A Guide to Colonial Williamsburg and Jamestown with Kids Part 2

If you missed yesterday's post about our trip to Colonial Williamsburg, be sure to read it here first. It's chock full of photos to inspire your visit to this beautiful part of our country! A Guide to Colonial Williamsburg with Kids, Part 1 On Day 2 of our trip, we took a bit of a different approach.   My good friend Marcia lives in the Richmond area, so she wanted to bring her twin daughters over to tour Williamsburg with us.  We also took a vacation with them to Niagara Falls, so … [Read more...]

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A Guide to Colonial Williamsburg with Kids Part 1

The older I get, the more of a history geek I become. I was always kind of a history lover, but not to the extent that I am now. Give me a re-enactment of a historical village any day over a modern day city. My love of Outlander might have something to do with it, but mainly it's just in my blood. Historical places fascinate me, especially anything to do with the 18th and 19th century. For this reason, Colonial Williamsburg has been on my bucket list to visit for many years, and FINALLY we … [Read more...]

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Things Not to Miss at Mickey’s Not So Spooky Halloween Party

Mickey's Not So Spooky Halloween is a fun multi-night event at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom where you and your family get to Trick or Treat at Disney World, while meeting special characters and hopping on rides a lot faster than on your typical day to the parks. Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is a special ticket event and takes place on select nights from August through October. We attended many years ago with Garrett, and I would love to go back and do it again with … [Read more...]

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Our Great American Eclipse Recap

The Great American Eclipse happened yesterday. It was awesome. At first I was skeptical. When my dad asked if we wanted to go see the eclipse in totality, I didn't really understand what that meant. All the eclipse maps put Birmingham at about 98% totality. Wouldn't 98% be just as good as 100%? I mean, it is THE SUN, so it's pretty much visible from the entire Western hemisphere, right? Turns out that nope, 98% is not AT ALL like 100% totality. Not even close. Every single thing I … [Read more...]

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20 Summer Road Trip Essentials for Kids

Who else is planning a summer road trip with kids?  Summer is nearly over, which means you better hit the road quick if you want to avoid those unexcused absences. If you want to try to kick it old school style and have a technology-free road trip then you are gonna need to get creative. Kids today are not as easily distracted as those of us who grew up counting the roadside power poles from the back of a station wagon in the 80s. That means you need to make a plan and be prepared. Here are … [Read more...]

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5 Best Free Kids Books for 9-12 Year Olds

We are coming into the last lazy days of summer before school starts back which means I'm hearing a lot of "Moooom... I'm BORED." from my 9 year old son. He is exhausted when he gets home from summer camp and just wants to veg out on the couch, so I let him do just that most nights. The Kindle app on the iPad has been a lifesaver because it's a way to keep him occupied that doesn't include mindless hours of playing Roblox or watching tv. Thankfully he is an avid reader, so I started … [Read more...]

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Garden Updates and Summer Projects for Kids

Tomorrow is the first day of summer!   I'm so excited summertime is here again so we can get outside and soak up some Vitamin D the all-natural way. We have been taking full advantage of the outdoors this year before it gets too hot to move. How 'bout you? My backyard raised garden beds turned one year old this month and still holding up great.  The cedar has weathered out a little bit, but otherwise they are fine. I'm planning on painting the back deck soon if the … [Read more...]

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30+ Halloween Crafts for Kids

  With less than two weeks until Halloween, I'm on the search for some cute crafts for the kids that are not too hard to create.  I thought you guys might want to see what all I've found along the way, so here's a quick little roundup of 30+ Halloween Crafts for Kids... Kid's DIY from dreamalittlebigger.com DIY Halloween Treat Bags With Duck Tape from thecountrychiccottage.net DIY Silly Ghost Balloons from studiodiy.com 12 Fun And Creative DIY Masks For Kids from … [Read more...]

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Simple School Lunches for Normal People

School is in full swing here, which means I have spent a lot of minutes staring blankly into my pantry with a puzzled look on my face, trying to figure out what I should be putting in my son's lunchbox. If I'm being honest, with everything that's been going on in our lives lately, I filled up his lunchroom credit card with cash and let him buy anything he wants from the cafeteria, which is usually a cheeseburger, Doritos and an ice cream sandwich.  :/ Not good. Finally I decided to … [Read more...]

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Caroline’s Berry Sweet First Birthday Party

Caroline turned one last week, and we celebrated this weekend with a berry sweet strawberry themed birthday party!  It's so hard to believe that my little baby girl is already ONE. My goodness, time needs to slow down. I'll have a source list at the end of this post in case you are looking for any of these strawberry themed birthday decorations. I setup a little gift table in front of the fireplace, and decorated it with strawberries and flowers. I scored that sweet little green … [Read more...]

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