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You know, I’ve been to Paris twice….. and would go back in a skinny minute!  Loved loved loved Paris!!  The Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, the pastries, the crêpes, the bread!  So many good things in Paris!!

When I found this giveaway, I knew that I needed to tell you about it and encourage you to enter the giveaway.  Wouldn’t it be fantastic if one of my readers won?!?!?  SQUEEEE!! Win a trip to Paris!

 

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*** Roundtrip Airfare for two to Paris

*** Five (5!!!) nights at the Banke Hotel Paris

*** 1,000 Euros

*** Guided Tours

Winners must be from the contiguous US (excludes Hawaii and Alaska).

 

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The giveaway ends July 29, 2013, so do it now!  Good luck!!

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Wet Ones Event at Six Flags Over Georgia!

Ariel and I were recently invited to join a group of bloggers for a special event hosted by Wet Ones at Six Flags Over Georgia.  There really was no way that we could turn that opportunity down, right?!  :)    We brought along Ariel’s cousin, Aurora, to share in the fun.  Neither of them had ever been to Six Flags, so they were thrilled to have the chance to visit.

Mindbender roller coaster at Six Flags

As soon as we pulled into the Six Flags parking lot, the squeeeing commenced!!  First thing we noticed was the green framework of the Mind Bender roller coaster.  {I remember when it was installed!  Eeek!}  The girls were sooo excited!!  And so was I!

We joined the other members of the group (and Rock Star Mom Central CEO Stacy DeBroff, who completely mesmerized my girls with her sincerity and awesomeness, as I fully expected she would, since she always does that to everyone!!) near the front entrance where we snapped pics with all the fun Looney Tunes characters, especially showering love on favorite Bugs Bunny.

girls with Bugs Bunny at Six Flags

Park President Dale Kaetzel regaled us with tales from Six Flags’ proud history…. and I was sure to note that Six Flags is celebrating its 50th year anniversary in 2017.  That’s going to be a huge party we won’t want to miss!!

 Six Flags Park President Dale Kaetzel and Tweety Bird at Six Flags

Loved seeing Dale interact with Tweety Bird!  Notice what Dale has in his hand—a garbage grabber…. to help keep the park clean!  How many CEOs do you know willing to pull trash duty?  Not many, I’m betting.  Count me impressed.  (And obviously it worked, too, because the entire park was super clean and the few times I did spot a piece of debris, there was always an employee chasing it down!)

Marthasville Railroad train at Six Flags

Our large group of bloggers and families boarded the train at Marthasville Railroad Station.  Being completely honest, the girls and I were not jumping up and down over the train–we really wanted to get to the roller coasters!  But, we all agreed later, taking the train gave us a great overview of the park, which was helpful in planning the rest of our day.  There were restrooms just outside the station AND {this is huge!} the station itself had strategically-placed air conditioning vents that were absolutely heavenly on this scorching hot summer day.  Just having a chance to sit for a few minutes on the train ride, which takes about 10 minutes, was so nice too.  The train’s route outlines the original footprint of the park, from its opening in 1967.  It has grown past those boundaries now, but the train ride was a nostalgic way to imagine the Six Flags of yesteryear.

I am a huge proponent of hand sanitizer, because I hate germs, but so many times your hands aren’t just germy, they’re messy.  ICK.  When you’ve been riding rides and touching everything in site and then you want to enjoy a park meal, most likely eating with your hands, you don’t want to do it without washing your hands first.  But often a sink + soap isn’t nearby.  Wet Ones to the rescue!!  It’s a damp cloth + sanitizer (but not the drying, alcohol-based stuff!) all packaged neatly and ready to roll!  Love my Wet Ones!!  So easy to take with you!

Tween Shopping at Six Flags

We shopped in so many cute boutiques throughout Six Flags as we made our way through to rides.  I was so glad to be able to offer my girls Wet Ones so they could clean their hands before browsing.  Because, of course, they both shop with alllll of their senses, but especially their tactile ones, touching every. single. thing. as they passed.  :D

(I know the shopkeepers were glad of the clean hands too!)

the caped crusaders at Six Flags

The members of our blogging group were all given their choice of super hero capes…. making us all very conspicuous crusaders as we strolled the tree-lined avenues.

even super heroes need misting sometimes!

