Iowa may be landlocked, but it still has beaches to visit. If you know me, you know I am not a particularly outdoorsy girl, but I love spending time on the water.  So, when Covid-19 canceled my family’s planned...
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...
Summer’s not over yet! With more than 3 weeks left til school starts, there’s still plenty of time to take a family road trip. And if you haven’t been to Omaha recently, I highly recommend heading west for a...
When was the last time you had a girls weekend away? I am learning that taking time away from my kiddos and being on my own is important. Whether it is a night out with friends, a quick trip to...

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