Family Camping

Family Camping

We had my family camping reunion in Damascus, VA this past weekend. We got a double unit campsite at Beartree Campground which is up the road from the Virginia Creeper Trail. We have stayed at this campground many times and really love it. The campsites are super 

Starting Responsibilities and Chores

Starting Responsibilities and Chores

We have really found a great stride with our oldest child in having a responsibility and chore chart. With school starting back in 2 months, this would be a great time to start if you haven’t already! Here are some of the BIG questions that 

4th of July Ideas

4th of July Ideas

It is hard to believe July 4th is this weekend!  Wow, summertime is flying by so quickly.  Thought I would share some of our weekend adventures we have planned.   We are going to miss a great event: West Jefferson’s Christmas in July. July 3rd, Thursday 

Family Time on the New River

Family Time on the New River

Our most recent camping trip was at the New River State Park the weekend of the New River Canoe Race. We have owned a canoe for the past two years and have enjoyed introducing the kids to moving water. We joined two other families at 

Summer Learning Series – Part 2 – Thunder Cake by Patricia Polacco

Summer Learning Series – Part 2 – Thunder Cake by Patricia Polacco

Today we’re continuing our Summer Learning Series, lessons I previously taught, based on The Heartwood Ethics Curriculum. One of our trademark Boone weather patterns is a good ole summer rain storm.  When these usually arrive after a “hot” day (hot being a relative term for 

$5 Or Less Rainy Day Summer Fun with Kids

$5 Or Less Rainy Day Summer Fun with Kids

What is a mom to do about all those days that it rains (maybe everyday these days but I would rather deal with a little storm each afternoon than extreme heat)?  There are several things you CAN do when it’s raining so get your galoshes 

Summer Learning Series – Part 1 – Ish by Peter H. Reynolds

Summer Learning Series – Part 1 – Ish by Peter H. Reynolds

As a former school counselor, one of my favorite things about my job was going into the classrooms and teaching a guidance curriculum.  This included character education and I would love to share some fun little lessons that I have adapted from The Heartwood Ethics 

$5 or Less Sunny Summer Fun with Kids!

$5 or Less Sunny Summer Fun with Kids!

Sometimes the lack of school and routine can make for some rough days during the summer.  Also, if mom is used to some fun activities with other gals throughout the year, this can make summer extra difficult.  Here are some fun ideas to get out 

Are you a “Southern Saver”?

Are you a “Southern Saver”?

Southern Savers is hands down my favorite savings blog.  I had the opportunity to meet Jenny Martin, owner of the blog, a few years back when she came to the High Country to teach a couponing workshop.  Jenny is also a big supporter of Operation 

Serving Others with Your Children – Part 1

Serving Others with Your Children – Part 1

Some schools are still in session, you might be wondering how you’re going to fill some of those sun-filled days in the High Country.  We have many great opportunities to serve others right here in our area.  I believe it is important to teach children