Guest Post: 7 Tips to Clean Your Sofa

A couch is a wonderful thing. It’s perfect for family snuggle time, a great place to watch tv, fun for tumbling around on, and it doubles as a bounce house. Home just wouldn’t be the same without our soft and comfy couches.

We get a lot of use out of our couches and it shows. You can see it in the stain where my ice cream dripped, the cracker crumbs that always seem to find their way into the crannies between the cushions, the crayon scribbles that didn’t want to be confined to paper, and the scuffs from that time when I forgot to take off my shoes before using the couch as a trampoline. These things can happen to the best of us.

Peachy on the couch

Cushy couch time!

With all the misfortunes that our couches seem to attract, it’s a wonder any of us are still willing to flop down on them after a long day. These comfy pieces of furniture are germ magnets and yet we snuggle up to them just about every day. Our couches, which we put our faces on, are among the most used and abused items in our home while also the least often to be thoroughly washed.

Once in a while Mommy and Daddy pull out the carpet washing machine and give the couches a good scrub with the upholstery attachment. It’s a long and tedious process that renders our couches not useable for about a day until they dry. This task is such a nightmare that it’s only done as a last resort.

The alternative to bringing out the carpet washing machine is spot cleaning as needed. Couch cleanup is an important part of our regular housekeeping routine. This week our guest post covers this topic with some easy tips on keeping those couches looking clean.


7 Short Tips to Effortlessly Clean Your Fabric Sofa

blue sofa

Clean and spotless sofas not only enhance your room decor but also keep your home germ free. Fabric sofas are cozy and the best place to cuddle up with your loved ones. But, the spills and stains can spoil the look of your sofas. Most people use covers for fabric sofas but you can clean it regularly if you do not use covers. Here are 7 tips to clean your fabric sofas, read on.

1. Use the cleaning tags

Your fabric sofas have cleaning tags that you should follow. ‘W’ means you can wash your sofa with water. ‘WS’ means you can wash your sofa with solvent cleaner and water. ‘S’ means you can only use a dry solvent to clean the sofa. ‘X’ means you just need to use a vacuum for cleaning.

2. Use a brush

Use a bristle brush that helps you to remove all the dirt and dust from the fabric sofa. A stiff brush can be helpful when there is no time to deep clean your fabric sofa. Use this brush in corners and other spots of your fabric sofa. This is the easiest way to clean your sofa.

3. Use a vacuum cleaner

vacuum cleaner

Vacuum cleaner is always handy for cleaning your sofa. Use a vacuum cleaner once every week to remove dust and debris from your fabric sofa. Always use a narrow attachment or hose attachment for cleaning your sofa. A vacuum cleaner helps to remove the long particles leaving your sofa spotlessly clean. If possible, use a full size vacuum cleaner for cleaning your fabric sofa.

4. Use a lint roller

Lint roller is handy if you have pets at home. Lint roller helps to remove pet hair on the sofa that even an ordinary cleaner cannot. Simply roll this in a systematic direction on your fabric sofa. Cover the whole area so that you remove all the dirt and pet hair from the fabric. You can use this roller once every week for sofa cleaning.

5. Use a dry cleaning solution

Don’t go by the name, this type of solution does not have water so you can use it to clean your fabric sofas. Just follow the instructions on the solution bottle to clean your fabric sofa in the most convenient way. The dry cleaning solution may be available at a local grocery store. If it’s not available, you can buy the product online. Use this solution once or twice a month for cleaning your fabric sofa.

6. Use vinegar

vinegar and baking soda

Use vinegar to remove stains from fabric sofa. Mix a part of vinegar and add warm water to make a solution. Now, use this solution to remove stubborn stains from your fabric sofa. Work on it quickly or else there might be discoloration.

7. Use baking soda

You can simply remove odor and smell from your sofa using baking soda. Sprinkle baking soda on your sofa and leave it for some time. Use a vacuum cleaner with a brush attachment to remove the baking soda. This will give a new look to your sofa.


