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Explore the Emerald Coast at Big Kahuna's

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Looking for a fun summer adventure for your family? Check out Big Kahuna's Water and Adventure Park.... Read full article

Nature Walk for the Soul

by Joy Holden on

Flowers, plants, and trees have brought me a renewed sense of peace throughout the last year. I have marveled at the evolution of the seasons in the blooms and blossoms. I have wondered at new growth and change. Nature is my anti-anxiety medicine.... Read full article

Travel: The Park at OWA

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My family and I were recently invited to Foley, AL to visit The Park at OWA for the weekend. We decided to take advantage of the fun weekend getaway, especially since it’s only a 3.5 hour drive from Baton Rouge, LA. ... Read full article

Madeline Ellis

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The Camp Next Door: 5 Skills Campers Gain

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Many parents want their kids to experience summer camps, but the idea of spending several nights away from home is a little scary for both the parent and the child. A great alternative, especially for younger kids, is to send them to day camp. Day ca... Read full article



Chad Sabadie

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From when he was a boy in the Bay Area in California, Chad Sabadie knew he was destined to be in front of the television camera. He even cut a cardboard box into a makeshift TV set with colored knobs and buttons and pretended to be on the news. Toda... Read full article

Four Destinations, Four Budgets

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The summer is here, and you may feel the need for a family road trip. When it comes to short stays and mini vacays, the budget is always a factor. We are taking the guesswork out of the equation for these adventures and providing you with a blueprint... Read full article

Mamas Never Get Vacation, Not Even at the Beach!

by Mari Walker on

Packing up and hitting a beach somewhere along the Gulf seems to be an annual event for most middle- and upper-class families in our area, at least according to my Facebook feed. This year, we decided to join the fray, meeting my in-laws from Virgini... Read full article

Lessons From the Ballpark

by Cheryl Brodnax on

I’m a baseball mom. I live at the ballpark from February through July. For the last seven years, I’ve sacrificed my weekends (and sometimes sanity) to drag an unearthly amount of stuff to every ballpark imaginable so our boys can do what they love.... Read full article

Carissa Graves

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A perfect day for Carissa Graves begins quite simply. For her, it’s all about sleeping in before having a cup of coffee and time to read the newspaper while still in bed. After that? It’s time to get moving and head outdoors with her family. As a mom... Read full article

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