I keep Saying Let’s Rent a Camper

One thing we did not get to do this past Summer that my family has wanted to be able to do is stay a weekend somewhere, preferably camping out so maybe we can have our pug with us. I don’t like the idea of trying to find a place to put Jenny the pug up nor do I have anyone who can house sit the doggy. I know our kitty would be fine, as we can leave him ample water and food, but the dog? Well dogs are not self sufficient in ways of the kitty. With that being said, I joked often about renting a camper van type thing this past Summer so we could get out and enjoy the great outdoors. There is a website I use as a resource for campground sites all over the New England area but so far I prefer to stick with the York Beach, Maine area.

York Beach Maine

How much fun would it be for us to be able to enjoy this nice view for a full weekend? I think it would be great to rent a camper van and spend a weekend in complete loss of electronics, nothing but camping out, beach visits and watching the moon rise over the ocean. I would so love such a thing, but that didn’t happen. I was doing a bit of research into hiring a campervan for a family road trip and found this campervan hire site to be a great resource.

This school year we will be saving money while paying off behind due bills so that we can take a little family trip over the Summer of 2014. Maybe we can spend a whole week away somewhere, now that would be totally awesome. I will have to keep my eyes out on campervan rentals so that I know the current rental price. It makes sense, as a family, to rent a campervan, because in all reality it isn’t something we would have space to place on our lot at this time, with half an acre of land we really want to ensure our children can enjoy the full cleared lot.

The best campervan for our family would be something that had ample space because when we all get together there are seven of us total, two adults and five children between the ages of 13 and 5. Taking a family vacation, via a campervan, would mean that board games would be played, electronics would go out the window and we would be forced to play games together and get to know each other more in our blended family life. While I know how I would want to travel and sleep, one thing I try to do is read more Travel Blogs to find great destinations aside from my normal ones I usually see each year. Taking a campervan rental for a family vacation would be a wonderful way to build family togetherness and strength, at least that is my opinion on the matter.

Does your family go camping each year? How does your family enjoy that?

Tips for Getting Active on Your Family Road Trip

It’s finally time to dust off the flip flops and get preparations for your summer holiday underway. As the end of the school year approaches, families will be trying to decide on where to go and getting ready for their annual break with the kids. PassSmart’s guide is designed to help you plan an active family holiday, helping you make the most of your time away and keeping fit the fun way!

Getting Kids Active During Family Vacation

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Road trip

A road trip can be the perfect way to spend your summer vacation. Not only does taking your own car give you the freedom of being able to go wherever you want to, but it’s also a lot cheaper than flying.

What’s also great about a road trip is that you can take more stuff to make your holiday an active one. If you take your bikes, for example, you’ll be able to stop off at certain places to explore on two wheels instead of four. The only downside to driving is that you’ll be the one trying to fit everything in the trunk!

Try something new

Many of us get stuck into the same routines when we go on holiday, sticking to the beach and avoiding any kind of physical activity whatsoever. Wherever you’re going, there’s bound to be a new activity to try or something you can do as a whole family, so why not go for it?

Do a bit of research before you leave into what activities are on offer, and try and decide on doing at least one of them, as a family. If you don’t fancy scaling the side of a mountain, why not try something like off-roading in a 4×4? Anything which you wouldn’t normally have the chance to do at home is a great way to spend a day, and the kids will love it!


Since you’ve got the luxury of your own car, it makes sense to visit multiple places on your trip. Why not plan your vacation around staying a few nights in different places to make the most out of your time off.

This may sound like an expensive option, but if you plan ahead you should be able to get good prices on accommodation. As you’re only treating your hotel/accommodation as your base, you can save money by choosing a basic option.

If you’ll be visiting cities, try to find out about parking options before you set off. The last thing you want to be doing is spending the day trying to find a parking space or having to walk for miles into the city. It might be a good idea to ditch the car if you’re traveling inner-city because public transport is often a much cheaper option.


If you’re planning on a more rural vacation, camping for a couple of nights is something which the kids will love, even if the idea doesn’t fill you with joy.

