Posts by Katie


Want to connect with your teenager? Family vacations are about laughing, making memories, and connecting with our kids. My 14-year-old daughter and I laughed until we cried as I botched the landing on a zip line at Go Ape! in Rockville, Maryland, recently. I got turned around on the zip line and came in backwards and could not get my feet underneath me. I rolled to a gentle stop on my back in the mulch. The laughter of this moment is...

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Hello! When you travel, do you enjoy sprinkling a little education into your entertainment? If so, the Kennedy Space Center is the perfect Florida destination for you. The space center is the perfect blend of learning in a fun environment. My kids knew we were there to learn about space travel, but we had so much fun playing that we felt like we were at an amusement park. What to expect at the Kennedy Space Center Plan to spend at...

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Over the Christmas break, after several days at home enjoying movies and hot chocolate, I piled the family in the car and headed out on a small road trip to Luray Caverns. It was one of the highlights of our Christmas vacation and a perfect stop in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. Luray Caverns are the largest caverns in the eastern United States and a U.S. National Landmark. The hour-long cave tour is fascinating and just...

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Hello! You must love nature, beaches, and adventures like I do. One of my favorite places is La Jolla cove in Southern California, so I was excited to try an ocean kayak tour to the La Jolla caves. I went with Bike and Kayak Tours. They offer a half-day bike and kayak package that I wish I’d had time to try out, but I was grateful to at least get some time with them on the water. If you want to see the La Jolla caves from your...

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Hello! Are you drooling over gorgeous Norwegian fjord photos and trying to figure out if you can afford to take the Norway in a Nutshell tour? I was doing the same thing last year, but after doing some sleuthing I found that I could save hundreds of dollars and see the fjords just how I wanted to by putting together my own itinerary. Stick with me and I’ll show you how you can do it too. After much research, I decided the way I...

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The latest buzz in Washington D.C. is the WONDER exhibit at the Renwick Gallery. After seeing amazing pictures of the Renwick Gallery on my social media feeds, I couldn’t wait to go visit. The WONDER contemporary art exhibit at the Renwick Gallery captivated even my four-year-old son. The most important thing you need to know is that the WONDER exhibit is temporary, so do not miss your chance to see this inspiring work. The...

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20 Tips for doing Disney on a Budget

20 Tips for doing Disney on a Budget


Posted By on Jan 8, 2016

Hello! Many families dream of planning a Disney vacation, but sometimes it can feel cost prohibitive. Multi-day theme park tickets for a family of four can quickly cost over $1000, without transportation, lodging, or food included. Is it possible to have a magical Disney trip on a budget? Yes! I have done Walt Disney World on a very limited budget. I have researched and then tested these tips with my family of seven. Here are my tips...

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There is something spectacular about driving mile after mile on a good road trip. I love watching the countryside pass by as we drive. I love having all seven of us together in our minivan. I love the flexibility of being in control of our schedule and timelines. This Christmas we were hoping to enjoy a cold, snowy road trip to ski in Pennsylvania for a few days. Christmas came and went, but with unseasonably warm temperatures all...

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Hello! Looking for something new to do in D.C.? Or someplace uncrowded, but fun? The National Postal Museum might be the best-kept secret in Washington D.C. It’s conveniently located next to Union Station, it is free, and seldom crowded. The up-to-date, hands-on exhibits are fun for families. The National Postal Museum is one of 17 Smithsonian museums in Washington D.C. The Smithsonian museums on the National Mall are...

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Glad you’re here! My husband and I love snorkeling in the Caribbean, so that was a top priority when we visited Turks and Caicos on a romantic getaway. Smith’s Reef in Turks and Caicos is teeming with sea life just yards from the shore, making it a great destination for snorkelers of all abilities to explore. The highlight of our days snorkeling on Smith’s Reef was seeing two beautiful eagle rays, but there are also...

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