And as we enjoyed the delicious misting stations!!  (And we were not the only ones!!  Those things rock!)

Overall, the Wet Ones event at Six Flags was an amazing part of our day at Six Flags.  At a scrumptious and informative lunch, we were given a sweet Wet Ones tote (and it came with a variety of Wet Ones products–perfect for a day at Six Flags!)  After lunch, we scooted around the park, creating memories!

Near the end of our day, the girls decided to brave the Mind Bender.  The first triple-loop roller coaster in North America, it debuted at Six Flags in 1978.  It was one of my first “big girl” rides way back then—and I was thrilled for Ariel and Aurora to have the opportunity to follow in my thrill-seeking footsteps.

Check out my video of them.  They’re in the very first seats!!

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Staycation 2013

Yesterday we posted our best tips for enjoying the bounty of activities in Upstate South Carolina. Today, we’d like to showcase some of our favorite bloggers’ posts about their corners of the country! Enjoy!!

Mid Atlantic

NW (or all), Connecticut :: Parenting Miracles

Boston (or all), Massachusetts :: Maven of Savin

Central, New Jersey :: Our Good LIfe

Adirondak Mountains and Central, New York :: For This Season

Buffalo/Niagara Falls, New York :: Ann’s Entitled Life

Syracuse, New York :: I am THAT lady

Erie, Pennsylvania :: Growing Kids Ministry

Greater Harrisburg, Pennsylvania :: Family Balance Sheet

Hershey, Pennsylvania :: Good Deal Mama

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania :: Beyond the Cover

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania :: The Coupon “High”

Poconos, Pennsylvania :: Bucktown Bargains

Scranton, Pennsylvania :: Bucktown Bargains

Midwest

Des Moines, Iowa :: Make the best of everything

Aurora, Illinois :: A Savings WOW!

