Visiting Rocky Mountain National Park & a Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal Bars Recipe #NaturalDifference

Rocky Mountain National Park

The J.M. Smucker Company sent me free product samples and asked me to blog about this product. A few weeks ago, our family took our first road trip of the summer. It was actually more like an adventure as we brought along some of our extended family and set out to drive across the country to Colorado. This was a drive that wasn't unfamiliar to me as my parents took me on quite a few family vacations to visit the Rocky Mountain National … [Read more...]

Our Six Flags St. Louis Trip #WildforWetOnes

Six Flags St Louis Rides #WildForWetOnes

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Wet Ones through the Mom It Forward Blogger Network. A few weekends ago, we took two of our kids on their very first trip to Six Flags St. Louis. This is a theme park that I visited many times as a kid and one of many experiences that I'm so glad I was finally able to share with them now that they're a bit older. Before hitting the road for the two hour drive, we packed our day trip essentials in a handy, … [Read more...]

5 Tips for a Kid-Friendly Summer Adventure & Go #WildforWetOnes

5 Tips for a Summer Adventure with Kids #wildforwetones

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Wet Ones through the Mom It Forward Blogger Network. For many families, the summer break is starting to wind down. Our own kids go back to school in about a month and we're looking for ways to keep the last few weeks exciting and full of adventure. Unfortunately, the summer fun we've already had has depleted a lot of our summer fun money. So I've come up with a few ideas for having fun on a budget! 5 … [Read more...]

5 Reasons Puerto Rico Should Be On Your Travel Bucket List

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This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Puerto Rico, The All-Star Island. All opinions are 100% mine. In about 13 years or so, my husband and I will be free of children living in our house. At that time, we plan to start crossing travel destinations off of our mutual bucketlist. When you have three kids, traveling is quite expensive and limited on what you can do. That's why we're saving Puerto Rico for the years we get … [Read more...]

Peek Inside the New Diagon Alley at Universal Studio’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Diagon Alley

Years ago when I heard the announcement that Universal Studios Orlando would become the home of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, well, truthfully, I squealed like a kid on Christmas morning. The books and movies that had become an obsession were now becoming a real life attraction. Then our family made the long drive to Florida for a family vacation and we hadn't carved out any time to visit this new attraction. You can imagine my … [Read more...]

Weekend Things | Snow Days

11 week old lab puppy

This past weekend we got our first real snow storm. I spent most Friday doubting the snow would ever amount to anything but woke up Saturday morning to almost 7 inches of it on the ground. Tink, our lab puppy, got to experience snow for the first time and boy did she have a ball out there! While I was wandering around taking photos, I left hubby to do the shoveling. One of these years we might actual invest in a snow … [Read more...]

Family Travel | Giant City State Park Nature Trails

Giant City Trail Bluffs

About once a year we try to make it down to southern Illinois for a weekend trip in and around Giant City State Park near Carbondale, IL. It's a place we've been going with my parents since I was a little girl. While my husbands ideal vacation usually involves sand, ocean and warm breezes, I much prefer the stillness of the deep woods, a chill in the air and nothing but dirt under my feet. That's why I love Giant City State Park so much. It's … [Read more...]

Travel | Photos from The Great Forest Park Balloon Race in St. Louis

Forest Park Balloon Glow Hot Air Balloons

Whenever my husband utters the words, "let's take a trip!" ... I want to curl into a ball, in a dark closet, with a deadbolt on the door. That's how thrilled I am about taking any kind of trip that involves all three kids. It's not that I don't enjoy traveling or even my kids, it's that traveling with kids is WORK. I do all of the same at-home-mom duties except now they're all tucked into a traveling van with added chaos. By the time I get back … [Read more...]

Fun, Sun & Boating on Lake Springfield in Illinois

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I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Discover Boating. I received collateral to facilitate my review and a promotional item as a thank you for participating. Renting a boat and getting out on the lake is something we've been talking about since early spring. It wasn't today that we finally got the chance to actually do it. We got a babysitter for the morning and my husband and I popped over to the Lake Springfield … [Read more...]

Grand Opening | Inside the New Penn Station East Coast Subs In Springfield IL

Penn Station East Coast Subs Springfield Illinois Location

Today was a big day for sub lovers in Springfield, Illinois. Penn Station East Coast Subs, a grilled sub joint that I first discovered while living in St. Louis, has a home on the west side of Springfield now. Located at 2983 Lindbergh Ave, just across the street from Walmart, you'll find Penn Station tucked into the corner of the strip mall. It's open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner, closing at 10pm Monday through Saturday and 8pm on … [Read more...]