Travel Products I Love

The number of things you have to lug around when traveling with a tiny human is no joke. It’s part of that tiny toddler package and there is rarely ever a way to work around it. Might as well make sure those products are worth the hassle of loading + unloading + lugging around, amiright?

Here is my list of things that I would never leave home without when traveling. They have been tried + true and are worth every single penny.


(This is not a sponsored post, this is just my honest opinion)

UPPAbaby G-Luxe Umbrella Stroller

To me, this is “it” in the umbrella stroller department. We initially bought it because it is super lightweight, easy to fold/unfold with one hand, and reclines further down than several of the other strollers we looked at. After owning it for a while, some of it’s other features (kick-stand, SPF50 sunshade, and adjustable footrest) have also proven to be invaluable. This is our go-to travel stroller and it has done its fair share of mountain climbing + Roman ruin trekking and still looks


UPPAbaby G-Luxe Travel Bag for G-Series

We were initially “iffy” about buying a travel bag for our UPPAbaby G-Luxe, however are now glad we did. This bag makes it super easy to load + unload the stroller into the car and is just as easy to take on + off. The thing that really sold us on it is that if you purchase the G-Series travel bag with Travel Safe UPPAbaby will cover any damage caused by the airline. (As with most products, there are a few stipulations so you might want to read the fine print to find out all of the details that the warranty program entails).

Ergobaby Carrier

We’ve been traveling with one of these since Little S was 2 months old. Now she’s almost 2 years old and we still use it. (My kid isn’t super shrimpy either- she holds steady at an average weight + height percentile) It is easy to get on/off without any help (maybe a little flexibility required) machine washable and can be worn several different ways depending on the size of your little.


Summer Infant By Your Side Sleeper

This was so great back when I had a teeny weeny human. It folds up and is pretty compact so it easily fits in a suitcase. Unfortunately, babies tend to outgrow it after about 3-4 months it (well, at least that’s when mine outgrew hers). I never really found a good alternative once that happened. Little S is not a fan of the pack-n-play and is especially opinionated about hotel cribs. As a result she usually ends up sleeping between C and me. However, I recently came across a group of mamas that all raved about the Baby Bjorn Travel Crib. Apparently it folds up small enough to fit inside of a suitcase, boasts a thicker mattress AND is large enough for a 3 year old. I’m definitely planning on trying it once its time for baby #2.

Because sleeping like this when we’re traveling is kind of getting old:


What about you? Any travel “must haves”? I’d love to hear about them!


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The [way-easier-than-it-looks] Quiet Book

So, not gonna lie… I love crafting. Am I good at it? Ehhhh, depends what you consider “good” so let’s just stick with the I love crafting statement.

I’d seen these quiet books all over pinterest and really wanted to make one of my own for Little S. My biggest concern was time & effort because I only had a couple days until our trip and the hubs was out on a business trip, so that meant nap time + bed time was all the craft time that I had.

I found a few different versions of the quiet book; some made from felt and others that were made on laminated cardstock, I went with the felt version. Why? I knew (from my old school Sunday School felt board stories-forgot what those looked like?) that felt sticks beautifully to felt which meant I wouldn’t need as much velcro and I also knew it would be super easy to put together using either fabric glue or hot glue. Win🙂 So I drove myself and that little 18 month-old energizer bunny to my nearest Hobby Lobby and loaded up on my “quiet book” supplies.

Couple of things before I get into the nitty-gritty of the how-to: #1 some of the pages were inspired by other quiet books I saw and some I made up on my own based on my toddler and what she is interested in #2 I definitely messed up along the way so I’ll let you know how I fixed things without having to start over

I’ll break it down page by page for you & will let you know what I would change if I knew then what I knew now.

Materials: felt “paper” (some solids, some prints), fabric glue, hot glue gun, hot glue gun sticks, beads (a few varieties), buttons, velcro dots, thread, string, markers.

