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Go Rving with Kids!

Some of my best memories from my earlier years are family vacations. Our family had a travel trailer and we would go RVing around the Midwest. It felt like an adventure! We camped, fished, explored, sat around the campfire, and played card games (something as simple as the family playing card games is what I remember so vividly)! Even when the travel trailer was just sitting in our driveway at home, we wanted to sleep in it!

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We have five kids in our family and two of my brothers were toddlers at the time, so I bet my parents felt like RVing was a different type of adventure! Now, as a parent to three kids, I can understand the apprehensions my parents might have had with buying a travel trailer and taking us on these adventures, but I’m sure glad they did. Now I realize how important it is to create those same memories for my children.

My aunt and uncle had a large motorhome that they traveled to all of the states (except Alaska) and visited every one of the sights, attractions and national parks across the country. I’ve been around the world, but there are so many places right here in the U.S. that I haven’t had the chance to see: the Grand Canyon, mountains, Mount Rushmore, or even Niagara Falls. I want my kids to be able to explore and appreciate every part of their country and not just read about it in textbooks. Hopefully one day we will be able to buy an RV and provide our kids with excitement, adventure and memories.

RVing brings families closer together and creates fond memories for kids to always look back on.

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Go RVing via Burst Media. The opinions and text are all mine.

Greek Pasta Salad

I’m always looking for dishes to bring to potlucks and a cold pasta salad is a perfect make-ahead dish that is good for hot weather. One of my favorite salads is a classic Greek salad. Naturally, I would turn those flavors into different dishes just like I did with my Spinach and Artichoke Dip Chicken Enchildas and Creamy Spinach and Artichoke Soup because of my love for spinach and artichoke dip.

Here is a delicious Greek Pasta Salad (I see a Greek Potato salad in my future!) that I created for Litehouse Foods. Their new OPA dips are created with Greek yogurt. I love using Greek yogurt in place of sour cream and cheeses because it provides a creamy taste and texture with fewer calories and a lot of protein! By using Greek yogurt in these dips, Litehouse has created a dip with fewer calories but flavorful taste!

Head on over to the Living Litehouse blog, where I am blessed to be a contributor. You will find a ton of quick and healthy recipes- perfect for a busy mom!

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Our Backyard Garden

It’s been a few months since we’ve moved into our new house and we’ve mainly been updating the outside while the weather is nice. We had a raised garden bed at our old house that my husband built, but I didn’t maintain it like I should have. This go-around, TJ built a tiered garden with stones that were already on our property. We both decided that we like this tiered garden better than the raised garden bed because it was much more quick and simple to make.

I also have a few little helpers that were excited about the idea of gardening which makes it easier to maintain.

In the beginning, all three kids were super excited to pick out their own plants and seeds. That then turned into two kids who were really excited about planting the garden. Then, that turned into one kid who loves helping me weed, water and watch the plants grow. That’s Mr. Manny.

Manny is the type of kid that keeps his room clean and his bed made with no reminders. He even wants to help hammer, sand and stain his own bunk bed, so it should be no surprise that he has claimed this little spot as his own.

He calls this garden his farm.

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We planted tomatoes, peppers, corn, onions, watermelon, beans, strawberries, zucchini and several types of lettuce. While we aren’t gardeners, we are learning as we go.

There is such a good feeling when you can actually grow the food you eat and it is valuable to teach children throughout the whole process and they can actually see and taste the fruits of their work.

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I eventually want to have a backyard garden full of perennial fruits and vegetables.

I am starting with three apple trees. These little trees cost $45 each and already have baby apples growing. These are trees that are supposed to grow tall and skinny, so they are perfect for container gardening and small spaces.

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I’m hoping that one day, we can just go to the backyard and pick apples, strawberries and raspberries!

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