Posts by Allison


Hello! Every time we go to LEGOLAND California in Carlsbad, California, there is something new to try. LEGOLAND Water Park was something we missed on our first couple of visits and my 9-year-old son BEGGED us to plan another San Diego trip so he could try it. We made it happen last October while we were there for Brick-or-Treat. The rest of my family couldn’t get quite as excited about a water park in October, especially since...

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Hello! Do you want an extraordinary trip through Southern Utah? Something that most people haven’t done? We took this road trip for Spring Break in 2016. We had visited Southern Utah and Zion National Park many times, so this trip was dedicated to all the cool, less-visited places I had been wanting to visit for years. This was the trip we finally checked them off the list, and it was so rewarding. You can do this trip any time...

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Hey there! Do you need a rental car for your next trip? The good news is, there are lots of ways to avoid paying too much. In this post, I’m sharing my top tips for finding the BEST rental car prices and deals. Do you REALLY need a rental car? There are some places where you need your own vehicle, and others where a rental is just more trouble than it’s worth. Hotels often charge $15-$50 per night on top of rental and fuel...

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Welcome! Are you planning a trip to Washington D.C.? The Smithsonian’s National Zoo is a great option for families. We have visited the San Diego Zoo and other major zoos in the U.S., and the National Zoo is on par with the better ones. Honestly though, if my 9-year-old, animal loving son had not INSISTED that we go, I could have skipped it with no regrets. There are so many other free attractions in Washington D.C. that you...

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Hello! St. George, Utah never fails to surprise me. I thought I knew everything there was to do here since I have visited St. George nearly every year of my life. Nevertheless, I find something new and delightful every time I visit this sunny Southern Utah city. Outdoor activities dominate this list because spectacular scenery and outdoor recreational opportunities are what set St. George apart. St. George is one of Utah’s...

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Hello! Visiting the National Archives was one of the highlights of my family’s Washington D.C. trip last summer. We were there on Independence Day and figured that there was no better way to celebrate our nation’s independence than by showing our kids the original Declaration of Independence, Constitution and Bill of Rights. The National Archives is within a short walk of many of Washington D.C.’s most popular...

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Hello! As a history nerd and native Utahn, Topaz Internment Camp had been on my list for years. My family finally planned a spring break road trip through Southern Utah in 2016 that included a lot of smaller parks and sites we wanted to see. Checking Topaz off my list on the first day was satisfying indeed. Building political tension and growing national distrust of Muslim U.S. citizens and refugees were another reason that I made...

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Hey there! Who else is itching for spring? Since my kids AND my husband are tied to the traditional school schedule, Spring Break is our best opportunity to get out of town for a few days between Christmas and summer breaks. It’s also a celebration. We love winter holidays and the abundance of winter sports close to our Utah home, but we are as excited as anyone for the arrival of spring. It’s often a chance to warm up and...

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Welcome! Are you planning a trip to Disneyland? How exciting! All the attractions at Disneyland are great, but there are a few that so exceptional, they have earned a permanent place in our cultural heritage. Their creativity and attention to detail is unparalleled. Most have been at Disneyland for decades. The only problem with many of these top rides is that wait times can be an hour or more, especially in the middle of the day. For...

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Hello! Nordic Valley was one of the resorts I visited most often when I was learning to ski, so I was excited to have the chance to return with my 9-year-old son earlier this week! It was a lot like I remembered. We played hooky on a gorgeous Wednesday after a long holiday weekend, and we practically had the resort to ourselves. No lift lines ever! Nordic Valley is one of three resorts in the Ogden, Utah area. It’s small, and...

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