Deb Steenhagen, TravelingMom with Daughters

Deb Steenhagen, TravelingMom with Daughters

Deb is Director of Operations for TravelingMom.com and the mom of 3 teen and tween girls. She lives in the greater Grand Rapids area in West Michigan, and is a former city planner and GIS (Geographic Information Systems) Analyst who loves gadgets, maps, writing, and traveling both within and outside of Michigan. She also enjoys reading, running and knitting. You can follow her thoughts and drama-filled adventures at Mom of 3 Girls.


6 Free Activities in Sioux Falls the Whole Family will Love!

If you find yourself along the I-29 corridor in South Dakota, don’t miss a stop in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. It’s perfect for a family getaway. Our TravelingMom with Daughters explores six free things to do in Sioux Falls, the Heart of America. 6 Free Activities in Sioux Falls the Whole Family will Love! Sioux Falls is the largest city in South Dakota, located at the junction of I-29 and I-90 near the state’s borders with Minnesota and Iowa. Whether you’re looking for shopping, food, outdoor adventures or arts and culture, there’s plenty to offer here. There are many free experiences to...

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Netflix Offline Streaming – A Family Travel Game Changer

Love using electronics to help keep your kids occupied on family road trips or airplane flights? There’s a new family-friendly option to save on data costs – Netflix offline streaming. TravelingMom with Daughters shares the details of why you need a Netflix account before your next family vacation! Netflix Offline Streaming Electronic devices – as parents we both love and hate them, right? Yes, we may work to limit our kids’ screen time in general. But let’s face it, there is really no better way to keep kids quiet and busy on a long road trip or airplane. Phones, iPads, iPods,...

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Tips for Submitting Your First Passport Application

If you’re traveling outside of the United States, you will need a passport. Find out from our TravelingMom with Daughters what you need to know to make sure that your passport application process goes as quickly and smoothly as possible.   Traveling overseas? Or are you heading off on your first cruise? Or even just planning to cross the border into Canada? For any and all of the above, a US passport or passport card is now required. I recently applied for my first passport for an upcoming cruise and found the process to be much less intimidating than...

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Tips for Flying with a Head Cold

As anyone who’s flown with a congested head can tell you, it’s not fun. The changes in altitude and air pressure have the potential to not only be uncomfortable or even painful, but dangerous as well. Follow these tips to get through the flight. How to Survive Flying with a Head Cold When I came down with a head cold right before I had to get on a plane, I needed some tips for flying with a head cold. Along with doing everything that I could to try and get over the cold as quickly as possible (drinking fluids,...

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5 Helpful Tips for Finding Where to Stay in Orlando

Orlando is a very popular family vacation destination and offers many different kinds of lodging options. Where you stay can be a huge factor in how well your trip goes. So before you plan your next trip, consider these five helpful tips to narrow down the choices and help your family find where to stay in Orlando. When planning a family vacation to Orlando, there are a lot of things to consider. One of the biggest decisions that you’ll make is where to stay. Do you want to look at hotels close to the theme parks? Or on-property resorts?...

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How Girls Soccer Has Changed My Life

Soccer is one of the most popular youth sports for kids around the world. Whether they play in recreational leagues, for competitive travel teams or at the middle and high school level, there are all kinds of options for kids to learn and enjoy the sport. As the U-17 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Jordan approaches, our TravelingMom with Daughters explains what girls soccer has meant to her and her three daughters. I am a Soccer Mom And proud of it. Yes, I live in the suburbs and drive a minivan. Each soccer season, I sit camped out at the...

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Go Gold for Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Throughout the U.S. every year more and more businesses and families are ‘going gold’ to increase awareness of the lack of funding to help find cures. Cancer can strike kids of any age and some are even born with it. Unlike many adult cancers, there are few, if any, lifestyle or environmental causes for why kids get cancer. Our TravelingMom with Daughters shares how childhood cancer has changed her family’s lives – and their travels – over the past few years. During the summer of 2012, my family took the longest vacation and...

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Review: Wapato Point Resort at Lake Chelan, WA

Nestled in the Cascade Mountains in eastern Washington, Lake Chelan is a fun destination for families to get away and enjoy water sports, hiking, wine tasting and more. The Wapato Point Resort provides condominium-style lodging along with all of the amenities that you need to enjoy your time on the lake, no matter what time of year. Wapato Point Resort is located on the north side of Lake Chelan in the town of Manson. Originally part of a Native American reservation, this small peninsula has been owned by the Wapato family for over 100 years. The  116-acre resort offers...

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5 Fun and Free things to do in Watertown, SD

Watertown may not be the biggest city in South Dakota, but there’s certainly plenty for families to do. If you’re heading along I-29 on the eastern side of the state, make sure to plan a stop here. There are all kinds of fun art, culture and recreation opportunities, and many of them are free! Located in the heart of the agricultural eastern side of South Dakota along I-29, Watertown has frontage on the shores of both Lake Kampeska and Pelican Lake. Water activities are definitely very popular here, along with camping, hunting and fishing. This city of 21,000 is...

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Protect Travel Pictures with WD My Passport Ultra External Hard Drive

Travel makes memories, and travel pictures keep those memories alive. Protect those travel pictures with an external hard drive. The Western Digital My Passport Ultra external hard drive is a portable drive that’s easy to pack and take with you on your family vacations. Back up and store those priceless shots, protect travel pictures, and keep them safe, freeing up more space on your phone or camera to capture even more memories. Protect Travel Pictures So many memories are made on a family vacation. And if you’re anything like me, you drive your family crazy taking travel pictures of...

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