My Top 10 Family Camping Splurges, Part 2

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When Kimmie checked into sleep-away camp yesterday, her gear included lots of my family camping splurges. Which is why her luggage took up a fraction as much space as the other kids'.

Share this: I have to admit, I was pretty proud when I dropped Kimmie off at her first sleep-away camp adventure yesterday. She’s there for all of two nights, and her luggage reflected this fact. Thanks to the family camping splurges we invested in last summer, she was one of the best-outfitted kids there. And… Continue reading My Top 10 Family Camping Splurges, Part 2




Family Camping Splurges: My Top Ten Picks, Part 1

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If you and your family like to camp, these family camping splurges will make your adventures oh-so-much-nicer.

Share this:As longtime readers know, I’m not a fan of having stuff one doesn’t need. But if you camp often enough, these family camping splurges are worth considering. And many of them have uses beyond family camping trips. I added these things to our family camping checklist after three back-to-back camping trips last summer. While… Continue reading Family Camping Splurges: My Top Ten Picks, Part 1




Responsible Kids On the Road: My Top Tips for Travel

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Share this:Do you have responsible kids on the road? Maybe you’re thinking, Hah, I can’t even get my kids to be responsible for their own stuff at home, let alone when we’re traveling. (I hear ya; it’s an ongoing struggle.) But take heart. Being away from home is a great time to mold responsible kids.… Continue reading Responsible Kids On the Road: My Top Tips for Travel




Best Travel Carseat Ever (Hint: it’s not a carseat!)

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Share this:The holidays are coming. Are you ready for holiday travel? In other words, do you have the best travel carseat ever? I love to start New Year purging before the holidays even hit. Winter is a great time for moving out the old to make way for the new, whether it’s holiday gifts or a… Continue reading Best Travel Carseat Ever (Hint: it’s not a carseat!)




Holiday Hacks: Ten Tips to Make Your Life Easier This December

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Share this:Do you need a few good holiday hacks? I know I do. Barely a week in, my December is already bursting at the seams. My to-do lists keep getting longer, and some things (like this post) never get done until weeks later than I’d planned. What’s on your plate this month? Too many kids’… Continue reading Holiday Hacks: Ten Tips to Make Your Life Easier This December




Prepping for our First Family Camping Trip

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Share this:This weekend marks our first family camping trip. My husband and I used to camp (or at least hike) every summer, back in our pre-parenthood existence. The further away from home our car-camping and occasional backpacking trips took us, the better. We’ve been kept awake all night by the foghorns near the Bay of… Continue reading Prepping for our First Family Camping Trip




Sanity-Saving Hacks for Roadtripping Solo With Small Children

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Share this:My house is a mess of unpacking, my writing is behind schedule – can you guess that my family and I have just spent the past few weeks on various road trips? For many families, summer means travel. But the reality is that in two-parent households, parents can’t always coordinate limited vacation time with… Continue reading Sanity-Saving Hacks for Roadtripping Solo With Small Children




Tunes for Traveling With Kids: Our Top 15 Road Trip Soundtracks

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Share this:Are you sick of listening to your kids belt out the theme song from Frozen yet? Do you wish that the singing purple dinosaur had never been invented? Do you prefer some good music for a long car ride over hearing your kids’ dueling electronic toys in the backseat? Do you have a long… Continue reading Tunes for Traveling With Kids: Our Top 15 Road Trip Soundtracks




Next Time You Travel, Try Diaper Covers

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Share this:If you’re spending part of the holiday season in transit, and your entourage will include at least one child who’s not yet fully toilet-trained, you have a lot of potential messes ahead of you, at a time when it’s least convenient. Whether you use disposable diapers, cloth, or something in between, this post is… Continue reading Next Time You Travel, Try Diaper Covers




What To Pack When Traveling With Kids: My Five Must-Haves For A Better Trip

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Share this:In an earlier post, I offered four tips on how to pack for traveling with kids, so you can learn from my mistakes and avoid some of the trial-and-error I’ve gone through in trying to streamline family travel. This post will focus on some of the hacks on what to pack that I’ve figured… Continue reading What To Pack When Traveling With Kids: My Five Must-Haves For A Better Trip




Pack Like A Pro: Four Tips to Make Packing Easier When Traveling With Kids

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Share this:If your family is far-flung (as ours is), the upcoming holiday season means at least one trip away from home with your kiddo(s) in tow. If you’ve never done an extended trip by car or plane with your offspring, the thought of packing may be daunting. It sure was for me in my first… Continue reading Pack Like A Pro: Four Tips to Make Packing Easier When Traveling With Kids




Why All Parents Need a Smartphone

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Share this:This post is NOT for those of you who are the first to jump on every new technological bandwagon. But if you’re more likely to be the last one on your block to get an account on the latest new social media platform, or buy the most cutting-edge tablet, or adopt the twenty-first-century version… Continue reading Why All Parents Need a Smartphone




Taking a Car Trip With Your Kids: Basic Tips To Help You Plan Smart

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Share this:Next weekend we’re off to visit my in-laws. But instead of over the river and through the woods, our 21st-century car trip to Grandma and Grandpa’s house involves nearly 300 miles in my beloved Subaru Outback. At least most of it is on interstate highways, but you can do the math: We’re talking at… Continue reading Taking a Car Trip With Your Kids: Basic Tips To Help You Plan Smart