This is a guest posts from Adriana Smith.

Adriana Smith is a creative writer by profession and hobby, currently working as a content executive at cleaning services nj. She aspires to help her readers get the best home care services by sharing personal tips learned through both years of experience and thorough research.

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Stuck Between a Rung and a Hard Place

When I was born I didn’t know that being mobile was an option. Once I discovered that mobility was within my power, I devoted all of my time to finding a way to make it happen. When I figured out how to get around, Mommy and Daddy put up safety gates to keep me out of certain areas. Ever since then I have been trying to circumvent the gates.

One of these gates happens to be at the bottom of the stairs. It’s a terribly inconvenient location for a safety gate. How am I supposed to get upstairs with this barrier in the way? I’m a persistent person and I don’t let anything get in my way so I’ve been working on a solution.

Most of the rungs supporting the handrail are evenly spaced and there is no hope of squeezing through. At the very bottom of the stairs however, I have found a spot where there is a tiny bit more space and when I scrunch myself in there it seems like I should be able to fit. So far I haven’t actually managed to get through but I feel like one day I’ll succeed.

Peachy trying to outwit the toddler safety gate

Just need to suck it in a bit more

When I really put my mind to it I can almost squeeze through to the other side but every time I get close I find myself a little stuck. That’s when I have to call for Mommy to come and get me out of a tight spot. It’s quite embarrassing and I would really prefer to not have to call for help.

In my experience, with practice and time things get easier. However, with this particular problem that doesn’t seem to be the case. In fact, as time goes by it only gets more difficult. It’s almost as if the space between the rungs is shrinking. These days I can’t even get in there far enough to get stuck anymore.

I’ve just about given up on this particular strategy of outwitting the safety gate. I rarely even try squeezing through anymore. I suspect it’s rather hopeless. If I’m ever going to figure out a way around the gate, I’ll have to think of a new approach.

When force and brute strength fail, it’s time to stop and think things through. It occurs to me that Mommy and Daddy have no trouble outwitting the gate so I’ve been observing carefully to see how they do it. Instead of squeezing through, climbing over, or crawling under the gate, they simply open it!

After watching Mommy and Daddy open the gate several times, I’ve realized there is a lock that needs unlocking before the gate can be pulled back and swung open. I can see where the locking mechanism is but I haven’t yet figured out how to unlatch it. It looks easy when Mommy and Daddy do it but appears much more difficult in my hands.

This time I’m sure practice won’t fail me. When I’m tampering with the lock there is no way to get stuck to the point of needing help. I am free to work the lock for as long as it takes without much interference and only minimal notice of Mommy’s watchful eyes. It’s only a matter of time before I figure this out.

A New Chapter

One year ago I was publishing 2 or 3 posts every week and suddenly my activity dropped down to minimal and new posts became hard to come by. Some of my regular readers probably figured I have lost interest in my blog. I hope you haven’t given up on me and that I can prove to you that I’m still here and eager to share with you.

You see, I have a reason for being so quiet over the past year. I have been very busy taking care of Mommy. She had been struggling for some time and needed some extra attention from me. Mommy is now feeling much better but I am no less busy. Just a different kind of busy.

Peachy and her baby sister

This is new!

I’m a big sister! For all those months that Mommy hasn’t been herself, a new member of the family had been growing in her tummy. Now I have a little sister and our home is that much more chaotic, noisy, and full of love. It has been an amazing and bewildering experience.

Little sisters require a lot of attention and I have been doing my part to help out. I’m already an expert at putting the pacifier in her mouth when she is crying and I love tucking her in for her nap. I like to sit with her and I love to give her hugs and kisses even though she appears somewhat indifferent to my affection.

My little sister is almost two months old now and she has already grown so much. Now that she is bigger, Mommy lets me hold her when I’m sitting on the couch. She may look small but she is surprisingly heavy. I can’t hold her for very long.