Central, Illinois :: The Homeschool Scientist

Chicago, Illinois :: Chicagoland Homeschool Network

Naperville, Illinois :: The Sensible Mom

Schaumburg, Illinois :: Ravings By Rae

Fort Wayne, Indiana :: Simplified Saving

Indianapolis, Indiana (Metro Area) :: In Good Cents

Muncie, Indiana (Central IN) :: the daisyhead

Northern Indiana :: So Dough Savvy

Kansas City Area :: Kansas City Mamas

Metro Detroit, Michigan :: Saving Dollars and Sense

Grand Rapids, Michigan :: Give Me Neither

Oakland County, Michigan :: Bargain Shopper Mom

Minneapolis, Minnesota :: Creative Couponing

Rural Minnesota (either Southern our Lake Country) :: Mommysavers.com

St. Cloud, Minnesota :: Frugal Finders

Kansas City, Missouri/Kansas :: Kosher on a Budget

Springfield, Missouri :: Getting Freedom

Cincinnati, Ohio :: Family Friendly Cincinnati

Columbus, Ohio :: Cleverly Simple

Dayton, Ohio :: Savings Lifestyle: Dayton

Mansfield, Ohio :: The Traveling Praters

NE Ohio :: Raising Lifelong Learners

Northeast Ohio (Canton, Akron, Cleveland) :: Sisters Shopping on a Shoestring

Black Hills, South Dakota :: Little House Living

South Dakota :: Moms Mustard Seeds

Oshkosh, Wisconsin :: Adventures of a Stay at Home Mom

Mountain

Phoenix, Arizona :: Mom Endeavors

Scottsdale, Arizona :: Saving For Someday

Tucson, Arizona :: Desert Chica Ramblings

Colorado Springs, Colorado :: The Greenbacks Gal

Denver, Colorado :: Bargain Blessings

Helena, Montana :: The WiC Project

Omaha, Nebraska :: Mom Endeavors

Reno, Nevada – Lake Tahoe (Northern Nevada) :: Saving in Nevada

Pacific

Fresno, California (Central Valley) :: NerdFamily Blog

Los Angeles, California :: Savings.com

San Diego, California :: Good Cheap Eats

San Diego, California :: Life as MOM

Portland, Oregon :: Frugal Living NW

Seattle, Washington :: Thrifty NW Mom

South Atlantic

Arkansas :: Discovering Arkansas

Washington, DC :: Kidventurous

Clearwater Beach, Florida :: Bargain Briana

Jacksonville, Florida :: Saving The Family Money

Southwest Florida (Ft. Myers area) :: Chaos Is Bliss

St. Augustine, Florida :: Simply St. Augustine

Tallahassee, Florida :: SwagGrabber

Atlanta, Georgia (metro area) :: Hodgepodge

Atlanta, Georgia (metro area) :: The Couponing Couple

Annapolis, Maryland :: The Happy Housewife

Hagerstown, Maryland :: Cheryl Pitt

Asheville, North Carolina :: Paradise Praises

Charlotte, North Carolina :: from our front porch lookin’ in…

Raleigh/Southeastern, North Carolina :: Upside Down Homeschooling

Upstate South Carolina :: The Tween & Me

Charlottesville, Virginia :: How to Have it All

Richmond, Virginia :: Teachers of Good Things

Smithfield, Virginia :: Walking in High Cotton

Virginia Beach, Virginia :: The Coupon Challenge

South Central

Coastal Alabama :: Meet Penny

Huntsville, Alabama :: The Traveling Praters

Northern Kentucky :: Simply Sherryl

Chattanooga, Tennessee :: Living Chic on the Cheap

East Tennessee (Smoky Mountains, Knoxville) :: Finding Joy on the Journey

Nashville, Tennessee :: Montessori Tidbits

Arlington, Texas :: Grocery Shop For FREE

Austin, Texas (Hill Country) :: Ponder the Path

College Station, Texas :: How to Homeschool My Child

Dallas, Texas :: Surviving The Stores

East Dallas, Texas :: Funky Faith Girl

Fort Worth, Texas :: Coupons & Freebies Mom

Houston, Texas :: MomsToolbox

Houston, Texas :: MyLitter

Katy, Texas :: Moms Confession

McAllen, Texas (Rio Grande Valley) :: iLoveMy5Kids

San Antonio, Texas :: Melissa’s Bargains

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Staycation 2013

 

Welcome to our Staycation 2013 post!  Living in the Upstate of South Carolina, we’re lucky to have multiple free and low-cost attractions and family-friendly activities in our area, many of them within a short 1-2 hour drive.

Listed here are a few of our favorite places and spaces in the South Carolina Upcountry.

The Upstate of South Carolina can be defined in multiple ways, but I’m including six counties, based on the path of I-85 as it traverses South Carolina on its way from Atlanta, Georgia, to Charlotte, North Carolina.  Those six counties, listed alphabetically, are:  Anderson, Cherokee, Greenville, Oconee, Pickens, and Spartanburg.

This post focuses on Anderson County activities.  I’ll focus on a new county each day this week and will link them all together at the end of the week.  Stay tuned!!

 

Anderson County

Anderson County Museum

 

Anderson County Museum in Anderson, South Carolina

Discover Anderson County’s history with a trip through time at the Anderson County Museum.  Located in downtown Anderson, the museum hosts both permanent and temporary exhibits, as well as the historic Robert Anderson Memorial Fountain.

 

Anderson County Museum Store in Anderson, South Carolina

There’s also a South Carolina-themed gift shop for all your Palmetto product needs!

Details You’ll Need:  Admission is free.  The Anderson County Museum is located at 202 East Greenville Street, Anderson, South Carolina.  Phone:  864.260.4737.  Hours:  Tuesday 10 am – 7 pm; Wednesday-Saturday 10 am – 4 pm.

 

Anderson Arts Center

 

Anderson Arts Center in Anderson, South Carolina

Filled with rotating exhibits and activities that promote the creation and appreciation of the arts in Anderson County, the Anderson Arts Center also hosts a series of arts classes and a dynamic arts camp that involve locals of all ages.

Details You’ll Need:  Admission is free.  The Anderson Arts Center is located at 110 Federal Street, Anderson, South Carolina.  Phone:  864.222.2787.  Hours:  Tuesday – Friday 9:30 am – 5:30 pm.

 

Downtown Anderson

 

Downtown Anderson, South Carolina

What’s not to like about a quaint central shopping district replete with a variety of restaurants and family-friendly activities?  Locally owned coffee shops and charming bistros provide ample dining opportunities in downtown Anderson.

