10 things an Alaskan mom would say

I thought I would do a fun short post and list 10 things I have said as an Alaskan mom that mom’s in the “lower 48” may not have had the pleasure of saying to their kiddos.

10 things only Alaskan moms would say:

  1. Don’t eat the yellow snow
  2. Watch out for bears
  3. We don’t have snow days we have cold days -50
  4. No flip flops in the winter
  5. Put your boots in the arctic entry
  6. Wear snowpants under your Halloween costume
  7. You’re going to get cabin fever
  8. We’re going to the lower 48 for winter break
  9. It’s breakup!
  10. Wait for your PFD

What have you said to your kids that moms from other places may not have said?

Guam Poor Man’s Hawaii?

Guam Poor Man’s Hawaii

Guam the poor man’s Hawaii…..or that’s what people say but is it really? I took a trip to Guam with my family including my two year old son. What I found was an exquisite paradise that is even kid friendly. Guam is a US territory and has an interesting history with the US and Korea. Tourists from Asia seem to make Guam a frequent holiday spot but it seems to be little known to other countries. It could be due to the flight time from the western part of the world however if you find yourself looking for something a little less traveled and full of culture, beaches, jungle and ocean take a look at Guam, the less explored Hawaii.

Six of Guam’s must do’s:

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  1. Talofofo Falls Park

Talk about breathtaking! Talofofo Falls had everything from hikes along the waterfalls to tea cup rides. There was even a garden of statuses that left little to the imagination (not suitable for young eyes). A cable car takes you above the waterfalls down to the trails. Take a short hike to a museum and a little trolley to take you to the hole in the ground where a man lived for 20 years trying to escape a war that was over.

  1. Two Lovers Point

Two Lovers Point had extraordinary views, a restaurant, souvenirs and a place to declare your love. The story is about two lovers that meet their demise off the cliff of Two Lovers Point. Tourists put lockets on the fence and surrounding area with messages of love.

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  1. Underwater World

One of the longest underwater tunnels with sharks, manta rays and a variety of other sea life. They even have a special dinner in the tunnel for special occasions such as Valentine’s Day. If you want to try and swim with the dolphins there is an option to add to your adventure.

  1. Festivities/Locals

The locals are very friendly, if you want to see more of the local scenes in Guam make a conversation with a local to find out when the next celebration for their families patron saint is. Each family in Guam celebrates a patron saint and there are festivals a couple times a month to celebrate them.

  1. Snorkeling

Tropical fish and more tropical fish, turtles and dolphins are all possibilities to see if you take a snorkel trip by boat or even off the shore from one of the many beaches. Taking a boat tour there is a good possibility to spot dolphins swimming just one of the many amazing sights in a tropical island.

  1. Guam National Wildlife Refuge

Hiking, swimming, cave exploration, and beach bumming this place has it all. Start off with a hike in the jungle and explore some caves. Then head down to the Ritidian beach for lunch and a cool off in the ocean. You have beautiful white sand beach, ocean and jungle you could ask for a better picture spot. Just be sure to bring a cooler full of cool drinks and snacks to make your day complete.

 

 

 

 

Ten things to do with kids in Fairbanks, Alaska

Ten things to do with kids in Fairbanks, Alaska

The second largest city in Alaska may lack in shopping and scenery but has plenty of things for kids to do. Home of the midnight sun the Golden Heart city, Fairbanks, has plenty going on at all hours during the summer. From the midnight sun festival to the midnight sun run kids of all ages can enjoy summer in Fairbanks, Alaska.

  1. Visit Santa Claus

The Santa Claus house in North Pole, Alaska just a 20 minute drive from Fairbanks is a must see when visiting. You can’t miss it when driving by as a 42 foot tall Santa Claus stands at the entrance to the Santa Claus house. Inside you will find reindeer, gifts, and of course Santa Claus himself ready to hear the Christmas wish list.

  1. Pioneer Park

Pioneer Park formerly known as Alaska Land to long time locals has a variety of activities for kids to partake in including the Pioneer Air Museum, mini golf, playground, ice cream, train rides and they can even feed the local ducks.

  1. Chena Lakes

Chena Lakes located outside Fairbanks in North Pole has plenty of outdoor fun. There is a playground, beach area for kids to swim in the lake, volleyball net, nature trails for hiking or biking, fishing, camping and non-motorized boat rentals.

  1. Tanana Lakes

New to the scene in Fairbanks Tanana Lakes is a up and coming park. With most activities revolving around the lakes; there is a motorized lake for boating and a non-motorized lake for floating, canoeing and swimming. They have a picnic area with barbeques and in the works is a music area for kids and a playground.

