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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When was the last time you felt truly relaxed and completely connected with all that is going on around you? Life certainly has a way of taking over. Between work, personal obligations, hauling the kids to sports, birthday parties, and class trips, the list just seems endless. Sometimes, with the monotony and business of day to day responsibilities you start to feel worn down as a person, mother, and wife. Slowing down is a foreign concept to many couples and families, yet it is the most overlooked way to rest and recharge. If you are looking for a getaway, whether just for adults or for the whole family, you simply cannot overlook the Emerson Resort and Spa located in the picturesque Catskills.
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.
You have a lot of choices for where to stay when planning a vacation to Orlando, Florida. Not all hotels and resorts are created equal though. Don’t just stay at any boring old hotel. Live a little, and pick a world class resort that is a destination in itself. Loews Sapphire Falls Resort transports you to a tropical paradise. The grounds are lush and full of palm trees and other tropical greenery. Beautiful blue waterfalls cascade around the grounds. The rooms and suites are fantastic. The pool is luxurious and so much fun, and you get some amazing benefits that make experiencing all the excitement at Universal Studios even better.
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!
When’s the last time you looked in the back of your car and all you could think of was how much stuff comes along with having kids? Between the diaper bag, the toys, odds and ends strewn across your car floor, a stroller, and the countless other extras that you aren’t quite sure how they made their way in there – the truth is that having little kids means stuff just seems to multiply and extra space seems to rapidly decline. Do you remember the days of a clean back seat or a non-stop flight with one small carry on bag? Children are certainly precious bundles of joy, but they definitely come with their share of bulky baggage. There are so many amazing companies out there that are on a mission to simplify parent’s lives and lighten their load, literally. GB USA is giving parents an amazing, much lighter, and simple excuse to do just that with their Pockit Stroller.
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.
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!
As parents, we can always use a little help to make our lives with kids easier. Traveling can be challenging, especially with young children. However, we love to explore this wonderful world with our kiddos and let them experience as much as possible. After thousands of miles traveled, our team has come up with these hacks and tips that will make your family’s travel smoother so you can focus on what matters, making memories with your children.
If you are looking for some incredible family fun this spring, just hop in the car or on a plane to Chattanooga for their Spring Break Safari. The Spring Break Safari is all about making the city of Chattanooga all about kids. Your child can step into the shoes of an explorer, a pirate, a zoologist and more as you explore this gorgeous Tennessee city together. Here are 10 Reasons to Visit Chattanooga with Your Family This Spring.
Toddlers are notoriously picky about what they eat. If given the choice, most would rather snack all day than sit down to a healthy, well-balanced meal. So we need to make sure our kids are eating healthy snacks — which is why we love Sweetie Pie Organics!
With young kids, sometimes taking a “big” vacation just isn’t in the cards. Maybe you have a car-crier, or you recently potty trained or your child just started school. Maybe work schedules don’t allow for a week-long vacation. Maybe your budget doesn’t (because, let’s face it — kids are expensive! And so are vacations).
Or — maybe you took a summer vacation, but would still like to get away with the family for a few days.
Consider taking a state-cation; that is, exploring your own state! Between state parks, historical monuments, fun museums, local festivals and new playgrounds, there are probably lots of places you’ve never been before. Here are 8 reasons on why to take a family state-cation.
During this busy holiday travel season, families everywhere are taking road trips and flights for family gatherings. During this time, many families will likely have to take cabs, rental vehicles or relatives’ cars as part of their travels — which can become tricky for families with kids who still need to ride in a booster seat. It’s crucial that all kids aged 4-11 use a booster seat when traveling in the car — which is why we love BubbleBum’s inflatable Booster Seat!
Traveling, whether solo or with family, brings with it memories and wonderful life experiences but it also brings some challenges. This holiday season, consider giving a gift to help your favorite wanderer go on his or her next adventure with ease. Things that are normally a cinch at home can be a little more difficult on the road, so we have put together some amazing products as an answer to those difficulties. Encourage your loved one to go out and explore the world with a great gift!
As you travel from gathering to gathering this holiday season, your tiny traveler might grow fussy and bored of the car — or resist those all-important car naps. What if you could bring one stimulating toy that also doubled as a “lovie” for your baby to cuddle with? We’re describing the Baby Jack Sensory Ribbon Tag Blanket — and we absolutely love it!