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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 #FitNStonyfield into Summertime Fun

*Sponsored post with Stonyfield to help bring you more fun content!  #FitNStonyfield Summertime, summertime, sum, sum, summertime…what isn’t there to love about this season?  Days get longer and sunnier, flowers bloom, and a pesticide-free lawn beckons bare feet to run and explore! As I write this post there’s a tent in my backyard because my […]

Continue Reading By on July 6, 2014 in agriculture, organic, outdoors, Ozarks, parenting
Anne Brock from Flour Sack Mama blog finished Mamavation 5K in May 2014

How the Mamavation Community Motivated Me

Have you ever felt intimidated to try something and then after doing so realized you’d been missing out on something great?  That’s how I feel about the #2WeekChallenge I just tried with the #Mamavation community! I knew Mamavation was a super-popular online community with some pretty intense fitness challenges for women.  Being neither perfectly fit […]

Continue Reading By on May 16, 2014 in fitness, health, Healthy Families, motherhood, outdoors

Explore the Outdoors this Weekend

Has the warmer weather been calling you outdoors?  No matter the season, there’s plenty to explore in the national treasury of parks that span across the United States. The National Park Trust is challenging you to take your kids to a park this weekend and is running a special promotion to get the entire family […]

Continue Reading By on May 14, 2014 in nature, outdoors

Snow Day

Our little corner of Appalachia finally saw its one respectable snow day of the winter, and we made the most of it! Not enough snow or moist enough for a snowman, barely enough for sledding. Frigidly cold, of course. But we all headed outdoors for at least a bit. How’s your winter been?

Continue Reading By on February 2, 2014 in Appalachia, family, outdoors

Kid-Friendly Snowflake Observation

*The following is sponsored by! Are you dreaming of a white, snowy Christmas?  My kids have been disappointed so far that they’ve had no snow days off school, and they’re still hoping for frozen changes in the backyard landscape. Once the snow comes, aside from the obvious fun outdoors, it offers an easy opportunity […]

Continue Reading By on December 7, 2013 in chidren, outdoors, science, Uncategorized

Frozen Winter Fun at Ober Gatlinburg near Great Smoky Mountains

The temps are low enough, the snow machines have been blowing, and skiers have run the slopes at Ober Gatlinburg even before December.  The South’s popular ski resort and amusement park opened its ski slopes on the Friday after Thanksgiving, announcing that it’s been 20 years since skiing began so early in Gatlinburg.  Snow tubing […]

Continue Reading By on December 2, 2013 in Appalachia, family, fitness, Great Smoky Mountains, mountains, outdoors, Uncategorized