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How to Plan the Ultimate Washington D.C. Trip with Kids

How to Plan the Ultimate Washington D.C. Trip with Kids

With free attractions and some of the world’s top museums, visiting Washington, D.C. with kids is one of the best vacations for a family. But somehow, despite all the benefits of this kid-friendly vacation spot, our family found ourselves ...

How to Save Your Family Vacation When Everything Goes Wrong

How to Save Your Family Vacation When Everything Goes Wrong

When I first heard rumors about the French transit strikes, I didn’t think much about them. After all, our vacation was weeks away. Surely I could keep those reservations for our dream trip to Paris.

How to Plan a Safe Labor Day Weekend with a Toddler

How to Plan a Safe Labor Day Weekend with a Toddler

Labor Day weekend is that amazing time of the year when you can comfortably enjoy outdoor activities but totally decorate for Fall! And I am so here for both! As I resisted the urge to start baking the first of many batches of pumpkin cookies, I

A Local’s Guide to the Best of Kid-Friendly Nashville

A Local’s Guide to the Best of Kid-Friendly Nashville

As a native to Nashville, Tennessee, I love to tell everyone about my home city. There’s just something special about the Nashville way. We smile and say hello to strangers. We help each other recover after floods or tornadoes. And we never, ...

Our First RV Trip: A Beachy Way of Life – Review: Pismo Coast Village RV Resort

Our First RV Trip: A Beachy Way of Life – Review: Pismo Coast Village RV Resort

It’s the dividing line between youth and age. It was about 63 degrees at the beach where we camped at a nearby Pismo Beach RV park. A sharp wind made me wish I could retract my head into my body like a turtle. At the same time, my boys, 10 and ...

The Best Romantic Staycation Ideas

The Best Romantic Staycation Ideas

Did COVID 19 cancel your romantic getaway? Believe me, I understand. We had to cancel a trip to celebrate our 5th wedding anniversary. But, just because you’re stuck in town doesn’t mean you can’t still have some couple’s

RVs for Families 101: Tips to Prepare You for Your First RV Trip!

RVs for Families 101: Tips to Prepare You for Your First RV Trip!

We bought a travel trailer and went camping this summer like everyone else. Let’s be clear here, we were forced to become experts as we were flying out the door. We learned what we needed to know to have an incredible camping trip in our travel ...

6 Things That Should Always Be in Your Carry-On

6 Things That Should Always Be in Your Carry-On

Don't leave home without them, here's what should always be in your carry on!

The Only Things You Need to Pack in a Theme Park Bag

The Only Things You Need to Pack in a Theme Park Bag

In my family, summer is theme park season. I’ve been riding roller coasters since I was 42” tall. Finally tall enough to take on the Jack Rabbit at Kennywood in Pittsburgh PA. Those family trips had a huge impact on my life. Even now, to me a ...

Lesser Known Chicago Restaurants for Foodies

Lesser Known Chicago Restaurants for Foodies

Be honest – when you think of food in Chicago, you think deep-dish pizza, Chicago style hot dogs and maybe some Garrett’s popcorn – if you really know your stuff.  But I’m here to tell you that the Windy City food scene is so much ...

7 Fun Things to Do on Nantucket Island for the Whole Family

7 Fun Things to Do on Nantucket Island for the Whole Family

A tiny island twenty miles off the coast of Cape Cod, Nantucket, Massachusetts is an old school throwback to a simpler way of life.  There are no chain restaurants.  No Starbucks.  No stoplights.  The speed limit never breaks 45 miles per hour, ...

5 Can’t Miss Tips for Traveling With Your Kids During COVID

5 Can’t Miss Tips for Traveling With Your Kids During COVID

I’m not sure when exactly that my family reached their personal breaking point in quarantine.  It was likely around the time Chicago was getting doused in apocalyptic rain.  So, not only were we not allowed to go anywhere, but we also couldn’t ...