5 Things to Do in Copenhagen with Kids

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Denmark’s capital, Copenhagen, is a charming and compact city that is fun for families to explore on foot. Although most people speak English, the city maintains a distinctly European feel. Here are five things to do in Copenhagen with kids. Visit the Little Mermaid There are many tributes in Copenhagen to Hans Christian Andersen, the Danish fairy tale writer […]

Aria How We Vegas Sweepstakes

Aria How We Vegas Sweepstakes - Giveaway includes two nights in an Aria Sky Suite, $500 Dining Credit, $300 Spa Credit, Cabana and $300 Pool Credit, Two Tickets to Zarkana by Cirque du Soleil and a Welcome Gift from Jean Philippe Patisserie. (Graphic by Colleen Lanin)

How do you do Vegas? If you want to do Las Vegas Aria-style, prepare yourself for luxury, delicious cuisine, pampering, and incredible nightlife. I recently got a chance to experience Aria during one of the most plush press trips I’ve ever experienced. Don’t get too jealous, though, you could win a getaway at Aria, too! The Aria How We Vegas […]

Avoid Nasty Germs at Airport Security with Cootie Booties

Why you should never go barefoot at airport security ever again !

Is there anyone who actually enjoys going through airport security? It’s such a pain to keep all of your gels and liquids separate and stored in tiny containers. You’ve got to empty your pockets, remove laptops from their cases and remember to down your bottled water. Then you get naked scanned while standing with legs […]

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 […]