5 Exotic Family Vacations Where Your Kids Can Help Animals

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New to essential oils? Sign up for my FREE 14-day essential oils e-course to learn the basics. Looking for family travel ideas? Considering a family trip abroad? Forget the local zoo and city walk. Consider a family trip where the kids will learn about endangered wildlife and animal conservation, and how to support local communities in […]

7 Natural Travel Essentials – Save Money, Cut Down on Waste and Avoid Allergens

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Traveling as a family of 5 is a huge challenge. Traveling as a family of 5 while trying to eat organic, avoid gluten and other allergens, and live natural and chemical-free seems almost impossible. But I’m here to tell you that it IS possible with a little planning – AND you’ll save money in the […]

14 Cheap, Free and Eco-Friendly Things to Do on Oahu with Kids (Plus Things to Avoid)

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We just wrapped up our first week on Oahu a few weeks ago, and boy did we have an amazing time. I love visiting my hometown and showing my kids all my favorite eateries, old hangouts and activities. We spent a lot of time visiting family and friends, as well as embarking on new adventures. […]

DIY Carseat Speakers for Kids – Great for Travel

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During our most recent flight with all three kids, I had an epiphany. The last few trips I had taken with my toddler had included a few tears and frustration (by both kid and mom) over in-flight and in-car entertainment. Specifically, my toddler wanted to watch a DVD on our portable player but he hated […]

Forget the Stroller When Traveling, Bring This Instead

Forget the Stroller When Traveling, Bring This Instead - Don't Mess with Mama.com

I love my stroller. It handles like a dream around corners and carries a ton in the bottom basket. Yet, I didn’t bring it on my trip to Hawaii. Why? It’s big and bulky. It’s a huge jogging stroller that’s manageable in and out of the car at home, but a pain to travel with. […]

8 Things I Learned While Traveling with My Kids

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We made it! We’re in Hawaii again this year and feeling so lucky. My husband and I will both be working on the road for the next 5 weeks, but we get to do it in Hawaii so were thrilled. So far the trip has been a blast. In fact, I can’t believe what a […]

9 Ways to Keep Kids Happy While Traveling on the Road

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After spending last week amongst many traveling families, I’d thought I’d share a few tips to make the travel process go a whole lot smoother.  Trust me, a little advanced planning will save your sanity. Yes, your kids are adorable – EXCEPT when they are trapped on an airplane (or car, or any other form […]

5 Volunteer Vacations to Take with Your Kids (Even Little Ones)

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Volunteering is a fantastic way to model a sense of community and helping others with kids. But it’s not something that can only be done in your hometown. You can volunteer anywhere – even on vacation. Volunteer vacations – also known as voluntourism or philanthropic travel – is a great way to travel abroad to […]

5 Natural Theme Parks off The Beaten Path

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Now that summer is in full swing, many families are enjoying time off with their kids to local theme parks. While most theme parks offer fun activities such as roller coaster rides and life-size cartoon characters, traditional theme parks are also a sore spot for for many parents – especially the long lines and endless […]

Planning a Summer Vacation? Consider a Farmstay to Teach Kids About Life on the Farm

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Summer vacation planning is in full swing. Have you considered getting down and dirty and booking a farmstay with the family? Agritourism is becoming a large part of the US travel picture, and the local food movement illustrates there’s never been a better time to learn about where our food comes from. Opportunities abound to experience […]

Eco Travel Getaways for Moms

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Looking for last-minute gift ideas for mom? Book her a mom’s only getaway at one of these luxurious and eco-friendly resorts. Perfect for a couple weekend or moms only getaway, these destinations offer a number of green and sustainable features – such as farm-to-table dining, organic bedding and linens, spa products with all-natural ingredients, onsite […]

7 Eco Travel Apps That Make Getting There Greener and More Fun

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1. Trip Journal Love to document your travel adventures? Save the paper and go green with Trip Journal. Create an interactive travel journal with photos, videos, journal entries and even map your favorite places and trips with GPS route tracking. Upload multimedia to Picasa, Flickr and YouTube and share your adventures on Facebook and Twitter […]

A Boston Weekend with the Family

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Heading to Boston for a weekend with the family? You’re in luck, because Boston is home for me and I love nothing more than sharing what this terrific city has to offer. The city is a great spot for a getaway destination with the family any time of year. There is so much to do here for […]

Changing Gears: A Family Odyssey to the End of the World

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Photo: The Vogels in Alaska. What would you do if you weren’t afraid? How would your decisions be different if you had no fear of the unknown or failure? Nancy Sathre-Vogel asked these very questions in her new book, Changing Gears: A Family Odyssey to the End of the World. Sathre-Vogel traveled with her husband […]

Glamping – Camping in Style with Spa-Like Amenities

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As a kid, I loved camping and going to school camps. I loved getting closer to nature, living new experiences and taking a break from everyday home life. As an adult, I don’t like camping so much. My most recent experience was three years ago when I stayed with my family for one night near […]

6 Spring Break Ideas in the US with an Eco-Friendly Twist

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Spring break is just around the corner and presents a unique opportunity for relaxation and education all rolled into one.  Children can learn about wildlife conservation or giving back while unplugging and reconnecting to the family experience. If you’re looking for a vacation in the US, why not consider one of these six environmentally friendly […]

5 Eco-Friendly Family Vacations in Latin America – Perfect for Spring Break

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Tired of the cold weather and want to venture someplace new for spring break? Consider a family vacation in Latin America where you can visit an exotic, tropical locale without breaking your budget. Plus, these vacations are geared for eco-conscious families who want to sustainable and green accommodations and and educational opportunities for kids to […]

The Living Coast Discovery Center – San Diego’s Wildlife Gem

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The Living Coast Discovery Center (formerly known as the Chula Vista Nature Centers) is one of San Diego’s best kept secrets. Before I visited last weekend, I had no idea this little gem even existed. It’s a little smaller inside compared to other aquariums, but I loved that it was so much more diverse and […]

Eco Travel Crafts and Gear to Keep Kids Happy on the Go

Eco Travel Crafts & Gear to Keep Kids Happy on the Go

Traveling with kids? It’s easy to stay green (and sane) while keeping the kids preoccupied with these eco-friendly crafts and travel gear. Travel Neck Pillow Getting to your destination can be half the fun (or challenge) of a family trip. Make a long car trip or flight easier with this Panda Travel Buddies Neck Pillow with […]

Plan a Trip to Hawaii – Choose the Island Best for Your Family

Traveling to Hawaii soon? Can’t decide which island to visit? Check out this infographic from Go Visit Hawaii. Get fun facts and travel advice about each island. My personal favorites are Oahu and Kauai. Honestly, I could live in Princeville or Hanalei in Kauai forever. I just love that side of the island. Read about […]

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