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.


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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Family Travel on a Budget: Finding Cheap Food at Disney World

  Yes, there are ways to buy cheap food at Disney World. No matter how big one’s family is, it is imperative to save money at Disney if you ever want to experience it without breaking the budget. And the way to start saving is to reduce your food costs with these tips. The biggest thing that will help you save money at Disney World is having as much information as possible. Don’t be afraid to ask for tips from friends and family. Join a Disney planning Facebook group. Read all the blogs (and there are many) you can...

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5 Not-to-Miss Resorts with Kids Clubs

A Kids Club at a posh hotel used to be an after thought. But not so anymore. Resorts realize that family travel is big business. Answering that demand, the resorts creasted environments for kids so everyone in the family can have a fun, enjoyable, and age-appropriate vacation. TravelingMom of Many placed these 5 resorts with kids clubs on her radar in 2017. When traveling, a good Kids Club is one of my favorite amenities. A good one enables my kids to have a great vacation, as well as allowing my husband and me to have our own great time as well....

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Family Friendly Black History Month Activities in Atlanta

There may be no better place to participate in Black History Month activities than Atlanta. You can bring the family and have fun together (and everyone might actually learn something new too)! From parades to historic homes to interactive museums, Atlanta is a great city to experience any month of the year, but especially in February! Black History Month Activities in Atlanta There are a ton of educational, inspirational, and fun things for families to do in Atlanta, Georgia. No matter why you come to Atlanta, the birth place of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (and many would say the...

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Free National Parks Pass for Fourth Graders

Want to get a free National Parks Pass? Have a fourth grader in your house in 2017? You’re in luck! President Obama created the Every Kid in a Park program to invite all American fourth graders and their families to enjoy the country’s national parks…for free! The Every Kid in a Park program is a way to protect our nation’s unique outdoor spaces and help ensure that American families have the opportunity to visit and enjoy them. The 2016-2017 school year is the second year of the free National Parks pass program.  It gives fourth graders and their families free...

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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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