Geek’s Guide to San Francisco and Beyond for Star Wars Fans and Comics Lovers

San Francisco may be primarily known for its cable cars, historical landmarks, and cuisine culture. But it’s also a friendly refuge for geeks seeking adventure inspired by film and cartoons. (Think Star Wars, the Peanuts comic strip, and all things Disney!) My husband, Jeff, and I first started traveling as a couple in San Francisco. […]

What It’s Like to Tour Paisley Park Where Prince Lived, Worked and Recorded

I was shocked and saddened when Prince died on April 26, 2016. I bet you were, too. An incredible talent like his is rare indeed and the world cried purple tears that day. As a former Minnesotan and huge Prince fan, I am sorry to say I never got a chance to see him in concert. […]

Romantic Movies Set in London that Are Perfect for Date Night

Think only the city of Paris provides a cinematic stage for a romance? I’ve got news for you. London has been the setting of plenty of romantic movies…and not all of them include Hugh Grant. Even if you exclude well-known favorites like Notting Hill, you will find charming contemporary romantic comedies set in London. I […]

Best Travel Books for Children According to Travel Experts and Their Kids

Travel books for children inspire curiosity about the world. Kids of all ages can expand their horizons and increase their understanding of other types of people through literary travel. To create this list of incredible reads, I reached out to those in the know: travel bloggers whose children love to explore just as much as their parents do. […]

“The Unofficial Guide to Mall of America” ~ Tips for Visiting the Largest Mall in the USA

If you love to shop and want to visit the largest mall in the USA, or if you’re planning a trip to Minnesota, you need to read The Unofficial Guide to Mall of America. This informative book is filled with handy tips for visitors to this mega entertainment complex of stores, restaurants, aquarium, and indoor amusement park. Once […]

The Voyager with Josh Garcia Review ~ A New TV Show for Travel Lovers

When I’m not traveling, I daydream about travel and imagine where I’ll go next. Now, I can sail around the world each Saturday morning with NBC’s show, The Voyager with Josh Garcia. When Carnival Corporation asked me to tune in to this new travel show as part of their #SailAwayFromHome campaign, I didn’t hesitate to step aboard. […]

5 Books British Kids Read (& Why Your Kids Should, Too!)

Having grown up in the USA, I found there was a whole new universe of children’s books in the United Kingdom that I did not know existed. I remember loving such books as Clifford the Big Red Dog, Nancy Drew and Little House on the Prairie. British kids, though, have a different set of books they […]

Best Free Music Festivals for Families in the USA

You’ve got a blanket spread on the grass, a picnic basket full of treats and maybe, if the venue allows it, a box of wine in the cooler. Your kids are dancing to the sounds coming through the speakers and you can just see the band at the source through the crowd as the sun […]

Pirate’s Booty Giveaway – Finding Snack Treasure & Dory!

As parents we swim the distance to do what’s best for our kids. We want to find that balance between life’s pleasures and being safe. Just like Marlin wanted to save Nemo from a world full of potential dangers in Finding Nemo, so too do we want to help our kids have fun while keeping them healthy. Enter Pirate’s […]

Watch “He Named Me Malala” with Your Kids

“There is a moment when you have to choose whether to be silent or to stand up.” – Malala Yousafzai Great changes are made when people are willing to speak out about injustices, even at the risk of grave personal danger. Martin Luther King, Jr. had the charisma and vision to propel the Civil Rights Movement […]

Best Travel Movies for Kids

Your family doesn’t need to leave home to be transported to another place when you watch movies together that focus on traveling or that take place in a dreamy destination. As a travel enthusiast who loves to explore the world through cinema with my children, here are my picks for the ten best travel movies for kids that parents will love […]

Peanuts Movie Giveaways and Recipe

Like many of you, I grew up reading the Peanuts comic strip in the weekly newspaper and watching Peanuts cartoon specials on TV each Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas. As a Peanuts fan, I was super-excited to see Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the rest of the gang are coming back in a modern take on the classic comic. […]

All Things Eloise at The Plaza Hotel

For decades, children have enjoyed reading about Eloise and her mischievous adventures living in New York City’s posh Plaza Hotel. The famous Eloise book series is turning 60 this year. To celebrate, The Plaza is hosting an array of family-friendly activities commemorating all things Eloise at The Plaza Hotel. Eloise at the Plaza Shop One of my young daughter’s favorite places […]