Jill Robbins, Texas TravelingMom

Jill Robbins, Texas TravelingMom

Jill is the oldest mom with the youngest kids pretty much everywhere she goes. She has a 24-year-old daughter and two seven-year-old sons. She realizes that yes, that’s a really big gap between kids. Jill wears many hats: wife, mom, humorist, writer, wanderer, caffeine addict and wannabe wine snob. She is a news writer for Disney’s parenting website, Babble. Her work has appeared in various other online and print publications, including The Washington Post. Jill is always planning her next adventure, whether that be a week in Ireland or herding her kids into the people-mover (AKA her super-cool minivan) to check out what’s new in her neck of the woods. She lives with her husband and two sons in the San Antonio area. You can find out what Jill is up to by reading her blog, Ripped Jeans and Bifocals, where she writes about adoption and her spin on everyday parenting.


Fun Things to do with Kids in El Paso Texas

There’s a running joke about everything being big in Texas. But the truth is, Texas itself is one super-sized state. It took our Texas Traveling Mom Jill forty-something years to make it from San Antonio to El Paso (AKA Sun City) and she came back from her trip pleasantly surprised about all this West Texas city has to offer. She’s sharing some fun things to do with kids in El Paso Texas. Next time you’re on a Southwest road trip, consider stopping in El Paso or making it your planned destination. I’m so happy we chose to explore El...

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8 Things you need to know about Disney Toy Story Land

Disney’s Toy Story Land opened at Disney’s Hollywood Studios on June 30th and is the hottest new thing at Walt Disney World. Texas Traveling Mom Jill got the opportunity to be one of the first to visit this new and magical corner of Disney. She’s here to give you the full Traveling Mom scoop with eight things you need to know about Disney Toy Story Land.   I have come to the realization that I’m never going to grow up…or at least never feel like a grownup. One of the reasons I have such a strong love for all things Disney...

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Fun Summer Things to do in Rockford IL

If Rockford IL sounds familiar, you just might be a Midwesterner. Or you might be a fan of the Rockford Peaches, one of the most successful teams in the All American Girls Professional Baseball League. (Anyone else suddenly feeling a need to re-watch A League Of Their Own?) Although Rockford is justifiably proud of their place in baseball history, this town (located less than 90 miles from Chicago) is a great place to visit even for non-fans. Also within easy driving distance of Madison, Dubuque, and St Louis, Rockford offers a ton of fun in the summer months. Texas...

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TMOM approved staycation tips for families

If lack of time and money are putting a cramp in your vacation plans, consider saving on both by taking a staycation and playing tourist in your hometown. You might think you know everything there is to know about your neck of the woods, but Texas Traveling Mom Jill gives us the scoop on her weekend spent exploring her hometown and shows us how we can find new roads where we least expect them. As much as I love to travel with my kids, sometimes a family vacation isn’t practical. Sometimes, cost puts a damper on our wanderlust. Airfare...

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5 Things to do in Fredericksburg, Texas with Kids

Nestled in the Texas Hill Country, Fredericksburg makes an easy day trip using San Antonio or Austin as base camp. Texas Traveling Mom Jill recommends spending at least two days exploring what she calls “the most charming region of Texas.” This gem of a town might be best known for its many boutique wineries but there are also plenty of family-friendly things to do in Fredericksburg, Texas with kids. I never turn down the opportunity for a day trip to Fredericksburg, Texas, but for the full enchilada experience, I recommend you spend at least two days exploring and soaking...

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The 5 Best Kid Friendly Music Shows in Branson, Missouri

Beautiful Branson, Missouri offers endless options for family entertainment: music, theme parks, and delicious country cooking. No matter what you do in Branson, a music show (or two or more) needs to be on your agenda. Texas Traveling Mom Jill is an expert on all things Branson and is passing on her picks for the five best kid friendly music shows in Branson, Missouri. The 5 Best Kid Friendly Music Shows in Branson, Missouri 1. Clay Cooper’s Country Express Clay Cooper’s Country Express will make you laugh as much as it will make you tap your toes and dance...

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The 8 best places to eat in Syracuse NY

When you think of Syracuse, do you think of food? You probably don’t. You probably think of the famous university or, if you’re like Texas Traveling Mom Jill, you think of COLD. But, as Jill is here to tell you, there are some great places to eat in Syracuse, New York. I traveled to Syracuse this past February and I had an amazing time. There is so much to do, the people are so warm and welcoming…I mean, they better be warm because baby, it’s cold in Syracuse. And there is so much to eat. So. Much. I’m giving...

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Things to do in Waco Texas that aren’t Magnolia Market

Most of us recognize Waco, Texas, as home to Magnolia Market and HGTV’s two favorite DIY-ers. Texas Traveling Mom Jill considers herself a super-fan of the show Fixer Upper but her recent visit to this tiny town in Central Texas opened her eyes to all the other family-friendly activities to do there. She’s excited to share with you eight things to do in Waco Texas (besides the Magnolia Market). 8 things to do in Waco Texas (besides the Magnolia Market) I completely get that the thing that’s put Waco in your travel plans is probably Magnolia Market. Waco is...

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5 Fun Things to do in Syracuse New York

What jumps into your head when someone mentions Syracuse, New York? The rich history, including the Erie Canal and how it fueled this Central New York city’s population growth? Syracuse’s role in the Underground Railroad? The famous Syracuse University? Maybe all of those things? Our Texas Traveling Mom had the opportunity to visit Syracuse in February (she said the word that jumped into her head was COLD). She’s sharing this list of five things to do in Syracuse.   I live in San Antonio, Texas. We have two seasons: summer and hot summer. Hot summer begins in about April...

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Where to Find Texas Bluebonnets

April showers bring May flowers…isn’t that how the saying goes? It’s certainly true in Texas, where the winter rains bring the beautiful wildflowers of spring. Taking your picture in a field of bluebonnets is a standard issue rite of passage for every child in Texas. Our Texas Traveling Mom gives us the scoop on where to see Texas Bluebonnets this spring. Where to Find Texas Bluebonnets Pictures in the bluebonnets are…well, sort of required…for Texas children. I’m pretty sure I’d get my Texas Mom Card revoked if I failed to get yearly pictures of my kids in the bluebonnets....

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