Looking for a great vacation to just get away from it all?
Check out Letchfield State Park in New York. The park is nicknamed “The Grand Canyon Of The East” and is one of the most beautiful parks we’ve ever been to.
There are three waterfalls, gorgeous hiking trails overlooking the gorge, a nature center with a beautiful butterfly garden, and coming soon an Autism trail. There are playgrounds scattered throughout the park for the kids and several places to grab a snack or get an ice cream. When the sun is out, look for the most beautiful rainbows by the waterfalls.
For more information check out the park website at Letchworth State Park (ny.gov)
The park has plenty of places to camp, but we stayed at the Brickinn in Mount Morris, New York. It’s a beautiful bed and breakfast not far from the park. The rooms were top notch with comfortable beds, a fireplace and walk-in shower. Everyday started with a gourmet breakfast and ended with a special hand made treat delivered to your room. We also enjoyed playing cards on the huge porch while drinking homemade lemonade and ice tea.
For more information on the Brickinn check out their website at Letchworth State Park - BrickInn, Mt Morris NY
If you are looking for something fun and heartfelt to do this fall, go to the Prayers from Maria Field of Hope Sunflower Fields. The sunflower fields of hope are inspired by the memory and spirit of Maria McNamara and planted as a way to love and honor the courageous children battling cancer and those lost too soon. There are two fields: one in Cedar Point, OH and the other in Avon, OH.
These fields of sunflowers are truly a labor of love to be enjoyed by all. Here are a couple ideas of things to do while you are there…
One of my favorite things to do in the fall is apple picking. There is just something about eating an apple fresh off the tree that says it’s fall to me.
Here are my 3 favorite things to do in the orchard:
When my kids were little, I wanted them to try new food. So every Saturday, when we would walk to the farmers market, we would pick a new food to try. It was fun to look for different things to eat rather than always staying with the stuff we knew we liked. We found some really good foods that we still eat today like sunflower shoots, cheese curds, poblano peppers, ground cherries, moon grapes, and patty pan squash. We also found some that we didn’t like, but that was part of the fun.
We also like to do this when we go out to eat. It is fun to get something on the menu that you wouldn’t normally eat. You might surprise yourself on the different foods that you like. Try going to a Chinese, Mexican, or Indian restaurant and ordering several dishes for the table to share. This is a great way to try new food that you wouldn’t order on your own.
Another fun thing to do is buy different ingredients on vacation and take them home to cook with. It is a great reminder of your trip. We’ve tried different jams and jellies, fruits, popcorn, mustards, and different sauces. Great souvenir idea without adding more stuff to your house!
One of our favorite things to do is spend time at the local zoos. One thing I used to love to do with the kids is a scavenger hunt! This scavenger hunt is made for the Cleveland Zoo but hopefully most zoos have all these animals. Have fun!
To print this free scavenger hunt download file below.
A great way to get exercise is to hike in your local parks. This is one of our favorite things to do. Here are a couple ideas to motivate you and make it fun!
Do you like to have fancy nails? My girls love to have their nails done, but with my goal to lead a healthier lifestyle I didn’t like the thought of them breathing all the chemicals in at the salon. They loved getting the gel paint and acrylic nails but that took a toll on their actual nails. And while they loved all the fun designs of the fancy press-on nails, they didn’t last long with my girls’ active lifestyle.
That is why I love getting them color street nails. They have so many styles to choose from and you can mix and match them to make even more combinations. They are easy to put on, they last a while, and they come off just like regular nail polish.
These also make fun gifts. They are small, easy to wrap and perfect to mail in a card. The first time I gave these to my girls, they were going to be apart for my older daughter’s birthday. I wanted to do something special to include both of them so I wrapped up a pack of color street nails for each of them. While they were still apart, they got to have a girl’s night together doing nails over facetime!
Have you ever tried Guided Imagery? At my old job, one of the presenters did a talk on guided imagery and how it can help reduce stress. I have to admit, I thought this was the hokiest thing ever. You listen to this person guiding you through things to imagine and it is supposed to relax you… OK???
The first several times that I listened to her talk, I closed my eyes like she said to do and I used that time to think of all the things that I wanted to get done after work. I wasn’t giving the guided imagery a fair chance to work, I just played along because it was my job.
After listening to this so many times I noticed myself starting to imagine being at the beach and I noticed when she had us open our eyes… I felt a little different. The next time I thought I would really give this a chance to see what it really is about. When she turned out the lights, I closed my eyes and this time I really listened and I actually tried to follow along.
Now when I imagined being at the beach it was like I could hear the waves crashing and I could feel the sun beating down on my skin…It was like I was really there! When it was over and I opened my eyes, I felt completely relaxed. Maybe there really was something to this? The more I did it the faster I could get my mind to imagine all these relaxing things and the better I felt.
The key for me, was finding a guided imagery with a relaxing voice that guided me to what I wanted to experience. If you find the right voice, it makes all the difference.
Everyone associates candy and flowers with Valentine’s Day but I like to make people feel special in a different way. This started for me because when my daughter was sick she couldn’t have candy so I had to get creative and now it’s my favorite thing to do!
All you do is cut out 14 Hearts. They can be out of fancy paper, plain paper, colored paper or you can buy hearts already cut out. You can decorate them or leave them plain. They can be different colors or all the same. See where I’m going with this… get as creative as you want.
Next write a saying on each heart. I like to write something I love about the person or a special memory that I enjoyed doing with them on each heart. Other ideas can be to write inspirational quotes, things you want to do together, include photos of special memories or draw pictures on the hearts.
You can give the hearts all at once or do one a day as a count down to Valentine’s Day!
Here Are 8 Different Ways To Give Those Hearts To Someone…
I am a mom that had a sick child. I was overwhelmed, exhausted and had no idea what I needed to do to get her healthy again. In my journey to get her healthy, I learned lots of tips and tricks and now I’m on a mission to share those with you! One thing it really taught us is to have fun and enjoy every moment! I use 8 approaches to have a balanced life including Bemer, eat well, exercise, have fun, reduce stress, use clean products, take vacations, and give back.