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Dani

Dani lives in North Carolina with her two preschoolers. She is a stay-at-home/work-at-home mom who loves to clean and organize anything and everything. Her happiness is found in Jesus, days at the spa, and combating dark chocolate peanut butter cups with everyday workouts at the gym. She owns a wedding, lifestyle, and freelance photography business, Dani Nicole Photography.

Top 3 Places to Stay While Traveling Through Costa Rica

Ah, Costa Rica… the small Central American country nestled between the southern most tip of Mexico and the northern part of South America, that is rich in biodiversity, full of volcanoes and rainforests, a scuba diver’s and surfer’s playground, and boasting a beautiful history and legacy is a place that must be visited once in your lifetime. It’s with no surprise that this unique country is one of the most highly valued tourist destinations in the world. Comprised of seven provinces, it’s an adventurer and nature lover’s paradise, filled with activities to keep you mesmerized from sun up to sun down, yet also appeals to those who prefer a slower pace while on vacation, with perfect beaches, peaceful rivers, and majestic mountain views.

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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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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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The Bucket List for a Family Friendly Vacation through Arizona

Road trips are one of the best ways to vacation, especially when you’re towing along a couple kids. Whether you’re flying cross country and picking up an RV for a week, or just venturing out your backdoor in the minivan for a long weekend of local adventure, seeing what this country has to offer out the windows of a vehicle is a satisfying experience, for both young and old. We recently road tripped through the state of Arizona, from top to bottom, and along the way found great bucket list stops, everything from nature and landmark viewing to museums and aquariums, all kid-friendly, yet still fascinating and fun for adults. So whether Arizona is hundreds of miles away or right in your backyard, load up the car and the kids and get road trippin’. Leave the to-do list to us!

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Kid Friendly Places to Stay & Dine while road-tripping through Arizona

Road trips are one of the best ways to vacation, especially when you’re towing along a couple kids. Whether you’re flying cross country and picking up an RV for a week, or just venturing out your backdoor in the minivan for a long weekend of local adventure, seeing what this country has to offer out the windows of a vehicle is a satisfying experience, for both young and old. We recently road tripped through the state of Arizona, from top to bottom, and along the way found great places to recharge our batteries and refuel our bodies, all with a kid-friendly spin. So whether Arizona is hundreds of miles away or right in your backyard, load up the car and the kids and get road trippin’. Leave the hotel and restaurant recommendations to us!

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The Daily Mom Travel Diary: Our 3 Days at the Best Dude Ranch in Arizona By Dani & Elena

This spring break was a bit out of the ordinary for Elena and I (Dani) and our two kiddos. If you’ve been around Daily Mom at all, you know that we have a bad case of wanderlust, especially when it comes to us two. Half of the grand travel gestures we toss around never come to fruition, but this time was different. Elena decided to spend every extra minute she had – and trust me, there are not many extra minutes in this power woman’s day – on planning the perfect kid-friendly, with an educational twist, ten day trip on the other side of the country. Her hard work paid off, and we are currently – I’m literally sitting on the lawn of Tanque Verde Ranch writing this post – traveling through the state of Arizona, soaking in all the sunshine, desert heat, and cowboy facts we can find. Our first leg of the trip landed us in Tucson, at the best dude ranch in Arizona, the Tanque Verde Ranch. We’re pretty okay with just staying here for the whole week, as it’s a western paradise that fulfills us in every way, but our restless souls will ultimately move on tomorrow. So here is our diary entry into these last three days that were spent on an authentic ranch, together with our little cowboy and cowgal, Eli and Lexi.

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Spring Breakin’ Tucson Style at Tanque Verde Ranch

Spring breaks are like Christmas; every year they come rolling around, whether we’re ready or not. If your typical spring break consists of lounging around the house, plugged into the boredom-busters, listening to the kids fight while you catch up on laundry and Netflix episodes, consider doing something different next year when spring break creeps up on you. If you’re craving a bit of adventure and western flair, whether you live on the East Coast or the West, pack up the cowboy boots and hats, and take the family to a real life dude ranch in beautiful Tucson, Arizona. Tanque Verde Ranch is your answer to a week full of disconnected family bonding time, spent among the most stunning landscapes and wildlife that nature has to offer.

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KEEN Kid’s Shoes: The Trendiest Spring Styles 2017

If you’re anything like us, when it’s time to clear aside the winter boots and pack up the snow suits, all becomes right with the world again. Spring has sprung, and so have our kid’s shoe sizes. With a new season comes new trips to the store to bring a little color and spirit back to wardrobes and shoe racks. You know your kids are almost as excited as you are to be outside again, running through the grass, hiking through the woods, and riding bikes until dinner time. Be sure when you’re choosing their shoes this spring that you don’t just opt for the cutest pairs, but also the most durable, because your littles are going to be hitting the ground hard. Stock them up with KEEN Kid’s new spring styles, and you can enjoy the best of all shoe worlds, fashion and function, all rolled into a pair of shoes that will far outlast their growing feet.

