Patty Holliday, Candid TravelingMom

Patty Holliday, Candid TravelingMom

Patty Holliday is a wife, mother of four, certified Disney travel agent and lover of candid confession. Find her in Arizona or anywhere frequent flyer miles or her trusty Honda Odyssey take her. That's 33 states and counting! With her teen, two tweens and kindergartener, her world is loud, sassy, hilarious as she balances family, work, travel, and fitness. She’s probably planning where her next racecation can take her. Spoiler: it’s probably to Disney. If you need straight talk about mom’ing, traveling with a bunch of kids, or planning Disney vacations she’s the one to call. She blogs at My No-Guilt Life.

How To Halloween At Disney

The Disney parks are a year-round destination for the TravelingMom crew. If you ask us, there’s never a bad time to go! But if you are looking for recommendations on some of the best times to visit, many of us will suggest heading to Walt Disney World or Disneyland in the fall. The crowds are lower, and so are the temps. Plus you don’t want to miss the way Disney does Halloween. It’s not-so-scary and dripping in extra magic! Don’t blink, folks; Halloween is just around the corner. If you’re like us, you might be making plans to celebrate...

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How to Run Away With a Great runDisney Costume

There are many reasons I runDisney. High on my list: costumes! While it’s not required, it sure ups the fun factor when you dress up. My philosophy is simple: since I’m probably not going to win, I might as well look cute. And it’s easier than you might think. Here are some tips to make a runDisney costume great. Over the years my costumes have evolved, and I’ve learned some simple rules to racing in costume. Here are my thoughts as you plan out your costumes for the upcoming runDisney race season. Follow the runDisney Costume Rules Be sure you stay in line with...

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The Candid Costs of runDisney Magic

Disney parks truly offer something for everyone. Every budget and every interest can find their own magic at the parks. The running community is one such group that’s embraced Disney as their own. There are eight runDisney event weekends in the US alone! What are the real costs of runDisney racecations? Welp, it won’t be pretty, but I’m ready to candidly reveal how much it can cost to run through the magic at a Disney park. Every now and then I do something crazy. Like run a marathon or a half-marathon for “fun.” This typically involves a castle and a...

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17 Things That Are Free at Disneyland Resort

Disneyland is the Happiest Place On Earth. It’s also an expensive one. A trip to Disneyland might set you back a few hundred dollars, which may leave your wallet a little less happy. What if I told you there are plenty of things that are free at the Disneyland Resort? What if I told you about 17 of those things in particular? Got your attention? Read on to find out why free and Disneyland do indeed go hand in hand. Alright, I can hear it now. What in the WORLD is she talking about, free at Disneyland? Girl, those...

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Be Careful Out There! Grand Canyon Safety Tips

Visiting the Grand Canyon should be on everyone’s bucket list. That’s a sweeping statement, but I stand by it! Pictures cannot do this location justice. I was lucky enough to visit once as a child, and always wanted to go back. That has now happened six times since we moved to Arizona. And each time, it’s been a different experience. Here are some tips for Grand Canyon safety. Grand Canyon Safety Tips One of my favorite places in the world is the Grand Canyon National Park. Picture opportunities as far as the eye can see! Rocks for days! Sunsets...

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Finding Pokemon at Disneyland

I went to Disneyland this weekend for a quick trip with a favorite traveling bestie. We witnessed something odd: parents not yelling at their kids to put their phones away.  In fact, young and old were walking around with their phones out and clustering in groups. The reason: the new Pokemon Go app. Here’s a rundown of what we saw and how your next Disneyland vacation can include hunting for Pokemons with friends and family.  Pokemon Go at Disneyland If you are on social media or have a teen/tween or are a Millenial, then I’m assuming you already know...

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Excited About Disney’s Princess Half Marathon? Read This First

The Disney Princess Half Marathon is run at Walt Disney World every February. This race weekend offers something for everyone: kids’ races, 5K, 10K a half marathon and even a challenge (10K plus half). It comes with some special issues and concerns, and I’m going to lay them all out for you as candidly as I can. Registration starts July 12 on, and you want to know the real deal before you sign up.     So You Think You’re a runDisney Princess….. Let’s chat. I’m just gonna be real. Our motto here is “We’ve been there,” and after...

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Perfecting the Road Trip Pit Stop

Road tripping is in my blood, or maybe my DNA. A lot of people look at hours in a car and groan; I look at hours in a car and think of the adventure ahead. Clearly I’m a freak of nature! Over the miles I’ve learned a few things, and the most important is coordinating the road trip pit stop plan. You didn’t know you needed to work that out in advance? Oh, my friends, YES. Perfecting the Road Trip Pit Stop As a kid, it never occurred to me to fly places because, well, that’s not what we...

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Six Tips for Road Tripping with Teens and Tweens

Road trips are a summer staple for my family. This family of six finds traveling by car the most economical way to get just about anywhere. Be it a short trip across the state or a longer one crossing multiple states, getting there is half the fun. After we get out the door, that is. Teens and tweens can help with that. I’ve learned some tips that might help you when road tripping with teens. Six Tips For Road Tripping With Teens and Tweens No matter how short the trip or how long we are gone, loading up to...

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Summer Survival: Six Arizona Day Trips with Kids

This may be hard for you to read, but it’s the truth: I hate summer. With a fiery passion. My kids are bored, I’m annoyed, it’s hot, and it just doesn’t end well! This summer I vow to do things differently: Day Tripping is on the agenda. We have a plan. There are plenty of fun things to do in Arizona. So our plan includes day trips to water parks, ballparks, and museums located in both Tucson and Phoenix. It all adds up to survival of the summertime blues! I hope. Fingers crossed. That sun, yo! It’s brutal, and it means that summer...

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