December 12, 2017

Cool Road Trip Book: 50 States, 5000 Ideas

I love a good road trip. In fact, I’m already planning our next summer adventure – a three-week road trip to explore bits of Colorado, Wyoming and South Dakota (hello, Mount Rushmore). So naturally I was excited about checking out NatGeo’s new book, 50 States, 5000 Ideas: Where to Go, When to Go, What to See, What to Do. It […]

San Francisco by Bus: The Only Way to See the Sights as a Family

I’m not a big fan of exploring a new city from my car, especially not big cities, like New York and San Francisco. The buildings are tall and I’m so focused on navigating the streets with my iPhone that I don’t get to really see what’s all around me. So, a sightseeing tour is always a must-do for me. Since […]

12 Things You Must Do at the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis

Over the summer, we had the opportunity to explore the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. The museum has received many accolades, so naturally, I’d been eager to go for quite some time. After spending an afternoon at the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, I can tell you that the accolades are much-deserved. We stayed not far from the Children’s Museum – at […]

10 Things to Do in Long Beach with Kids

Just south of Los Angeles and west of Disneyland, you won’t want to overlook Long Beach as a must-visit destination to spend time as a family. From whale watching to renting bikes to splashing on the beaches, there are a lot of things to do in Long Beach. On our recent visit to Long Beach, we stayed on-board the historic […]

Exploring with Kids: 36 Hours in Chattanooga

It’s a 15 hour drive to New Orleans (where my brother and his wife live) from our home in Virginia, so I knew I’d need to make a stop with the kids along the way and Chattanooga, TN was one of our stops (we also stopped in Pigeon Forge). The last time I was in Chattanooga was in 1998 and […]

Hard Rock Cafe: New Roxtars & Healthy Menu Choices

I remember when I was in high school it was all the rage to wear a Hard Rock Cafe t-shirt, but not one from your own city. It had to be one from another city, like New York or Sydney. Living in Northern Virginia, it was decidedly not cool to wear a Hard Rock Cafe Washington, DC t-shirt. So naturally […]

6 Halloween Experiences for Big Kids & Little Kids

My friend, Dave of Adventures by Daddy, has been all over the map the last few weeks reporting on all the very best Halloween-theme experiences to be found at amusement parks, hotels, even cruise lines. Take a look at a few of the highlights: For Little Kids 1. Disney Cruise Line’s Halloween on the High Seas. Hop aboard one of […]

Tep Wireless: Easy Wi-Fi Access When You Travel

When I traveled to Ames, Iowa last month, I was concerned about not having wi-fi access (first-world problem, I know). My daughter and I were staying in on-campus housing at Iowa State University for the Odyssey of the Mind World Finals and we could only get online by way of a wire connection (I actually had to go out and buy […]

Stray Boots: Our First Family Scavenger Hunt

I’ve written a few times about scavenger hunts as fun ways to explore new cities or areas of town. Over the weekend, I had a chance to try one out for myself in Washington, DC as my kids and I took on the Smithsonian+Art Adventure from Stray Boots. The starting point was the Smithsonian Castle, so we parked nearby (an […]

Mitsubishi Outlander: Safety First on Our Road Trip

A few weeks ago, I took a short road trip across Alligator Alley in Florida to check out the best that Naples and Sarasota have to offer families. We had a great time exploring botanical gardens, splashing in the waves and helping a survey team catalog dolphins on-board the Dolphin Explorer. Coming along with us on our journey was a […]