What We Spent at Disney World for a Family of 4

What We Spent at Disney World for a Family of 4

We recently embarked on the ultimate adventure with toddlers; Walt Disney World. I have been skeptical of Disney since we’ve had kids. I couldn’t imagine the park, the crowds, or the lines with 2 toddlers in tow. However, we decided to take on the challenge for our son’s second birthday! I knew I wanted to try to save money where ever we could without losing anything in the experience. I called around, did some research myself and I decided to stay off property and forgo the meal plan. I have put together exactly what we spent and where we spent it.

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The Best of Leavenworth, Washington with Kids

The Best of Leavenworth, Washington with Kids

Leavenworth is an exceptionally family friendly town. We had no problems keeping our toddlers busy, happy and full. If your family is headed to the PNW or to Washington State, be sure to add a stop in Leavenworth. Whether you bring your baby, toddler, or teenager you will not be disappointed. There are toddler friendly hikes, ample playground space, a pedestrian friendly downtown area, bike rentals and even an indoor Activity Center for kids (in case of snow or rain!).

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15 Awesome Ways to Entertain A Toddler While Traveling

15 Awesome Ways to Entertain A Toddler While Traveling

We've traveled with a toddler.  Actually, we travel with TWO toddlers now.  We consider ourselves master toddler entertainers. HA! But seriously, we have conquered toddler boredom time and time again. OH, and while we do love a good movie, we don’t always resort to screen time to entertain our two. We’ve compiled a list of the most effective toys, books, and games that have captivated our toddlers while were trekking around the world with them. If you’re looking for toddler entertainment inspo, you’ve come to the right place!

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25 Travel Must Haves for Babies & Toddlers

25 Travel Must Haves for Babies & Toddlers

"We've traveled with a baby.  We've traveled with a toddler.  We've traveled with a baby AND toddler.   We've also traveled with a lot of crappy products and a lot of REALLY HELPFUL products. 

Here a list of the 25 BEST products we have used while traveling with our kids!"

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The Best of Coeur d'Alene with Kids

The Best of Coeur d'Alene with Kids

If you have the opportunity to take yourself or your family to Idaho, go.  There is truly something for everyone from babies to toddlers to big kids and teenagers.  Idaho is an ideal spot for families looking to reconnect in the great outdoors.  I can’t wait to find myself back in grips of the Pacific Northwest (and yes!  Idaho is actually a part of the PNW!) 

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How to ENJOY Tent Camping with Toddlers

How to ENJOY Tent Camping with Toddlers

We recently went tent camping with toddlers. We not only survived, but we actually ENJOYED it! We did everything from hike to campfires to using the “back country” bathroom. Our kids had the best time helping set up the tent, helping collect wood for the campfire and their favorite; roast marshmallows. If you’re not in a place financially to travel to lux hotels, I invite you to consider tent camping with your family. You will get to explore new places, connect in the quiet and save some cash!

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On the Hunt for Alabama's Waterfalls with Kids

On the Hunt for Alabama's Waterfalls with Kids

Alabama has at least 25 waterfalls worth hiking out to and probably many more beyond that. We recently spent our 4 days and 3 nights Labor Day weekend camping in Northern Alabama on the hunt for some gorgeous waterfalls. We brought along our two kids; ages 3 and 1. We tent camped in Desoto State Park and in Noccalula Falls Park. Tent camping with toddlers is not for the faint of heart, but we were surprised with how well our two did. Our days were spent hiking and hunting waterfalls and our evenings were spent roasting marshmallows; a perfect trip in my opinion. We are going to share which waterfalls we visited and some tips for making the most of your Alabama adventure!

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6 Simple Ways To Keep Your Family Safe On Vacation

6 Simple Ways To Keep Your Family Safe On Vacation

Traveling as a family has always been an adventure. Even with our fast-paced travel, our family's safety has always been paramount. We travel with two young children. We must be sure that our location and day to day actions keep us safe while we enjoy other cultures.  With our experiences, I will provide 5 simple tips to help keep your family safe while you travel. 