 

A Little Birdie Told Me Carolina wren scavenger hunt in downtown Anderson, South Carolina

Fun for young and old alike, A Little Birdie Told Me is a Carolina wren-inspired scavenger hunt.  We had a great time searching for 22 bronze sculptures–some were much easier to find than others!  Download a brochure for your hunt here.

 

Generator Park in Anderson, South Carolina

Be sure to take a slight detour off Main Street to visit Generator Park, where you can learn about Anderson’s nickname, “The Electric City,” and see a generator that once produced electricity for the Anderson area at the Portman Power Plant.

Details You’ll Need:  Admission is free.  Contact the City of Anderson for more details and more attractions.  Phone:  864.231.5933.  Downtown Anderson website here.

 

Town of Belton

South Carolina Tennis Hall of Fame, Ruth Drake Museum, and Belton Center for the Arts in Belton, South Carolina

The charming Anderson County town of Belton is home to the South Carolina Tennis Hall of Fame, the Ruth Drake (local history) Museum, and the Belton Center for the Arts.

Details You’ll Need:  Admission is free for all three attractions.  The South Carolina Tennis Hall of Fame and the Ruth Drake Museum are located in the historic Belton Depot building at 100 North Main Street, Belton, South Carolina.  Phone for South Carolina Tennis Hall of Fame and Ruth Drake Museum:  864.338.7400.  Hours for South Carolina Tennis Hall of Fame and Ruth Drake Museum:  Wednesday and Thursday, 9 am – 2 pm; Friday, 9 am – 4 pm; Saturday, 9 am – 1 pm.  The Belton Center for the Arts is located at 306 City Square.  Phone:  864.338.8556.  Hours:  Tuesday – Friday, 10 am – 5:30 pm; Saturday, 10 am – 2 pm.

 

Callaham Brothers Orchard in Belton, South Carolina

One of our favorite “refueling stations” in Belton is Callaham Orchards, where some sort of fruit or vegetable is almost always in season and ready to U-Pick.  And, ummm, the ice cream they serve there is really, really good too.  (yes, I know it isn’t free like most everything else listed here is, but supporting a local farmer is a good idea!)

Details You’ll Need:  Admission is free.  There are seasonal activities and product purchases that are available for a small fee.  Callaham Orchards is located at 559 Crawford Road, Belton, South Carolina.  Phone:  864.338.0810.  If you call ahead, there’s a message that will tell you special hours and product availability.  Hours: vary by season.  Call ahead for details and hours.

 

Town of Pendleton

 

Pendleton Square in downtown Pendleton, South Carolina

The entire town of Pendleton is on the National Register of Historic Places and features a charming village green as its centerpiece.  Antique shops, boutiques, several excellent restaurants, and two historic house museums offer a delightful variety of activities.

 

Woodburn and Ashtabula Historic House Museums in Pendleton, South Carolina

Pendleton Historic Foundation owns and operates two beautiful historic house museums, Woodburn and Ashtabula.  Both are available for touring during regular hours as well as rental for special events and private tours.  Admission is charged, but it is reasonably priced.

Details You’ll Need:  Admission per house is $6 for adults; $2 for children 5-10 years old; free for those under 5 years old.  Woodburn Historic House is located at 130 History Lane, Pendleton, South Carolina.  Phone:  864.646.7249.  Hours:  Thursday – Friday, 10 am – 1 pm; Sunday, 2 pm – 5 pm.  Ashtabula Historic House is located at 2725 Old Greenville Hwy (SC 88), Central, South Carolina.  Phone:  864.646.7249.  Hours:  Thursday – Sunday, 1-4 pm.

 

WOW!  That’s just a sampling of the wealth of family friendly activities in Anderson County, in the SC Upstate!  Join us tomorrow as we feature other great Staycation  ideas from around the country… and later on this week as we continue our tour through the South Carolina Upcountry!

 

 

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Walt Disney quote

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No, not those padlocks.  I’m talking about the padlocks lovers leave on fences, bridges, and specially made structures to cement their love for all time.

Never heard of these?

I’m embarrassed to admit I hadn’t either.  But now I have…. and so have you!  Check out these love padlocks on the famous Pont de l’Archevêché in Paris:

Locks of Love from ParisInfo.com

 

Locks of Love from ParisInfo.com

 

What a romantic way to show your love!