Mommy spends a lot of time holding the new baby but I prefer it when my little sister is sitting on the couch beside me. This seems to be quite the struggle for her. She is getting better at controlling her head, but she still has a way to go before she can sit up all by herself. For now we prop her up on pillows.

Having a new baby in the house has been a huge adjustment for everyone. For the most part, I love being a big sister! I no longer get all the attention and that can be hard sometimes, and there are moments when I get annoyed by they baby’s loud cries, but overall this change has been a positive one. Mommy and Daddy make sure I get lots of attention while the baby is sleeping and when she’s awake I enjoy taking care of her.

Mommy and I have been doing a lot of thinking. The addition of a new person to the family creates a new dynamic in our lives and the changes this brings need to be reflected here on our blog. Therefore there will be a lot of big changes going on right here in the coming weeks and months. As Mommy and I settle back into our routine we will be sharing the ups and downs of the past year, and revealing a brand new online presence that better reflects our growing family.

I hope our dear readers haven’t strayed too far while we’ve been away. I am so very eager to rebuild those relationships and swap stories with all of you. Now that you know what we’ve been up to in the past year, let us know what exciting things have happened in your lives.

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Guest Post: Can Father’s Have Postpartum Depression?

I start most of my days with mommy. I like spending time with mommy and we do a lot of fun stuff together, but what I really enjoy is when mommy, daddy, and I are together. The three of us can really get the fun going.

Spending so much time with mommy gives me plenty of opportunity to keep an eye on her and make sure she is feeling her best. My time with daddy is more limited so when we are together, I make sure that I give daddy his share of my undivided attention. He needs his Peachy time too.

Happy toddler

I’m here for you

In the past I have written about mental illness and I like to get involved with programs and initiatives that promote good mental health. In the world of parenting, we often hear about mothers suffering from issues such as postpartum depression but we rarely take time to hear from the fathers. Are daddies immune to mental health issues?

I was recently contacted by Tracey Montford with a guest post proposal that just happens to address this issue and shines a light on PPND. Tracey is a mommy of 2 boys as well as an entrepreneur and woman of business. You can learn more about Tracey at the bottom of this post.


Can fathers have Postpartum Depression?

We have all heard of Postpartum Depression, however we commonly associate it with women or new mothers. PPND (Paternal Postnatal Depression) is a condition suffered by men soon after the arrival of a child and can last for many years if left untreated. Reported cases of PPND have increased by 68% in recent years

What is Paternal Postnatal Depression?

PPND is very different from ‘Daddy Blues’. Daddy Blues can usually be easily treated with a good night sleep, a gym workout, or a bit of ‘time out’. Daddy Blues will not normally last longer than a few days at most.

PPND is a serious psychological condition and can last for extended periods of time – even years.

It is caused by hormone changes during pregnancy and after birth. Yes men’s hormones change too. The hormones decrease a man’s testosterone levels and increase the estrogen levels, which can play havoc on his emotions and stability.

Hormone changes paired with sleep deprivation, a rocky relationship, financial stress, a premature baby, a sick or colicky baby, feelings of anxiety, or even the loss of a loved one pre-pregnancy can all combine to leave him feeling lost and out of control.

What symptoms should I be looking for?

Men unfortunately are generally not as good at talking about their feelings as women are. This is why it is sometimes hard to diagnose PPND.

Can Father's Have Postpartum Depression

Symptoms:

  • Sudden increase in work hours that seem excessive
  • Extramarital affairs
  • Gambling
  • Excessive alcohol consumption
  • Drugs
  • Loss of sex drive
  • Seeming withdrawn
  • Headaches
  • Stomach problems
  • Violent and impulsive behavior
  • Low energy levels
  • Lack of motivation
  • Sudden change in weight
  • Loss of sleep

Should your partner start acting out and exhibiting behaving that is out of the ordinary, it is likely that he is overwhelmed and needs help.

What can you do?

