Portland Head Light Cape Elizabeth, Maine Lighthouse // Family Travel

June 15, 2016

Maine Portland Head Light Lighthouse

I am so excited to share some photos from our Family Vacation to Maine.  We couldn’t visit the Portland area without heading out to explore some of the famous Maine Lighthouses. The historic Portland Head Light in Cape Elizabeth was first on our list.  The Portland Head Light sits along the shores of Fort Williams Park, and captures the perfect the quintessential coastal scene of Maine.  I didn’t realize, but it I have learned that it was commissioned by George Washington himself in 1791.  Pretty cool!

Family Travel Portland Maine

Ezra, Norah, and Thomas had a really great time exploring the rocks by the shores, searching for little critters, and asking all sorts of questions about the lighthouse.

The park has the most stunning ocean views, and walking, and hiking trails, a museum, and other historic structures.  It’s the perfect place to spend the afternoon as a family, pack a picnic, and explore!  We stopped off at a cute restaurant to grab some food on our way there called Terra Cotta Pasta Co.  It turned out to be amazing!  They sold all sorts of homemade ready made fresh pastas (that we bought to bring home to cook later!), pizzas, and sandwiches.  And, of course, I couldn’t pass up a Lobster Roll in Maine.  Their Lobster Roll was amazing!  And, so were their giant Peanut Butter cup cookies.. I mean, to die for!

Maine Lobster Roll from Terra Cotta Pasta Co. PortlandFamous Maine Lighthouse Portland Head Light

Portland Head Light Cape Elizabeth Maine Family Travel with Kids

Maine Lighthouse Portland Headlight

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Me:  H&M Denim Dress (similar) | Lightweight Sweater | Baggalini Crossbody Bag | Yosi Samra SandalsCampbelle Two Tone Sandals
Kids: Winter Water Factory Organic Cotton Shirts and Romper | Salt Water Sandals | Converse Chuck Taylors | Puma Sneakers | Babiator Kids Sunglasses

Comfortable Sandals By Yosi Samra

Maine Lighthouse Portland Headlight

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Portland Head Light Cape Elizabeth Maine Family Travel with Kids

Winter Water Factory Children's Clothing

Maine Lighthouse Portland Headlight

Maine Lighthouse Portland Headlight Cape Elizabeth MaineIf you ever find yourself in Maine, I would highly recommend visiting the Portland Head Light.  Some of the most stunning views, and perfectly New England coastlines!

Portland Headlight, Cape Elizabeth Maine
1000 Shore Road
Cape Elizabeth, ME
04107
(207) 799-2661

Looking at these pictures makes me so happy!  I can remember the views, the smells, how happy I was to be exploring with my little family.  I know I say it all the time, but these precious family moments of exploring new places together.  It really doesn’t get better than that!  I literally live for it!  There’s nothing better than creating these lasting memories together!
I always say, you’ll never regret the trips you have taken!  At the end of the day, the sacrifice of traveling with young kids, the time, the money, it is all worth it for those precious memories that will last a lifetime!

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High Fiber and Probiotic Wai Drink Mix by Silver Fern Brands

June 14, 2016

Strawberry Kiwi Probiotic Fiber Healthy Drink Mix

Summer is here, and we have been spending a lot of time outside in the heat playing as well as working on our yard.  My kids have been loving helping their dad do the yard work, and he has been rewarding them with a trip to the store for a cool drink.  I’m one of those mom’s that cringes at any kind of drink that is full of artificial flavors, dyes, high fructose corn syrup, sugar, and who knows what else.  We don’t drink soda at our house, and I do occasionally allow my kids a sugary drink here, and there, but not without a little pit in my stomach.

Strawberry Kiwi Probiotic Fiber Healthy Drink Mix  I was thrilled to be introduced and partner with Silver Fern Brand who offers healthier options for not only drink mixes, but they also have a great variety of Baking Mixes, Popcorn, and Protein Drinks just to name a few.   It has been nice to not feel guilty when serving my kids a fun refreshing beverage, and my kids have been thrilled to have something they consider a treat, that is also healthy for them!  I have been most impressed with the fact that their products are free of refined sugar, and are high in fiber and protein, and have prebiotics and probiotics.

