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Exploring the Lost City of Pompeii

Have you ever experienced a natural disaster? Even just preparing for a potential threat is unnerving. The fear, the waiting, trying to anticipate the progress of an event completely out of your control. It makes us remember how small we … Read more


Saving Lives One Child at a Time

I didn’t learn how to swim until I was ten years old. Even then, I didn’t learn from formal lessons or classes. One of my older brothers taught me the doggy paddle and that was good enough in case I … Read more

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10 Incredible Facts about Yellowstone National Park

The word vacation might conjure up images of tropical beaches or maybe far off countries without romantic languages, but consider the beautiful destinations right here in our own country. Our National Parks showcase the incredible landscapes while preserving them for generations to come. … Read more


5 Kid Friendly Water Activities in the Caribbean

Many times I hear that kids are too young for international travel, but it simply isn’t true. There are so many family friendly destinations and you would be surprised at just how many kid friendly activities there are – especially … Read more

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Summertime Shoes for Kids

This post brought to you by Stride Rite. The content and opinions expressed below are that of Surf and Sunshine. Summer is here and you know what that means, it’s time to let the adventures begin! We kicked things off … Read more

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10 Fun Summer Activities for the Family to Do

Just one more month before the school doors open, releasing thousands of students for summer vacation. Our last summer passed by in a whirl and I have a hard time remembering the quality moments. I would like to make more … Read more

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HomeAway: The New Way to Family Vacation

Summer is upon us! For me, that means wedding season is in full bloom. This summer we happen to have a wedding in Northern Michigan in which my husband will be serving as a groomsman. We decided to take a … Read more