Once an Alaskan…

Baby Boy in the Sun in Homer

Growing up within the boundaries of Glacier Bay National Park left an imprint so profound that I’ll always feel part “Alaskan.” Never mind that we moved to Washington State when I was seven; seven years in a place so special leaves its mark. While I wish my memories were stronger and more plentiful, I do…

Don’t Leave Home Without ‘Em

Blissed out girl in the pool

Since our kids don’t know how to swim yet, inflatable pool rings turned out to be a godsend on our trip to the Ritz-Carlton Dove Mountain outside Tucson, Arizona. Easy to pack and only $1.50 each, they gave the kids confidence to paddle all around and me comfort knowing they had some help. Best buck…

The Ritz-Carlton Dove Mountain

Kids heading to their favorite place (the pool)

Nobody will be surprised to hear that The Ritz-Carlton Dove Mountain is a beautiful, luxurious destination because well, it’s a Ritz-Carlton. What is surprising, however, is that on top of living up to its posh reputation, this particular Ritz-Carlton is incredibly kid-friendly. From the spacious casitas to the welcoming restaurants, a water slide, wading pools,…

An Airline Offering Child-Free Cabins… Really?

As I was updating an earlier post about easier airplane travel with kids, I stumbled upon A New Option for Traveling With Kids

New Option for Traveling With Kids

They actually had me going for the first few seconds and I was horrified. Child-free cabins, seriously? But keep watching, anyone with a sense of humor (and a few trips with cranky kids under their belts) will get a kick out of this. I love how calmly and happily the kids wave to their parents from the conveyor belt…

Their previous year’s prank is pretty funny too.

When Things Don’t Go As Planned

Kids and Dog inside the Tow Truck

At least a dozen Bob’s Red Mill products grace the shelves of our pantry.  Steel cut oats, buckwheat flour, gluten-free pancake mix, and garbanzo bean flour to name a few. The company’s founder, with his glasses, silver hair and beard also reminds the kids of their dear Grandpa (affectionately known as BaBa). That resemblance plus…

Laughing Planet Cafe

Laughing Planet Cafe outside

Portland offers a fabulous mix of healthy living, inventive cuisine, and eclectic fun. One of our favorite restaurant stops was at the Laughing Planet Cafe where they put the FUN in Portland’s Funky. Bright artwork and old Godzilla movie posters, retro toys in a display case, and plastic dinosaurs scattered around on the tables provided ample fun…