Latest Posts:

The Best Easy Low Carb Keto Pesto

Quick and easy keto pesto is bursting with flavor! Gluten-free pesto is perfect on your favorite low carb bread or in any recipe that calls for an Italian sauce. Packed with garlic and basil, it's kid-approved and delicious! When was the first time you tried pesto? To...

read more

Top Things to do in Abilene TX

Things to do in Abilene TX Table of Contents AT A GLANCE | TRIP PLANNING | THINGS TO DO | WHERE TO EAT | WHERE TO STAY | MY ABILENE STORY At a Glance Home to three universities, a rich downtown cultural center, and a wealth of kids activities, Abilene, Texas has...

read more

Keto Chocolate Coconut Balls

Craving holiday chocolates? These delicious keto chocolate coconut balls have the perfect crack of sugar-free chocolate into super soft creamy coconut centers. You know ALL the chocolate and eggs and sugar you get around Easter and really any other holiday in our...

read more


Hi, I’m Lauren from!

I’m Mom to a fun-loving 10-year-old girl and a dinosaur and squid obsessed 6-year-old boy. As a former French teacher and Peace Corps volunteer, I love to read, cook, and learn about other cultures – foods, languages, history, people. I get so excited to share the traditions of different places with my kids and travel whenever possible. I’m also a bit obsessed with real foods, cutting out sugar, and low carb eating.

What will you find here?

You’ll see resources for low carb and keto recipes perfect for families, mom and family travel, books, learning, and fun! 

Come explore with us and plan your next adventure!

Recent Recipes:

Low Carb Keto Thai Coconut Soup

Creamy Keto Thai coconut soup is a delicate blend of amazing flavors: shrimp, ginger, lime, coconut milk, lemongrass, with the red curry spice on top. Delicious, dairy-free, gluten-free, and low carb, this refreshing recipe is perfect for a Lenten meal, spring, or...

read more

Butter and Jam Keto Thumbprint Cookies

Buttery, delicious, and easy low carb cookies. What could be better? Butter and jam keto thumbprint cookies are melt in your mouth with a zing of strawberry in the middle. What comes to mind when you think thumbprint cookies? For me, I have a flash of the bakery...

read more

Low Carb Peanut Butter Brownies

Chewy and delicious low carb peanut butter brownies marry our favorite flavors of chocolate and peanut butter in a gluten-free, keto brownie your taste buds will love! Brownies are one of those ultimate comfort foods you can't help but love. You may know I am a peanut...

read more

Recent Travel:

Utah and Colorado National Parks Bucket List

Preview: A Utah and Colorado National Parks Bucket List for families. Join guest writers as we travel around these mountain states to national and state parks! What’s your reason to visit a national or state park? Why do we go to these parks? Is it the magnificence,...

read more

California National Parks Bucket List

Preview: A California National Parks Bucket List for families. Join guest writers as we travel around the state of California to national and state parks! This year my daughter is in the fourth grade, and eligible for the Every Kid in a Park pass. What this means is...

read more

Visit the Corning Museum of Glass with kids

Preview: How to and why you should visit the Corning Museum of Glass with kids. Corning, New York is in the beautiful Finger Lakes region of New York State and the Museum of Glass is a must-visit. Kids love to create, to make art, and figure out how things...

read more

All Things Books:

What To Read Next For History Fans

When I created the title for this post I struggled with a term to pull these books altogether. Historical fiction? No. A Year in Provence is based on experience and considered non-fiction, even though it reads like fiction. Also, a couple of them are more...

read more

Best of 2017: My Favorite Things

 This week I reflected back on 2017 and took the time to indulge in thinking about my favorite things from the year. It’s been a great year, and I’ve been super-involved in my kids’ lives, but sometimes it’s good to think about yourself too. While it may...

read more

My Cozy Christmas Books: A List

This page contains affiliate links. Cozy Christmas booksThere’s not a lot I like more than a good book at Christmas. Ideally, I have a big fluffy chair between the window to watch the snow fall and the burning logs of the fireplace. On the small table near...

read more

Operation U.S. Parks:

How to get a FREE US National Parks pass

There’s something magical about being a kid in a national park. Everything is new and wondrous and makes an imprint in your mind that will last a lifetime. Did you know that every single fourth grader in the United States can get a FREE Every Kid in a Park...

read more

Secrets of Rocky Mountain National Park in Winter

Oh, how I love Rocky Mountain National Park!  RMNP is one of my favorite places to go with kids, by myself, or with friends and family.  There’s a power in the immensity and beauty of the mountains, the trees, the wildlife, and being out in nature.  With this in mind,...

read more

Want to come along for the ride?

Subscribe to the weekly newsletter!

You’ll get recipes, travel tips, book suggestions, even deals or fun things I love and want to pass on to you! Come along on our journey!

What are you waiting for?

Pin It on Pinterest

Share This

By continuing to use the site, you agree to the use of cookies. more information

The cookie settings on this website are set to "allow cookies" to give you the best browsing experience possible. If you continue to use this website without changing your cookie settings or you click "Accept" below then you are consenting to this.