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Natural Caverns

Texas has some amazing tourist destinations throughout its vast expanse. Many are well known such as the Alamo, the Kema boardwalk, Fiesta Texas, and the San Antonio Riverwalk. But there are some spots, even in Texas that some Texans haven’t had the experience of visiting. One that I would highly recommend is the Natural Bridge Caverns. The majestic close-up view of the naturally developed caverns just south of San Antonio is a breathtaking view of nature.


There are several different tour types but the one my boyfriend and I did the Hidden Passage Tour. These tours take you into the second cave that was discovered. Tour group sizes are usually full but we got there early (which I would highly advice) so there were only us and another couple. The trip down is filled with stairs and as you descend you see all the various types of formations that have formed over the thousands of years. Because our tour group was so small the tour guide had a lot of fun with us so we joked and were able to pause for pictures as he described the history of the cave and filled us with various bits of knowledge about the different rock formations we were looking at. The overall tour took about an hour and fifteen minutes and it was truly awe-inspiring. Just be sure not to touch any of the formations as you’ll be banned and escorted from the cave and probably face criminal charges.

As for other attractions outside of the caves, we did the maze run which is always one of our personal favorites. Then we did Canopy challenge. This consists of a four-tier adventure course where you walk across different pathways testing your agility and balance. The other part is a zip-line which really gets your heart going. They also have a course for the little adventures. For those that can stand heights and like a challenge, this the jungle gym for teens and adults.

The Discovery Tour, which is the main tour, takes you down the original cave and is the most recognized tour. Although we didn’t go down it, we heard nothing but great reviews from all of the families coming out of it. There’s also the Lantern Tour and the Adventure Tour, each having their own unique approaches, walking down with little light, to taking on the caves and spelunking down the shaft of the original caves like the founders did. They’ve got a range of different experience levels for all types of adventures. And they’re always adding more so it’s always good to check out their website to see what’s new. It’s definitely a place you can revisit.

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Tex Ren Fest

One of the top shows on television right now is Game of Thrones. It has all the appeal of a magical land of knights, princesses, and dragons. Unfortunately, there is no such real-life environment. At least for most of the year. But this last year I got to attend The Texas Renaissance Festival in Todd Mission, Texas, just a 15-20-minute drive outside of Houston. There, you step into that magical land. They have knights, beggars, kings, and queens. They have jousting, archery, and axe throwing. They have unique shops, exotic drinks, and delicious food. From the Greek Amphitheatre, to the medieval coliseum, to the pirate ship, with its different areas throughout you can stop, you can put dress up and bee anyone.  It’s a place everyone should take time to visit.

So as my first experience, we are driving out and it kind of feels like the boon dock country. But every few minutes as we’re driving down this road, there’s signs “Tex Ren Fes This Way” so we just kept going. And when you get there, you’re immediately immersed in the world. You park in a field, the rows set by these tall trees. The main road that takes you into the festival has chariot runners that for a fee will run/walk you up to entrance. Depending on how far down you are this might not be a bad idea. And the driver’s, true to character, act like 10th century road-rager yelling at passersby “Get out of the way!”, “My dead mother moves faster!”, “Speed up or I’ll turn you into a chariot bump!” It’s all hilarious and in good fun and these people never break character. As you pass by you’ll be passing, knights, archers, princesses, pirate wenches, captains, monks, and a variety of fantasy dressed characters. But these aren’t employees of the festival. These are the attendees, dressed to immerse themselves in the world. We didn’t dress up this last year but next year it’s definitely on. As you enter the gates (and yes, I mean like caste gates) you see this layout of shops lining the streets on either side. It’s exactly as a bazaar or medieval marketplace would look, just with more modern clothes and souvenirs. Everything is decorated on point, from the aged wood, or the stone built walls, it looks and feels like you’ve entered a new world.

One of my favorite spots in the festival is the enchanted garden. A path that winds through next to a stream, with beautiful flowers and vegetation everywhere. Every so often you reach a spot that will have a new statue or landmark from a different part of the world. At these spots they have unique sitting places. From Greek statues to Chinese elephants, every one of these stops has a photo opportunity. In the enchanted garden, they also have a place where you can learn dancing. The classes are at different times but it looked like a fun experience.

