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Let’s Go Camping! Camping Tips for Families

Our family loves spending time outside and one of our favorite things to do is to go camping. Camping done right just about guarantees a fun time for everyone. What could be better than singing campfire songs, roasting marshmallows, telling stories around the campfire, hiking, and swimming in a creek? Just thinking about it makes […]

2017 Toyota Camry Hybrid

I recently had the opportunity to drive a 2017 Toyota Camry Hybrid and I was quite excited to test it out on our family road trip. I have driven hybrids on road trips in the past and found the gas savings amazing. Toyota adds a little pizzazz on their hybrid models which makes the experience […]

Universal Studios Hollywood: Tips and Must-Dos for the Movie Lover’s Theme Park

I love movies. If you know me, you know that I quote movies (and TV shows) a little too often. I am not sure where this love started. Maybe it was with my earliest movie memories (E.T., Cloak and Dagger, Smokey and the Bandit). Most likely it was during my first visit to Universal Studios […]

Great Wolf Lodge

My family recently had the privilege of being guests of the Great Wolf Lodge SoCal. While we were there we got a behind the scenes look at what makes this family resort an ideal family destination. Great Wolf Lodge is more than an indoor water park. Keep reading for trip tips and highlights. Have you […]

Arizona Diamondbacks Games: Tips for Affordable Family Fun

My family loves sports and attending sporting events is always a treat. However, it seems like most of the teams in my part of the country make it difficult for hard-working families to attend a game. Parking is very expensive at many locations, outside food and drinks are a no-no, venue food items are pricey, […]

6 Benefits of Road Tripping in the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid

I drove the 2017 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid during spring break and was pleasantly surprised at how it added value to our Arizona to California road trip. I found the RAV4 fun to drive, comfortable, and technologically advanced. If you are looking for a solid vehicle for your road-tripping family, check out these six benefits of […]

Bearizona Wildlife Park

If you have never watched bears play from the relative safety of your car, you simply have not lived. Bearizona, located just outside of Flagstaff, is a 160 acre wildlife park that you will never forget, and a wild adventure your whole family will love. What makes Bearizona unique is the fact that you start […]

Four Reasons Why Big Surf is Arizona’s Best Waterpark

I am an Arizona native and I have spent all but a few of my 40 plus summers in the Arizona desert’s scorching sun. I have been here long enough to know that, unless you plan to stay indoors, there is not much you can do to cool off. Spending my summers indoors was never […]

San Antonio – An Ideal Family Travel Destination

A few years ago my sisters and I were playing around with the idea of a big family trip. Most of my family is spread around the country these days and we often go years without seeing each other due to the cost of travel to multiple locations. We came up with the idea of […]

Eight Classic Road Trip Games (Free Printable)

My family took a lot of road trips when I was growing up and we did not have portable DVD players, mobile phones, or handheld video games to keep us busy. My mom had to be creative to keep me and my sisters from destroying each other and annoying her for countless highway hours. Like […]

The Arizona Renaissance Festival

Modern times can seem so rushed and hectic. Sure, we have running water, antibiotics, and deodorant, but sometimes I wish I could unplug and go back in time. Maybe that is why I simply love the Renaissance Festival and have made it an annual tradition in my family. If you are an Arizona resident, I […]

City Museum: The Coolest Place in St. Louis

We recently visited St. Louis with some of my family and we dropped into the City Museum, not really knowing what to expect. What we found was the coolest and most fun museum I have ever visited. My kiddos have not stopped talking about it all these months later and they cannot wait to go […]