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Chattanooga’s Creative Discovery Museum

My children had been much younger when I first took them to visit the Creative Discovery Museum in Chattanooga.  This spring break, my oldest remembered it as a place she wanted to visit again.  They both remembered the water play area visible from outside, with the expansive climbing maze above it. On this visit, the […]

Continue Reading By on April 15, 2017 in early childhood, East Tennessee, education, family, vacation

Summer Family Vacation at Ober Gatlinburg

Thanks to Ober Gatlinburg for hosting our family’s visit! You really haven’t visited the Smokies unless you’ve hiked at least a stretch in the Smokies.  And you really haven’t visited the tourist town of Gatlinburg unless you’ve been to Ober Gatlinburg.  This place offers incredible views of the Great Smoky Mountains next door and Gatlinburg […]

Continue Reading By on July 18, 2016 in Appalachia, family, Smoky Mountains, vacation

Summer Family Travel Ideas

  Enter my giveaway of squeaky clean & safe sunscreen & bath supplies from Beautycounter! Bring on the vacation days, the long, unstructured family time together, the wanderlust!  Where will your family be headed this summer?  Are you looking for adventure, relaxation, an appreciation for American history, or just a chance for Dad to act […]

Continue Reading By on May 25, 2015 in family, outdoors, outing, travel, vacation

Family Outing to Biltmore Estate with Kids

*Thanks Biltmore Estate for hosting us! It’s easy to picture weddings, anniversaries and other elegant couples getaways at Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina. Adults regularly enjoy the home that George Vanderbilt first opened in 1895. What about the kids?  Biltmore recently gifted me a chance to visit and experience a visit through my children’s eyes. […]

Continue Reading By on October 25, 2013 in children, family, outing, Uncategorized, vacation

Rocky Mountain Family Vacation

Rocky Mountains Rocky Mountain National Park in northern Colorado offers several ways for families so spend time together outdoors, all above 7,500 feet.  Our family squeezed in as many outdoor activities as we could in a short summer vacation.   My husband anxiously drove the entire family up Old Fall River Road up to the […]

Continue Reading By on July 27, 2013 in family, green, hiking, outdoors, parenting, Rocky Mountains, summer, vacation

Green Your Vacation

So you want to explore the great outdoors and teach your children to appreciate natural resources on your summer vacation?  Want to visit a themepark destination without being environmentally careless? All of us can find ways to turn this summertime ritual into an even greener experience with less environmental impact.  Here are a few suggestions: […]

Continue Reading By on July 26, 2013 in conscious consumerism, environmentalism, family, green, outdoors, parenting, summer, travel, vacation