Jackie Gibson

Jackie Gibson

Jackie Gibson is a marketing professional and freelance writer. She is also Mommy to an energetic (gorgeous genius) baby. An anxious traveler, she is finally leaving her postnatal cocoon to get the family out of the house and make memories with the little one. Past trips have taken her from the Caribbean to China to the California Coast. But these days she is looking for simple, stress-free fun that is easy on the baby.

Hotel Review: The Grand Traverse Resort and Spa near Traverse City, Michigan

The Grand Traverse Resort and Spa in Acme, Michigan, offers enough amenities for a full week vacation with kids. An onsite day care and spa even give mom and dad a chance to have a date. But be prepared to walk, walk, walk. When you pull up to the Grand Traverse Resort and Spa, just east of Traverse City, it’s likely some word similar to “WHOA” or a phrase like, “Holy cow, I didn’t realize we were staying at a place this big” will fall from your lips. Owned by the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians,...

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3 Things to Do with Baby in Traverse City, Michigan

You might know Traverse City for its wineries or cherries, but there are plenty of kid-friendly activities in the picturesque destination. Even baby can enjoy sensory-driven museums and trips to the beach. Planning that first vacation with baby can be downright intimidating. I remember just how slowly the hubs drove just bringing her those couple of miles home from the hospital. Now we were plotting a full week in a car with our seven-month-old baby and all her stuff. We set our sights on Traverse City, Michigan, about a six-hour drive if we were to drive straight there from...

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Be Careful When Choosing a VRBO With Baby

Vacation rental homes offer an easy way to get away while communing with family in a common space. But if you have a baby, you’ll have some considerations to take into account – and babyproofing to do – while staying in a VRBO. Renting a vacation home. Count it among the many things that used to be fairly quick and painless before we had a baby. Each year my husband and I get together at a TBD destination away from home with his multigenerational family clan. It was our year to book the location—but this time, with a 6-month-old...

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Why You Should Take Baby to Smell (and Touch) the Flowers

Visiting the Garfield Park Conservatory in Chicago offers a chance to stimulate baby’s sense of smell and touch. Here’s why you should take your baby to some kind of botanic garden and why you should dress in layers. I love plants. Most of them smell pretty good, they wave gently in the wind bringing a sense of calm, and they help generate air which is nice for us humans. As a girl my mom planted beautiful geraniums and marigolds around the house every spring, and my dad would tend to the tomatoes or green beans in the garden. I...

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10 Things to Know Before Taking Baby to an Art Museum

It might seem counter-intuitive, but a visit with a baby to an art museum can be an enjoyable experience. It’s all about finding the right rooms. Use these tips to plan your baby’s first art adventure. Taking Baby to an Art Museum It sounds like a terrible idea. Visit a place where people quietly mill around staring intently at wall hangings and murmuring politely to one another…with a screaming, squirming, peeing infant? My recent visit to the Art Institute of Chicago wasn’t thoughtfully planned out. Truth is, if I had really thought about it, I might have talked myself out of...

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Baby Gear: 5 Essential Things to Pack for a Road Trip with a Baby

That first road trip with a baby can be a terrifying experience. These five essentials will help keep the baby cool, entertained and soothed. Ultimately, they will help make the trip easier on baby and parents. Road Trip Essentials Ah that beautiful time between four and six months. My tiny, colicky swaddled baby is now a chattering wiggle worm who has a predictable routine but lacks the ability to crawl around and tear down the house. For the most part, we know how her day will go. Eat, play, 45 minute nap. Eat, play, 30 minute nap. Four ounces...

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