Hiking to Silver Lake in the Uinta National Forest #PSF

  After driving over 3200 miles across the country and taking a day to rest (and to do lots and lots of laundry) we thought it would be fun to take a “quick” 5 mile hike with the cousins. Let’s just say that 5 miles straight up and down a mountain is very different (and […]

7 People, 7 Days, 3200 Miles #WW

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  Tonight, we finally pulled in to our final destination. Over the last 7 days, our family of seven has covered over 3200 miles in our van, which was packed tight with our clothes, camping gear, and practically everything that my oldest daughter possesses. We have crossed many states, experienced memorials, state and national parks, […]

110+ Incredible Strawberry Recipes

round up of Strawberry Recipes

  I love strawberries. Isn’t summer time (and strawberry season) a wonderful time of year? Strawberries are so versatile – they are great in baked treats and other desserts, drinks, salads and more. After I made my strawberry pies recently, I thought it would be fun to put together a round up of strawberry recipes from […]

Finally…a Graduation Celebration! #WW


  It took us over a month after graduation to finally get everyone together for my oldest daughter’s “official” graduation celebration. She chose to go to the Holocaust Museum followed by dinner at Sophie’s, our favorite Cuban restaurant in DC. We had a fantastic time together, despite all of the time spent on our feet! […]

Strawberry Mini Pies & $75 Cake Boss Baking Giveaway #SummerSundae

fresh strawberry pies a la mode

  I love to bake. Probably a little TOO much (there are pros and cons to knowing how to make delicious desserts, if you know what I mean). When Cake Boss Baking asked if I would be willing to come up with an ice cream-inspired recipe for July’s #SummerSundae theme to be featured on CakeBossBaking.com, […]

Professional Photographers of America #JoinPPA


This post brought to you by PPA – Professional Photographers of America. All opinions are 100% mine. I remember my very first big-girl camera. I had been playing around with the idea of getting into photography (just as a mom taking pictures of my own kids at that point!) and my husband surprised me with […]

Coffee Filters to Cheese Graters: Creative Ways to Use Just About Everything *Sale*

coffee filters

  When we got married (years and years ago…) we ended up with multiple duplicate gifts. Our big day occurred before the days of Target wedding registries, so the only things we could register for were expensive department store towels and China. Note: affiliate codes are used in this post, so if you happen to […]

July Blogging Prompts: Travel Edition #BlogPrompts


  How did I miss the beginning of July? It wasn’t until a few days into last week that I realized I had missed my day for posting my monthly blog prompts. And then I figured that it’s summer and most of you are probably just as behind as I am. Since we’re packing up […]

One Last Family Trip to Castle Park #PSF Give Me Your Best Shot


  As we prepare to load up the car and drive across the country to take my oldest daughter to college next week, we just HAD to make one last trip to Castle Park (our nickname for it, at least). Castle Park holds so many memories for us – it was a favorite of the […]

Earth to Echo $100 Fandango Giveaway #GoSeeEarthtoEcho

Earth to Echo giveaway

  What are your plans for the weekend? I could make your weekend plans a little bit more exciting with this quick giveaway for $100 Fandango gift code! (Note: this giveaway is sponsored and I have been offered the same prize for posting but all thoughts are my own.) All you have to do is […]