Washington DC is one of the most family friendly major cities in the United States. Not only can you accomplish a stay in Washington DC for little cost, you can see so many of the nation’s most valuable and important artifacts. We have visited Washington DC several times throughout the years, but there is still so much to see and do. No matter what age your family is, toddlers or teens, there is something for everyone. As you plan your family vacation to Washington DC, use this guide to help you find the perfect stops.Read More
No matter how long you are in New York City, there is truly something for everyone. From Central Park to the Empire State Building to the Staten Island Ferry, I can not recommend NYC enough as a fun family destination.Read More
New York City at Christmas is magical. As a kid, I had seen so many movies showing impressive window displays, FAO Schwarz, Rockefeller Plaza and, of course, a snow covered Central Park. We visited once back in 2016, but only for a few hours. This year, we went for 3 days, 2 nights. We found the perfect balance of Christmas, New York City staples and toddler friendly activities. The entire weekend felt serendipitous.Read More
This is a continual list of the best Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals for travel! From flight deals to deeply discounted travel must haves, we have it all right here. Check back as this list will be updated from today through Cyber Tuesday!Read More
"Something we have had to deal with time and again is transporting breast milk either in a checked bag or carry on. Both of our kids were/are breastfed. There were times that we knew we would need a stash of milk upon arrival (for a babysitter), but there wouldn't be time to store up enough before we needed it. I have put together several resources and tips for breastfeeding mothers who need or want to travel without worrying about their baby's breastmilk."Read More
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.Read More
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!).Read More
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!Read More
"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!"Read More
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!)Read More
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!Read More
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!Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
We have visited Europe with our kids several times. We have never traveled with a car seat nor have we ever rented a car. Why? It's simple. Trains are the way to travel in Europe. They are cheap, easy to navigate, super accessible and most are very family friendly.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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!!Read More
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"Traveling with a picky eater can be frustrating, but it doesn't have to stop you! We have had a lot of luck finding comparable snacks and drinks our kids are familiar with when we travel; even overseas."