Life is always an adventure at Sea World Texas

My family loves and adventure and can’t be still for long. When the opportunity to attend AdventureCon at SeaWorld in San Antonio arose, we jumped at the chance to attend. Unlike other blogging conferences, this one was a family conference. While I was attending the Saturday conference sessions at the hotel, my family would be treated [Read On]

Sunday Roundup

It’s Sunday and a day of rest (at least that’s my excuse for not folding the laundry) and I’m extending that to blogging. And poop-picking upping. The dog’s poop, to clarify. My kids aren’t THAT lazy. Since I feel like I’m kind of on a one-week roll with the blog (for a change), here is [Read On]


Visiting the Outer Banks #OBX

If you were to look at the photographs from any given year of our vacations at the Outer Banks, you would find some version of this photo: Every year we rent chairs and umbrella from a local company. Every year, the chairs and umbrella look the same. I find comfort in this sameness, this constant in [Read On]


My Top 6 Summer Moments (So Far)

We’re more than halfway through the summer – only 31 days left until school starts (not that I’m counting, of course) and we have managed to pack a lot into this hot weather! Here are my top six summer moments so far, as inspired by a prompt from Mama Kat’s Writer’s Workshop: Number 6: Fourth of July at [Read On]


Book Reviewer Fail (or, Coming Soon on #WIRW)

I spent last week at the Outer Banks of North Carolina with one eye deep in my Kindle (with many thanks to NetGalley) and the other on the ocean, scanning for shark fins. Thankfully, the only sightings were (erroneously) that of a porpoise (but you can’t be too safe), and “Bob”, served at Tortuga’s Lie full of [Read On]


Watermelon Granita

Every year as arrive in the Outer Banks of North Carolina, we stop at Morris Farm Market in Barco, grab a cart, and buy more fruit than we can comfortably fit around our feet and suitcases in the car. A giant watermelon, three cantaloupe, strawberries, blueberries, blackberries and the family favorite, local peaches, along with a jug of [Read On]


Beach Rubbish Picker

We have many traditions when we come to the beach. My daughter is a keen collector of beach shells, and her idea of “beautiful” is a lot less selective than that of yours and mine. To her, EVERY shell is beautiful. This results in an extensive shell collection at the end of the week, making it [Read On]

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8 Reasons Summers Were Better When I Was A Kid

We’re nearly at a third of the way through summer vacation, and after a day like today, I have to wonder…how did my mom manage to READ so often in the summer when I was a kid? Seriously, the first two memories that come to mind when I look back at my mom during our summer [Read On]


What I’m Reading Wednesday: The Coincidence of Coconut Cake #WIRW

Are you hungry? I’m really excited about this week’s pick for What I’m Reading Wednesday – The Coincidence of Coconut Cake by Amy Reichert. It’s been frequently described as “You’ve Got Mail” meets “How to Eat a Cupcake”, and I would have to agree. The Coincidence of Coconut Cake is light, fun read about a restaurant owner [Read On]

Feverish Thoughts

My notebook is filled with quickly dashed off early morning thoughts, but I can’t seem to find time later in the day to transcribe any of it into a sensible blog post. This is further addled by the fact that last night I spiked the first fever I have had in many a year. I’ve [Read On]