Kirsten Maxwell, Teaching TravelingMom

Kirsten Maxwell, Teaching TravelingMom

Kirsten lives in the Chicago area with her husband, three children, and their puppy, Ivy. When she is not writing about her family’s travels or chauffeuring her children all over town, she is a substitute teacher for the local school district. Kirsten loves to find teachable moments for every travel experience, because she believes travel is one of the best educations you can give a child.


Villa Daubenton: Family Friendly Hotel in Paris

When visiting Paris, it can be difficult to find accommodations that are family friendly. Many hotel rooms are limited to two people per city regulations, so families often find themselves reserving multiple rooms or apartments. Villa Daubenton by HappyCulture offers families apartment living with the amenities of a hotel. Everyone can sleep under the same roof at Villa Daubenton, a family friendly hotel in Paris, France.  Villa Daubenton: Family Friendly Hotel in Paris We recently stayed at Villa Daubenton, part of the HappyCulture chain of properties in Paris, and were very pleased with our stay. The property is located...

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5 Helpful Ways to Save Money Souvenir Shopping at Disney World

Every family knows the Magic Kingdom is full of temptations, but not everyone knows how to save money souvenir shopping at Disney World. Kids and adults alike can easily be enticed by the copious amounts of souvenirs sold on every corner. Children have been known to plead relentlessly for parents to purchase every souvenir they see. How can families control souvenir spending when they visit the Disney Parks?   How to Save Money on Souvenirs at Walt Disney World Our family is always looking for a way to save money when we go on vacation, and a visit to Disney is...

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TMOM Picks: Best Museums in the World for Families

Taking children to a museum isn’t as easy as it sounds. Some museums are too boring, some are too big, some are just right. How do you know which is right for your family? Many factors play into the decision, but a big part has to do with hands-on activities. After asking our Traveling Mom community, we’ve come up with this list of the Best Museums in the World for Families.   Best Museums in the World for Families As Teaching Traveling Mom, I am a firm believer of exposing children to as many museums as possible. Even if...

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15 Awesome Kids Movies to Take on a Road Trip

When heading out for a long road trip, it’s essential to have a plan for spending a lot of time together. Maybe you’re heading out to visit the relatives or driving to a wonderful vacation destination. If you’re traveling with kids, it’s important to have some movies on hand to get you through the ride. Here are some awesome kids movies to take on a road trip. We guarantee the time will fly by!   15 Awesome Kids Movies to Take on a Road Trip We have spent hours on the road, driving from Chicago to New York and back...

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Favorite Holiday Books to Share with Your Family

Whether you are traveling this holiday season or staying home, it’s important to share some holiday stories with your children. Head to the library, or stock your bookshelves with some of these holiday classics and spend some time reading together. We suggest these favorite holiday books to share with your family that will help create some beautiful memories. One of our favorite past times during the holiday season is reading books together as a family. As a teacher, I’ve read many of these books to students and found that even the older ones still love to hear books read...

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Why Everyone Should Experience The Ride New York City

Have you ever found an experience so delightful, you couldn’t stop thinking and talking about it? The Ride New York City is one of those rare adventures. Part city sightseeing tour, part interactive entertainment, part education, The Ride is something you have to see to believe. Have I piqued your interest? Read on to learn more about this unique experience for tourists and locals alike. The Ride NYC We visited New York in early October and made plans to enjoy The Ride In Masquerade. We had several friends who said their children “loved” The Ride. My sister and her family...

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29 Epic International Travel Tips for First Timers Abroad

Knowing not to the drink the water is just one important travel tip for your first trip overseas. Did you also know not to ask for ice in your drinks? Yep. There’s a lot to know before you go. We rounded up our favorite advice from Traveling Moms to help make your first trip abroad all about fun and discovery rather than regret and misery. 29 Epic International Travel Tips for First Timers Abroad Traveling abroad can be intimidating for the most seasoned travelers, but that first trip overseas can be especially challenging. Traveling Moms have been there! Here we...

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French Lick Springs Hotel: A Historical Gem in Indiana

For many living outside the Midwest, French Lick is probably thought of as a rural, tiny town in the middle of nowhere Indiana. And they would be right. However, the town is more charming than one might expect. The French Lick Springs Hotel has everything families need for a fabulous vacation, including world class golf, superb dining, family centric activities, and even luxury spa services. The French Lick Springs Hotel began in 1845 as a destination for those seeking relaxation and relief from the local mineral springs and today continues to offer families the perfect escape. We visited the...

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Best Places to Celebrate Fall in the Midwest

Fall is just around the corner and if you live in the Midwest (or plan on visiting), there are plenty of festivals and fun activities to entertain your family over the next few months. The changing leaves provide the backdrop for spectacular drives and hikes, so make time to get outside and explore. There’s a lot to see in these states, so we’re sharing the best places to celebrate fall in the Midwest. Best Places to Celebrate Fall in the Midwest Fall is a beautiful time to explore the Midwestern United States, with its apple orchards, pumpkin patches, and...

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5 Not to Miss Family Experiences in Indianapolis

Indianapolis may be overlooked in favor of its larger Midwestern neighbors, but those that dismiss it are making a mistake. This capital city of the Hoosier State is far from quiet and boring. In fact, it is the opposite. It offers outdoor adventures, amazing bike trails, and history lessons different than anything you may have seen before. The city may be famous for its race cars, but dig deeper and you will find there’s a lot more to Indianapolis, Indiana, than meets the eye. 5 Not to Miss Family Experiences in Indianapolis We recently took a quick road trip from Chicago...

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