*SIGH* The holiday season is upon us, we’re literally a couple of days away from Thanksgiving & less than 4 weeks away from Christmas. In my family this means seeing family we haven’t seen in months or even maybe years, it means good memories, laughter, awesome candid family photos and a little bit of chaos.

I’ve got some helpful and maybe very honest tips on how to be a good house host & an even better house guest this holiday season.

I LOVE having people over at my house, especially during the holidays or when I know that a family member may be going through a rough patch; whether you’re visiting for a few hours or for months at a time, I will welcome you into my home and try my hardest to make you feel comfortable. BUT, yes, there’s a but. Take it from me, my family and I️ had to temporarily (7 months) move in with my parents a couple of years ago while house shopping, there IS such a thing as being a good host AND being a good guest. I learned a lot from those 7 months that we had to live with my parents AND two other family members whom they were also helping out at the time. I apply all these learned lessons every time I visit someone’s home in hopes to be their all time favorite guest, and you should too šŸ˜‰

First things first, lets talk about being a GREAT HOST, here are some tips to achieving this:

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This year we decided to go back to DisnewWorld in Orlando Florida for our summer family vacation. It was super fun, super hot & super memorable!

Deets of our vacay:

Rental home through:

HomeAway I love using HomeAway.com to book our vacation homes because it’s super easy & they have awesome customer service. We used them on our Austin trip as well last 4th of July. I love that your account keeps your TRIPS and the homes selected, making it easy to re-book same properties without the hassle of having to search for them over again.

Disneyworld & Islands of Adv. Tickets:

Purchased through Walmart near our rental home. We felt they offered the quickest and safest experience. Of course you can always purchase online as well.

Favorite restaurants:

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Today this very experienced momma wants to share with you my top 5 tips to avoid car sickness and travel sickness in my kids.

I personally STILL suffer from car sickness during prolonged drives. It’s super annoying and unfortunately for me, I seem to have passed that down to my kids. I have THREE children that get car sickness like ALL. THE. TIME.

Driving for extended periods of time or even short distances is dreading, I mean for the longest time, I was that mom that carried plastic just-in-case bags in my car, wipes, hand sanitizer, one extra set of clothes, large bottle of Febreeze and a couple towels just in case my kids decided a 15 minute or a 45 minute car drive was too much for their stomachs to handle.

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Historic Rock Castle tour in Hendersonville, TennesseeĀ 

Today we toured the historic Rock Castle mansion and I fell completely in love with it and its warm history.Ā I have to say, I am a sucker for old tales and old things…Tennessee, at least these small nearby cities , Gallatin, Hendersonville, Portland and Goodlettsville are full of civil war history and museums, amazing green rolling hills and farms and the friendliest of people. If you have ever considered vacationing here I would highly recommend it, especially with littles. I shared with you all the reasons why we decided to homeschool our boys last week and I’m just so lucky that the husband is working in such a history rich town, as I can use many of these “fun outings” to keep us from going mad from being in a tiny hotel room all day and as field trips to teach them a little history; they have been having such fun answering tour questions and learning fun details about past US presidents. We’ve definitely incorporated more history into our homeschool plan that’s for sure.
You can learn a little about Historic Rock Castle here and you can check out their website here for more information.
I leave up with some pictures from our tour, thanks for reading.

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Summer break is ALMOST over! and I still need to do ALL of my back-to-school shopping in what’s left of it.Ā  Another thing I have to do is finish our summer bucket list with the boys here in Houston.Ā  We fell behind this summer thanks to all the painting and light remodeling we’re doing around the house…and now I’ve got 2.5 weeks left to squeeze in about 6 weekly (pffft yeah right) activities.

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