25 Jul, 2024

Ready, Set, Go! Road Trip Games for Fun

Who is heading on a road trip this summer? I get exhausted with the “Are We There Yet?” pleas/whines. With so many digital devices available and built-in DVD entertainment system in so many family cars, one would think that kids could patiently sit for hours. LOL! We all know the truth! (Let’s not even get […]

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Staying & Saving Green when Traveling with Kids & Medicine

Family Travel Challenge: Families run out just before a trip and spend way to much money on stuff like toothpaste, lotion and medicine.  Family Travel Tip: I purchase medical travel items ahead of time and have them on hand for last-minute family travel. For example, I have 4 boxes of Band-Aids in our medicine cabinet. […]

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How I Pay It Forward in Disney

To Pay It Forward is to do something unexpectedly nice to another person. This goes beyond holding the door open or picking up a paper that fell. When I Pay It Forward I surprise someone with true kindness in a way that isn’t always what’s expected. Remember when I payed it forward at Starbucks and […]

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The Complete Walt Disney World 2011 Book Review

This Smart Mama family has been to Disney 14 times in the last 5 years. Yes, we know Disney. But, Julie & Mike Neal, authors of The Complete Walt Disney World 2011 know better, having tallied over 1500 visits! Most guidebooks focus on the magic of Disney but their guide goes beyond that with great tips […]

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5 Car Ride Games for Road Trips

A family road trip may last a few hours, days or weeks. Sure enough you spend plenty of time with the kids in the car each week. “Mom, are we there yet?” gets old so finding car ride games to occupy and distract the kids from the drive are essential for Smart Mamas. I’ve shared some […]

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An Organized Suitcase is Necessary on a Weekend Getaway

[ad#Google in Content] We are the weekend getaway family, as you may remember from Smarty Pants Daddy’s post this summer.  We getaway when we can, especially when we find a good deal and have a free weekend!  On most trips, I am able to pack our clothes in 2 suitcases, often a backpack comes too […]

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