The Happiest of Homecomings

As soon as my husband was in sight, my 4-year-old broke into a run to get the first, well-deserved hug from his Daddy.

Every commercial, every news report, even a snapshot in the newspaper — they all instantly trigger tears when I see a family finally reunite after a parent has been serving in a war zone. I think what makes my heart ache is not so much the happy reunion, itself, but the looks on the children’s […]

Can You Take Kids to Amelia Island’s Concours d’Elegance? Of course!

This 1933 Duesenberg SJN Arlington Torpedo Sedan, left, and 1935 Duesenberg SJ Speedster were the Best in Show at the 2011 Concours de'Elegance. Amelia Island's 2015 show is March 12-15. / Photo Courtesy of Concours de Elegance

One of the fanciest car shows in the world is on Amelia Island every March, and children under 12 can visit it for FREE when they join a paying adult. We first attended Concours d’Elegance when our son was about to turn 2, and I was more than nervous that our little guy would be out […]

Test Your Swing at a Replica TPC 17th Hole at World Golf Hall of Fame in St. Augustine

An aerial view of World Gold Village, which includes a "Challenge Hole" inspired by the notorious 17th hole at TPC Sawgrass.

The St. Augustine-based World Golf Hall of Fame is fascinating for golf lovers, and even for those of us who don’t know much about golf. In my days as a newspaper reporter, the massive World Golf Village — which includes the museum, golf courses, shops, restaurants, homes and a spa — was part of my […] offers Completely FREE Tutoring Online to Military Dependents

Did you know there is a completely FREE online tutoring program available to all military dependents? It’s called Tutors in well over a dozen different subjects are available online 24 hours a day. Military moms and dads don’t have to pay a penny thanks to the Dept. of Defense MWR Library Program and Yellow Ribbon Reintegration […]

Kids Get in FREE at Players’ Championship Golf Tournament / Ponte Vedra


I was more than a little nervous the first time my family went to The Players Championship Sawgrass — the ultimate golf event right down the road in Ponte Vedra. At the time, we only had our little guy, who had just turned two, and I thought an upscale golf course — during its most […]

Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens: Made for Kids

The Giraffe Overlook allows visitors to feed giraffes and see them up-close.

Even grown-ups get giddy when they first discover Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens’ Giraffe Overlook. The elevated viewing area lets you look out over the 2.5 acres the zoo’s giraffes call home. More often than not, you’ll be able to see a giraffe eye-to-eye as he nibbles on lettuce. You can even be the one to […]

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 […]

Military Families Tour St. Augustine Free One Day in December Each Year

The City of St. Augustine, Fla., opens its doors once a year to military families, offering free admission to virtually all of its attractions in an event it calls “USO Pal Day.” Active duty military, family members, retirees, reservists and National Guard are all eligible for the event, which was Dec. 3 in 2012. The […]

Daddy Dolls: Creepy or Endearing?

Daddy Doll became a part of every day while my husband was overseas.

  The first time I went to the website, I have to admit, I thought they were creepy. They’re these dolls with real people’s photos on them, staring blankly at the world and smiling while the children who own them mercilessly abuse them. I guess I could see why people used them for kids […]

Conner’s A-Maize-Ing Acres: A Corn Maze and more in Hilliard

conners acres corn maze in hilliard, fl

  You know a place is worth visiting when the whole family gets covered in poop, and you still have nothing but good to say about it. Conner’s A-Maize-Ing Acres in Hilliard is the perfect place for motley crews of infants, toddlers, or bigger kids, no matter how wild they are. Yes, you’re all likely […]