Maria Smith, TravelingMom of Many

Maria Smith, TravelingMom of Many

Maria Smith is a wife and on-the-go stay at home mom to four children ages 9 to 3. Maria lives in Atlanta and blogs at MamaliciousMaria.com. A former Oprah Winfrey Show producer, she is now a freelance writer and editor. When not writing, Maria can be found on the tennis courts, savoring a book, or traveling the world with her family.


Top Family-Friendly Atlanta New Year’s Eve Activities

Ready for an Atlanta New Year’s Eve? For anyone who’s not quite ready for the holidays to end quite yet there are so many holiday-themed things to do before the season is over. From Bowl Games to ice skating to holiday activities around every corner, there is so much to do to celebrate New Year’s in the ‘Big Peach’. In Atlanta, New Year’s Eve is a festive occasion with lots of family-friendly activities. With typically mild temperatures and affordable prices, Atlanta is a great place to spend New Year’s Eve. And while there are plenty of adults-only parties and events, there...

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Dollywood Will Reopen Friday After Forest Fires in Tennessee Forced Closure

The forest fires in Tennessee have claimed three lives so far and destroyed more than 150 structures. High winds have whipped flames throughout the tourist havens of Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg, and the Smokey Mountain area of Tennessee. Following a mandatory evacuation in the area, Dollywood closed and won’t reopen until Friday. Dollywood Will Reopen Friday After Forest Fires in Tennessee Forced Closure Forest fires in Tennessee displaced more than 14,000 residents this week. More than 15,000 acres of the Great Smokey Mountains have been consumed. Fortunately, the Dollywood theme parks only sustained wind damage. Thus far, the park has not been affected...

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6 Family Friendly Atlanta Hotels

There are lots of family friendly Atlanta hotels! Choose from Atlanta hotels near attractions, with family friendly amenities, and are affordable. Families of all sizes can find the perfect hotel for them throughout the city. Check out TravelingMom of Many’s top 6 family friendly Atlanta hotels to check out first when visiting the jewel of the South. From great pools to delicious food to wonderful accommodations, these hotels all have unique offerings. Most of the family friendly Atlanta hotels also offer rooms much bigger than you would get in other major cities and are often affordable enough to splurge on...

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4 Free Things to do in Pensacola

Looking for free things to do in Pensacola? You’ve come to the right place. This historic port city is located in northwest Florida on the Gulf Coast. It boasts some beautiful, powdered-sugar beaches and crystal clear water. Pensacola also offers some great values on many things to do. This year-round beach destination can really give your budget a break.  Many of the area’s most popular attractions are totally free. 4 Free Things to do in Pensacola 1. Step Back into History.  Pensacola’s downtown is full of historic sites. More than 450 years of history can be found here! The Pensacola Bay...

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First Time Skiers: 13 Biggest Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

My family and I were first time skiers when we recently visited Beech Mountain Resort in Beech Mountain, North Carolina. I skied a bit as a kid, but I think after more than 20 years I qualified as a new beginner. I had this image in my head of our family of 6 swishing down the mountain, my hair flowing behind me, a rosy glow on our cheeks, and smiles never leaving our faces. That wasn’t exactly how it happened. First Time Skiers While we had an amazing time at the really great, family-friendly Beech Mountain Resort, I learned...

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10 Family Friendly Historic Hotels to Visit This Year

Staying at one of America’s historic hotels can help elevate your vacation to something quite special. And they are for families too! Historic hotels have a story all their own to tell.  They can wake up a family vacation by offering a fun educational component and letting the whole family experience something unique. Historical Hotels Tell a Story While some hotels are just “old,” all the hotels listed as Historic Hotels of America (HHA) are some of the finest hotels in the country. These hotels all must be at least 50 years old, have some historical significance. In addition, these historic hotels...

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11 Things to Do With Kids in Atlanta Labor Day Weekend

Heading to Atlanta Labor Day weekend? Looking for something to do that the whole family will enjoy? Want to experience the city but not sure where to start in this sprawling metropolis? Look no further! If you are planning to be in Atlanta Labor Day weekend this is the information you need! 11 Things to Do With Kids in Atlanta Labor Day Weekend Things to Do in Atlanta: Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game Welcome college football back in a big way! Yes, it’s been a long eight months without our beloved Saturday pastime, but the wait is over! Celebrate college football’s kickoff on Saturday, September 3rd as...

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Tons of Pokémon Go Tips for Six Flags Over Georgia

Looking for Pokémon Go tips for Six Flags Over Georgia? This is the right place. The Atlanta-area attraction is literally swarming with Pokémon! Scattered throughout the park discover three training facilities (gyms) and over 15 different Pokéstop. Six Flags Over Georgia is one of the best places within a 50 mile radius to find and train all of your Snorlaxes, Jigglypuffs, and Ponytas. Not sure what those things are? Ask your nearest 10 year old. After you have gotten up to speed on this new app that has taken the country by storm, head out to Six Flags Over Georgia to exercise...

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Dollywood’s Record-Breaking Lightning Rod Coaster Opens Today

After months of waiting, Dollywood’s ‘Lightning Rod’, the world’s fastest wood roller coaster is officially open to the public on Monday, June 13th.  Dollywood guests will be able to step behind the wheel of Lightning Rod, which is not only is the world’s fastest wooden coaster, but also the world’s first launching wood coaster. The Lightning Rod ride is another incredible addition to Dollywood’s impressive list of world-class coasters. When arriving to the Lightning Rod ride at Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, TN, you can’t help but notice the first massive lift hill which sits 20 stories high above the theme park. This hill...

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9 Tips for the Best Family Friendly Washington D.C. Trip Ever

If you are heading out on a family friendly Washington D.C. trip, congratulations! You have chosen a fantastic destination full of culture, tons of fun (and free) things to do, and delicious food. My family and I recently spent part a long weekend in the Capitol City and we honestly didn’t want to leave. Washington D.C. should be on every family’s travel bucket list. It is the cradle of our democracy and it is awe-inducing to be among the monuments of some of the greatest Americans to have ever lived. One of the most important decisions made when planning your...

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