Indoor waterparks are a kid's dream come true. They can swim and play to their heart’s content, no matter the season. And as a parent, they’re pretty nice too. Next time you’re looking to get away, check out these...
I love the month of May! Mother's Day, sunshine, warm breezes, and the coming end of the school all year have me excited for summertime family events. And May is the time for planning all those upcoming fun things to...
We all know Des Moines is awesome and we have a new accolade or ranking to celebrate nearly every week. But do you know about the beautiful town of Decorah, Iowa? It was named to Smithsonian Magazines 20 best...
Two-thirds of the way through the summer my family started to get a little stir-crazy. We still had a month left of summer but nothing "fun" scheduled. At that point I knew we needed something to look forward to,...
It’s January. It’s cold. It’s dreary. It’s the dead of winter in Iowa. Perhaps a beach vacation is sounding pretty good right about now … but you have little kids. If the idea of a beach vacation with littles sounds...
Last summer, my husband and I decided to give our kids a 1980s summer. (You can read all about it here.) No camps, activities, or schedules. We wanted lazy days, wide-open for boredom and adventure. We knew our kids...
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....
Living in land-locked Iowa, there aren't a ton of options for a beach vacation, right? Wrong! You can enjoy your very own beach vacation in the timespan of Moana (well, if you drive fast and don't break for the...
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...
Hi, I’m Niki, and I’m a Disney addict. The magic has consumed me since I was a kid. It was always a dream of mine to visit the Magic Kingdom. Last spring I was invited to speak at a conference...

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