I recently embarked on my first ever road trip….ALONE. This meant I was the sole driver, entertainer, spending a good 8 hours alone in the car! Needless to say I was nervous, firstly because I’ve never driven that far by myself before, and second, how was I suppose to focus on the road driving for a straight 8 hours? My nerves were high the days leading up to trip day. I was nervous to leave the kids, nervous I would be so far from the family if an emergency happened, and nervous I would fall asleep at the wheel.
Deciding to leave at 4 am, I was able to beat any morning traffic, and hit the open road just in time. Driving while the sunrises is a beautiful view. I was able to look around me and appreciate all my surroundings, the silence, and the open areas of land, it all made me feel peaceful and thankful that I was able to make this trip.
Snacking helped me through the rough patches when I felt tired. Luckily it wasn’t too bad, only needing to make one stop at the half waypoint. I was able to play my music, have it blasting really loud and sing or dance if I wanted to! This was a treat for me since I usually have my kids in the car. I wasn’t used to it, and at one point I had their songs playing on the playlist! Haha!
Overall I’m proud of myself for embarking on this road trip alone. I’m not one that likes to do things alone; I always like to have someone to do things with. The road trip was the only time I really had to myself to be ‘alone’, since when I got to my destination, I had something planned throughout the day. While the thought of driving alone made me feel anxious, my nerves started to calm once I hit the open road. The return drive home seemed to go even faster, perhaps because I couldn’t wait to smother my kids with kisses and be next to my husband again! Overall it was a calming experience, making me appreciate the surrounding around us everyday and thankful for the fact I was able to make the trip!
With just about a month left till the kids go back to school, keeping your little ones active and occupied may be challenging. Keeping their little bodies occupied and stimulated can be exhausting so this summer I’ve filled the kids with activities such as soccer, dance, and karate. In doing so, I’ve seen them flourish, grow, and learn. While both the kids and I enjoy these activities, I’ve realized that they can become expensive. Here are some of our favorite activities I like to do with the kids that cost little or no money at all!
Trip to the local library
Arts and crafts at home
Picnic at the park
Walk around the neighborhood
Building a garden together
* San Diego Botanical Gardens
For those who are in the military, Blue Start Families provides the Blue Star Museum program every summer running from May 30, 2016 – September 5, 2016 this year. This program provides FREE museum admission to ALL Active Duty Military, National Guard and Reserve Components as well as up to 5 family members. This is a great program that my family and I are very thankful for and have enjoyed using for the last 3 summers. Click below to find which museums in your area are participating:
Blue Star Museums
We’ve definitely taken advantage of this program. It’s a chance to get out and do something during the summer, while also exploring local museums and discovering your surrounding area.
I just got back from a weekend away with a bunch of my gals to Napa Valley. I’ve been to this wine country several times, but each time is always new, always fun, and always different especially with a great group of friends. For those of you who think Napa valley is only for wine drinkers, its not!. I’m not a big wine drinker, and don’t really know much about it, but there’s so much more to do than just sip wine. Yes, it’s predominately the main reason wine connoisseur vacation or spends the day there, but this beautiful wine country offers so much more. I’ve even vacationed there while pregnant and loved my time there!
Boasted with beautiful views, the scenery of each winery is breathtaking and unique to each own. You can spend the day hoping to different wineries, or you can find yourself enjoying the day at one. Our group only managed to make it to two, which was enough to enjoy some wine together, but more importantly spend some fun girl time together. We enjoyed most of our time at the first winery, sipping different wines, while snacking on some great platters.
Napa Valley offers some fabulous restaurants, great scenery, and a great time no matter what the occasion may be. This is definitely a great place for a romantic getaway, a family vacation, or a girls trip away. Fitted with so many options to make it your own, Napa Valley is a great place to get away, enjoy some wine and the great company around you.
Cheers to all my gals!
These are the two wineries we visited:
Hope you all had a great 4th of July weekend! My family and I sure did. Our weekend consisted of the beach, pool time, relaxing at home, and enjoying time with friends. I attempted on making a homemade themed pizza, which in fact turned out to be delicious and a big hit with the kids! They even had a hand in helping with the process! Take a look.
This summer is flying on by; I can’t believe we are already in July! Which means, only a few more weeks till my son will be off to school! Until then, I’ve signed my kids up for soccer, karate, and dance. They are at that age where they are eager to learn, excited to participate, and wanting to engage. I believe activities, whether in a group setting or simply at home, stimulates their brains and keeps their minds and body active. I can't wait to see how they do with their upcoming activities! I'll keep you posted! Cheers to another weekend!