how to prepare for a trip to the zoo with kids

Kids love a trip to the zoo. Before your next trip to the zoo, it will help to think about how to prepare for a trip to the zoo with kids.

Visiting the zoo is one of our family’s favorite things to do together. We are lucky to live near the beautiful Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium.  Knowing how to prepare for a trip to the zoo with kids made our recent trip to the zoo absolutely perfect! how to prepare for a trip to the zoo with kids *for your convenience, there may be affiliate links throughout this post, so you can easily find the … read on–>

5 reasons to unplug and spend time with family

There are many reasons to unplug and spend time with family without electronics. I always have to remind myself how much I need this!

Technology has all but taken over lives. I am the last person to judge someone when they are at their phones on the park, or in the store with their kids.  Being a WAHM has opened my eyes to the realities of having your phone at the playground, and what that means.  If it weren’t for the ability to check on work at the park, I wouldn’t be able to take off and do those … read on–>

15 of the greatest audio books for families

This is a great alternative to video games on a road trip. I love this list of audio books for families!

There has been a lot of buzz about audio books for families- especially families heading on a road trip!  I am really looking forward to trying this out on our road trip this year.  The kids are usually either fighting, involved in some sort of scream, or begging for snacks when we are on a road trip.  I am not complaining because for the most part, they are pretty well-behaved in the car (most of … read on–>

10 National Parks to visit with kids

10 incredible national parks that will delight your kids

National Parks are some of the most amazing places in the United States.  We have only been to a few in Pennsylvania.  There are some really amazing national parks to visit with kids all around the United States.  There are so many neat things to experience at these parks, and after a little bit of research, I have decided we will be adding these to our bucket list. The best part of all of these … read on–>

15 awesome items to pack for the best family road trip

These things absolutely make our road trips with kids so much easier. Great list!

Hanging out in the car is second nature to our family at this point.  We have spent countless hours traveling to hockey games, and tournaments, not to mention to vacation destinations.  You would never believe that we were once afraid to go anywhere in the car.  When P and J were babies they were terrible in the car, and wailed the entire time they were strapped into their seats.  I was afraid to leave the … read on–>

9 ways to rock road trips with kids

Taking road trips with kids doesn't have to be torture! We have figured out some things that make our road trips with kids much easier!

Taking road trips with kids isn’t always easy.  It can be challenging, but it can also be rewarding.  In some cases, flying to your vacation destination is the way to go, but often it’s not an option.  In our case, we have flown with the kids several times, but we have 4 kids, and flights can be very expensive.  At this point, unless flying is our only option, we drive (which pretty much means if … read on–>

10 KOAs to visit with kids

These KOAs are the perfect destinations for families with kids. Not only are these amazing locations, the campgrounds are just incredible!

Kampgrounds of America (notice that K at the front of Kampgrounds??  That’s how their brand is spelled because they’re kool! 😉 ) have become an all-time favorite of our family’s.  Offering amenities such as cabins, bounce pillows, mini golf, and super fun pools have made them the perfect choice for our family. We have been crafting a list of destinations for the last couple of years, and there are 10 KOAs to visit with kids … read on–>

Campfire snacks for kids

It just isn't a camping trip without campfire snacks. The best part about this is there's no reason you can't make these in the backyard fire pit!

Camping as a family has become one of our favorite things to do. One of the best parts about camping is all of the fun foods we get to eat.  I have been searching for the best campfire snacks for kids since we know we will be camping again this summer.  I have spoken a lot about why we choose experiences over things.  And the best part about these campfire snacks for kids is that … read on–>

how to plan a perfect family camping trip

there is so much that goes into planning a family camping trip. these tips are great!

When we started taking our kids camping a few years ago, we were complete camping newbies. We had been camping before, but never with kids. In short, we had no idea how to plan a family camping trip. It has become one of our favorite things to do with as a family, the kids have learned some pretty awesome life lessons, and we have learned a lot about what goes into planning a camping trip … read on–>

12 tips for traveling to an all-inclusive resort- with kids!

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Amazingly, we were lucky enough to visit Mexico, and our first all-inclusive resort, last year.  Since it was an all-inclusive resort, we really figured there wasn’t much we had to learn before we went. But we absolutely could have used a few tips for traveling to an all-inclusive resort with kids.  After getting excited, and searching some random things online, we realized all-inclusive doesn’t necessarily equal pack your clothes, and don’t worry about anything else. … read on–>

Kalahari Resorts | Poconos

We loved the indoor water park at Kalahari Resort in the Poconos. It was the perfect winter escape, and we didn't even have to catch a plane!

I have already had it with winter, and it’s only January.  Don’t judge!  I’m not made for winter.  I miss the colors green, and blue, and sweat–  I miss sweating.  True story. I know some of you love winter, so don’t hate on me for saying it isn’t for me. If the decision were mine alone, I wouldn’t live where it snowed, but it’s not, so I take what I can get in terms of … read on–>

5 questions to never ask someone who chooses to cosleep

Do you cosleep with your baby? Have you dealt with these questions?

Nearly thirteen years ago, I was blissfully unaware that I might not know everything there was to know about raising a child.  I was a young mother at just barely 23 when wild thing #1 was born.  I knew there was no way I would choose cosleeping with a baby.  I had never been around anyone who had slept with their baby intentionally.  I obviously knew everything, and knew that I was right when I told everyone … read on–>

13 things to teach your son BEFORE he is a teenager

before my son officially becomes a teen, there are a few things i need to make sure he knows.

The last couple of months have been a bit of a reality check for me with wild thing #1.  He has grown taller than me, and lost any hint of roundness in his cheeks.  He laughs at jokes that don’t start with “knock-knock”.  I know there are things to teach your son before he is a teenager. So, I pay him to follow his younger siblings while I work, to hopefully, teach him some responsibility.  On Fridays, … read on–>

7 things I feared before baby #2

I was so worried before we had our second baby. I had a laundry list of things that terrified me.

In this crazy family of ours, there are four children.  There was a time when there was only one though.  There was a time when I had no idea how we would ever be able to love each of our children equally.  The sun rose and set on wild thing #1, and I really had no idea how it was possible to love another one equally. Before wild thing #2 came, I was terrified.  He … read on–>

raising a strong willed child

Do you have a strong-willed child? Can you relate to these secrets about strong-willed children? I know I can!

If you are new around here, you may not know that my day job is family photographer and I am raising a strong willed child.  I get my hands on a newborn here and there, and I love it! Newborn sessions are always different.  Sometimes, babies are super sleepy, and others are wide awake, some move constantly and have no interest in being swaddled, some love being swaddled. This question comes out of my mouth, “Was … read on–>