Portrait Studio Review & Fabulous Family Portrait Package Giveaway

My husband and I rarely make appearances in family photos. That’s because I’m the photographer and, well, I’m too busy snapping pics of the kids to think about including us adults. I’ve thought about booking a professional photographer, but that seemed daunting. Professional photos can be very expensive and I didn’t even know where to find […]

Best Fall Cocktail Recipes in the USA

All over the United States, as summer slips into her fall sweaters and wraps up against the coming chill, bartenders create tasty libations to warm us from the inside. Join us on a tour of the country’s best fall cocktail recipes. Northeastern Fall Cocktail Recipes Autumn’s Ambrosia from Crimson & Rye in New York, New York “Autumn […]

11 Backyard Barbecue Party Tips to Impress Your Guests without Stress

As a self-proclaimed grill master, summer is one of my favorite times of the year. It means I get to roll out my grill and use it pretty much every night of the week. But, as much as I enjoy grilling up a few juicy ribeyes for my family, it’s even more fun to invite friends […]

Tips for Traveling with Children with Life Threatening Food Allergies

Travel is awesome. Food allergies are not. Vacations should be about relaxation, exploration and connection. With one in 13 children under the age of 18 facing life threatening food allergies, however, close to 15 million parents worry about how to handle a severe allergic reaction while away from home. I don’t let my children’s allergies keep our family from seeing […]

8 Reasons You Should Visit Disneyland in Fall

Running from the Fall Equinox in mid-September through the Winter Solstice in December, fall makes a fabulous season to visit Disneyland. As summer crowds head back to school and Southern California temperatures begin to cool, holiday festivities of all sorts take center stage. Check out these eight reasons to visit Disneyland in fall. Find Disneyland Resort deals […]

Join the Teen Road Rules #KidsNTrips Twitter Party ~ Win $100 Prizes!

Did you know motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for 15- to 19-year-olds in the United States? That’s a scary statistic. But there are things parents can do to help keep their kids safe behind the wheel. Along with Liberty Mutual and SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions), we’ll discuss the dangers of […]

Find Your Own Pearl in an Oyster for Beautiful Disney Jewelry

This story is sponsored by AOS Design, which offers find your own pearl kits and beautiful Disney jewelry. There is something really special about opening an oyster to find your own pearl. It feels magical. You don’t need to be extremely lucky to find your own pearl, either. All you need to do is order a pearl […]

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.

5 Ways TrustedHousesitters Helps Pet Lovers Live Their Travel Dreams

My wife and I have reached a point in our lives where we aren’t happy with status quo in suburbia. We have dreams of traveling the world, but those two weeks off from work each year don’t allow for much slow travel. We long to go somewhere and linger for two weeks or more to absorb, […]

Fort Lauderdale Vacation Giveaway from Friday Night Sound Waves

Sandy beaches, good food, great hotels and incredible live music concerts are waiting for you in Greater Fort Lauderdale, Florida. If you like free music festivals, then you’ll love Friday Night Sound Waves. This 36-week live concert series in Fort Lauderdale is THE place to enjoy the South Florida tunes. Not one, but two lucky winners […]

How to Charge Your Smart Phone Battery at Disneyland

You’ve planned your Disneyland trip for months. You’ve read the books, purchased Park Hoppers, booked a hotel near Disneyland, and scheduled a Disney character meal. But then your smart phone dies in the middle of the day, long before the “Paint the Night” parade and “World of Color” nighttime spectacular. Here’s how to charge your smart […]

5 Reasons to Buy a Traeger BBQ Smoker for Dad

I know, I know. A Traeger electric meat smoker may sound like just another toy for Dad that will get tucked away in some forgotten corner of the garage – like that exercise machine he swore he’d use. A Traeger smoker is different, though. My wife bought me one a couple of years ago and I […]

7 Father’s Day Hotel Packages to Celebrate Different Types of Dads

Life changes for men when they become dads. It’s more than just sleepless nights and dirty diapers. When I entered fatherhood, I traded my convertible for an SUV, nights out with the boys ended, and my golf money dried up. Then I celebrated my first Father’s Day – at a lame brunch. That’s not what […]