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Day at the beach quick tip, Ideas to stay safe, Quick Tips, Hacks

Quick tip… while spending the day in the sand and sun keep your items safe from thieves by hiding them inside of a diaper.  This will also help keep the moisture off your cell phone and keep all your items in a safe place.  Make sure that your family knows you put your items into the diaper so they do not toss it in the trash… but this will help prevent thieves from grabbing your items while you are distracted or sun bathing on a towel.  Let’s face it most people are not looking for dirty diapers rolling around in the sand, but they are looking for wallets, phones and jewelry.
Day at the beach quick tip, Ideas to stay safe, Quick Tips, Hacks

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What to take on a day hike, Hiking tips.  Summer activies with the family #Hike, #hiking
What to Take on a Day Hike

Going on a hike can be a fun and relaxing time for families and friends. There is nothing quite like

heading to the trail and breathing in that fresh air. You should come prepared, though, in order to make

sure you have a good of a time as you can! Here are some tips for taking what you need on a hike.

What to Take on a Hike

Plenty of water for everyone. This may mean that everyone needs to carry their own, but it is vitally

important that you stay hydrated when outdoors in the heat doing any exercise. Depending on how far

or how long you intend to go, one bottle of water may not be enough. Pack accordingly.

A mini-first aid kit. You never know what will happen when you are outdoors. You don’t need to pack a

bunch of things in your mini first aid kit, but be sure to pack some tweezers (for splinters), bandages in

a couple different sizes, anti-bacterial ointment, an ace bandage, an instant ice pack, bug spray and bug

bite treatment.

Sunscreen. This is especially important if you intend to be out for a while or your hike is long. You may

sweat and although many sunscreens are now waterproof, you will still need to apply more as the day

goes on just to be sure you are well covered.

High protein and high carb snacks. Things like cliff bars, shelf stable meat, jerky, cheese and crackers and

granola bars are great for hikes. They are portable, don’t take up much room and give your body what it

needs to keep going.

A map of the area you are hiking. Even if you are very familiar with the trail, it is always a good idea to

bring a map. You never know what can happen, so be prepared.

Extra socks for everyone. The weather is an unpredictable force to be reckoned with and especially at

higher elevations; a nice sunny day can suddenly become a rainy or even snowy one. Making sure you

have dry socks to wear will be important not only for comfort but for safety and will keep the chance of

blisters down to a minimum.

Sunglasses and lip balm. Just as important as taking care of your skin in the sun is taking care of your

eyes and lips. It will be easier for you to see without glares and it will protect your eyes from harmful

UVB rays. Also, it is easy to get dry lips when at higher elevations due to decreased hydration and wind.

A flashlight or headlamp. While you may intend on going out just for the day and heading back before

it gets dark, it is easy to get lost in time when hiking as you will probably be having a lot of fun. Take

headlamps or flashlights for everyone in your party so getting back at dusk is much easier.

Cold weather clothing options. Even if it is warm now, it could turn cooler as you head higher up and as

the day gets later. Make sure to bring a jacket, hat and gloves so everyone stays warm and comfortable.

Most important, have fun and enjoy making memories.

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So last week Sarah and I left our cold state of Idaho to fly a red-eye flight to Fort Lauderdale, Florida to go on a Carnival Cruise / conference! Ever since our trip to  Aruba two years ago she has had the idea that a cruise would be fun. When we were in Aruba we stayed in a hotel and had to fend for our self for food and activities. Two days into our stay there, Sarah said “We should go on a cruise because everything is include!”. I laughed because our entire marriage I had been trying to get her to go on a cruise with me. Well early this past spring a chance came up to go on a bloggers cruise. Needless to say I was the first to buy the tickets to go to it!
We booked a Carnival cruise for a 7 day, 6 night cruise on the Carnival Cruise Ship Valor. This is my second cruise, and Sarah’s first. Our itnerary was to leave Miami and head to Key West Florida. Then the plan is to have a day at sea and the next stop will be Grand Cayman island. After that our next stop is Montego Bay Jamaica and then another day at sea with our final day ending back in Miami Florida.