If the thought of a couple of days in a tent doesn’t fill you with fear, though, it can be one of the funnest, and – not to mention cheapest – ways to spend a few days of your holiday.

Finally, don’t forget to relax!

Just because you’re on an active holiday doesn’t mean you can’t take a few days out to relax. Set aside a few days at the end of the holiday to do whatever you want to do. Visit the beach or spend a couple of days poolside.

Wherever you go and whatever you decide to do, just make sure you don’t forget the camera!

This guest post was written by Isabelle from PassSmart.com.

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I know when we went to NYC we never did get out to see the Statue of Liberty but I do hope to plan a NYC trip again for the family to experience seeing the Statue of Liberty up close.

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School Vacation is Ending, Back to the Real World

I have had such a blast on school vacation week, but it’s time to get back to the real world of balancing mom and work. I had such a great time bringing my kids to the Montshire Museum of Science on Friday, we learned while having fun and I will be sure to share more pictures during the upcoming week.

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Yes, that is my loves hanging outside before we went into the museum and is now my favorite picture of the happy munchkins together.

While school vacation puts a toll of how much we can all handle each other, I can honesty say that there really wasn’t too many challenges that arose in parenting and hanging out with my kids during the week. My youngest has been testing my patience lately and one day while in the pet store watching the turtles, the worker says to me “wow, you are a really patient mom”. I had to think because sometimes after a long day with my youngest I wonder if I am patient enough, so to have someone say that was a wonderful feeling.

Montshire Museum of Science

The kids laughed, we played, we colored, we did two day trips and another couple of trips to the pet store just to watch the turtles mostly. We just had a wonderful week and even though I had a fantastic time, I am ready to get back into the normal schedule and routine of school and work. Since my ex husband got a new job, he is closer to our town, which means he can have our youngest longer. I will now have two days a week to work and three part days to work. I am excited to be able to increase my work load and hours now.

Montshire Museum of Science Moose

There have been so many positives from this past week to mention, but just let it be known, I had one amazing school vacation week with my kids, and when the boyfriend and his kids were around we had fun too. It’s just been one of those weeks to remind me I am truly blessed and should be grateful for what I have in my life because what I have in my life is love and happiness no matter what!

Did you all have school vacation this past week? If not, when do you or did you have it? What did you all do during school vacation?

Am I The only Parent Who Sort of Enjoys School Vacation?

Mama Bear Fights for her KidsWhen school vacation time is nearing I see it all over the internet .. oh my gawd it’s school vacation, whatever am I going to do with all of these kids for a full week? I get that feeling, I do, but the problem with the mindset – as I read it – is that you are acting as if having more family time is too much to bear. I cannot imagine having that mentality of rather wanting my kids away from me. With my oldest she is part of so many groups, activities and such during the school week that when vacation hits I am excited because we get to finally have some well needed family time together. I will be damned if she is going to go spend the majority of that vacation time with someone else or other people. We are a close knit family who cherishes these extra moments of memory making times together.

Do not get me wrong, I do honestly get ready for them to be back in school once the tail end of school vacation hits, my sons can be quite the bowl full of energy having to need me to have more energy than I can keep steady for a 24 hour period. While I do tend to get that ready for vacation to end feeling, nothing can replace the majority of school vacation when I get to have full days with all three of my kids, laughing and smiling away while we enjoy the benefits of having a close knit relationship.

Three kids in the woodsI have worked hard to build my family the way I wanted my family to be; we are friends yet child and parent, we laugh, we love and we tend to focus on our happy moments during the day. Even during dinner time, as we normally sit down together to eat as a family, I always ask what the best part of their day was and each takes turns answering that question. Sometimes they answer in a silly sarcastic way that makes me crack up with laughter while other times I feel tears of joy hitting my eyes when I realize that their day with their Mama meant a lot to them.

So while school vacation puts a damper on some of my working hours, I get one full week to enjoy my three children and that is something I cannot find the words to express in any way that would do the emotions I feel justice.

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