Disney holiday books from Parragon #rwm #HoHoHoHop #giveaway ends 12/15

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The best Christmas gifts are those that keep the kids interested for longer than a few minutes.  You know what I mean! My son still remembers the Christmas 2 years ago when his mini-drone helicopter stayed in the air for about 6 seconds, then crashed to the ground. We could never figure out how to keep the tiny propeller blades in, so he never played with it again. By contrast, my children always enjoyed artistic toys.  A pack of stickers and a new notepad could entertain them for hours!  They still love getting new coloring materials, sketch books, and how-to draw books. Parragon has a great assortment of activity books, and even books that appeal to the new Disney Pixar Coco fans!  [Read more…]

Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga + Oceans book

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Our family enjoyed a fun camping trip to Chattanooga, TN over fall break.  The last time I’d been there was over 20 years ago, so I was excited to return with my kids.  In the next few days, I’ll share some of our adventures with you.  First, let’s take a look at the Tennessee Aquarium!   This amazing attraction is right in the heart of downtown Chattanooga. It is housed in 2 main buildings, flanked by an IMAX theater just a few feet away.  Tickets are purchased in yet another building.  I tried to find a discount or online coupon to no avail.  [Read more…]

Davy Crockett Birthplace State Park Campground #giveaway $200

Last weekend we stayed at Davy Crockett Birthplace State Park campground in Limestone, Tennessee.  It’s located near Greeneville, TN.  There is a beautiful river just inside the campground where you can wander on a trail, do some fishing, or just enjoy the serenity from a bench. On the day of our arrival, we had a funny sight in store!  My kids loved watching the cows play in the water. [Read more…]

Annual DaySpring Christmas Preview

Now that the temperatures are dropping and leaves are changing color, we’re starting to think past fall and into the holidays already. What about you? (Full disclosure: I received product samples for this post, and my affiliate links are used. If you make a purchase, I may earn a commission. The giveaway is self-sponsored. Opinions shared are mine.)
Buckle up, it’s time for DaySpring’s Annual Christmas Preview.  The site is full of amazing home decor, gift ideas, and more…..just waiting for you to check it out.  [Read more…]

Thumbs Up Johnnie books + Family Night Adventures

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Thumbs Up Johnnie
First, let’s just get this out of the way. How cute is this book?! [Read more…]

Magnolia Tree restaurant in Cobsy, TN near Gatlinburg

Just outside the gates of our Gatlinburg KOA campsite was a restaurant called Magnolia Tree.  We drove past it a couple of times before we had the chance to stop in. The signs announcing the ice cream and Amish foods drew me in!

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Fabio’s Restaurant in Newland, NC

You’re on a family camping trip and you run out of food. Your family suggest going out for breakfast (again).  What kind of restaurant do you look for?
In my case, we turned to TripAdvisor in search of the best pancakes.  Did we find it?

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Gatlinburg East KOA Campground in Cosby TN

For our first camping trip in Pigeon Forge, we chose Gatlinburg East KOA Campground in Cosby, TN.  There were so many options in the area that the selecting one was overwhelming!  We finally chose the KOA because it had excellent TripAdvisor reviews.  It was simple to make reservations online, and the Value Kard fee paid for itself ($30 cost, gives a 10% discount).   [Read more…]

Head to Kaye’s Kitchen for Saturday breakfast – Newland, NC

When we packed up for the Roan Mountain State Park campground last weekend, I decided not to fill the fridge with meals.  Before work, I put a roast in the slow cooker, which we enjoyed for supper the first night.  After that, we alternated between leftovers and going out for meals.  It was a real treat for me, since I didn’t need to cook and clean for our short trip.  On Saturday morning, we tried to find a new dive for breakfast.  We hit the jackpot with Kaye’s Kitchen!

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Savings for a fun day at The Island in Pigeon Forge, TN #TheIslandPF

So, when we got discounted tickets for the 7D ride at The Island in Pigeon Forge, I had NO IDEA about the other rides that were just around the corner. It was our first time going there, but I just hadn’t researched it at all.  We didn’t have time to check out the rides, so we promised the kids we’d go back the next day when we had more time.  My son was especially interested in the ropes course!

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