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 another 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 living […] 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.

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…

Is Charlotte NC on your travel bucket list? Probably not. But here are just a few reasons the Queen City shouldn't be overlooked for your next get-away.

Unexpected Adventure in Charlotte North Carolina

If you are one of the many people with a coveted travel bucket list, I’d bet that Charlotte North Carolina is not on that list. It’s never been on mine either!  If it’s anything like mine, your list is more likely to have Chicago, Seattle, or Austin as top wish-list desintations in the US. Even […] Read more…

Shrimp and watermelon salad is a quick and refreshing summer salad that is perfect on warm evenings, with bright, fresh flavors and a simple lemon dressing.

Easy Shrimp and Watermelon Salad

My husband and I didn’t do the traditional wedding thing.  We kept is small and low key, and it was an absolutely perfect day.  I shied away from a big traditional wedding as soon as I started planning it. The hardest part was a location!  I grew up in one state and my husband in […] Read more…

These portable snack bars are perfect for camping, picnics, or after school. Made with whole wheat flour and oats, Backpacker Bars make a healthy snack.

Backpacker Bars: A Recipe for Healthy Snack 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? There's a lot I wish I knew before picking up my first CSA box. Here are 5 CSA tips to help you make the most of your haul!

The Ultimate Survival Guide for Your First CSA 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 tips I wish I […] 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…

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