Fun Family Adventure: GeoCaching in New Hampshire or Anywhere #NH #Geocaching

One weekend, I was going through some of my things and found my old GeoMate Jr, and then it happened. The find of my GeoMate Jr, that makes GeoCaching fun for younger kids by showing steps instead of measured distance in miles or feet. It was a Sunday and all of a sudden something happened; the geocaching plan started to hatch. My daughter found her app that allows her to see where caches are all over our area and the kids started to make and find treasures we could place in the caches that we found.

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The family was dressed and ready to go within moments, we got our plan ready and it was time to head out into the woods.

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I always love being out in the woods with my kids, while the boys tend to be a little bit full of complaints of legs hurting and it taking forever, they really do have some awesome moments of pure happiness when we go out an do things. The first cache was found completely on accident, we all were losing our esteem, getting sort of frustrated about not finding this small cache, but then it happened …

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My youngest was looking in the stonewall, where we all were totally convinced the cache was located but others had moved on and hoped to find it elsewhere, when he said, “Mama I see a screwdriver. Can I get it?” I let him grab it, only to find out that it was the geocache! He was so stinking excited, because once he picked it up, he really thought it was a bullet casing or something weird, but it was a cute little surprise!

Geocaching in NH

We moved on and eventually found a second cache, but then it was time to get out of the woods, I needed to get back to the van and it was time to get home for some dinner on this fine Sunday evening. The second cache we found actually had a little light up flashlight that my youngest kept as his own!

Tips on Geocaching with Family

  • Bring small treasures to replace anything you take out of the cache.
  • Place the geocache container back exactly where you found it.
  • Look online for GeoCaching locations near you, before leaving on the adventure and make a map with your family on where you will venture.
  • Bring a pen or pencil so you can sign the log in each geocache found.

This really is a fun way to get out and have some treasure hunting fun with the family! I think it is fun for all ages, and once you find that first cache? You just want to keep going to find your next geocache that is mapped out for your family adventure!


Happy 13th – She’s a Teenager Now – My First Born

Happy 13th Birthday today to my first born child. My first experiment in parenting gone right!

MOther and Daughter

This girl is a straight A, intelligent, witty and hilarious young lady who is now a teenager.

Mother and Daughter at Photo Booth

Every moment I get to have with my sweet daughter is a memory kept in the  memory bank, she is my sunshine and lights up the family in so many ways!

I look forward to seeing where 13 leads us, but first? We get a day all about her on the next weekend she is home with me, so that she can just enjoy a day being 13 without her having to think about siblings!


Cheers to my beautiful daughter, who’s beauty is found within as well as outside!


I am excited to announce a new venture, What is Well I am about to tell you …

Announcing Tendered.Io tenderedApp was a brilliant idea that the man in my life came up with, and he hit the nail on the head with something I totally am excited to be a part in sharing with the world!

Think people helping people, but more … is currently in the launching stages of the application, but it is going to be amazingly awesome! Just think, have you ever seen a friend on Facebook who is local to you and cooks amazing food, makes amazing DIY decor or has skills that you wish to use and would totally pay them for?

I know that I have a huge range of friends who are great at everything; from DIY decor to blogging to cleaning house and I would totally pay some of them to do things for me. The first idea that pops into my head with what I would use for would be: to hire someone local to me that posts amazing DIY decor for the holiday seasons. You see, I always want to decorate for the holidays but lack in the experience for DIY decor. I would totally be willing to pay a DIY decor friend a decent rate to create some items for me to spruce up the home during the holiday seasons.

What if you have a friend who makes amazing food and you are about to have a date night? Or a girls night in? Maybe a guy’s night in? Well what would happen if, using, you could essentially pitch your friend a price for the service of cooking for your special event all in a couple of clicks? Then your friend would receive a text message to confirm or decline your request to pay them for services?

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Wellwood Orchard in Vermont Apple Picking & Applesauce #Recipe #VT #Travel

Saturday was part of the kid-full weekend and I wanted to do something fun with the kids, of course money is tight with us, as it usually is, but I knew we had to do something that would be fun plus be a bonus to the household. That is when it hit me, apple picking. Yes! The kids and I decided on Saturday morning that we would most certainly be going apple picking …. Wellwood Orchard is the place to go in Springfield, VT that I think is closest for us to travel to.

