Big Country With Andrew Zimmern

This is a sponsored post in partnership with U.S. Cellular. Can you believe that tomorrow is August 1st? Where did summer go? We've been soaking up the last days of sun and swim but like most every other parent in America, I am totally looking forward to school starting back up in a couple of weeks. One of the reasons is that I will finally have the time to write about our Epic Road Trip 2015 where we did twelve states in fourteen days. It was CRAZY but awesome. I love taking the twins on these kinds of trips, exposing them to the rest of the country. It's just so cool to be able to share experiences like sailing past the Statue of Liberty and eating crabs fresh from the dock in Maryland with them. I absolutely loved sharing the trip with friends and family on Instagram. (Check out all the pictures at https://instagram.com/explore/tags/epicroadtrip15/.) We were able to do it from Missouri to Maryland because U.S. Cellular delivers national coverage from coast to coast to … [Read more...]

Spring Break is Over and I Am Sad

Planning Summer Vacation

Hey yo, this post is part of my partnership with US Cellular. Thanks to them for letting me write about stuff on the internet and keeping my eight year old connected to YouTube. Sigh, I guess I have to accept that Spring Break is really over given that it is the Tuesday after. I miss vacation. It's not that our trip to Texas was anything elaborate; it's just good to get away. So I am already planning our summer vacation. With a little help from my smartphone. That way I can plan anytime I need an escape. … [Read more...]

Freshen the Car Up Before Road Tripping It

Febreze Car Vent

This is sponsored post through She Speaks and Febreze! It's Spring Break season! And even though we won't be headed out for a couple of weeks, I am already anticipating the long road trip to Texas to see my parents. The girls and I have been making this trip together for almost five years. We have it down to a science but that doesn't mean I don't face it with a small smidgen of dread. After all, it is ten hours in the car with the terror twins. They are past the throwing toys at me stage. But unfortunately still in the the throwing up stage. Car sickness, the struggle is real. That's why I was happy to take the chance to try out Febreze Vent Car Clips. No matter what happens in the back seat, up in the front seat I am in my own little oasis. … [Read more...]

Wordless Wednesday : Beaches Turks and Caicos Beach

Beaches Turks and Caicos Ocean

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10 Insider Tips for Beaches Turks and Caicos

Tips for the Beaches Turks Caicos

It's my reentry day from the fabulous Beaches Moms conference and while I am still recovering from all the amazing ways they spoiled us, I HAD to share some insider tips ASAP in case you are planning a trip. And if you aren't, why not?! … [Read more...]

Wordless Wednesday : Rocky National Park Clouds

Rocky Mountain National Park Mountains

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10 Trips to Take With Your Kids

10 trips to take with kids

There are some trips that are just made better by having kids along. As we discovered this past summer when we took the girls to Mount Rushmore and Rocky National Park. Seeing these sites through their eyes made us want to take as many trips as possible with them. So here's a list of ten trips to take with kids. … [Read more...]

In Praise of Day Trips

Trail side wine

It's so easy to get caught up in the idea of travel that you forget to actually do it. Not every trip has to be to a far flung locale. Sometimes just taking off for a day or even an afternoon is enough to change your perspective. Last week, we did just that when friends invited up for a walk in the nearby town of Rocheport. Getting out, walking the Katy trail a bit, and swinging from unfamiliar trees was just the way to end the weekend and reset for the week ahead. Trail side stone oven pizza didn't hurt either... … [Read more...]

24 Hours in… Rapid City

Storybook Island

Who knew Rapid City was so awesome? If we had known how much we would enjoy it, I totally would have planned more time there on out Epic Road trip. But twenty four hours was enough time to get a taste of Rapid City life. Rapid City is the home base for most Mount Rushmore visitors. But this city has a ton to offer on its own. With a charming downtown and several city parks, it's a haven for families. Start your visit with the presidential statues. You can visit and pose with your favorite. Be sure to visit the visitor center and get a list. If you visit all of them, you get a presidential soda. Before sundown, head to Dinosaur Park. This Public Works project built in 1936 boasts seven life-size concrete dinosaur statues and stunning views of the city from its hillside perch. The visitor center's porch is the perfect place to have an ice cream and watch the sun go down. Due to all those Mount Rushmore visitors, Rapid City has almost every chain motel and hotel you … [Read more...]

5 Spooky Destinations

Haunted Travel

Tis the season for haunting. Courtesy of CheapOAir, here are five places to head for chills and scares. These fares are samples based on certain gateways and may have changed! But this should give you a jumping off point. If you are looking to take one of these trips, book by October 24th. … [Read more...]