Carnival Cruise

So here we are directly after flying in to Florida, slept in a hotel lobby for a couple hours and just boarded the Carnival Cruise Ship Valor. Tired, greasy hair, and just enjoying the beginning of our vacation.

Then after an afternoon relaxing on the ship, showering and becoming acquainted to our new home for a week and a good night sleep, we arrived in Key west Florida.

Carnival Cruise in Key West

The first morning of our vacation we arrived in Key West Florida. The farthest most southern point in the USA. We had decided that that day would be a walk around the town to see the island. So early that morning we started our exploration of the island.

Oldest Home in Key West was built by sea captain and "wrecker" Francis Watlington

Oldest Home in Key West was built by sea captain and “wrecker” Francis Watlington in 1829. This is the view from the back yard. We took a break after walking most of the morning.

Oldest Home in Key West was built by sea captain and "wrecker" Francis Watlington

The kitchen house of the property was behind the main house. Everything inside is the original structure and items.

Next we headed back out to the fun wild shops where you can buy everything from jewelry to t-shirts to hats to :

Even a clean pair of underwear!

While we were out visiting the tourist shops, we stopped by the farthest south CVS store! We needed an extension cord for all of our electronics. We didn’t know that our cabin room came with one “american” outlet and one “european” outlet plug. So when you are bloggers you have a lot of electronics begging for power. So we stopped by the local CVS store to grab an extension cord.

Stay tuned for more posts showing all of the islands and things that we did!

Seven Days At Sea Carnival Cruise Part 1

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Carnival Cruise Ship Valor – Key West

This week instead of a “Mommy Moment” I am going to write a “Wife Moment”.

Some of you might have noticed the voice of our site was just a LITTLE tiny bit different last week.  I have a confession to make…. I pre-wrote several deals for a week in advance then turned the WHOLE site over to Ingard and a few of our other helpers  (Katie, Melissa and Heidi) for the week.  For the safety of my family I did not want to announce to the world wide web that we were NOT home.  Matt and I attended a conference for bloggers…. but it also happened to be on Carnival Cruise ship.  So when we were not learning and networking we were having fun as a couple in the warm Caribbean sun.

I admit I used to judge others when they would go on  a trip and leave their kids at home.  It seemed like such a selfish act and I found myself saying things like “I would never do that”.  Well I guess it goes to show that you should never say never. Two years ago Matt and I won a trip to Aruba I did not even want to go. I could not imagine leaving my babies at home. But Matt literally drug me along and by the second day I started to have a fun.  By the end of the trip I was like a whole new person.  It was amazing what a few days alone with my hubby (without work or kids) did for our marriage. We made a goal to try and take a husband/wife vacation every few years. Even if it was just dropping the kids off at Grandma and Grandpas for a weekend… just something to give us some alone time.

So when we found out  there was going to be a Bloggers At Sea Conference it seemed to be the best of both worlds.   Once again it was VERY hard for my to leave my 4 kids and I even thought about cancelling the whole trip it crossed my mind almost daily.  But once again a week alone with my cute hubby was amazing.  It was so fun to talk and not have it about work or the kids. We laughed and just enjoyed one another.  Seven days went way too quick and I am pretty sure I could spend months on a cruise ship …. hey a girl can dream right? But I was also so excited to come home to my kids.

Stay tuned for more photos and even a few silly videos about our Carnival Cruise.

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So recently Matt and I went on a trip to New York city, Manhattan and to be specific about two blocks south of Central Park. One night walking back from strolling through Time Square we came upon some very interesting night life!

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Being from Idaho, we just don’t see these kind of things. There isn’t a long enough summer to let these little critters get their population up. Needless to say I was a bit scared! It was actually the only roach and the only rat in New York that we saw. And we were out late every night.

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