Wellwood Orchard Springfield VT

We got the Nabi and old cell phone all charged up, booted up and ready to go to keep the boys entertained. My daughter inserted the address into her iPhone to ensure she could properly navigate this Mama who doesn’t know North from South most days and we were off.

Wellwood Orchard Springfield VT

Upon arrival, we paid the 50 cents each to go into the petting animal area, where we fed goats, saw peacocks up close and petted a few bunnies. It was a grand ole time, then we got a nice photo of the kids for our memory bank and went in to find out how much a bushel of apples would cost. I wasn’t sure if I was going to buy a bushel or less, but since I still work from home in addition to full time, I knew if I spent the cash on a bushel that I would quickly earn that cash back with at least my at-home work.

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We hopped onto the wagon to get a ride out to the macintosh apple area and then the kids and I split up. I spent time with little man picking apples then Aj and Ki headed off to pick their own apple selections.

Wellwood Orchard Springfield VT

The kids and I really had a fabulous time and are enjoying eating up the apples in various snacks. We picked a total 40lbs of apples. Insane.



Auntie B’s Applesauce


  • Teaspoon Cinnamon
  • Teaspoon Nutmeg
  • Dab of sugar
  • 5 medium apples sliced and cored.
  • 1/2 cup of water

Make Applesauce at Home:

Add the 1/2 cup of water into a medium saucepan.

Add the sliced and cored apple slices.

Turn onto medium/high heat.

Sprinkle nutmeg, cinnamon and dab of sugar over apples in saucepan.

Cook on medium high heat stirring occasionally until the apples have reached a likable applesauce texture (I make it slightly chunky).

Serves about 6-8. Enjoy!


The Story of Diva and Flea Giveaway #DivaandFlea #ad

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About Diva and Flea

Diva, a small yet brave dog, and Flea, a curious streetwise cat, develop an unexpected friendship in this unforgettable tale of discovery.

For as long as she could remember, Diva lived at 11 avenue Le Play in Paris, France. For as long as he could remember, Flea also lived in Paris, France–but at no fixed address. When Flea flâneurs past Diva’s courtyard one day, their lives are forever changed. Together, Diva and Flea explore and share their very different worlds, as only true friends can do.

About the Author of Diva and Flea

MoWillemsauthorphotoMo Willems (, a number one New York Times best-selling author and illustrator, has been awarded a Caldecott Honor on three occasions (for Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!, Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale, and Knuffle Bunny Too: A Case of Mistaken Identity). Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! was also an inaugural inductee into the Indies Choice Picture Book Hall of Fame. The celebrated Elephant & Piggie early-reader series has been awarded the Theodor Seuss Geisel Medal on two occasions (for There Is a Bird on Your Head! and Are You Ready to Play Outside?) as well as garnering four Honors (for We Are in a Book!, I Broke My Trunk!, Let’s Go for a Drive! and A Big Guy Took My Ball!).

About the Illustrator of Diva and Flea

TonyDiTerlizziauthorphotoTony DiTerlizzi (, a number-one New York Times best-selling author and illustrator, created the middle-grade series The Spiderwick Chronicles with Holly Black, which has sold millions of copies, been translated into more than 30 languages and made into a feature film. He won a Caldecott Honor for illustrating The Spider & The Fly, and in 2014 he teamed up with Lucasfilm to retell the original Star Wars trilogy in a picture book featuring artwork by Academy award-winning concept artist, Ralph McQuarrie. He lives in Amherst, Massachusetts with his wife, daughter and dog, Mimi.

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How to Move Forward in Life

Life has a way of happening, whether you want it to move forward or not, it does. Every new morning is a way to start fresh, sure you have the mistakes of yesterday to learn from and the memories of things left unsaid, but life still happens. How you discuss, think and handle yesterday’s affairs is what makes you stronger, more positive and able to move forward.

