Summer Time Family Time

Summer Family Time
Summer Family Time

After a long and very wet winter and spring, summer is here, well unofficially here!

Summer is a great time to get out and explore and connect with nature, breathe fresh air, adventure, snap pictures, attend and host BBQ’s and bonfires! Enjoy the beach, mountains, lakes, rivers, ocean, forests. A great time to go on a cruise, go camping, do a road trip, day trip, picnic and travel abroad!

But please take time for family! We all get so busy that sometimes we don’t include family in our summer plans.

Only getting together with family for winter holidays is not enough!

When our children were littles, summer was all about family time! Camping and boating and road trips and outdoor adventures! Watching shooting stars! We bought a fire-pit and had many campfires every summer in our own backyard with s’mores and family time! And trips to go see grandparents and extended family!

Now my littles are all grown up, my littles are bigs now, and living here, there and everywhere.

If you live away from your parents or your children, it’s hard to get everyone together in one place at the same time, but try!

Try to plan ahead so you can meet up with family somewhere this summer all in one place! If it’s one of your homes, that’s great, it doesn’t have to be some fabulous vacation destination or cruise! But bonus if it is! It’s all about staying connected with your family, not necessarily the location. But if y’all can meet at a great location, that’s great!

An absolutely awesome and wonderful way to connect with family over the summer is a family camping trip! Invite grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins! Make it an annual event!

I am so lucky that my sons live in some great places! Last summer, we had a family weekend in Yosemite where one son lives and works. Then we had a family weekend in Laguna Beach where another son lives, works and goes to school. This year, there was a Hollywood weekend where another son lives off-and-on! One son couldn’t make it to Hollywood -and that happens- another son was unable to join us for Easter. Work and life get in the way all too often. But make the effort! Plan ahead.

If you can’t all get together, make the effort to see your family members individually this summer.

I have a dear friend with two adult daughters. They used to have an annual mother-and-both-daughters weekend but it has become two separate annual mother-daughter weekends, one daughter at a time. This works well for them! The sisters still connect on a regular basis as well.

Don’t get so busy that you don’t spend time with family this summer.

It’s not too late to make plans for July or August – or September even!

Make an effort to spend time with your parents, your grandparents, your siblings, your nieces and nephews, your aunts and uncles and cousins, and your children – whether they are littles or bigs!

For those long trips with littles to visit family, entertainment in the car or on a flight is a great way to optimize happy travels -for all of you- and with today’s electronics, it’s easy. But there’s also the old-fashioned travel games such as magnetic chess and checkers and age appropriate toys. And Books!

And I can’t say enough about Mad Libs! Great and hilarious road trip/camping fun for the whole family! And they teach language basics: nouns, adjectives, verbs, etc. Learning while having a blast with the whole family! Play in the car or around the campfire!

Each child with their own backpack or tote bag full of entertainment, snacks and water bottles helps with those long trips. And stop often to stretch legs!

Don’t forget pillows. I’ve included some links below.

Have a great summer! Take lots of family photos! 🌞♥️

Photo Credits: Sharon Britton Schoppman, Cinde Hagelberg, Erica Shepard, Heather Schmidt, Martine Nelissen, and me ~

My Travel Blog ~ Nubble Lighthouse & New England Fried Clams

Nubble Lighthouse and New England Fried Clams ~
Nubble Lighthouse and New England Fried Clams ~

Another Timehop inspired travel blog post! Nubble Lighthouse and New England Fried Clams!

Last year I was forced to take a road trip upon being discharged from Cleveland Clinic! I went there for a procedure on my trachea and on the flight there, I survived a heart attack… and so I was unable to fly home for two weeks… and so it resulted in a mandatory epic road trip!

We visited a few lighthouses, including this one, with the added bonus of the nearby Fox’s Lobster House. I highly recommend New England Fried Clams! At Fox’s Lobster House adjacent to the Nubble Lighthouse in Maine!

There’s nothing on the west coast that compares to New England fried clams! I don’t get it! Come on California! We can do better!

New England fried clams are so good that you can’t even carry on a conversation while eating them! Seriously!

While visiting the lighthouse, there are great photo opportunities! There’s easy walking and light hiking all around, easy access. It’s just very cool and lovely and easy – even for disabled folks!

If you’re in Maine, you have to visit the beautiful and famous Nubble Lighthouse in York Harbor and get some fried whole belly clams a block away at Fox’s!

It’s worth planning your next vacation around!

And just up the road thirty minutes is the most charming town of Kinnebunkport, go there too! You will want to move there!

Stay at the Franciscan Monastery! You don’t have to be religious, it’s just a great and affordable place to stay! Drive or walk around the grounds, it’s really cool and beautiful with statuary and shrines. And if you so choose, they have outdoor services in a very lovely setting. And enjoy the town and dining!

In Kennebunk, New Morning Natural Foods has the most amazing organic hot fresh baked blueberry muffins in the morning made with wild Maine blueberries! They are a must have! They also carry Yerba Mate for your travel needs! They also have organic produce and snacks to stock up on for your travels!

Fun Fact: the town is called Kennebunk until you cross the river and then it’s Kinnebunkport!

Happy Travels ♥️

I’ve included some links below to enhance your travels! Including a passport cover with built-in cell phone charger! I want one!

‘My Travel Blog’ is a subsidiary of ‘Family Heath and Wellness.’ The views expressed in My Travel Blog are most definitely those of Family Health and Wellness. Travel, it’s good for your health ♥️

My Travel Blog: Breakfast When You Travel

Irish Breakfast and New England Breakfast ~
Irish Breakfast and New England Breakfast ~

My first travel blog entry ~ inspired by Timehop!

A year ago today, my son, Dillon, had breakfast in Ireland, and my son, Hayden, and I had breakfast in New England (Maine). The Irish breakfast is on the left.

I love Ireland but their breakfasts leave a lot to be desired. The sausage is like a bland meat pudding in a casing and that black thing next to the egg that they call pudding is some sort of pastry made with blood. Yes, blood. I suppose it’s really good for you. The breakfast is usually served with copious amounts of toasted white bread. It’s also usually served with beans and tomatoes! That sausage though… I’m quite sure the breakfasts are why my ancestors left Ireland!

I really love Ireland, but when we road-tripped the U.K. as a family, we really preferred the wonderful markets packed with fabulous organic fruits that we stocked up on for breakfasts and snacks in the car! The berries in the U.K. are the best! 

I highly recommend buying fresh organic produce when you travel anywhere, especially the U.K.! It will save you money, plus it’s much more nutritious than restaurant food – and it saves time – you can eat between destinations! You can see more in a day that way!

The food in New England, on the other hand, is fabulous and wonderful – everywhere you go! If you’re a foodie, New England should be a destination goal! Plus it’s gorgeous and awesome! Go in the fall! Ireland is gorgeous in June, great weather in June!

I want to go back to both places everyday of my life!

I’ve included some links below to enhance your travels! Including a passport cover with built-in cell phone charger! I want one!

‘My Travel Blog’ is a subsidiary of ‘Family Heath and Wellness.’ The views expressed in My Travel Blog are most definitely those of Family Health and Wellness. Travel, it’s good for your health ♥️