Ocean Lakes Family Campground, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

This past spring our family enjoyed a visit to Ocean Lakes Family Campground.  We went in March too early to get in the ocean water or swim in the outdoor pools but warm enough to play in the sand, fish, and enjoy being outdoors.  We make several of our trips in the off-season because sometimes it is nice just to have a place all to yourselves.  Have I mentioned my dislike of crowds before now?  

It was our first trip to Ocean Lakes, and we actually had reservations at another local campground but once we arrived we decided not to stay there.  The staff at Ocean Lakes was very easy to deal with, and managed to get us in a site right away on a Friday morning.

We stayed in the Oceanfront 3000 section with a concrete pad, which is a very convenient section, as it is located within just a few feet of the pools, both playgrounds, beach, and is still within walking distance to the Camptown Center which houses Sandy’s Meet N Eat and the store.  All of the campsites are pull through sites that …

The Gateway Arch and the Museum of Westward Expansion

When I was researching the Gateway Arch I found a lot of basic information on it but not the information I was looking for.  Like how small are the trams to the top?  I obsess about stuff like that when planning a trip, the little things, I want to know exactly how my trip and each attraction is going to go.  I think I have OCD when it comes to planning a trip, but we will save that for another post.  In this post I am talking about our experience at the Gateway Arch.
I will start off by saying that St. Louis did not leave me impressed.  I have been to many large cities, and had high hopes for St. Louis but let's just say it didn't meet them at all.  
We visited the weekend before Easter (and luckily the weekend before tornadoes hit the area) in mid-April and unfortunately it was very cold.  The parking lot for the Arch is sort of hid, so be sure to get directions before heading there.  If you don't get directions it is still okay since there are signs marking the way.  Park…

Conner Prairie Farm Review

Note:  This is a blog post I wrote for another blog in April, 2011.  The information used in this post was correct at the time and may have changed since that point.
Conner Prairie Farm is located in Fishers, Indiana just a short drive from Indianapolis.  It is an interactive living history museum that gives visitors a hands on look at the rich history of life in Indiana during the 1800's.  

When we visited Conner Prairie it was early September and we really had no idea what exactly we were getting into.

Conner Prairie is divided into five different historical time periods/areas.  They are the Lenape Indian Camp, William Conner Homestead and Animal Encounters Barn, 1836 Prairietown, 1859 Balloon Voyage, and the the 1863 Civil War Journey (which doesn't open until June 4th).  

We started our journey through Conner Prairie at the Lenape Indian Camp.  At the Lenape Indian camp we were able to throw tomahawks, visit a fur trader, and were taught the game of pick up sticks.

One of the g…

Five Martin Luther King, JR Quotes to Instill in Your Children

Today we remember Martin Luther King, Jr. and the legacy that he left America.  He left behind hundreds of quotes that we can still draw inspiration from today but not all of his quotes are just for adults.  Many of his quotes hold values that we can instill in our children.  Here are five that we should teach our children and make sure that they understand how they can incorporate them into their lives.  

And Then Everything Was Different

I have been blogging here at The Modern Day Mom for ten years now, and that time sure has flown.  However, you may have noticed that I haven't posted any new content since 2017.  2018 was a rough year for me.  It was the year that my 19 year marriage ended, I became a single mom, and learned how to live on my own for the very first time in my entire life.  It was also a year of healing and growth. 

When we separated my ex-husband and I agreed we would not let our divorce keep us from successfully co-parenting.  One of the first hurdles we faced when it came to co-parenting was what to do about our annual Spring Break trip to Walt Disney World.  The trip was planned, it was my daughter's senior year, and everything was paid for.  We sucked it up and decided to take the trip together with the kids.

It wasn't always easy, and it took some trial and error to figure out how to make things work but we did it.  I think it helped to heal some wounds with the kids, and let them se…

Menu Plan Monday, June 5 to 11, 2017

With the summer weather heating up no one around here seems to be in the mood for heavy meals and it has me looking for light cooking ideas.  This week is a mix of old and new recipes that hopefully will be the right balance of filling and light. 
Here's what I have planned:
Monday - Baked Salmon & Asparagus Aluminum Foil Packets

Tuesday - Hamburger Helper Cheeseburger Macaroni THM Style

Wednesday - Grilled Cheesy Buffalo Chicken, Crispy Seasoned Oven Fries, Brussel Sprouts

Thursday  - Shrimp Boil Foil Packets

Friday - Easy Oven Chicken Fajitas

Saturday - Classic Marinated London Broil, mashed red potatoes, green beans

Sunday - Sheet Baked Parmesan Pork Chops, Asparagus, and Potatoes

Menu Plan Monday, May 29 - June 4, 2017

We are just back off of a spontaneous and surprise birthday trip to Disney for my 14 year old son where we ate horribly!  Well, let me rephrase that, we ate wonderfully, but it wasn't very healthy and now my body hates me.  I can't wait to get back to healthy eating and have tried to find some delicious, healthy, and easy meals for this week.  
Here's what I have planned for this week:
Monday Breakfast - Easy Apple Cinnamon Baked Oatmeal Cups Dinner - Eating Out
Tuesday Breakfast - Canadian Bacon, Egg White Scramble, Sauteed Baby Spinach Dinner - Baked Ranch Parmesan Pork Chops, roasted red potatoes, green beans
Wednesday Breakfast - Crustless Breakfast Quiche Dinner - Red Beans and Rice with Turkey Smoked Sausage
Thursday Breakfast - Oatmeal, Toast, Strawberries Dinner - Mayo Clinic Beef Stroganoff
Friday Breakfast - Canadian Bacon, Egg White Scramble, Sauteed Baby Spinach Dinner - Baked Salmon, wild rice, asparagus
Saturday and Sunday To be determined