 

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stack of books artwork from PTOToday.com

 

I have been so impressed by the variety and sheer numbers of tween programs offered by local libraries across the country.  I did a bit of research and found all sorts of programs.  Check out these worthy programs….and be sure to check out your local library too.  If they’re not already offering tween programming, they might be willing to start if enough folks are interested!

Canton Public Library in Canton, Michigan, doesn’t just have a few offerings:  they have a whole page on their website dedicated to tweens and activities, lectures, and books of interest.  They even have yoga classes!  Impressive!

Leavenworth Public Library in Leavenworth, Kansas, offers tween classes in duct tape crafting, origami, and and spaghetti art.  Wait…. spaghetti art?  I’m going to have to check into that!

South Brunswick Public Library in Monmouth Junction, New Jersey, treats young visitors with programs such as Chess Club; Sports Club; Juggling Club; and a DIY Club (this month’s DIY Club is a Valentine’s Day Pop-Up Card).

Hamilton East Public Library, Hamilton County, Indiana, gives tweens the chance to play sleuth and participate in CSI Mysteries!

J.V. Fletcher Library in Westford, Massachusetts, boasts some unique offerings:  Zentangle Club; Library Chef Challenge; and a drop-in information session about life in Nepal.

What does your library offer for tweens?

 

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Who knew there were so many delicious holidays to celebrate?  Not me, that’s for sure.  But I promise you, I am willing to try to cram in all the yummy celebrations I can every day of the year!  Want to celebrate with me?  Of course you do!

Today, September 26 is National Pancake Day and Johnny Appleseed Day (and just so you’re prepared, Friday, September 28, is National Good Neighbor Day).  And just because I am that kind of good neighbor, if you lived next door, I’d observe today’s celebrations by making some awesome apple pancakes and inviting you over to watch me eat them share.

I might make some of these apple-y delights:

 

Apple-Walnut Pancakes…

 

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Apple Cider Pancakes…

 

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Apple Banana Pancakes…

 

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And possibly we’d end the meal with Apple Pie Pancakes…

 

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But that’s not all of the pancake-y goodness!

We might branch out to enjoy…

Red Velvet Pancakes…

 

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Or even a Chocolate Pancake Cake…

Source: zoomyummy.com via Paula on Pinterest

 

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And because we (we-meaning-Ariel-not-we-meaning-me) are artistic like this, we might even try to show you how talented we are with some Pancake Art!

Imagine us starting off the day with Good Morning Hearts…

 

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or a cute Owl Pancake…

 

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Mr. Pancake Head…

 

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Rainbow Pancakes…

Source: iambaker.net via Paula on Pinterest

 

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or we might try channeling Dr. Seuss…

 

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And we’d have to celebrate one of Ariel’s favorite authors, Roald Dahl, and one of her favorite heroines of his books, Matilda….

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And because I’m such a good neighbor, after I’d fed you tons of yummy pancakes, I’d pull out my rusty dusty slide projector to show you some old-old-old slides of a childhood trip to Solvang, California, a darling Danish settlement with picturesque architecture and delightful shops and restaurants. And you’d obliging watch, but throughout the show you’d be thinking about how you could get more pancakes, and then, all of a sudden, you’d spy a slide of…










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Æbleskiver!

And then you’d know that all along I’d been planning this wonderful trip for you, just for you, so you could sample some traditional Danish pancakes!.

 

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And after you’d drooled over the slide of the æbleskiver, I’d pull out the special æbleskiver pan I’d just ordered and we’d mix up a batch to share with the whole neighborhood.

Source: amazon.com via Paula on Pinterest

 

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Because we’re good neighbors like that.

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unusual water tower painted to look like a peach in South Carolina

The Peachoid.

It’s a celebrity around these parts.  If you have kids in the car, it’s a roadside “don’t miss.”  Located between exits 90 and 92 on Interstate 85, the Peachoid is a famous Upstate South Carolina landmark.

The small town of Gaffney, in Cherokee County, is the home of the South Carolina Peach Festival.  So it makes sense that they would paint a water tower to look like a peach, right?

