English summer camp in the heart of Tuscany- Canadian Island

Florence Italy

It’s no surprise that Italy is one of our favorite destinations. What might be surprising is we’ve yet to take our children. Between the two of us, Doug and I have been to Italy five times. My most recent trip was just this past October. Last summer, we spent three weeks traveling around Europe but didn’t make it to Italy (other than a quick stop in Milan.) This summer, we’ll be going to a conference in Czechia, and thought it would be a great time to introduce our kids to the beauty of Florence along the way. I’m thrilled to tell you we’ve partnered with Canadian Island, and will be spending a week in Florence this summer.

Canadian island Summer Camp in Florence

Canadian Island offers summer camps for kids of all ages. Our girls will be going together and spending the week learning Italian, horseback riding, experiencing art and drama, cooking classes, and of course swimming. Canadian Island offers “Zoom In Tuscany.” These are programs that offer a variety of activities and services for families. They are not a tour company or travel agency. Yet, Canadian Island does all the work for you. Canadian Island wants you to be able to visit one of the most beautiful cities in the world and experience it to the fullest. While our girls will be having a blast during the day, Doug and I will get to experience Florence on our own. Then we’ll reunite each evening for family time.

Visiting Europe with kids

Our European tour last year was great, the girls never complained, and we all had a really good time. There were a few things we really wanted to do, but we knew our girls might not be able to handle them. A three-hour trip to a museum isn’t always really realistic with young children in tow. There were several times last summer when we wished we had something for the girls to do while we experienced something as adults.

Summer Camp in the Heart of Tuscany

As much as we love to travel, traveling with kids comes with both challenges and rewards. Finding that perfect balance so everyone is having a great experience can be hard. Canadian Island offers activities and services that make your next trip to Italy most enjoyable for everyone. So while our girls are having a blast at summer camp during the day, we’ll explore the city. An adult day-trip to Tuscany sounds amazing. Since the girls will be in day camp, we’ll still get to explore the city with them during the evening. I can’t think of a better vacation for all of us.

Still thinking of how to spend your summer break?  Think about a summer camp abroad. It’s the perfect way to get the most out of your summer vacation. We’re really excited for our girls to be hosted by Canadian Island, and can’t wait to hear about and share their adventures.

Paris Chocolate Museum: Visiting Choco Story Paris

Going into the third week of our European vacation, our girls were over the museum scene. I really can’t blame them, I’m not a superfan either. But for some reason, taking advantage of museums seems necessary when traveling. However, things changed for all of us when I found the Paris Chocolate Museum, Choco Story. This chocolate museum experience changed the way we all think about chocolate. continued

The Mall in Florence, shopping in Tuscany

When I knew for sure that I would be traveling to Italy, I knew that I’d be getting a new handbag. You see, years ago… before we had children… Doug and I took a trip to Italy. Doug even rented a car and drove me through Tuscany and out to the tiny Luxury Outlet Mall in Florence called The Mall. Back then, there were maybe 4 or 5 stores at The Mall and I left empty-handed. This trip, I was not going to let that happen again. We visited The Mall in Florence and had a wonderful day of shopping in beautiful Tuscany.

A girls trip to Florence, Italy

It might have been that it was a girls trip, it might have been the amazing weather, or maybe the wine even. I’m not really sure, maybe all of it. However, this time I managed to buy the perfect handbag that I knew would be treasured for years to come. Since returning, I posted a review over on Trip Advisor and I now get several questions a month about whether the trip to The Mall in Florence is worth it. continued

Let’s talk about lice…

** I talked with my family before publishing this post. They didn’t care if we talked about it having lice and want people to know it’s not a big deal if you get it.**

Dealing with headlice

The first time I got lice was in kindergarten. That was 39 years ago. The last time (fingers crossed) was last week. My oldest daughter came to me one day last week and said her head itched. After a quick look, there was evidence of lice. I immediately got on the internet and was overwhelmed with what to actually do with this. Because now there are “Super Lice” and if you get those you might as well shave your head and burn your house down. So, let’s talk about lice for a minute. continued

Disney Junior Dance Party: In a city near you!

Disney Junior Dance Party Tour

On our recent trip to Walt Disney World, we wanted to make sure we hit up the Disney Junior Live On Stage show. It’s one of our favorites and the girls still really love it. They still get excited when the bubbles come down and the streamers fly through the air. We’ve been Disney Junior fans around here for a very long time and visit our friends at Disneyland whenever we can. You might think that the show is just for preschools, but we’re always surprised at how much both of our girls love this show. continued

Spend a day in Salzburg, Austria

A Day Trip To Salzburg

I really can’t believe it’s been over six months since we went to Europe. I needed a little trip down memory lane today and wanted to share about our day trip to Salzburg. Our family is still talking about what an amazing time it was. We tried to hit as many cities as possible and sneak in a few day trips here and there. Our favorite day trip by far was to Salzburg, Austria. Salzburg is known as the home of Mozart, lots of LOVE, fortresses, rivers, and of course… The Sound of Music. I loved Salzburg and wish I had spent more time there. The kids loved this day trip and we really look forward to going back. Until then, here’s a short list of things you must do when you take a quick day trip to Salzburg. continued

Our experience with a Toyota Highlander SUV

The Toyota Highlander SUV

As our family keeps getting busier with sports, Girl Scouts, after-school activities, and playdates, and with friends and family coming to visit now and then, we’ve realized maybe it’s time to consider a third-row vehicle. While we’re looking for a third row, our garage ceiling and door height limits us to what kind of vehicle we can consider. Plus we still need space to haul around equipment and whatever else we need to transport. continued

5 things to NOT say to a Girl Scout selling cookies

5 things to NOT say to a Girl Scout selling cookies

This past weekend, we sold Girl Scout cookies at our local grocery store. I know I’ve been talking about Girl Scouts lately, but it’s cookie season, and it really consumes all of our family. I am the cookie mom for 3 troops, plus I have a daughter who wants to sell at least 1,000 boxes. I’ve been doing this for five years, you’d think that I’ve seen it all by now. This year is different. People are different. Women are… very different. Here are five things not to say to a Girl Scout selling cookies, and a simple suggestion for what you could say instead. continued

WHO wants to get crafty? DIY Valentine OWL

DIY Valentine Owls

Nowadays I am always thinking about service projects that my Girl Scouts can do during the holidays. Who wants to get crafty? My Girl Scouts do and we made DIY Valentine Owl for a senior church luncheon. The senior citizens at the luncheon are so happy to see fun crafts made for them and my girls love making these projects for them. continued

You say Trefoils, I say Shortbread. Why Girl Scout cookies have different names

Little Brownie Baker Girl Scout Cookies

We are in FULL Girl Scout cookie mode around here. We take our girls door to door and sell as many cookies as we can. Our oldest daughter has a very ambitious goal of 1000 boxes of cookies. Thankfully, our youngest has already met her goal of 24 boxes. Last week I told you 10 Reasons Why You Should Not Sell Girl Scout Cookies, I’m adding one more to the list. We’ve run into a lot of people wanting cookies that we do not have. Less than a hundred miles away, the “other” cookies are being sold and people want to know why there are different names for Girl Scout cookies. You say Trefoils, I say Shortbread, did you know those are pretty much the same cookie? continued

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