St. Augustine Christmas: Then vs Now

Pull up a chair, y'all. I'd love to introduce you to a local friend an kindred spirit, Minorcan Mama. As her name implies, Jen was born and raised in St. Augustine- her Minorcan roots may show at Christmas time more than the rest of the year because traditions have a way of persisting through the decades. Today, she's sharing her recollections of a St. Augustine Christmas: Minorcan Mama Remembers Then vs Now. I'm so glad to introduce you to her! Without further ado, meet Minorcan Mama: It's that time of year, y’all!  All of my seriousness gives way to … [Read more...]

How to Enjoy Nights of Lights AFTER Christmas

Simply St. Augustine posts contain affiliate links. I love hearing from readers! I read and answer every question I receive. The most recent one was about #NightsOfLights and I get it so regularly I thought I'd respond in a post for everyone! Sabrina will be visiting in January and asks: "I love St. Augustine but have never seen the lights. Are the lights in one area or all thru the town? ... should we be prepared to walk or take a tour? Thanks for the help." ~Sabrina St. Augustine's Nights of Lights adorn the city until January 31, 2016. Visiting after the busyness of … [Read more...]

5 Days: 5 Ideas for a Nights of Lights Date Night

There are only 7 days 'til Christmas!  You can read 12 ways I'm celebrating Christmas in St. Augustine starting with this 12 Days 'til Christmas post or go to the Nights of Lights page for a Christmas Countdown via photos of St. Auggie's #NightsOfLights. Simply St. Augustine posts contain affiliate links. 5 Ideas for a Nights of Lights Date Night! In the middle of the holiday hustle & bustle, it's imperative to make time for your spouse!  So, with 5 days to go in our countdown, I'll stick with a theme of 5's as I suggest 5 ideas for a St. Augustine Nights of … [Read more...]

6 Days: Take the Kids into Town

There are only 7 days 'til Christmas!  You can read 12 ways I'm celebrating Christmas in St. Augustine starting with this 12 Days 'til Christmas post or go to the Nights of Lights page for a Christmas Countdown via photos of St. Auggie's #NightsOfLights. Simply St. Augustine posts contain affiliate links. Six days until Christmas. There is so much that could be done... but what will your kids remember two decades from now? A tree with coordinating, perfectly wrapped gifts or family walks under millions of lights to get cocoa? Yeah, exactly. Leave the to-do list and take … [Read more...]

7 Days: How to Have a Family Game Night

There are only 7 days 'til Christmas!  You can read 12 ways I'm celebrating Christmas in St. Augustine starting with this 12 Days 'til Christmas post or go to the Nights of Lights page for a Christmas Countdown via photos of St. Auggie's #NightsOfLights. Simply St. Augustine posts contain affiliate links. How to Have a Family Game Night Step 1: Have a family I just put this one in so you could scratch something off the list really easily. You're welcome. Since we're a family of 9, we are an instant party 24/7. If you need extra people for your game night, adopt … [Read more...]

8 Days: Get in the Kitchen!

Simply St.Augustine is hosting a St. Augustine Christmas Countdown... and today there are 8 days til Christmas!  If you're late to the party, start with this 12 Days ’til Christmas post or go to my Nights of Lights page for a Christmas Countdown via Nights of Lights photos! Simply St. Augustine posts contain affiliate links. One way our family shows love is through food.  Both my grandmas are amazing cooks and I love jumping in the kitchen with my Mom, my hubby and my kids!  Today, I'm having some friends over and trying a couple of new recipes!  You've probably pinned … [Read more...]

9 Days: Rest

Hey y'all! I'm known as"Simply" around here... and I'm hosting a St Augustine Christmas Countdown!  You can read 12 ways I'm celebrating Christmas in St. Augustine starting with this 12 Days 'til Christmas post or go to the Nights of Lights page for a Christmas Countdown in photos. Simply St. Augustine posts contain affiliate links. Christmas is my busiest time of year. Is it like this for you? Traffic surges on my site with people searching what to do for Nights of Lights in St. Augustine.  We have dozens of things I really, really, really want to experience this year … [Read more...]

How To Make an I Spy Game for Road Trips!

I love road trips. I guess that's obvious, seeing as how I have a whole website dedicated to traveling to St. Augustine and enjoying simple road trips with kids. I love adventuring in new spaces, creating memories as a family and the challenge of making the road trip as much fun as the destination. Which leads me to today's blog: an easy step-by-step tutorial showing how to make an I Spy Game for Road Trips!! The Simply St. Augustine blog contains affiliate links and sponsored posts like this one. I made my I-Spy bottle in a Noble juice bottle on purpose! When I … [Read more...]