Allison Taylor, Research TravelingMom

Allison Taylor, Research TravelingMom

Allison Taylor loves to write and to travel! As Research TMOM she often wears her family out by over researching just about anything that she and her family are going to do! Allison has 2 boys ages 7 and 9 whose antics keep her very busy, and being married to a firefighter adds a whole other element to the chaos! You can check out her own travel blog at Family Vacations U.S.

Essential Guide to the Rides at Toy Story Land

Disney’s Toy Story Land is home to one of the cutest roller coasters ever. Along with the Slinky Dog Dash roller coaster, you’ll find spinning aliens and a refurbished and upgraded Toy Story Mania shooting gallery ride. This Toy Story Land ride guide has the details on each, along with recommendations on which seat to choose for the best Slinky Dog Dash experience. While we grown-up kids were waiting for the Toy Story Land opening, we pondered one burning question. What would the Toy Story Land rides be like? After all, what is a brand new section of a...

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3 Easy Meals to Fix While on Vacation!

The words “cooking” and “vacation” don’t often go hand in hand. But this TravelingMom loves to cook, even on vacation. Here are 3 recipes for easy meals for vacation. The prep is quick and clean up is easy. Since food and lodging are two of the biggest expenses of any vacation, booking a place with a kitchen and cooking a few meals is an easy way to save money on your next family vacation. Easy Meals on Vacation In a past life, I attended culinary school. I had aspirations of being a famous chef. While I followed that path...

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Complete Guide to Magic Kingdom Restaurants at Walt Disney World

From quick service to table service, reservations required and character meet and greets, deciphering all of the dining options at Walt Disney World can be daunting. This guide to restaurants in Magic Kingdom should be your first step to planning where and what to eat at Disney World in Orlando. While zipping around the parks, it is important to have a good grasp on where to find a specific type of food (Dole whip, anyone?). This guide to Magic Kingdom restaurants at Walt Disney World can help keep hangry kids (and parents!) at bay. Disney Quick Service Dining This style...

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What you need to know about water safety precautions at Great Wolf Lodge

Our Research TravelingMom recently visited Great Wolf Lodge and had some concerns about the water safety precautions at the water park. She has the scoop on what you need to know before you hit the water at Great Wolf. It pains me to share this, but I have to be honest. Even though both of my boys have had several rounds of swim lessons, they just haven’t taken to them. More concerning than the fact that they haven’t been able to pick up the swimming is the piece that they think they are good at swimming. That makes me nervous. Water...

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7 FREE Things to Do in Louisville (Family-Friendly and Adult)

Kentucky is known for being horse country, but there is plenty more for families to do beyond equine-centered activities! There is so much more to Louisville than just the Kentucky Derby, and the best part? There is a lot of fun that can be had for free! Take a look at our Research TravelingMom’s list of suggestions for free fun in Louisville Kentucky, from taking a tour of Louisville‘s distilleries (with a free taste) to spending the day with the kids doing kid-friendlier but still free things. Free Things to Do in Louisville Kentucky Louisville offers a wide variety of activities to enjoy with the whole family free of charge. From educational...

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An Insider’s Guide to the Kentucky Derby

Here in Louisville, Kentucky, around the same time that folks start filling out basketball brackets, ladies start shopping for the perfect Derby hat. Everyone knows that you get your hat first and THEN the dress! That’s a Derby fashion tip. Want others? Our Research TravelingMom shares her unofficial Guide to the Kentucky Derby for anyone thinking of attending the fastest two minutes in sports! If your bucket list includes a trip to Kentucky to see the running of the Kentucky Derby, you are in luck, because I can share some insider information with you! First up there is some...

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41 Fun and Free Things to Do in Kentucky!

Traveling with family doesn’t have to break the bank. In fact there are many things to do that are totally free. From idyllic state parks to Civil War sites to quirky roadside attractions, a Kentucky native shares some of her favorite free things to do in Kentucky with kids and without. 41 Fun and Free Things to do in Kentucky 1. Visit Abraham Lincoln’s birthplace. This spot is part of the National Park Service. You and your crew can walk through the cabin where he lived for the early part of his childhood 2. Take a deep breath at...

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When the beach is all you need, Navarre is your spot

Our Research TravelingMom recently visited Navarre Beach in Santa Rosa County, Florida and fell in love with the small coastal town. Read more about what she loved and what she thinks will work for families!   When the Beach is All You Need, Think Navarre Beach Florida During the madness of Hurricane Matthew, I was in the middle of packing my bags for a beach trip…in Florida. Luckily for me, I was headed for the Gulf Coast, which saw nothing but blue skies and calm surf the entire visit. When I arrived, I noticed something very very different from the traditional ‘beachy’ towns I’ve visited before. This town was...

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A New York Christmas – Holiday Activities in New York City for the Family

The holidays in the City? Yes, please! Nothing brings on the holiday spirit like a day in the Big Apple. And you can take a big bite of it without breaking your holiday budget. Just check out these activities, and enjoy the holiday in true New York fashion! It’s always exhilarating to be in New York City, and even more so at the holidays. This time of year, the lights, the windows and the hustle and bustle of New York grows exponentially. Being a native New Yorker, I look forward to my family’s annual trip into the city for our...

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Best Kid Friendly Restaurants on Maui

For our Research TravelingMom, finding the best local restaurants in any given town is at the very top of the priority list. Even visiting paradise was no exception. She searched out the can’t miss places in Ka’anapali with an eye for the best kid friendly restaurants on Maui. Read on to learn what she found, and where you and your family should go for a great meal in paradise! As you might imagine, Maui has an abundance of restaurants that are serving up innovative dishes made with the freshest of ingredients, particularly dishes that include fish. That made me happy –...

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