Best Steakhouses in San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter

Filet Mignon at The Palm Steakhouse in San Diego

I love downtown San Diego. The vibe is happy and fun in this part of the city, and it’s a great California vacation spot for people of all ages. I especially like the Gaslamp Quarter because it has so many great steakhouses – not that it doesn’t also have [Read more]

“You’re All Included!” – First Choice Blogger Competition

All-Inclusive Vacations

This post is being entered into the First Choice Blogger Competition on the topic of why I love all-inclusive vacations. Almost twenty years ago I experienced my first all-inclusive resort. It was on a gorgeous beach in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. A [Read more]

Spur Alliance: Top 10 Guest Ranches in North America

Spur Alliance

One of the best surprises my family discovered during a summer vacation was how family-friendly a guest ranch experience can be. When we were living in Tucson, Arizona we certainly visited some local ranches for day rides or evening parties but it wasn’t until [Read more]

Three Bars Ranch in the Canadian Rockies Ideal for Families

Wrangers are simultaneously knowledgeable, friendly and handsome!

When I first sampled a dude ranch with my kids several years ago, I quickly became enamored with how much fun a guest ranch vacation can be--and convenient, and entertaining, and active... and did I mention fun? When you're staying at a dude ranch, not only [Read more]

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]