Spring Break in Broken Bow

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Broken Bow is a small town in Oklahoma encompassing Beavers Bend State Park.  The park is a part of the Ouachita National Forest with a beautiful lake, walking trails and other attractions.  In town they have several family friendly activities, restaurants, breweries and wineries.

Broken Bow, OK

Traveling with Kids

As we walked along a trail, an older couple passed us and said “Two kids and two dogs,  y’all are troopers!” This was the understatement of our trip. We have a 4-year-old son and 1-year-old daughter and two older dogs, so we tried to find activities that we could all participate in.  This is what we found…

  • Paddleboats and Kayaking- There were several areas that had these water activities, along with canoes, fishing, swimming, etc. My son had a great time doing these for the first time with my husband. It was a great way to see some of the amazing views that can’t be seen from the roads.
  • Hiking- This was my favorite part of the trip, and we found an amazing trail along a beautiful fast flowing river. I had my daughter strapped to my back, and my son discovered his love for throwing rocks into the river. The dogs loved exploring, and it was great exercise for us all.  There is nothing better than exhausted dogs and kids for that evening.
  • Go-Karts- My husband took my son to drive a go-kart for the first time at Big Food Speedway. My son said this was his favorite part of the trip.
  • Train Ride- Within the state park there is Beavers Bend Depot & Trail Rides where they have a small train that takes you on a 15 minute ride through the park.  My kids definitely enjoyed it, so that made it worth it.  For adults it wasn’t very exciting, but sometimes that’s the way it goes with small children. They also had guided horseback riding through the state park, and that looked like fun for older children and adults.

We spent a lot of time during our trip at our cabin enjoying the fire pit, hot tub, and cooking on an open flame.


 Healthy Habits on Vacation

As I continue to reach my weight loss goals, Spring Break was no exception. Going on vacation is something that typically will throw me off of my healthy eating and exercise.  Fortunately with this trip I was able to still work toward those goals with the help of my husband. We went to the grocery store on our way to the cabin and stocked up on fresh food. My husband grilled steak, chicken and pork chops for each meal.  We had vegetables with each meal, and fresh fruit for snacks.  I didn’t do formal exercises, but all of the hiking was a great way to get some activity in.

Broken Bow is a beautiful place to take a trip, whether it’s for a family, couple or group of friends.  There are a lot of different activities that I would still like to try when I come back.  Also, there are a variety of beautiful cabins to rent that meet the needs of any group of people. I definitely recommend Broken Bow as a vacation spot!


Mullet Mama: Full-Time in the Front, Party on the Holidays

I am a full-time teacher, and one of the greatest fortunes of my career is that I get holidays and summers home with my children. It is a blessing, but it is also a real challenge.


I love working. I like having something that is just mine and has nothing to do with the rest of my family. I like feeling challenged. Being a teacher definitely does all of this for me. The downside of working full-time is that during the work week I have limited time with my family. We wake up around 5am, get ready and go! After work and picking up the kids from daycare it’s a countdown to get everything done before bed. My 1 year-old eats dinner, gets a bath and then goes to bed.  My 4 year-old gets a little bit of playtime in addition to that. The weekends are full of running errands and scheduled activities. I wish this schedule provided for more quality time with my children.

Being a teacher, there is a good break from work every few months. Thanksgiving, Christmas, Spring Break and Summers. I love having this amount of time off with my family, especially around holidays.  It allows me some extra time to get things done and it provides the quality time I need with them. The struggle with this is that young children thrive on routines and consistency. Their schedule changes over these breaks whether you intend to or not. With holidays and vacations, there is a lot of time but also a lot to get done.

A teacher’s schedule seems ideal for a parent, and it does have some advantages over other careers. Although I do feel that I go from one end of the spectrum with little quality time to bouts of time with so much time I don’t know what to do with it. I am always searching for balance with my work and personal life, and this is one of those things I will have to continue work on.

Grocery Pickup/Delivery Reviews

Grocery pickup and delivery services came into my area right when I started having children. I don’t use these services every time I need groceries, but they have definitely come in handy when I don’t have a lot of time to grocery shop with two little ones.  It has also been helpful in meal planning for weight loss, because I shop for exactly what I need. Here are my experiences…

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Walmart Grocery

This was the first grocery pickup that I tried.  A couple years ago they were starting out test locations near my work, so I decided to try it out on my way home. I have since tried it at another location near my home as well.  I have had a good experience each time I have used Walmart Grocery.


