Family, Making Memories, Parenting Tips

Minimalist Travel

Minimalist travel: surviving a road trip in a Mini Cooper.

minimalist travel

In February of 2016, our family hit a fun milestone. Our first family vacation! We spent a week and half in sunny Florida with my parents. We visited Daytona Beach and ended the week in Orlando visiting Disney World! It was an amazing time, but it wasn’t without its challenges. You see, we don’t own a van or an SUV. We went to Florida and back in a Mini Cooper. You read that right. A Mini Cooper with 5.7 cubic feet of cargo space plus 2 adults, 2 kids, and 2 booster seats. So as you can imagine, I know a little bit about minimalistic travel 😉 read more

Family, Making Memories

Tips for Choosing a Movie for Family Movie Night

Family movie night doesn’t have to start with a fight. Use these tips and ideas to make the night drama-free.

Family Movie Night

One of the hardest things about having kids, besides like actually raising them of course, is not being able to have your fun regular date nights. My husband and I used to LOVE going to the movies. We would see the new Harry Potter movie the day it came out. After work, we would head to the theatre and wait in line to make sure we would have good seats. A couple of times we drove 2 hours away to see the extended Lord the Rings version in a movie theatre! Insanely geeky, but it was an excellent time with friends. read more

Family, Making Memories

Drive-in Movies | Fun for the Whole Family

Going to a drive-in movie should be on every family’s bucket list.

Drive-in

Oh my gosh people!! I am so excited for summertime. Endless days at the pool, park days with friends, fun library programs, and best of all the drive-ins are open!!! One of my favorite summer traditions is going to the drive-in with my family. We are so lucky we have a drive-in close to us. But even if you don’t, I think going to a drive-in movie should be on everyone’s summer bucket list.

Did you know there are drive-in theater’s are almost in every single state? I used the website drive-ins.com to search all across this great county of ours and only 4 states don’t have a drive-in. Drive-ins.com is a great place to start if you are unsure of where to find a drive-in. read more

Family, Parenting Tips

5 Positive Parenting Books That Will Change Your Life

No one told you there would be homework when it came to parenting, but with these five positive parenting books, you will feel like an expert in no time!

Positive Parenting Books

They say kids don’t come with instruction manuals, but they kind of do. A simple Amazon search of “parenting books” yields 228,572 results. My local library: 1681 results! The resources for parents are out there. It’s the sorting through them that is daunting and, at times, discouraging. Today I am sharing 5 parenting books I absolutely love and highly recommend. read more

Family, Making Memories

The Goonies Family Movie Night

Sometimes a fun family movie night is just what the doctor ordered!!

The Goonies

Did you know Sean Astin played Mikey from The Goonies, Rudy from, well, Rudy, and Samwise Gamgee from Lord of the Rings?! I am an 80’s movie fanatic. Ferris Bueller. The Breakfast Club. Back to the Future. I love it all, and I want to introduce these movies to my kids. My hands-down favorite is The Goonies. I also love having a family movie night. And believe it or not, The Goonies is such an easy movie to adapt for a fun family movie night. All you need is pizza and ice cream. read more