Strawberry Kiwi Probiotic Fiber Healthy Drink Mix

Their Wai Drink Mixes have really impressed me! They are flavorful and so easy to just stir into to a tall glass of water, or blend into your favorite smoothie recipe (see my Pina Colada Smoothie recipe below!).  What has impressed me the most is the addition of their powerful probiotic blend, and high fiber in their mixes that promote a healthy gut, and a healthy metabolism.  We are big fans of probiotics at our house, especially for the kids.  In fact, any time the kids aren’t feeling well, get a stomach bug, or have to go on a round antibiotics, my brother who is a pediatrician always recommends that we give our kids probiotics ASAP to help them get the good bacteria going again, and help them to have a quick recovery.  With so many people I know suffering from health issues related to their guts, I really want to be aware, and help my family maintain healthy metabolisms, gut, and overall health by using probiotics.

Silver Fern Brand Probiotic Healthy Drink Mixes with No added Sugar

Here are a few facts about amazing health benefits from Silver Fern Brand Wai Drink Mixes:

  • They contain over 5 Billion CFU of natural Probiotics.  Probiotics are live bacteria and yeasts that are good for your health, especially your digestive system.
  • Wai Drink Mixes contain prebiotic fiber and prebiotic tagatose. Probiotics can build good bacteria in the gut which will convert healthy macronutrients into healthy nutrients like amino acids, omega fatty acids, quinols, B vitamins, GABA, BDNF, serotonin, vitamin K, short chain fatty acids, and antioxidants.

Silver Fern Brand Probiotic Healthy Drink Mixes with No added Sugar

  • They help to boost and restore your metabolism by helping your body process fats more efficiently and helps the body absorb vitamins and nutrients better.
  • They are High in Fiber, which helps to satisfy and reduce hunger, and converts fiber into fat busting compounds known as short-chain fatty acids.
  • They help support and promote a healthy immune system.
  • They are all natural. No refined sugar added, food dyes or high fructose corn syrup, with no artificial ingredients.
  • They come in six tasty flavors in individual serving packets: Pina Colada, Cranberry Raspberry, Peach Mango, Strawberry Kiwi, and Blackberry Pomegranate.


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How to Make a Stamped Library Tote Teacher Gift #Thankorama

May 26, 2016

Mo Willems Thank You Book and DIY Stamped Library Tote

We are big fans of best selling Author Mo Willems at our house, especially my first grader Norah.  She loves the Elephant & Piggie books and is always bringing them home from the school library!  We are so excited to partner with Disney-Hyperion to celebrate the release of the last Elephant & Piggie book, The Thank you Book by showing our gratitude and thankfulness all month long!

Mo Willems Thank You Book

The Thank You Book is all about saying “thank you,” as Gerald and Piggie best friends set out to tell everyone they love thank you!

Mo Willems Thankorama Spinner

We decided to use the Thankorama Spinner that came in our Mo Mail package to pick someone to highlight and focus our gratitude on this month.  We came upon teacher, which was just perfect for Norah since she has had an outstanding teacher this year!

Thank You Bubble ThankoRama Mo Willems

You can download the “I will thank Speech Bubbles” below, and share who you plan to thank on social media using #ThankoRama!  You can also head to Thankorama.com for more activities, downloads, coloring pages and more!

Download the Pink Speech Bubble here.
Download the Grey Speech Bubble here.

DIY Stamped Library Tote Teacher Gift

We made a plan, and decided to write a “Thank You” note for Norah’s teacher.

DIY Stamped Library Tote Teacher Gift

Norah also wanted to make something special for her teacher.  She really wanted something that she could make on her very own, so we gathered up a few supplies to make a custom library tote.


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