8 things to know before taking a Disney trip with grandparents

8 Tips for Taking a Disney Family Trip with Grandparents!

We were generously offered two, one-day park hopper tickets courtesy of WDW. This was a token we happily accepted! All opinions are our own. I realize that traveling with little kids and their (gently) aging grandparents wouldn’t qualify as a good time in every parent’s book, but my husband and I love to travel with our kids and parents. In […]

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Why didn’t I get a pram stroller with my first baby!?

This post was sponsored by @GBChildUsa as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. I received the GB Lyfe Pram Travel System to facilitate my review. My enthusiasm is entirely my own. For years I’ve drooled over the European pram strollers I’ve seen my sophisticated European friends push around. These friends and their beautiful […]

Potty Training during travel

12 Must-Read Tips for Surviving Potty Training While Traveling

My kids have had potty accidents all over North America. Over the past few years, our family has become well-acquainted with the bathrooms and clean-up facilities in Jamaica, Seattle, Chicago, Las Vegas, and Cancun. These messes aren’t my favorite travel-related memories, but they’re not unexpected. Accidents happen! Potty training while traveling isn’t the easiest parenting challenge to overcome, […]

11 Reasons to visit the Mall of America with kids!

11 Things to Do at the Mall of America (that don’t require a car!)

A few months ago, we packed our suitcases, loaded up the kids, and bravely boarded a train with grandparents, cousins, an aunt, and an uncle for an 11 hour train trip to Minneapolis and the Mall of America. How did we end up on this train trip? Well, with four kids four and under, our group decided we didn’t want to […]

Train Travel USA! 25 Things you need to know before you take a train trip with kids

Riding the Rails: 25 Tips for Taking a Train Trip with Kids in the USA!

A few months ago, our little family unexpectedly ended up on a train from Spokane, Washington to Chicago, Illinois. Wait. Hit the brakes. Back up. We “unexpectedly” took this trip? How does someone (especially a planner like me) “unexpectedly” end up on a train across the country? I know it’s hard to believe, but this trip was spontaneous, last-minute, random, and completely […]

KOA glamping

Glamping, Foster Care, and a Weekend of Bonding Behind the Yellow Sign

Special thanks to Trekaroo and KOA for sponsoring this weekend of bonding. We didn’t know it when we signed up, but this experience was just what we needed. You’d think our family would love to camp. We love to be outside. We love to travel. We love adventures. But in our ten years of marriage, we’ve never gone camping. I think […]

Tips and Ideas for Visiting Costa Rica with Kids

A Short Trip to Costa Rica with Kids: Sloths, Howler Monkeys, and a Roadside Fruit Stand

One of the great things about cruising with kids is that you get to visit several different places and countries without the cost of flying to each place individually. On our recent cruise to the Panama Canal, we stopped in Aruba, Columbia, Grand Cayman Island, the country of Panama, and Costa Rica. The variety of ports was part of the cruise’s appeal, […]

Visiting an Embera Indian Village in Panama with Kids

Taking Kids on a Cruise to the Panama Canal: Embera Indian Village Tour

We recently returned from one of my bucket list trips–a cruise to the Panama Canal. Our bags still smell like our stateroom, the souvenirs are still sitting out on the counter, the tan that slipped through the sunscreen is still hanging on, and I’m still high from the memories. So as I process, I thought I’d give you a peek […]