7 Family Vacations to the Mediterranean

For those planning a European family adventure, we’ve put together this handy guide on some of the best holiday destinations.

From the friendly locals to the sun kissed beaches and stunning natural wonders, Malta offers something for travelers of all ages. There are also plenty of historic sights, many of which can be found in the capital, Valletta. Be sure to visit the 16th century, St Johns Co-Cathedral before lounging under the sun at the island's largest beach, Mellieha Bay. It’s a great place for those with smaller children, offering a gently sloping shoreline and calm waters. 


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If you’re considering an Italian holiday, forget Rome and head to the Tuscan city of Pisa. It’s home to the square of Miracles - a collection of iconic buildings including the iconic leaning tower. Once you’ve snapped the perfect family picture, visit the popular Caffe Dell’Ussero, situated on the banks of the River Arno. Renowned for their indulgent gelato, kids are welcomed with a smile and colossal bowl of ice cream. 

Canary Islands
Boasting some of the best weather in Europe, the Canary Islands offer sunshine long into the winter months. The largest island, Tenerife is one of the more popular choices with a great selection of family-friendly accommodation found at the resort town of Playa de las Americas. It’s also great for the active family where you can hike to the summit of a volcano or take a boat tour and marvel at the resident dolphins.

This Greek Island offers a quintessential Mediterranean experience complete with charming whitewashed villages, traditional tavernas and not forgetting the crystal waters of the Aegean Sea - a popular spot for cruises. Visit the many attractions including the Dikteon Cave in Lasithi. The whole family will be thrilled to head deep into these spectacular caverns full of stalagmites and stalactites. You can also visit Europe’s oldest known city and crumbling ruins of Knossos Palace.

Portugal’s southern Algarve region boasts Blue Flag beaches, many of which are child friendly and include extensive facilities. Drag yourself away from the beach and be sure to explore the regions capital Faro. The city's Old Town is a treasure trove of ancient churches and there’s a municipal museum with spectacular Roman sculptures. 


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Admire the unique modernist architecture and indulge in the Catalan inspired tapas from steaming plates of paella to fresh fish and cured meats. The children will love a day spent at Barcelona Zoo which features a petting zoo and a dolphin show. Soccer fanatics can also visit one of the most renowned clubs in the world and marvel at the trophies of Barcelona FC.

The resort town of Paphos on the west coast of Cyprus offers a lively mix of rich heritage, luxury resorts and world-class beaches. The best way to explore the region is on two wheels on a state-of-the-art Segway tour. It’s heaps of fun and you’ll stop at the major sights including the archaeological wonder, the Tombs of the Kings. 

Visit one of these destinations and you’ll be guaranteed an unforgettable holiday with family memories to cherish for a lifetime.


10 Christmas Gift Ideas for Tween Girls

Christmas is drawing near my friends, so I will hop right to it! 
-OH and guess what?!.. Most of these items are less than 20 bucks!!

Prices are always subject to change, so I just put an approximate :)

        Approx $15.00
This is the most awesome book!!!!
I would have LOVED to have this when I was younger... Who am I kidding?
I secretly snatch it from my daughter and have so much fun drawing in it! Shhhhh don't tell! 
The book is super thick and full of awesomeness!
You can find it here: My Wonderful World of Fashion: A Book for Drawing, Creating and Dreaming


Why does the Lord want me to be Healthy?

This is one of the November lessons for Young Women in the LDS church.
I loved this lesson! We had such great discussions about all the different areas of Health.

I made these charts for them, and we wrote our goals down in each area on the chart. I encouraged them to hang these where they could see them everyday.


Last Minute Halloween Costume Ideas

Halloween is just around a corner, and you still don’t know that to wear during the scariest night of the year? No worries! Today you are going to read and learn about a few super cute and fun last minute costume ideas for Halloween that doesn’t need much of your time. And the best part is that these ideas are perfect to wear for all family members too! So without further ado, since there is no time for that, let’s get to these ideas right now!


Top 4 baby toys

Top 4 baby toys 

We’ve all been there, you’ve gone round to some new parents house to meet the little one and you feel like you’ve walked into a war zone, bright, shiny plastic covering every available surface and you find yourself wondering how something so small can create such a mess, or what they could possibly do with all those toys? Looking to buy a present for a baby and don’t know where to begin? Clothes can be a bit of a minefield size-wise, toys are a much easier option. Fisher-Price toys have long been one of the leading brands in their field and with good reason, providing safe and stimulating toys guaranteed to keep even the most dependent of babies occupied. Here’s our guide to some of their best toys.


Listen to YOU, not those around you

Have you ever quit, or given up on something that you really liked because of something someone else has said to you, or about you? I know I have. Why is it that we put so much weight into what others think of us? 
You heard the words 'self-esteem' SO many times while you were growing up, am I right? I always heard grown-ups talking about him or her, and if they had a good self-esteem. As an adult now myself, I catch myself thinking/worrying about the youth I work with and my own children, and what they think of themselves? Do they have a good opinion of themselves? How can I help them realize how incredible they are?
Well then it got me thinking about myself and my fellow adults.. A lot of us still put as much stock into what other peoples opinions of us are now, as we did when we were young. No more. You need to take control of your thoughts and feelings about yourself, and never give it away to someone else again.