The Best of New Orleans with Kids

The Best of New Orleans with Kids

New Orleans is often thought of as a party city, but what many don't know is that it is a very family friendly city. From an incredible zoo, to delicious kid-friendly dining & entertainment, to fun public transportation.  The Cresent City has so much to offer and needs to be in the top of the list for family travel locations!

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Best Travel Apps for Toddlers & Preschoolers

Best Travel Apps for Toddlers & Preschoolers

I allow both of my toddlers access to iPads when we travel.  Whether in the car, plane, or train.  For me, it isn’t about quantity, but quality.  Are they mindlessly watching movie after movie or are they learning the alphabet, counting, shapes or colors?  I recently asked several other mothers what educational applications they love for their preschool age kids. I compiled their answers and below you will find the most recommended apps for toddlers.

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9 Tips to Get Your Child to Sleep on a Plane

9 Tips to Get Your Child to Sleep on a Plane

Every parent wants their young child to sleep on an airplane.  It’s just the truth.  Having a sleeping kid on an airplane makes everyone less stressed.  Whether your flight is 2 hours or 15 hours, it’s a good feeling to get some much needed relaxation while the little one snoozes the miles away.  We have put a baby to sleep on an airplane, put a toddler and a baby to sleep on an airplane and we’ve even gotten two toddlers to sleep on an airplane. We have one good sleeper and one not so good sleeper, so it’s not always easy. In order to help other parents who feel overwhelmed by sleep time on a plane, I put together 6 ways to get your child to sleep on a flight, so let’s get snoozing!

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16 Easy Valentines Day Gift Ideas for Travel Lovers

16 Easy Valentines Day Gift Ideas for Travel Lovers

Valentines Day is right around the corner! Don’t miss out on the chance to give your travel lover exactly what they want; travel gear! I’ve put together a list of 16 easy travel themed gifts you can win your friends, loved ones or partners over with. Have a teenager who loves travel? Have a wife who needs an anniversary trip? Have parents who are celebrating an empty nest with travel? Everyone is covered.

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The Ultimate Guide to Washington DC with Kids

The Ultimate Guide to Washington DC with Kids

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.

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The Best of New York City At Christmas with Kids

The Best of New York City At Christmas with Kids

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.

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How To Successfully Travel with Breastmilk

How To Successfully Travel with Breastmilk

"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."

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How Much Does Disney World Cost for a Family of Four

How Much Does Disney World Cost for a Family of Four

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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