The number of new apps I’ve added to my phone this past year is overwhelming. I’m constantly deleting and adding, because I am always finding apps that not only help plan my travels, but are an improvement on the ones I had before. Don’t get me wrong, there are still plenty on my phone from last year’s favorite list, but here are my favorites for this year. Try them and I think you’ll agree they are some of the best travel apps for 2017.
Packing in general is a pain but packing for a trip where you will need the basic items as well as sports specific gear is even worse. A ski trip is no exception. While ski equipment – including ski boots, skis, and poles – can be rented easier than it can be brought on a bus or plane, there is still a lot of gear to pack. This includes everything from the obvious ski jacket to the smaller accessories like socks and gloves. Since winter gear can be so bulky, finding items that can be used on and off the slopes is a good idea, but ski gear is also not a place to prioritize price over quality. If you’re… [Read More]
Dealing with motion sickness when traveling isn’t easy. Motion sickness can affect many young children because their brain and inner ear can sense motion, but their eyes and joints won’t. This imbalance results in nausea, dizziness, sweating, and sometimes, vomiting. We have two children that suffer from queasy stomachs and sometimes they start to feel ill when we least expect it. How do we prevent it? How can you prevent it? Well there isn’t a magic formula, but we have many suggestions that have worked for us over the years and hopefully they will work for you as well.
As your vacation planning for 2017 begins in earnest, we thought it would be helpful to reach out to other family travel experts and ask their opinions on the best family vacation destinations. The responses cover the globe, from extremely popular Cuba to exotic Jordan and our neighbor to the north, Canada. These suggestions come from the experts, family travel writers who travel with their families for a living. Everyone has visited these destinations with their families and they are sharing the best family vacation destinations for 2017 to help you with your planning!
As 2016 draws to a close, we are reminded not only of the struggles and losses of the past year, but the joys and successes as well. There were moments that made us question ourselves and our roles in the universe at large, but there were also times that made us laugh harder and appreciate each other more. I do not believe in forecasting, worrying about those things out of our control and making ourselves miserable. Instead, I choose to encourage everyone to live each and every moment to its fullest and tell your loved ones what they mean to you every chance you get. 2016 may have tossed us around, but it also opened our eyes and brought us… [Read More]
A road trip is a right of passage for many American families. It is a time for families to spend hours on end enjoying one another’s company, playing games, seeing new sights, and creating memories. My husband loves road trips. We usually end up making at least one road trip each year and have learned many things along the way. The longest car ride was from Chicago to San Antonio, and we have made several trips to Nashville and New York by car. Each time I swear I will never, ever, travel that far in a car with three children again. However, we continue to take road trips, so I guess the best thing to do is to find some awesome road trip activities for… [Read More]
The holidays are quickly approaching and if you’re like me, you still haven’t begun your shopping. We’ve shared our favorite gifts for women and some unique gifts for kids of all ages, so it only seems fair to share our favorite holiday gift ideas for guys. Hopefully you will find a few things to add to their list.
Life can be busy chasing after three boys and managing a business, so it’s helpful when I find technology that makes things a bit easier and helps me stay organized. Anker understands today’s busy families, which is why I’m partnering with them and Walmart on today’s sponsored post. All opinions are 100% my own and reflect my honest experiences with the product. Every night in our house it’s the same story, where’s a charger cord? No one can seem to keep track of their cord, and no one can seem to find one when they need it. Maybe it’s the same in your house. We’ve tried buying color coded cords and assigning one per child. I’ve begged them to leave… [Read More]
When our Elf on the Shelf first arrived eight years ago, I had no idea the amount of work I was creating for myself. At the time, I had three children under the age of six, and I made a big production about the arrival of our new little friend. I read the book that came with him from the North Pole and asked them to select a name. I thought it would be something great, something grand, so I waited patiently while they debated, and finally settled upon the best elf name ever…Dave. Yep, Dave the Elf. Dave arrives on the first of December and for the next 23 days, I create a rhyming scavenger hunt for my young children. Each night, I… [Read More]
December is almost here and many kids have begun to make those holiday wish lists. Instead of settling for a boring gift card, clothing, or video game, why not try something different this year? Here are some of the newest cool holiday gift ideas for kids we’ve found this year.
Thanksgiving is coming and Black Friday is on its way, which means consumers are about to be inundated with gift guides galore. Try to have a game plan, set a budget and stick to it, because those January credit card bills can be traumatizing if you tend to get carried away (not that I’m speaking from experience or anything). I found so many amazing gift ideas this year, it’s hard to put them all in one post, so I’ll start with this one featuring holiday gifts for women who love travel.
Holiday travel season is quickly approaching, which means a lot of excitement and possibly a lot of stress. The airport crowds will be massive, luggage will be lost, and there will probably be delays somewhere along the way. Usually these headaches are unavoidable, so be sure to pack a lot of patience and a positive attitude. Here are some helpful tips to prevent you and your family from a holiday travel meltdown as you try to make your way to your destination.
