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About Colleen Lanin

Colleen Lanin is the founder/editor-in-chief of TravelMamas.com. As the author of her book, "The Travel Mamas' Guide," she teaches parents not only how to survive a trip with children, but also how to love exploring the world with their offspring. Her stories have appeared online and in print for such outlets as the "Today" show, NBCNews.com, Parenting Magazine, Orlando Sentinel, Chicago Tribune, Expedia, San Diego Family Magazine, and more. Colleen gives tips on television, radio, and as a public speaker. She has a master’s degree in business administration with a background in marketing. She lives in Arizona with her husband and two kids.

Walt Disney World Vacation Homes vs. Disney Hotels

Trying to decide between booking a Walt Disney World vacation home or a hotel? When planning a Disney trip, it’s easy to go overboard. But you won’t have a good time if you break the bank or your accommodations don’t meet your needs. Take a look at the the pros and cons of Disney World […]

10 Reasons to Give the Gift of Learning a New Language with Rosetta Stone

A new language opens a world of possibilities. Learning a foreign language makes a wonderful gift to give for the holidays, a birthday, wedding or any special occasion. With Rosetta Stone, giving the gift of language is also easy with their customizable e-cards. Plus, I know from personal experience that their subscription-based online language learning […]

Tweed Wolf Custom Photo Book Review and Discount Code

I bet you have have tons of photos sitting on your smart phone, computer, or cloud. Those photos aren’t going to put themselves into an album. Wait…maybe they will! Tweed Wolf makes it easy to preserve memories with the best photo books made just for you. You simply upload your photos. Then the magic makers […]

Rover In Home Pet Sitting for Travelers and Animal Lovers

As a pet mom who travels often, I know how important it is to find excellent, reliable care for my dogs while I’m away. Rover.com offers in home pet sitting, lodging options in the pet sitter’s residence, plus dog-walking services and drop-by pet visits. Animal lovers seeking income will also appreciate Rover for the opportunity […]

Guide to Christmas Time at Disneyland with Kids

Although I have been to Disneyland a multitude of times, up until last week, I had never visited during the holiday season. Now that I have experienced the happiest time of the year at the Happiest Place on Earth, I defy Scrooge himself to remain cranky during a trip to Disneyland during the holidays.

Best Travel Snacks for Families on the Go

The easiest way to keep children’s hands and mouths busy on road trips or flights is with snacks, snacks and more snacks. Travel snacks keep kids content during the journey and fueled up for fun on the go. Let’s dig in to these snack tips and food suggestions that are as delicious as they are […]

Best San Diego Zoo with Kids Tips and Itinerary

As a fifth-year San Diego Zoo member and a mama of two young children, I have spent a lot of time at this world-renowned zoo. Here is a list of 11 of the best exhibits, restaurants, and rides the zoo has to offer.

Best Travel Toys for Kids, from Babies to Teens

Any journey can be do-able, and even enjoyable, with the right stuff (and the right attitude)! Here’s a list of the best travel toys and diversions based on the advice of Tracyn Thayer of Kids Travel Happy, as well as my own experience and that of other Travel Mamas.

Dos and Dont’s of Disney’s Cars Land with Kids

Whether your family merely enjoys Disney’s Cars movies or you’re all-out fanatics, these Cars Land tips will help you make the most of your Disneyland theme park visit. Follow these dos and don’ts for visiting Disney Cars Land with kids. Find Disneyland Resort deals including ticket discounts and discounted hotel packages! Do get a FastPass […]

Why Celebrate Fall at Wolfe’s Neck Farm in Freeport, Maine

The Fall Festival at Wolfe’s Neck Farm is not like other fall festivals. It’s better. If you’re looking for a crowded, noisy production heavy on bouncy houses, cotton candy, stuffed prizes, and other manufactured fun — then go somewhere else. Wolfe’s Neck Farm is about connecting with nature and community. Read on to discover why […]

Scottsdale with Kids – 23 Fun Things to Do in the West’s Most Western Town

Scottsdale may be best known for its abundance of swanky spas, golf courses, and shopping malls. Thankfully, families will find a wealth of kid-friendly attractions here, too. As a family travel expert who spent half my childhood living in Scottsdale and then moved back to this Southwestern city with my brood several years ago, I […]

Best San Diego Restaurants for Families

As a travel writer, former San Diego resident, and self-proclaimed foodie, I am often asked for restaurant recommendations in America’s Finest City. For delicious eats and fun places to take the kids, read my picks for the best San Diego restaurants for families. 1. Corvette Diner If dancing servers doling out thick milkshakes and tempting […]

15 Best San Diego Attractions for Kids

San Diego County overflows with fun for families. As a mom who lived in this Southern California beach city for 15 years and who returns regularly with her brood, I’m excited to share my picks for the best San Diego attractions for kids. These activities are sure to keep all ages content during your San […]