family friendly events and adventures at Questival

Questival: Family Adventure and a Lifetime of Memories

Have you ever decided to do something, but were not quite sure what you just signed up for?  That is me.  All the time.  I love to try new things, especially if it sounds like family adventure or outdoors is somehow involved. Last spring I stumbled across a link to Cotopaxi Questival.  It looked like […] Read more…

The new school year is filled with hope & excitement in the first days back to school. Keep the momentum going all year with these school organization tips.

School Organization: How to Keep Momentum in the Second Month

Yay!! We’ve made it to the second month of school!  The beginning of the school year is always filled with so much optimism for making this the most organized school year ever.  New planners and organizers, new school supplies, and new determination for keeping on top of everything all year long.  We scour Pinterest and […] Read more…

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A Beach Destination That Promises Relaxation & Family Adventure

When someone in my family suggested we go to Alabama for a family beach vacation, I thought they were crazy.  I thought (out loud) “there isn’t a beach in Alabama!” – but I had no idea how wrong I was. I was accustomed to beach houses the east coast, especially North Carolina down through Florida. […] Read more…

Backpacker Bars are a healthier after school treat, with a crust made with whole wheat flour, wheat germ, and oats. Also great for camping and picnics!

A Healthier After School Treat: Backpacker Bars

This past Thanksgiving was the first year I spent without my mom or sisters.  Moving to the other side of the country meant forgoing the big family get-togethers over the holidays.  Not only did I really miss spending the holiday with my family, it meant that I had to do all of the cooking.  By […] Read more…

Have you joined your first CSA? Here are the CSA tips I wish I had for my first box. What you need to know to make the most out of your CSA haul.

CSA Tips: The Ultimate Survival Guide for Your First Box

Join your first CSA?  You are probably thinking “Ok, so now what?”  I was so excited after joining my first CSA that I didn’t think much about what to expect.  Until we picked up our first box.  Week after week I learn a little more.  I’ve put together all of the CSA tips I wish […] Read more…

Pawnee Campground is a perfect location for family camping near Boulder CO. Mountains, lakes, hiking, and wildlife provide plenty of outdoor adventure.

The Best Camping Near Boulder CO: A Campground Review

One thing I can tell you about me is that I am not much of planner.  I really love the spontaneity of last minute plans.  And that’s not great for camping because a lot of campgrounds book up in advance, especially the good ones.  And it’s even harder to get a site on holiday weekends […] Read more…

Just west of Denver is Evergreen CO where the surrounding mountains feel like a million miles from the city, perfect for your next activity-filled adventure.

Evergreen Colorado: Big Adventure in a Small Town

Just a few miles west of Denver is the town Evergreen Colorado that we stumbled upon this Father’s Day.  We ventured out on a hike that a friend had recommended hike and discovered the perfect little town nestled in the mountains.  And a place that would earn a top spot on our list of places […] Read more…

Healthy, versatile, and easy breakfast ideas for each day of the week. These make-ahead and grab-and-go breakfasts have something for everyone!

Easy Breakfast Ideas for Your Busy Mornings

Every morning at our house is about the same.  Kids up and out of bed.  Get them dressed, teeth brushed, backpacks together.  Oh right, and I need to get ready for work too.  Breakfast is almost an afterthought – which means it’s going to be cereal for an easy breakfast again!  Ok, we do love […] Read more…

easy summer activities

The Less-structured Summer: Easy Summer Activities for Kids

I can’t believe it’s that time of year again!  Summer vacation.  No more lunches, homework, backpacks.  Enter sleepovers, pool parties, and beach trips!  Also enter screen time – video games, tablets, and TV.  My goal is the same as every other summer: keep the kids off screens as much as possible this summer. So I […] Read more…

Running is a flexible, convenient, and inexpensive way to maintain an exercise routine, making it the perfect workout for busy moms and families.

Why Running Is A Perfect Workout for Busy Moms

Exercise is always at the top of my (usually lengthy) things-that-didn’t-get-done-today list when I have one of those crazy busy (aka normal) days. It’s not that it’s the least important thing I need to do.  It’s the most annoying thing!  It takes way too much time.  Before you know it, a 30 minute workout can turn into […] Read more…

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