Review: The Thirsty Monkey is a great spot for coffee, treats and fun in Kingsland

Kingsland's The Thirsty Monkey is a local hub for moms.

Kingsland Parents have a secret hangout when they need a break, but now their secret is out! The much-adored The Thirsty Monkey Coffee and Juice Bar is a kid-friendly place to relax, meet other parents and have a treat, Kingsland mom Marissa Velasquez explains in this guest post. For more great tips from Marissa, check […]

Our ride aboard the St. Marys Express: fun for kids and parents alike!

The Santa Express, a fun holiday train ride in St. Marys, is led by a 1930s steam train.

It was a suitably cool Saturday evening when my husband and I surprised our children with a ride aboard the brand new St. Marys Express. We left home telling them we were going on an adventure, and they were in awe when we pulled up to St. Marys’ Theatre by the Trax, where an open […]

EXTREME Christmas Lights in Hilliard, St. Marys, and Fernandina

Synchronized Christmas Lights at a house on 9th Avenue in Hilliard, Fla.

There is a house in Hilliard that literally appears to dance during the holidays as its 60,000 lights move to Christmas music. We took the drive to the house, set on a quiet dead end street near Hilliard Elementary School, and soon we were parked in a line of at least a dozen cars watching […]

Meet Woodbine’s D. Marie’s: Boutique Hairbows and Dresses at a Friendly Price

D. Marie's monogrammed hairbows are one of the business's most popular items.

Sometimes your talents find you. That’s how Woodbine mother of four Dianne Alford began her business making boutique-style hairbows, dresses and burp cloths. “I had made baskets for a children’s boutique in St. Marys — Spoiled Rotten — and she was looking for a local business to make hairbows. She knew I was crafty, so […]

Cuddle, Laugh and Learn with Farm Animals at Beau’s Barnyard in Kingsland

Beau's Barnyard is a petting farm in Kingsland that welcomes children and hosts events like brithday parties.

Please Note: This review was written in 2012. Beau’s Barnyard is now A LightHorse Healthcare, Inc. Therapeutic and Community Farm -BY CLINICAL APPOINTMENT ONLY. Beau’s cannot accept walk up visitors due to privacy regulations for its clients.  Follow them on Facebook at to hear about special community days where the public is welcome to visit.   In […]

Hike, Picnic, Even Play Mini Golf at Crooked River State Park in St. Marys

Hiking in Crooked River State Park, St. Marys, GA

My husband and son turned into explorers as soon as we hit the trails at Crooked River State Park in St. Marys. Each grabbed a walking stick as high as his waist and began to march bravely into the forest. They kept their eyes wide, watching for tracks on the ground, listening for any sign […]

“Build and Grow” Clinics Let Your Child Construct for FREE at Lowe’s

Lowe's Build and Grow Workshops are offered FREE of charge on Saturdays.

Holding a hammer, pounding nails, making a pile of wood pieces turn into a genuine toy… these are accomplishments a child will talk about for days. I know this to be true, because I took my son to build a castle at one of Lowe’s free “Build and Grow” clinics recently. When we were done with […]

$5 Gingerbread House Kits Take Out the Work and Leave the Fun to You

Gingerbread House Kit

I’ve always loved the look of gingerbread houses, but I’ve never been willing to tackle the task of making one from scratch. I love to bake, but something bothers me about making something no one will ever eat. And all the steps – baking gingerbread, making frosting, assembling the house and hoping it all comes […]

Veterans Memorial Park in Kingsland Honors the Troops

Statues representing every military branch are a part of Veterans Memorial Park.

Right in downtown Kingsland, there is a peaceful place that honors America’s greatest heroes. Veterans Memorial Park isn’t the kind of park where you take the kids to play for hours. There’s no playground, there are no restrooms. But the beautiful monuments and statues honoring all five branches of the U.S. Armed Forces are worth a […]

Visit for FREE on “Super Museum Sunday” in early February in Georgia


Once a year, there is a special day in coastal Georgia when almost every museum in and around Savannah welcomes visitors in free-of-charge. The first time I experienced it, I just stumbled on it with my then-future-husband, who was trying to work up the nerve to propose to me in Savannah. We went through countless beautiful […]