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.


Disneyland Stopped Selling Popular Annual Pass

Are the crowds at Disneyland just too much? Visiting families save and plan for months or even years for that magical Disneyland vacation. Will they be disappointed to discover their fantasyland destination is filled with wall-to-wall people? Disneyland has quietly made a move to try and make an impact on this runaway park attendance by removing the option to buy the popular Disneyland annual pass. Disneyland Crowds I’ve been going to Disneyland with my girls since they were toddlers. Our earliest trip being a decade ago. In that time, I’ve seen ticket prices nearly double, and park attendance felt...

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Food at Aulani: From Character Meals to Fine Dining

With ten restaurants on site, guests dining at Disney’s Aulani can get a variety of experiences on their vacation. From breakfast with Minnie to romantic meals by the ocean, there’s a place for it at Aulani. Want some famous Hawaiian shaved ice? They’ve got that too. Start planning where you’ll eat with this guide to the food at Aulani. We also have money-saving and allergy-friendly dining tips! Food at Aulani: From Character Meals to Fine Dining Disney’s Aulani is a true resort destination on the island of Oahu. With a gorgeous beachfront, daily activities, multiple pools, and of course...

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What’s Hawaiian about Aulani? Finding Hawaiian Culture at Disney’s Luxury Resort on Oahu

There’s more to Hawaii than just sunshine and sand. Hawaiian culture and history is a big point of pride for Hawaiians. Some resorts look to just give you a room on the sand, but Disney’s Aulani is different. Aulani gives its guests the opportunity to hear, feel, and learn about Hawaiian culture during their stay. Where to Find Hawaiian Culture at Aulani My family has fallen in love. It’s hard not to fall in love with Hawaii, but our hearts were certainly won over during our recent stay at Aulani, the Disney luxury resort on the island of Oahu....

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Yellow Fever Vaccine Outage – Must Read if You’re Traveling to Africa or South America

The CDC recently announced that the yellow fever vaccine has been depleted. The YF-VAX vaccine is the only approved yellow fever vaccine in the United States. As of July 2017 the YF-VAX is gone and not expected to be back in stock until mid 2018. Read on to see how this affects you and what options you have. What is Yellow Fever? Yellow Fever is a viral disease that is transmitted via infected mosquitos. Primary carriers are the Aedes or Haemagogus mosquitoes. If you’re infected, the symptoms can be mild and include fever, chills, headache, backache, and muscle aches. However, in about...

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7 Summer Outdoor Adventures Every Kid Needs to Do in Estes Park, Colorado

The resort town of Estes Park, Colorado is a great spot for active families looking for some outdoor adventures. As a gateway city into Rocky Mountain National Park, it’s an easy stepping off point for a vacation filled with hiking, wildlife, learning, and more. Don’t let your kid miss out on these amazing adventures every kid needs to do when visiting Estes Park in the summer. 7 Best Things to Do In and Around Estes Park, Colorado My girls and I recently took a road trip from Seattle to Estes Park, Colorado. The oldest was attending a youth camp,...

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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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