Traveling With The Mutts and the Discovery of BringFido.com

Here on the HK Bar our dogs are part of our family. They are constant companions that go everywhere (nearly) with us. So when the rare road trip or vacation comes around they typically travel with us. 

I have been in the midst of planning a short getaway for the girls and I, (plus Virgil and Booker Blue.)  While I was wasting my time on google trying to sort each individual motel/motel on prices, availability, location and pet policy I came upon a jewel! 

The secret you ask? Www.Bringfido.com 

It’s basically the answer to my trip with dogs in tow planning dream come true! It even has an app! Which I quickly downloaded. Super easy to navigate. 

I was able to compare hotels and read all the info easily in one place. No more clicking on each hotel site and wasting time. 

In addition to hotel arrangements you may also search pet friendly restaurants, find dog walkers, dog parks, as well as many other tools at the specific area you plan to be. 

So if you are planning a trip soon and your pup is going along check this app out! It’s a win! 


Why I Plan Trips Even When I Can’t Afford To take Them

As a stay at home mom I am constantly trying to find new ways for my children and I to explore the world around us…..on a budget.on a very small budget. ….on a non existent budget. Realistically our entertainment (outside of our farm) is narrowed to the public library, parks, and  “free” entertainment on most occasions.

My girls Boo, 6, Owl, 2, and Bunny 1, and I love to plan trips! We have literally planned dozens of them already! But being on an absolute non existent budget means we have only actually gone on a few of them…..and they were within a few hours of the HK Bar. …..but that’s really not my point. I let the girls pick ANY destination they “want to go”. Then we research that place. We find out things like:
1. What types of food do people here eat?
2. What type of games do they play?
3. What type of schedules to people keep?
4. What is this area known/famous for?
5. What is the weather and land like?

We do most of our research at our local library. Both on the internet and in books. Something my oldest especially loves is when I contact the places visitor and tourist center. They often will send map, pamphlets, and countless brochures about the area in the mail. I mean really who doesn’t like getting mail about a cool place you are interested in?

And even though I know we aren’t in a financial situation that allows us to take the trips we want to, I am still teaching my children valuable lessons. Like the fact that DREAMING IS FREE. I  don’t ever want my children not to have dreams. I want them to be realistic about life sure, but I always want them to have the creativity and passion for dreaming.  I WANT MY CHILDREN TO LEARN TO LOVE AND RESPECT ALL CULTURES. I don’t ever want my children to close thier minds against someone or something just because it is different than what they know. By learning about the world around them, my children in turn learn a deeper appreciation and respect of those peoples and culture.

We often like to take our research a step further by actually playing the native games and cooking meals common for whatever destination we are planning for.

My girls  and I have spent countless hours planning trips. We have learned, we have bonded, and we have creatively passed the time without spending any money.

And even though we can’t really afford trips to Thailand, South Africa, Australia, or even New Jersey, we can still dream and learn and plan. Just because we can’t take them now doesn’t mean someday we won’t.

I have always been an adventurer, and even on a budget.very small budget...nonexistent budget I am teaching my kids to be too.


Life Is A Joyous Ride

This weekend Boo, Owl, Bunny, I ,and one of my best friends,Lisa, whom I consider a sister ran away on an adventure. We road tripped it to a little town in Missouri called Carthage. It’s a beautiful little town with so much to offer; antiques, shopping, historical tours, and Precious moments chapel.

Precious moments chapel was built by an artist  by the name of Butcher. He hand painted the hundreds of paintings that reside in the chapel.


The girls and I were able to appreciate fabulous works of art that depict both the Old and New Testaments.


In the gift shop I fell in love with one particular piece by Butcher. Art doesn’t usually “speak” to me in anyway. I generally have horrible taste, if any at all. But I think I scored on this one.


It’s called Life’s A Joyous Ride.

I placed it on my dresser so I can see it first thing every morning. I know it will remind me, just like the title says, that life truly is a joyous ride.

All too often I get caught up in the small things, bills, laundry, meeting deadlines; and I forget to really enjoy the big things, like friends, family, fellowship, and nature.

This weekend trip made me realize I don’t want to miss my Joyous Ride. I want to fully embrace it for what it is.

If you are ever near Carthage, Missouri it is a must see!


From the HK Bar to Libya


Boo choosing the place

It all started on a too cold day to go outside. Boo, my five year old said,

“Mama, let’s go on a trip.”

Of course we couldn’t go on a trip. My husband works two jobs so we can keep the HK running, and so I’m able to stay home with our three girls. So needless to say our budget is always tight. So I thought of the next best thing, and thus was born “The Map Game”.

First I got out our world map and Boo picked a country, Libya. We decided to research a dish native to that country, as well as a game often played by children in that country.

Boo loved the game we picked which in Libya is called Wabees. It is played just like freeze tag here in the United States. image

My two oldest girls loved this game and after an hour of Wabees, we were all tired and hungry for lunch!

The dish that we picked to make is called Shakshuka. We Googled a recipe and found an easy to follow one at


Ingredients for Shakshuka

Boo was very excited to cook with me, and it gave me an opportunity to work on measuring skills, counting, and kitchen safety!


Boo measuring ingredients


Almost finished!


Boo ready to eat!

It turned out amazingly well! If I could bottle the taste and smell you would all be drooling right now!

Playing the Map Game was a great way to pass the time as well as made for several teachable moments for my daughters. We were able to learn about a culture through their food and games. I want to raise my daughters to be knowledgeable about people and culture from all over the globe!


Everyone had to stir


Boo, Owl, and I

As soon as the map game was complete, Boo immediately asked if she could pick the next country!
I’d say with a little imagination and help from Google we all felt like we had taken a day trip to Libya. 🙂