5 Must-See Places to Take Your Kids Before They Grow Up

We’re getting ready to go on a little vacation. Just a few days in peace down in Longboat Key, Florida, which is one of my favorite places in the world. We thought we’d take the chance to get away and celebrate our anniversary and have some time for just us before the babies arrive! 

We’ve actually been talking a lot about traveling here recently, because it’s something we love to do together, and how we hope the kids will love it, too! So when Carol from Click Intelligence sent me an article regarding a variety of places to take your kids traveling to, I was interested to see what was recommended. Check it out!

Kids grow up fast; everybody knows that, especially parents. So it’s important to take some to take your kids to see some amazing and unforgettable places whenever you can. These experiences will create memories that will last a lifetime, and they’ll help your children grow into well-rounded individuals who have a true appreciation for adventure, travel, spending time with family, and culture.

With so many great places to choose from, it can be difficult to narrow down your options when you’re trying to figure out the perfect destination for your kids to see with you before they grow up. To help with this decision, check out the five must-see places below.

Las Vegas

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Believe it or not, Las Vegas, Nevada is more than just a destination for adults. In fact, it’s a great destination for a family vacation, and your kids can experience a variety of fun activities both indoors and in the great outdoors. Plus, they’ll get to experience this thriving city, filled with culture and entertainment, from a fresh perspective, without being focused on the casinos that adults focus on.

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The 4 Best Chat Apps For Families

Over the Easter weekend, we had out-of-the-country guests with us in our home for six days. They weren’t family, and they were each far away from their own families, too – which means we all spent some time chatting off and on about how they keep up with their families while they’re traveling! (Especially since we’ve entered an age where it makes sense for even our kids have smartphones.) Luckily, this technology has the capability to bring families closer together and keep you informed about your family’s safety and well-being. And I discovered that there are a number of apps that will help you keep track of all your family members through group communication platforms. Here are four of the best chat services for families that will enhance your group communication:

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Slack

Slack is a messaging app that keeps all your group communication in one place. The app is frequently used in workplaces, though is also an ideal program for family communication. The app can streamline communication between you and your loved ones, which reduces the likelihood of crossed wires or misunderstanding. The app will facilitate real-time messaging and file sharing for one-on-one and group conversations.

For example, if your child is part of a soccer team that has varying practice times and locations, you can make sure everyone is updated on the activity specifics. You can share the weekly soccer schedule with your child and partner, so you can set up a carpool or decided who will drive. The app can help store important documents — like school and medical forms — and can easily integrate with Dropbox, Asana, Google Drive, Twitter and Zendesk. It keeps everything in one place, so you and your family can stay organized and reduce the stress that comes with hectic, family life. Although some say Slack is due for some backlash, that’s in the business world — families will love it.

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Creating a Child-Friendly Floor Space

Well, I’ve talked a lot about floors here on the blog. I guess it’s because I love all things home, and floors are a HUGE part of the home! But something I don’t think I’ve ever mentioned before here in my posts is that I used to work for a daycare.

Well…kinda.

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I worked for a daycare for 2 weeks over Christmas break when I was home for college. One of the teachers wanted a nice long Christmas break, and I needed the work, so I did what I had to do! Can I just say that I have TONS of respect for those who work with littles on a daily basis! It was a great learning experience, that’s for sure!

But a space like a daycare should be full of things for kids, right? Right! And to this day, I will never forget that old ugly rug that was in my classroom. It was dull. It was grody. It looked like it belonged in an adult daycare instead of a child’s daycare. I hated that thing from the first day I went inside, and I was glad I never had to see it again when I was done with the job!

So when Georgia from The Rug Seller contacted me about an infographic of child-friendly floor spaces, I was shocked at the memories it brought back! And once I looked at the image, I knew that these suggestions were exactly what kiddos need! Check it out…

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Kids Room Decoration Ideas – A Guest Post!

I’ve been on a pretty big home decor kick these days. From painting to re-doing color schemes and even changing out hardware on our doors – my focus has been on things like this.

But there’s one area of home decoration that I have NO experience on. Well, at least no experience YET. That area would be kids rooms!

Thankfully, your friend and mine, Heather Roberts, is here to give us some ideas for decorating kids rooms! Let’s see what she has to say…

Kids Room Decoration Ideas

Reconstruction and redecoration of kids rooms are a serious challenge if you’ve never done this before in your life. There is much to be desired in terms of practical matters above all, but there is also the need to keep the aesthetic side of the job looking amazing, as well. You would need to consider the ever-changing tastes of your child as they grow up, so that will also require changes in furniture and decoration that mirror the changes your child goes through. Kids will grow up pretty fast and their furniture needs to grow up with them as well! The tips ahead will give you some ideas you can use to make it happen:

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Growing a Gardener: How to Garden with Your Kids – A Guest Post!

I’ve been messing around in my garden a lot these days. Mostly experimenting with things – see what I can grow and what I just…can’t. Some things I don’t have the knack for, that’s for sure! But right now I’m doing REALLY well with herbs and tomatoes and pineapples! I think my love of gardening probably stemmed (no pun intended, ha!) from my mom. When I was in elementary school, my dad created a big garden for my mom and sister and I. Mom was homeschooling us at the time, and used the garden as a special project for our science lessons. We thought it was totally cool when our veggies made it to the dinner table! Even now, if you go to my parents house, you’ll find a HUGE garden behind their home. While mine is nothing like that yet, I’m enjoying working on it! So when author Heather Roberts contacted me with a past about how to garden with your kids, I loved the idea! Nope, no kids here at my house yet, but I know so many of YOU are moms – so let’s see what great ideas Heather has for us! Growing a Gardner How to Garden with Your Kids Digging in the dirt and making mud pies are favorite activities of many young children. Why not turn this activity into a long-lasting love for nature?   Gardening can offer various benefits, such as fostering the emotional, cognitive and social development of children. It will provide your child with various skills, creativity and an understanding for nurturing.  They will gain sense of responsibility, cooperation, self – confidence and appreciation for the hard work. Start early by encouraging your little one to keep in touch with nature. It doesn’t matter if you are an experienced gardener or an aspiring enthusiast. You can learn with your child! Continue reading