White Stallion Ranch in Tucson, Arizona

happy horses at White Stallion Ranch in Arizona (Jennifer Miner)

Dude ranches in the American Southwest conjure up all sorts of romanticized imagery, from horses grazing near cacti in the morning to a lone cowboy strumming his guitar by a fire after sunset. The American Southwest has captured our collective imagination and [Read more]

The Mason Jar: An Easy Travel Memory Keeper

Vacation Keepsake Jar

Years ago, when I was first got married, I loved scrapbooking. For one thing, I had time. I also found it really fun. I love to save precious memories no matter how trivial or silly. But then I had kids and life changed. I still saved little things, but [Read more]

Four Reasons to take the Whole Family to the Swanky Four Seasons Orlando

Four Seasons Resort Orlando for families

To be truthful, I'm not surprised I fell hard for the Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort during a too-quick, two-night stay on the expansive, upscale property in late June. Past experiences with the Four Seasons brand, particularly in [Read more]

Cool Outdoor Baby Gear

EquiptBaby - Diaper Bag and Bassinet

Having Maisie, my third child, in 2014 was not only fun because she's a delight, but also because I was able to become acquainted with all of the new baby gear. It's pretty fascinating how quickly baby gear advances. I recall sitting on my computer browsing [Read more]

Healthy Road Trip Snacks


Today "healthy eating" means different things to different people. Personally, I lean towards whole foods (aka paleo) as much as possible. Our kitchen is bursting with fresh fruits and veggies as is our cooler on road trips. Sometimes it is hard to find fresh [Read more]

The Coolest Hotel in St. Louis: Moonrise Hotel

Moonrise Hotel Lobby

Do you love boutique hotels as much as I do? The uniqueness, the charm, the nothing-like-it vibe that many of these privately owned hotels possess add a fun ambiance to your travels. My family just returned from a 17-day trip and one of our stops was Moonrise [Read more]

Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort is Open

Dolly Parton Hall

Dollywood's DreamMore Resort opened its doors Monday, July 27, and my family had the fun opportunity of experiencing this gorgeous and extremely family-friendly property two days later. Located on the outskirts of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, [Read more]

Johnny Rockets is Rockin’ the Flavors of Route 66

Johnny Rockets in Opry Mill Nashville

Recently I was talking about fun road trip burger restaurants and one of the places I mentioned was Johnny Rockets with its nostalgic flair. This summer Johnny Rockets is Rockin’ the Flavors of Route 66 with a limited-time menu offerings (available until [Read more]

Best Road Trip Burger Restaurants

Johnny Rockets

Back in my early 20's my grandmother and I took a road trip from Florida to Colorado. She said that if we needed to make any rest stops it should be a McDonalds because the restrooms were always clean. She was right. Every location, state after state, offered [Read more]

Five Reasons to Take Your Teens to the Boca Raton Resort & Club in South Florida

Our first view of the entrance to the historic Boca Raton Resort & Club.

As my kids grow older (they're now 15 and 13), I'm finding they need fewer bells and whistles to help keep them entertained at vacation resorts. I suppose I should say different bells and whistles are now welcomed. Once a complimentary kids' camp, a pool's [Read more]