– First it is important to take the time to sit down with your partner and discuss the behavior you are witnessing. Listen and don’t judge. Some men find it difficult to express their emotions. His feeling might seem trivial to you, but trust me he is feeling overwhelmed and needs help.

– Encourage him to get external help from a trained professional. For some talk therapy might be enough. For others a combination of talk therapy and medication will be required.

– Be supportive during his recovery and give him the time and space to heal. Assure him that he is not alone and that you will work through it together.

Consequences if left untreated

If left untreated PPND can have devastating long term effects, not only to the person suffering through it, but for the children and partner of the sufferer. Men suffering from PPND can be very hard to live with because they are irrational and find it hard to participate in everyday life effectively. Their partners over time can be left feeling abandoned and lonely which can result in separation and even divorce.

The children, especially boys, can be left psychologically damaged. This is mainly due to a lack of bonding between father and child. These psychological problems can be carried on into their relationships later on in life.

In extreme cases a man spiraling out of control could end up harming himself or even the ones he cares for.


This was a guest posts from Tracey Montford.

Tracey Montford

Like many women out there, Tracey is an exceptional multi-tasker! Apart from steering a global business, managing 2 young boys & keeping the clan clean and fed, Tracey still finds time to provide creative inspiration and direction to the exceptional designs of Cake Maternity. From the branding, presentation, and delivery, creativity is a big part of what Tracey does so naturally and effectively. Find out more at ca.cakematernity.com or catch up with her on social @cakematernity

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Bongo Fury 2 Review and Giveaway

In November I told you about a book Mommy had been reading. It was the first book in the Bongo Fury series and now I can tell you about book two. Mommy has been enjoying this book series and a happy Mommy is much more agreeable and makes a happy Peachy. If you’re looking for something to read, perhaps Bongo Fury is for you.

In book one of the Bongo Fury series we were introduced to Jimmy Black. While in the midst of turning his life around and doing his best to take care of his family, an innocent favour for a friend takes an unexpected turn. Just when it seems that his life has found the balance he has been looking for, Jimmy finds himself catapulted back into the lifestyle he has been trying to leave behind.

Peachy reviews Bongo Fury Book 2

Ready to find out what happens next?

The second book in the series is a real page turner. Jimmy’s life quickly becomes intertwined with the mysterious crimes he had been reading about in the newspapers. With the police sniffing around, friends unwilling to talk, and family members displaying suspicious behaviours, Jimmy finds himself trying to unravel a conspiracy. Will he be able to stay out of trouble and keep those he loves safe from harm?

The Bongo Fury series was written by Simon Maltman. He is a best selling crime fiction author from Northern Ireland. I’ve been working with Simon for a couple of months now and he’s a great guy and a very pleasant person. Simon has agreed to do an interview with me. Allow me to formally introduce Simon Maltman.

Simon Maltman

1. When and why did you decide to be a writer?

I have always written and in the past it was more songwriting with various bands. About five years ago I started trying my hand at Crime Fiction short stories. It all came from there and a year or two later an agent asked me to try my first novel.

2. Is writing your full time profession or a part time interest?

I’m doing it full time at the minute while being also a stay home Dad to two lovely girls. Previously I was a social care manager. I also still do some music gigs.

3. How long does it take you to write a book?

It’s hard to say! This year I’ve released a novel, a short story collection and two novellas- but I didn’t write them all this year! I’d say a novel takes me about eight months, maybe, while working on a few other projects.

4. Do you prefer to write on paper or at a keyboard?

I do all the prose on a keyboard, but when I first get ideas and am working out the story, I do all of that in a little notebook.

5. Do you find the writing process energizing or exhausting?

It’s really enjoyable and fun and satisfying. Also it can be a hard slog and there are times something is just not working or times you just don’t feel like getting stuck in, but need to push on through. Sometimes the scale of knowing you’ve got another forty thousand words or something like that still to write is daunting!

