The beach is my happy place. When my toes are in the sand I alternate between being a hyper-active super mom and total bum. There’s really no in between. I enjoy long walks on the beach, building impressively large sandcastles, and tossing a ball in the waves. I equally enjoy planting myself in a beach…

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*Treehouse Vineyards hosted our family camping experience. When I was little I had a huge imagination and big sense of adventure. My favorite books involved children living in unique places such as in an old boxcar train. Or surviving on their own in the woods after building some type of shelter. They lived off the…

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Did you know that more than 11 million people visited Great Smoky Mountains National Park last year? That number of visitors makes it the most visited park in the National Park System! (Yes, ahead of the Grand Canyon!) The park stretches over 520,000 acres between two states- North Carolina and Tennessee. And the beautiful landscape…

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Does anyone else occasionally catch Rachel Hollis’ Instagram morning show? (FYI- in case you’re going “who”? She’s a best-selling author, and one of her books also happens to be on my summer reading list…keep going.) I tune in on Instagram or listen to her podcasts every once in a while. About 70% of the time…

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I guess you could say I’ve trained them well. I wasn’t sure, but this past weekend made it crystal clear. My kids choose adventure, always. A few weeks ago we realized we had the unicorn of all calendar moments…a 3-day weekend with absolutely zero plans. I cannot even convey how rare this was to find…

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Think Vegas is not for kids? Honestly, you might be right. However, you’d be pretty hard pressed to convince my kiddos. They just had the time of their lives. And, much to my embarrassment, they’ve started telling random strangers that it’s their favorite place to visit. Yep. I get some really fun looks when they…

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Who doesn’t love a good deal on travel? Our family always looks for ways to save money on travel. We take advantage of discounts and offers whenever possible. I wouldn’t exactly say we’re thrifty when it comes to travel, but I would say we are smart. Airline tickets add up fast for families! So as…

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Last week we traveled to Las Vegas…with kids! I know. It’s not the most well known spring break hot spot for the elementary school crowd. But, we rocked it. I loved sharing a lot of our pictures on the Mom With A Map Facebook and Instagram accounts (FYI if you aren’t already “following” us, use the links or buttons…

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Being a homeschool mama does not come naturally to me. I don’t craft or create. And when I attempt anything, I often end up with a major Pinterest-fail. However, once in a blue moon inspiration strikes. Many times it’s after about 4 failed attempts. I can easily tell people what doesn’t work or what not to do. But being…

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Do you wish you could sleep better when you travel? Join.The.Club. (And then read my tips… I *think* I have it figured out!) I have a confession to make. Despite all the nights we’ve spent away from home, I often struggle to sleep when we travel. Whether I’m on a redeye flight or in a…

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