Cover Page:

Before you begin you’ll need to decide what size you want your book to be. This is where I made mistake #1. I had purchased the long sheets of felt “paper” and just figured that I would use I full sheet to be both my front AND back cover – easy peasy, right? So there I was cutting all my inside pages by just chopping those full pages in half and when I went to bind all my pages I realized (10 pages too late) that the thickness of the pages meant the cover would be short on one end.

What I should have done (and what you should do) is first decide what size you want the pages to be, cut them out, stack them and make sure to take that measurement into account and add it to 2 page widths to make the cover. For example, say you want a book that has 10 8-inch wide pages and when you stack up your 10 pages and their height is 3 inches- in order to figure out the amount of felt you’ll need for your cover you know you’ll need enough felt for each of the two pages (front and back cover) AND the binding height so 8+8+3=19-inches of felt to make your cover. Phew, hope that made sense. I promise the cover was the trickiest thing for me.

Another note- apparently felt fabric exists in bolts. I could have just bought a couple yards of the stuff for wayyyy cheaper than all the felt “paper” I bought. That would have also made the whole cover process so much easier.

How did I fix this? I figured out how much of a gap there would be and cut a tiny strip of felt and sewed it to the cover I had already made. I added a button to loop a closure piece through to help keep any little pieces from falling out. This made the cover long enough AND looked intentional.


How I made the…

letters: I printed out a template using the font/size I liked in Microsoft Word, then it was just trace + cut + glue

butterflies/ladybugs: these were the print on a sheet of the felt “paper” I bought- just cut them out and glue

sun/flowers/grass: freehand sketched on a sheet of paper then used it as a stencil to trace + cut + glue

Page One- Hand:


Learning Objective (this is the teacher in me) – counting numbers 1-5, comparing size of hand, colors

This was, by far, the easiest page to make. Choose a fun background page (I chose this one because I wanted be able to talk about colors), trace your hand on the felt paper, cut it out, number each digit with marker, glue it, and boom, you’ve got page 1.

If I knew then what I know now: I would skip this page. Little S didn’t care for it and skipped over it every.single.time.

Page Two/Three – Counting Beads/Name Beads:


Learning Objective – number counting & association/ name recognition & letter recognition

First, I created a number template by printing out the font size & style I wanted on Microsoft Word and from there it was just trace + cut + glue.  Then I just measured 5 lengths of string and put the corresponding number of beads on each string. I used a hot glue gun to glue down the string and once they were all glued down & cool, I cut small strips of matching felt to put on the ends. I figured this would help the kiddo from picking at the end of the string and made it look a little cleaner. Viola! Done with page two🙂

I had a slight slip-up on this page, because at this point I hadn’t realized I could use the back of the previous page as my background for this page. By the the time I realized this, I was done with page one AND had realized that the back of it was kind of ugly so I didn’t want to use it as a background. In order to fix this issue, I just used fabric glue to stick page two directly to the back of page one (instead of using the ugly back). It’s not a great fix because the tiny human tries to pull the pages apart (assuming that they should be two separate ones), but it works out okay.

I had learned my lesson by the time I got to page three so I made sure to consider the felt color before I started🙂 We’re Texas Aggies in this house (whoop!) so I knew that there had to be some maroon + white somewhere in this book. What better page than her name bead page? I used some maroon embroidery thread and strung letter beads through it and looped it up and through the center of the page. Since the embroidery thread was thinner than the string I used on the previous page I had to knot & sew (glue didn’t seem to be a very sturdy option). After that was done, I cut some different sized circles (free-hand) and glued them randomly over the page.

If I knew then what I know now: I would definitely keep these two pages in the book, but possibly separate them. Little S loved the beads, but after playing with the ones on page two, she wasn’t too interested in the ones on page three.

Page Four/Five- Apple Picking:


Learning Objective- fine motor skills

This was our favorite, favorite page and I wish I could say I came up with it myself, but it was definitely pin-spired🙂

I used the back of page three as my background for the basket and just free-hand drew + cut + glued a basket on page four. I made sure to only put glue at the edge of the basket so it would create a little pocket that we could put the apples inside of.

