Why Are Family Vacations Important?

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Becoming a parent is the most important role you'll ever step into. It's both exhausting and rewarding. There are many "chores" that come with caring for your family and providing a happy and healthy home. Many of us don't look at these every day tasks we perform as chores but as opportunities to show how much we care. For example, I am not a morning person by any means but every school day, I wake up with my children, get them ready for class, pack their lunches and snack, walk them to their bus stop, tell them I love them before blowing kisses goodbye. These "chores" that I have performed before the sun has even risen are things I wouldn't miss for the world. Our early morning school routine has become a chore I love doing. While the kids are away at school, I continue my day with other chores like laundry, cooking and cleaning. These very small things have a huge impact on not only myself but my children as well. When we raise happy, independent, and smart kids; we create a better society. There are multiple ways we show those we love how much we really care. #EveryDayCare

Family vacations are just as important as the everyday duties we all perform. Taking time away from our everyday tasks and bonding with the ones we love can help reduce stress and anxiety. As much as I both love and loath many of my "mommy chores", taking a break from my everyday routine of chores, is more than welcomed and deserved. Going on family vacations with my children not only helps provide me with a break from my everyday life of duties but gives the kids a chance to experience something different as well. We all deserve to take a break.

Calling All Cosmic Explorers!

{This is part of a sponsored collaboration with DiMeMedia and Disney Junior. However, all opinions expressed are my own.}

Get ready to launch off into a cosmic adventure with Miles from Tomorrowland. A new and out of this world Disney Junior show on the Disney Channel. Miles from Tomorrowland Space Mission: Mars premiers on Disney Junior on Saturday, September 19th. Your children can join Miles on some exciting space missions throughout the galaxy. So suit up and buckle up for a superstellar blast off experience!

Care. Love. Play.

{This is a sponsored post for Cafemom and Disney}
Meet our cat Rouge, she likes to spend time outside basking in the sun and long walks in the front yard. We’ve had Rouge for many years now and over that time the kids have grown to love her and have grown to be quite attached to her. Many of us consider our pets as additional members of the family. Family pets help provide companionship and unconditional love every day and in return it’s important that we provide care, love and play to keep them happy and healthy.

Having a family pet around young children can be very beneficial for not only the animal but for the entire family. A pet can help teach children friendship, responsibility, teamwork and how to care for others. For many young children pets can be that child’s first friend. Family pets and young children often grow a strong bond between each other and that relationship will help children understand the meaning of friendship.

Halloween Krispy Pops

Halloween! I love Halloween and everything that comes along with it including awesome decorative treats. These Halloween Rice Krispies dipped in chocolate are so easy to make and a perfect festive treat to serve at a Halloween party.

Get #MoreMinutes This Back-to-School Season

{This post is sponsored by Great Clips for their #MoreMinutes campaign}

With a few short weeks before school starts up again, things can get very busy with last minute summer activities and back-to-school shopping. Great Clips wants you to spend more time doing what you and less time waiting at the salon for a haircut. Using their new online check-in feature, I was able to check wait times and check-in. With the time I saved, we had some extra time to grab some ice cream on a very hot summer day.

Family Activities With Your Kids On A Cruise Vacation

Have you ever had a week without a single dull moment? I recently did. The kids and I went on a memorable vacation in the Caribbean. We set sail aboard the Carnival Cruise ship for 7 days. It was an entire week of fun, sun and family time. I can honestly tell you that my vacation in the Caribbean was nothing short of amazing. With all of the fun and entertainment offered on our trip, from the excitement happening on board to exploring the great cities off the ship, we had a an incredible week.