Karin Sheets

Karin Sheets

A mom of a special needs child, Karin believes that stepping outside her world by traveling, although challenging, helps keep things in perspective. She is the President and Founder of InSite Web Development, and contributor to Snowmamas.com. In her spare time she writes on her own site, specialneedstravelmom.com.


5 Reasons to Visit Sun Peaks Ski Resort

With the variety of ski resorts here in the U.S., you may not be as familiar with those in Canada. Last week I visited our neighbors to the north and explored Sun Peaks Resort, the second largest ski resort in Canada. A beautiful family-friendly resort located outside of Kamloops in British Columbia, this destination is a must for skiing families. Here are my top reasons to visit Sun Peaks Resort. 1. Itโ€™s all about the snow If you are from the Northwest you might think BC resorts have the same ski conditions as those in the Cascades. They donโ€™t....

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Holiday Family Fun at Alderbrook Resort and Spa

Located alongside the pristine beauty of Hood Canal in Union, Washington, Alderbrook Resort and Spa is a luxurious destination that embraces its location and history. Since 1913 families have been vacationing at Alderbrook for generations, enjoying resort amenities alongside opportunities to explore the unspoiled nature of this part of the Puget Sound. Alderbrook is family-friendly, yet private and secluded for those rare parent-only retreats. The holiday season is extra-special at Alderbrook Resort and Spa, with decorations and events that would put a smile on Scrooge. The pastry chef of this resort has built a huge gingerbread house in the...

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Shopping, Eating and Fun on a Multigenerational Trip to Victoria, BC

Afternoon tea, great shopping, pub-hopping and outdoor adventures. We found all of that and more during a multigenerational trip to Victoria, BC in Canada. Located on southern tip of Vancouver Island, Victoria is only accessible to the mainland by boat or plane. Pulling into port past boats, sea planes and water taxis, the stunning Parliament building immediately draws the eye, setting the stage of history and elegance. In the city you will find British influence everywhere, complete with pubs, afternoon tea and beautiful gardens. Outdoor adventures like whale-watching and ziplining are nearby – there truly is something for every...

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Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort and Spa in Austin, Texas

Texas college visits for my oldest daughter brought me to the Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort and Spa in Austin, what I found there was a beautiful and relaxing resort with lots of options for families, especially those with special needs. Itโ€™s Texas luxury – beyond comfortable with every amenity, enveloped in a warm, inviting vibe that really makes you feel welcome. No matter how long you stay, youโ€™ll want more. Located on 405 acres of natural beauty along the Colorado River, itโ€™s just 13 miles from Austin–Bergstrom Airport, and a world away from the everyday. With golf, hiking...

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22 Free Things to Do with Children in Seattle

Seattle might be known for rainy weather, but itโ€™s the friendly people, diverse arts scene, and endless natural beauty that make Seattle a wonderful place to visit. These qualities create lots of opportunities for free things to do with children โ€“ from parks to museums to local landmarks. And if youโ€™re visiting Seattle on a sunny day, youโ€™ll wonder why anyone would live anywhere else. 22 Free Things to Do in Seattle with Children Take a free boat tour of Lake Union at The Center for Wooden Boats. Youโ€™ll get up close to many of the house boats on...

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Thule Chariot CX1 Jogging Stroller Review

My family really enjoys outdoor adventure, so I was excited for the chance to test drive the Thule Chariot CX1 uber versatile stroller.ย  An upcoming ski vacation was the perfect opportunity.ย  Thanks to Craigโ€™s List we found the cross-county ski kit and added that to our over-packed Suburban on the way to the mountains. Cross-country skiing with the Thule Chariot CX1 was everything I had hoped.ย  My daughter was warm and enjoyed the ride, and the stable design meant that even this newbie cross-country skier felt comfortable towing her. In fact, we ended up using the Thule Chariot CX1...

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Wild Waves Fright Fest : Halloween Things to Do in the Seattle Area

Wild Waves might be better known for summer water slides, but in October the theme park gets itโ€™s Fright on, becoming a favorite on the list of Halloween things to do in the Seattle Area. Fun Halloween music sets the mood, with a variety of rides and haunted attractions separated for the older goblins. My 16-year old had so much fun sheโ€™s planning a repeat this weekend. My daughter with special needs enjoyed the more mellow rides and was full of smiles.ย  Fright Fest is spooky good fun for kids of all ages and abilities. Booville features Halloween treats...

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Social Media All-Stars Show Their #DisneySide

What’s your #DisneySide? You know, that side that embraces fun and laughter, and comes out to play when you step inside of a Disney Park.ย  Earlier this month Disney invited Social Media All-Stars to show their #DisneySIde, and the response was overwhelming.ย  Social Media artists from YouTube, Twitter, Pinterest, Vine and Instagram used their creative style and specific medium to show the magic that happens to each one of us inside a Disney park at the World Premiere of #DisneySide. The event launched in front of Sleeping Beautyโ€™s Castle, where more Instagram selfies are taken than anywhere else in...

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Silver Star: Family-Friendly Ski Resort in British Columbia

Want Champagne powder, expansive terrain, and loads of family-friendly activities without big crowds?ย  Silver Star ski resort is all that and more. After a recent visit to Silver Star, a family-friendly ski resort in British Columbia, my family is still reliving our fantastic ski vacation.ย  On the mountain the bright sun, blue skies, incredible snow the vast terrain provided for amazing skiing and snowboarding.ย  Off the mountain loads of family-friendly activities, great restaurants and friendly people created a ski vacation that made everyone in my family happy. Itโ€™s all about the skiing Silver Star Mountain Resort sits high up...

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