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...]

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...]

Hydrobike on the St. Johns River

Just when I thought we had done everything in St. Augustine, I stumble across a brand new way to explore my favorite place in the world. You may have sailed, kayaked, jet skied, SUP toured and taken airboat tours but I bet you have never ridden a bike on the water. Now you can when you Hydrobike on the St. Johns River. This is way easier than it looks and simultaneously harder than it looks. It's a very simple design- a bike frame sits on 2 wide-set pontoons for a very sturdy platform. No matter how light or heavy you are, this thing will not tip. And a little bit of … [Read more...]

Build Your Own Scavenger Hunt

Happy Monday, friends! I start every week with a #SimplyBloggers blog hop... this week we're talking family night fun. I'll share links to their ideas at the end of this post. There is a lot of affordable fun to be had in St. Augustine if you'll get a little creative. This week, create a personalized scavenger hunt to make your kids smile! Simply print the below file, customize it to fit your family with a pen and start making memories. Easy peasey! As a mamma of 7, I know the challenges of coming up with ideas that are fun across the ages yet still affordable. With … [Read more...]

58 Things to do when the Bridge is Up

Do you find yourself stuck in traffic regularly? Are you preparing for a road trip with kids? Whether you're a St. Augustine local stuck on the bridge or not, this list will help you keep a good attitude, save some time or make a new memory when the car is crawling! This post contains affiliate links. I don't know how many times a day the Bridge of Lions goes up but it seems to always be when I'm running late! Instead of huffing and puffing, make the most of your new-found extra time! Put the car in park and choose one (or two or ten, depending on how many boats are going … [Read more...]

Explore St. Augustine by Color: Gray Day

Like a formal wedding with a 1.5 year old, touring St. Augustine with little ones can feel more like work than vacation. New places, tours where they’re supposed to be still and quiet and long days exploring from “son up to son down” leave cute kiddos cross. How can preschoolers vacation in St. Augustine? Don’t waste your trip! Instead of dragging preschoolers through grown-up experiences, tailor your trip to the little ones you love with this St. Augustine vacation guide. Start with something they know… colors… then pick through the suggestions below to create a perfect … [Read more...]

Florida Girl Beauty Tips: Summer Sun Skincare

School may be back in, but the sun is at summer strength for another couple of months here in St. Augustine... and most Floridians' lifestyles keep us outdoors 365 days a year. Unlike friends up North, we need to follow summer sun skincare tips year round! Summer Sun Skincare After finding a spot on my temple several months ago, I finally worked up the courage to ask a dermatologist about it. Lots of my fair skinned, red-headed family members have had skin cancer removed; with the appearance of this spot, I was no longer able to cling to youthful ignorance. Thank God I'm … [Read more...]

Summer Beauty Tip: Protect Hair from Sun

Angie has kept my hair looking good through the hormones of 2 pregnancies and nursing sweet little ones, tamed the tangles on humid days and generally kept me looking decent through a lot of hot Florida summers. She's guest posting today and will keep beauty tips for #FloridaGirls rolling in each month! This post contains affiliate links. Living in the sunshine state means the sun is a big part of our lives. While beach days in full sun are amazing, they're not great for our hair and skin. Most of us are aware of the damaging effects of the sun on our skin, but we … [Read more...]