A Little Touch of Paradise – Cape San Blas Florida

Every year we try to go on some sort of vacation. Whether it’s a trip to the lake or somewhere else like Nashville for a bachelor party, we always like to at least do one “big” thing every year. This year that “big” thing was a trip to Cape San Blas Florida. We had gone a few years ago when my daughter turned 2, so it has been a while and upon our return we had one of the best vacations we have ever had.

Playing in the waves, boogie boarding, and riding the wet bike in the Gulf of Mexico were a few highlights on the Gulf side. On the bay side we tubed, rode wet bikes, paddle boarding, kayaking, and more! Plus the pool, hot tub, ice cream shops, and everything else in between. We had so much fun and we cannot wait to go back to one of our favorite vacation spots.

I want to thank my wife, my kids, and the rest of my amazing family for making this trip so special. I do think we all need a GoPro so we can get even more footage, especially with my new baby niece coming soon!

Check out my travel video from Cape San Blas Florida!

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Here’s How To Make The Most Of The Summer Vacation With The Kids

For working moms and dads the summer vacation is a precious time as it the one part of the year we get to spend with the kids. However, no matter how excited you are to spend some fun family time together the summer can get a tad stressful, especially if you aren’t prepared for it. Happily, you can get ready for summer with the little ones by following the advice in my post below.

Dress the part.

In the summer vacation, we want the weather to be as good as possible, as it means ice cream in the park, long hikes, and water fight in the backyard. However, it’s pretty important that we dress not just the kids right for the increase in heat, but ourselves as well.

Luckily, it’s not too tough for us dads to stay stylish and cool at the same time, as all we need to do is go to online stores like John Henric that stock summer clothes including those all-important swim shorts. Perfect for when you need to show the kids how it’s done when it comes to epic water fights!

Always have an emergency pack.

Summer often means a lot of time outdoors and away from home, and while this is exciting for the whole family, it can also increase the risk of accidents, emergencies, and being caught without the essentials you need.

Although, it is possible to avoid this is you pack an emergency bag to keep with you at all times. Such a kit should include drinks for the kids as well as sealed snacks that don’t need refrigeration.

It’s also a good idea to include some high factor sun cream and a small first aid kit with plasters and antiseptic cream in case of fall or grazes. Then even if the kids do end up taking a tumble, you will be able to treat them there and then and continue with your family fun.

Make the stay at home days fun.

While it is essential to go out and about with the kid in the summer, you will probably find that you still have plenty of time to enjoy at home as well. Of course, at home tend to be where the boredom sets in, so ensure they have lots of activities to keep them amused.

With this in mind,  be sure to stock up on coloring books and pencils, as well as outdoor toys like baseball and basketball sets. Paddling pools and water soakers are a good bet as well, as not in only are they lot of fun, but they also allow the kids to cool down in hot weather.

Plan some fun days.

Lastly, if you genuinely wish to enjoy your summer with the kids as well as survive it is essential to plan in lots of fun days. For a good mix, schedule in some adventures that are closer to home like the St Louis Arch is for us, as well as local farms, parks, and museums.

Then, on a few occasions in the summer vacation plan some more elaborate trips perhaps with a night or two away. Something that will provide a change of scene for the whole family and make sure that everyone will enjoy the summer as much as possible.

This post is a collaborative effort by St. Louis Dad.

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A Fun Family Break In Malaysia

If you fancy a summer trip to Asia this year, Malaysia should definitely be your first choice. It is a stunning county in the heart of Asia with a wealth of amazing places to see. Here is the top place to see on your trip to this wonderful country.

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1. Singapore

Singapore is a place full to the brim with a thriving atmosphere, English speaking folk and some amazing technologies. You can stay at The Ritz-Carlton Millenia Singapore or in a Condo in the middle of the city and enjoy making friends with the local people, enjoying some amazing fusion food, and seeing stunning views over the skyline.

