St. Peter’s: Minnesota’s Oldest Catholic Church


On any given day drivers making their way cross the Twin Cities' Mendota Bridge might notice the classic church steeple rising above the trees lining the eastern edge of the Minnesota River. The steeple landmark, located just south of the Minnesota and [Read more]

Giving in to the “Minivan Mom” Title

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Never say never. That phrase is one that I've learned to repeat over and over. No matter how stubborn I can be, life experiences tend to twist and turn my opinions, decisions, and plans as unexpected courses take place. This past weekend I once again muttered [Read more]

Semester at Sea: Logistics and Paperwork for a Summer Abroad

My desk these days is covered in paperwork necessary for joining the SAS Summer 2014 voyage. (Not a bad thing!)

This morning I started filling out online forms to secure my family's tourist visas for Russia. Even I can't believe I'm writing that sentence. When I decided I wanted to be a travel writer about eight years ago, I never dreamed a new focus in my [Read more]

Balancing Travel and Social Media

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It used to be that friends, family, and neighbors would go on vacation and we would have to wait for their return home to hear about the trip. As for photos? Those might be produced days or weeks later after a trip to the photo shop. Today, that's certainly [Read more]

Taking the Kids to Orlando and Eating Smart with Young Kids

Disney Splittsville Bowling Alley

Taking young kids to a restaurant on vacation can seem like more trouble than it’s worth, but in Orlando, you can eat smart and relax. Got some crackers? A tablet? Kids’ books and crayons will be on the table while you’re waiting for the food, so no need to [Read more]

Book Review: Travels with Baby by Shelly Rivoli

Author Shelly Rivoli and her family on the Hawaiian island of Molokai just a few weeks ago.

The subtitle for the second edition of Travels with Baby, which was published last month, is "The ultimate guide for planning travel with your baby, toddler, and preschooler." I'd have to say, "the ultimate" may not be hyperbole. That is, this tome weighs in [Read more]

Chicago LEGOLAND Discovery Center


Chicago LEGOLAND Discovery Center is a hit with LEGO fans of all ages, but let's clear some confusion before we get started. Chicago LEGOLAND is not in Chicago proper. It's located in the northeastern Chicago suburb of Schaumburg. This neighborhood is easily [Read more]

Accessible Hiking in Waimea Canyon, Kauai

Kalalau Lookout in Waimea Canyon (Jennifer Miner)

Hiking in Waimea Canyon in Kauai is one of the best outdoor activities on this wonderful island. In fact, Waimea Canyon is considered the top attraction on the Hawaiian island, or at least in the top three (along with Hanalei Town’s old-time Hawaiian market [Read more]

Living Large at Walt Disney World: Golden Oak Residential Community

Neighborhood in Golden Oak at Disney World.

Living at Disney is a daydream for most, but for those residing in the Golden Oak at Walt Disney World Resort luxury residential community, it’s a dream come true. Located five miles east of Disney World in Orlando, Florida, Golden Oak is a one-of-a-kind [Read more]

The Truth about Traveling with Kids

The world in their hands

I've been traveling with kids for a long time. As the oldest of five siblings, stepmom to two (now grown) boys and mommy to my own two, soon to be three, I have my share of family travel stories. My son went on his first trip when he was only three weeks old. [Read more]