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Our Guide to Sleeping Bear Dunes & Glen Arbor, MI

Our Guide to Sleeping Bear Dunes & Glen Arbor, MI

We love up north. That’s true for most Michiganders. There’s a million places to explore, and Glen Arbor is one of the very best. My family has been going up north my entire life. Like many families, we had a cottage on a small inland […]

National Park Service Junior Ranger Program

National Park Service Junior Ranger Program

Did you know that almost all national parks have a Junior Ranger program? Anyone from the ages of 4 – 110 (my kids think that’s so funny) can participate, and it’s totally free. Junior Rangers are charged with the mission to “Explore, Learn, and Protect!” […]

Travel: Family Fun at Michigan State

Travel: Family Fun at Michigan State

We’re home for spring break this year, living our very best staycation life. And while we’re a bunch of homebodies, we do love a good day trip. Sometimes it can be overwhelming to find something new to do, especially something kid-friendly and budget-friendly, but with […]

Travel: Our Favorite Souvenir

Travel: Our Favorite Souvenir

What if I told you our favorite travel souvenir was small, inexpensive, and kid-friendly? Sounds pretty great, right? Well, our favorite travel souvenir is pins. Easy, $4 pins available at most airports, souvenir shops, museums and more. We don’t pick one out at every single […]

Travel: Capsule Wardrobes for Families

Travel: Capsule Wardrobes for Families

Have you heard of capsule wardrobes? They’re kind of hard to ignore these days. In a way, I’ve kind of had a capsule wardrobe for most of my adult life because I prefer quality over quantity, and because I usually have the smallest closets in […]

Travel: Boyne Mountain Resort – Our First Ski Trip Ever!

Travel: Boyne Mountain Resort – Our First Ski Trip Ever!

True story. Somehow, someway, we’ve lived in Michigan most of our life and have never skied. It’s been on my list of things our family needs to try, so a few weekends ago we hit the road and spent a weekend at Boyne Mountain Resort. […]

Travel: A Day Trip to Chicago & The Science Behind Pixar

Travel: A Day Trip to Chicago & The Science Behind Pixar

Guys. We’re home from a quick day trip to Chicago and it was just THE BEST. A few months ago I saw an ad for The Science Behind Pixar, a new exhibit at Museum of Science and Industry. Our family loves art, especially drawing. My son spends […]

Travel: 10 Unexpected Items I Always Pack

Travel: 10 Unexpected Items I Always Pack

Traveling with kids comes with its own set of joys and challenges. Being prepared helps ease the tricky, painful moments immensely. Beyond the basic snacks, wipes, and spare changes of clothes, here are ten unexpected items I always pack for a trip. Extra luggage tags […]

Our First Aid Kit

Our First Aid Kit

Our first aid kit has seen lots and lots of use, and not just by our family. Over the years it’s helped friends and fellow travelers all across the globe. It’s the first thing I reach for when packing and I never leave without it. […]

Travel: Q&A With The Kids – You Ask, They Answer!

Travel: Q&A With The Kids – You Ask, They Answer!

We played a fun little game on Facebook the other day. You asked the kids travel questions and they answered. I think you’ll start to see a theme on what they liked best. 🙂 My clarifications are in italics.   “What was hard about traveling […]