MURDER at the Haunted Castle: Murder Mystery Dinner Scripts, Tips, & Ideas

What’s better than a really good birthday party? In my opinion, it’s a really good murder mystery birthday party. This is the third murder mystery party we’ve hosted, and each time I’m left with memories of awesome costumes, the high that comes from lots of laughter, and the reminder that we have awesome friends. Since this was my 30th […]

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Glamping, Foster Care, and a Weekend of Bonding Behind the Yellow Sign

Special thanks to Trekaroo and KOA for sponsoring this weekend of bonding. We didn’t know it when we signed up, but this experience was just what we needed. You’d think our family would love to camp. We love to be outside. We love to travel. We love adventures. But in our ten years of marriage, we’ve never gone camping. I think […]

Tips and Ideas for Visiting Costa Rica with Kids

A Short Trip to Costa Rica with Kids: Sloths, Howler Monkeys, and a Roadside Fruit Stand

One of the great things about cruising with kids is that you get to visit several different places and countries without the cost of flying to each place individually. On our recent cruise to the Panama Canal, we stopped in Aruba, Columbia, Grand Cayman Island, the country of Panama, and Costa Rica. The variety of ports was part of the cruise’s appeal, […]

Free Printable! 24 Fun “Would You Rather” Questions! (with a Subtle FROZEN Theme)

What do unicorns, Santa Claus, Bigfoot, and preschoolers who haven’t gone through a Frozen phase have in common? Just one thing–THEY DON’T EXIST. Even my two-year-old (who doesn’t get screen time) can tell you all about Anna and Elsa thanks to books, stickers, playdoh, and the Frozen internet radio station. She even proudly modeled an Elsa […]

Visiting an Embera Indian Village in Panama with Kids

Taking Kids on a Cruise to the Panama Canal: Embera Indian Village Tour

We recently returned from one of my bucket list trips–a cruise to the Panama Canal. Our bags still smell like our stateroom, the souvenirs are still sitting out on the counter, the tan that slipped through the sunscreen is still hanging on, and I’m still high from the memories. So as I process, I thought I’d give you a peek […]

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More Than Sharks! A Visit to Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas

Every time I look through our pictures of our trip to Las Vegas, I’m reminded of how much fun we had with a two-year-old and four-year-old in a city that’s not known for its family-friendly attractions! Last week I shared info from our time at Siegfried and Roy’s Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat. My third and […]