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5 Amazing Ways Travel Can Boost Your Health

Guest Post by Sam Ross

We all know travel is fun and educational, but did you know it's also good for your physical and mental health?

Girl sitting on ground look at mountain view

Any seasoned traveler could tell you that health is something to pay careful attention to while on the road. Wherever you are in the world, health should be a top priority; after all, when health deteriorates, it can be incredibly worrying and debilitating.

Looking after your health doesn’t need to be difficult, however. When traveling, healthcare may simply take a little more forward planning but on the plus side, there is evidence that traveling itself can have profound health benefits.

Top Instagram Spots In Atlanta

Atlanta, GA, USA

If you’re on a mission to share some fun new photos from Atlanta with your Instagram feed, this post is for you!

Top Instagram Spots in Atlanta

As many of you know, I spent a few months in Georgia this year. One of the passions I pursued, during that time, was downtown exploring. In fact, downtown exploring, along with hiking, is the focus on my Instagram account.
Isn't it fun to find just the right shot? You probably enjoy finding just the right spot for Instagram pics, too.

While you won’t struggle to find a worthy spot to snap a photo of in the city, there are some places that stand out as excellent places to capture the moment - especially if you’re only in town for a quick visit. From unique street art and impressive architecture to hidden gems and picture-perfect meals, Atlanta has a lot to offer photographers of all skill levels.

If you’re on the hunt for the top Instagram spots in Atlanta, make sure these locations are on your list:

A Beginner's Guide to Family Camping

Guest Post by Cal Bailey

Camping is the perfect way to reconnect with the outdoors, nature, and your family. This guide for beginners will help you plan your first adventure!

camping is still one of the top choices for families looking for a fun activity. Not only does it relax the mind, it is also a pretty exciting adventure. If you’re about to go camping for the first time, here’s an easy guide to help you prepare.

In a world dominated by gadgets and smart devices, it’s just healthy to return to nature once in a while. No matter how advanced technology becomes, we’ll always find the need to relax, put our phones down, and enjoy some new scenery.

This is probably why camping is still one of the top choices for families looking for a fun activity. Not only does it relax the mind, it is also a pretty exciting adventure. If you’re about to go camping for the first time, here’s an easy guide to help you prepare.

Weekly Wrap-Up: The Week We Had a Beatlemania Experience and I Dyed My Hair Blue

Jacksonville, FL, USA

The Beatles Eight Days a Week #TheBeatlesEightDaysaWeek
The Beatles Movie #TheBeatlesEightDaysAWeek

I haven't written a weekly wrap-up in about a year. Seriously, I really need to do them more often - like maybe weekly - because I often want to write about what's going on in our lives, but don't want to bore you with my daily activities.

Yes, I need to just wrap up once a week to fill my own need to document our story. After all, this is the perfect place for my mom blogging.

Weekly Wrap-Up: A Difficult Decision and a Nerd Fest

My kids attended a nerd fest and I decided to leave my "forever home." This and more in my weekly wrap-up and homeschool mother's journal.

It has been a while since I made any personal blog posts. One of my goals, now that I've changed my blog name, is to write on a more personal level more often. I suppose participating in the Homeschool Mother's Journal and Weekly Wrap-Up is one place to start.

A Living History Field Trip: Barberville Pioneer Settlement

Barberville, FL 32130, USA

The Barberville Pioneer Settlement in Florida is a must-do homeschool field trip. Find out about this hands-on living history lesson.

We love history field trips. 

Today, we visited the Barberville Pioneer Settlement. I've wanted to go here for a few years, but never got around to it. When one of my homeschool groups planned this one, I couldn't refuse. After all, I now live 10 minutes away from it. I've got no excuses.

We took two of their tours: The Pioneer Program and the Lassie Cake Program.

It was a long, hot day. I was concerned with how well Lorelai would or wouldn't do in the heat, but we managed to keep her body and moods at an acceptably cool level. 

This field trip was one of the best educational field trips we've ever taken. I think each of us learned something from it. 

We Attended a Black Bear Festival in Umatilla, Florida

We attended a black bear festival in Umatilla, Florida.

Attending the Florida Black Bear & Wildlife Conservation Festival. Alexis wasn't able to go due to a cold with sinus infection, but Lorelai and I attended. We had such a good time learning about the wildlife here in the Ocala National Forest. Lorelai is such a naturalist and eco-aware person (like her mama!). Every booth and activity made her happy because the mission was to "keep the earth healthy", as she says. 

Our Trip to Anime Weekend Atlanta 2013

I meant to have this post published on Saturday. As you will see, I haven't been home, so here it is a couple of days late. 

In my life this week...

I've been away from home. I've been away from home a lot

Last week, we left on Wednesday to stay at my daughter's house. The following day, we departed for Georgia, to attend the Anime Weekend Atlanta con which was held Friday-Sunday. It was one of the greatest weekends we've ever had.

We returned on Monday evening. On Friday, we drove to Tampa to attend the ShadoCon Final Fantasy Ball. That didn't turn out well because we had some challenges that caused us to arrive quite late. Being late wasn't the problem. The problem was that event ended two hours earlier than we thought. The girls were disappointed but not nearly as upset as I would expect.

Our Khaotic Weekend {Khaotic Kon 2013}

Khaotic Kon 2013! 

I don't know how many of you know anything about anime, manga, Jpop and such things, but Alexis is hyper-focused on this stuff. She has been for a long while. I've never been very into it (of course much of this stuff didn't exist when I was a kid). But last weekend I attended a con with the kids. I had a blast and so did they.

I don't always interact in social situations, but I watch people. What I saw that weekend impressed and fascinated me.

  • Everyone was so sweet. I saw no snobbery, "cliques" or any other negativity. Everyone was genuinely kind to each other. 
  • Alexis isn't alone in her hyper-interest in these things. I knew there were others interested in anime, J-pop, manga, etc. What I hadn't realized is that so many people were interested in all of the same things she is. Everyone there seemed to know everything about everything. 

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