  • Convenience- You can order online or use their app. You can also “check-in” to the app when you are on your way, so you no longer have to call when you arrive.
  • Service- The wait time has always been reasonable, and the employees have been polite.
  • Product- They rarely have had to substitute or cancel an item that I ordered.  When they have substituted an item, the new item has been a similar product or even better than I originally ordered.


  • Product- In general, I do not go to Walmart for meat or produce.  The quality is just not what I am looking for.  So considering this, I only use this service when I just need some packaged items. I will not be able to completely substitute my regular grocery trip with just this pickup order.

Kroger ClickList

I was very excited about Kroger introducing this service for a few reasons.  It is the closest grocery store to my house and their products are overall very good. Unfortunately, I have not had any good experiences with this and I have used their service on multiple occasions.


  • Product- Kroger has a great selection of meat and produce. I try to include as many fresh foods in my weekly meal plan, so Kroger is where I need to go to get these things.  They also have a good variety of healthy packaged foods.


  • Service- This is the reason I will not use Kroger ClickList. Every single time I have used them there has been something wrong with the order and/or wait time.  I have waited 30+ minutes for an order, and on one occasion I came at the beginning of the hour timeframe and was asked to come back later because the order was not ready. There has also been more than one time where items were missing from my order that were supposed to be there, i.e., all the frozen items. I have spent a lot of time notifying Kroger of my issues and I have only been offered a $20 gift card if I came in and found the store manager.
  • Convenience- When I last used ClickList, they only had ordering through their website and not on their app yet.  Adding a feature to their app for ClickList would definitely improve the convenience of this service.


I have only used this service one time when I was not able to grocery shop and was fed up with Kroger ClickList.


  • Convenience- The online ordering and using their app was very user friendly and efficient.  Obviously the delivery to your home is a huge benefit as well!
  • Product- I had a variety of grocery stores to choose from, so I was able to choose Kroger again for their products without using their pickup service.
  • Service- The employee that worked on my order was very friendly when communicating through text message, and the app notified you when an item wasn’t available for you to choose an alternative.


  • Convenience- They have a great idea of allowing the customer to choose in real time what product they want if the original is not available. However, in my case I was busy with other things at home (which is why I didn’t have time to shop myself) and I found it a little aggravating to have so many notifications.
  • Price- There is a delivery fee and tip on top of the grocery bill.  It’s a little expensive for me, but I can see why some people would want to pay for it.


Walmart Grocery will be the service that I will use most often because of the convenience and service without the extra cost.  Grocery shopping on my own will still have to happen on a regular basis so that I can get all of the fresh foods I want.

I will not rule out Instacart though, because they have a great service but it is not something I am prepared to pay for on a regular basis. It would be great for when you’re stuck at home from illness.

There are more services out there, so I will try more in the future to keep striving for balance!

Being a Role Model for Health

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One of my main reasons I try to consistently work on my health is to be a role model for my children. I want to show them as healthy a lifestyle as possible so that they can make better choices on their own at some point. I know my children will not always make the healthy choice, but here are some ways that I try to be a role model for them.

Healthy at Home

At home is where I want to always provide a healthy meal to my family. It is rare for us to have junk food in the house, and this is intentional. No sugary sodas, no candy, no fried snacks, etc. Sometimes it is a struggle when my husband wants to have some sweet and salty snacks on hand for himself, but I constantly work to avoid it.  Also, it is a personal trigger to have junk food in the house, because I will often overeat as a result of it being near. I focus on lean meats, whole grains, fruits and vegetables (definitely need to increase the veggies, but I’m working on it) for our family meals and kid’s lunches.

Special Occasions

I obviously can’t be perfect all the time, nor do I want to be when it comes to my family’s diet. I want to provide healthy nutritious foods at home on a consistent basis, but have special occasions for treats. If it is a holiday or we attend a birthday party, we will definitely partake in some cake or ice cream.  When we’re on vacation, we will go out to eat more often. I believe that indulgences can be appreciated more when they are not apart of the norm.

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Especially because I have two little ones (under 5) I have to find ways to keep them active. It’s just good for everyone’s sanity. I also like to show my children ways to spend their time actively rather than sitting on the couch.  Any chance we get and the weather permits, we will be at the park around the corner from our house.  We also love going to a splash pad, zoo, aquarium, indoor trampoline or obstacle parks, children’s museums or whatever else we can find. Bonus #parentinghack is that the kids sleep so much better after they have run around a bit.

Being a role model for health is a continuous struggle. I do not always follow through on all of these ways, but I know that for my children I will always work towards that goal.