Travel, Uncategorized

Jekyll Island

My family and I literally passed through Jekyll Island (coastal Georgia) this weekend because my husband had a speaking engagement. We were there for one night and half a day but we enjoyed our brief stay. We stayed at Hampton Inn and had a very comfortable stay (dog included) in our pool view room. That morning, the kids and I went to the beach for a couple of hours. The beach was so beautiful and clean. Pets are welcome and it is a very family oriented place. There was a nice shopping area and lots of biking trails and a water park.  The hotel also came with a free shuttle service that will take you anywhere on the island so if you want to drink and relax you don’t have to worry about driving. We will definitely be going back for an extended stay when we have more time. 

-LR 

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Family, Kids, Travel, Uncategorized

Carolina Beach

My family and I had a great time at Carolina Beach. We were looking for somewhere where we could park our car and just relax on the beach without having to drive anywhere. We stayed at the Hampton Inn Carolina Beach Oceanfront Hotel, where we had an ocean view room. They had a nice pool on the boardwalk and breakfast was included.  There was a Tiki Bar conveniently located at the pool as well. There was a carnival right outside of the hotel and lots of restaurants and shops. We had a great dinner at Havana’s Fresh Island Seafood. They had the best Sangria I’ve ever had and the food was great and they gave you lots of it. Their service was great as well. While we were walking back to our hotel after dinner, we noticed this long never ending line coming from a boardwalk donut shop. I don’t remember the exact name of the restaurant but those donuts had to be good because that line was sooo long. Although we missed out on the donuts, we did enjoy ice cream from a local ice cream and fudge shop right outside of our hotel. My toddlers (2 & 3) enjoyed the beach. They played in the water and built sand castles. The beach wasn’t crowded so they had plenty of room to play. We had fun at Carolina Beach and we will be returning again soon, so if you’re in the area, keep them in mind! You’ll have a great time! 

-LR

Food, Product Reviews, Travel, Uncategorized

True Food Kitchen

This past weekend, my family and I stayed in Fairfax, VA. My husband had an event to attend and we couldn’t find a sitter so the kids and I decided to come along for the ride and relax in the hotel room while daddy was at his event and make a mini family vacay out of the weekend. My husband took me to True Food Kitchen the next morning for brunch. He had visited True Food with his friends a few weekends prior and af first I was skeptical because when I walked in, all I smelled was the aroma of fresh green juice, and being a plus size country girl from the south, all I wanted was some bacon and biscuits. 

True Food focuses on all natural whole food ingredients and everything is made from scratch. My kids enjoyed their pizza and fresh pressed juices and my husband and I enjoyed our dishes as well. I had 2 organic eggs with sweet potato hash and chicken sausage. It was so good that I was craving it this morning when I woke up. I also enjoyed my pomegranate mimosa and coffee. I definitely look forward to visiting this restaurant again and replicating some of their dishes at home. If you are near True Foods Kitchen, you should be open and give it a try. They won’t disappoint. 

-LR

Family, Food, Kids, Travel

The Georgia National Fair

This past Saturday, my family (mother, siblings, kids, and nephew) and I went to the Georgia National Fair in Perry, GA. It was a little shy of a two hour drive for my mom and I and it was well worth the trip. There was so much to see and do and plenty of good southern food to eat. Mondays are free for military and their dependents but it worked out for us to go as a family on Saturday. My two year old son enjoyed riding age and height appropriate rides with my nephew. I was actually impressed at how many rides he was able to enjoy at his age and height, which was about four or five rides. Wristbands for rides are not available on busy days, but it is free to enter for children 10 and under. The highlight of my day was that a nice church had a free cool area for mothers to nurse and change their babies. I was actually wearing my 15lb baby girl so it was nice to take a breather in a comfortable cool place to nurse and change her. In addition to rides, games, and food, there are also live concerts, lots of venders with interesting items for sale, animals, artwork, and so much more. I highly recommend this event for all families with kids of all ages; however, I would suggest to budget a set amount and carry cash so that you don’t overspend. Overspending is very easy to do with all of the games for prizes, rides, and food, and yes moments like these with family is priceless but I like my money where I can see it….in my closet 😉 (Shhhh don’t tell my husband). B.O.B ladies and gentlement (Ball On a Budget).

-Lindsey R.
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