September 19, 2017

10 Things You’ve Got to Do at the Mall of America

The Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota (just outside Minneapolis) is seriously so much fun. I’ve been there twice now and didn’t have enough time to explore all that is the Mall of America either time. There’s just too much stuff to do there. Clearly I must go back a third time. My kids and I went to the Mall […]

Watch the Tram Car: Boardwalk Fun in Wildwood, NJ

It’s hard to believe, but I had not been to the Jersey Shore in 30 years, at least not to the southern section of Wildwood and Cape May. Until last month, that is. Wait. I just realized I spent time in Avalon and Stone Harbor, maybe 20 years ago, but now that sounds like a long time too. Those were […]

South Dakota Road Trip: 10 Stops to Make as You Cross the State

We just got back from our three-week road trip and it’s safe to say that South Dakota is a pretty amazing state. My oldest daughter and I explored the Rapid City area a few years ago, but this time, I brought the whole family (well, minus my husband, who was called back for a work crisis). We started out in […]

10 Things to Do in the Outer Banks with Kids

When you live in Northern Virginia, you go to North Carolina’s Outer Banks for a week at the beach during the summer. It’s what you do. So it came as a surprise when I realized it had been 25 years since I’d been to the Outer Banks. Clearly it was time to make a trip back to the Outer Banks, […]

School’s Out: Take the Kids to Learn About Golf

School’s out – or nearly out (my kids still have another week) – for a lot of kids, so now is the time to start getting serious about what to do this summer to keep busy. For me, it won’t do to have my kids glued to their iPads every day. As much as I can, I try to get […]

Top 15 Things to Do in Cleveland with Kids

I had completely forgotten that The Drew Carey Show was set in Cleveland until my third day in town, but I have to agree with the theme song, “Cleveland Rocks.” We just got back from Cleveland this morning and we had such a great time. A fantastic mid-size city, there are so many fun things to do in Cleveland with […]

Costa Rica Itinerary: Our Seven Day Family Adventure

It’s hard to believe we’ve already been back from our Costa Rica family vacation a month now. We had such a great time and I’d go back to Costa Rica in a heartbeat, even if it did cost me a fortune to pick up a few snacks at the airport. If you’re planning a trip to Costa Rica, I hope […]

Springtime Fun at Kings Dominion in Virginia

Over the weekend, my kids and I had the opportunity to check out Taste of Virginia at Kings Dominion theme park near Richmond, VA. Operating on Saturdays and Sundays through May 21, Taste of Virginia is a celebration of food and drinks in the Old Dominion State. We had a great time exploring the rides and activities at Kings Dominion […]

Shenandoah Hikes: Best Hiking Trails in Virginia for Kids

My kids and I recently had the opportunity to go on some of the best hikes in Virginia at Shenandoah National Park. It’s less than two hours from my home in Northern Virginia, yet it’s been at least 15 years since I’ve visited this national park to get in a few Shenandoah hikes on my own or with my kids. […]

Disney Packing List: 10 Things You Do NOT Want to Forget

It’s hard to remember everything when making your Disney packing list, but there are definitely some items you do not want to forget. Or, at the very least, you’ll wish you had these Disney packing tips and that these items were on your short list of things to bring to Disney. Otherwise, you may end up spending more than you’d […]