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About Me & My Family

I am living life as a mom on the run while attempting to maintain an easy pace between races and raising three children (ages 12, 8, 3). My family and I enjoy living life off the sofa and exploring the world around us.
Our Family's Travel Personality
adventurous, curious, simple, spontaneous, easy_going, social_butterfly
We Just Got Back From
Marco Island, FL
Our Favorite Vacation Spot
Sanibel, FL
A Place We'd Love To Visit
San Francisco, Seattle, Chicago
Favorite Vacation Memory
We visited the UK a few years ago. We toured Roman walls and castles which was truly an amazing adventure. I would love to return to the UK
Worst Travel Moment With My Kids:
Key West is just not kid-friendly. Open and closing the mini-fridge was the most fun my toddler had in Key West.
Websites I Like:
www.deniseisrundmt.com www.yelp.com www.hotels.com

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August 28 2015
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Lagerheads on the Gulf | kids travel, kids activities
Lagerheads on the Gulf
8975 Gulf Boulevard,
Navarre,
Florida 32566
"Totally LOVED Lagerheads"
Sometimes with beach dining, you get a fantastic view but the food is less desirable. Lagerheads serves both a great view and good food with a friendly smile.

The beach bar and grill is slightly hidden as no sign makes it known that there is a restaurant at the pier. By chance, my family and I stopped in as as it was walking distance from our resort and there are very limited options on the beach. Judging by the large crowd at the bar, it seemed to be a local favorite.

Our server was very friendly and shared some of his favorite dishes. The shrimp tacos were definitely a hit! Lagerheads offers the typical kid menu items and they have a nice selection of craft beer for a beach bar. My family loved our meal so much we returned the following evening!

During the summer months, Lagerheads offers free family-friendly movies on the beach. No purchase is necessary to enjoy the movie. Beach blankets, chairs and picnics are welcome.
 
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August 28 2015
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Panhandle Butterfly House | kids travel, kids activities
Panhandle Butterfly House
Navarre Pkwy & Cr-399,
8581 Navarre Parkway, (Hwy. 98) at the foot of the Navarre b,
Navarre,
Florida 32566
"Float Like a Butterfly"
This sweet little butterfly experience sits at the corner of the causeway leading into Navarre Beach. Volunteers operate the Panhandle Butterfly House and it is free but they ask for a small donation during your visit. Inside the building a tour guide tells you a bit about the Panhandle Butterfly House and there are several of varieties of butterflies on display. The butterfly garden is quite small but it is filled with tons of butterflies, a Koi pond and a glass apparatus which house several chrysalises and cocoons. Out back, there is a lovely garden to walk through with filled with butterfly friendly plants and the garden over looks the intercoastal. The facitlity sits adjacent to the Children's Park and splash pad so it's definitely worth a visit. Our visit to the Butterfly House lasted about 20-30 minutes but it was a great way to escape the hot Florida summer sun. Or save it for a rainy day. The center is only open Tuesday - Thursday.
 
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August 28 2015
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Summerwind by ResortQuest  | kids travel, kids activities
Summerwind by ResortQuest
8577 Gulf Bvld,
Navarre, Florida
"Spacious Seaside Living"
Upon stepping into one of the condos of the SummerWind Resort, I was blown away by the spacious floor plan and the sizable rooms. We are a family of five and we each had our own space and them some! It was wonderful to enjoy a family vacation without being on top of each other and getting too close for comfort.

One bedroom had a set of bunk beds, another bedroom had two full size beds with an adjoining full bath. The master bedroom had a king, walk-in closet, flat screen TV, DVD player with its own private porch.

The condo also offered a full size kitchen complete with a full fridge, washer, microwave, toaster, coffee pot. Even with the cabinets full of pots and pans, there was still room for food and beach staples and a pantry provided additional storage space. Our condo also came equipped with a washer and dryer which came in handy for sandy swimsuits!

The full size kitchen also offered a bar with counter seating with a six seating dining room table adjacent to it. After splashing around the shore, you can certainly unwind in the living room with a private balcony overlooking the beach, which is a spectacular view!

The Sumemrwind Resort has THREE private pools, all which are kid-friendly. (Sorry, no "adult pool" here.) Guests are required to wear bands to use the pool, which can be a bit stressful for families with small children who don't fit the wristbands and can easily slip off. It's also hard to explain to a small child that the wristbands must stay with at the resort upon checking out. (If lost or stolen, the pool bands are $10 each to replace.) Since I was worried about losing any wristbands, I simply asked my oldest to wear two because the green neon color appeals to any teen or older child.

Our condo was very clean and we had everything we needed for our short visit. The resort does provide towels but no beach towels and it also offers a very limited supply of toiletries and cleaning supplies. If you are planning to stay longer than a weekend, be sure to pack additional toiletries, laundry soap, dish soap, washing machine detergent, paper towel. There are plenty of supermarkets nearby to stock up!

The Summerwind Resort is another fine example which make Navarre Beach "Florida's Best Kept Secret"!
 
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August 27 2015
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Gulf Breeze Zoo | kids travel, kids activities
Gulf Breeze Zoo
5701 Gulf Breeze Parkway,
Gulf Breeze,
Florida 32563
"Get enGULFed in an Adventure!"
The Gulf Breeze is about a twenty minute car ride from the main tourist area of Navarre Beach. As a modest family owned and operated zoo, this zoo lacks the bells and whistles of large commercial zoo but it offers a very unique hands-on experience that children of all ages can enjoy. Because of its intimate size, the zookeepers are very personable and friendly and so are the animals. From their well-groomed appearance, it is obvious the animals are well cared for.

Each of my three children (13, 10, 5) loved a different aspect of the zoo. My five year old son loved the train ride which offered a closer look at some of the animal exhibits and some facts about each of the animals. My thirteen year old daughter loved the Budgiery ( a Budgies Aviary) where we had the chance to feed the Budgies (parakeets) and they flocked to us like bees to honey. My ten year old daughter loved feeding the giraffe and llama. And of course, I loved watching the joy on their faces throughout the whole experience.

Between the cost of admission and the add-ons such as the train and the feeding experiences, the zoo can be a bit costly. To save some pennies, pack a lunch and drinks as there are many spots to picnic inside the zoo.
 
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August 18 2015
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Shark Bite Food Truck | kids travel, kids activities
Shark Bite Food Truck
9575 Navarre Pkwy ,
Navarre,
Florida 32566
"Shark Bite HOO HA HA!"
Am I the only one who automatically shouts out, "SHARK BITE HOO HA HA!" when I read the name of this food truck? Shark Bite definitely lived up to its status as the top rated restaurant in Navarre Beach and it's another example of what makes Navarre Beach "Florida's best kept secret". The menu offers a variety of Baja-style breakfast and lunch items and when it's gone, they are gone for the day too. The fish tacos were lightly coated in a cornmeal batter, delicately fried and delicious! Shark Bite is very kid-friendly and they will happily accommodate menu items to please the little minnows. Shark Bite will happily provide picky eaters a cheese quesadilla or a plain hot dog. To keep the little guppies entertained, there is a sand pit for them to play in while they wait for their food.
 
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