I started with the tree leaves for page five that way I knew how big of a trunk + branch I would need. Honestly, I just free-handed all of it, cut it out, and glued it. Time crunch, remember? No time to be a perfectionist. For the apples I made sure that I used the same side of the velcro on all of them. This step is very important! (I hot glued the hook side to the tree and the fuzzy side to the apple.)

If I knew then what I know now: This page is a keeper. For an older kiddo, I might turn this into a seasons lesson-type page and have different options to stick on the tree for spring, summer, winter, fall.

Page Six/Seven- Flower Tic+Tac+Toe/Shapes:


Learning Objective- strategy/shape recognition + matching

I found this tic-tac-toe felt flower activity in the dollar spot at Target and thought it would be a great addition to my little book. It was as easy as taking it out of the package and gluing it onto the back of page five in order to create my page six. Real, back-breaking crafting…let me tell ya😉

Page seven was about equally as difficult. I cut out some shapes on different colored felt, traced them onto the page and boom, finished.

If I knew then what I know now: I knew the concept of tic-tac-toe would be too difficult for my 18 month old, but I thought she might like taking the flowers out and placing them in the little pockets. This mama thought wrong. She did not like this page and let me (And everyone else around us) know it. I would completely choose a different activity for this page. The shape page was a hit, I only wish I had added velcro to each piece because some of the shapes didn’t stick as well as I had hoped and kept falling out of the book when it wasn’t in use.

Page Eight/Nine- Flower Scene:


Learning Objective- discussing colors, butterflies, ladybugs

I drew the sun, flowers, cloud, and grass free-hand on the felt and cut and glued it on the page. The butterflies and ladybugs were patterns on the sheets of felt “paper” that I found so I just cut them out and added them to my little flower scene.

If I knew then what I know now: The little one kept trying to pick all of the ladybugs and butterflies off of this page. I think having some pages with velcro and some without might have been a little confusing. I wish I hadn’t glued the ladybugs or butterflies to the page so Little S could have the option to move some of them around.

Page Ten/Eleven- Name/Color Matching:


Learning Objective- name recognition and letter order/ color matching

On page ten, I used Microsoft Word to find the size and font for the name. I just stuck with what I had used on the cover page for consistency purposes. I used some leftover butterflies that didn’t get used on the previous page just to make the page look pretty🙂

The color recognition page was as easy as it looks. I cut matching squares (each color had a pair), glued one of them down, and left the other one loose to allow for color matching.

If I knew then what I know now: I would have added velcro to the squares on the color matching page, some of the squares would fall out when the book was closed and getting shifted around during out trip.

Page Twelve/Thirteen- Face Features:


Learning Objective- identify facial features

I think it’s pretty apparent that my free-hand skills failed me here, but you know…I was making this for a toddler so she hasn’t learned about to judge yet🙂 I started by cutting out the general face shape and then cutting out the different facial features and hair. I glued velcro to the back of each piece and glued its pair in the correct spot on the blank face shape. I also placed velcro on page thirteen to “store” the pieces while they weren’t on the actual face.

If I knew then what I know now: I don’t think I would have changed anything… well, except trying to make the face look a little prettier.

Page Fourteen/Fifteen- Monkeys on the Bed/Buttons:


Learning Objective- nursery rhyme/ looping buttons

My little girl LOVES the “monkeys on the bed” nursery rhyme so I knew I wanted to have a page dedicated to it. Since I was free-hand drawing (and I am NO artist) the bed was a little tricky, but after a few tracings I was able to get it drawn + cut + glued. The monkeys were easy because I found a sheet of felt “paper” that had sock monkeys on it so I just cut out a few of them. I did not glue the monkeys down so that we could make them “jump” on the bed.

