Travel Archive

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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