6. Which writers do you find most inspiring?

My favourite writers include Raymond Chandler and Richard Stark. There are also lots of wonderful crime writers coming out of my Northern Irish home country right now.

7. Do you have any advice for aspiring writers who are just getting starting on their first book?

I would say to keep at it and don’t worry too much about the first draft. You just need to get it down and chip and chip away at it through many edits. I think starting off creating short stories is a good way to begin also.

8. Do you have any marketing tips for writers who just completed that first book?

I think you need to look at all the options and see what works best for you in publishing. Think about self publishing but also try small presses. I have a publisher but have also self published. Whatever you choose- being active on social media is key these days.

9. If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?

I’d probably tell him to start writing earlier! In saying that I think it took me to be thirty to have the life experience to be able to write the stories that I have.

10. What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

I enjoy spending time with my family, going out to cafes, museums and walks. I love playing and listening to music and collecting records. In the evening I usually binge on whatever series I’m into at the time.

I would like to send out a big thank you to Simon for doing the interview and giving mommy and I the opportunity to learn more about him and his work. Simon’s other books include Return Run, A Chaser on the Rocks, and More Faces: Crime Short Stories from Belfast. If you’re looking for more information you can visit Simon on Facebook or on Twitter.

Simon and I are once again giving you the opportunity to win your own copy of his book. This time we are giving away copies of Bongo Fury book 2. One lucky winner will receive the grand prize of a signed copy of Bongo Fury, while five runner-up winners will get their very own ebook. That’s a total of six winners! You don’t want to pass this up.

Bongo Fury Book 2

Click here to enter.

Open worldwide. Must be 18 years of age or older. Winner will be notified by email. Accepting entries until January 31, 2018.

We were given a digital copy of Bongo Fury 2 for the purpose of this review. All opinions are honest and our own.

Eco-Reviver Review and Giveaway

Mommy and I spend a lot of time together and I like to get involved in anything that mommy is doing. I enjoy being helpful and I watch mommy carefully to figure out where I can be useful. Mommy and I are a team and I want to do my part.

I’m not afraid of hard work and I don’t mind getting my hands dirty. In fact I feel that dirty hands are happy hands and I always try to get mine involved in anything that mommy might be doing. Mommy says that some things are not safe for me and that there are household tasks she must put off until I am safely in my bed for a nap. I don’t like that I get left out of these secret activities.

One of thee secrets that mommy keeps from me are contained in the locked cupboard under the kitchen sink. There have been times when I have managed to sneak a peek in there and it is full of bottles with all sorts of colourful fluids, along with boxes of powders and potions, as well as some brushes and cloths of various shapes and colours. I would really like to get my hands in there but mommy keeps that cupboard sealed with a childproof lock and I am not allowed to explore in there at all.

Mommy calls those the cleaning supplies and there are very few of them that mommy will use while I’m around. Whenever mommy finds a new product that is safe to use, she gets excited and is always eager to test how effective it is on the grimy surfaces around our home. When we were contacted by the people at Eco-Reviver mommy was more than willing to put their product to the test.

Eco-Reviver Logo

Soon a package was delivered to our doorstep. Inside the box was a 32 oz bottle of Eco-Reviver along with a second 16 oz bottle. There were also two spray nozzles to fit the bottles along with an Eco-Reviver scrub brush. It’s a good amount of product and the brush is a nice touch.

Eco-Reviver is a unique cleaning product that not only cleans away dirt and grime but restores the material by penetrating deep beneath the surface to lift away pollutants. The best part is that Eco-Reviver is 100% biodegradable and all natural. It uses essential oils, salt nitrates, and natural clover acid to get the job done making it safe to use around pets and little people like me.

This is all great news about Eco-Reviver but even the safest and most natural cleaning product is useless if it doesn’t actually clean. So mommy and I put Eco-Reviver to the test. According to the instructions you need to spray the product on the surface that needs cleaning, wait ten minutes, and then scrub and wipe away with water. How effective will Eco-Reviver prove to be?