Page fifteen is the back cover of the book so I knew I could sew some buttons on it and not have to worry about what was on the next page. Once the buttons were stitched on I cut shapes out of the left over felt and cut a slit down the middle of each shape to be looped over the buttons. I chose to not have all corresponding colors because I wanted it to be more of a fine motor skill practice than a color matching activity.

If I knew then what I know now: I would add velcro to the monkeys. Again, the whole “they kept falling out when we weren’t using them” thing. The button page was a little advanced for her, but I know that it won’t be too long before this is a fun page for her.

To bind the book I just stacked all of the completed pages together, lined up the cover where I would want it and hot glued the “binding” like crazy. I’m not exaggerating. I put glue directly on the binding section of the cover as well as the seam of the pages that would be touching the binding. I made sure to hold it in place for a while and not try to mess with the pages until the glue had cooled and dried. I went through and spot-hot-glued any loose little sections so that the pages would be fully toddler proof.

Overall, this took a couple nap times and was definitely worth the effort!


No-Fun Scenario Survival Guide

The No-Fun Scenario Survival Guide

If there is one thing that you can count on when traveling with a tiny human it’s that life will occasionally definitely get interesting. Our recent trip was full of it’s fair share of “no fun” moments and for that reason, I decided to bring you my personal No-Fun Scenario Survival Guide.

1. The blow-out diaper that happens while the fasten seatbelt sign is on

I couldn’t make this up if I tried. This most definitely happened, oh you know, 2 hours into our trip. You’re sitting there thinking about how long it’s been since your little love monster had a dirty diaper. Suddenly you hear the ding and a flight attendant announcing that for some reason or another the captain has turned on the fasten seatbelt and has requested that everyone stay in their seat. And because #momlife that’s precisely the moment you realize your toddler has a leaky diaper. This is especially fun with a lap baby. What’s a mama to do? Well, this mama grabbed a couple magazines, put them on her lap and then sat the kiddo back down. This at least protected my clothes so only one of us would need an outfit change once that dang seatbelt sign was turned off.


2. The 7 hour layover

This should be preventable, but somehow we got caught in a 7 hour layover during both the flight to Europe AND the flight home. Again, couldn’t make this stuff up if I tried. We’re just lucky I guess😛 My advice to you is this: pay the money and get yourself into one of the lounges. For this length of layover it is worth.every.penny. It’s not cheap, but you get food, drinks, wifi, and some of them even have play areas for the little ones. We were fortunate that Little S took a bit of a nap during each of these layovers so we got to enjoy some nice bevvies and conversation. I mean, it was like a modified date in the middle of our travel mayhem. #winning


3. The picky eater

I have a picky eater. She likes about 6 [non-squeeze pouch] things: applesauce, goldfish, bread, cheese, lunch meat, and chicken. I knew we would have issues with food while traveling abroad so I made sure we were loaded up on pouches and favorite snacks. However, I was counting on her love of cheese and bread to supplement those pouches if she turned her nose up at everything else. Welllllll guess who decided she didn’t care for bread and cheese while on the trip? Initially I was really worried that she would starve to death and then we’d be that family on the news that took their kid on a trip and let her starve, but the hubs and my mother-in-law (who has done this whole parenting thing before) kept reminding me that she would eat when she was hungry and just to keep offering her options she might like. After about a week of surviving on goldfish and applesauce the little miss decided to try some of the incredible chicken dish I had ordered and ate the whole thing on her own. After resisting the urge to buy enough of the dish to last the remainder of the trip (you think I’m kidding) it was apparent that the key to handling this situation is to not stress and just keep offering the picky one food options that they are likely to eat and they will come around in their own time.

