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Semester at Sea: Farewell to Family in Finland

The MV Explorer, Semester at Sea's ship, docked in Helsinki.

Docking in Finland in early August was bittersweet: Helsinki was where I said good-bye to my family after eight weeks of sailing around Europe with them on the Semester at Sea 2014 summer voyage. Eight weeks of nearly constant togetherness (when I wasn't [Read more]

Road Trip with Enterprise Rent-A-Car

enterprise

It's that time of year when enough is enough. I'm talking about winter. Granted, this year my homestate of Minnesota hasn't seen nearly the low temperatures that last year brought. Nevertheless, I'm still already yearning for a warm(er) climate or at least [Read more]

RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo in Kissimmee, Florida

RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo in Kissimmee Florida (Robbie Freeman)

Kissimmee, Florida, is well known mostly for its proximity to Orlando, and the plethora of oversized theme parks therein. Budget-conscious families typically come to Kissimmee to take advantage of the more affordable lodging, and take daily trips to Universal [Read more]

Feltman Brothers Classic Baby Dresses

Feltman Brothers

Now that I have another baby girl to dress up I'm always on the lookout for cute girly outfits and ensembles for her so when I was approached to review a dress from Feltman Brothers I couldn't resist. After all, nothing says classic baby like their line of [Read more]

Maps International: Home Decorating

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My family is currently contemplating a move to a new house. With the addition of a new baby last year it's no surprise the family dynamic, as well as our household needs, changed. With a new home and older kids also comes new decor. The kids have their own [Read more]

2015 Minnesota Ice Castles Giveaway

Ice Castle

Load up all of your Elsa loving girls and their brothers because real-life Frozen is here. Ice Castles has descended upon Minnesota, Utah, Vermont, and New Hampshire. The Eden Prairie (Miller Park) location here in Minnesota opened last week (opening dates [Read more]

Bayfield and the Apostle Islands

Ice Caves

It’s way, way up there on Lake Superior. Bayfield, Wisconsin is a delightful little town that  once served as a thriving fishing village. Now it’s home to the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore with 21 islands and over 12 miles of peninsula shoreline. Here [Read more]

Le Parker Meridien, a Perfect NYC Hotel for Thanksgiving

California Girl Catching Snowflakes in NYC for Thanksgiving (Jennifer Miner)

Quick, where’s one of the most expensive US cities to travel to over Thanksgiving and Christmas? If you answered “New York City,” you are right. And guess which travel writer spends every Thanksgiving visiting family in New York City? Right again, me. Now, I [Read more]

Kohler’s American Club Resort with Kids

Kohler

Kohler, Wisconsin, is where plumbing product magic comes to life. In a recent spa feature I wrote for Global Traveler my summary compares the experience to a Food Network, Travel Channel, and HGTV combo. This quaint little town, home to The American Club, [Read more]

Traveling Sports Snacks

Jeb Pilot

Becoming a sports mom/parent happens gradually. First it’s the preschool age where the coaches look like they are herding cats rather than actually coaching a sports team. But that doesn’t last long. Childhood goes fast and so does the playing-for-fun [Read more]