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Hyatt’s “For Kids, By Kids” Menu

How often has a traveler compromised on nutritious foods in the name of convenience? Or, how often has a parent been dismayed that their child was old enough to read all of the cholesterol-laden items on the kiddie menu? Thankfully, now parents have one more ally in the fight against junk food! Hyatt Hotels & Resorts and 12 yr old Chef Haile Thomas recently launched the “For Kids, By Kids” menu. This is a healthy-fied menu filled with kid favorites makes the healthy choice easy, and keeps with Hyatt’s philosophy Food. Thoughtfully Sourced. Carefully Served. Healthy people have more fun! Many...

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5 Unique Family Vacation Ideas

If you would rather do something different this year than the usual beach vacation, check out these unique family vacation ideas, which include everything from a volunteering vacation to a snowmobiling trip. Take a genealogy vacation. Go on a unique trip and trace your family’s roots and travel to the places where your ancestors grew up. Whether you decide to visit your grandparents’ hometown or venture to the country from which your great-great-grandfather emigrated, you can tailor the trip to your family’s timeframe and budget. An added bonus: it will be an interactive history lesson. Disclosure: This post includes paid...

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January 21 Twitter Party: Heritage Travel

As the nation celebrates the heritage of Martin Luther King Jr., TravelingMom celebrates heritage travel. Where would you go to discover your heritage? How do you engage kids in that? Share with us on our Jan. 21 #TMOM Twitter party. WHEN: January 21, 9-10 pm EST (8-9 pm CT; 7-8 pm MT; 6-7 pm PT) WHO: Panelists @TravelingMoms @KimOrlando @DebMomOf3 @CindyRichards WHAT: Twitter party – Heritage Travel HOW TO JOIN: Follow the hashtag #TMOM To ensure you never miss the latest travel stories, news and updates, sign up for the TravelingMom newsletter. Are you already a subscriber? Then please...

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KIA Optima Hybrid- Affordable Luxury Car

The 2012 Kia Optima Hybrid changed my mind about what my next car will be. My roots run deep in Kentucky, land of the 4-wheel drive truck, so I had not even considered a sedan as my next car. I have driven a Suburban for so long I would feel like I was riding on the ground. But times change. My oldest child has his driver’s license so we are often a family of 4 driving fewer kids around, which means we have no need for another gas guzzling SUV. A small SUV was my compromise: better gas mileage,...

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Aulani – Free Things to do & More

FREE at Disney – THAT is not an oxymorom. Big H little D – Big Hawaii little Disney is the phrase that Disney execs used to describe their approach to designing Aulani. You will find Disney characters at certain times around the property but not everywhere all day.  The entertainment is free and the quality you would expect from Disney.   It’s true and bound to start a trend in the hotel and resort industry.  All you moms who have passed on a spa treatment because it was too expensive once you added in the cost of child care – GET OUT THAT CREDIT CARD!  Aunty’s Beach House is fuuuureeeee!  Yep, your $160 Lomilomi massage or $150 surf lesson with Hawaiian Fire won’t cost you more than that thanks to Aunty. There’s more:  storytelling around the fire pit, ukelele lessons, bracelet making, movies on the lawn, hueys (better than a luau), and a private lagoon. Teens have their own spa and community at Painted Sky where they can create their own body scrub or frozen yogurt concoction.  They can play Xbox, get a mani/pedi or facial or participate in some of the group activities. Everyone will want to check out the 2 water slides, lazy river, pools and private lagaoon. If that’s not enough you can sign up for Adventures By Disney excursions like sea kayaking, surfing, hiking and more...

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Dec 10 Twitter Party & Giveaway: Holiday Lights & Travel

Win an iPad Mini in time for the holidays–and find out where to see the best holiday light displays in the country. Join the TravelingMom Twitter party Monday night to talk about holiday lights and holiday travel, sponsored by FlightCenter.com, DiscountCruises.com and HotCaribbeanDeals.com. There are lots of ways to enter so read on! WHEN: December 10, 9-10 pm ET (8-9 pm CT; 7-8 pm MT; 6-7 pm PT) WHO: Panelists @TravelingMoms @KimOrlando @DebMomOf3 @familytravel4um @TakingTheKids @CindyRichards @RamblingStump @ConnieFoggles @DiPaolaMomma @stressfreebaby @SarahPeppel @MaryHeston @TheExhaustedMom WHAT: Twitter party – Holiday Lights and Travel HOW TO JOIN: Follow the hashtags #TMOM #52Lights SPONSORS: @FlightCenterUSA, @DiscCruisesUSA, @HotCaribDeals...

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Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows

The bungalows at the Fairmont Miramar in Santa Monica really do have a homey feel. That feeling can partially be credited to the large comfortable room, but more so ascribed to the layout of the grounds: the landscaped walkway to each bungalow, the walkout patio with an umbrella table and lawn chairs and the expansive lawn in the center. {youtube}1AEtJFt9Jbc{/youtube} Kids will feel special when they find their name spelled out in sponges in the tub. Parents will feel special when they delight in Chef Ray’s fresh cuisine at Fig, which is inspired daily by the local Santa Monica...

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4 Free Activities in Columbia County, NY

Columbia County, in upstate New York, has 4 free outdoor activities that can be enjoyed year round.  Upstate New York is particularly nice to visit when the leaves are changing, (another free activity) but you can also enjoy its beauty when it snows, when spring blooms, or when it is cooler than New York City. The Fields at Omi 1405 Cty Rt 22, Ghent The Fields Sculpture Park has 100 acres dotted with internationally recognized contemporary sculpture. See established as well as emerging American and international artists, all in a natural environment.  A golf cart is available for handicapped use and...

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Grand Teton National Park Lodges

There are 3 lodges at Grand Teton National Park: Jenny Lake Lodge (upscale), Colter Bay Lodge (real homesteads) and Jackson Lake Lodge (rustic but comfortable). Jackson Lake Lodge has the best view.  You won’t want to leave the “big room” at Jackson Lake lodge.  It’s upstairs from the reception area and as soon as you hit the top stair your jaw drops and stays that way until you can get all the way to the window.  The majesty of the mountains is the artwork and the only decor that wall needs.  The lodge cabins are rustic but comfortable. Jenny...

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