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Exploring the Florida Coast: Barrier Island Sanctuary

Hiking trail we followed from the deck of the sanctuary center.

Hiking trail we followed from the deck of the sanctuary center.

If you’ve ever been in the presence of a toddler, you know they like to touch things. All things: Sticky things, gross things. pretty things, breakable things, it doesn’t matter. If it exists, they’re reaching for it. That’s why learning centers like the Barrier Island Sanctuary Center off A1A on the east coast of Florida are so spectacular. Every single thing in the center is meant to be explored with both your eyes AND your hands.

These types of learning centers are a benefit of state or county funds and foundation partner grants, and can be utilized by local residents and tourists alike. Many are located near or in state parks and have hiking trails attached to them. They are absolutely worth the trip.

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From new parent, to seasoned vet?

At birth, the world is before in ways we could have never imagined. Photo taken by: Emily Goodstein

At birth, the world is before us in ways we could have never imagined. Photo taken by: Emily Goodstein

What a difference a year (or in this case 19 months!) makes. There are moments in life when you realize just how impactful that moment in time is, yet you have no way of truly understanding the full effect the changes that will come will have on you. For me, those moments have been leaving for college, graduating from college, marriage and the birth of my child. I’m sure more moments are to come, but for now, I’m reflecting on what has changed for me in that most recent significant moment. A reflection from my son’s birth to now…

New baby: Bundle him up, take diaper bag filled with every possible thing you could ever need, bring two back-up outfits, text everyone pictures of his outing.
One year later: Throw a diaper, and if I remember some wipes, in my purse and grab him as we run out the door because we’re late, take selfie of his food all over me when sitting at stop light.

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By the Belly of the Baby

Our hiking family

Our hiking family.

Have you ever asked yourself where the phrase “a way to a man’s heart is through his stomach” comes from? I hadn’t given it much thought until recently when I discovered the answer.

It comes from when those men are 10-month old babies eating you out of house and home and wearing 2T size clothing.

Despite this information, we knowingly ventured out into the wild for a family hike. We packed the little guy’s belly full of breakfast, loaded the car up with all of the essentials — including the fabulous Aunt C who was visiting — and headed out to explore the Potomac Heritage Trail on a chilled fall morning.

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Hike 4: Treat Yo Self

Sometimes the best hike is the one that doesn't happen.

Sometimes the best hike is the one that doesn’t happen.

The day rang with promise of being perfect. It wasn’t too hot, there was assurance of a beautiful sunset by the local weatherman on the morning news, and an opportunity to leave work on time for an evening hike around the famous DC monuments lifted me through my early morning routine.

Then, I left the house for work.

You know those days where nothing seems to go right? The metro is single-tracking, your big project goes sour, you forget to follow up with the boss about that thing you know you wrote down somewhere at that meeting you can only sort-of remember because you were up all night the previous evening with a fussy baby, and then coffee spills on the only dress that seems to fit right now … Yeah, that happened.  Continue reading

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