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10 Super Fun Things to Do in Portland with Kids

These things to do in Portland with kids are sure to please any family, including yours! Portland overflows with all sorts of wonderfully weird activities for families. This Pacific Northwest city prizes itself for being weird. In fact, the city’s official slogan is, “Keep Portland weird.” Public pianos implore passersby to play them. Dogs wear […]

Scottsdale with Kids – 24 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 […]

Scottsdale Vacation Tips for Summer Fun in Arizona

What is there to do in Scottsdale in summer? Plenty! A Scottsdale summer vacation sizzles with fun. Beautiful year-round, this sprawling suburb of Phoenix offers families plenty of activities, delicious cuisine, and refreshing ways to cool off during June, July, and August. Plus, Scottsdale’s amazing resorts provide deep discounts for summer vacationers. Take a look […]

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 […]

Fun Things to Do in Orange County with Kids

You just might be surprised by all the fun things to do in Orange County with kids. This area of California is probably best known as the home of Disneyland and some famous housewives. There’s a lot more to the OC, though. Whether you’re looking for a Southern California vacation spot or you want to […]

Mississippi Gulf Coast with Kids, A Surprising Beach Destination

Mississippi makes a surprising beach destination for families. It’s affordable, fun, and beautiful. So why is this destination often overlooked? Because travelers just don’t think of Coastal Mississippi when planning their beach vacations. That means less crowds and better deals for those in the know! Biloxi, Gulfport, Ocean Springs, Pass Christian and other Mississippi beach […]

Best Scottsdale Outdoor Activities – Making Lifelong Memories in the Sonoran Desert

Each year Scottsdale welcomes 9 million vacationers seeking sunshine and memorable fun. In fact, many visitors love Scottsdale so much, they return year after year. Whether you’re coming to Scottsdale for the first time, planning a return visit, considering a move to my gorgeous hometown in Arizona, or you already reside here — this extraordinary […]

Outdoorsy Vacations for Families – How to Connect Kids with Nature While Traveling

Families are so busy juggling science projects, carpools and after-school activities in our daily lives that we often don’t take time to connect with nature, or with each other. Nature-focused vacations enable parents and children to unplug from technology and everyday stresses while using all of our senses to create lifelong memories. To reignite children’s […]

Tips to Make Your Tween Daughter Less Sassy & More Sweet

I felt like I had lost my tween daughter. My sweet girl had become much sassier and more argumentative. She didn’t laugh as much or want to play with her little brother. Now? Things are getting better. So much better, in fact, that I have been reflecting on what helped get her back to her […]

Best Road Trip from Phoenix: Southwest National Parks and Las Vegas

Looking for the best road trip from Phoenix? We’ve got you covered! This amazing itinerary includes the natural beauty of Southwest National Parks, the splashy fun of Lake Powell, and the glitz of Las Vegas. You’ll find options to modify this Arizona, Southern Utah and Nevada road trip to meet your desired vacation length and […]

Why Visit Borrego Springs with Kids

Get off the beaten path with a family vacation in Borrego Springs, California. It’s a quirky area inhabited by about 3,500 residents in the middle of the desert. Although it’s located within San Diego County, you’ll feel worlds away from the beachy vibe of SoCal in this desert village. Here’s what to do in Borrego […]

Your First Camping Trip ~ What Camping Gear to Buy and What to Borrow

Are you considering embarking on your first camping trip? Camping can seem overwhelming. New campers may not know how to start camping or what to buy for a first camping trip. Not to worry! You need not invest hundreds of dollars in equipment. This short list of camping gear to buy features the essentials you […]

Songs about Colors – A Musical Rainbow of Inspiration

These eight songs about colors will inspire adults and kids alike. More than merely a collection of melodies that mention a particular color, this list includes songs that are meaningful and uplifting. I hope these colorful songs will bring you some joy, particularly when trying to make sense of chaotic times or when you need […]