24 Easy Family Vacation #TravelHacks

As summer approaches, many families begin to plan family vacations. We dream of fun at theme parks, exciting adventures around the country, or a relaxing vacation at the beach. All of those things sound wonderful – in theory – until you realize you have to actually get to the vacation spot before you can enjoy all of those things. And even when you get there, there is the headache of all the gear you have to carry, making sure everyone has snacks (we don’t want any hangry toddlers after all), and generally trying to keep everyone happy, all while making sure you catch brief moments of joy to share on social media so you can prove that you did, indeed, have a good time with your family. Experienced parents know that fun family vacations are do-able if you have the right #lifehacks up your sleeve. Below are some of the best travel tricks and tips for a headache-free family vacation. 

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How to Choose A Perfect Party Dress

From the moment you get an invitation to an event that requires a party dress, you get excited, like a little girl, ready to pick out a new pretty piece to add to your wardrobe. Nothing makes a woman feel like royalty than a new dress! Whether you are dressing for a charity event, wedding, or cocktail party, you want to find a dress that will be perfect just for you. There are some factors to consider when purchasing a new party dress. Follow these tips to get the right dress for the right occasion. 

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Stroller Guide: Carry it ALL on-the-go with Summer Infant 3Dtote

Parents love umbrella strollers; they’re lightweight, compact, and convenient, but more often than not they’re only feasible for carrying a kid. Sure, for all intents and purposes, a stroller is made for just carrying a kid, but we all know that kids don’t just come with cute little toes and pudgy bellies; they also pack a punch with sippy cups, ten thousand bags of snacks, toys, diapers, and a slew of other “necessities” to make a simple ride in a stroller a success. So, when we found the Summer Infant 3Dtote umbrella stroller that boasts an enormous storage capacity – even larger than some full size stroller’s! – we were giddy and relieved that finally we would be able to carry it all, everywhere we went… oh yeah, plus the kid.

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Race to Win Big with Tony Stewart and J.D. Byrider

This is a sponsored post written by us on behalf of J.D. Byrider. All opinions are 100% ours.

There’s an unstoppable team when it comes to cars: Tony Stewart and J.D. Byrider. Tony Stewart and J.D. Byrider have a relationship that goes back a long time (since 1997), and together they’ve been a staple in the stock car racing world and in the car sales world. Tony has kept on racing all these years and J.D. Byrider has kept innumerable families on the road by offering better cars and better care to everyone who walks through their doors. If you are unfamiliar with Tony Stewart and J.D. Byrider, we would love to introduce you to them both. They want to share the winning spirit that is the basis of their relationship with a generous giveaway that you need to race to enter!

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Optimize Every Workout: The Big Body Benefits of Exercise Benches

Aside from a range of exercises, athletes must decide upon the proper equipment, which includes benches, dip bars, or chairs.  Some prefer to invest in one major piece of equipment while sculpting a routine around it. Why should you invest your money on a workout bench? There are plenty of reasons why a workout bench could be the right tool to add to your workout routine!

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Family Life Unfiltered with Burrow

When you set up your living spaces, are you setting them up for real life with your family? Do you let your kids live on your furniture, or do you find yourself constantly fretting over stains and rough play? Is your home a place where everyone is comfortable, or does it feel more like a museum? It doesn’t make sense to fill our homes with stuff that we feel the need to tip toe around. Why do we let our furniture control us? Your sofa shouldn’t be the boss of you. However, until now we have had two choices when buying a sofa: buy something cheap and replace it every few years once your family wears it out or buy something expensive and fret over every movement around that sofa knowing you can’t afford to replace it anytime soon. You can have a sofa you love and you can live your family life unfiltered, thanks to a super cool new company called Burrow

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Rules for sending your crew to college

When you pack up the car and head off to the hallowed halls of college, it’s a far different world from when you kissed your baby goodbye outside the kindergarten classroom. As a parent, sending a child off to college is a huge accomplishment that should be recognized as its own important stage of life. With the “dangers” of co-ed dormitories, late night parties, and professors with high standards, you’ll cross your fingers and hope your son or daughter has everything they need to be successful during their four (or 5-6 years) of undergraduate education.

We’ve put together a list of rules you should be aware of when your baby packs up their bags and heads to campus for the first time.

