Our Central American Cruise ~ Roatan, Honduras ~ Our Cozy Den

Our Central American Cruise ⛴ {chapter 2} ☀️ Roatán, Honduras 🇭🇳

On my last post about our big family cruise, I gave you all a tour of our fabulous ship: the Norwegian Getaway! Today, I’m here to share about what we did in port at Roatán, Honduras– and my favorite part: how we were able to turn it into a mini-mission trip! So first of all, let me tell you a little bit about the port: Roatán is an island and part of Honduras. Because of its separation from the mainland, life on the island is very expensive and common items are hard to come by. Fuel and utilities are extremely costly. Tourism is the main Read More


Cleveland Botanical Garden

We’re learning about plants this year in science class in our homeschool, so we’ve been spending a lot of time out in nature! When I found out that my husband was flying out of Cleveland for his long 3 months of military training, I knew right away that I wanted to see the Cleveland Botanical Garden! I first saw this place on Pinterest, because it has something unique: two separate indoor recreations of natural habitats — one is Madagascar and the other is Costa Rica. These habitats are so cool. Like a real-life, miniature Bio-Dome. I was also totally stoked to find out that we got in Read More


Mazza Museum

We love field trips in our homeschool! For the past two school years, we have had a field trip every week, and it has made school so much fun! Sometimes they are simple, like a nature walk in the park, or a morning spent ice skating. Other times we visit local museums, parks, festivals, attractions and more! As I mentioned when I introduced our 2016 school year, one of our elective subjects this year is ART. We have been using How To Teach Art To Children, which is awesome. It goes through all the different components of artwork, as well as famous artwork and their media. We Read More


Mansfield, Ohio

We love doing Field Trip Fridays in our homeschool! I’m going to share with you about one of our recent trips – to Mansfield, Ohio! First stop: The Mansfield Fire Museum There were a lot of things I loved about this place. First of all, it was FREE. They even gave my kids some free fire hats as souvenirs! There were a lot of things to do and see: real fire trucks, equipment, photos, costumes, and more. There were a lot of don’t-touch displays, but some hands-on stuff for the kids as well. Click here for their website with address, hours, etc.   Stop 2: Read More


Findlay Summer Park Passport (FREE printable!)

Spring is here!!! I don’t know about you, but my kids LOVE playgrounds. We also love to visit all the lovely playgrounds that our community has to offer! One thing I do to make this fun for them, and to make sure we don’t miss any great spots, is to make a little park passport to chronicle the parks that we visit. Since I was making it for us anyway, I decided to go ahead and make it a free printable for all of my local readers so you can print and use as well! If you are not local to me, the passports are very Read More


SunWatch Indian Village

  We’ve been studying Native Americans in History class lately. I know that this area is just brimming with Native American history, so I took advantage of the opportunity to go see a real Native American village to help our studies sink in. We headed out to SunWatch Indian Village in Dayton, about 2 hours south of where we live. And Byron’s cousin lives in that area too, so she was able to join us with her twin boys.  I loved that the place was so hands-on, with huts and artifacts that the kids could touch and explore. I do wish there was more to Read More


Children’s Museum of Findlay

We spent the morning at Findlay’s new Children’s Museum. Can I just say WOW. This place is amazing. They have dozens of these little stations, each with a different theme to encourage creativity, learning, and pretend play.     After 2 hours, we finally had to drag the kids out to go get lunch. We’ll definitely be back! Check them our on their website here, or on facebook. They have awesome group rates too! If you have 10 or more kids, they only pay $3 each and parents get in free! Kids under 3 are always free! (*please refer to their website for current pricing. Read More