Tips for Finding the Best Vacation Home Rentals

  My husband will be the first to tell you that I'm the brains & braun behind our family vacations. My family grew up taking trips every summer and I knew I wanted the same for my kids -- getting out to explore the worl...
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7 Great End-of-Summer Outings for Families

It's hard to believe but our kids will go back to school in less than a month! I know!  The month of July always seems to fly by for us. Soon we'll be dealing with schedules, homework and early bedtimes.  But we're not going do...
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Aulani: 9 Must-Do Activities at Disney's Hawaii Resort on Oahu

Awesome tips & secrets for staying at Aulani, Disney's Hawaii resort on Oahu!After a few years of planning and saving, we were able to take a trip to Hawaii this year -- yes, it was amazing! We had accumulated enough Disney Reward ...
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101 Ways to Enjoy Summer in Kansas City

The weather's getting warmer, the kids are out of school and the farmer's markets are open -- summer is here! Now that the kids have been on break for a few weeks, the initial excitement of summer has worn off and we are all looking for so...
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Travel Planning & Packing List for Family Trips {free printable}

Travel Planning & Packing List for Family Trips {free printable}

  We're just back from our annual family vacation -- and honestly, this one almost did me in! Don't get me wrong, I LOVE to travel!  Exploring new places, seeing some AMAZING sights and being with my family -- just us without a...
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Why Kids Need to Travel & What They Can Learn on the Trip

  Travel is such a great educational opportunity for kids!  A chance to explore new places, try something new and reconnect with the family. Honestly, my kids learn more on our vacations than they do any other time of the year.&...
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Kansas City Day Trips & Weekend Travels

I grew up back east where you could drive for an hour and reach the next big city.  That's not the case in the Midwest; the cities are farther apart and a day trip definately takes a whole day.  But boy are there some wonderful M...
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12 Ways Kids can Help with Travel Planning and Trip Prep

  In our house, planning for a family vacation is a full-family affair!  It is called a 'family vacation' so we have always involved the kids in trip planning and prep.  It's a great life skill for them to learn especially ...
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The Amazing Museums of St. Joseph, Missouri

  My daughter and I took a day trip this past fall and headed to St. Joseph in Missouri.  Not far from Kansas City (about an hour's drive), St. Joseph has quite a few wonderful attractions that families will really enjoy!  ...
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50 Things to do in Kansas City this Winter

  Getting tired of being stuck in the house? Not sure what to do with the kids on winter break days?  Here's a great list of things to do in Kansas City -- workshops, events & ideas for some wonderful winter fun! ...
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101 Ways to Celebrate the Holidays in Kansas City

  As I'm sure you've heard (with all the store displays and multiple notes coming home from school about upcoming events) -- the holidays are coming! To help with your planning, we've pulled together a list of all the holiday events an...
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101 Things to do in Kansas City this Fall

  Fall is a great time to enjoy some seasonal activities and special events that help to create those wonderful childhood memoires -- hunting for pumpkins, a crisp walk around an outdoor festival and dressing up for trick or treat eve...
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Explore the Forest - Tips for Hiking with Kids

We are a big hiking family - love to explore the forest on foot.  And we've been treated to some great encounters during our family hikes -- moose in Colorado, wildlife in South Dakota and even some out-of-the-ordinary highlights clos...
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Rapid City with Kids: Fun Things to Do

  During our vacation to the Black Hills & Badlands of South Dakota, we decided to enjoy some of the sights in Rapid City.  The Black Hills/Badlands area is very expansive and Rapid City is the closest city to Custer State P...
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Family Fun in the Black Hills of South Dakota

  Our summer travels took us to a whole new area of the country for our family – the Black Hills of South Dakota! After our wonderful trip to Rocky Mountain Nat’l Park last summer, we decided that we wanted another ‘back to nat...
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