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This New Car Seat Will Change the Way You Travel Forever

I’ve only been a mom for six months, and I’m already exhausted by my two-piece travel system, in which I have to laboriously maneuver a bulky car seat and a separate hard-to-fold stroller every time I go anywhere with my baby. Just getting out the door requires multiple trips and an unplanned upper-body cardio workout — time and energy I’d rather spend with my daughter. So when I heard a company called Simple Parenting had created a game-changing car seat that unfolds into a stroller, I had to get my tired hands on it. The company sent over the Doona ($499), which just hit the market last month, so that I could give it a test-drive. Here’s what I discovered. Read more

4 Things Not to Let your Kids Try on Vacation

4 Things Not to Let your Kids Try on Vacation

Travel is all about possibility and exposure and trying new things – right? Well, yes. Mostly. Sampling foreign dishes, taking on adventurous feats, and exploring unseen (to you and your family) territory is all part of the joy of travel. Did you read my story of overcoming my fear of snorkeling (I dread the whole face-in-water thing)? Yes, travel can be about overcoming fears and obstacles, too. However, there are a few times the “go for it” mentality should be waned and that’s when traveling with children. Here are 4 things not to let your kids try on vacation – for the first time Read more

15 Travel Hacks For On-the-Move Moms

15 Travel Hacks For On-the-Move Moms

The traveling part (as in getting from point A to point B) of vacationing with kids is an adventure in itself, and we’re always open to any and all suggestions to making it go more smoothly. These 15 hacks won’t guarantee that your toddler won’t have a midflight meltdown, but they will help you to feel as prepared and organized as possible for the journey ahead. Buckle up, and enjoy the ride! Read more

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4 Ways Family Road Trips Have Changed Since Gen Xers Were Kids

You guys know how I often compare our lives growing up as Gen Xers to the lives of our kids and marvel? It’s truly fascinating how things were so different in the “olden days.” Take the common road trip… Sure, there are similarities — we elbowed our siblings, rolled our eyes at our parents as they blared their oldies and asked, “How much farther now?” more times than the Smurfs on their way to visit Father Time. (How many of you were with me for that reference?) And yes, my kids have to go to the bathroom the second we hit the highway, the same way we did. But that may be where the similarities end. Here’s proof: Read more