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More Than Sharks! A Visit to Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas

Every time I look through our pictures of our trip to Las Vegas, I’m reminded of how much fun we had with a two-year-old and four-year-old in a city that’s not known for its family-friendly attractions! Last week I shared info from our time at Siegfried and Roy’s Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat. My third and […]

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Vegas with Kids: A Visit to Siegfried and Roy’s Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat

In 2014, we took a few trips with my parents to places like Puerto Rico, Disney World, and Las Vegas. Vegas with Kids While Vegas might not be the first place to come to mind when thinking about kid-friendly vacation destinations, it’s great for multi-generational travel (my twenty-something brother came too).Vegas is a busy city, and there are plenty of […]

Sand and Seashells as a Travel Souvenir and DIY Ornament

I’ve been waiting to share this idea with you for almost a year! I saw sand ornaments on Etsy last winter, and KNEW that I wanted to take the idea and turn it into a memorable, adorable, and incredibly frugal travel souvenir. However, since they are essentially DIY Christmas ornaments, I felt the need to wait until Christmastime […]

The Ranch at Rock Creek–All Inclusive Ranch Vacation in the United States!

As some of you may have read, our family loves all-inclusive vacations. We love the idea of paying one lump sum for a complete package. When traveling with young kids, it’s a relief to know that we won’t be paying out of pocket for each activity or bemoaning the price of the $15 buffet price when our toddler […]

Smoothies, Sand, and Sunshine: Vacationing in Cancun, Mexico with Kids

When you think of taking a trip to Cancun, what comes to mind? The beach? Sunshine? Snorkeling? Cheap drinks?  Drunken college students throwing themselves off balconies into the pool at 2 a.m.? Very few of those stereotypes could be considered “family-friendly.” But guess what? A few months ago, we went with our girls (ages three and […]

12 Tips to Help You Skip the Lines and Avoid Waiting at Disney!

Some people (including my husband) love to grumble about the lines and offer the “too busy/too many people/too crowded” argument as to why families shouldn’t go to the mouse megapark. But can I tell you something fun? We went to Disney World (with four adults and two very young kids) in July 2014 (when crowd levels […]

FREE Sample Touring Plans for Disney World! Perfect for Families with Young Kids

Disney trips usually requires a bit of planning, which is perfectly fine by me since I’m a compulsive planner! But some people may not enjoy trip planning as much as I do. In case you’d rather not mess with planning or you feel overwhelmed by the options, I decided to share our Disney touring plans […]

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 […]

Share the Road–A Bike Safety Refresher from Someone Who Has a Lot to Learn

Can I start with a confession? I’m not a very safe biker. Okay, so I’m cautious and careful–I would never do anything truly crazy like jump off a curb or try to race a train at a railroad crossing, but bike safety issues (helmets, lights, bells, hand signals) have never really been my thing. I know, I know! This […]