  1. North Pole Park

In North Pole there is a children’s park located down Santa Claus lane that not only has playground equipment but musical instruments for kids to play with.

  1. Children’s Museum

The Children’s Museum has plenty for kids to do. There is a entrance fee of $10 but once you get inside you can’t get your kids to leave. They have educational items such as microscopes,

  1. Romper Room

Romper room is a  great place to beat the rain. Romper room has indoor bounce houses that they change out every month for the kids to jump around on. There are usually 3-4 bounce houses up with slides, ball pits, obstacle courses and more. The entrance fee includes a new pair of socks which you get to keep.

  1. UAF Museum Family Day

A learning experience for kids University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) Museum Family day happens once a month on a Saturday. Topics change each month and can range from space to fossils. Check out the UAF Museum page for more information.

  1. Creamer’s Field trails

Borealis Forest trail is a good easy hike to go on with kids it’s only a 1 mile loop and has a lookout about halfway through the trail. You can take side trails as well to see more ponds, ducks, moose, cranes, and owls.

  1. Attend local events

Depending on the time of year you visit Fairbanks, there is plenty of festivals and events going on that are kid friendly. The Midnight Sun Festival held June 21st each year has local vendors (making things from crafts to food), rubber ducky race, and kids games.

Fairbanks is a great place to visit with your family. There are also many lakes, hiking trails, and so much more to see.

South Carolina Tours

Old Town Trolley Tours in Savannah, South Carolina was a blast! If you haven’t been to Savannah, it is a must do to learn about American history and explore a beautiful city. The city of Savannah is literally the city built on bones. It is eye opening to hear about the start of our country the civil war and sickness that plagued the first settlers not to mention the roaring 20’s and all that came with that time period. To learn more about Savannah’s history we did the hop on/off tour the first day we got there and really enjoyed it. Teri Love was our first tour guide and we rode the trolley without getting off the first time through; she was hilarious and knowledgeable. We learned about all the movies filmed in Savannah including, “Forest Gump” and “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.” There are stops along the tour that actors hop on and tell a story about a historical figure and what happen in that time period. When we got off and back on we had a couple tour guide but Eddy finished up our tour and he was a history buff, he was very informative and had a good voice for the tour. We learned different historical facts with each of the guides which was nice that they all had their own area of expertise.

The next day we decided we wanted to go on the Grave Tour (ghost tour) with Old Town Trolley again which included dinner at the Pirates House. To eat at The Pirates House you must have reservations (as with anywhere in Savannah). It was a buffet style dinner and they had us in a separate room all together as a group instead of in the regular dining area. It was good southern food and after our meal we continued our tour to the rum cellar which was creepy. The Grave Tour gave us a different side of Savannah, the less known side including all the murders, deaths from the war and underbelly of the city. It was good historical information and not over the top with ghostly things.

Overall we had a good time. We did all this with our 2 year old who seemed to enjoy it all and waves at the trolleys now.

The Walking Dead Tour

Yes, that’s right we are TWD fans! We took TWD (The Walking Dead) tour in April with Atlanta Movie Tours and we found out where Alexandria is really located, it’s in a cute small town in Senoia, Georgia. TWD tour was fantastic, not only did we get to see where a lot of the scenes were filmed from Season 1 up unto the current season 7 but we also got to try TWD cafe before our tour started which was so hip (bonus has good coffee and food too).

Our tour guide was a multiple season walker. We learned about filming and behind the scenes.  We seen all the filming spots available to public since season 1, we even seen scenes from the finale for season 7 (of course filming ended November). We learned how some other movies that were filmed in the same cute town such as Fried Green Tomatoes!  We brought our two year old son on the tour too, don’t worry there were no zombies to be seen…..that is until he fell asleep. After the tour was over we explored TWD museum (where the zombies were) and met a “savior” from the show! Needless to say the tour was a blast, we got lots of photos, met some cool people and got some exercise. If you ever find yourself near Alexandria take a look at TWD tour especially if you are a fan.

Flying With A Baby, Oh My! Paperback…..

My first book is now available on paperback and e-book! If you get a chance to read my book, Flying With A Baby, Oh My!, please feel free to leave a review on Amazon or comment to let me know what you thought of it. I hope to release more books in the future and feedback is appreciated. Feedback will give me a better idea of what my readers would like to see. Thank you in advance! Happy Travels!!!!

Flying with a baby, oh my!

You walk on the airplane and start getting the “looks,” some sympathetic, some doting, and the all-time favorite “oh great a baby on the flight.” Traveling with babies and toddlers can be frustrating. I wrote a book with tips and tricks for parents traveling with babies and toddlers called, Flying With A Baby, Oh My! This book is intended to help new parents or those new to traveling with kids to make the process a little easier. I hope that all our traveling experience can assist you in your travels. Let’s get packing!