2. Kuala Lumpur

Centered with the spires of Petronas Towers, Kuala Lumpur is a beautiful place to visit with your family which offers a great atmosphere packed with fresh markets and wonderful entertainment. The city of Bukit Bintang offers some amazing entertainment all year round and the sense of community you will feel as soon as you enter is amazing.

3. Malacca

If you enjoy looking at historical architecture and traveling back in time to simpler times, a trip to Malacca would be the best place to visit. It is full of bright red churches and stunning buildings which set this place up as a cultural hotspot. There are many places to learn about history in this part of the country, including a museum where you can learn about maritime.

4. Penang

If you love Penang curry, there is no better place to come so that you can taste the real thing first hand. In Penang, there is a city called George Town which is a UNESCO world heritage site and demonstrates all of its British histories. It also features a wealth of amazing food to try, as well as both Indian and Chinese fusion foods. It is a great place to visit to enjoy the historical nature of Malaysia.

5. Gunung Mulu National Park

If you love going on an adventure and fancy getting away from the cities and towns for a while during your stay, you can head on over to Gunung Mulu National Park and enjoy the fresh air as you climb through the ridges and forests. It is a stunning place filled with natural wonder and you will have plenty of Instagram opportunities to enjoy. Trek through rainforests and hike the mountains until you can reach the summit and stare out over the top of the world. It is a magical place to be and it is a place you should definitely visit during your trip.

6. Langkawi

For a relaxing retreat by the sea, you can take a visit to Langkawi and enjoy crisp white beaches, rippling waters and lots of fun seaside activities to keep you entertained throughout the day. You can try some fun watersports on the beach, go scuba diving in coral reefs, and finish of the day in one of the 5-Star hotels, eating amazing food as you look over the horizon and see the sunset.

This post is a collaborative effort by St. Louis Dad.

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3 Ways You Can Save Up For That Dream Family Holiday

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What’s your dream family holiday? Is it Disney World? A European vacation? Or something else entirely? Everyone has that one holiday they dream about going on with their family, it’s something you almost aim to achieve one day. The elephant in the room is that dream holidays tend to be expensive ones, which is why they often remain dreams forever.

Not anymore! If you want to go on a dream holiday, then here are some ways you can save up for yours:

Get An Extra Job

The easiest way to save up fast is to get an extra job. Naturally, this is also the least attractive way of getting the money too! No one wants to work two jobs, but it may be necessary if you want to go on your dream family holiday. Just think about what you’re working towards, and keep in mind you can quite as soon as the funds are raised. Plus, nowadays, jobs come in all shapes and sizes. You can easily get another job where you work from home for a few hours on the weekend, so it’s not too taxing. Or, become a part-time blogger and earn money the fun way!

Play The Lottery

Let’s face it, the lottery is the one thing we all hope to win one day. It will solve all of life’s financial problems, and give us more than enough money for a holiday. Okay, granted, you aren’t guaranteed to win the lottery in your lifetime, but it’s worth a try, right? There are other lottery-related games you can try instead as well. These days, you can play US Powerball online and be in with the chance of a huge jackpot. I only include these ideas because I just think you may as well give yourself every chance you can find of falling into a large sum of cash. Just buy one less cup of coffee a week if you’re worried about how much it costs to pay. Plus, a lot of the money spent on lottery games gets put towards good causes, so you’re doing a good thing!

Work Together As A Family

Finally, you will save up for your holiday a lot quicker if you work together as a family. Make sure everyone does their bit to save money, and you’ll find the funds in half the time. Especially if you have older kids with jobs themselves. Kids in their teenage years can get part-time jobs to help save for the holiday as well. This means you have everyone pitching in, which takes the pressure off your own shoulders a little bit as well. This is my favorite idea purely because it just makes the holiday that little bit sweeter because it becomes like a joint goal for everyone.

Do you want to make your dream a reality? Then think about some of the ideas I’ve discussed in this article. Don’t assume you’ll never be able to afford that dream holiday. One day, it could happen by a sheer stroke of luck or months of hard work.

This post is a collaborative effort by St. Louis Dad.

 

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