Traveling with Children: Portland for a Weekend

When thinking about getting on a plane with two 4 year olds and flying 5 hours across the country just to spend 2 days hiking and then repeat it all over again to get back home, most moms would start hyperventilating. It’s true, preschoolers aren’t the easiest to hang out with in general, then put them in a tin can for hours straight and the resulting nightmare can give anyone a heart attack. Between the why’s and the constant whining and the snacks and having to sit still for 5 hours, you would think that the majority of sane people do not plan short stints across the country. And we say they are missing out!

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8 Swim Safety Tips for Holiday Travels

With the holidays quickly approaching, you may be preparing for a winter vacation or trip to visit family and friends. Chances are that in all the hustle and bustle of year end, you’re not thinking about water safety, but if you’re going to be near a pool, you should be.  

Whether traveling to warmer climates to visit grandparents with pools, plans to stay at beach resorts, or traveling to colder temperatures with frozen ponds and snow covered rivers, water safety is key to an accident-free, fun family vacation this holiday season. From the United States Swim School Association (USSSA), the largest and preeminent swim school association in the country, here are 8 tips for water safety for your upcoming holiday vacation.

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How to Winterize Your Car

Cold weather means more than pulling the jackets and sweaters out of storage. Preparing your car for winter weather will help keep you and your family safe on the icy roads and prevent costly repairs later on in the season. While the weather is still mild in early December, take the time to make sure your car is ready for the icy months ahead by checking off all our car winterization tips. 

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7 Apps For Your Holiday Travels

With the holidays just around the corner you may be starting to prepare for journeys near and far to visit family. When planning a trip with the whole crew in tow, being prepared is key to enjoying the time on the road.

From flight assistance to picking the best rest stops, knowing what’s ahead on your journey can help make a smooth and memorable time for the whole family. We’ve picked out the seven best apps for making your holiday travels as prepared as they can be.

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How to Elope in San Francisco

For many, planning a wedding is an endeavor that they do not wish to take on. City Hall elopements, both locally and as a tourist, have become a popular option for those looking for a low key solution to their marital vows.   

A beautiful wedding does not need to be a big wedding. Intimate weddings are appealing, with lower costs and less people to manage. Whether planning your first wedding or joining families with a second marriage, a City Hall elopement can create beautiful memories without breaking the bank.

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How To Plan A Weekend Getaway

Travel is a passion for the team at Daily Mom. We’d travel all the time if we could, but that’s just not possible. One way that we all travel as much as we can is by taking weekend getaways instead of long vacations. You can take a weekend getaway with almost no notice and have the best time ever. In some ways a weekend getaway is superior to longer trips. However, just because you are taking a quick trip doesn’t mean you shouldn’t plan that trip. Get the most out of your weekend getaway with these planning tips. 

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Disney Vacation Planning Made Easy

Planning a Disney vacation can seem like a daunting task. There are so many magical opportunities and so many details to choose from that you can feel overwhelmed. It absolutely should not be overwhelming though! When you are ready to pack up the family and head to the happiest place on earth, you easily can plan your vacation with confidence. Here is how…

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Feeding Baby on the Go: 6 Healthy Snack Options

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Every parent wants to make the best choice when it comes to providing their children with a healthy and wholesome diet. But busy lifestyles often take over, and parents find themselves packing their kids with easy-to-grab processed snacks and foods. For babies and young toddlers, this often means expensive snacks with little to no real nutritional value. As parents, we all want the option to give our children healthy foods with ingredients we can pronounce, especially when we are on the go. But there are so many different options out there it can be hard to decide which ones are best.

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Why You Should Take Weekend Getaways

Summer is starting to wind down. Your kids are about to go back to school or they already had their first day back. If you were not able to go on a big family vacation this summer, don’t worry! You can plan a weekend getaway right now and hang on to whatever summer is left. Weekend getaways are an amazing alternative to a long vacation. You don’t need lots of time off work, airline tickets or a faraway destination. You can pick a place within driving distance and get a hotel room at Hampton by Hilton for a couple of nights. In fact, we think weekend getaways can be better for families that want to travel. Here are 5 great reasons to take weekend trips instead of long vacations. 

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Five Family Friendly Colorado Hikes

The summer months are the perfect time of year to explore nature together as a family. Hitting the road and experiencing the best sights and scenes throughout the nation is the perfect way to create family memories that your children will speak about for months to come.

If you are an adventure seeker, Colorado is one of the best places in the country to introduce your kiddos to the beauty of the outdoors. We’ve rounded up five of the best family friendly hikes and all the tips you need to stay safe and connected on the journey.

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Moving & Long-Term Transition Tips from Military Families


Moving, with or without kids, can be exhausting.
Oftentimes when you arrive at your destination, you don’t have any of your household goods with you – the comfort of your home is missing. For kids, this transition can be even harder. Children thrive on routine and structure, so taking them out of their element can be daunting for both parents and kids. 

When you are making the transition from one home to another, it is in everyone’s best interest to have a few things in your arsenal to help make everyone feel a little more comfortable while you’re on the move and at your destination. 

Military families are all too familiar with traveling and moving; often times being stuck in hotels or temporary quarters for months without access to their belongings. As a result, they are quite experienced in keeping kids happy in unique situations to say the least! And that is why they are the experts.

With that in mind, today we offer some of our top moving and long-term transition tips for getting there, settling in and keeping everyone happy including our favorite gear, gadgets and activities! 

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18 Family Fun Things to do in Washington DC

When traveling to the Washington DC area, most people think of museums and monuments, history and relics, and shops and buildings. Although those types of attractions can be fun and educational, they can sometimes get a bit tedious and boring for young children – and even some adults! There are so many more things around the DC/Metro area that families can do and enjoy that don’t involve reading plaques on walls. The surrounding area of Virginia and Maryland hold so many special places to visit, both historical and not. There are hiking trails, presidential homes, playgrounds, lakes and rivers, outdoor concerts, and more! Here are a list of some of the best kept secrets of things to do in and around Washington DC with your family.

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5 Tips for Enjoying America’s Pastime

The hot dogs, cracker jacks and the sound of the roar of the crowd as your team cracks the bat – this is how summer memories are made. Baseball is known as America’s pastime thanks to the years of summer nights spent cheering for your favorite team. With over 80 home games per season, finding tickets is easy and taking the whole family out for a game is a fun way to spend a few hours.

Before you head out for a game, read our list of quick tips to prepare for the evening.

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Keep Film Alive! Capture your Summer the Old-School Way

Think back to summer camp when you were a child. Chances are your mom had stuck a few disposable cameras in your backpack and sent you on your way. You didn’t think twice before pushing the shutter button, and when the week was over, you couldn’t wait to get home and have your pictures developed so you could see what you actually shot and relive those magical moments. That was the norm. That was how people took pictures. You had hard copy images you could hold in your hand, and chances are, you kinda loved it.

This summer, go retro on your road trip, tropical escape, or staycation by popping those tiny tubes of 35mm film back into your bag. But in this day and age, of course things have advanced, including film, disposable and instant cameras, and accessories, so your film experience will be anything but old news!

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