Travel Archive


10 Must-Haves to Bring to an Amusement Park

Never wait two hours into a road trip before double checking someone has the tickets. “You have the tickets, right?” Brian and I made plans to take a road trip to Six Flags Great America in Gurnee, Illinois. We both had been to that amusement park several times in the past. I can’t remember now


How a Family Day at the Races Drives Inspiration

We were invited to attend the Battery Tender MX-5 Cup races at Road America as media guests for Father’s Day weekend. My husband and I haven’t been to any races in years. When we first started dating, we went to watch his friend in several sprint car races. The Demolition Derby at the


8 Amusement Park Safety Tips for Families

Do you prefer stomach plunging drops on speeding roller coasters or spinning rides that make you feel silly and dizzy? I’ve always been afraid of heights and have irrational fears about falling out of rides, so I tend to stick with “spinny” rides. I have never been a huge thrill chaser, but


Family Fun at KeyLime Cove Indoor Waterpark

Our family was invited for one complimentary night stay at KeyLime Cove Indoor Waterpark in Gurnee, Illinois so we could experience it for ourselves. All thoughts and images are my own. With indoor waterparks, the fun happens all year round. Living southeastern Wisconsin, we need options. And even in the heat of


Going to Disney World With 2 Little Kids Isn’t So Bad After All #DisneyKids

Our family was invited to an expenses paid Disney World to see what it has to offer for preschool aged children. The views we share are our own. You already knew we loved Disney anyway. 😉 I used to think parents were a little crazy for taking little kids under the age


Raising Little Travelers Through Trips and Play

We received the VTech Roll & Learn Activity Suitcase™ to review, which is also available on Amazon (referral link). Rissa likes flying in planes. She told me this when we flew to Florida in August. Xander seems to like them too after going on three trips this year (a total of six flights!). On


Family Day in Chicago: Shedd Aquarium and Field Museum

At the end of July we spent a few days in Chicago. One whole day was spent enjoying the Shedd Aquarium and the Field Museum. We received a media pass for the Shedd Aquarium and ended up visiting the museum too since it was within walking distance. Although lots of traffic makes


Dessert After Hours in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter #FamilyForward

We attended the Family Forward Retreat which included a lot of awesome experiences. This was not a press trip – we bought conference tickets and flight – but the sponsors did offer a memorable experience at Universal Studios including after hours at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Unfortunately Brian and I


Flying With My Kids Isn’t So Bad #VZWVoices #Mom

Disclosure: I am participating in the Verizon Moms Voices program and have been provided with a wireless device and six months of service in exchange for my honest opinions about the product. Flying with a toddler and a baby doesn’t have to be all bad. I’m thankful that my kids have handled


Strengthening and Testing Our Family on Vacation #FamilyForward

Last week our family went on vacation at Universal Studios as part of the Family Forward Retreat. I loved the idea of it – activities to bring our family together and make incredible memories. The value of the retreat pass was good and the sponsors truly offered a lot of wonderful opportunities


Traveling Mishaps: The Case of Forgotten Underwear

It almost never fails that I forget to pack something.  It’s usually nothing big, but sometimes I don’t have enough outfits or socks… or underwear.  In fact, underwear shortage seems to be my number one traveling mishap. In today’s video I confess this secret problem and how I did it on our


Packing and Planning for Universal Studios With a Toddler and a Baby #VZWVoices #Mom

Disclosure: I am participating in the Verizon Moms Voices program and have been provided with a wireless device and six months of service in exchange for my honest opinions about the product. frameborder=”0″ width=”200″ height=”215″> I might be crazy, but I’m taking the crew to Universal Studios soon. When Rissa was a


Sponsored: Beat Summer Brain for FREE With the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry #MSIsummerbrain #ad

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry. Prevent Summer Brain Drain When I was a kid, I looked forward to summer because it was supposed to be filled with fun.  Even though I liked school, the thought of summer school didn’t


Baby Gear Review | Easy Popup Portable Travel Crib [VIDEO]

Whether you are traveling near or far from home, a travel crib can come in handy.  Xander isn’t mobile yet, but I often used a portable crib/playpen to keep Rissa safe and contained when I needed to leave her unattended for a few moments.  I’m thinking even outside I might need to


5 Pet Peeves About Flying

As I mentioned, I am now at Blissdom.  After arriving Thursday via an early flight, I was reminded of some of the annoying aspects of flying.  Rude people, lack of legroom, and expensive merchandise didn’t make it onto the list today. (Video) Oh and I forgot to talk about how to handle


5 Holiday Travel Safety Tips #LifeLock

Many of you may be planning to travel over the next few days if you haven’t hit the road already. I know the holidays mean more running around for us as we try to see as many family members as possible…some we only see this time of year.  Between shopping and visiting,


Travel Smart With the QuickSmart Backpack Stroller

If you travel a lot with a baby (6 months+) or toddler – whether by car, plane or train – you need to check out the QuickSmart Backpack Stroller.  It will save you space and headaches – trust me!  I only wish we’d had this stroller earlier, like for our trip to


Chicago Toy & Game Fair Weekend Family Game Pass Giveaway #4

It’s almost here! It’s almost here!  I can’t wait to go (unless this baby has other plans).  It’ll be fun to check out all the hot holiday toys, new toys, and play.  I love that it is totally kid friendly because they want your family to come out and play with them.


Chicago Toy & Game Fair Weekend Family Pass Giveaway #3

It’s another week closer to the Chicago Toy & Game Fair and we have another family pass to giveaway!  I totally take the blame for not having one up last week as intended.  There are only a couple weeks left before it is here, so if you are interested in going be


Behind the Scenes of ‘Secret of the Wings’ at DisneyToon Studios

I can hardly believe it was only two months ago that I was in Los Angeles. That month was jam packed with traveling and exciting opportunities that it feels like it was so long ago already. The whole experience was absolutely amazing and a real treat. I love being able to share