Don't let the summer slip away; get outside, explore, connect with friends and seek adventure for the best summer ever!
Don't let the summer slip away; get outside, explore, connect with friends and seek adventure for the best summer ever!

Don’t let the summer slip away; get outside, explore, connect with friends and seek adventure for the best summer ever! Here are 9 ways to make this a family summer to remember…

Travel with kids just got easier.
7 ways to make your next family trip easier

Summer is upon us and that usually means a family trip, whether it’s to visit family, a day at a beach or even a road trip. We’ve survived and thrived many family trips through the years, balancing our kids different ages and personalities and baggage, and through our pitfalls, mishaps and backaches from carrying way too many bags, we have learned some clever ways to deal with packing for a family trip.

We would like to extend our deepest sympathies and prayers to the victims and families of the victims involved in the recent Orlando shootings.

Making short YouTube Videos
On Making Short Adventures of Mom YouTube Videos (my son took this photo, not a selfie-stick!)

With my darling super smart son’s help and guidance and the iMovie app that came with my phone, I recently ventured into the YouTube zone.

Wicked Plants: Florida Museum of Natural History's newest exhibit
Wicked Plants: Florida Museum of Natural History's newest exhibit

Wicked Plants: Diabolical and deadly. Once you step through the entry of the newest exhibit at the University of Florida, you are transported back into a crumbling Gothic mansion- the dying garden is only the beginning of a journey that gets creepier as you keep going.

Being on the river connects you with nature.
Kayaks can take you where your feet can't - like to this cool sunken boat.

We had a recent water adventure and I was amazed at what a change it brought in my kids. We’ve snorkeled springs and tubed rapids, but our latest adventure had us self-propelling ourselves down the dark Florida channels and sparkling springs of the Silver River in kayaks. Who knew that kayaking with kids could be such a game-changer? Here are the top ten reasons why you too should be taking your kids kayaking…

Family Guide to River Tubing in the Southeast.
Family Guide to River Tubing in the Southeast.

Part one of the Adventures of Mom Guide to Tubing focused on the basics and Florida Tubing Adventures; Part Two focuses on Tubing Adventures in Tennessee, Georgia & North Carolina, and will issue some words of caution. Not every river is fit for you or your kids. We’ve gone past families happily tubing down a muddy brown river and I was secretly horrified. Having been raised around the pristine waters of Florida, the rivers we swim in are crystal clear- right down the eel grass and sandy bottoms.