Family Trip to Bryson City, NC with a Beer Stop, Gem Mining, Apple Picking, Sunflowers and a Pumpkin Patch

We had a great trip to the Smoky Mountains last week! We stopped at the Sierra Nevada Brewery on the way there, then went gem mining, visited a farm and pumpkin patch, saw a lot of pretty trees and mountains and went apple picking on the way home. First stop, the Sierra Nevada Brewery! This place … Continue reading Family Trip to Bryson City, NC with a Beer Stop, Gem Mining, Apple Picking, Sunflowers and a Pumpkin Patch

Preparing for our Next Family Adventure: A Cruise

We are getting ready to go on our first cruise with a kid! It's a 10 day trip on Princess Cruise lines and we are going through the Panama Canal. I'm so excited! We haven't been on a cruise in a long time, maybe 10 years or so. The cruise was a gift from Grandma. … Continue reading Preparing for our Next Family Adventure: A Cruise

What about BOB? The case of JetBlue, Aer Lingus and a Missing Stroller

We had an amazing Ireland vacation in July! Unfortunately it was the last time we were to ever see our beloved BOB. You see, BOB got stuck on an Aer Lingus flight that transferred to JetBlue and nobody seems to know what happened to him. He's kind of bulky and hard to misplace, with his … Continue reading What about BOB? The case of JetBlue, Aer Lingus and a Missing Stroller

The Panera Bread Bakers-in-Training Experience

Today we joined a group of friends to go behind-the-scenes at Panera Bread with their Bakers-in-Training program. It's a class designed for children 5-12, to introduce them to "kitchen essential and the fundamentals of baking." Or in our experience- how to look cute while wearing a chef hat, squish your dough too much and then … Continue reading The Panera Bread Bakers-in-Training Experience

My MommyCon Adventure

I decided to do something a little different over Labor Day weekend and attended my very first “mom convention.” So I traded in my usual geek convention cosplay attire for comfy mom clothes, packed a sippy cup instead of a flask and attended panels on potty training and picky eaters. Instead of browsing racks of … Continue reading My MommyCon Adventure

From DragonCon to MommyCon

Since 2005, this time of year has meant one thing, and one thing only: DRAGONCON! From the first moment I stepped foot into the amazing costume/cosplay/fandom/craziness that is DragonCon, I felt at home. I remember checking into my hotel and immediately running up to my room to change into one of the many costumes I … Continue reading From DragonCon to MommyCon

Our First Big Kid’s Show: PAW Patrol Live

My son is obsessed with all things PAW Patrol, so when I saw the live version was rolling into town this month, I briefly considered taking him before deciding I wasn't sure if we were ready to go see a big live show. Then VStar Entertainment contacted me about free tickets, with four tickets to … Continue reading Our First Big Kid’s Show: PAW Patrol Live

A Toddler’s First Movie, and It Was Totally Incredible

I was super excited to take K to see The Incredibles 2 this week! I feel I am so out of the loop on movies, so being able to take him to a theater is really taking it up a notch on our possible family friendly activity list. We weren't entirely sure how it would … Continue reading A Toddler’s First Movie, and It Was Totally Incredible

A Star Wars Fan Geeks Out in Ireland

My husband has a lot of family in Ireland, so we go back to visit often. We try to make each trip a little different and see new things so on this past visit I was intent on visiting a couple of the Star Wars filming locations. It's no secret I'm a Star Wars fan! … Continue reading A Star Wars Fan Geeks Out in Ireland

Tips for Traveling with a Toddler in Tow

We've been traveling with my son since he was seven months old. Our first trip was to Hawaii and it was a pretty rough experience. There was a lot of crying for everyone involved. After he turned a year old it started getting better, and now at three he's an expert world traveler. We just … Continue reading Tips for Traveling with a Toddler in Tow