We’re all trying to find safe ways to get out of the house and have a little fun. For our brood, a day-trip to Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo was just what we needed. With masks and pre-printed tickets in...
Is anyone else exhausted? Like you just need to stop and reset? I'm there. COVID-19 stinks. Working full-time and trying to figure out school for our elementary-age kids is really, really rough. I need to put something on my calendar...
We recently took our first ride on Amtrak and loved our experience. Our travels took us from Osceola, Iowa, to Granby, Colorado. This was a mother-son trip to celebrate my youngest’s tenth birthday. Arriving at the Amtrak Station We arrived over...
When you're traveling with kids, vacation rentals are the way to go. We’ve stayed at places in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, and Iowa. During a couples' trip, we even stayed in an oceanfront Airbnb in Belize! Vacation rentals offer more...
My family decided to take a vacation during the COVID Pandemic. Honestly, admitting it out loud makes me nervous for all the backlash of people saying we’re irresponsible. But let me explain.  My husband and I are both teachers and...
Summer is a great time for an impromptu family day trip. 2020 is shaping up to be a summer unlike any we’ve experienced before. If your family is anything like mine, warmer weather gives us the urge to explore....
Keeping a toddler entertained on a road trip can be difficult, but it's possible! We have traveled with our children from age 4 weeks on, and they have done a wonderful job in a car and on a plane....
My family and I love all things Disney. We love the movies, we love the characters, we love Disney Plus, and we love the parks.   When our oldest son was sick, we took a much-needed family holiday on a Disney...
Ames, located just 45 minutes north of Des Moines, might not be the first place you think of when it comes to family fun. But, don't overlook it! We have some pretty awesome amenities you can't find anywhere else. Why...
Have you been to the Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge? Where in Central Iowa can you hike through one of the rarest ecosystems on the planet, encounter bison and elk on a safari in your minivan, and come nose-to-nose with...

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