Win an Atlantis Resort Vacation at the Spring Travel #KidsNTrips Twitter Party

Win an Atlantis Resort Vacation at the Spring #KidsNTrips Twitter Party

Spring is almost here, which means it’s time for blossoming flowers, baby animals, warmer weather and, most importantly, spring travel! Whether you’re looking forward to a spring break vacation with your kids, or a weekend grown-up getaway this season, you’ll want to join us to talk all things spring travel and learn some handy travel […]

5 Quirky Museums for Kids in the U.S.

PEZ Dispensers at the Burlingame Museum of PEZ Memorabilia

Museums don’t have to been stuffy, boring places that make kids groan and moan. In fact, there are many unusual museums devoted to interesting and specific topics that can win over even the most reluctant museum-goer. Add these five quirky museums for kids to your vacation must-see list. (This post is brought to you in partnership with, a […]

10 Las Vegas Girlfriend Getaway Tips

Lots of action at the Aria pool in Las Vegas

I love visiting Las Vegas…without kids. With kids? Not so much. I mean, it is called Sin City for a reason. With plenty of action, shows and free-flowing drinkies, Las Vegas is a great spot for a quick grown-up getaway. Once you arrive, you’re ready to play without needing to drive much (or at all) for […]

Disney World with Teens and Tweens Tips

9 Tips for Disney World with teens and tweens

If you think Walt Disney World is just for little kids, think again! In many ways, a Disney trip is better with older children. They don’t need naps, they can stay up later to watch fireworks, and they are tall enough to ride all of the attractions. A trip to Disney World with big kids, […]

Sheraton Maui – A Place for Families to Laze in Paradise

Sheraton Maui pool

The best thing about the Sheraton Maui is its meandering, waterfall-bedecked lazy river. But the laziest of rivers is just one reason to book a stay at this hotel. The 508-room resort has an open, expansive feel with plenty of grassy spaces dotted with tall palm trees. It’s located on 23 oceanfront acres in Kaanapali, which […]

5 Tips for a Mother-Daughter New York City Getaway

mother and daughter carriage ride

Taking your child to the city that never sleeps can be a daunting task. For years I’d fantasized about taking my daughter to the Big Apple, but for one reason or another the timing wasn’t right. A few months ago the stars aligned and we cashed in our air miles to embark on an awesome mother-daughter […]

7 Tips to Make Your Tween Daughter Less Sassy & More Sweet

7 Tips to Make Your Tween Daughter Less Sassy and More Sweet

I felt like I had lost my sweet daughter. She had become much sassier and more argumentative. She didn’t laugh as much or want to play with her little brother. Now? Things are getting better. So much better, in fact, that I have been reflecting on what helped get her back to her kindhearted self. Based on […]

Beat the Winter Blues with Best Western and AAA

Dive into this heated outdoor pool at the Best Western Premier Ivy Hotel Napa after a day of wine tasting in California Wine Country

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Best Western. All opinions are 100% mine. Got the winter blues? I sure do! After all the hubbub of the holidays, January can feel so humdrum. Scrape the frost off your suitcase and warm up with a little winter vacation! Whether it’s a toasty tropical […]

Life Coming Full Circle at the White House Travel Blogger Summit

Global-themed centerpiece at the White House Travel Bloggers Summit luncheon at the National Press Club (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

The first time I visited Washington DC, I flew there in an airplane with about 100 or so other noisy, obnoxious eighth-graders…without our parents! We visited numerous museums, memorials and the US Mint. The one disappointment was not getting to visit the White House. The freedom, excitement and living history experienced on that trip as a 13-year-old sparked a passion […]

Wizarding World of Harry Potter Tips for Super Fans and Non-Fans

Wizarding World of Harry Potter Tips for Super Fans and Non-Fans (Photo credit: Claudia Laroye)

You don’t need to be a Harry Potter super fan (like me!) to enjoy the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. My non-fan husband would be the first to admit this. He didn’t read the books and he’s not a big fan of the movies, but he enjoyed himself immensely at during our quest to experience all things Harry […]