We decided to try Eco-Reviver on our kitchen floor. We have some high traffic areas that get quite dirty and mommy’s regular cleaning routine just doesn’t get the gunk out of the grout and tiles in those trouble spots. We chose an area by the stove where cooking splatters tend to get ground in by the many feet that walk there. With our test spot selected, mommy gave it a good spray of product.

Much to my disappointment, mommy didn’t let me actually use the Eco-Reviver, but she did let me watch from a safe distance. She also let me use the Eco-Reviver brush on another part of the kitchen floor while we waited the 10 minutes for the product to work. Scrubbing the floor is great fun.

Peachy scrubbing the floor with the -Reviver scrub brush

Am I doing it right?

Once the 10 minutes were up I again watched while mommy gave the floor a good scrubbing and then wiped the area with a wet cloth. We then let the area air dry so that we could do a fair comparison of the treated section against the untreated parts. To pass the time we played with blocks in the other room.

Once the floor was dry it became quite apparent where our test spot was. The tiles themselves didn’t show much of a difference but the grout was just as bright as it is in the hidden corners of the kitchen where nobody ever walks and nothing is ever spilled. Eco-Reviver really did a great job of lifting the grime away and making the grout look like new.

Eco-Reviver before and after

Untreated dirty grout/Shiny clean grout

The only downside is that the freshly scrubbed spot now makes the rest of the area look that much dirtier. It’s a good thing that we have plenty of Eco-Reviver left to do the rest of the floor. Daddy wants to seal the grout once mommy gets the whole kitchen looking like new again so that future messes don’t seep into the grout as much.

Now for the best part of all. Eco-Reviver and Diary of a Little Peach are partnering up to give you the chance to try their product for free. One lucky winner will receive the Eco-Reviver Special Value Pack which consists of the 32 oz bottle of Eco-Reviver, 16 oz bottle, two spray nozzles, and the Eco-Reviver scrub brush.

Eco-Reviver Special Value Pack

Click here to enter the giveaway.

Open worldwide. Must be 18 years of age or older. Winner will be notified by email. Accepting entries until December 31, 2017.

* For the purpose of this review we were given the Eco-Reviver Special Value Pack free of charge. All views and opinions are honest and our own.

Peachy’s Nautical Adventure

Now that the cold weather has asserted its intention to stay, I find that I am missing the warm days of summer. Gone are the days of throwing on a pair of sandals and heading outdoors. Now getting ready to go out is a process involving boots, sweaters, hats, mittens, and winter coats. It’s quite the ordeal.

When I start to feel the winter blues, I look back on the summer I’ve had and the memories I made with mommy and daddy. Today I want to share with you another instalment of “things I did this summer” to bring a bit of sunshine into your day. This time I want to tell you about my adventures at sea.

It was a warm and clear morning when mommy got me out of bed early, stuffed into a clean diaper and change of clothes, and bundled into the waiting car with my bottle of milk. That’s not how most mornings go and I was somewhat surprised while I drank my milk on the go. A short while later I found myself at a coffee shop trying to eat an early breakfast while watching mommy and daddy discuss what they may have forgotten to pack over coffee and sandwiches.

Soon we were on the road again and I knew it would be a long trip when daddy strapped my tablet to the seat and mommy turned on my favourite show. Too excited to sleep, I happily watched my show while the car sped along the highway. About an hour later the car began to slow down and shortly afterwards we pulled into a gravel parking lot. I was ready to get out, stretch my legs, and explore.

I was very surprised to find that my grandma and grandpa were waiting for me to emerge from the car. Of course there was a big fuss made over me and lots of hugs and attention lavished upon me. That’s just the way it is when grandparents are around. I generally don’t mind but this time the attention was keeping me from exploring my strange surroundings.

I soon managed to wiggle free and set off to investigate everything I could get my hands on. Mommy didn’t let me stray far from her but I soon discovered a huge pool of water nearby. I desperately wanted to dunk my hands in there but mommy wouldn’t let me get close enough and I had to settle for nothing more than a good look.

