We are headed out on our first camping trip of the season in just a few days and we cannot wait. Camping is one of our favorite things to do as a family. I love to pack only what we need and not the entire house. When it comes to toys, the boys want to ...

 

10 Toys to Take Camping



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10 Toys to Take Camping


We are headed out on our first camping trip of the season in just a few days and we cannot wait. Camping is one of our favorite things to do as a family. I love to pack only what we need and not the entire house. When it comes to toys, the boys want to bring it all. Our answer? “We don’t have room for everything, so just choose a couple things to take, everything else must stay.” So, how do you decide which toys to take camping?

We have found that bringing too many things (especially toys) takes up way too much space. We have been camping for many years now and have dwindled down the toy list. Here are the toys that have made the cut:

Does your family camp? What toys do you suggest for camping?


10 Toys You Have to Take Camping {and your kids will thank you} via @MeghanTucker #travelblogger…
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Friday Favorites Starts with Spring Porch Style

It’s been a couple months since I’ve shared a few Friday Favorites, so here I am. It’s finally feeling like Spring around here (well sort of – one day it’s 70, the next day is 50). As long as it isn’t snowing and 30 degrees out, I’m good to say it is Spring-y in these parts.

We also have 1 week left of school and we just cannot wait for our Summer break! This school year has seemed longer than most years, I’m not sure why, so we are ready for a break. We have lots planned and I can’t wait to share with you our Summer Bucket List for this year.

 

Spring porch time. It’s my favorite. From early in the morning, till late in the evening when the kids are still outside playing, you can find me on my front porch. Do you have a porch or favorite outside place to enjoy?

My little shop, Flourish Co. has the CUTEST Spring items and I am having to restrain myself from needing 1 of everything. I’d love to give you FREE shipping on your first order as well as 20% off your purchase with code SPRING20. If you join our Facebook group, you’ll be the first to know about discounts, giveaways, and products that are only available to members of the FB group. It’s a pretty fun little way to connect with others as well.

Family Day. At least every few weeks we try to have a special outing as a family. This past week, we took the kids (for my now 6 year olds birthday) to Tennessee Safari Park. Wow, what an experience. Ya’ll, we haven’t laughed this hard in a long time. You have got to take your family there if you haven’t already.

 

Amazon Finds — I love to find a deal anywhere, but I especially have a thing for Amazon. Do you love it as much as I do? I buy everything from clothing to household items, to home decor, and everything in between on Amazon.

 

 

The new Hillsong Worship song, “Who You Say I Am”. Have you heard it? It’s good, real good.

 
Happy weekend, friends! What are some of your favorites from this week?

 

 

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Tennessee Safari Park {review}

For my son’s 6th birthday, we took a short road trip to Alamo, Tennessee to the Tennessee Safari Park. He loves animals, so we figured this was just the right thing to do on his special day.

We arrived at the gate and paid for our family + 12 buckets of feed. You do not have to purchase the feed, but we did and it was well worth it! Adults are $16, Kids (2-12 years old) are $12, and kids 1 and under are free. {they only accept cash at the gate, so make sure you have that ready when you pull up}

The animals you feed in the drive-through area are very enthusiastic about getting something to eat. They are definitely not afraid of cars or people, so if you opt to purchase food be prepared to have any animal tall enough quickly invade your space to get to the food!

With 5.5 miles of road taking you amongst animals from around the world, it will be a fun morning or afternoon for your family. Don’t forget to take a stroll through the 20 acre zoo and see primates, exotic birds, tapirs, foxes, cranes, petting zoo, and so much more! Curious what types of animals exactly we’re talking about? There are TONS!

 

We kept all the windows down (most of the time, except at the buffalo and the white lama’s that were very eager on their food, a little too eager sometimes – ha!), even with our 1 year old who was with us and it was SO much fun.

Honestly, going in to the park, we weren’t sure what to expect. When we left, we absolutly loved it and all of us agreed we would come back again. If you’re looking for a super fun family outing that will make everyone laugh, this is it!

A few tips before you head out on safari:

  • Bring your camera
  • Don’t get outside your car while you’re on the drive through safari
  • Cash only
  • No pets
  • You can drive through more than once without paying for a second time
  • Bring snacks and water

We give the Tennessee Safari Park a two thumbs up! Have you been? What did you think of this little adventure?

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5 Ways to Simplify Your Laundry

Laundry is a chore we all have whether we love it or not. I’m one who LOVES it. Weird, I know. Make this chore go more smoother by trying these 5 tips to simplify your laundry:

1. Don’t Sort! We all grew up learning how to sort clothes by colors. But these days, sorting isn’t always required thanks to higher quality fabric. You can also use Shout Color Catcher to help with this. Simply toss a color catcher in and let it “catch” any dyes that run. When the load is finished you’ll see which colors run.

2. Be Organized! Who wants to do laundry in a cluttered laundry room? No one! Even if you don’t have the most elaborate of laundry rooms, take pride in it and keep it organized. I promise this will help you in simplifying your laundry. Here are a few tips:

  • Keep detergents, fabric softeners, stain removal bottles all in a bin or small basket on a shelf {so little ones can’t get into it}. This basket will help your laundry room look more organized.
  • Hang rods in your laundry room to let your delicates or clothes hang to dry.
  • Have a small bin near the machine to place toys, coins, and other things you find in the pocket. It’s up to the person to claim their things or else it goes in the trash.
  • Keep a trashcan near by so you can throw away paper and lint.

3. Wear something more than once! Yes, you can do that and no, you won’t smell. Anything but socks and underwear can have a “sniff check”. As long as it doesn’t smell, it’s good for another use.

4. Do a little bit, a lot more often! I have a schedule for my laundry. Yes, I’m a bit obsessive, but it really does help {be watching for that schedule and how you can make one for yourself in a post next week}. You see, when you have it all planned out that you’re going to do certain loads of laundry on certain days, you won’t get “backed up” so to speak. Do a little bit each day, and the mounds and mounds of laundry won’t pile up. Experiment with it and try to come up with your own schedule.

5. Get to know your washer! Yes, learn all you can about it. My washer has a bunch of neat cycles to use to make your laundry life easier. Read up on your type of washer and learn about its features and cycles.

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What are your laundry secrets? How do you simplify your laundry? Follow my laundry board on Pinterest for some ideas on how to organize your laundry room no matter it’s size.

 

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6 Spring Mantle Ideas

If you haven’t done so already, it’s time (or past time) to break out the Spring decorations. One of my favorite things to decorate is our mantle, especially the Spring mantle. I’m always changing it out for the different seasons {well, sometimes the different weeks even — yes, it can be that bad sometimes}.

Some of my favorite places to shop for home decor or items for your mantle are:

 

 

Need a some new inspiration when it comes to Spring decorating? Here are a few of my favorites that I’ve found recently:

Girls With Pearls Blog

@downgracelane on Instagram

The Inspired Room Blog

Thrifty and Chic Blog

Little Red Brick House Blog

The Lettered Cottage

 

How do you decorate your home for Spring? I’d love for you to link a blog post or share a photo with me to share. 

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