Places & Spaces: Perdido Key, Florida

It surely has been a whirlwind week for the That One Mom household.  I don’t mean that in a we-were-so-busy-we-couldn’t-see-straight way.  I mean it in the-week-went-by-too-fast sort of way!  Part of the family got to spend a week in beautiful Perdido Key, Florida…and man, was it glorious!   I know it seems an odd time of year to take a beach vacation (school has already started back most everywhere), but we just weren’t able to fit one in during the {Read More}

That One Mom’s Weekly Wrap Up–Beach Week

Welcome to the first ever That One Mom Weekly Wrap Up!  This is where we catch up on what we’ve all been doing and have a chance to recommend new things!  I know, I know…I’ve been horribly absent and inconsistent lately.  Trying to get ready for vacation has been time consuming and I’m also having some physical problems that make it hard to sit at the computer and type for long.  I’ve lost a lot of my grip strength too, so {Read More}

Beach On a Budget: Fun and Entertainment!

There are some things that continue to surprise me over and over.  Did you know that there are people who don’t enjoy going to the beach just for the sake of going to the beach?  I never realized this until I was an adult and I was speaking with other adults about vacation.  More than one said, “The beach is boring.  There’s nothing to do.”  Whaaaaaaat?????  Obviously, their idea of fun and entertainment is different from mine! To me, the {Read More}

North Carolina: 10 Things I Learned During the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games!

Grandfather Mountain Highland Games!   This view alone is worth it… This post contains links, some of which may be Amazon Affiliate Links.  All opinions in this post are my own.  That One Mom is an Amazon affiliate and earns money for this blog through purchases made through those links.  As always, you are under no obligation to click on them or buy anything!  Other links in this post have just been included to give you more information.  I try to {Read More}

Beach on a Budget: Menu Ideas and Food Savings

Welcome back to the 2nd installment of Beach on a Budget!  Today, we will be concentrating on menu ideas and how to save money on food. Trust me when I say I know that no one really wants to go on vacation and cook, but sometimes you have to make a few small sacrifices in order to save a little money.  Plus, it saves time on running out to get meals or bringing carry out back to your vacation home/hotel/campsite {Read More}

Beach on a Budget: Travel and Accommodations

My short trip to the beach with my sister earlier this year only added to the craving for a long family vacation.  It doesn’t really matter when and I’m negotiable on the where.  I do prefer an ocean view if at all possible.  Basically, I just want to go back to the beach! I don’t know about you all, but when I travel with my family, we have to predetermine where most of our money will go.  In the spirit of that, {Read More}

Cumberland Falls, KY: Falling In Love with the Niagara of the South!

  I don’t know if anyone knows this, but I like to travel.  The problem with it is that I often have limited funds and limited time frames.  And also, I get really tired when I have to do a lot of driving.  Still, I missed a lot of travel/tourism opportunities when my children were younger and I’m determined to start squeezing some of these trips in.  The saddest part is that my boys are busy with college and work {Read More}

10 Budget Friendly (and Interesting) Places to Visit in Kentucky & Tennessee

Spring Break is upon us!  Spizzie is a little sad that everyone keeps talking about going to the beach and we definitely won’t be going there!  I did manage to get a week off from work, so I am trying to plan a few “staycation” trips.  Whether it is just the two of us or some other family members decide to tag along, I think we deserve a little fun.  With the suggestions from a few friends, I came up {Read More}

Puttin’ on the Ritz-Carlton…in Naples, Florida!

Sometimes I want to be on a permanent vacation.  Sometimes I feel like my brain is already on one.  And sometimes even a short vacation goes a long way to rewiring your brain for a bit.  I definitely felt better after a recent long weekend at the Ritz-Carlton in Naples, Florida! Let’s just be really honest here…I never thought of myself as a Ritz-Carlton kind of girl (although I’d like to from now on)!  I’m not even what you think of when you {Read More}

14 Things For the Non-Rider To Do at Dollywood!

The amusement park non-rider:  everybody knows one.  In our family, it’s pretty much me.  I used to love roller coasters and carnival rides when I was a teenager.  Then one day, I didn’t love them anymore…at least not the roller coasters.  The carnival rides (tilt-a-whirl, ferris wheel, etc.) I can still handle, but there’s something about the feeling that I might be plummeting to my death that makes me not want to step foot on roller coasters anymore.  We’ll just {Read More}