Family Adventures, Outdoor Adventures

Exploring Blue Spring State Park

These past 2 months we have enjoyed family visiting us all the way from the Midwest! It has been very exciting to share with my family some of our favorite spots within Orlando. By now, you probably already know that I am intrigued by the many beautiful state parks within Orlando. This past week we actually discovered a new state park that is just Northwest of Orlando, Blue Spring State Park.

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Since living in Orlando for 5 years I have yet to explore this serene area, until just this last week. I always hear people say wonderful things about it, so I knew I would eventually get out there (only about an hour drive from Orlando). Whether you live within the surrounding Orlando area, or will be visiting here soon, this is definitely a place to recharge and enjoy what mother nature has to offer.

I created a video for you to experience just a few of the things that I was able to capture. Please excuse some of the flaws within this video, it’s definitely a learning experience for me and I know it’s not perfect.

(Quick story time! My camera died on me, so I used my iPhone and totally did not realize I should have turned it horizontal for a landscape view! Duh, Amanda! RIGHT?! Anyways, it’s still a great video because…you’ll see manatees and a little red-headed boy!) =)

Information


  • Cost: $6 per vehicle (2-8 people) OR $4 single occupant
  • Hours: 8am-sunset (365 days a year)
  • Dogs are permitted, but must be kept on a leash.
  • If you’re going with little ones I recommend bringing your carrier or stroller.
  • Manatee season runs from mid-November until March (you’ll be able to see them right on top of the water).
  • The spring runs off the St. John’s River and temperature stays around 73 degrees.
  • Guided river tours are offered during the day at 10am and 1pm (for reservations, call St. Johns River Cruises at (386) 917-0724) 
  • You can swim, snorkel, and scuba dive (make sure to call for more details).
  • Enjoy a self guided tour of the historic Thursby house, which was built during the steamboat era.
  • You will find pavilion areas, a playground, huge grass area, picnic tables, concession stand, kayak and other rentals.
  • Enjoy a stroll along a boardwalk (one-third mile walk).
  • Tube along the spring, rentals are provided. (click here to view other State Parks that also offer tubing.)
  • Primitive camping along with cabins are offered.

Just a few Facts


  • Blue Spring is a winter refuge for the Manatees.
  • While visiting you will possibly see herons, turtles, alligators, and many fish & birds
  • You can click here to be directed to a live camera of the manatees!
  • Once you arrive they will provide you with the “count” of manatees for that day.

Have you been to Blue Spring State Park? If not, this is definitely a place to put on your list of places to visit!

Adventures Await!

I always love hearing from people, so feel free to share your insights in the comments below! You can also share this post with anyone else and follow me on my facebook page,  as well as instagram. Thank you so much for taking the time to read!

Wishing You Well,

Happy Mama, Happy Wife, Happy Life

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Family Adventures, Morehouse Family

Family Adventure

The Florida Morehouse Family has some big news! (NO, I’m not pregnant! haha) We’re taking on an adventure and opening our own Martial Arts gym! I haven’t posted much about exploring Orlando because we have been SO busy preparing for this wonderful opportunity in our lives!

There comes a time in your life when dreams turn into believing in yourself, and eventually achieving them…well, my husband is doing just that! This has been his goal for a long time and I am so excited to see him actually living it.

Opening a gym may seem easier than any other amenity, but let me tell you, it is truly a lot of work! It’s all well worth it though. I love seeing my husband so passionate about his job, as well as seeing him become a leader in the community. Great things will come from this gym not just for our family, but for the surrounding community as well.

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I have enjoyed standing by his side and helping where I can. Sometimes in life you have to take chances to get where you want to be, and this is a HUGE one for our little family! I’m looking forward to a year from now and seeing where it has taken us. The hardest part in anything is always the start.

I’m having fun documenting the very beginning and seeing how the gym is transforming to my husband’s vision. There’s still a lot to be done for our grand opening, but it has come a long way!  Small steps to achieve the big goals!

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After all of that I never mentioned the name of our gym, haha! My husband decided to name it Forest City MMA Academy. You’re probably going to ask where did he get the name from?, well it’s simply just the name of the road it is on (a very busy road).

As we continue with this adventure I’ll update you with the progress that’s being made. Until then, we’ll be hard at work getting Forest City MMA Academy up and running!

Here’s to dreams becoming a reality!

Dream.

Believe.

Achieve.

Wishing You Well,

Happy Mama, Happy Wife, Happy Life

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Motherhood

Well, Hello There 2017

Here we are into the New Year, a fresh start as I like to view it. Call me crazy, but I get excited about pulling out my new planner and opening up to not just a new month, but a new year! 2016 has been one of those years where I had to adapt to many changes, and if you don’t know already I tend to not handle changes very well (something I am trying so hard to work on).435c36f8-5b51-4326-aec8-dcbc28d24aeb

Before I go into our year in review I have to share with you some real life moments from our Christmas & New Year’s Eve because everyone always asks “How was your holiday?” and I thought it would be easier just to write about it! 🙂

Well to start, we had an amazing time celebrating Christmas with our family up in the great state of Wisconsin! We are very blessed to have so many people that not just love my husband and I unconditionally, but also love our sweet little boy. I tear up when I think about how many people love and support us through our parenting. It’s more than any material gift could ever give. It was fun seeing Johnny “open” his gifts (quotations because mommy and daddy mostly opened Johnny’s gifts, he didn’t show much interest in the opening part, plus it would take forever!) 

