Kimberly Tate, Active TravelingMom

Kimberly Tate, Active TravelingMom

Kimberly Tate resides in the Emerald City of Seattle, Washington by way of the yellow brick road from Kansas. She’s the owner and writer at Stuffed Suitcase, a travel and family lifestyle site. Her knowledge of family travel has come via her own experiences exploring the globe with her two daughters and husband. During free time she enjoys running, reading, and spending time online. She also enjoys sipping coffee and wine, but never at the same time.


Family Coastal Getaway to Cannery Row in Monterey, California

A California coastal vacation is great for families looking for beaches, outdoor adventures, and great food. When traveling along the coast of California, Monterey is a popular destination to visit since it’s home to the famous Monterey Bay Aquarium. Cannery Row is where the aquarium is located, as well as being a destination with other fun adventures for families. Let’s look at what there is to do on a short trip to Cannery Row in Monterey, California. Family Coastal Getaway to Cannery Row in Monterey, California Have you ever heard of Cannery Row? Perhaps you read the famous John...

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11 Unique Ways to Collect Character Autographs

One of the many things that young kids love about visiting Disney Parks is meeting all the characters. Collecting character autographs can make a great memory keeper and souvenir for kids. We all know the traditional way of collecting autographs is to use an autograph book, but what about other unique ways you can collect character autographs? 11 Unique Ways to Collect Character Autographs If you’re ready to amp up your Disney vacation and come home with a great memory souvenir, check out these unique ideas for collecting character autographs! Hats There are a variety of ways you can...

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Which Hawaiian Island is Best for a Family Vacation?

While Hawaii is only a single state, its eight different islands make it a destination that invites repeated trips. From volcanoes to beaches, and high-rises to bungalows, variety is the spice of life in Hawaii. When you’re bringing kids along to the Aloha State, you should pick the best island in Hawaii for your family. Let’s look at which Hawaiian island is best for a family vacation, and why. Otherwise known as paradise, Hawaii is a dream destination for many couples. But once the kids come along, does that mean Hawaii is no longer in the cards? Absolutely not!...

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Best Hotels for Families in Kauai, Hawaii – Hilton Garden Inn Kauai Wailua Bay

When planning a visit to Hawaii, you’re faced with the decision on what island you should visit. If you’re looking for outdoor adventure, great beaches, and a laid back atmosphere, the island of Kauai is a great destination. And with its beachfront access and central location, the Hilton Garden Inn Kauai Wailua Bay is one of the best family hotels for a visit to the Garden Isle. Family-Friendly Hotel in Kauai, Hawaii The Hilton Garden Inn Kauai Wailua Bay is the only Hilton property on Kauai, and opened in 2016. The property was extensively renovated from a previous non-branded motel, but it...

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7 Awesome Things To Do for Preschoolers at Disneyland

  Every age is a great age to experience Disneyland, but for preschoolers at Disneyland, there are some extra special attractions perfect for that age. And hey, most of them are great for the parents along for the ride, too. So grab your preschooler and get ready to start creating magical memories in the happiest place on earth! Our family has visited Disneyland regularly for many years now, and it’s what we consider our home theme park. We started going when my oldest was just four, and my youngest was not quite two. I love the Disney memories we started...

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Family-Friendly Things to Do in Tempe and Chandler, Arizona

Just outside the city limits of Phoenix are Tempe and Chandler, Arizona. These two cities are affectionately known as Sunny Arizona. From fish and LEGOS to meteorites and cowboys, there are some fabulous family-friendly things to do in Tempe and Chandler. There are even some great pools on offer, perfect for kids and parents alike! Family-Friendly Things to Do in Tempe and Chandler Arizona For most of us living in the US, it’s full-on winter season. Cold, cold weather, snow, maybe even ice. If you’re like me, you’re dreaming of a warm weather getaway. Sunny Arizona is ready and waiting! Plan...

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Nickelodeon Hotel Review – New Resort in Punta Cana Dominican Republic

There’s a new all-inclusive resort in the Caribbean that is a perfect getaway for families. The new Nickelodeon Hotel & Resort in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic has a lot of features that make it great for traveling families. From gorgeous rooms to amazing activities, it’s a destination resort that will entertain the entire family.     Nickelodeon Hotel Review – New Resort in Punta Cana Dominican Republic A recent trip led me to checking out the new all-inclusive Nickelodeon Hotel. My 10-year-old daughter and I were flying solo for a mother-daughter vacation. We spent 5 days exploring the resort in Punta...

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Look and Fall in Love with the Lowcountry of South Carolina

Moss covered trees and alligators, shrimp ‘n grits and dolphins – all iconic images found in the Lowcountry of South Carolina. Do you know where to stay to see the classic southern architecture? Or what to do to get a glimpse of local wildlife? These southern snapshots will help you in planning your own trip down south to the Lowcountry. Look and Fall in Love with the Lowcountry of South Carolina How many of you have seen the movie, The Notebook? I recall watching the film and dreaming about seeing the Lowcountry in real life. A recent trip to South...

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Marriott Partners with TED Talks to Inspire New Perspectives for Guests

Today marks the launch of a new partnership between Marriott Hotels and TED talks. Both of these brands have strong interests in innovation and inspiration, but what does this partnership mean for guests? Marriott and TED talks Partnership for Guests Marriott hotels are a well-branded chain that speaks to the business traveler, and one of their brand focuses is to expand the mind of their traveling guests. Today they’re embarking on a partnership with TED to help inspire their guests to find new perspectives during their travels. This is a multi-year, exclusive partnership that is driven behind the concept...

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10 Big Sky Adventures To Discover in Beautiful Montana

Known as Big Sky Country, Montana is one undervalued state that will knock your socks off. From horses to ghosts, from forests to rivers, there are plenty of outdoor adventures waiting for you. So grab your boots and trusty steed, and get ready to let the great state of Montana amaze and delight your traveling family. 10 Awesome Family Adventures in Montana Recently our family took a one week vacation to southwest Montana, and what we discovered blew our minds. We live in the Pacific Northwest, so we know natural beauty, but the adventures and breathtaking scenery we found...

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