Your happiness, a true deep happiness within, is dependent upon how you handle situations, thoughts and create action. If you are stuck in a rut, a place of big concern or fear about something, then just stop, let it go. The fear of the unknown can drive you crazy, usually this fear is stemmed from some anxious feelings and anxiety can be a killer to your happy mojo. If you can let go of the anxiety, and as someone tells me often, let go of the emotional side, think logically, then you will end up having a solid resolution.

It isn’t easy to let go of the emotional side of things, after all we are human beings built with a boat load of emotions and if you suffer from anxiety, well life can be rather difficult. I am one to be open about having anxiety, but I work hard to not allow it to take over me. I wish to be in control of my own self, surrounding yourself with understanding, compassionate, yet straight forward people will assist you in moving forward in life.

How to Move Forward in Life

Here are some techniques, methods so to speak, on how to move forward in life when you are feeling overwhelmed by past mistakes, actions or words of yesterday:

  • LET IT GO – stop worrying, stop the fear. Just STOP. Let that thought out of your mind, and get to a place of logic. Write notes down on a piece of paper; get the emotional side out of your head.
  • THINK LOGICALLY – this is really difficult yet easy to do at the same time, find your place of reasoning inside of that brain of yours. If you need to write down a list like you would with Pros vs Cons – do it. Make the list Emotions vs Logic. Evaluate the paper and focus on the logic side of the note paper.
  • SPEAK WHEN AT A PLACE OF LOW EMOTION – try to speak words from a place of logic, rather than a place of emotion, the worst arguments in relationships – friendships or marriage – come from a place where both are so emotionally upset. Make a deal with yourself that you will work hard to not speak, say nothing at all, until you have evaluated the Think Logically side of things.
  • COMMUNICATE – let your partner or friends know that if you go completely silent on them in the current moment or future, it is because you are trying to Think Logically before speaking hurtful, confusing or emotionally stemmed words. If you have the loyalty and compassion in the friendship and relationship, then the partner/friend should respect and admire that about you.

It really comes down to the forward moving mindset and the ability to step outside of the box and train yourself to think more logically. Of course, I am a work in progress with this mindset and often during the PMS times of my cycle, I am a hot mess. I have come to realize there is no reasoning or logic the week before my period. With that being said, I am getting better at feeling that cramping in my abdomen and trying to take more control – sure it is draining physically and emotionally, but as I work to control the emotions stemming from hormone fluctuations during PMS, it gets easier every month.

Moving forward in life is really all about letting go and waking up each day to try better, be better and love harder. Period. That’s all.

Add More Fun and Games to Your Next Party or Event

The goal of any social event, whether it’s a backyard barbecue, corporate gathering, or a family get together, is to get all your guests mingling and having fun. You want to see your friends and family enjoying their selves, but this doesn’t just magically happen. It takes a little bit of time and planning.


Make sure you have plenty of games and activities set up at your party. They are a great way to get people talking to each other and having fun. Even those guests who don’t want to participate will enjoy watching the competitions. Make sure there are plenty activities available to keep everyone involved, and include age appropriate games when younger children are present.

The ancient Roman game of Bocce has become a very popular. Keep in mind that the little ones may feel left out, so have a mini bowling set for them. It’s similar, but they will find it more fun. Bounce houses are also an excellent way to keep younger children entertained while the adults play.

Traditional games such as volleyball and badminton are great for any age guest as well as cornhole. Make the event even more memorable by using embroidered cornhole bags with your name, logo, or event’s date on them from sites such as Don’t forget the older generations who always enjoy a round of horseshoes or croquette.


The food you serve can also create a fun atmosphere at any party or gathering. Be sure to have some type of appetizer out so guests won’t get hungry waiting for the main meal. This can be as simple as a plate of cookies or a bowl of chips.

When serving a meal to large groups it is often easier to do a buffet. Not only does it take less time and energy to serve, it encourages all the guests to get up and walk around. You’ll find they are more likely to talk to others while waiting in line or passing by the tables.

With a little bit of effort and planning ahead you can make your next event a guaranteed success. Be sure to include activities that all ages can participate in, and have the food set up to keep people moving about. Your guests will appreciate your effort.

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