10 KOAs to visit with kids

These KOAs are the perfect destinations for families with kids. Not only are these amazing locations, the campgrounds are just incredible!

Kampgrounds of America (notice that K at the front of Kampgrounds?? ¬†That’s how their brand is spelled because they’re kool! ūüėČ ) have become an all-time favorite of our family’s. ¬†Offering amenities such as cabins, bounce pillows, mini golf, and super fun pools have made them the perfect choice for our family. We have been crafting a list of destinations for the last couple of years, and there are 10 KOAs to visit with kids … read on–>

Campfire snacks for kids

It just isn't a camping trip without campfire snacks. The best part about this is there's no reason you can't make these in the backyard fire pit!

Camping as a family has become one of our favorite things to do. One of the best parts about camping is all of the fun foods we get to eat. ¬†I have been searching for the best campfire snacks for kids since we know we will be camping again this summer. ¬†I have spoken a lot about why we choose experiences over things. ¬†And the best part about these campfire snacks for kids is that … read on–>

how to plan a perfect family camping trip

there is so much that goes into planning a family camping trip. these tips are great!

When we started taking our kids camping a few years ago, we were complete camping newbies. We had been camping before, but never with kids. In short, we had no idea how to plan a family camping trip. It has become one of our favorite things to do with as a family, the kids have learned some pretty awesome life lessons, and we have learned a lot about what goes into planning a camping trip … read on–>

12 tips for traveling to an all-inclusive resort- with kids!

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Amazingly, we were lucky enough to visit Mexico, and our first all-inclusive resort, last year. ¬†Since it was an all-inclusive resort, we really figured there wasn’t much we had to learn before we went. But we absolutely could have used a few tips for traveling to an all-inclusive resort with kids. ¬†After getting excited, and searching some random things online, we realized all-inclusive doesn’t necessarily equal pack your clothes, and don’t worry about anything else. … read on–>

Kalahari Resorts | Poconos

We loved the indoor water park at Kalahari Resort in the Poconos. It was the perfect winter escape, and we didn't even have to catch a plane!

I have already had it with winter, and it’s only January. ¬†Don’t judge! ¬†I’m not made for winter. ¬†I miss the colors green, and blue, and sweat– ¬†I miss sweating. ¬†True story. I know some of you love winter, so don’t hate on me for saying it isn’t for me. If the decision were mine alone, I wouldn’t live where it snowed, but it’s not, so I take what I can get in terms of … read on–>

New Year’s Resolutions for my kids

I've got a few suggestions for New Year's resolutions for my kids.

I’m all for a good self-improvement resolution. ¬†I may not always stick to them, but I love having goals for myself. ¬†This year, as I sit with my bored children over Christmas break, I have a few suggestions for New Year’s Resolutions them. ¬†I’m not saying they have to do every one of them, but I would be more than a little happy if they would each pick one or two. 20+ New Year’s Resolutions … read on–>

5 questions to never ask someone who chooses to cosleep

Do you cosleep with your baby? Have you dealt with these questions?

Nearly thirteen years ago, I was blissfully unaware that I might not know everything there was to know about raising a child. ¬†I was a young mother at just barely 23 when wild thing #1 was born. ¬†I knew¬†there was no way I would put my baby in bed with me. ¬†I had never been around anyone who had slept with their baby intentionally. ¬†I obviously¬†knew everything, and knew that I was right when I … read on–>

the truth about tooth brushing

I have the hardest time getting my kids to brish their teeth. this kids toothpaste, actually has my kids excited to brush their teeth!

The truth about tooth brushing I’m not sure what the deal is with my kids, but they it is a constant struggle to get them to brush their teeth. ¬†And it isn’t just the little kids that fight me either. I have literally been given every excuse imaginable when I ask them to brush their teeth. ¬†I can’t be alone, can I?? ¬†If you’re stuck in the same place we were, here is a list … read on–>

5 ways to beat the morning madness

if you have trouble getting out of the house on time in the mornings with your kids, you're not alone! here are some tips!

It’s no secret that I am chronically late. ¬†It’s also no secret that I am pretty much a hot mess 99 percent of the time. ¬†The word overwhelmed is a regular part of my vocabulary. ¬†Actually, as I was typing out the post, I remembered I completely forgot to send one of my kids in with lunch money. ¬†Wouldn’t be a big deal if I hadn’t forgotten several times already. ¬†I hope they don’t force … read on–>

13 things to teach your son BEFORE he is a teenager

before my son officially becomes a teen, there are a few things i need to make sure he knows.

The last couple of months have been a bit of a reality check for me with wild thing #1.¬† He has grown taller than me, and lost any hint of roundness in his cheeks. ¬†He laughs at jokes that don’t start with “knock-knock”. ¬†I know there are things to¬†teach your son before he is a teenager. So, I pay him¬†to follow his younger siblings while I work, to hopefully, teach him some responsibility. ¬†On Fridays, … read on–>

7 things I feared before baby #2

I was so worried before we had our second baby. I had a laundry list of things that terrified me.

In this crazy family of ours, there are four children. ¬†There was a time when there was only one though. ¬†There was a time when I had no idea how we would ever be able to love each of our children equally. ¬†The sun rose and set on wild thing #1, and I really had no idea how it was possible to love another one equally. Before wild thing #2 came, I was terrified. ¬†He … read on–>

Star from afar

Looking for a fun way to teach your children the meaning of Christmas? This is such a beautiful nativity set, and it is perfect for reminding the kids everyday the real meaning of Christmas

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, we have really started thinking about Christmas. ¬†There is always talk about Santa, and the gifts we will be buying for everyone. ¬†Of course, the kids always have a list. ¬†We are always reminding the kids of the reason for the season. ¬†This year, I am so excited to start a new tradition with them. ¬†And, I am super excited to offer one lucky reader a surprise (be sure … read on–>

raising a strong willed child

Do you have a strong-willed child? Can you relate to these secrets about strong-willed children? I know I can!

If¬†you are new around here, you may not know that my day job is family photographer and I am raising a strong willed child. ¬†I get my hands on a newborn here and there, and I love it! Newborn sessions are always different. ¬†Sometimes, babies are super sleepy, and others are wide awake, some move constantly and have no interest in being swaddled, some love being swaddled. This question comes out of my mouth, ‚ÄúWas … read on–>

31 random acts of kindness to help teach kindness to your children

This is a great list of random acts of kindness for any month. We are totally doing this for the month of December.

One of the most important attributes I wish for my kids is kindness. ¬†They are certainly not perfect, and they have their moments (don’t we all??) but they are generally, kind people. ¬†I want them to remember what is important and that kindness always matters. Last year, while shopping for a gift for his brother, wild thing #1 came across a dollar bill taped to a shelf at the store he was in. ¬†Attached to … read on–>

Things kids learn from camping


When we started camping, I never could have imagined all of the things kids learn from camping. ¬†We have been visiting KOAs for the last few years. We have been to kampground at Uniontown, Myrtle Beach KOA, the KOA in Bald Eagle, and now we can add Niagara Falls KOA to that list. We are firm believers in the value of experiences over objects which is exactly why we make it a point to get … read on–>