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Thursday, September 5, 2019

Why You Should Take Your Kids Surfing

This post is all about how we took our kids surfing and why we would do it all over again! We happened to do this on our trip to Bali, but this can be done anywhere there is an ocean! The bottom line is, if you have an opportunity to take your kids surfing (or do it yourself), DO IT! You won't regret it!

This idea of taking the kids surfing was first brought up by my brother-in-law and sister before our family trip to Bali. They have been before and their kids have surfed several places on their travels. We decided to go for it and book surfing lessons. This would take up one full day of our time in Nusa Dua, Bali as we had to drive to the destination, surf, eat lunch, and drive back. We hired a driver to take us down a bumpy path to the oceanfront strip. My brother in law found this place online and booked it prior to us leaving for our trip.
All four kids (my two kids and my sister's two kids) signed up to surf as well as myself and my brother in law. Everyone else watched from the beach! We brought swimsuits, sunscreen, and towels. They provided the wet shirts, the surfboards, the shoes, and the zinc for our faces!
The company we chose provided one on one personalized instruction in the water! This was so invaluable! Everyone felt safe and confident in their skills. The other nice part about this stretch of beach were the perfect beginner surfer waves! My kids have never surfed before and they were able to get up right away and repeatedly rode the waves!

Kids are resilient, have a lower point of gravity, smaller, lighter, and use a smaller board. They completely rocked it, I was blown away! What a confidence builder!
I tried and tried to get up for 2 hours! I didn't do as well as the kids but I will never regret trying! I'm all about experiences over things. Our kids were so appreciative that they got to try something new.
Before you head out, the instructions make sure your equipment is secure and they hold an instructional session to get you comfortable with the process. Practice, repeat.
We surfed for two hours. It's both exhausting and exhilerating! Afterwards, we grabbed lunch (Nasi Goreng of course) right at the place were we paid and got ready for surfing. The adults had beers and we talked about what an awesome collected experience it was to have together. These kinds of memories are priceless!
The laid back vibe of this surfing day was so awesome! We literarily bumped down a dirt road to get to this glorious view and destination.
The instructors and owner of this surfing school could not have been nicer or more welcoming! They have people from all over the world come to take surfing lessons in Bali. Such a dream!
If you ever have the chance to surf, I highly recommend you try it! If your kids want to try it, let them! This was an experience we could never recreate in a lifetime and I'm so happy to have those shared experiences with my kids (despite the fact that I was a terrible surfer)! xo
Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Easy Broccoli Salad

I've been making this easy broccoli salad recipe for many years and it's one of my husband's favorite sides! I'm not sure where it originated but I got the recipe from my own mom who has been making it for a long time.
Dry ingedients:
1 Bunch of broccoli
1 Cup cheddar cheese
1/4 Cup red onion
8 Strips crispy bacon (I always cheat and use precooked bacon and heat it in the microwave)
Handful of sunflower seeds

Wet Ingredients:
1/2 Cup mayo
1/4 Cup sugar
1 Tablespoon red wine vinegar

Assemble the dry ingredients in a bowl. Chill. Mix wet ingredients and pour over dry ingredients right before serving.
This recipe has a hint of sweet with the sugar in the dressing, which in turn makes it delicious! And with all of the different colors, it looks so pretty and pleasing to the eye!
You could also add Craisins for an additional ingredient for color and texture! I make it for my family and I also make it to take to potlucks or cookouts. It's always a crowd pleaser! I hope you enjoy it! xo
Thursday, August 29, 2019

Explore Kansas City: Overland Park Farmer's Market

I took my first trip of the year to the Overland Park Farmer's Market! Downtown Overland Park is so quaint. It happens to be the town in live in too! It's a hidden little gem of shops, restaurants, hang out space, and home to a hopping little farmer's market that takes place Wednesday and Saturdays (April - September). No better way to spend a gorgeous morning than taking in the sights and smells and sounds of a farmer's market!

Monday, August 26, 2019

One Pot Chicken and Wild Rice Soup

Fall is quickly approaching and I have an easy soup recipe to share with you that I have been making for many years! You can make this chicken and wild rice soup in one pot with very few ingredients! My family requests this soup all the time (even in the summer)!

Monday, July 29, 2019

Deciding on Our Latest Travel Destination

We travel quite a bit and the question gets asked, "How do you decide where to go?" I thought it would be fun to share the process of how we decided on the location of our next destination...Seoul, South Korea! Each trip we plan has a different process, but the general idea remains the same.