The Flight

We ended up flying up North on Christmas Eve and Johnny was not very happy during the first 2o minutes of the flight. He just could not settle down or get comfortable. I honestly get so much anxiety flying with a baby because for one you have no where to take them when they’re just not happy and secondly, you just feel “stuck” with everyone’s eyes glued to your next parenting moves…(I know, a bit dramatic but it feels like that! Eventually I’ll get over that fear…). Believe it or not, it wasn’t myself that got Johnny to finally take a nap…it was my dear husband who always seems to stay calm in these situations, which is probably what helps Johnny to settle down. So if I haven’t said it already, thank you my dear husband. (he was the one that put Johnny to sleep on the flight back too!) If you would like a tip about flying with a little one, probably the biggest one is to try to remain calm and don’t let the anxiety/nerves get the best of you. (Also, ALWAYS pack an extra pair of clothes for you & your little one, you just never know…)

Sleeping & Routine

Routine is something that is long gone when you’re on vacation and visiting family, which is totally expected. I think I may have Johnny on such a routine that he doesn’t do very well without it, especially at night. We had a night where Johnny would just not go to bed, he was quite a fighter in that sleep department. My husband and I were so exhausted that my mom stepped in and helped us. I believe I remember myself saying “I don’t know what to do.” Of course I couldn’t sleep until Johnny was in bed, so there I was sitting on the stairs half asleep listening to make sure he was down for the night. Real life moment right there! Thank you mom!

End of our Trip 

Johnny had a blast playing and visiting with everyone, but towards the end of our trip he started to get what we call in the motherhood world, blowout diapers. He had one right as we got to the airport (thankfully it wasn’t on the plane). So, that was quite an adventure! Not only that, but I realized Johnny’s first molar started cutting through, so he was just in all kinds of pain (being a baby is SO TOUGH!).

New Year’s Eve & Day

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Well, those blowout diapers turned into diarrhea for the past few days (sorry for giving too much information). So we spent our New Year’s Eve in our cozy little home. Johnny went to sleep during his normal time and my husband and I didn’t even make it past 10pm! We did enjoy a cupcake along with a Blue Moon (I know, classy right?!) We’re just tired new parents! Plus, when you’re little one doesn’t feel well it takes double the amount of energy out of you. The very first day of a new year I spent trying to comfort my little boy. So, my house was a mess, I never made it into the shower, and I ate terrible food all day (lay’s biscuits and gravy flavored chips for brunch?! AHHH) At the end of the day though I think about how thankful and blessed I am to be there for my little boy, even when I’m exhausted.

Our Year in Review 

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2016 has been quite a year with sooooooo many new life changes. If you have been following along you may have read my post about “A Mom Managing Anxiety”, so you know that I have anxiety about many things, but this year I feel as though I was able to work through it and I accomplished so much! It may have a lot to do with being a mom and the fact that I really don’t have a choice but to be brave for my little one, I just have to do it! Here’s just a few changes that happened all within one year!

  • We had a beautiful baby boy on January 15, 2016!
  • I became a MOM!
  • I adjusted to going back to work for a few short months after just 3 months of giving birth to my son.
  • I quit my teaching career (which was a HUGE decision for me) to become a SAHM.
  • We adjusted to living on just one income.
  • I was very brave and started a blog to document my journey through motherhood!
  • I actually started cooking & baking more, and started to find some enjoyment in it! (that’s huge for me!)
  • my husband recently quit his job to pursue opening his own MMA gym. (we’re in the process of it right now and I’ll go into more details a bit later.)

OH MY! That’s quite a year!

Onto the NEW YEAR!


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With that being said 2016 has also been the most AMAZING year of my life! I mean come on we had a baby during this year, so it’s bound to be great, right?! 😉 We definitely had our challenges, but I truly believe that the hardships in life help to make you stronger & build you up. That’s exactly what’s happening with our little family. I am having so much fun documenting our life and sharing it with you!

I choose two resolutions for 2017 (it’s always strange writing/saying the new year, isn’t it?!). I have thought long and hard about these resolutions because I’m not the best with keeping them, so I had to make sure they were realistic ones. Feel free to message me about how they’re going! I need accountability with this! 🙂

{2017 Resolutions}

  1. spend more quality time with my husband
  2. trust myself (build my confidence)

As I dive into these resolutions I’ll share with you my journey and how I’m incorporating them into my life. 2017, I’m ready for you! I have no idea where you’ll take me, but I’m willing to be brave and follow along! I have a feeling it’s going to be another AMAZING year for my little family!

Thank you for following along and I can’t wait to share more with you!

I wish you and your loved ones a Happy & Healthy New Year!

I always love hearing from people, so feel free to share your insights in the comments below! You can also share this post with anyone else and follow me on my facebook page,  as well as instagram. Thank you so much for taking the time to read!

Wishing You Well,

Happy Mama, Happy Wife, Happy Life

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