...Because Dad Is Important, Too!

Father's Day: A day that should last all year. It would take at least that long to even begin to repay all of the courage, patience and hard work that the fathers in my life have bestowed upon me and sweet Danger. I'm incredibly lucky to have my father in my life, and I can't wait to celebrate with him this week - but first, let me talk about that handsome man that I get to call my husband (or babydaddy) (or studmuffin) (or bro) because he occasionally reads my blog and my dad doesn't. I think. 

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Explore The Final Frontier With This Netflix #StreamTeam Favorite!

What would you choose to stream if you could only watch one hour of a television series each day? That's an easy question for me. I would choose an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation. I love to follow along with my favorite characters as they "boldly go where no one has gone before," and yeah, the pop culture ties make it even more appealing: 

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Grab A Towel -- Summer Is Coming!

I recently published an article listing some of my favorite family travel destinations in the American Southeast. My family and I have traveled all over the country (except for the Northeast -- I know, I know, we'll get there one day!) and I've found many wonderful places to explore time and again. If you're looking for a great place to travel to that won't cost a lot of money, provides family-friendly fun and entertainment and is close to home, then I encourage you to click over and check it out. 

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FOMO: Fear Of Missing Out? You Got It, Dude. Or I Do. Or We Are Both Crazy.

You know that feeling when all of your friends are invited to a party -- everyone except you, of course. I've never been the one left out (every good party needs that one girl that drinks too much, makes inappropriate jokes, and pukes on the patio, right?) but I can only imagine what it feels like. I am experiencing that kind of sadness right now, and it's tough. No matter how much I want to be included in things that I believe I am a perfect fit for - parties, social events, job opportunities - it's not always up to me to make the decisions. The only thing that is up to me is how I feel. And right now? 

I am good. 

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Let's Hear It For The MOMS!

Life as a parent is a lot of things -- busy, messy, rewarding -- but it is not easy. 

I've written this to encourage the Mom that needs encouraging, but really, it can apply to either parent or both parents or ALL parents. How many of these things can you identify with? 

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How To Prepare For The Unexpected In Family Travel #familytravel

'Hope for the best, but prepare for the worst' -- A good life motto that can apply to many things.

As a parent, I've found this to be an especially important phrase. I mean, what if the kid has a diaper blowout and needs a change of clothes? Or worse - your child gets a scrape on a dirty playground and you need a bandage and antiseptic wipes. You hope these things never happen, but they often do (especially when you find yourself unprepared, right?) 

The same is true with family travel. No one wants to have a tire blowout or airport detention, so we take steps to ensure our safety and sanity as we step out to explore this great big world. My family is no stranger to the unexpected when it comes to our family travel adventures, so I thought it would be wise to share some of the ways that we prepare for these little tragedies. Enjoy -- and add your tips below! 

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Think Like A Spy: Netflix Movies That Encourage Children To Think Creatively And Get Active #StreamTeam

My daughter likes to watch movies that feature strong, brave and smart children, so finding great movies that highlight these positive traits and encourage her to be active is high on my list of priorities. Not surprisingly, Danger has taken an interest in spy movies. She can identify with the need to think quickly and move quietly because she's always observing people (much to my dismay for the times that she's spying on me)

Her current Netflix Kids favorites are: 

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