In Praise of Day Trips

Rocheport Second Street

It’s so easy to get caught up in the idea of travel that you forget to actually do it. Not every trip has to be to a far flung locale. Sometimes just taking off for a day or even an afternoon is enough to change your perspective.

Last week, we did just that when friends invited up for a walk in the nearby town of Rocheport. Getting out, walking the Katy trail a bit, and swinging from unfamiliar trees was just the way to end the weekend and reset for the week ahead.

Trail side stone oven pizza didn’t hurt either…
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24 Hours in… Rapid City

Who knew Rapid City was so awesome? If we had known how much we would enjoy it, I totally would have planned more time there on out Epic Road trip. But twenty four hours was enough time to get a taste of Rapid City life.

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Rapid City is the home base for most Mount Rushmore visitors. But this city has a ton to offer on its own. With a charming downtown and several city parks, it’s a haven for families. Start your visit with the presidential statues. You can visit and pose with your favorite. Be sure to visit the visitor center and get a list. If you visit all of them, you get a presidential soda.

President Statues Rapid City

Before sundown, head to Dinosaur Park. This Public Works project built in 1936 boasts seven life-size concrete dinosaur statues and stunning views of the city from its hillside perch. The visitor center’s porch is the perfect place to have an ice cream and watch the sun go down.

Due to all those Mount Rushmore visitors, Rapid City has almost every chain motel and hotel you can think of (some of them even have their own water parks) but if you’re looking for something a little more local, the Hotel Johnson is right in the heart of downtown. Across the street is a restored movie house, The Elks.

End your trip to Rapid City with a magical morning on Storybook Island. This vintage kiddie park is a must see, even if you don’t have children. Did I mention that it’s totally free?

Storybook Island

Where else can you ride in Cinderella’s carriage, enter the home of the three little pigs, and slide down an ice cream cone? Entrance and play are free but you might want to bring some cash for the train ride and gift shop. Plus a donation to keep this gem up and running!

5 Spooky Destinations

Tis the season for haunting. Courtesy of CheapOAir, here are five places to head for chills and scares.
These fares are samples based on certain gateways and may have changed! But this should give you a jumping off point. If you are looking to take one of these trips, book by October 24th.

Haunted Travel

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Cars.Com Gives Good #NewCarFace

It’s the little things they say, but sometimes it’s the big things. Like a new car. Thanks to Cars.com for sponsoring this post!

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Recently I started the application to become an Uber driver. They are headed to my city and it seemed like a good way to add some extra income to our travel budget. When I told my husband he informed me that no one was going to want to pay to ride around in my mom mobile. My response was that I wanted to use his car.

His face looked like I wanted to sell off our first born. Which might have not been so off the mark. He loves his Mazda. Oh that 3 and the car shopping journey we went through But it was worth all the research on Cars.com and the FOUR WEEK wait for it to come in from the dealer just to see to get to that new car face he has been wearing every time we ride in it.

If you want to have your own blissful car shopping journey use Cars.com to take the drama out it. but now they’re taking it out of new cars by paying off someone’s car loan up to $25,000.

Just imagine how being this happy to have won!
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31 Days of Travel

Did you ever read The Secret? Me, not so much. But the general sense that I get is that you create your own destiny by wanting something enough. Without getting too new agey, I do think there is something to putting your energy into the things you desire. And what I always want more of? Travel, travel, travel. So for the next thirty one days I will be writing about travel as part of the Write 31 Days challenge.

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Click through for a list of my posts and some pictures from my past travel…
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Alexander and the TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY Movie Clips

Everyone is going nuts about Gone Girl, but there’s another book to movie adaption that I am hyped about. This is one every parent can relate to…

ALEXANDER AND THE TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY opens in theaters everywhere on October 10th!
Alexander and the TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY
Clip through for clips from the movie!
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Banish The Bugs!

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The 3 most effective pest repellents you can grow and use at home

They creep, crawl, scuttle and skedaddle their way into kiwi gardens across NZ causing untold damage and destruction to lovingly maintained gardens. Bugs – be they aphids, slugs, snails or mealy bugs – are the bane of many NZ gardeners.

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Snackalicious Saturday : Harvest Snaps

This post was created in partnership with Harvest Snaps. I have been compensated for this post. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

If you’re anything like me, snack time is the worst time. My creativity is shot by the end of the day and I end up throwing random packages at my kids or trying to convince them that plain bread and a banana is totally a normal end of the day snack.

Luckily, my friends are more on the ball than me and introduced me to Harvest Snaps.

These addivtively crunchy snacks have saved my bacon more than once. And while they have yet to come out with a bacon flavor, it does seem like they have every other flavor covered. Check out some of my favorite out of the box choices…
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To All the Unstoppable Women I Know

I wrote this post as part of my participation in a blog tour for The Motherhood on behalf of the makers of Children’s MOTRIN® and received compensation to thank me for taking the time to participate. However, all opinions expressed are my own.

Unstoppable Moms

This morning I spent a half hour shifting through the discards of a clothing swap I couldn’t make. There was the thrill of finding hidden treasures but what made it really pleasant was a chance to
I tell all the new parents I know that the most important thing in their new life won’t be anything you can register for. The best resource and tool in parenting is the other parents you know. Like many moms, I would say the one thing that has been the biggest part of my life since having kids are my mom friends.
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Live, Travel, Selfie : Family Style

In partnership with Global Influence and Suave, I am sharing what we love to do together as a family. One of my favorite parts of the girls getting older is that we are finally all traveling together. We did our first big road trip this summer and we just had an awesome time camping over the weekend. It’s part of living a beautiful life, in the case of the weekend, literally.

Lake of the Ozarks

Share a Family selfie on Instagram and Twitter with the #SuaveFamilySelfie #LB2LB and #Walmart hashtags, showing your family living beautifully, and enter the Suave Family Selfie sweepstakes and enter to win.

Check out our family selfie and all the details below!
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