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, […]
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 […]
17 Fun and FREE Things to Do in Vegas with Kids!
Back in the day, it seemed like Vegas was the place to go for cheap fun. And no, I don’t mean cheap, sleazy fun. I mean killer flight deals, $4 steak dinners, and strip-view rooms that could be picked up for a song. But these days buffets are $20 per person and hotel discounts are only given to […]
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 […]
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 […]