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6 Girls-Trip Approved Dining Digs in Vegas

You’ve decided to load up the ladies and girl trip it to Vegas. Whether it’s for a bachelorette party, a birthday celebration, or just a plain ‘ol have-fun trip, besides finding the best hotel and most entertaining shows, you should have a general idea of the coolest and most delicious places to grab a bite to eat during your stay. You’ll definitely need to keep your energy up while hitting the dance floors and pulling the slots, so let us give you our top six girls-trip approved dining digs in Sin City.

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The Ultimate Family-Friendly Camping Gear Guide

With 13,000 public campgrounds in the US and Canada (and that doesn’t even count private ones or go-pitch-a-tent-in-an-abandoned-field ones), we have good reason to believe that the oftentimes thought of extinct act of camping does still, in fact, exist. That there are still families who own a sleeping bag and a canteen and aren’t afraid to put down the smartphone for a night or two warms our souls. So, as the temperature starts to thaw, the kids begin to remember what grass and trees are, and Mom and Dad are finally ready to tackle that New Year’s resolution of “spend more time together as a family”, it’s time to circle a weekend on the calendar and go good ol’ fashioned camping!

We won’t let you take ol’ fashioned camping too literally, though. In this day and age, even basic camping gear comes with bells and whistles. We’re excited to show you what the camping gear industry looks like today, and what essential – yet oh so cool – products are out there to give your family-friendly camping excursion a modern and just-like-home feel.

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6 Things a #momboss Carries In Her Purse

#momboss
an ambitious, highly driven, fierce, and outspoken mother who gets the job done, whether that job is being a homemaker, a stay at home mom, a career woman, a working mom, or a momtrepreneur.

Raise your hand if you have the t-shirt, or at least the blood, sweat, and tears that earn you the t-shirt. These days, women get.shit.done. But, we don’t do it alone. Every single day, that one loyal companion is always by our side, providing us with everything we need to keep hustlin’. You know who that is… your bag. The deep, filled to the brim hole that holds your entire life up by two leather straps. It’s time to chat about what essentials a #momboss truly needs in her purse, because a successful woman knows what’s needed and what she can leave behind. Let that deep business-savvy truth sink in for a second, then flip your purse upside down and start purging. Just be sure to keep…

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Daily Mom Spotlight: Lord Jones Cannabis Infused Lotion – for “weed”-iculously good healing

We pride ourselves here at Daily Mom on always finding the most unique products and brands to introduce to our readers. So when we stumble upon items that are unconventional and dare we say controversial, we jump on them! We believe in accepting, challenging, and educating ourselves on everything that is out there, because you never know when you might find the next best thing, or the next best thing for your best friend, your mom, or your crazy neighbors.

With that mild disclaimer out of the way, our Daily Mom Spotlight today is featuring Lord Jones, the Los Angeles based brand who brings the world the finest cannabis infused products, whether you “need” them (the research DOES say…) or you just want to relive your college days in a more legalized, accepted, and refined manner – hey, no judgement here!

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Daily Mom Spotlight: Ditch the Mascara with Rodan + Fields Lash Boost

A woman’s staple makeup product is mascara; every makeup bag has one, and if you’re playing by the rules, you’re buying a new tube every three months. Even if you’re forgoing a full face morning makeup application – who are you really trying to impress in the carpool lane anyways? – we can betcha that a quick swipe of mascara subconsciously makes its way across your lashes. Let’s face it ladies, we all want Twiggy looking eyes, that pop and shine, with lush lashes a mile long.

Although wanting the lusted after celebrity windows to your soul, we probably would prefer going a more natural route instead of sticky fakes and extensions, and lord knows what other pricey and exotic treatments they are using these days. Well, for us regular ‘ol ladies who prefer au naturale with little to no maintenance or work – we’re not lazy, we’re moms, c’mon – Rodan + Fields has come to our rescue with their life changing – no, we’re not being dramatic, it’s our EYES we’re talking about here! – new Lash Boost serum, that easily and gradually – because good things come to those who wait – gives your lashes more length, thickness, and darkness.

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A Winter Retreat at Old Edwards Inn & Spa – Highlands, NC

Nestled halfway between Charlotte and Atlanta, amidst the beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains, sits the quaint mountain town of Highlands, North Carolina. A town that is pristinely maintained, with bustling boutiques, inspiring cuisine, and breathtaking views, the Highlands is home to a uniquely European style retreat that spans the town, giving you the feel of staying at a one-room, private bed and breakfast, yet delivering a wide variety of upscale accommodation options. It’s basically a hotel resort spread out and amongst the town, providing a homey feel and an interactive vibe. This winter, enjoy the bare tree beauty and the crisp air that surrounds Old Edwards Inn & Spa, while you retreat to their retreat.

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