eating!  There have been non-stop food firsts! Most of the best meals that I’ve ever eaten have been while traveling.  My favorites are crab cakes from…

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Visiting with the animals at the state fair

Tips for a Fun Day at the State Fair


Has your family ever been to a state fair?  If not, now is the time!  A state fair is something that everyone should experience at least once, just for the crazy over the top food!  State fairs really are a good mix of learning and fun.  There are plenty of agricultural exhibits and just as many rides and games.  Most…

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coffee drink from a shop in Montreal

The Food First Before Friday Results – Coffee Shop Drink


Oh, how I love coffee drinks!  Mocha!  Caramel Macchiato! Vanilla Latte!  I love them all!  The hotter the better!  So, what happened yesterday when we stopped into a coffee shop for this weeks challenge?  I ordered a Pineapple Black Tea Lemonade.  What!?  I know!  This is what happens when you are challenged to try something new. The first drink I…

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Science experiment with vinegar and baking soda

Science Fun – Sneak a Little Learning into Summer


My kids have a very long summer vacation, 87 days this year!  That is a lot of days off from sitting in the classroom and learning.  Kids need to keep learning every single day, and there are so many ways to learn something new besides sitting in the classroom.  My kids take advantage of day camps, summer school, library reading…

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