On an overcast morning in Gulf Shores, Alabama, we loaded the kids up in the car and set off without telling them where we were going. “Won’t you give us a hint?” my son pleaded. “Does it involve video games?” “Nope,” I said firmly. “Definitely not.” “Does it involve dessert?” my daughter asked hopefully. “Uh, […]

Travel, United States

October 18, 2018

You Won’t Believe What a Reclusive Billionaire Built Near Gulf Shores, Alabama

As a family, we are ocean-obsessed. We take every opportunity we can to go to the beach and while we’re there, we waste no time on the sand — Instead, we’re in the ocean as much as possible. We boogie board if the waves are up, snorkel if it’s clear, play ocean games, look for […]

Global, Travel, United States

October 4, 2018

The Only Jellyfish Sting Remedy You’ll Ever Need to Know

If you live within driving distance of the Great Smoky Mountains, visiting Dollywood is a rite of passage. Country legend Dolly Parton put her name on the theme park back in 1986 and since then, millions have flocked to the area, transforming sleepy Pigeon Forge, Tennessee into a bustling tourist town filled with hotels, restaurants, […]

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May 1, 2018

Dollywood: What to Do, What to Eat, and Where to Stay

Just 30 minutes from Asheville, Maggie Valley has all the ingredients for a fun-filled family vacation in the North Carolina Smoky Mountains. Check out my tips for the perfect winter weekend vacation! This post was written in partnership with Visit North Carolina Smokies and Travel Mindset. I’m a sucker for a good winter vacation. I […]

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January 24, 2018

25 Reasons Maggie Valley is the Perfect Spot for Your Winter Family Vacation

Planning a Panama City Beach family vacation? Here are a few things you’ll want to know before you go! Unexpectedly, Panama City Beach has stolen my heart. I love it for its high-rise condominiums, which guarantee me a vacation filled with mornings waking to sounds of the surf and panoramic views of the Gulf of […]

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January 12, 2018

5 Ways to Make Your Panama City Beach Family Vacation Even More AWESOME!

From thrilling outdoor adventures to great restaurants, shopping, and children’s activities, St. George, Utah has all the ingredients for a memorable family vacation – and winter is a great time to beat the crowds! This post was written in partnership with Visit St. George.  To know my family is to know we love hiking and […]

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December 28, 2017

15 Reasons St. George, Utah is Perfect for Your Next Family Vacation

Knoxville, Tennessee is the perfect place for a holiday weekend getaway! As soon as we arrive in downtown Knoxville, fat flakes of snow begin drifting down from the sky as if on cue. It lends a decidedly festive feeling to this historic city, already festooned with Christmas lights, ribbons and greenery. We’ve decided to begin […]

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December 13, 2017

A Holiday Weekend Getaway in Knoxville, Tennessee

One of the world’s rarest wonders is just three hours from Nashville. We gathered around the raft on a beach lit only by the full moon. Just around the river’s bend was the mighty Cumberland Falls, aptly nicknamed The Niagara of the South. As my husband and two children climbed inside the raft and perched […]

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August 9, 2017

In Search of the Elusive Cumberland Falls Moonbow

I wondered whether Gatlinburg was ready for tourists after last year’s wildfires. I’m so glad we gave it a chance and scheduled a Gatlinburg vacation this summer — Tennessee’s most famous mountain town is back, and better than ever. Thanks to  Visit Gatlinburg for hosting our weekend getaway.  Like most Tennesseans, my ties to Gatlinburg are […]

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August 1, 2017

Gatlinburg, After the Fire

My son knows what he wants … at least until he doesn’t want it anymore. The streets of downtown Gatlinburg are lined with storefront windows, all filled to overflowing with souvenirs. There are airbrushed t-shirts and leather handbags, knives and swords and cowboy hats, billowy caftans and homemade fudge, lace tablecloths and wood carvings — […]

Family, Fun, Global, Travel, United States

July 26, 2017

Souvenir Shopping, Kid Style