Saturday, August 8, 2015

FAMILY TRAILS: NEW ORLEANS


*This post was sponsored by the National Center for Families Learning. I receive financial compensation from NCFL for my participation as a Family Trails blogger. Opinions and experiences expressed on this post are my own.

Stopping in for my monthly blog post! Geez! I gotta do better. Anyway, just wanted to share some of my favorite shots and moments from our recent trip to New Orleans. New Orleans is an interesting city, one worth knowing. Maybe get to know it some time other than July though. SO HOT! Below is a brief little photo summary of our time there. But if you're wanting to plan a trip to the Big Easy, you can read the more in-depth post on the Family Trails website for specifics about ours! 


If I had to choose an theme for New Orleans, I think it would be originality. There are so many different styles of architecture, so many different color schemes, so many different sorts of people (who, by the way, were noticeably friendly and welcoming).  From what I could see, it seemed few in New Orleans are concerned with being anyone but themselves, and for that, New Orleans, I love you.
Even the cemeteries in New Orleans are original and interesting. If you don't know about the cemeteries there, because NOLA is below sea level, or right at it (I can't remember), they have to bury their bodies overground. Otherwise they would float up out of the earth. FREAKY!! But kinda awesome.









And of course the food. It tastes good in New Orleans.


New Orleans has much to offer and I highly suggest carving out some time for a visit if you can. We're already scheming up ways to go back!







It's just a cool place. And if you think all of these photos make it seem that New Orleans might be a perfect place or that we had a perfect time, full of only laughs and giggles, you should go read the more "tell all" version of our trip at familytrails.com. You'll learn specifics about all we saw and did and what was and wasn't ideal about the whole experience. It was a family vacation after all! We're planning one last little summer adventure and a house move before we start our homeschool year. So stay tuned for those! I'm hoping to make this blog post thing a more frequent event in weeks to come!


Tuesday, July 7, 2015

FAMILY TRAILS: HEIFER INTERNATIONAL

*This post was sponsored by the National Center for Families Learning. I receive financial compensation from NCFL for my participation as a Family Trails blogger. Opinions and experiences expressed on this post are my own.




Our newest Family Trails post about our little adventure to Heifer International in Perryville, AR is live today! If you don't know about Heifer, please go read the post. Heifer International is such a noble organization, and our visit to the ranch was highly educational, eye-opening, and beautiful overall. Here's a little teaser of our day together at Heifer. 







A lovely place, am I right?! I hope you'll hop over to the Family Trails site and take a little time to read about our adventure at Heifer Ranch, and I hope you're inspired to get out and about with your kids and learn as a family. We leave for our third and final Family Trails adventure this week. Stay tuned for that!

Friday, June 19, 2015

FAMILY TRAILS: MOUNTAIN VIEW, AR


*This post was sponsored by the National Center for Families Learning. I receive financial compensation from NCFL for my participation as a Family Trails blogger. Opinions and experiences expressed on this post are my own.

I last posted about the fun box we received from Family Trails, a project meant to encourage family exploration and learning, sponsored by Toyota and the National Center for Families Learning, but I never posted about our first Family Trails trip. We chose a short day trip to Mountain View, AR, "The Folk Music Capital of The World." It was a refreshing day, and you can read more about it on the Family Trails site. You'll also find inspiring posts from other Family Trails families. Hope you enjoy and are pushed to get out and spend time together doing something new and different. Below are a few shots from our slow-paced visit to Mountain View. See more at FamilyTrails.com  






Hop over to Family Trails to read about what we gained from our day together in Mountain View.  And have a great weekend! Stay tuned for our second Family Trails trip in the next couple weeks.