There are many sights to see in Seattle other than the iconic Space Needle. These 7 can't-miss Seattle activities should take a top spot on the itinerary for your next family visit to the Emerald City. Bonus: most of them don't even cost a thing to do!

7 Seattle Sights that Aren’t The Space Needle

Last weekend, we finally checked something off our bucket list: Seattle, Washington.  A rare trifecta of cheap flights, hotel, and car rental in a city we’ve never been to was an opportunity we couldn’t pass up.  We didn’t have a lot of time there though, so we did a lot of research on exactly how […] Read more…

Get outside with your family with these 27 inspiring outdoor activities for families

Get Outside! 27 of the Best Outdoor Activities for Families

It’s no secret that a little time outdoors is good for all of us.  Spending time away from technology and soaking up a little vitamin D can be just what we need to recharge while we get in some quality family time. But it’s easy to get stuck thinking of new ways to get outside […] Read more…

Estes Park Colorado is an adventure packed mountain get away. Gorgeous mountain views, the Rocky Mountain National Park, and great food make this a perfect destination for families or couples. Find the best places to eat, where to stay, and how to spend your days in Estes Park.

A Perfect Weekend in Estes Park

I’ll never forget the first time I saw Estes Park.  We were in Colorado for a house hunting trip and decided to check out this mountain town, knowing it would really be too far for Matt to commute to work every day. As we turned the corner onto the final stretch of Hwy 36, those […] Read more…

These car camping essentials are our favorite gear picks that pack small to save space in your car. Easy to store in totes so you will be ready for your next camping trip at a moments notice.

More Camping Essentials To Save Valuable Space

A few months ago, I shared our favorite camping gear essentials that get the job done without taking up too much space.  After years of filling our car with everything it could possibly hold, and still having to squeeze things in under the seats and below our feet, we’d had enough.  Getting into the great […] Read more…

Biking the Cherry Creek Trail is an outdoor adventure with urban amenities. An easy trail to bike with the kids, we have a few cautionary tips before you set out on a family ride.

Opt Outside with the Family on the Cherry Creek Trail

#optoutside always makes it feel like more of an adventure than any other day we spend outside as a family.  The shift from a day focused on forging through crowds on no sleep just to find a great deals to spending time outside with family is just invigorating to me.  For our second Black Friday […] Read more…

Hermit's Hollow Campground at Hermit Park Open Space has easy access to Estes Park and to our favorite Colorado hiking trail. Our review of this Larimer County campground includes the best camp sites, nearby activities, and campground amenities.

Camping at Hermit’s Hollow Campground

Our traditional method of finding a site for our next camping trip typically involves last minute online searches and phone calls.  Desparate attempts to find any nearby campground with an available spot for that weekend.  It can definitely be hit or miss, but on our second camping trip in Colorado, we got lucky once again […] Read more…

Kruger Rock is one of our favorite trails for hiking in Colorado. Near Estes Park, you'll reach spectacular views in less than 2 miles on this moderate trail.

Kruger Rock Trail: A Short Hike to Amazing Views

Camping at Hermit’s Hollow near Estes Park gives easy access to one of our favorite Colorado hikes: Kruger Rock Trail.  This fall, we did an impromptu camping trip and chose this campground because it was the only place I could find with an available site.  But we got lucky and found a place we will […] Read more…

Are you ready for a new family adventure? Cotopaxi Questival is the ultimate adventure race - a great way to explore and DO GOOD with kids of all ages!

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.  And then last spring I stumbled across a link to Cotopaxi Questival. It […] 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…

Dauphin Island is our top pick for a family beach vacation. The perfect mix of "island time" and activity-packed adventure has us returning year after year.

Relaxation & Family Adventure on Dauphin Island

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…

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