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Top 10 Attractions for Families at the Mall of America

In the heart of the midwest, you will find one place that you can take your whole family and guarantee that everyone will leave happy. The Mall of America features so many attractions and experiences that you won’t be able to take them all in over a weekend. Kids of all ages from preschool to 100 years old will love it here. One of the big benefits of choosing the Mall of America for your next family trip is you don’t have to worry about the weather ruining your plans. You can come here year round. Even on the coldest winter day, you don’t need a coat. In the summer you won’t be sweating. Rain won’t shut down your fun. You can take everything in and experience it all inside, even staying at a hotel there as well. A visit to The Mall of America should be on every family’s travel bucket list. Here are our top 10 attractions for families at the Mall of America.

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Favorite Fashion Brands for 2017

Discovering new fashion brands or finding styles and trends that will work with your busy lifestyle isn’t always easy to do as a mom. You invest more time in shopping for your kids, and you default to the same old t-shirt that you’ve been wearing since before your first pregnancy. Stop that and invest in yourself. Invest in a wardrobe upgrade. By adding a few new pieces to your closet, you can change up your look and inspire yourself with how confident you can feel. Step away from the faded yoga pants and step into some new styles from our favorite fashion brands for 2017.

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Flying as a Family with Frontier Airlines and $1,000 Giveaway

The time has come for you and your family to embark on a cross country get-away. If you thought that packing up and jetting off somewhere with your spouse was stressful, the idea of doing that and adding small children into the equation can really bring your blood pressure up. We’re here today to tell you about an airline that is dedicated to bringing you exactly what you want in your flight, and the budget rates won’t leave you dipping into your children’s college fund to finance. Frontier Airlines is an amazing airline to trust when traveling with your family, and their commitment to bringing you affordable rates doesn’t automatically equate to trading in certain “luxuries” that you may have grown accustomed to in the past.

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10 foolproof secrets to perfect hair days

As a mom, it’s easy to let your haircare routine disappear when things get busy. After all, taking care of your family takes up so much time and energy, it’s no wonder why those precious “spare” moments might be spent doing other things. For example, why give yourself a blowout when you can get an extra 15 minutes of sleep? Priorities, people. On the other hand, it’s also important to give yourself some TLC to keep yourself looking and feeling your very best. The good news is, perfect hair days are easier to get than you think, and it doesn’t require a ton of time or effort. We’re giving you the skinny on 10 foolproof methods for beautiful, healthy, shiny hair, everyday!

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4 Arizona Landmarks Where Pictures Speak Louder Than Words

Arizona is a magical place, full of desert beauty, snow capped peaks, canyon lakes, and magnificent wildlife. It’s a state where you can view dusty, sandy grounds dotted with cacti as towering mountains blanketed with snow serve as a backdrop, all in one scene. Wild horses and cattle roam the landscapes, while one lane roads stretch for miles between sky high striped rocky cliffs. Where world famous landmarks lay as people from all over the Earth come to photograph and honor their longevity. It’s a place where the views that are set before your eyes seem unreal, as something flawlessly painted by an artist, a priceless piece of art. Even though it’s impossible to capture on a screen what these views look like in real time, we still tried to portray the power of nature and faith in these images, from the north to the south of Arizona. Savor each image, and please add them to your traveling bucket list, as each is truly a sight to behold.

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Should You Redshirt your Kindergartener?

If you have a child with a late summer or early autumn birthday, the thought to hold your child back from kindergarten for one extra year may have crossed your mind. There are quite a few factors that can come into play when trying to decide if “big kid” school is right for your baby, and ultimately, as a parent, you know best. But we all want to do our research when making this decision as it will impact the rest of your child’s school career. That’s why we have put together some of the reasons for holding your child back and against holding your child back another year. 

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Six restaurants to visit in and around Minneapolis

The Minneapolis area is a beautiful place to live and visit. If you are planning a trip this summer, consider visiting Minneapolis to explore a new city. This area of our country offers so much, from all the attractions at The Mall of America to art museums, world class hotels, and incredible dining. Foodies, pay attention! You will want to hit up this area immediately. The dining choices are endless, and the food experiences are memorable. Here are six of our favorite restaurants to visit in and around Minneapolis.

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Not Your Mom’s Wrinkle Cream

It happens to all of us. One day you wake up, look in the mirror, and realize that the once youthful skin you had has all but disappeared. Years of emotion – happiness, sadness, pure joy, tragedy, ecstasy – are all laid out on your face. And although those moments in life are reason to celebrate, sometimes you want something to help restore your face to the time when those memories were made. If you’re like most of us younger, middle-aged moms, we have fond memories of watching our mothers apply layers of “wrinkle cream” to their faces before climbing in to bed for the night. But science has evolved, ladies! Read on to learn about some top ingredients (and our favorite products) that will keep your skin looking youthful and refreshed – even though you may not always feel like it.

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