Coffee Cup Holder DIY

We love coffee and have a coffee station along with an espresso machine on the counter. Needless to say we have a bunch of coffee mugs that take up our precious cabinet space. We have seen them for sale on Etsy for $70 or more. We figured we would give it a try and put one together our-self. It cost us about $35!

  • First step was we measured the space and put painters tape on the wall to give us a visual of how big we wanted it and how many boards. We figured we wanted at least 12 hooks for mugs so we would have extras if we got more mugs.
  • Once we had our measurements we set out to go shopping. We found a 8 ft plank in a perfect color at Home Depot for $13.27.
  • We cut it into 3 sections so 2.6 ft each or 32″ wide and 15″ tall.
  • We then arranged the hooks to how we wanted them (we found them at Home Depot as well for $7.97 each for a 6 pack, they have cheaper ones but we wanted the thick ones as we have big cups). We measured with our biggest coffee mug, then took the inches from that to determine the space between hooks.
  • The hooks started 1″ from the top and 8″ between hooks on each row.
  • Next was to arrange the letter at the bottom. We spaced them out between hooks so you could still read it if a cup was hanging. We got the letters from JoAnnes for 99 cents each plus had a 20% off coupon. We spelled out “enjoy” but you could do what ever you like. We just used small picture nails we had to nail them in.
  • Finally we bought some D-ring hangers for $2.32 at Lowes to use on the back of the coffee cup holder to hang it on the wall.

 

 

Finished Product!

We hope this helps you design the perfect coffee cup holder for your kitchen.

Be Nice

It has been a while since I have blogged about anything. Needless to say I have been busy. Selling and buying a home in addition to the many organizations I volunteer for and medical issues…..but I am not one to talk about my personal issues.

Moving on to my blog purpose, recently it seems on social media with the political posts and just sharing everything people don’t stop to think before they post what it means to someone else. Maybe it’s because they feel anonymous online or maybe they just don’t have a filter. If someone doesn’t agree with your opinion or candidate, why would you resort to calling them stupid or a moron?  What is this solving? They are not going to agree with you anymore if you call them names and you are definitely not going to become better friends with them. It only expresses how angry you are and hurts the other person. You can express your opinion without resorting to hurtful accusations. Let’s also stop to think about who are friends are online and if they have experienced something that we are re-posting. You never know what personal struggle someone is going through. I know we have freedom of speech but do we have to be mean or rude just because we can say anything?

In just a couple of months it is Christmas and with the holiday season coming up let’s try to be nicer to one another and think about what we are posting before we hit submit. Is this really something that needs to be said or am I just trying to hurt the other person because I am angry? Or do I need to share this?  What would it be like if everyone was nice online and posted happy things? Just even for a month. Would everyone be happier?

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Updating an Old Swing Set

I put a posting on craigslist that I was looking for a swing set. It is very hard to find a good deal on swing sets where I live. I was fortunate to get a response from a seller who only wanted $50 for the swing set, he threw in the radio flyer for free (which I also painted blue)! The swing set was faded and dirty. I liked the colors on it of blue and yellow so I just decided to freshen it up with a little spray paint, new chains and a toddler swing. I found a spray paint that adheres to plastic for $3.85 at Walmart.

img_9158I needed 2 can’s of yellow. I didn’t paint the navy blue since it appeared to be in decent shape. There was some rust on the poles where the pale yellow color was. The slide and bench swing were faded as well.

 

 

 

 

First step, wash off the swing with a garden hose and soapy sponge. It looked a lot better just after a cleaning.

Next, I removed the slide, swings, and teeter totter.

The slide easily came apart from the steps so no taping required. I sprayed the slide yellow on the front and after an hour got the top half of the back of the slide.

After the slide got the front half sprayed I moved on to the top part of poles which I wanted yellow. And the poles for the teeter totter.

The next thing to paint yellow was the bench swing, this was more difficult to removed so I just taped the poles.

 
At this point all the yellow spray painting was complete in a matter of an hour!

I got a plastic coated yellow swing set chain from Home Depot for $0.79 a foot, I needed 4 ft per swing’s side so 8 ft total per swing. I was removing one swing and adding a toddler swing so I only needed enough for two swings at this point. I had to use bolt cutters to remove the old rusted chain which was wrapped in rubber from the swing seat.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I ordered the toddler swing from Amazon for $19.95 which was easy to put up. Below is finished product. And the painted tricycle!

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