Amanda Topinka, Spontaneous TravelingMom

Amanda Topinka, Spontaneous TravelingMom

Amanda Topinka is a Kansas mom of two boys and wife to a man with ADD. She’s a self-proclaimed “Disnerd” and occasionally writes about Disney as a way of keeping the magic alive. She’s blog creator of The ProcrastinatingMommy where she often blogs about her wild brood of boys. She’s a boisterous traveler who strongly feels that no destination is ever too close to home in order to create lasting memories. Amanda and her family have a serious case of wanderlust and enjoy scratching the travel itch as soon as it hits. She knows that spontaneous travel can be frustrating, miserable, crazy, and challenging – sometimes all on just one trip. But she wouldn’t trade the memories they make for anything.


Just Released: 2018 Walt Disney World packages Plus an Expansion in the Dining Plans

Guests of Walt Disney World have always been able to call and book resort reservations within 499 days of their Walt Disney World vacation. But now, guests can also add packages to their reservations including Magic Your Way and the Disney Dining Plans as well! Disney Magic Your Way Package at Disney World If you’ve anxiously been waiting to book your 2018 Walt Disney World “Magic Your Way” package, the wait is over! Disney has released its 2018 Resort Package Rates and that means you get the pick of the litter for resort rooms and more! Note: These packages will...

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7 of the Best Pumpkin Patches in Kansas

Every year we see wonderful family-owned farms in Kansas that offer pumpkin patches, corn mazes, and other fall fun for families. As the leaves change color and the air begins to cool, local farms are throwing festivals and opening their farms to locals to celebrate the turning of the season. Pumpkin patches, giant slides and hayrides abound – there’s no doubt that Kansas loves this time of year! Bring on Kansas Pumpkin Patches It’s not fall in Kansas unless you’ve ventured out to the pumpkin patch. Most farms offer the traditional pumpkin patch and hay rides. But I’ve listed...

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Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner in Branson, Missouri – We Have You Covered

If you’ve ever been to Branson, Missouri, you know there are plenty of restaurants to choose from when dinnertime rolls around. And if you haven’t been to Branson to see the rows of restaurants that line the strip — good luck choosing one your first time there!  No worries.  I’ve done the ‘dirty’ work for you and narrowed it down to one awesome restaurant choice for each meal of the day that is sure to please every member in your party. First of all, it was nearly impossible to pick just one place in Branson, Missouri, for each meal...

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8 FREE Things to do in Wichita, Kansas

It may come as a surprise to you that Wichita is Kansas’ largest city. It is filled with sizable aviation manufacturers and western heritage, arts and culture, entrepreneurs, festivals, and places to dine, shop, and play. The city has also been recognized for its breathtaking sunsets, beautiful weather, friendly residents, remarkable affordability, and ease of getting around. But what many may not realize is, is the abundance of free things there are to do in the Wichita area.   Eight Free Things to Do In Wichita, Kansas It may not be a top vacation pick for most, but I’m...

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My PMDD Life and How it {used to} Affect My Travels

We don’t hear a lot about it, but there are many women who are silently suffering from a certain type of depression. And being an avid traveler with a depression disorder that lasts over half of the month, is not exactly a conventional way to travel. What is PMDD? One minute, I’m a sweet, patient, determined, and happy soul. I volunteer for local events in our community and church, I plan vacations and I bake brownies with my boys. I’m a people-person and I’m overflowing with a love for everyone I meet. I am Super Mom and a doting...

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Sophisticated & Convenient – Holiday Inn Rushmore Plaza in Rapid City, SD

Located just 20 minutes from some of the most astonishing sites in the world like: Mount Rushmore, Crazy Horse, Custer State Park, and Badlands National Park (to name a few), is one of the most sophisticated and convenient hotels in Rapid City, SD. The Holiday Inn Rushmore Plaza is a luxury/business class, yet family-friendly hotel with beautiful rooms and solid amenities. The luxurious, family-friendly Holiday Inn Rushmore Plaza is located centrally in the hip-happening area of Downtown Rapid City which made winding down after a long day of driving that much more relaxing. Here’s what we loved about the...

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Terminally Ill Loved One – Should You Stay or Should You Go?

Time seems to freeze the moment you learn that someone you love has been given a prognosis and labeled as “terminally ill”. Unfortunately, as much as we dislike it, time and life go on after the diagnosis has been made. And that may include keeping your travel plans. But only YOU can make that decision. The prognosis said we still had 3-5 months left with her. But for some reason, even after speaking to the hospice nurse who reassured me that the only reason she was so lethargic was because of the new pain medicine, I still had an...

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No-Fail Tips for Pulling Off a Surprise Family Vacation

Anticipation is part of the joy of a family vacation. You tell the kids, you plan the trip, you talk about how much you’re looking forward to it. But there’s another way to travel: Plan the whole thing in secret, then spring it on the kids once you’re in the car and on the road. These five tips are all but guaranteed to give you the gift of shrieks of joy the minute the kids discover they are going on a surprise vacation!   Travel is a luxury that many don’t get to experience. As an adult, I’ve come...

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Hampton Inn & Suites Scottsdale, Arizona at the Riverwalk

A little over a year ago, my best friend of over 20 years asked if I would be a bridesmaid in her wedding. I knew right away that I would travel to wherever she wanted so that I could stand by her side on her special day.  A few months after her engagement she began making wedding plans. She knew it would be in Scottsdale, Arizona, at the beginning of November, and at Talking Stick Resort. So I hit the Internet and started figuring out my flight and hotel accommodations. Regardless of how many months I had until her...

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