That is one of the coolest parts of the entire festival, the different interactive shows. Each area has a show that they put on at a designated time, with the center most show being the jousting show which instead of being a one of show, it actually carries a story throughout. And when I say interactive, I mean interactive. In the coliseum, depending on where you sit, you are asked to cheer for your knight as they take on the other “nations” knights. Or at the barbarian belly dance show, they ask for volunteers to come up on stage with them. Much of the same is found throughout at all the shows and it just adds to the experience. And if you’re not an out-going person, no worries, with the crowds at each place, there’s no worries of feeling like you’re the only one. And who knows, after a few rounds of mead you might even be the one raising your hand for an event.

Speaking of edibles, each section has their own specialty drinks and food. I highly suggest trying a little bit from each one throughout the day. They all have your normal food and drink, coke, hamburgers, margaritas, but each also has something unique. My personal favorite was the honey mead in the medieval section. Absolutely worth the price if you’re of legal drinking age and want something different. And the food is some of the best you’ll ever have. Even the simple foods like chicken tenders is top quality.

Besides immersing yourself in costume, and stepping into a new world, the Renaissance Festival also has things you might not get to try elsewhere. They have an archery and axe throwing station where you can try your best and compete against your friends. Or you can dunk the village idiot or village wench. Now I know this sounds the same as something you’d do at the local town fair, but trust me it’s far from it. These people know how to throw some real insults that can get under your skin. It’s so funny to watch a random person pass by and get bombarded with these side-splitting insults that they can’t help but pay for a chance to throw something at them. Where else also, especially in Texas, are you going to get a chance to ride an elephant. Yeah, a real elephant. That’s a story will make your kids the king of the playground. There’s tons of activities there that for a small fee you can partake in that you might not get a chance anywhere else.

Finally, after a long day of photos, eating, drinking, and having one of the best days of your life, you get to come back to the coliseum and see the grand finale: the pyrotechnic show. You crowd into the stadium to get a seat and watch as professional fire dancers play with fire like we do jump ropes. The show is very mesmerizing. And when you start think it’s through, BANG! The fireworks show, that puts almost any other to shame, starts. For 15 minutes or so you get to watch this amazing fireworks show continue with a finale that leaves stars in your eyes.

At the end of it all, those same cart runners will be there to take you back to your car for a fee, which after a long day on your feet is worth every penny. The neat thing about the Renaissance Festival is it’s always different every year. We plan to make it an annual event and we are going all out this next year. If you’ve been before and are looking for new things to do, there’s a camping ground, where you can meet other’s and enjoy a different experience around a giant bonfire. And not to worry, the grounds keepers are also in character. The Renaissance festival is a great place for families to have fun and create lasting magical memories.

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Story Time!

I always worry that my son will not have enough Social Skills, or have learned enough before he attends school so when opportunities come up like Story Time I jump on them! Storytime is an event at one of our libraries once a week that is FREE. Every Wednesday morning from 10:45-11:15ish we sing songs, interact with other kids around my son’s age, and do a little activity.

Today we sang nursery rhymes about colors, thumbs, bears, bees, and many more. After the songs, we read two books about dinosaurs! My son LOVES dinosaurs which made him very involved.

After the two stories about dinosaurs, all the kids were given an ice egg. Inside the ice egg was a dinosaur we had to “hatch”. My son was given a cup of hot water and a paintbrush. He would then use the paintbrush to “paint” hot water on the ice egg until it melted, and the baby dinosaur came out! My son hatched a green stegosaur, which happened to be one of his favorite dinosaurs!

We love to attend story time when we can, it’s always fun to find a kid-friendly activity to do around your home. Check your closest library to see if they have one!

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Sensory Bottle

Being a work at home mom has always been a dream of mine! I am able to spend all day with my three-year-old son and make my own schedule. Every Monday morning my son and I pick out activities he is to do every day that week. Our activity today is making a Sensory Bottle for the first time!! Since we had never made it before, so we were both thrilled to figure out how to make one. A Sensory Bottle is good for helping a child calm down and encourage self-regulation.

