Tips for Mickey’s Halloween Party with Kids at Disneyland

Tips for Mickey's Halloween Party with Kids

Disneyland on a regular ol’ day is filled with all sorts of fun for kids and grown-ups of all ages. But visiting during Halloween season is sure to be a screaming good time! Last year my family attended our very first Mickey’s Halloween Party, a separately ticketed nighttime event that takes place on 14 select nights […]

Back to San Diego

Bailey and Karissa turning cartwheels on the beach in San Diego not long before our move (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin0

I am headed back to San Diego for a few days. I don’t think I’m ready to go. I want to stay in our new town, set down roots, build up friendships, discover new places to eat and play. I am not ready to face our dream home, now inhabited by another family. But my 9-year-old daughter, Karissa, wants […]

Hyatt Regency Maui – A Fantastical Place to Stay

Hyatt Regency Maui - A Fantastical Place to Stay

Long before I became a travel blogger, I chose to stay at the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa with my husband and baby girl on one of our first-ever trips as new parents. Nearly nine years later I returned to this idyllic hotel, this time with my second child (our son, now 6) and my mom. (Poor Daddy […]

Confessions of a Family Travel Blogger

Confessions of a family travel blogger

The life of a family travel blogger may seem super exciting, and in many ways it is. I get to travel A LOT. You might think I have got this travel thing 100% down…that my children are always well-behaved, seasoned travelers and that I sail through airports with a smile. Sometimes things don’t go according to plan, my friends, […]

12 Tips for Cruising with Kids

12 Tips for Cruising with Kids

Cruising with kids makes a great choice for a family vacation. Many new cruise ships are like floating resorts with seemingly endless options to keep all ages entertained. Meanwhile your family is transported from destination to destination, while unpacking just once. Like any vacation, though, a cruise can go very wrong without proper planning and preparation. These 12 […]

Things to Do in Boise with Kids

Things to Do in Boise with Kids

When deciding where to go on your next family vacation, Boise, Idaho may not be the first place that comes to mind…but maybe it should be! Like so many places in the Pacific Northwest, Boise is home to recreational and outdoor activities that meet the needs of any adventure-seeking family. I was also delighted to find […]

Road Trip with Children Packing List for Safety and Sanity

Road trip with children packing list - 10 things you need to bring for safety and sanity when traveling with kids!

Road trips lure travelers with their promise of freedom, scenic landscapes, and quirky roadside attractions. Hitting the road can also mean seemingly constant potty breaks, sibling disputes, car sickness and backseat whining. Here are 10 things you need to pack to keep your family safe and sane during a road trip with children. Travel Toys and Crafts […]

Maui with Kids – A Dream Come True

Hawaiian Sunset - Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa

Maui with kids is a dream come true. Literally. Last year my son, Leo, was given an assignment in his kindergarten class to draw a picture depicting his biggest dream. He drew his vision of a coconut tree beside the ocean. When he brought home his drawing, he said, “My dream is to go to Hawaii! Will […]

Hawaii Island’s Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel with Kids

Hotel on Hapuna Beach Big Island Hawaii

Hawaii Island is a haven for families keen kick back and relax. Sure, the Big Island also offers awesome eco-adventures. Our family, however, was decidedly in the kick back camp, which is why were thrilled to jet off to the Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel. Location, Location, Location! Situated on 32 oceanfront acres overlooking the silky white […]

Crazy Fun in Denver with Kids

Crazy fun in Denver with kids

Want to have a crazy good time in Denver with kids? Here’s what to do, where to eat, and where to stay in Colorado’s Mile High City for a vacation your family will always remember. Crazy Fun Amusements – Elitch Gardens Theme and Water Park Elitch Gardens Theme and Water Park, the only downtown amusement/water park […]