Disney isn’t Just for Kids: Meet Jerri

Wine n Dine

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away....Halt. Wrong opening. Let's try again. A long time ago in the late '70s my parents relocated to Baton Rouge and we settled in a brick house in a cute neighborhood. Down the street and around the corner lived another [Read more]

#Hello40 – What Family Travel Really Means


Last week my daughter said in a slow, deep voice, “Mom, hold still.” Her hand moved toward my face. I froze. What is it? Glitter in my hair? Did my eyeliner smear? Is it a back widow spider? Wait, Minnesota doesn’t have those. She interrupted my thoughts with, [Read more]

Meet KLM’s New Mascot Bluey

KLM Bluey

When's the last time you flew and had a family-friendly experience? Yesterday? Last year? Never? Occasionally, airlines will have a coloring book or pass out pilot wings. Perhaps there may be a lid for your child's drink, but overall, as you likely know, the [Read more]

Pilger, Nebraska: More than a Small Town


Most people don't think twice about the history or story behind a town's name. Oftentimes, it's obvious where the name derived from - like a president or saint - while other times the name's history is simply lost like a dusty box in the basement. The other [Read more]

Semester at Sea: Poland in Pictures

Gdansk by night. A fairy-tale setting.

Gdansk, Poland, was the last port on my 10-week adventure sailing and working with Semester at Sea. By this time in mid-August, my family had already flown back home from Finland; TEDx SemesteratSea, a project I'd been working on all summer, was all wrapped [Read more]

SEA LIFE Kansas City Aquarium

Sea Life Kansas City

My family is no stranger is SEA LIFE. Our local shopping mall, Mall of America (MOA), is home to the Minnesota location. SEA LIFE is actually found worldwide but there are eight aquariums in the United States. My son had a field trip at the MOA location in the [Read more]

Kansas City LEGOLAND Discovery Center


Many families with kids understand the overwhelming draw of LEGOs. Kids can follow patterns, create their own structures, break them apart, glue together, keep forever, pass on to siblings, sell at garage sales, and the list goes on. Oh, adults like them, too. [Read more]

The Money Museum in Kansas City

Money Museum 1

The Money Museum at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas offers a free opportunity for the public to learn about our nation's financial system. My family of five was in Kansas City recently and added the Money Museum to our itinerary. It's not everyday you get [Read more]

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


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]