Beach & Zoo

We’ve had a busy day!

We went on a good hike/walk to the “Secret Beach” at Kincaid Park. No pictures, unfortunately. I can’t believe it’s only been a month since last time I’ve been there, because it looked so different to me! The park was covered in green green grass, trees and shrubs. It’s amazing what a month can do here. Because there is so much sunlight during the summer months, the trees grow super fast. Like photosynthesis on high speed! I wish I would have had taken pictures, it would have been fun to compare. Oh well.

We didn’t see any moose either. Kincaid is usually moose central. We’ve got to show Jaimie and Ryan a real Alaskan moose before they leave! (And seeing one at the zoo doesn’t count. Ha.)

After the park, the kids played a little.

Do you notice how clean my floors are?

I mean ya, the kids are cute too, but do you see my floor?

It’s freshly mopped. Please be impressed.

What do you use to clean your (fake) wood floors? My dad bought us a huge thing of Pine Sol and I think it works well, but man is it chemical infested! It has a strong scent. Boys are upstair sleeping and windows are open when it’s mop time. Which, by the way, I’m going to try and do more often because I happen to have two children who sometimes, by accident, or on purpose too, get food on the floor. Clean floors make my house look so much — cleaner!

Next up: nap time!

This is Desmond. He just turned one. He is such a chill baby. For nap time his mom just holds him and he falls asleep on her! Isn’t that sweet? Awwwwww.

After nap we went to the zoo.

(Is it my nap time yet? Wondering.)

The zoo was perfect, but I was too busy playing with Lucas to take any pictures. He kept saying “I need a black bear.” I have a lot of things to teach him about wild animals.

And dinner —


We were talking about how large families seem to eat a lot of spaghetti because it’s quick and easy to make, and relatively cheap. I’m not a huge fan of spaghetti, but it’s definitely something I’ll probably be making a lot of in my future. I’m really good at boiling noodles.

I’m ready for bed.

Published by Samantha Mellen

Certified personal trainer & health coach helping women transform their lives through fitness, abundant mindset coaching and internal peace. Mom of two boys, living life in Alaska.

6 thoughts on “Beach & Zoo

  1. I use vinegar to clean all my floors; hardwood and tile. It is really cheap, it cleans very well and is safe for the kids. It also gets rid of mold and mildew so its great to clean the bathroom floors too.

  2. I use a Shark steam cleaner on our tile floors, but I've heard it works for laminate also… no chemicals at all, just water. But your floors do look great.

    And oh my goodness can I please have your sister-in-law's secret to getting a baby to fall asleep like that? I didn't know that was even possible.

  3. Emily beat me to it – a Shark steamer! I just borrowed my mum's for a week and it was AWESOME. I didn't even have to scrub the gunk off my fake wood floors in the kitchen. And you can combo it with Jessica's vinegar solution, too. Make your diluted vinegar in a spray bottle, and just spray the floor before you go over it with the Shark steamer. Ta-da! No chemicals, and no hurting your back, either.

    The basic Shark floor steamer is around $50. They sell fancier ones now too, but you don't really need the extra stuff. Though the hand-held Shark is also really awesome for other surfaces…

  4. We use a shark on laminate flooring and it is fine. I love the fact that it is just water and the steam is really hot so it kills anything on the floors. We have the basic shark it is good however I would like to have the professional one that my cousin has it has a lot more options and man does it clean a lot quicker. I like the fact the floors dry almost instantly after you go over them. However my four year old DD and my two year old DD like to try to put foot prints on the floor as quick as I mop it. I have had my two year old helping a great deal mopping she is my neat freak unlike her sister and she can even do the shark with help of course.

  5. I use vinegar and water too for our (real) wood floors. We had them refinished and this is what they suggested; half and half water/vinegar. It's cheap like previously mentioned and isn't full of the bad chemicals… I also use it when cleaning the fridge and kitchen cabinets. Goes a long ways!

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