As a child, one of our favorite family traditions was watching animated holiday specials on television. Every year my sister and I anxiously awaited the premiere of our all time holiday favorite, “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer”. You know the one I’m talking about, where Rudolph is left out of the reindeer games in Christmas-town. Imagine my delight when I found out Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical is coming to The Chicago Theatre!
A little over a year ago, I was introduced to MomAboard, an on-line trip planning service that produces customized itineraries for families for destinations around the world. Instead of parents wasting countless hours researching for a family trip, they can connect with a MomAboard Mombassador who will plan a personalized vacation based on their needs. I happen to be the Mombassador for Chicago, but on a recent trip to New York City, I decided to use a MomAboard trip planner to make our itinerary. Not only did it save us time, it was the best money I spent on the entire trip!
It seems lately everyone wants to know about TSA Precheck. What does it mean and how do you get it? We’ve been using it now for over a year and I have certainly noticed the uptick in passengers using the expedited lines at the airport. We feel it has been worth the investment for the amount of time we spend at airports. If you haven’t jumped on the bandwagon yet, here is what you need to know about TSA PreCheck:
Are you hitting the road this holiday season? Before you spend hours in the car with your loved ones, you might want to have some tips and tricks to survive the ride. If you take the time to prepare well and pack a lot of patience, the holiday road trip can create special memories that will last a life time.
Since our youngest has a peanut/tree nut allergy, we are always looking for allergy friendly treats any time of year. We love FARE‘s (Food Allergy & Research Education) Teal Pumpkin Project encouraging families to paint a teal pumpkin and share allergy friendly treats with trick-or-treaters. If you’re looking for ideas for class parties or to pass out on Halloween, here are 50 allergy friendly Halloween treats to keep on hand.
For months, I’ve been seeing these beautiful wood watches all over social media, but I didn’t really know much about them. Maybe you’ve seen them too. They are JORD Wood Watches, luxury, hand-crafted, all-natural wood stunners. I was lusting after them from afar when the unthinkable happened, I was asked to do a JORD wood watch review and giveaway. How could I say no to that?
Fall is finally here, which means cooler temperatures are just around the corner. Unfortunately, fall can be a difficult season for packing because the weather varies from coast to coast and north to south, so how can you be sure you’re covered? I like to travel with no more than 4 pairs at a time (with one of those being the pair on my feet), so I have a steady stream of shoes I can choose from each season. Here are the 7 pairs of travel shoes you need to have this fall to make packing a breeze.
When school begins, travel gets put on the back burner, but that doesn’t mean learning about destinations around the world ends. In the past, our family has made time for learning about different countries throughout the year. Each child would choose a country to research and we would head off to the library to find books and possibly movies to learn more. We would also search online for recipes and music and plan one meal representing the cuisine of that country. Our children really enjoyed this, but as our lives got busier, we stopped making time for this. When I saw the Try The World subscription box, I realized it was the perfect opportunity to rekindle this tradition.
Summer is wrapping up and parents are either counting the days or savoring every last minute with their kids. Every parent is starting to think about those back to school necessities, especially back to school snacks and lunches. I’m always looking for ways to save time in the morning and after school, so having convenient snacks on hand is always important to me. I decided this year I’m going to be prepared and make a list of easy to pack back to school snacks not only to help myself, but to help you too!
The family road trip is one of those vacations people either love or hate. Those hours from point A to point B and sometimes places in between can either be magical or downright exhausting. After logging thousands of miles in road trips reading (and listening to) hundreds of books while driving along, we’ve come up with our list of best audio books for a family road trip. Enjoy!
If there is one thing I’ve learned after all of these years of traveling, it’s the need for an organized suitcase. Tearing through luggage in airports and train stations, searching for lost or misplaced items is one of the worst feelings in the world, not to mention a complete waste of time. What if you could eliminate these searches with a few simple products? Organization is the key to a successful trip, and with a few steps, you can be organized too.
Sometimes we discover a product we didn’t know we needed until it falls into our lap. You know the one I’m talking about. It’s the one you use all the time and wonder how you were able to function before it came into your life? A couple of months ago I discovered MyPhonePocket, an adhesive pocket that attaches to the back of your cell phone to hold your credit cards, cash, earbuds, whatever you need at that moment. After taking it on several trips, I’ve decided it’s the essential tool for anyone who loves travel. I use it at the gym, when I am running errands and don’t want to bring a purse, and when I travel. MyPhonePocket is the one travel item… [Read More]
Going on vacation is an exciting thing for the whole family. What is not always fun, however, can be the journey. When you are on your way and everyone is impatient to reach the destination, it might make everyone a bit cranky. How can you keep kids busy on your next road trip and avoid the meltdowns? Here are some of our favorite ideas: