Family, Kids, Life in General

Kids Out and About in St. Louis


The weather is getting cooler and the leaves are beginning to change beautiful colors of red, yellow, and orange.  It’s time to pull out the boots. The St. Louis Cardinals are in the playoffs once again, and our Missouri Tigers are unbeaten. It’s Autumn here in St. Louis.  It’s an awesome time to be here. October has become one of my very favorite months because there is so much excitement in town.  People are visiting the Missouri wineries and taking their families to the pumpkin patch.

Recently, I wanted to take the family to a pumpkin patch that I visited several years ago. I couldn’t remember the name or address so I decided to check out my friends at “Kid’s Out and About in St. Louis”.  I knew they would hook me up with a list so I could find my favorite one.  Not only do they provide a list of pumpkin patches, but they provide so many other activities for families.  It’ such a great resource. is an online resource offering parents, grandparents, and caregivers great stuff to do in and around the St. Louis area with their kids – culture, the arts, festivals, active fun, and recreation. Organizations that provide activities for kids and families can have a free organization listing so they can post on any of their three calendars – events, classes and summer camps. An enewsletter is sent out every Thursday morning filled with ideas for family fun for that upcoming weekend and beyond.

Stay connected with them. It’s an awesome organization!

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Once you go, You Know! Jamaica‘s tag line is so true!

The St. Louis Cooks have been away soaking up the rays, eating some awesome jerk food, and listening to some great music. It’s been over eight years since I’ve been to Jamaica.  I didn’t realize how much I missed the warm Jamaican people, the awesome jerk food, and the incredible music and dance.  It was the kids first visit to the island and they’re already asking to go back.  Ya Mon!

Once you go, you know!

We had the pleasure of staying at the Iberostar Rose Hall Suites, thanks to my awesome mother n law for treating Iberostar Rose Hall15 family members.  This resort was the perfect home for seven nights of fun and relaxation.  I travel for both business and pleasure.  I must admit this resort is top of my list for a family vacation.  It offered non-stop fun and excitement especially for the kids, with beach aerobics, kids games, feeding the fish, and evening shows in the theatre.  Every day at 3:00 PM, the awesome star entertainment staff danced the Cupid Shuffle and the Wobble dance, along with all the kids in our family.  We didn’t have any shy ones in the bunch! In addition to the hotel activities, some family members went scuba diving for the first time.  I can’t believe that my 11-year-old daughter was one of them, but she loved it.

I’m a firm believer in experiencing the culture and checking out an excursion or two.  Dunns River Falls is a must seeDunns River Falls  in Jamaica.  If you are well and able, take the climb up the falls.  It’s a bit challenging, but tons of fun for everyone.  We left the older ones behind, but my son who is five years old and my nephew who is six both made it to the top.  Of course, we bought the CD to help bring the experience back to life.  Amstar Destination Management Company took very good care of us.  Margie, our tour guide told us all about the history and culture of Jamaica.

Location is key with a larger group of people especially in Jamaica where transfer time can sometimes take 1-2 hours depending on what part of the island you are visiting. The Iberostar Rose Hall Suites has the perfect location because it’s only 20 minutes from the airport.  The resort is set on a beautiful calm beach so it’s ideal for kids and all water activities.  The resort also has convenient elevators throughout the property. We also had tons of options for food.  They were very accommodating with our family.  We were able to set up reservations every night in one of the many al a carte restaurants.  My favorite though was the Japanese restaurant where they cooked and chopped right in front of our table.  A special shout out to Sabrina, our cook that evening for all the fun and dancing!

When visiting another country, I have found that it’s the people who really make the vacation experience.  It holds true for Jamaica as well.  The people are so warm, friendly, and laid back.

Once you go, you know!

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Festive Flag

Perfect Festive Snack for today! Happy 4th!

The St. Louis Cooks

Festive Flag

It doesn’t have to be Memorial Day, Fourth of July, or Labor Day, to enjoy this awesome snack.  Last year, I came across this idea from Pinterest.  I saw this cute picture of a flag snack using skewers.  I had a ton at home so I decided to try out the recipe, but I changed it up a bit.  The recipe that I found on Pinterest used bananas for the white part.  I swapped the bananas for marshmallows because I worried the bananas would brown and I figured it would add a little more excitement!  It was a HUGE hit at the house!

This year the kids demanded that I let them make it all by themselves.  I was a little reluctant, but I gave the go ahead. My oldest, Melanie, was the head chef, Jack and Nick were the assistants (plus my hubby was in the…

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