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5 Easy Ways To Save Money Traveling Switzerland

5 Easy Ways To Save Money Traveling Switzerland

We traveled to Switzerland with our kids in April 2018.  I had been to Switzerland twice before.  I knew it was expensive.  However, the prices never get easier to accept.  Every time I go, I feel shocked by the prices of everything.  From croissants to diapers to mailing something home; everything is very expensive. Switzerland with no kids is expensive, Switzerland with kids is super expensive.  More mouths to feed with pricey food.  In order for us to be able to travel as much as we do, we can't travel in full Lux.  We try our hardest to stick to a budget.  We made a plan before we arrived in Switzerland and stuck to it for the duration. We complied our tips for traveling Switzerland on a Budget.

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The Best of Paris with Kids in 3 Days

The Best of Paris with Kids in 3 Days

Paris.  The City of Lights.  The places where dreamers go to dream, fashionistas go to twirl in dresses at the foot of the Eiffel tower, the place of slow walks through the park and where macaroons and red wine seem endless.  So many people dream of their time in Paris.  I know I did before my first visit.  I was 17 when I first laid eyes on the city; it was fascinating. I returned 3 more times; all different experiences.  At 31 I returned for my 5th rendezvous with my old friend. This time, like the other times, I felt comfort in the familiarity and surprise at the differences.

This trip was different because I brought my children.  Seeing them explore new places is exciting to me, but this time it felt more exciting and more personal.  This IS Paris after all.

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The Best of Waco, Texas with Kids

The Best of Waco, Texas with Kids

Waco, Texas; made famous by Chip & Joanna Gaines.  Actually, I wouldn't say they just made it famous, they brought the entire city back to life.  Everything from delicious food to ample entertainment, if you find yourself in Texas, don't miss Waco.

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The Best Long Weekend in Arkansas with Kids

The Best Long Weekend in Arkansas with Kids

Arkansas wasn't on my radar for a must visit place in the United States.  As a matter of fact, we only went there because a family reunion in Texas was scheduled and I was going to have to drive from Florida to Waco, Texas with my two toddlers by myself.  My choice was I-10 for 600 miles or take a scenic route over several days, so I chose to see some new places. Arkansas was so family friendly I am trying to get Jimmy to go back with us! Perfect for kids, toddlers, babies & adults!!

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Insider Secrets: Make Your Next Trip Amazing with Airbnb

Insider Secrets: Make Your Next Trip Amazing with Airbnb

“When you book your next trip – explore Airbnb’s website before you get a standard hotel.  Find a great apartment or house to stay in, get your kids their own room to sleep in, meet some local people AND get $40 off your first stay when you use our link: www.airbnb.com/c/tcarlson66 “

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Top 5 Ways to Overcome Jet Lag with Kids

Top 5 Ways to Overcome Jet Lag with Kids

In our experience, jet lag can really hinder the first days of your new adventure.  We have spent days upon days living with no sleep, trying to enjoy ourselves in a new country, but failing miserably.  We have also arrived at a destination 8 hours ahead of our normal time zone with no jet lag at all -- a miracle!  Through trial and error, we have found several ways to help overcome, minimize or even avoid jet-lag all together with our kids.

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6 Reasons an Airport Lounge is Worth the Money

6 Reasons an Airport Lounge is Worth the Money

Sometimes a layover is inevitable. If you’re traveling with children, especially if you’re travelling alone with children, having the option of an airport lounge is a game changer. Between the comfy seating, free food/drink & clean bathrooms, there isn’t much to complain about. Anything that makes travel with children easier and more comfortable is a win in our book.

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How to Have the Perfect Day at Keukenhof with Kids

How to Have the Perfect Day at Keukenhof with Kids

We recently visited Keukenhof in Lisse, The Netherlands.  This world famous Flower Park dates back to the 1500s starting as a fruit and vegetable garden.  Once Keukenhof Castle was built, landscape architects came in and designed the basis of what is now Keukenhof Gardens.  Today, Keukenhof is home to over seven million blooming flowers and allows visitors from all over the world to experience living catalogs from over 100 companies and 500 flower growers.  If you're visiting The Netherlands in the spring, Keukenhof and the surrounding gardens must be on your list.

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The Best of Bern, Switzerland with Kids

The Best of Bern, Switzerland with Kids

Bern is often one of the forgotten cities of Switzerland; overshadowed by places like Zermatt, Zurich & the towns surrounding the peaks of Jungfrau & Schilthorn.  The thing is, Bern is the Capitol of Switzerland.  It's central to seemingly everything in Switzerland.  It was perfect for us.  We booked a 4 night stay in a highly rated Airbnb.

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