We passed it on our way to Charlotte for Reviewers Retreat in early June and then again in late June for Type-A Conference and it thrilled Ariel each time.  Of course, she pretended she was too cool to get excited about it…. and of course, I then had to embarrass her by stopping to take pictures!  :D

How to get up close to the Peachoid

You can see The Peachoid easily from Interstate 85.  Quick.  Easy.  Done.  But if you’re like me and want to experience its peachy goodness up close, here’s how you approach it.

The Peachoid sits in a small grassy field just off a frontage road.  I exited Interstate 85 at exit 92 and followed the small frontage road west until I rounded a curve …. and it was right there!  I pulled in to the grassy field for a few shots and then into the parking lot of the restaurant next to it.  Ummm, yes, that IS a Fatz Eatz and Drinkz Restaurant!  Legendary for their World Famous Calabash Chicken, Fatz is a beloved Southern staple.  Locating next to one of the most recognized landmarks along the Charlotte-Atlanta connector was brillz.

Here’s the non-leaf side of the Peachoid (photo taken from the Fatz parking lot).

water tower painted to look like a peach in Gaffney, South Carolina

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And of course, I had to get a shot of both of them together. :D

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unique shot of peach painted water tower next to Fatz restaurant

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Don’t you just love it?!

Any fun or unusual landmarks you’ve seen while traveling?

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Earth Day 2012

Today is Earth Day and Ariel and I are totally into celebrating!!  We actively recycle, work hard to buy items that use less packaging and strive to re-use as many items as possible.  We limit our driving around town if possible, combining trips when we can and sometimes just making a choice to postpone a trip if it’s not urgent.  We often buy crafting supplies, household goods, and clothing at local thrift stores, which not only helps our budget but also gives discarded items a second chance at life.

fingerprint art squirrel for Earth Day 2012

Even our free time pays tribute to the earth!  One of our favorite activities is nature watching.  (yes, I did just make up that term–but it fits!)  We enjoy the scampering squirrels in our yard, love listening to the pleasant songs of the beautiful birds in the trees, and gaze adoringly upon the bright blooms that brighten up our lives.  And there’s not much that brings more joy to us than a day spent playing in the surf and sun at the beach or in the refreshing coolness of a mountain stream.

fingerprint art mountains for Earth Day 2012

Where we do our nature watching depends on where we are.  Sometimes it’s at home, sometimes when we’re traveling–but it’s something we do all. the. time.  We are active watchers!

Why is this important?

fingerprint art deer for 2012

It’s important because Ariel and I strive to have a gratitude attitude.  Thanksgiving is not just a day in November to us.  We try to appreciate all of the little things that make each day special and unique.  It might be a really cool cloud formation…. or a funny little bird that takes his dear sweet time crossing the road…. or the graceful whitetail deer that live in the woods near our home.  It also is the glimpses of the Great Smoky Mountains that we catch from certain viewpoints around the upstate.  It’s the genuine smile on a clerk’s face as we make our purchases at the local pharmacy and the sheer bliss of the perfect bite of an absolutely delectable gourmet pizza.  Part of it is living in the moment, being fully present in our everyday lives and part of it is completely intentional living.  Working to squeeze in LIFE in all of the details and to make sure that we appreciate as much as we humanly can is our goal.

fingerprint art bird for Earth Day 2012

Part of being grateful and appreciative, at least to us, is taking care of what’s been given to us.

We do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children; Earth Day 2012

And here’s something that we totally appreciate!!  FREE Entrance Days at US National Parks!  What could be better than saving money and being able to visit some of the biggest treasures of the United States?

Today is just one of the series of free entrance days for 2012.

US National Parks offer free admission throughout the year

The others for the rest of the year are:

*** April 21-29 (National Park Week)

*** June 9 (Get Outdoors Day)

*** September 29 (National Public Lands Day)

*** November 10-12 (Veterans Day weekend)

Here’s a listing of the National Parks that are participating (and some aren’t participating because many already offer free admission all the time!!):

Alaska
Denali National Park and Preserve

Arizona
Casa Grande Ruins National Monument
Chiricahua National Monument
Glen Canyon National Recreation Area
Grand Canyon National Park
Lake Mead National Recreation Area
Montezuma Castle National Monument
Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument
Petrified Forest National Park
Pipe Spring National Monument
Saguaro National Park
Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument
Tonto National Monument
Tumacacori National Historical Park
Tuzigoot National Monument
Walnut Canyon National Monument
Wupatki National Monument

