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15 ways to honor Memorial Day across the country

It is our duty as parents and mentors to teach our children what today really means - not a day off of school or a BBQ with the neighbors - today is the day we honor thousands of lives lost to protect our land, our freedom, and the country we often take for granted. I saw this post by the National Park Service and I was immediately impressed with all the ways in which we can honor the fallen today.  I encourage you to read this article, grab the kids and get involved - even if one of these ideas is not in your area I am sure you can find something!

Mount Rushmore

Mount Rushmore

There is something special about a visit to the Black Hills of South Dakota.  The rich history, the views, the buffalo, the landscape, the caves, the attractions and I could just keep going.   The cornerstone of the Black Hills has to be Mt. Rushmore and it really is more spectacular than I ever imagined.

25 More Money Saving Tips For Your Next Family Camping Trip

25 More Money Saving Tips For Your Next Family Camping Trip

Yesterday, we shared some of our favorite ideas for saving money when planning your next camping trip.  Today, we're going to continue on the same theme and explore money saving tips once you and your family have embarked on that trip!  Just like yesterday, these are all ideas that we take into consideration for our family and we hope you can find what works for you.

25+ Money Saving Tips for PLANNING Your Next Family Camping Trip

25+ Money Saving Tips for PLANNING Your Next Family Camping Trip

Our love for the outdoors and the fun we have together is why our family loves camping.  But the main reason we continue to camp is because of our budget limitations.  Camping allows us to "vacation" more frequently and do more activities than a typical family vacation.  Sure, we'd love to take the kids to Disneyland, but it would be a short trip and the only vacation for the whole year.  With the same budget we can go on at least 5 camping trips throughout the summer and experience so much more.

I SPY @ Camp for little kids

I SPY @ Camp for little kids

Even the best of the trip planning parents (and grandparents) will still find times when the kids are bored or they need something to keep them busy while you're busy.  For us, it's the point in time when the car is being unloaded and we're setting up and staking the tent.  The boys have finished helping and now they're ready to explore and move on to the playground or pool or check out the rest of the campground.  We end up fielding questions and losing focus.