Wanderlustin’ Nature lovin’ Mama

Amigos, it’s been a crazy long time. I’m going to be posting some  recommendations for traveling with kids. Why? Because Knowledge is power, it takes a village, annnnd I wanna remember these things. 

Here’s a little intro/background for ya 👌

I live for my summers.

I am fortunate to have family in two amazing states, Michigan and Vermont. So every summer, I load up my car (albeit, school bus- Yukon XL) throw my babies in and head to Michigan for a few weeks and then to the mountains of Vermont for another few weeks. Slowly, as my kids get older (7yo/5yo/2yo) I am being able to widen my scope and explore beyond the lines of “visiting family” (love u family!) 

It’s getting better every year and I find myself savoring these moments that I know  will someday soon be a distant memory. 

So in the summers, I book it, for as many weeks as I can squeeze out of a summer.

My poor husband has no idea what to do with me as a spouse and has come to the realization (for which I adore him) that I am my best when I am able to explore, spend time in nature, and have time alone with my bear cubs, away from the painful realities of common core and schedules.

I feel obligated to say that, I am eternally grateful that I am able to have these years with my babes and when the “get a job” “you are a silly housewife and have no worth” monster crepes into my psyche, I look to my summers and yell, “f that!” These years/these summers…wouldn’t trade it for a thing (most days)

Me and the kids have a rhythm that works when we travel. Maybe it’s because I’ve been “road tripping” with them since they were born, or maybe they are following my lead and just being happy for the experience. 

Now don’t get me wrong, kids are kids and can be total turds. Even through my peace and harmony travel ways, they drive me loca,daily. My kids usually save up their best moves for public places and/or whilst around other people. Lucky people/lucky me. 
But when you’re surrounded by beautiful lakes, local breweries, and a plethora of exciting adventures, who cares how many people your two year old yells “Noooo!” too, or your 5 year old son moons someone, right?! Right???

Trust me, if you want to do, it’s yours for the taking. Get out there. Find a spot on a map, and get there. Get lost! (safely)

You might regret it, and curse me, but at least you’ll be wiser for it, and hopefully have some good stories.

On the flip side, you might find beauty, your kids may learn something, and you will experience something new, together. 

Coming Soon: A Nature Lovin Guide to traveling “Up North” with Kids 


so much for that plan

I’m being eaten alive by my children.


go ahead.

all of you.

all you wiser parents of older kids.

all you who rolled your eyes when I was all pinterested out in the Spring.

go ahead.laugh.

Every plan this summer has been a flop.

The binders have become an emblem of torture for the kids.

The Reading Challenge…HA!

The weather has been horrendously hot, humid and stormy.

My house is trashed daily.

Car trips are filled with fighting and flying toys.

And they’re fighting. so much fighting.

We’ve had nasty colds, viruses, allergic reactions to medicines, teething, pink eye….to name a few.

I keep questioning whether we should have just skipped a few mortgage payments and just put everyone in all day camps.

This summer is definitely giving my ‘free range’ ‘let the damn kids play’ theories a run for it’s money.

The worst part.

It’s all me.

I’m the one who is angry about another kid getting sick, the oppressive humidity, the house being trashed, the over scheduled summer, my 4 and 6 yeard olds lack of interest in my perfectly organized age-appropriate binders and worksheets. (Really Anna, REALLY?!)

I’m the one who can’t find the patience.

I’m the one who has convinced herself that she’s socially awkward and has self-diagnosed herself with every mental health issue within googles reach.

I’m exhausted.

Like really really walking zombie exhausted.

and I’m being the parent that I hate.

I can feel the stress radiating through every aspect of my life.


Fear not friends, I’ll be OK. It’s only July 20th. I have lots of summer to turn it all around.

My favorite adventures with the kiddies are on the horizon.

My future holds cooler weather, lots of trees, lakes, rivers, and endless boundaries to roam.

I will be zen.

My kids will be healthy.

and my age-appropriate worksheets will make great campfire kindling.