The Best Florida Vacations Hidden Off the Beaten Path

When you tell your friends that you are headed to Florida for a vacation, the first question to pop up maybe are you going to the “most magical place on earth?” That is because Florida is often associated with only the mouse with the ears. Well, let me be the first to tell you, that Florida has so many different spots to vacation, that does not include being in a big tourist trap. Let’s go over some of the best Florida Vacations that not only have historical value to the state but are also off the beaten path.

Best Florida Vacations

St. Augustine

While St. Augustine is no longer a quiet and quaint town, there are so many different historical sites to visit. I love incorporating history into our vacations, so St. Augustine is the first on our list. There is so much to do in this town for family members of all ages. (more…)

7 Tips for Foraging Edible Flowers


Flowers are no doubt beautiful to look at and sweet to smell, but did you know that many varieties of flowers can be eaten as well? Foraging for flowers can be a fun hobby and a way to add some flavor to your meals! There are a few important things you should know if you are interested in foraging for flowers. Look below at 7 tips for foraging for edible flowers and see how fun it can be to go on an edible flower hunt.


1. Chose areas that you have permission to pick on


There are lots of places that edible flowers grow including forests, fields, and your own backyard! Always make sure you have permission to look on the property you are searching and have permission to pick. Many state and national parks have no pick policies, so be sure you know the rules beforehand.

If you have a lot of parks with no pick rules, don’t worry. You will be amazed at how much you can find right in your own neighborhood.



2. Only pick plants that haven’t been treated by chemicals

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Georgia History Spots That Kids Will Absolutely Love On Summer Vacation

Popular Georgia History Spots

When we think of vacation, we often think of fun in the sun and theme parks. There is no reason why parents cannot include some history in the summer vacation plans too. The key is, to make the history fun and not make kids feel like their summer vacation is a full-blown history lesson. Let’s explore Georgia history spots that kids will love.

Blue Ridge Scenic Railway

It is no hidden fact that kids love trains. On the Blue Ridge, Scenic Railway families will be able to enjoy a 4-hour train ride through the Chattahoochee Forest and next to the Toccoa River. The family adventure will start at the Blue Ridge historical depot which was built in 1905. There will also be additional stops on your trip. McCaysville/Copperhill is going to be the highlight of your train ride. Located at the Georgia-Tennessee state line, families will have a two-hour layover to explore the city.  Families will be able to eat, shop, and even walk across the bridge to enjoy refreshing views of the river.

While this is not a significant history hot-spot, kids are sure to love the train and the 26-mile ride. Boarding starts 45 minutes before taking off time, and they do not hold the train for late entries.

Stone Mountain Park

Stone Mountain Park will give you the feeling of a theme park. They provide many attractions such as Dinosaurus Explore, Dinotorium, Farmyard, Stone Mountain Museum at Memorial Hall. Families can camp here and explore Stone Mountain. Stone Mountain is famous for its monolith of Civil War Generals Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson. Also included is President Jefferson Davis. At night families can purchase tickets to see the laser light show, and even get preferred seating on the Memorial Lawn.

Juliette Gordon Low Girl Scout House

The Girls Scouts were founded in 1912, by Juliette Gordon Low. When visiting this house, families will learn about Juliette Gordon Low and the history of how the Girl Scouts of America came to be. Here families will also be able to see the original uniforms, paintings, statues, and even the diary of Juliette Gordon Low.

Savannah Trolley Tour

Savannah is a premier location to visit favorite Georgia history spots. By taking the Old Town Trolley tours, families will be able to hop on and off the trolley and see 15 different historical locations in Savannah. Just a few of the stops offered are the Ships of the Sea Museum, Pirates House, Cathedral of St. John Baptist, and the Massie Heritage Museum. The history that surrounds Savannah Georgia is so rich that families will be able to learn while having fun.

Forts

Georgia is full of different military forts. Families can explore Old Fort Jackson that is outside of Savannah, where they can witness daily cannon firings, and participate in programs that are interactive for the entire family. There is also the Fort Pulaski National Monument. Here families can enjoy a picnic lunch while talking about what they have learned from the indoor and outdoor exhibits.

Civil War Naval Museum

If your kids are interested in the Navy and boats, then the Civil War Naval Museum needs to be on your Georgia History spots to visit. The Civil War Naval Museum has navy ships like the CSS Jackson, and the remaining pieces of wreckage of the CSS Chattahoochee on display. They also have replicas of other vital boats in Georgia’s history. Families can also see the most extensive collection of authentic Civil War Naval flags too. While here, families can participate in self-tours, or have guided tours.

See, all these locations are perfect to include into your family vacation. You still can enjoy all the fun in the sun, as well as add some Georgia history spots that kids will love too.

Have you been to any of these Georgia history spots? If so, what was your favorite? If not, which of these will you include in your itinerary for Georgia History spots?

Top Five Tips to Help You Find a Work From Home Job




Working at home is one of the most sought-after jobs that people tend to be searching for. And to be truthful and honest? They are competitive to get gobbled up quite quickly. Not only does working at home require excellent communication and time management skills, but employers are also seeking out people who are responsible and self-motivators as well.

There is a reason that work at home jobs are in hot demand! The thought of being able to wake up for work and never have to leave your home? Sign me up as well, right? Sounds like a pretty good gig if you can narrow down the search and find those legit work at home jobs that suit you and your skill set.

While it may take a bit of time and patience to weed through all the work at home job options out there, it’s worth it if you can land the one of your dreams! The secret is that you have to search online daily and already have your resume updated and ready to go. And if you’re wondering where to find some possible work at home leads, here are the job sites that you should be going to bright and early each and every day. The early bird catches the worm, right? (more…)

Top Three Benefits of Using a Holistic Approach in Your Homeschool

I never bought in to Rudolph Steiner’s complete philosophy of education, although I do admit that using a holistic approach in our homeschool when my girls were younger had many benefits for us. The Enki Education curriculum is a curriculum that takes the whole child into consideration. Using it helps you meet their emotional, academic, physical and spiritual needs. We used the Enki curriculum for a couple of years when my girls were very young. We saw some very important benefits from using this type of approach when my girls were young.

 

1. Forces You to Slow Down

This curriculum, and the support that came with it, came to us at just the right time, and filled the needs of all of us. It truly changed our lives. My eldest daughter at the time began exhibiting more behaviors that we just knew had to do with her sensory issues, however, there was something more to it. She is a gifted child who has always been a thinker. To help her get “out of her head” and more grounded, we switched things up and began using Enki. She needed a more holistic education which included time for story-telling, crafting and generally just “being”. (We all did!) If you have a child like this, I highly recommend taking a breather and looking at a more nature, play, story-telling-based curriculum.

2. Helps You Remember What’s Important

For me, the Enki principles kept me grounded in my belief that our choice to homeschool our girls was the best for for our kids. Keeping my eyes toward a holistic way of educating at the time really helped me remember what is important in our lives.

Using this approach helped me to remember that family rhythms and the rhythms of nature are the foundation at this point in our homeschooling journey, especially for little ones. It helped me breathe deeply when I wondered if I was doing “enough” with my girls; if they should have been enrolled in all the extra-curricular activities that our friends were doing; if we should have also been joining this, that, or the other group.

3. Family-Centered

The principles of holistic learning and family-centered education can be implemented in any home, at any time regardless of what curriculum you use. It is my belief that incorporating any of the holistic principles in your life and home can only enhance it. For us, it helped us to become deeply rooted in our rich Catholic faith which has its own rhythms and celebrations. It is easy to lose sight of these important things as the academics increase in number and scope. If you have little ones, especially, I invite you to look into a more holistic approach to educating your children.

 

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