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.


8 Reasons This Lake Vacation Spot is one of the Best in the Midwest

Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin is a lake vacation destination about an hour outside Milwaukee. With history everywhere, it is steeped in culture, good food, and lake life. While known as a summer destination, Elkhart Lake is a jewel to visit year round. I recently had a chance to visit Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin as a guest of the local Convention and Visitors Bureau. Being a Wisconsin-native (transplanted to Atlanta) I jumped at the chance to go “home.” And everything about this lake vacation spot reminds you of home, even if you’ve never been here before. Where is Elkhart Lake? Elkhart Lake,...

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3 things You Need to Know About Your Post Hurricane Caribbean Vacation

Do you have plans for a post Hurricane Caribbean vacation? With Hurricane Irma barrelling through in early September and Hurricane Maria scheduled to hit the Caribbean this month too, you may be wondering about your Caribbean vacation plans for later this year, or even next year. Anyone who has booked a trip to the Caribbean in the next year needs to be asking whether they will actually be able to take that trip. Many parts of the beautiful Caribbean islands were hit extremely hard by the hurricanes. Some islands and resorts have minor damage, some were not hit at...

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9 Water Park Tips that Will Make You Actually Want to Go to One

Stop. Before you put on your swimsuit you need to read these water park tips. If you are dreading the wave pool, trying to wiggle out of water slides, and not even looking forward to riding the lazy river, you need this post. Moms who don’t get excited about spending the day in their swim suit, these water park tips are for you! It’s true! You can have fun while navigating water parks with kids! For all those moms who have begrudgingly obliged your children with a ‘splashtastic’ good time, begrudge no more! These water park tips are what...

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3 Fantastic Luxury Florida Hotels for Families

For those who want the best, there are some luxury Florida hotels for families just waiting for you. Whether you are visiting the north, central or south parts of the state, families can stay in an upscale hotel. From the Gulf Coast to the Atlantic Ocean to Walt Disney World’s backyard, luxurious accommodations along with the fun in the sun await. Check out three of my favorite luxury Florida hotels! Luxury Florida hotels for families have several things in common. These hotels all have outstanding rooms that fit everyone, exceptional activities for the whole family, and fantastic extras that make...

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5 Reasons this Palm Beach Resort is Perfect for Big Families

The Palm Beach resort, Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island Beach Resort, is one of the most family-friendly luxury resorts in Florida. It offers two-bedroom suites with full kitchens, living rooms, balconies, and lots of extras. Many luxurious resorts don’t cater to families, but in this case, “luxury” and “family friendly” are synonymous! Five Reasons to Love this Palm Beach Resort 1. Space Instead of cramming into one or two rooms and trying to find a way to make everyone fit, our family had plenty of space to stretch out in the Palm Beach Marriott. The six of us stayed in a...

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How to Make Sure Your Kids are Napping at Disney

Napping at Disney is something most parents with young kids think about, or they should. It is not typically possible to stay on the same rest schedule you have at home. However, don’t throw in the towel. There are ways to find rest on your Disney vacation. If you are worried about napping at Disney resorts with your young child, my most important advice is to stop worrying. Just stop. This doesn’t mean your three-year-old should go from 7 a.m. to 12 midnight without any problems though. Just loosen up your definition of napping and you (and your child)...

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4 Indoor Atlanta Attractions to Make Your Summer Sensational

Indoor Atlanta attractions for families are much needed. It isn’t called ‘Hotlanta’ for a reason. Having indoor options though can help to entice visitors to one of the greatest cities in the South. From downtown to Buckhead, discover fantastic places families of any size can visit! And when the weather is too cold, or more probably too hot, these indoor Atlanta attractions can provide the much needed cover. These Atlanta attractions might help you make ‘Hotlanta’ a good destination for your next family trip. When the spring pollen, summer heat, fall rains or winter cold threaten to derail your family...

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Tips for Navigating Disney World Security With as Little Stress as Possible

Disney World security is getting a little tighter. Starting Monday, April 3, 2017, visitors will have to deal with security changes. Those heading into Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom will now need to go through metal detectors and get their bags checked at the Transportation and Ticket Center. Changes in Disney World Security: What you need to know Disney World Security Changes: Transportation and Ticket Center The Transportation and Ticket Center is a major center for convergence for visitors heading for the Magic Kingdom. For those who drive, this is where they park to visit Magic Kingdom as well as...

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Family Travel Tips | 7 Best Kids Museums in the US

Looking for the best kids museums in the country? If you have children under the age of 13, you probably should be! The idea of a children’s museum has been around forever, but they are getting bigger and better and more worth your time and money. Check out some of the best in the country. Kids museums are everywhere! Kids museums are in nearly every major city (and some minor ones too). They give kids a place to run around, have fun, and (don’t tell the kids) learn too! I love finding these museums when traveling because they tend...

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22 Things You Didn’t Know About Beaches Turks and Caicos

Beaches Turks and Caicos is a Caribbean paradise. It is an ultra all-inclusive in a posh yet unpretentious setting that is the perfect vacation getaway for couples, families or groups of friends. Even if you have been researching this resort or have stayed there in the past, I bet there are many things you may still not know! I recently spent five glorious days attending the Social Media on the Sand conference at Beaches Turks and Caicos. This was my second time at this resort and I was stunned to realize that I didn’t see most of it the...

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