4. The sleep time schedule

We knew this part of our trip could get a little tricky. We didn’t necessarily want to have to stop our sight-seeing in the middle of the day for naps, but also knew that our sight-seeing experience would be it’s own special form of torture less than ideal if we were struggling with an overtired toddler every day. After a lot of going back and forth on how to handle this we decided that we would structure our days to maximize “happy kid” time (aka mornings) and give ourselves some flexibility in the afternoon if she refused to nap while out and about. Since our kiddo is totally a morning person, we loaded up the mornings with activities ESPECIALLY the museum variety of activities (because girlfriend has some lungs on her when she is angry). Since Little S has a pretty serious case of  FOMO (fear of missing out) so we weren’t sure what we could count on in the whole nap-while-in-the-stroller department. Luckily, she fell asleep most days so we were able to add in some extra sight-seeing AND even some eat-while-the-kiddo-sleeps meals. The days that she wasn’t as cooperative, well, we just headed back to our hotel to let her sleep for a bit and then went back out once she was awake and happy again🙂 Moral of the story here is to give yourself some flexibility and maximize the time of day that your baby is happy.

Sidenote: I do think that our amazing umbrella stroller largely contributed to why Little S was able to fall asleep (and stay) asleep while we were out and about. More on that in another post.

I know there are several other no-fun scenarios that parents encounter when traveling, but these are the biggest ones we dealt with on our last trip. Feel free to share your situation and any tips on how to deal with it🙂


Love-Hate Relationship with Packing

I love trips. Love love love them. Hate packing.

Don’t you?

There is just something about deciding what I will need for an extended period of time + fear of forgetting something that makes me a little bit crazy. Throw packing for a tiny human into the mix and Lord Jesus, there’s a fire. Kidding. (But there is a crazy lady running around the house the night before departure checking and re-checking suitcases to make sure everything is “there.”)

So imagine my dilemma when the hubs and I decided that we would only bring 1 carry-on suitcase and 1 big suitcase for the THREE of us on our 17 day euro-trip. I mean, this didn’t even seem to be real, viable, option because my natural inclination is to pack, you know, everything.

Fortunately for the grown-ups in the house I’ve recently been on a journey in clothing minimalism (more on my wardrobe capsule journey here if you’re interested) so I wasn’t too concerned about what to pack myself. As for  C, well, he’s a guy so naturally is especially happy with fewer clothing options to choose from. So it was really Little S who was going to take up most of the suitcase room… for all the parents reading this, I’m sure that’s a total surprise.

So how did we swing it?

C & I decided to pack 9 days worth of clothes with options that could easily go from day-to-night. We were okay with having to wear things more than once if it meant a lighter load. Underclothes/socks-wise, we decided to take enough to last the entire trip because we weren’t sure what the washer/dryer situation would be like AND with that kind of thing we figured it was better to be safe than sorry. Plus, this gave us more space for everything we would need to take for Little S.

So here is the breakdown:


3 pairs of shorts,  1 pair jeans, 9 shirts, 2 t-shirts, 1 swimsuit, 2 pairs of shoes (sandals + boat shoes)

(This could actually make more than 17 outfit combinations)


2 skirts, 2 pants, 2 shorts, 8 tops, 2 dresses, 4 pairs of shoes (3 sandals + 1 heel), 2 vests,1 scarf, hat, 2 swimsuits, 2 coverups

(This could also make more than 17 outfit combinations)

Tiny Human:

Things to wear

19 outfits, 8 pjs, 3 pairs of sandals, 2 new packages of diapers, 3 new packages of wipes, 2 reusable swim diapers, 2 swimsuits, 1 rash guard, 1 hat, 2 pairs of sunglasses

Things to eat

2x 12-pack of applesauce, 2x 12-packs of goldfish, 1x 12-pack fig newtons, 3x 12-pack of Plum Mighty-Four

Things to play with

Window Clings, Tegu Travel BlocksMelissa & Doug Water Wow, 2 favorite lift-the-flap books, DIY pipe-cleaner/jar activity, Melissa & Doug Peek-a-Boo Panda, Llama, DIY Quiet Book

Other Things:

Ergo Baby Carrier, Umbrella Stroller, Carseat, Carseat Carrier, Backpack

Soooo how do you handle packing for long trips?


Road Trippin’ Solo

I’ve talked before about my disdain of trouble with “the road trip”. Forgot about that? Find out why here🙂

Unfortunately, they are sometimes unavoidable.

