travel - Celebrating Family

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 […]

The Duttons: From Branson to Arizona, a Fun Show for the Whole Family

I was recently looking for a fun family show my family could go to to celebrate my husband’s birthday but I was not having any luck. So when the opportunity to attend the Duttons show presented itself I was very excited. I admit that I had not heard of the show nor the famous family before, […]

5 Things You Should Bring to a Hotel (That I Often Forget)

I love to travel and see new places and I also enjoy staying in a nice clean hotel and being able to relax and be comfortable. Of course a hotel will never feel like home, but there are some minor things you can do that will make your hotel stay even better. These are all […]

Big Surf Waterpark – An Arizona Tradition

Summer gets unbearably hot in the Arizona desert. Even swimming doesn’t beat the heat but it sure makes in a little easier to take. I grew up hearing my mom’s stories about Big Surf Waterpark in Tempe, Arizona and loved it when we got to visit the waterpark ourselves. Big Surf has changed a lot since […]

Tips for Involving Your Children in Travel Plans

I am so excited to bring you this guest post today. Kendra Thornton is a renown travel expert and the former Director of Corporate Communications at Orbitz.com, one of the nation’s largest travel agencies. Today she is sharing ideas on involving your children in travel plans and making the trip memorable for the whole family. Kendra […]

Grand Canyon Railway Hotel

I have ridden the Grand Canyon Railway twice in my life. My husband and I rode the train up to the Grand Canyon a decade ago but more recently we took our children to experience the Polar Express train trip for a little Christmas cheer. We stayed in the Grand Canyon Railroad Hotel both times that we rode the train, and we had a wonderful experience […]

Family Fun at the Westin Kierland Resort and Spa

I recently had the chance to review the Westin Kierland Resort and Spa, a AAA Four Diamond Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona as part of a stay-cation series we did over at East Valley Mom Guide.  You can read my review here.  My family had so much fun during our stay that I wanted to share the family-friendly amenities and activities with […]