Audra Rogers, Encouraging TravelingMom

Audra Rogers, Encouraging TravelingMom

Audra Rogers was born and raised in small-town Kansas and followed her TV husband to his dream job in Nashville, TN. A TV news journalist herself, Audra slowed down to enjoy life and all things mom, and now works from home as a freelance writer. She stays encouraged in a slower paced life by collecting new experiences with her two young sons and staying in touch with her inner child. Audra encourages natural exploration as a brand ambassador for National Geographic Kids and has traveled to see things from Superman in Metropolis to the World's Largest Fork. You can follow her latest adventures on her blog RealHonestMom.


Titanic Museum Features Movie’s Costumes for 20th Anniversary

Who could forget “Iceberg right ahead!” and “I’ll never let go, Jack” from James Cameron’s iconic Titanic movie? In honor of the Titanic movie’s 20th anniversary, the Titanic Museum For a limited time, attractions in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, and Branson, Missouri, will feature actual movie costumes. If you can’t catch the new exhibits, don’t worry there’s still plenty to see at the Titanic Museum. The museum does a wonderful and careful job of telling the real-life stories of the crew and passengers aboard the RMS Titanic. You can even touch an iceberg. Titanic Museum Attraction I remember waiting in...

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9 Reasons Disney Wonder Cruise is Worth the Splurge

The family budget plays an important role in planning a family vacation. It’s good common sense to save money, but other times, it’s just as good to live a little and splurge. Disney vacations are known for magical memories and a hefty price tag. So when deciding on a cruise vacation, is a Disney Wonder cruise worth the splurge? A family vacation aboard a Disney Cruise Line is typically out of financial reach of my family. But I strongly considered the opportunity to splurge as an attendee of the 2017 Disney Social Media Moms Celebration. Part of the conference...

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Sternberg Museum: A Lively Kansas Road Trip Destination

  Think there’s nothing to see along I-70 on a road trip through western Kansas? Think again! The Sternberg Museum of Natural History is the perfect Kansas road trip destination, offering a few hours worth of entertainment with dinosaur skeletons, live animals and an animatronic Tyrannosaurus Rex. Liven up your next trek through Kansas with an interstate rest stop at the Sternberg Museum. Why is the Sternberg Museum a special Kansas road trip destination? There was a lot of buzz on the Fort Hays State University campus in the early 1990’s about a new home for the university’s large,...

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See 100 Years of Tennessee History at Cannonsburgh Village

Need a free, educational getaway in the great outdoors? Historic Cannonsburgh Village is a hop, skip and a jump away from Nashville, TN. It’s sure to give you an appreciation for modern-day amenities and the pioneers that paved the way for the conveniences we have today. It’s one of the many hidden gems in Murfreesboro, TN. Don’t miss it! What is Cannonsburgh Village? If you need a break from screen time and a fun, free outdoor space where the kids can run around and learn something in the process, stop by Cannonsburgh Village. Cannonsburgh Village represents 100 years of...

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LEGOLAND Florida Resort: Several Ways to Build and Play

Busy theme parks often have a go-go-go atmosphere, but it’s important in family travels to have spaces for quiet time. There are several places within the LEGOLAND Florida Resort that allow for quiet building time to give families and kids of all kinds a chance to recharge before jumping back into the action. Several Ways to Build and Play at the LEGOLAND Florida Resort Anytime I think of theme parks (any theme park), I think of tired, sticky kids tantruming in the parking lot at the end of an overstimulated day. Those are just my go-to thoughts as a...

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Hours of Free Family Fun at Bass Pro Shops in Springfield MO

  Looking for hours of free family fun in Springfield MO? Bass Pro Shops, “The Grandaddy” of all outdoor stores houses 500,000 square feet of homage to outdoor life. The Springfield location is unlike other Bass Pro Shops stores. Enjoy live animals, two free on-site museums plus a full service restaurant and the unforgettable decor the outdoor sports store is known for. Prepare to be wowed at this “outdoor” indoor amusement park! Hours of Free Family Fun at Bass Pro Shops in Springfield MO As a family, we have always been fans of the Bass Pro Shops stores. Their...

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An Exciting Pit Stop for the Kids: Discovery Center of Springfield, MO

Make a refreshing stop along Route 66 to stretch your legs and mind at the Discovery Center in downtown Springfield, MO. Explore four floors worth of jam-packed exhibits with hands-on learning activities for kids of all ages. Lie on a bed of nails and learn how to illuminate a light bulb with your body. Then get back on the road with kids who are ready for a relaxing, quiet ride back in the car. Maybe they’ll even take a nap! An Exciting Pit Stop for the Kids: Discovery Center of Springfield, MO We are good in the car for about...

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Big Excitement in a Little Natural History Museum

Trade massive crowds for a peaceful, smaller venue and discover a hidden treasure! Off the beaten path in Murfreesboro, TN the Earth Experience natural history museum is packed with surprises. Walk among the bones of creatures that lived more than 66 million years ago, including a full-sized Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton. Passionate volunteers embrace and educate visitors for a one-of-a-kind Earth Experience. I love keeping the family schedule pared down to almost nothing because it allows room for boredom. I’ve found that anytime we’re bored at home, we get creative and we’re a lot more likely to explore the things around...

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See the World’s Largest Fork in Springfield, MO

Wacky roadside attractions are fun and make us wonder why the heck someone would create such silly things. But they give us pause and childlike belly laughs and get us back on the road with a renewed enthusiasm for travel. We heard about the World’s Largest Fork in Springfield, MO on a road trip and made time to check it out. And there’s a similar discovery less than an hour away in Branson, MO. Nothing puts a smile on our road-trip faces quite like stopping to see wacky roadside attractions. When I’m driving with the kids, I always set...

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Gatlinburg Fires Close Dollywood and Great Smoky Mountains National Park

The vast woods and beautiful fall foliage of Tennessee is revered by locals and tourists alike. They attract approximately 12 million people to Sevier County, TN every year. This year, the trees and famous local attractions like Dollywood theme park and Great Smoky Mountains National Park are in the path of a wildfire that has forced both to close temporarily. Wildfire Threatens Dollywood and Great Smoky Mountains National Park Two key attractions in the Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge area of Tennessee are the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Dollywood. Both are heavy with tourism late in the year....

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