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  • 10 Tips to Help You Cruise Through Disney Like a Pro

    Being a reader of this blog has its perks: These tips and secrets will help you cruise through Disneyland and California Adventure like a pro, improving your family’s trip to the happiest place on earth. Have fun! 1. MOBILE ORDERING FOOD  Long lines are not......

  • 12 Days on our Pacific Northwest Road Trip

    We loaded up the family, plus Emily’s parents and sister, and headed out for the West Coast of the United States. What an adventure! We started in the Northern part of Washington, even making it into parts of Canada on our Whale-watching tour, and ended......

  • 14 Days On Our East Coast Road Trip

    What do you get when you have 2 parents + 3 kids + 2 five hour plane rides + 1 mini-van + more luggage than we could count+ 11 states + 1500 miles? The trip of a lifetime? A whole lot of fun? Unforgettable moments? Hands-on......

  • 4 Must Do’s at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter Hollywood

    1. Ollivanders Ollivanders was hands-down our kids favorite experience at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Hollywood. Our (almost) 11 year old insisted we visit Ollivanders first thing. We entered the park and went straight to the line, which had about a......

  • 4 Sites to See at the National Mall in Washington D.C.

    The National Mall consists of several iconic monuments and memorials that span over 1000 acres. They are open 24 hours a day, although Park Service Rangers are typically there from 9:30am-10pm. They are all free and our children had a great time visiting. There is......

  • 7 REASONS TO VISIT DISNEYLAND AT HALLOWEEN

    What could be happier than the Happiest Place on Earth?  The Happiest Place on Earth at Halloween!!  Disneyland at Halloween is our family’s FAVORITE time to visit!  Disney and Halloween=magic!   MICKEY’S HALLOWEEN PARTY So what is Mickey’s Halloween Party and is it worth it?......

  • 7 tips for traveling on a budget

    Traveling on a budget can seem like a bit of a challenge, but there are a lot of great resources and travel websites that can help you become a travel pro, which can save you a ton of money. We learned from others about rewards......

  • 8 Great Reasons to Visit Chicago in the Winter

    Last November we went on a little couple’s getaway to Chicago. While this blog is definitely geared toward family vacations, a couple’s retreat is pretty essential for the whole family!  Happy mom and dad = happy kids 🙂  Now, November + Chicago might seem crazy with the......

  • 8 Interesting Facts about Andrew Jackson and The Hermitage — a Nashville must see!

          1. Andrew Jackson wanted his name to be remembered. Born in … Although you could say the deck was stacked against him: Jackson was fatherless his entire life and an orphan at age 14. His story of perservance and making the most of......

  • A Visit to William Howard Taft National Historic Site In Cincinnati

    Ohio is home to 8 U.S. presidents. If you are in the Cincinnati area, you may want to pay a visit to the William Howard Taft National Historic Site. This brief tour will help you learn more about the only person in history to be......

  • A Weekend in Nashville

    Nashville, Tennessee is known as Music City, USA, and offers plenty of exciting and entertaining venues. Here are 4 things we recommend you hit up next time you are in Nashville. 1. The Grand Ole Opry Whether you tour the Grand Ole Opry or see......

  • A Weekend in NYC with Kids

    There is so much to see and do in New York City, and with only a weekend here (NYC was one of our stops on our two-week East Coast trip), it was so hard to narrow down all the things we wanted to do that would......

  • Air and Space Museum in Washington D.C.

    The Smithsonian Institute is made up of 19 museums and galleries as well as the Zoo. Most of them are free and open nearly every day of the year. We were able to visit a few of them and had a great time!   The......

  • An afternoon in Philadelphia: Liberty Bell + Independence Hall

      The famous Liberty Bell is a must when visiting Philadelphia and was our first stop. Tickets are not required as it is first-come, first-served. Hours are between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., with extended hours in the summer. There is often a long wait......

  • An Afternoon on Martha’s Vineyard

      Em here: Confession. Thanks to those darn Gilmore Girls I’ve always wanted to explore Martha’s Vineyard. We had the chance to go back east for a couple of weeks fall of 2016. And it was amazing! It was a jam-packed trip and as soon......

  • Best Apps to Keep Kids Happy when Traveling

    Whether traveling by car or plane (or train :), chances are  you’ll pick up a tablet, phone or a device of some sort.  Here are a list of our favorite apps to keep kids entertained! FOR SCHOOL AGE KIDS Education: Math Town Math Museum Toontastic Grammaropolis Amazing......

  • Best Family Hikes at Arches National Park

    We recently spent a weekend in Moab, Utah, at Arches National Park. It was so fun!! Jeff would go here every year growing up and was excited to finally take the rest of us. And with so many family-friendly hikes, this is a great option......

  • Birthplace of Joseph Smith {Sharon, Vermont}

    Nestled in the hills of Vermont, the LDS Prophet Joseph Smith was born in the beautiful countryside of Sharon, Vermont.  The Birthplace is free to visit and has a Visitor’s Center with a monument (pictured below) that commemorates the Prophet’s life. For location and hours,......

  • Boston: 9 Awesome Things To Do With Kids

    1.The Freedom Trail We visited Boston for two days last October (it was part of our two week East Coast Road Trip- read more about that here). There were so many fun and historical things to see in this amazing city. Following The Freedom Trail throughout Boston......

  • Chicago Eats- 5 Places to try next time you go!

    1.Giordano’s When friends and family found out we were going to Chicago, Giordano’s was the first place they recommended–for that classic slice of deep dish goodness! We started with the cheesy bread and salad while our pizza was cooking (good things take time- plan for......