And just like that…summer is almost over. School starts next week and then homework, sports, and after-school activities take the lead. No more lazy afternoons where the hardest decision is which float to lounge on before the sun sets. My girls went away to sleep away camp for the first time so I feel like I was robbed of two weeks of play. Now we are in the final stretch of summer and it’s time to fit in as much fun as we possibly can. Here is our end-of-summer bucket list…
Farmer’s markets are something my family waits all winter for. For us, these markets scream SUMMER and all the yummy treats that go with it. It’s a great family activity and a good way to teach your kids about the importance of good nutrition. The following are 10 tips for taking kids to farmer’s markets:
New England is filled with quaint, picturesque towns, and Jackson, New Hampshire is one that should not be missed. Jackson is 3 hours from Boston, 1 ½ hours from Portland, and a half hour from Conway. Jackson Village has adorable places to eat, shop, and have coffee. Your mood will be set as you pass through the covered bridge coming in to town. The Wentworth Inn is the perfect destination for families, a girl’s getaway, or a romantic night away.
Nothing makes my day better than waking up to seeing one of my pieces in the Huffington Post travel section!!
15 Ways to Save Money While Traveling
I am not the type of person that lets someone walk all over me, but I am so glad I did! I’ve had a good amount of massages and I’m becoming pickier about them each time. One type of massage I’ve always wondered about was ashiatsu, where you are literally paying someone to “walk all over you.” I was so excited when I booked it, but as my appointment got closer I started to freak out over it. Complete panic! So many questions were running through my mind.
On our last night in Iceland we decided to stay somewhere that was close to the Blue Lagoon, our final activity before catching our flight. The Northern Lights Inn is the perfect location to stay since it is located directly next door to the lagoon and is only a 5-minute walk. We chose the inn based on location, but we were pleasantly surprised by how nice it was. Located 20 minutes from Keflavik Airport and 45 minutes from Reykjavik, it is a wonderful starting point or final destination to get your barring before setting out to explore Iceland. The dramatic landscape surrounding the inn is amazing!
When many people thing of Iceland they immediately think of the Blue Lagoon. Pinterest is flooded with pictures of this amazing man-made geothermal pool. It is a great way to start or end your vacation since it is so close to the airport and the whole family will have fun there. Here are 10 tips on doing the Blue Lagoon with kids:
Jokulsarlon, which translates to “glacier river lagoon” is one of the most breathtaking sights I’ve ever seen. The icebergs originate in Vatnajokull National Park, where huge pieces of icebergs break free and linger in this lagoon until they drift off into the sea. My whole family consider this to be one of our coolest days in Iceland. (No pun intended!) Here’s my plan for a fun day at Jokulsarlon:
55th Annual Windjammer Days
June 25- July 1, 2017
Windjammer Days is the official kickoff to summer in Boothbay, a charming coastal Maine town. It is a week-long celebration of maritime history, and it focuses on the sense of community in this quaint town.
What exactly is a windjammer? They are grand merchant ships that have between three and five masts that were used to carry cargo for long distances in the 19th and early 20th century. Looking at them will make you feel like you’ve traveled back in time.
When you’re in Iceland, the Golden Circle is a must-do activity. There are plenty of guided tour groups that do the circle, but the only way I would do it is with a rental car so you can stop along the way to explore. The circle can be done in a few hours and is a short distance from Reykjavik. Here are some tips for doing the Golden Circle with kids: