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Friday, May 17, 2019

Mission Control clears you to enter the National Air and Space Museum in Fairfax, Virginia

Back in March I made a deal with my son. If he went on the field trip at school (missing a Space demonstration) I would take him to a Space Museum. The things we do to get our kids to go to school. His only stipulation was "not just any Museum, Mom, it HAS to have something special". Right! After searching the internet I found a place claiming to house a real life size Space Shuttle within it's walls. WHAT?! I messaged the tourism board asking if this was in fact the case. Folks, let me introduce you to the National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution in Fairfax, Virginia.
We loaded in our vehicle and headed to Fairfax, Virginia (roughly 6.5 hours drive). I never mentioned where we were going just said I was fulfilling my end of the bargain. Interested in our full itinerary while in town?? Go check it out HERE
 When we first walked in my son was pretty overwhelmed. 
"These exhibitions examine the history of powered flight and space exploration. From the first flight of the 1903 Wright Flyer to the first images of Pluto provided by the New Horizons spacecraft."
My first impression was: "WOW". 
"The restoration hangars are filled with 195 history-changing aircraft, 150 spacecraft and satellites, and thousands of other artifacts." 
It was hard not to "lost in space"...with so much to look at. He did not even see the Space Shuttle at first. We walked down to the Space demonstrations, snapped a few photos by some artifacts including this astronaut suit, pictured above.
The stunning Space Shuttle Discovery is pretty hard to miss though! 
Fun fact: My friend ( a fellow writer over at Capital Moms), who accompanied us, watched this Space Shuttle fly in on top of an airplane!!
 After 39 successful flights for NASA, this beauty is retired within the Museum walls for everyone to enjoy. Let me tell you it was the highlight of our trip! Definitely worth the smile plastered all over my son's face. I am a strong advocate for reading but somethings were meant to be SEEN in person! 
Books, photos and words just do not do this place/aircraft/experience justice.
Did I mention the National Air and Space Museum is FREE? I honestly had no idea until we entered and could not find the ticket counter. Might I recommend if you do have little one's grab a "Scavenger Hunt" at the Customer Service Counter. The seasoned local had never grabbed one before either (ha) but let me just say the kids loved it!
 If you are in Fairfax County, Virginia or maybe looking for a Space Museum with "Something special" this my friends is the place to visit! Family-friendly, knowledgeable staff, educational classes, tons of things to see/do and it's handicap accessible!! 
Have you ever visited a Air & Space Museum??
Do you have a favorite Space Memory??

Monday, May 13, 2019

Teriyaki Chicken with Quinoa Recipe

The last few weeks I have been trying to mix things up in my kitchen. It can be so hard to make different dishes with our busy schedules. Here is a great dish to whip up if you are stressed for time and low on ingredients.  
What you will need:
2-3 small peppers
2 garlic cloves (chopped)
3 tbs teriyaki sauce
Few dabs of Worcestershire
1 small onion (diced)
I also added some red wine, optional
Diced mushrooms also optional
Boneless Chicken breast ( use what you need)
Add some Olive oil to a frying pan along with onions and mushrooms. 
Let these almost brown before adding the garlic to the pan.
 Lower your heat and add the boneless chicken in. Also add the teriyaki sauce, wine, Worcestershire and peppers. Allow the chicken to cook thoroughly. While this is simmering I add my quinoa to my instant pot and allow to cook.
 Once the quinoa cooks I add it to the plate. I add the chicken atop with the juice and vegetables. This has such a great flavor and takes less than 20 minutes to make. Serve & Enjoy!
Do you like to mix your dinner meals up?
Have you tried Teriyaki Chicken before??

Friday, May 10, 2019

Our stay aboard the Fulton Steamboat Inn in Strasburg, PA

When I was younger, we lived pay check to pay check but at times even that was a struggle. My Mom would stretch her pennies and save like a mad women! Any money left over after paying bills went for things we needed plus traveling adventures. Her idea was that small trips here and there helped us connect as a family. She fueled my love of travel from an early age. Now I  want to pass down that love of travel experiences to my son.
On one memorable trip she took us to a "Steamboat" hotel. While searching online about the Lancaster, Pennsylvania area, I found the Fulton Steamboat Inn! Talk about fate.
You bet your racing horse ticket I booked a room for my family. Neither one of them had any idea until we literally pulled in the parking lot. Sort of a little special surprise before we called it quits on our Spring Break vacation. The Fulton Steamboat Inn in Strasburg, PA is pretty darn unique! It houses 97 Victorian and Nautical themed rooms complete with all of the modern amenities.
 After check-in we ventured outside to the Jr. First Mate's Happy Harbor Playground. A perfect spot for kids to run, play and create tails from a seven sea voyage.
Everything about this area from the Amish farm lands to the Fulton gardens have you feeling relaxed. 
We walked to the fire pit area, around the gardens and enjoyed their fully stocked koi pond.
The local ducks even have made this area a home. 
One thing I truly love about being a parent....watching how my son takes after "me". His sense of humor is a spitting imagine of mine. This photo above shows that!! We both saw this "sign" and stood smiling waiting for a photo capture without even discussing it to one another.
 The grounds of this Inn are beautiful and honestly it's hard to capture a "bad shot"!! It is so family friendly I could not recommend a stay more, truly!
When we had enough of the outdoors we went inside to enjoy their indoor pool. 
Did I mention the pool has painted fish on the bottom of it?? 
I thought this was the neatest thing and so did my son!!
Before you leave I would also suggest a meal at their restaurant.  We had half-off appetizers for dinner in the bar area. It is very kid-friendly with table seating. The food is delicious, workers are kind and orders are taken right away (perfect when you have little ones with you).
In the morning we enjoyed a "family style" breakfast. I have never had this sort of buffet style dish before. It was pretty neat and filling. They served all three of our portions on one plate (shown above). We just took what we wanted. YUM!
Overall our stay at the  Fulton Steamboat Inn in Strasburg, PA was memorable. I am so glad they are operating after all these years. We can't wait for our next visit! If you are traveling in the area I HIGHLY recommend you book a stay!
Have you ever stayed the night in a Steamboat??
What are your favorite places in Lancaster, PA??

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

20 Steamy Romantic Comedies on Netflix

Who enjoys a good Romantic Comedy? This month is all about recognizing our love from the mother's in our life. I have been lucky enough to have several women in my life take the role of "Mom" throughout the years. One thing they all have in common is their incredible ability to laugh, smile even in the trenches of what life throws their way. To these fabulous women, I am grateful!!

1. Empire Records- If you had ask me for years what my favorite movie was, this is it! From musical fun, to love triangles this flick has a little something for everyone. Including a happy ending :) I wouldn't suggest watching it with little kids around though. 
2. My Perfect Romance
3. Set it Up
4. Sleeping with Other People
5. Spanglish
6. Before we Go
7. Christian Mingle, the movie- I would compare this to any Hallmark movie you have seen with a bit of humor added in the mix. 

8. To all the Boys I've loved before
9. She's Out of my Legue
10. A Cinderella Story
11. The Spectacular Now
12. Gilmore Girls
13. Friends
14. One Day at a Time
 15. Young & Hungry- This is the perfect mix of love, comedy and food! The main character will have you laughing and cheering her on as she tries to score a date with her boss!

16. The Kissing Booth
17. Grey's Anatomy
18. unBreakable Kimmy Schmidt
19. Baby Moma
20. Santa Clarita Diet

What is your favorite Romantic Comedy?
Let us know in the comments below! 

Friday, May 3, 2019

Let's journey outside of Washington D.C. to Fairfax County, Virginia

It is important for all of us to appreciate where we come from and how that history has really shaped us in ways that we might not understand. -Sonia Sotomayor 
When we first visited Washington D.C. we learned you can't see it all in a day (7 Truths about visiting Washington D.C.). We decided to explore Fairfax County, Virginia just outside the city. It has some great historical places along with educational fun my family was excited to dive into. Fairfax County is about a 7 hour drive for us. If you are a family traveling long distances, I recommend you check out my article: 25 Tips on Surviving Long Road trips with Kids. We happen to hit some traffic due to an accident so the travel bin came in real handy! 
On this particular trip we also wanted to get a taste of the outdoors. 
Our first stop was a morning hike at Great Falls, State Park.
 They have some great waterfall outlooks and trails. We also learned that the park ticket covers both the Virginia and Maryland sides of the Park. 
Our next stop was the Frying Pan Farm Park. They preserve and interpret farm life from the 1920s to 1950s. Hosting educational classes, live demos and some great petting areas there is something for the whole family to enjoy! I truly wish we had something similar back in our area, I think the kids could really benefit from it. 
It's funny how a place can really get a "bad" rap through media. After talking to locals I learned Roer's Zoofari had some issues in the past but since changed ownership. I could not wait to see for myself if this establishment was worth a visit. Truth be told, it was! 
The safari ride was a little on the short side but we enjoyed the park. I recommend ordering the lettuce, carrots, dip sticks and baby milk bottles. 
Feeding the baby goats and birds were the highlights!!
I made a compromise with my son a while back to find him a Space Museum. His only request was it had to have something “special”.  After searching around I found the National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution. Did I mention, they have a REAL Space Shuttle in their Museum 😳! 
Fun fact: it was flown on an airplane and rolled into the Museum plane hanger.
While in town we had a lot planned. I am so glad we took a detour from the itinerary to walk the grounds at Meadowlark Botanical Gardens. The weather was beautiful along with all the Spring blooms coming in. Several places to sit, snap photos and just enjoy the outdoors. 
On our last night we stopped into the new Dave & Buster's location in the Fair Oaks Mall. Let me tell you it was SO much fun!! We enjoyed arcade games and won LOTS of tickets! We walked away with two full bags of goodies and still managed to give away 1,000+ tickets. Another great place to stop and enjoy some fun with your family or for a date night!
We defiantly did not fit everything in our schedule. The area has so much more to offer so we need to plan another trip! If you have some great suggestions on where to visit the next time we are in Fairfax County, Virginia let us know in the comments!!

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Pork Tenderloin with a Mushroom Cream Sauce

 I have been so lucky to have a billet son who loves to cook. Sometimes my kitchen is a mess but the smells that come out of it lately would send anyone running to have a seat at our dinner table! This week he taught me how to create this delightful sauce to my Pork Tenderloin recipe
It is so delicious I hope you all try it out for yourself!!
What you will need:
1 Pork Loin
2 TBS Garlic salt
2 Garlic cloves minced
1 TBS. Parsley
1 TBS ginger Salt mix ( we bought this at Wegmans)
3 TBS Soft butter for Pork loin
3TBS soft butter for Mushroom Sauce
1 TBS Rosemary 

Glaze Ingredients:
Heavy Cream (I used a 1/2 quart)
dash of salt to taste Salt
1 tsp pepper (yes, you need to use a lot of pepper)
Mix the ingredients for the Pork Tenderloin together and create a paste. 
  Cover the tenderloin with the paste and add it to a oven pan.
Bake your Pork Tenderloin at 375 for around and hour or until it is fully cooked!
Once that is baking it is time to create the sauce. Slice your mushrooms, add the 3 TBS of butter to your skillet. Turn on low heat and let them simmer. After 10 minutes add the heavy cream and stir occasionally. We learned that if you cover it the sauce will bubble over the pan so keep it uncovered.
 This sauce creates the perfect balance to any Pork Tenderloin!!
What do you put on your Pork Tenderloin???
Let us know if you try this recipe out!!
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