You want to know what makes a road trip even harder? Doing it on your own.

I’ve recently had to learn this the hard way with two solo road trips in a a 3 week period.

*insert whiny face emoticon here*

Sidenote: I love my husband all the time, but appreciate him so much more after I’ve taken a few of these trips with Little S by myself. 

So based on my experience I’ve put together some survival tips for that solo road-tripping parent:

  • Make sure everything is within reach – because nothing is harder than reaching behind you to dig through a bag. Trust me on this one…pretty sure I sprained something in my shoulder reaching for a snack on my 1st solo road trip attempt

bag of snacks + bag of toys

  • Load up with all of the favorites – favorite snacks, favorite toys, favorite music. Goal: make them happy and keep them happy
  • Try to plan your drive to happen during a “sleep time.” I can’t even begin tell you how much this helps (i.e. peace and quiet)
  • If you’re packing on your own too, remember that you can usually buy anything you’ve forgotten so don’t over stress the packing.

Although inevitably your trunk/cargo area will look similar to this:

Even if it’s just for a weekend…how can such tiny people require so much stuff?

  • Be strategic about how many liquids you consume prior to/during your travels. Because potty breaks will mean unloading everyone and dealing with the restroom situation by yourself 

It might seem like a never-ending journey at times, but you’ll get there… eventually… and if you’re lucky they’ll be wine waiting for you upon arrival.


The Carseat Dilemma

Later this summer my grandmother in-law (that’s a real thing, right?) is taking the whole family on this incredible European vacation:  5 days in Rome –> 7 day Mediterranean Cruise –> 3 days in Venice.

Kinda nervous about the long flight + ridiculous layover we have in Canada + train ride + sea sickness, but I know it will be worth it.

The tentative plan is to hire as needed in Rome and in a couple of the different cities we port at during our cruise. The rest of the time we will use public transportation to get around.

Here is the issue: Because we will be riding in cars, I have to figure out what to do about a carseat.

I mean, there is no question; we will be taking a carseat. The problem is what kind of carseat and how am I is C going to tote it around? The struggle is real. Yes, I know, #firstworldproblems.

Here is my criteria:

1.) High safety rating. Because, you know, duh.

2.) Lightweight. We might be doing a lot of car seat carrying 😝 (hotel –> taxi –> sight-seeing or cruise –> taxi –> sight-seeing).

3.) Somewhat compact. I mean, how small can a safe convertible carseat get? But we’d like to avoid bumping into as many people as possible.

4.) Has to be compatible with a carrying case, either the backpack or roller-wheel variety.

5.) Budget friendly. We will essentially only be using this carseat for travel, so I’m hesitant to pay a boatload (see what I did there?) for something that will live in the attic most of the time.

That being said, I referred to my trusty friend, The Internet, for guidance.

Here are my favorite articles that I came across while doing my research:

  • The Carseat Lady has some great recommendations on carseats in this post. It’s a very good, comprehensive list including carseats for all ages.
  • I also found this great list of suggestions on that includes carseats for all age groups, including stats, reviews, and also a list of carseat carriers for easy transport.
  • Travels with Baby has this article on recommended convertible carseats.

(I know there are some carseat varieties that are inflatable or can snap in using the existing seatbelt. These really aren’t options for us because Little S is not big enough for one and the other is recommended for airplanes only.)

So after reading all of those articles these are the carseats we had it narrowed down to:

  1. Combi Cocorro
    • 15.5 lbs
    • $199.00 on Amazon
    • Recommended on 2/3 sites listed above
  2. Cosco Scenera
    • 10.9 lbs
    • $53.47 on Amazon
    • Recommended on 2/3 sites listed above
  3. Evenflo Tribute
    • 9.1 lbs
    • $50.99 on Amazon
    • Recommended on 1/3 sites listed above
  4. Safety First Guide 65
    • 14 lbs
    • $76.49 on Amazon
    • Recommended on 1/3 sites listed above
  5. Graco ComfortSport
    • 16.2 lbs
    • $125 on Amazon
    • Recommended on 1/3 sites listed above

What did I decide?

