Navy, Gray, & Gold: Boys’ Bathroom Update in a Weekend

Navy, Gray, & Gold: Boys’ Bathroom Update in a Weekend

To help me get through all this time at home, I needed a project. I looked around and realized the bathroom my two boys were using needed an update. It had been decorated the same for the past 8 years. I used a recent trip to the Grand Canyon for inspiration and did a weekend update to bring the bathroom from kids to tween. Read on for how we did the Malbec boys’ bathroom update in a weekend.

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Decorate A Teen or Tween Bedroom On A Budget

Decorate A Teen or Tween Bedroom On A Budget

Like everyone else during the pandemic, I’ve been spending my time completing various at home projects. Many home projects wouldn’t get done otherwise during my “normal” hectic daily life.  My prior covid every day life comprised of always being on the go to work, school, kid parties, sports practices, games, and the list goes on.  I’m thankful for the quiet time I have right now to spring clean and get organized.  I’m clearing my to do list for all the future travel I plan to make up next year!

As a project this round, I decided to tackle my tween boy’s bedroom and help him begin the transformation from elementary kid to middle schooler.  Gulp, time for wine! Read on to learn how to decorate a teen or tween small bedroom on a budget.

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Back to School 2020: Make Remote learning a success

Back to School 2020: Make Remote learning a success

If your kids are going to be engaged in remote learning this fall, you’re probably feeling overwhelmed about the logistics of how to make this work, It’s tricky, especially if you have multiple kids and have to work from home yourself. Back in March, we posted about some of the things we were doing to cope with working from home with kids during a quarantine. At the time, the kids had a few zoom calls with their teachers and homework due every week and that seemed like a lot. Little did we know back then that we’d have to take our learnings from the quarantine and apply them full throttle as we get into full-fledged remote learning in the fall.

If you’re looking for some remote learning tips for school this fall, we’ve got you covered. Hop in to check out some of our tips for making this a positive experience for you and your family. 

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Best Family Beach in Texas: Gulf Coast Vacations

Best Family Beach in Texas: Gulf Coast Vacations

There are two vacations my kids talk about all year long; the beach and skiing. Ski season is over for us in the U.S. but I could really use a beach about now. Minus the fact that quarantine snacking has left my beach bod a tad out of shape; the warm sun, sand between my toes, cool breeze…it all sounds so good right now. If you’re looking for a relaxing and fun getaway, one of the best family beach vacations can be found right here in Texas.

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Girls Getaway Trip to Greece: 3 Islands in a Week

Girls Getaway Trip to Greece: 3 Islands in a Week

Four Girls, 3 Islands, 2(00) glasses of wine, 1 birthday celebration, and no budget! We hiked, ate, drank, laughed, and enjoyed the amazing Greece culture. It was truly the best Girls Getaway Trip to Greece!!

But I probably need to start with a few disclosures…

(1) I did not plan this trip. My fabulous sister did about 95% of the research and work. We gave her ideas, but she handled all the details. This was the first time (in years) that I was able to enjoy a fantastic vacation without doing the planning.  Yea!!!! 

(2) Greece had never been on my Top 10 list of places I wanted to travel to, but I jumped at the opportunity to go on this trip and I didn’t regret a minute of it.  The trip was amazing!!!!!

(3) This was not a budget trip.  We wanted this trip to be extra memorable so we were happy to spend the money.  There’s a cost breakdown at the end of the post with the main expenses for reference.

Now that I’ve confessed (most of) my secrets…let’s go on a girl’s getaway to Greece!!!!!

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Top summer destinations in Colorado

Top summer destinations in Colorado

Tired of being home all day? Suffering from cabin fever? If you answered yes, you’re right there with most of the population worldwide.   With most summer camps canceled and as restrictions are starting to get lifted I’m sure some of you are trying to plan your next getaway and wondering what is feasible under the current circumstances. Given the need to remain vigilant and continue social distancing, this is a great time to plan those road trips, visit a National/State Park, and enjoy the outdoors.  Camping, hiking, and biking- are some great activities to keep your family active, busy, and safe all summer. 

As someone who covered close to 7,000 miles in road trips last year, I was hoping to share some of my favorite road trips in a multi-part series. If you are looking for some summer road trip inspiration, dive right in!

First off is Colorado – it’s a perfect place to escape the Southern heat and has so many great outdoor activities to enjoy all summer. Most people flock to Colorado during the winter to enjoy the ski slopes, but Colorado in the summer is just as charming.

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Amusement Parks and Waterparks With Kids

Amusement Parks and Waterparks With Kids

Do you ever find those days where you’d like to scream until you can’t scream no more, or you really don’t want to be your kid’s entertainer again? It’s those days that my family and I head to an Amusement park. We’re huge fans! You can scream your lungs out on a roller coaster and no one thinks much of it, but boy does it feel good to get that off your chest.

What’s great about Amusement parks (or Waterparks) is you can find one almost anywhere. Whether the park is an hour or two drive, it’s nice to be able to spontaneously throw everyone in the car and head out. Not to mention, you won’t get many complaints from your kids. That’s one of a handful of times I can get my kids to do anything I say, and fast, they just want to get there.

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Glamping for an Easy and Quick Getaway to Nature

Glamping for an Easy and Quick Getaway to Nature

What is ”glamping”? For me it’s camping out in nature with the perks of the modern comforts provided in our little camper trailer. I love to be in the beautiful outdoors. There is something about cozying around a campfire with friends and family under the stars that is so relaxing and fun.

Things I don’t like about camping:

  • Sleeping on the hard ground or a crappy inflatable mattress.
  • Walking through the dark in the middle of the night to get to the restroom.
  • Being too hot or too cold.
  • Bugs in my sleeping area.
  • The only thing protecting me from the rain and thunder (or critters) being a tent.

Hence the camper trailer!

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Taking a group photo is easy…right?

Taking a group photo is easy…right?

Before we decided to publish our first blog we wanted to take a good group photo of us to put on our About Us page. Mama Merlot is a fantastic photographer (and loves taking photos) so we thought this would be easy. We decided to meet at a nearby park on a Sunday afternoon; we each brought a blanket, a bottle of wine, and a glass. The weather was a bit dreary but we felt that could work to our advantage with no sunlight to interfere. But as any Mom knows, nothing is ever as easy at it sounds.

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