While mommy worked hard to stop me from exploring too much, everyone else was busy carrying things, talking, and making a great deal of noise around me. It was somewhat distracting and I didn’t get that much exploring done before mommy stuffed me into a strange vest and fastened a hat on my head. I wasn’t a big fan of the vest as it was very bulky and made sitting cumbersome.

Peachy's first time on a boat

This is different!

I didn’t have much time to object the existence of the vest before mommy brought me over to a wooden walkway that she called a dock. Soon we were standing next to a very peculiar vehicle that seemed to be bobbing on the surface of the water. Mommy called it a boat as she lifted me over the edge of the dock and into daddy’s waiting arms.

I sat with daddy in the front seat and soon the boat began to glide away from the dock. We proceeded slowly along the pool of water and from inside the boat I noticed that the edge of the water was surrounded by trees. A couple of minutes later the pool opened up into a larger body of water where the trees were much further away. Mommy said we were on a lake and that the boat would take us across the water to our destination.

Once we were on the open water the boat picked up speed and we flew along while I looked out the window in amazement. I wanted to get a better look around me and I insisted that I stand in front of daddy instead of sitting on his lap. It was a much bumpier ride than in our car and I was thankful that daddy kept his hands around me to help keep me on my feet. I was still in awe when the boat began to slow down and creep along towards a large clump of trees.

The boat stopped and I was once again hoisted over the edge into a pair of waiting arms. Before I knew it my feet were back on solid ground again and the dreaded vest was finally removed. With only a quick look around me I knew we were in a forest but unlike all other forests I had seen, this one had no trails or paths, only trees, grass, and bushes.

Peachy in the woods

Where am I?

Mommy insisted that I hold her hand the entire time, but I still managed to do a bit of looking around while everyone else took our cargo out of the boat and set up a sitting area among the trees. Next the coolers came out and lunch preparations were underway. Soon we were all sitting around having a well-earned meal.

Even though I was anxious to resume my exploring, I was hungry after all of the morning’s activities and I did take a small break for a bit of food. After a refreshing drink of water I was ready to get back to the business of having adventures. Since we were surrounded by water, mommy didn’t think it was safe for me to explore on my own but luckily there were four people there that took turns trying to keep up with me.

I ran around in circles and tugged on the arm of the adult designated to keep me safe at the time. I saw birds perched in trees and squirrels that chattered away at each other. There were many small objects on the ground for me to pick up and examine. I climbed over rocks and fallen trees. I tried to get my hands in the water but that was a bust so I gave up on the idea. There were plenty of other things to explore.

Once all of the adults were thoroughly exhausted from trying to keep up with me, we packed up our stuff and got back into the boat. I didn’t object to leaving and I was even patient with the horrible vest that was once again strapped to me. I like the boat and I was looking forward to going for another ride on the water.

Peachy sitting on a fallen tree.

Getting the hang of things now

The second time around was just as amazing as the first. This time I was slightly less shocked at the experience and this allowed me to absorb more of what I was seeing. The water splashed around us and the trees on the shores appeared to speed by. Most of the boat was covered but the sections that were open let a refreshing and misty breeze to come in.

Much too soon we were back at the dock where we started our adventure and the commotion of getting all of our stuff transferred back into our car began once more. While that was happening I explored and played with a dog that belonged to one of the other boats. It was a very friendly dog and we had a lot of fun together.

Once all our gear was packed into the car, it was time to go. Since dinnertime was approaching, instead of beginning our long drive home, we went to my grandparents’ house which was only a few minutes away. I played while dinner was prepared and by the time it was ready I had a good appetite.

After dinner there was a bit more time for play and then it was time to hit the road and head home. I had a pretty exciting day and I made no objection to being strapped into my car seat. I didn’t even need the tablet and I was happy to sleep the entire way home. Even though it was exhausting, I had a great day.