If your child feels overwhelmed, anxiety, and wound up this would be a great activity for them to do. We made a mess FAST with all the glitter and small beads, so do not be alarmed. It was fast and easy to clean which makes it a great activity anyone can do.

We started with an empty bottle of water and filled it half full of cooking oil. I did it over the sink, but if you need you can use a funnel to make sure the cooking oil does not spill.Then we added some blue, green, and yellow marbles, along with decorative beads.

After that, we added a red and silver glitter to give it an extra sparkle.
After the glitter, we added blue dye and the filled the rest with water.

Once it was full I put the lid on and then tapped it making sure it would not spill. Then my son took the bottle and shock it for a good five minutes to make sure everything was good a mixed together.

My son loves his Sensory Bottle! I highly recommend everyone should make one!

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Remember when you were a kid and one of the best things to do during the summer was to camp out at the park or back on someone’s property? I know I do. When I was in late elementary and junior high my cousins and I, along with our parents, would go out to my Uncles land and camp out for a couple days. All technology minus a cell phone was banned. Just us and nature. As kids, it was one of the best memories we created during that time. Even now, I still look back on those memories with fondness. Although I wouldn’t go the same style we did back then.

Camping technology has come a long way. First off, the tents back then were the equivalent to the child-proof items of today, impossible to work. After hours of fooling around with the tent, you might have some semblance of the tent up if you’re lucky. But today’s tents it’s so simple it’s scary. When we go camping now, we have a Coleman’s 4-Person Instant Cabin which I could put up in my sleep in less than 5 minutes. Plus, the takedown and storage are just as easy. Of course, you’d have to have something to sleep on. When I was a kid, my dad had these old small army cots that we would put sleeping bags on. It was nice to be off the ground, but I think my back is still suffering from sleeping in those. Nowadays you can buy cots, sleeping bags, or air mattresses that effectively bring the comforts of home with you into the woods. When choosing the best air mattress for camping try using Best Air Mattress for Camping. They give you great tips and pointers for the best sleep you can get while camping!!

 In our tent, we can comfortably fit an average size air mattress or 3 sleeping bags with plenty of room to have our supplies around us. Supplies like lanterns and flashlights. Make sure you have plenty of lights. I would bring at 3-4 battery lanterns and at least 1 flashlight per person. Having adequate lighting for emergencies is always important. Depending on how much into “nature” you want to be, you can take a fan or heater depending on the time of year. Personally, I know I can barely make it without my A/C so the fan is a must for those summer camping trips. Nothing will get you kicked out of a tent quicker than smelling like a grizzly bear that just ran a couple miles.

What camping trip isn’t complete without a fire. Probably 90% of the memories I have from growing up about camping happened around the fire. This was the one and only thing we cheated on even then. We did try and rub sticks together or have a flint rock. My dad was an outdoorsman but that was a bit extreme, even for him. We used the matches and lighter fluid. Now be careful when you’re going this route. Keep the lighter fluid far away from the fire after its lit. It also wouldn’t be a bad idea to have read up on how to control a fire and put a fire out as to not upset the environment around you. Those memories around the fire though are my favorite. Roasting marshmallows and making smores, cooking over the fire what we had caught that day out of the river, or cooking what we had brought with us because we hadn’t caught anything. The fire popcorn was always a huge hit, not because it tasted good, even though they do nowadays, but because you have expected the tin to eventually expand so far that it exploded like in the cartoons, sending popcorn everywhere. Unfortunately, (but fortunately) it never happened. Coolers always make a great seat if you didn’t bring any chairs plus they hold and keep all the beverages and food cold. Depending on where you are camping, be sure to note what the campsite rules are about wild animals and food.

Camping is a great experience to create memories with family, kids, and friends. I’d advice going technology (minus the one-off phone for emergencies) so you can truly enjoy the outdoors and deprogram yourselves from the everyday hustle and bustle. Be sure to bring bug repellant and make wise decisions so that no one gets hurt. If you do, it’s a great, enjoyable, fun time that people of all ages can appreciate.

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