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Family Travel: Hiking Craggy Pinnacle near Asheville, North Carolina

Family Travel Hiking Craggy Pinnacle near Asheville, North Carolina with KidsOne of my all time favorite short hikes, Craggy Pinnacle is just 1.4 miles with a 250 foot gain in elevation. The view from the top is incredible on a clear day, and the hike through the rhododendrons feels like you stepped in to a magical fairy land. We took our kids this summer, and the Bear was able to hike it on his own at age 3. If you are in the Asheville area, hiking Craggy Pinnacle is a can’t miss hike. Be sure to read our post about hiking with toddlers here, and more hikes we love here.


Mommies Don’t Get Sick Days

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Mommies Don't Get Sick Days - Tools for Coping & Caring for Others When You Don't Feel GoodRemember back when sick days really meant something? In my B.C. years (Before Kids),  whenever I would start to feel yucky I would take to my bed and embrace a movie marathon and get all the rest I needed. Then my precious children came along, and sick days are a thing of the past. Motherhood is a wonderful calling that comes with amazing benefits, but a sick and vacation day package is not part of the deal. These days, the illness usually starts with one of my little ones and quickly makes it’s way around the whole house. I know it is only a matter of time before I get whatever nasty virus because I can’t resist little snot covered sweeties who want to snuggle. My kids don’t often slow down to snuggle, so I take it when I can get it.

When mama gets sick, she has to push through. After 6 weeks of various ailments making their way around our house this winter I’ve got some tools up my sleeve to help me survive and care for my babies (and their daddy), as well as myself. We fought sore throats and coughs that lingered forever. The Warming Sore Throat Lozenges from Chloraseptic were lifesavers. Did you know that Chloraseptic is the #1 pharmacist recommended brand for sore throat relief? It’s true. Check out our tips for surviving a mommy sick day.


Tips for Surviving a Mommy Sick Day:

  • Take it easy. You may not be able to stay in bed all day, but it is totally fine to feel like a success if your kids stay fed and alive all day. No need to expend the energy to do anything extra when you feel like crap.
  • Treat yourself to take out. My go to is wonton soup from my favorite Chinese restaurant. My dad would always get it for me when I was sick as a kid, so it is my ultimate comfort food.
  • Have the right tools in your arsenal. You can’t knock yourself out with cold medicine because you have to be functional enough to care for those kiddos. We keep Chloraseptic Sore Throat Lozenges and Sore Throat Spray stocked in our medicine cabinet because they bring sweet relief but allow me to still function.
  • Call for back up if you can. Every time I get sick I wish I had family that lived close by. I do have a great group of friends I can call on for help, for which I’m super thankful. If you are feeling terrible, don’t be afraid to ask for help. You won’t want to pass on germs to others, but you could ask a neighbor to make a grocery store run, or put the laundry off until you feel better.
  • Use the Cold & Flu Tracker to find out what illnesses are going around in your area.


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Ten Fun & Festive Family Christmas Traditions

Ten Fun and Festive Family Christmas Traditions to start with your family.

Holiday traditions can be full of joy and meaning, and are different for every family. You may bring in traditions from your own childhood as well as from your spouse’s family of origin, and combine them to make new ones for your own children. As I shared in this post about Ways to Simplify the Holiday Season, we make a list of all the things we want to experience during the holidays at the beginning so we make sure to prioritize and not get caught up in the busyness. Today I’m sharing ten of our favorite Christmas traditions with you, and I’d love to hear about your own in the comments section. Don’t forget to check out the links at the bottom of this post to find more Festive Family Fun ideas from the Festive Family bloggers. Our MASSIVE Holiday Gift Guide Giveaway ends tonight (11/17) at midnight, so be sure to enter at the bottom of this post. (more…)

Top 10 Fun Family DIY Halloween Costumes

Ten Fun Family DIY Halloween CostumesWe love to dress up for Halloween with a family theme every year.  Dressing as a family unit makes for fun photos and precious memories. I’ve gathered my top ten favorite family Halloween costume ideas to share with you. They all include a little DIY on your part, but are all super easy to throw together. Several are ideas we’ve done as a family, while others I’ve gathered from awesome creative bloggers. For fun ideas to get help you get more use out of your Halloween costumes you can read more about how we encourage pretend play and throw costume dance parties. Read on and find inspiration for your family this Halloween.


When Someone You Love Makes Bad Choices

when someone I love makse bad choices

When someone you love makes bad choices, it wrecks you. Every part of your life is affected as you try to do damage control, fix it, cry, pick up the pieces, and pray. Life seems to stop momentarily with every crisis and you wonder how you got to this place again through no fault of your own. How do I know? Two adult members of my family are constantly getting in to trouble and I am watching it damage their lives and our family helplessly. On top of that, over a decade of ministry to hurting kids who struggle and fall and make terrible decisions has broken my heart a thousand times.

I am not a perfect person. I make wrong choices every day. We all do. This is not a self righteous rant of someone who thinks themself sinless. This is a love letter to all of you who are watching loved ones lost in addiction, alcoholism, crime, and mistreatment of others. You love them in spite of their mistakes and their bad choices are killing you inside. I am right there with you.


Easy DIY Football Themed Halloween Family Halloween Costumes

easy diy football themed family halloween costumes

Last year was our first Halloween as a family of four, and I was so excited to dress our crew up in family Halloween costumes for the holiday. We go to a neighborhood Halloween parade in a friend’s neighborhood, and trick or treat in our own (mostly to meet and greet neighbors). I wanted our costumes to be simple and frugal, but still cute and made to fit a family theme. You can read about the Bear’s first Halloween costume here. When the Bear got a hand me down football jersey from his big cousins I knew I’d found it. Read on to find out how I pieced our costumes together quickly and easily.


20 of the Best Beach Activities for Kids and Families #BareFeetontheBeach


Welcome to the #BareFeetontheBeach series here on Bare Feet on the Dashboard. We’ve been taking family beach vacations for over 30 years (since I was a toddler) and are now taking the third generation on beach trips. I’ve compiled a list of 20 of the best beach activities for kids and families for your vacation or staycation this year (some are perfect to do at home). Read more below and don’t forget to pin this post to find it later.


Our Family Movie Night Tips with Kellogg’s Cereal Snacks #goodnightsnack #cbias

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We had our first ever family movie night with both kids this past weekend, and it was so much fun. As I’ve mentioned before, Disney Planes is the Bear’s current favorite movie. Jed and I had both seen it in bits and pieces, but never sat down to watch the entire thing with him. We prepped the world’s easiest movie snacks that were a huge hit with the whole family, and sat down to enjoy the movie together. Read on to find our tips for a successful family movie night with preschoolers as well as learn how to save big money on the new Disney movie Planes: Fire and Rescue.