Travel Journaling with Kids

Travel Journal

You've bought the tickets. You have an idea of what you want to see and do. Now, get the kids involved!  Every travel experience can be and should be educational. No, there is no need for a formal lesson, just the opportunity to learn and experience. A simple notebook turned into a travel journal can help make that next vacation a memorable one - and not just because of the souvenirs! I've shared how we create travel journals in our home in a recent blog post on the Tampico Is Color ... [ Read More ]

Creating a Homework Station

Homework Station

The school year is in full swing! Many of you have started your new school year and others will begin soon. Regardless of your start date, it's crucial to prepare your kiddos for success. Yes, you need the school supplies, early bedtime and uniforms or school clothes. What you also need is a spot that is ideal for after-school homework.  As much as they want to lounge on the sofa and write their spelling words on a notepad pressed against their lap, we know that is not the best spot for ... [ Read More ]

Back to School for Moms, Too!

Back To School

It isn't just time for the kids. Moms and Dads enjoy back to school time for a variety of reasons. Back to school for moms may mean more time for mom to have mom-time. The kids are occupied all day, I mean yes, they're learning, and mom is running around doing stuff! We're all on a schedule. That's what I love best. I can schedule in time for me! Teacher Back to School Time  One thing I have loved about the start of school comes from my days of being a teacher. Each September when I ... [ Read More ]

Speciality Dining on Cruise Ships Review


Challenge: Is dining on cruise ships good? Cruise ships are notorious for having plenty of food available. Yes, passengers often complain after returning from their sailing of the weight they’ve gained from the soft serve ice cream, breakfast buffets and endless slices of pizza. There is always food around. Whether the bountiful buffets on the lido deck or the 24-hour room service willing to bring you a slice of chocolate cake and a glass of milk at 3 AM, there is always somewhere to ... [ Read More ]

Carnival Freedom for Adventurous FUN

Carnival Freedom

Yes, cruising is all about family time together.  On our most recent Carnival cruise we sailed for 8 nights on the Carnival Freedom. My girls were ecstatic. Who doesn't want to go away for 8 days and visit the ports of Grand Turk, La Romana, Curaco and Aruba? Best off is that our entire family would have a fun-filled vacation - regardless if you were the youngest - my 3 year old, or the oldest - me 30-something. Cruising Chronicles: The Murphy Family I spent some time on that ... [ Read More ]

It Takes a Village, Donating School Supplies

Purell Lend a Hand

It takes a village to raise a child.  It takes a village to get him/her back to school, too.  Donating School Supplies to the Village As parents we rely on one another to raise our children. We rely on friends to help with carpool, babysitting, keeping up with what's due when, cheering on the soccer sidelines and so much more. I have an awesome village with my friends. We need to think outside of our immediate "village." There are children who need our hands in their ... [ Read More ]

Easy Motion Sickness Remedies

Motion Sickeness

Nothing ruins a great vacation like being hit with motion sickness. I had my 3rd date with my husband ruined because I turned green in the middle of the Chesapeake Bay after rocking on a friend's boat for no more than 30 minutes. That date ended quickly and I vowed never to get motion sick again. I've slipped a few times but for the most part I have the entire challenge under control. How do I keep from getting motion sick? I prepare. The moment I know I'll be heading out of a boat, I take ... [ Read More ]

3 Hair Styles for Girls

Hair Styles for Girls

I like things SIMPLE. I don't have the time, energy or desire of spending too much time doing my daughter's hair. I want them to look cute and put together - the look of the knotted crazy hair isn't what I'm looking for. Keeping their hair out of their face is most important. On top of that, they squeal with the "OUCH!" anytime I do their hair (unless the Wet-Brush) is on hand.  Wether we are heading to my 3 year old's ballet class, my older daughter's school day or out and about on ... [ Read More ]

100 Books to Read in a Lifetime, Children’s Book Edition

100 Books to Read

Regardless of the time of year, having the good books accessible to your children is important. This list of the 100 Book to Read in a Lifetime was put together by Amazon.  It is a list of classic books that every kid should read or have read to them. Some of the books are intended for the younger kids and others, like A Wrinkle in Time, are for the middle school/high school age reader.   Use it as a guide for gift giving. Email this post to friends and family who ... [ Read More ]

DIY Microwave Popcorn

DIY Microwave Popcorn

Make DIY Microwave Popcorn with the kids! It's delicious and far healthier than the store microwave popcorn bags! There have been reports on the harmful effects of microwave popcorn. The the most harmful effects come from the packaging and the chemicals in the "butter" and seasoning. We still LOVE popcorn in this house and love the convenience that the microwave gives, including in making a quick, healthy, tasty snack.  This DIY Microwave Popcorn is a simple recipe that the ... [ Read More ]