What do you think is the ideal age to take your kids to Disney? The rumor I’ve heard is that Disney thinks that seven is the perfect age. At that age, the parks are still magical…and seven-year-olds are impressionable. Hook a seven-year-old on Disney, and you’ve made a Disney fan for life. Our girls are very young […]
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, […]
Disney on a Dime–Clothes for Disney That Won’t Break the Bank
When my parents surprised us with the news that they were taking us to Disney (What a great surprise!), I immediately started making mental lists. What rides would we hit first? Which characters would be least likely to freak out our one-year-old? How would we handle our three-year-old’s mid-park meltdowns? What kind of clothes could […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
9 Ideas for Saving and Displaying Your Beautiful Vacation Pictures
I take thousands of pictures on each and every one of our trips. When we went to the Panama Canal earlier this year, I came home with 2,130 pictures. Our family’s first trip to Disney World? A modest 1,148. But the problem is that I rarely do anything with these beautiful pictures when we get home! After […]
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 […]
11 Tips to Keep You Sane on Road Trips with Kids–No Screens Required!
Tablets, phones, and portable DVD players have changed how families take road trips with kids. At our kids’ current ages (we have two two-year-olds and a four-year-old), I can pop a movie in the built-in screen in my super cool mini van, and my kiddos will stare blankly at the screen happily ride for at least […]
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 […]