Tennessee Travel We’re Going on a Smoky Mountain Road Trip + Road Trip Printables #BayouTravel

Road Sign Scavenger Hunt

Tennessee is by far one of our favorite travel spots! This year we will be celebrating our 11th family trip to the Pigeon Forge / Gatlinburg Tennessee Area. Does your family enjoy the outdoors? The Great National Smoky Mountains is the perfect spot for your family. So if you're making a road trip of your own, you will appreciate a fun, colorful printable to keep your kiddies entertained on the road or in between attraction hoping! Start your journey with a Road Sign Scavenger Hunt Continue Reading

We Are All Explorers – Explore the Savings at Sierra Trading Post

We are all Explores! Sierra Trading Post can make adventure a reality

Disclosure: The following is a sponsored post. All opinions and thoughts are always my own. ‘What are men to rocks and mountains?’ Jane Austen It's one of my favorite lines from Pride & Prejudice and such an important part of my life! My family and I are off to another adventure. This week we are in East Tennessee hiking trails and enjoying the outdoors in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It's our annual retreat and this year we are determine to hike at least 10 trails in Continue Reading

Holiday Meal Solutions – 3 Super Easy Recipes Using Leftover Thanksgiving Turkey (KidFriendly)

Holiday Meal Solution - 3 Super Easy Recipes for Leftover Thanksgiving Turkey Dinner

Everyone knows one of the best parts of Thanksgiving is the leftovers. But what to do with all those leftovers sitting in your fridge? Check out these great ideas that can turn your holiday leftovers into great meals. 

Grilled Ham and Cheese


2 tablespoons unsalted butter 2 slices bread (or use rolls for smaller sandwiches) 2 slices of ham
2 tablespoons of stuffing 2 slices cheddar, jack, Swiss, or American cheese Instructions:

 Heat half a tablespoon of butter in Continue Reading

Cruise Chat- How to Pack for Your Alaskan Cruise #BayouTravel

Cruise Chat - How to Pack For Your Alaskan Cruise #BayouTravel

We finally did it! We booked our Alaskan Cruise for 2017 which coincides with our 20th year anniversary. Like any traveler, I need time to save and prepare. Although I have been on several cruises in the past, this will be our 1st Northern Cruise. I'm not an over-packer unless I am in unfamiliar territory so I asked my Alaskan friends for advice. Are you considering an Alaskan Cruise? You finally did it; you pulled the trigger on taking that once-in-a-lifetime cruise to Alaska. You have been Continue Reading

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This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #LatinosConDedicacion #CollectiveBias To say my family was poor as a child is a total understatement. While we may not have had money in the bank, we always had a roof over our head, food in our bellies and the safety and security our family needed. My mother learned how to create a meal out of nothing and with hard work and a little help from time to time, she was able to do what Continue Reading

Crawfish Pasta Recipe & and more Holiday Entertaining Ideas #HolidayPairings {ad} Message 21+

Message 21+ Crawfish Pasta Recipe & and more Holiday Entertaining Ideas

The following content is intended for readers who are 21 or older. This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #HolidayPairings #CollectiveBias Sometimes, it's okay to cheat a little during the holidays! As much as I love to cook for my family, bringing the perfect dish to a holiday party can be more work (and costly) than going out to eat. That's why I look for ways to cut corners and be mindful of my budget when I offer to Continue Reading

Luxury on a Budget on the Space Coast #BayouTravel

Luxury on a Budget on the Space Coast #BayouTravel

Any vacation to the Space Coast of Florida can be done on a budget, but it is possible to vacation in the lap of luxury all while staying on a budget too. The Space Coast happens to sit between two very expensive vacation destinations, it’s still developed, but spending a weekend to a week here is much more budget friendly than just an hour south or north. Families, singles or couples that want to get away for some sun and sand, really live it up, but not spend like they are independently Continue Reading

Winter Travel – Top Ski Destinations in America #BayouTravel

Top Ski Destinations in America #BayouTravel

If winter means fun in the snow for you, enjoying some time on the ski slopes may be just what you're after. Check out these top ski destinations in America and make your plans to enjoy some winter exercise and activities. Jackson Hole, Wyoming Located along Wyoming's western border with Idaho, Jackson Hole is a valley that is created by the Teton Range to the west and the Gros Ventre Range to the east. The northwestern part of the valley is the location of Grand Teton National Park. For Continue Reading

Celebrating the Holidays w/Mi Vida Shutterfly + a $50 Gift Card Giveaway #MiVidaShutterfly ad

Celebrating the holidays with Shutterfly cards, photo gifts and prints #MiVidaShutterfly

Disclosure: This is part of a sponsored safety campaign with DiMe Media and Shutterfly. However, all opinions expressed are my own. Capturing the *perfect* moment is something every mom strives for but what do you do after? I import my photos and back this holiday, use your favorite photos for Christmas cards, photo gifts and create prints to hang in your home or office. Personalized Shutterfly holiday cards are a must! It's a beautiful way to reflect on the end to a beautiful year Continue Reading

DIY Friday: Make Your Own Christmas Cards

How to Make Your Own DIY Christmas Cards

Although many traditions have changed, writing Christmas cards is one tradition that continues to stay the same throughout the years. Christmas cards are the perfect things to send out to loved ones. This lets them know that they are thought of and gives you a chance to give them a snapshot of how your life is going. Although there are plenty of Christmas cards that you can buy at the store, nothing says that you care like making your own cards. Try this easy craft and send out some beautiful Continue Reading

Alaska Spotlight – Breathtaking Views of Alaska #BayouTravel

Alaska Spotlight – Breathtaking Views of Alaska #BayouTravel

My husband & I have a huge infatuation with Alaska! Although we have yet to visit, we love to learn about All-Things Alaska. In fact, we are planning a 20th wedding anniversary Alaskan Cruise! Keep your fingers crossed for our upcoming journey. What do we love about it? I think it's the appreciation and respect for your surroundings. It's more than just a zip code, every day you take in your surroundings and have true respect for the weather, wildlife and more. It is hard to think of Continue Reading

Holiday Travel Series – Christmas Celebrations Near the Gulf Coast #BayouTravel

Holiday Travel Series - Christmas Celebrations Gulf Coast #BayouTravelHoliday Travel Series - Christmas Celebrations Gulf Coast #BayouTravel

While a white Christmas is ideal for some people, others dream of white sand beaches instead of white snowy trees. For the latter, a visit to these holiday festivals can feed the holiday feeling with sand between their toes. If you’d rather be on the beach this Christmas here are some great festivals around the Gulf Coast to enjoy. Galveston, Texas The island of Galveston goes all out around Christmastime. Not only do they have the largest light display on the Gulf Coast but they also host Continue Reading