Creating Memories on Family Vacations

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Creating Family Memories

We’ve gone through difficult financial seasons in our marriage when it wasn’t feasible for us to take a long family vacation. In fact, a night away was a sacrifice. However, it is so important to us that we are purposeful to create memories and traditions with our children.  We have always found a way to get away, even for a short time, or a staycation .  From the time they are born, we basically get 18 summers with each child, unless they decide to stay home longer. In the scheme of life that doesn’t really seem like much. Even in the midst of diapers, sibling fights, and all the responsibilities of running a home efficiently (or enough to survive) it’s important to us to pause from our work responsibilities and make uninterrupted memories with our children. A couple of years ago, we took a very quick vacation to Destin, Florida and had a blast. We loved it so much our kids have begged to go back ever since and have talked about all the places they wanted to go and the memories we made while we were there. So, this year we decided to take a trip back to Destin.

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Big Kahuna’s Water & Adventure Park Review

Disclosure: My family received complementary tickets to Big Kahuna’s Water & Adventure Park in exchange for my honest review. All opinions and text are my own.
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Recently we took a much needed family vacation to one of our favorite beach destinations, Destin, Florida. From the time we arrived, my big kids started asking if we could go to Big Kahuna’s Water & Adventure Park. As much as they love and enjoy the beach, they just couldn’t resist the allure of the all the water slides every time we rode by. With over 40 different water play areas, rides, slides, and pools, Big Kahuna’s is the perfect fun day for adults and kids of all ages. We had a blast! [Read more...]

Ham & Egg Breakfast Cups Recipe {Perfect for Easter Ham leftovers!}

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Ham & Egg Breakfast Cups Recipe

This yummy recipe is reposted from a previous date and I wanted to remind you in case you have holiday Ham leftovers! :)

We usually travel every Thanksgiving, so I don’t typically have any leftovers. However, I LOVE my mama’s baked ham so much I asked if she would send some home with us. Like most, my kids and hubby aren’t typically excited about eating leftovers.

I have found that if I prepare a dish that is totally different than the original, sometimes they don’t even realize we are having leftovers. So, instead of traditional dishes with leftover ham, I made ham and egg breakfast cups for breakfast. An easy meal, packed with protein!

You’ll need:

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DIY: How to Plant a Succulent Garden Video Tutorial

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Jamie here! Kasey did this great little tutorial below a couple years back for how to plant a succulent garden – and I totally had to go watch it this week since I decided I wanted to decorate with succulents this Spring.  She gives some great tips – looks like I need to go out and get the right pot fillers before I transplant my little guys to a bigger container :)  

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Financial Stress: Financial Burdens can be Tough

I think everyone in the world can agree that life can be tough whenever you are struck with a financial burden. It happens to the best of us and unfortunately, it can be hard to recover from. One of our biggest financial struggles happened within a five-year span. My husband, who was in the pharma and medical sales industry, was laid off three times during that span. To make matters worse, we were actually building houses on the side and ended up getting stuck with two that did not sell. Not only did they not sell, but they didn’t sell for TWO YEARS! Of course, all of this was happening at the same time.

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Favorite Milestone Moments

Disclosure: This post is underwritten by LifeStages. All content and opinions are my own.

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If you are like me, you take tons of pictures of your kids. With the convenience of smart phones, it’s easier than ever to document special moments in life. In the moment, I think I will always remember, but in reality life is busy and I soon forget. Not to mention, times flies and my kids are growing up so fast. I feel like I blinked and my oldest two are tweens. Wasn’t it just yesterday they were 3 and 5? How did this happen?

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Here is one of my very favorite Milestone Moments, when I introduced my two older children to their brand new baby sister. This is a moment in time I don’t want to ever forget. They were so enchanted with everything about her.

LifeStages would love to share in your Milestone Moments with their photo contest. You can share a memorable photo and win a prize!

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Life Stages makes sharing life’s special moments more fun and rewarding, all while providing insights, information, and inspiration to help your family plan for the future. Life Stages’s January photo contest theme is “Milestone Moments” of 2015

Submit a photo of your child showcasing their biggest accomplishment of the past year. Be creative sharing your milestone moments, which could include:

  • Welcoming a new arrival
  • Losing a first tooth
  • Learning to ride a bike
  • Entering high school
  • Getting a driver’s license
  • Anything in between!

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Here are the details:

  • Go here to enter.
  • Along with the entry, provide a caption that answers, “My child’s milestone moment of 2015 is…”
  • Upload your picture on Facebook. Vote and encourage your friends to vote. You can vote daily!
  • Contest ends 1/31/15 11:59 PM EST.

There are a total of three $100 cash prize winners. It’s super easy, enter as many photos you want. What are your favorite “Milestone Moments” of 2015?

Sharing Life’s Special Moments

Disclosure: This post is underwritten by LifeStages. All content and opinions are my own.

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This past year we welcomed a new baby girl to our home. Since my big kids were 11 and 9 when she was born, I had forgotten all the milestones that occur the first year. Not that there aren’t milestones in my big kids lives, they just aren’t as frequent as a new baby. I felt like if I blinked I would miss something important. Now, “our baby” as the big kids call her is almost 14 months old and my big kids are 12 and 9. The past year feels like a complete blur. I’m so glad that I’ve documented with lots and lots of pictures.

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Here is one of my favorite milestone moments of 2015. Our baby girl’s first birthday with her smash cake.

LifeStages would love to share in your Milestone Moments with their photo contest. It’s so easy to share a memorable photo, plus there are prizes available!

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Life Stages makes sharing life’s special moments more fun and rewarding, all while providing insights, information, and inspiration to help your family plan for the future. Life Stages’s January photo contest theme is “Milestone Moments” of 2015

Submit a photo of your child showcasing their biggest accomplishment of the past year. Be creative sharing your milestone moments, which could include:

  • Welcoming a new arrival
  • Losing a first tooth
  • Learning to ride a bike
  • Entering high school
  • Getting a driver’s license
  • Anything in between!

Here’s the details:

  • Go here to enter.
  • Along with the entry, provide a caption that answers, “My child’s milestone moment of 2015 is…”
  • Upload your picture on Facebook. Vote and encourage your friends to vote. You can vote daily!
  • Contest ends 1/31/15 11:59 PM EST.

There are a total of three $100 cash prize winners. It’s super easy, enter as many photos you want. What are your favorite “Milestone Moments” of 2015?