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#DIY JULY ~ 5 Tips to Refresh the Deck

#DIY JULY ~ 5 Tips to Refresh the Deck

I don’t know about you, but when it comes to summer, we spend a ton of time outside. I love the fresh air, the warm sun, and I love to entertain. So our deck truly becomes an extension of our living space and in North Carolina, that really lasts 3 seasons long. So this summer […]

Summer Weekend Getaway ~ Asheville, North Carolina

Summer Weekend Getaway ~ Asheville, North Carolina

Planning a summer weekend getaway is always fun and when it comes to North Carolina, we are blessed to have fabulous options all over the state.  One town that just begs for a mid summer visit is Asheville.  I had the pleasure of visiting 3 years in a row while attending the TypeAParent Conference and with each […]

5 Ways Beat the Heat with Old Fashioned Fun

5 Ways Beat the Heat with Old Fashioned Fun

As we turn the corner on late July and welcome the hottest days our summer will likely offer, its time to beat the heat with some old fashioned fun.  By now, you’ve likely used up a number of your best ideas for summer fun and you might be finding yourself stressed at the prospect of […]

3 Tips to Get Organized During a Heat Wave

3 Tips to Get Organized During a Heat Wave

Today we are talking tips to get organized during a heat wave.  When you can’t remember the last time you stepped outside without breaking a sweat within the first five minutes, that’s your sign its time to head back inside and find something else to do. Let’s face it, even the pool get’s too hot to […]

Comments   |   Fitness, Kids, Sports, Summer, Teens
Swim Meet Survival Guide ~ 9 Tips for an Organized Night

Swim Meet Survival Guide ~ 9 Tips for an Organized Night

There is not a swim Mom I know who doesn’t have a personal swim meet survival guide.  While we have a baseball player and tennis player in the house, we also have a competitive swimmer. Six years and counting I can promise you the experience of attending a swim meet where your child is competing is […]

Summer Weekend Getaway  ~ Boone, North Carolina

Summer Weekend Getaway ~ Boone, North Carolina

If it’s time to beat the heat, a summer weekend getaway to Boone, North Carolina might be just the ticket.  A hub for all kinds of outdoor activities, Boone is also full of home town charm and creativity.  One of the most walkable towns in the country, Boone is home to Appalachian State University, giving it […]

Easy Craft for Swim Meet Ribbons

Easy Craft for Swim Meet Ribbons

 Our daughter loves to swim and so far, it seems to agree with her.  Weekly swim meets lasting 3 hours or more most every Tuesday night for 2 months defines her summer and with each race, she is motivated to swim harder, go faster, and see if she could beat her best time.  Perhaps best […]

Best Water Park Packing Tips

Best Water Park Packing Tips

July is a perfect time to hit the water park and today I am sharing some of my best packing tips for this unique family travel activity. I shot this video while attending a media FAM Trip at SeaWorld in June 2011.  Discovery Cove’s Grand Reef was the perfect backdrop to collect great ideas to help you […]

Comments   |   Summer, Travel, Vacation
6 Hurricane Tips for Family Vacations

6 Hurricane Tips for Family Vacations

I love our North Carolina summers that include family vacations to one of our beautiful beaches. Yes, vacations is plural for a reason ~ I simply can’t get enough of the beach and am always hopeful I’ll find myself visiting more than once. Unfortunately, a North Carolina summer also includes hurricane season and when it comes to […]

4th of July Weekend Getaway ~ Wilmington and Beaches, NC

4th of July Weekend Getaway ~ Wilmington and Beaches, NC

The 4th of July begs for a weekend getaway and because this year it falls on a Friday, I couldn’t be more tempted to load up my family and hit the road.  Living in the suburbs of Raleigh, NC, we are within a two hour drive to some of North Carolina’s best beaches and I can honestly say there’s […]