Texas–Style Toddler Fun

This summer our daughter’s best friend from Chicago visited with her whole family. For an entire week we showed our dear friends some of our favorite Austin spots. As we planned to tote the kiddos all over the place, our main theme was toddler-friendly activities. Here’s how we...
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Summer Walks

Near Leiper’s Fork, Tenn., June 2013
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Road Trips with My Kids

I love taking road trips with my kids. Over the years, I’ve done lots of stuff to make car rides easier and more enjoyable. Recently, we had a lot of fun with these ideas. I hope you will, too! 1. Clipboard Games – I downloaded car games, printed them out, and gave each kid...
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Feeling Alive

What makes you feel alive?  I recently saw on a hand-painted decor piece. I stopped and smiled because I instantly knew my answer – riding on the back of my husband’s motorcycle. I wouldn’t have always answered that way, especially considering the first time I got on...
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Free Fun in Austin

In April, we blew our entertainment budget for two months, which was a lot of fun. But, in order to stay on track financially, we’re rebounding by declaring this “Free Month May.” On Thursdays and Saturdays (my husband’s days off), we are finding creative...
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New Family Vacation Destinations

At this time of year we are usually vacationing at Hammock Beach Resort on the east coast of Florida. But, not this May. While we love the resort and the activities in nearby St. Augustine, Daddy Rooster and I had a sneaky suspicion we were in a vacation rut. A tadbit same old,...
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Vacation Boredom

My father’s latest invitation to his place outside Leiper’s Fork, Tenn., included this unique enticement – boredom. “Spend some time here,” Daddy encouraged. “It would be good for you to get a little bored; to not really have anything to do and keep not having anything to do.”...
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