Arkansas
Fort Smith National Historic Site
Pea Ridge National Military Park

California
Cabrillo National Monument
Death Valley National Park
Joshua Tree National Park
Lassen Volcanic National Park
Lava Beds National Monument
Muir Woods National Monument
Pinnacles National Monument
Sequoia National Park
Whiskeytown National Recreation Area
Yosemite National Park

Colorado
Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park
Colorado National Monument
Dinosaur National Monument
Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument
Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve
Hovenweep National Monument
Mesa Verde National Park
Rocky Mountain National Park

Florida
Canaveral National Seashore
Castillo de San Marcos National Monument
Dry Tortugas National Park
Everglades National Park
Gulf Islands National Seashore

Georgia
Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area
Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park
Cumberland Island National Seashore
Fort Frederica National Monument
Fort Pulaski National Monument

Hawaii
Haleakalā National Park
Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park
Pu’uhonua o Hōnaunau National Historical Park

Idaho
Craters of the Moon National Monument
Yellowstone National Park

Indiana
Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial

Maine
Acadia National Park

Maryland
Antietam National Battlefield
Assateague Island National Seashore
Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park
Fort McHenry NM and Historic Shrine National Monument
Fort Washington Park
Harpers Ferry National Historical Park

Mississippi
Gulf Islands National Seashore

Massachusetts
Adams National Historical Park
Cape Cod National Seashore

Michigan

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

Minnesota
Pipestone National Monument

Mississippi
Vicksburg National Military Park

Missouri
Harry S Truman National Historic Site
Jefferson National Expansion Memorial
Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield

Montana
Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area
Glacier National Park
Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument
Yellowstone National Park

Nebraska
Scotts Bluff National Monument

Nevada
Death Valley National Park
Lake Mead National Recreation Area

New Hampshire
Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site

New Jersey
Thomas Edison National Historical Park
Morristown National Historical Park

New Mexico
Aztec Ruins National Monument
Bandelier National Monument
Capulin Volcano National Monument
Carlsbad Caverns National Park
Chaco Culture National Historical Park
El Morro National Monument
Fort Union National Monument
Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument
Pecos National Historical Park
White Sands National Monument

New York
Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site
Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site
Martin Van Buren National Historic Site
Sagamore Hill National Historic Site
Saratoga National Historical Park
Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site

North Carolina
Wright Brothers National Memorial

North Dakota
Theodore Roosevelt National Park

Ohio
James A. Garfield National Historic Site
Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial National Memorial

Oklahoma
Fort Smith National Historic Site

Oregon
Crater Lake National Park
Lewis & Clark National Historical Park

Pennsylvania
Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site
Fort Necessity National Battlefield
Johnstown Flood National Memorial
Steamtown National Historic Site

Puerto Rico
San Juan National Historic Site

South Carolina
Fort Sumter National Monument

South Dakota
Badlands National Park
Jewel Cave National Monument

Tennessee
Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park

Texas

Big Bend National Park
Fort Davis National Historic Site
Guadalupe Mountains National Park
Padre Island National Seashore

Utah
Arches National Park
Bryce Canyon National Park
Canyonlands National Park
Capitol Reef National Park
Cedar Breaks National Monument
Dinosaur National Monument
Glen Canyon National Recreation Area
Golden Spike National Historic Site
Hovenweep National Monument
Natural Bridges National Monument
Zion National Park

Virgin Islands
Christiansted National Historic Site

Virginia
Appomattox Court House National Historical Park
Assateague Island National Seashore
Colonial National Historical Park
George Washington Memorial Parkway’s Great Falls Park
Manassas National Battlefield Park
Petersburg National Battlefield
Prince William Forest Park
Shenandoah National Park

Washington
Fort Vancouver National Historic Site
Lewis & Clark National Historical Park
Mount Rainier National Park
Olympic National Park
Whitman Mission National Historic Site

West Virginia
Harpers Ferry National Historical Park

Wyoming
Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area
Devils Tower National Monument
Fort Laramie National Historic Site
Grand Teton National Park
Yellowstone National Park

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