Travel Planning

The Ultimate Beach Packing List for Babies and Toddlers

It’s May and that means fun in the sun and the surf! I love a day (or even a couple hours) at the beach and with the beach only half an hour away, I’m assembling a kit to keep in the trunk of the car. Here’s what I’m including and you can too! #1 Full body… Read More The Ultimate Beach Packing List for Babies and Toddlers

Travel Planning

My Favorite Travel Tool for Flying with Children: TSA PreCheck

TSA PreCheck how I love you. Let me count the ways. I’ve had it for a year now and I can tell you definitively that it is worth its weight in gold if you have young children. Why TSA Precheck? Here’s why you should click over to the TSA website right now if you have young… Read More My Favorite Travel Tool for Flying with Children: TSA PreCheck

Travel Planning

Costa Rica: Pacific Coast vs. Caribbean Coast

After much discussion we have decided to take an extended family vacation to Costa Rica in 2018 to celebrate my grandparent’s 50th anniversary. The trip will need to accommodate 15 adults from 19-80 and 8 children from 3-12. I’m anxious to set a date and a location since we have budgets and vacation days to… Read More Costa Rica: Pacific Coast vs. Caribbean Coast

Travel Planning

3 Day Twin Cities Itinerary with Middle Schoolers

My Mother-in-Law is looking to take a trip with her niece and nephew to visit family living in St. Paul. What’s fun for her generation isn’t quite in line with what’s fun for the kids, so she asked me to put together an itinerary they could all enjoy! The Cast: 68 year old retired teacher,… Read More 3 Day Twin Cities Itinerary with Middle Schoolers

Travel

Bikes and Rambles: Virginia Creeper Trail (Damascus, VA)

There is a warm spot in my heart for the southwest corner of Virginia and we were thrilled to spend Easter weekend there with both Chris and my family. The Creeper Trail is a 34.3 mile Rails-to-Trails project stretching from White Top to Abingdon Virginia. In addition to the beautiful scenery, the trail also has the advantage… Read More Bikes and Rambles: Virginia Creeper Trail (Damascus, VA)

Travel Planning

Flying with Kids: Carry On Checklist (1 Mom, 2 kids)

I’ve flown solo with both kids on several occasions and it’s always gone well but I still get nervous in preparation. Tomorrow morning we’ll be leaving the house at 5:15 am, kissing my husband at the curb, and traveling for 7 hours 40 minutes (including one layover). So what am I doing to prepare for this especially hands-on… Read More Flying with Kids: Carry On Checklist (1 Mom, 2 kids)

Camping with Kids

Camping with Kids: Morro Bay

Before children camping involved a lot of sitting around the camp fire, hiking through the woods, and generally relaxing and communing with nature. Sure we never slept particularly well in a tent outdoors, but we went to bed earlier then usual and that made up for it. After children camping involves a lot of chasing… Read More Camping with Kids: Morro Bay

Parenting, Travel Planning

5 Ways to Raise Great Travelers, without leaving home!

This is something I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about. Of course, actually traveling with your children is the best way to raise little travelers, but money and vacation days are scarce, and we want to make sure we are properly preparing them for both the trips we take as a family and the… Read More 5 Ways to Raise Great Travelers, without leaving home!