Kruger Rock Trail is one of our favorite hikes near Estes Park CO. It's less than 2 miles on this moderate trail to reach the spectacular views at the top.

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…

family friendly events and adventures at Cotopaxi 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.  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…

family adventure in Dauphin Island | hikinginmyflipflops.com

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 on your travel bucket list? Probably not. With so many things to do in Charlotte NC, the Queen City shouldn't be overlooked for your getaway.

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…

favorite bar recipes: trail mix bars

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…

Joined your first CSA (community supported agriculture) program? 5 tips I wish I had before picking up our first CSA box to make the most of summer's 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 at Brainard Lake is one of the best campgrounds in Colorado. 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…

We all love to save on groceries with Ibotta, but don't miss these apps to grow your savings even more. The best ways to save money on everyday purchases!

Beyond Ibotta: How To Grow Savings with Free Apps

It seems like everyone I know has jumped on the Ibotta bandwagon.  And why not?  That app is amazing!  Snap a pic of your receipt, scan a few barcodes, and watch your savings pile up.  It’s one of the best ways to save money since the days of clipping coupons. And I’m so glad to […] Read more…

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