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review – disney aulani resort and spa, hawaii

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  The excitement I felt when I first walked the immaculate grounds of Disney Aulani Hawaii (at 5am due to jet lag) was the same one I get every time I arrive in Vegas. Is this for real?  Is this … Read More

zip lining with kids – ziptrek whistler

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    On a late spring trip to Whistler, my daughter and I finally had the chance to do something that she has been asking me about for several years – go zip lining. What child doesn’t want to go … Read More

safety 1st boostapak – booster seat backpack combo

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There are few items for travel that I love as much as our Safety1st BoostApak. In an age of shrinking luggage allowances on airplanes, I very much appreciate a dual usage item. The BoostApak, is a combination car booster seat … Read More

escape to seattle – the kimpton palladian hotel

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My love affair with boutique hotels, and Kimpton hotels in particular, began many years ago. I blame my obsession on the fact that I am the type of person who wants to feel like a VIP all the time (although … Read More

nightmare vacations – confessions of 10 family travel experts

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For years I have wanted to write this post. Although I consider myself to be quite skilled at family travel, sometimes things still go sideways on our family trips. Most of the suggestions I share on this site come from … Read More

10 epic summer adventures with kids in canada

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  Knee deep in my research for an upcoming trip to the Maritimes, I have fallen deeply in love with my home and native land – Canada. It occurred to me that despite having criss-crossed the globe with my kids … Read More

resort review – the viceroy – zihuatanejo, mexico

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While doing research for a post on the best family-friendly boutique hotels in Zihuatanejo, Mexico, I came across the Viceroy, a luxury beachfront resort on gorgeous Playa La Ropa. Formerly Villa del Sol and then The Tides, we were thrilled to … Read More

top 10 things for kids in zihuatanejo, mexico

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If you are looking for an easy Mexican beach holiday with kids, the quiet fishing village of Zihuatanejo, Mexico is a great choice. Here are all the things we loved for a family traveling with a baby, toddler, or kids … Read More

resort review – club intrawest zihuatanejo, mexico

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In general, our family tries to steer clear of large resorts, preferring the more intimate environment of a boutique hotel.  We do, however, make exceptions. In the case of our stay at the Club Intrawest in Zihuatanejo, Mexico, our journey … Read More

family hotel review – pan pacific whistler village centre

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Our family is lucky enough to visit Whistler several time a year due to the fact that it is only a  90 minute drive from our Vancouver home. Not routine driven people, we like to try out a different family-friendly … Read More

how to build a great sandcastle

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I remember vividly my first beach trip with a toddler. We had traveled for almost 24 hours to get to the Caribbean island of Guadeloupe. I was terribly nauseous with morning sickness (all day sickness for me) and exhausted from … Read More

baby & toddler beach gear essentials

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Taking your baby or toddler on a trip to the beach?  Check out this selection of fun baby beach gear ! 1. Birkenstock Rio Toddler Sandals (come in 10 colors ! )  $59.95 2. Baby Banz Retro Sunglasses (also in … Read More