camp mom summer schedule

Do-It Yourself Camp Mom Summer Schedule (Plus: 101 Theme Ideas)


Summer vacation is almost here in the Northeast and it is around this time that I start thinking about what we will do for the summer. A few years back I started planning a camp mom summer schedule. I like to plan our summer activities to keep us active and busy.  “Camp Mom” is the way we pack it all in for the summer. We do everything we can and break out of our routine. Setting up my camp mom summer schedule helps us enjoy time together and be a local tourist.

Family Sun Safe

5 Tips for Keeping Your Family Sun Smart


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Summer vacation is almost here and that means we are busy packing in the fun activities that we like to experience around our home. The weather is unpredictable and we often try to fit a lot of activities in one day. Last weekend we were really busy and I was quickly reminded of the importance of keeping my family safe in the sun. Our long winters mean we often forget about applying sunscreen and have to get back into the routine of it. Sun safety is so important to my family. This summer I am using these 5 tips to help keep my family safe in the sun.

Pittsburgh Family Weekend

Pittsburgh Family Weekend (Part 1)


We love spending time in Pittsburgh, PA because it has great family friendly attractions and it holds a special place in our hearts. We lived in Pittsburgh for 5 years and have had many great memories there. Last week we took a long weekend and enjoyed a Pittsburgh family weekend.

Family Fun at Kennywood

Family Fun at Kennywood Amusement Park


Kennywood amusement park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania offers a glimpse back to the old days of amusement parks as well as cutting edge attractions that are great for the entire family. Opening in 1898 Kennywood is one of the oldest amusement parks in the USA. It’s nostalgic charm makes Kennywood great for families. With so many fun attractions this is our can’t miss list of family fun at Kennywood.

Traveling with Kids

7 Reasons Traveling with Your Kids is Worth It


Traveling with your kids can be amazing. Your kids will appreciate art and history. Your family will smile and laugh and create memories that will last forever. There will be no fights between siblings, no fights between my husband and I. We will all be happy the entire week. Have I sold you on taking a family vacation?

seneca park zoo

One-On-One Time with My Son at the Seneca Park Zoo


On my recent visit to the Seneca Park Zoo in Rochester, NY I was able to spend some one-on-one time with my son. Seneca Park Zoo is a great place for a few hours of quality time. I cherish the moments that I get to spend with my kids, especially as they get older. Time is going so fast and the one-on-one play dates are a great way to connect.

Orlando Family Itinerary for School Age Children

6 Day Orlando Itinerary for Families


In early March we spent a week in Orlando. Orlando is my happy place because I love theme parks. I love the excellent entertainment and attractions. I always end up packing a lot of fun into the trip and this visit was no different. We stayed at 3 hotels, hung out at 3 pools and visited 3 theme parks. It was busy but as always our week in Orlando was magic. Read on as I share our 6 day Orlando family itinerary for school age children.

Save More Money for Family Vacations

The Easy Way I’m Saving More Money for Family Vacations


If you are anything like me you have a long list of summer travel plans. There is always a theme park to visit or a national park to discover. The challenge is finding a way to stay within your family budget and still get to experience family travel adventures. I am so excited to share the easy way I’m saving more money for family vacations this year!

Unique Photo-Ops at Universal Orlando Resort

10 Unique Photo-Ops at Universal Orlando Resort


Are you looking to find the best places to take photos at Universal Orlando? Universal Orlando has so many awesome places to pose for pictures. On our last visit we tried to do them all but I am sure there are many more I need to add to our next visit. I came up with 10 unique photo-ops at Universal Orlando Resort that my family loved and are great for all ages.

'Ohana Character Dining

A Complete Guide to ‘Ohana at Walt Disney World


Walt Disney World may be in the middle of Florida but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy some island life. ‘Ohana at Walt Disney World is a family style character dining experience located at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort. It has a Hawaiian theme and focuses around the Lilo & Stich movie. I was so happy we added this to our Disney vacation. We loved it and had a great time.

Characters at Universal Orlando

Characters at Universal Orlando: Everything You Need to Know


Universal Orlando Resort is a great place for thrills and attractions but you can also meet fun characters for all ages. The characters are engaging and you can often meet them without a long wait. They have family favorites for young and old. We had a blast meeting all the charcters. If you are planning a visit to Universal Orlando be sure to add character meet and greets into your plans.

Family Fun Summer

Save Money on Your Next Weekend Getaway


Family vacations can get expensive and if you are like me you have to figure out ways to save money to make it happen. I love to travel but my budget does not always allow for the amount of travel I would like to do. To make some of the little trips happen and still be able to do our big trips I like to find fun ways to be as frugal as possible. This allows us to take an extra weekend trip or day trip. I try to make it fun for the family too! Use my tips to help you save money on your family vacation.

 

Maid of the Mist

Experiencing the Maid of the Mist


Niagara Falls is something everyone should see once in their life. It will take your breath away. Growing up in Buffalo we visited often. It always brings back great childhood memories and I was so excited to take my kids.  Niagara Falls is also home to the Maid of the Mist, which in my opinion everyone should experience at least once. It is a family favorite and should be on your family travel bucket list.

LEGOLAND Florida

LEGOLAND Florida Hotel: 10 Amazing Reasons to Stay & Play


We were so excited to stay at the LEGOLAND Florida Hotel on our last two visits to Florida. It is about a 45 minute drive from Orlando but we always make the drive because we love the park and the hotel. The minute you pull into the resort you can’t help but be excited. With its bright color exterior and dragon at the entrance the LEGOLAND Florida Resort Hotel is perfect for families.

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