Road Trip Audiobooks for the Whole Family

Audiobooks are one of the best parts of a road trip. Shared stories, then shared adventures. Sigh. Truly solid memories. So many of our cross country treks are marked by the books we listened to en route; it’s like they’re merged together in a beautiful, collaborative way. This summer we have two specific books on […]

How Much Does a Disneyland Trip Really Cost?

I have always loosely tracked the expenses for our Disney trips, but this last trip, in January 2024 I meticioulsy noted every purchase so I could outline how much a Disneyland trip actually costs these days. I hope you’ll find my data insightful as you plan and save for your own magical vacation to “The […]

A Gift Guide for National Park Explorers

It’s no secret that we are a family of national park explorers! Coming up next is Badlands, Wind Caves, and Theodore Roosevelt … a few others if I can swing the route in our favor. The kids are already researching and I’m giddy over the upcoming hikes and sights. Needless to say, when it comes […]

Acadia to Zion: An Adventure Journal Through the U.S. National Parks

The kids and I checked off a great many national parks this year and although I’ve recapped many of our adventures through mini family videos and they’ve completed Junior Ranger books at each stop, I wanted a true scrapbook of sorts to chronicle our adventures. And that’s where Acadia to Zion: An Adventure Journal Through […]

National Park Book List

If you are a lover of national parks you’ve found yourself the perfect book list! This collection of resources are some of our family’s very favorites and, with the launch of my national park printable it seemed fitting to gather all these book recommedations into one place. Happy reading! National Parks of the U.S.A. This […]

Road Trip Activities For Toddlers to Teens

As promised in 14 Essentials For a Mostly Wonderful Road Trip, it’s time for a round up of all the fun activities that keep the miles rollin’ by for my kids. For toddlers to teens, this list covers all sorts of interests – you don’t need it all, but a handful will definitely add a […]

14 Essentials For a Mostly Wonderful Road Trip

In preparation for our last trip we received a few items for review … if we didn’t love them though, they didn’t make the cut! This list is legit! With three cross country trips under my belt and two more in the works, I have definitely worked out the essentials for a mostly wonderful road […]

DIY Road Trip Activity Sticks

Our family has some mega long road trips under our belt and time and time again the kids’ favorite thing about our time in the car are the road trip activity sticks I made in ten minutes last spring. They’re so simple to make … yet, the peace and perks they bring about while on […]

Hot Springs National Park with Kids

Just four and a half hours east of Dallas is one of the most unique national parks we have visited – Hot Springs National Park. This national park is tucked in the quaint town of Hot Springs, Arkansas (Bill Clinton’s hometown!) and it is a perfect one or two day visit.​​​​​​​ Now, I will start […]

2022 Year in Review: Highlights

As much as I like to be ready for the new year come January I’ve learned that it’s more of a transition month for me than a true fresh start. And, I like it that way. Time to reflect, organize, plan … all my favorite things. Plus, that tail end of the year with Christmas […]

8 Timeless Disneyland Tips

This fall we spent a fabulous five days in Disneyland and California Adventure. From magical moments with cast members to fantastic first time experiences, we, once again, fell in love with the Happiest Place on Earth. Whenever I post photos I get a handful of questions about how to do Disney best so I figured […]