Well, nothing has been purchased yet, (because the hubs and I like to think about things for a while and we still have some time before we leave) but **drumroll** it looks like the Cosco Scenera is a winner for this family. It is light weight, extremely budget friendly ($50-60), and has great safely ratings. We were tempted by the Evenflo Tribute as well (because 9.1 lbs!) but we like the fact that the Cosco Scenera has more recommendations on various travel blogs.

The next decision we have to make is what do we want to use to haul it around. These are the ones we are choosing from:

Brica Roll n Go Car Seat Transporter

Go Go Travelmate Products

Carseat Travel Bags with Wheels

Traveling Toddler Strap

Britax Bag

Peg Perego Travel Bag

More on that decision in a later post🙂

Any suggestions or tips before we take the plunge and buy? I’d love to know what worked for you!


30 Places to go with Kids

30 Places to Go with Kids

There is nothing like a 20 pound love monster to change your perspective on traveling. There are so many things to consider now when choosing a destination! Not sure about you, but I often wonder if I’m destined to a future of kid-centered resorts and all-inclusive family oriented destinations for the next 18+ years  (not that it would be a bad thing, but let’s be honest- there are only so many renditions of “It’s a Small World” I can tolerate and even breakfast with Cinderella loses its glitz after a few repeats). So my natural response to this dilemma was to refer to my trusty friend, the Internet, to research kid-friendly trip ideas. It was hard to find a good list of suggestions anywhere, so I’ve decided as a tribute to my 30th birthday and to save you the hair-pulling frustration time, I’ve compiled my own experience along with that of other bloggers in this handy-dandy little list of top 30 vacation ideas (that do not include Disney).

Note: This post is not sponsored in any way by any of the sites I’ve linked to and is based on my own experience, opinions, and research. Additionally, the cities listed are not in any particular order.

Domestic Locations

1. Washington D.C.

While I’ve never done this with a little, Washington D.C. popped up on nearly every search I did. I particularly like the list of ideas that the folks over at Lonely Planet had to offer.

2. Yosemite National Park, California

I loved the suggestions posted on Trekaroo and make sure you check out the related links at the bottom of the page; they have great suggestions and descriptions of kid-friendly hikes and lodging!

3. San Francisco, California

This might sound like a strange suggestion, but as someone who has visited San Fran with a 2 month old, I would say I’m a fan of this place as a destination for littles. With few exceptions, (I’m looking at you, St. George’s Distillery) the city’s local hangouts were open and welcoming to these Texans and their loud 2 month old🙂 Since we visit fairly often, we did choose to skip a lot of the touristy things, but there is a great list of ideas at Scary Mommy.

4. Telluride, Colorado (summer)

There really aren’t enough good things to say about this little, cowboy, mountain town. Technically it is two-towns in one: the town of Telluride and the town of Mountain Village, but they are connected by a free gondola that runs for most of the day/night. I’m not kidding when I say that we ride don’t just ride the gondola to get from Telluride to Mountain Village, we often ride it just for fun- some of the best sunset views you’ll get are from this spot if you time it right (can you say Alpenglow?).

We usually go for a week each summer and still haven’t gotten around to doing everything we would like to do. Between hikes, mountain biking, rafting, horseback riding and enjoying the local culture (i.e. Telluride Brewing Company and Brown Dog Pizza) there is something for every walk of life and age group. Best Kid-Friendly Travel has a great list of spring/summer activities for families.

5. Telluride, Colorado (winter/spring)

I know, not fair, why am I counting this two times? Truth be told, we LOVE Telluride so we visit A LOT. It never ceases to amaze me that for such a tiny town, there is a lot to do to keep everyone in the family entertained. Visiting this little mountain village during the winter opens up an entirely new list of options so even though you’re traveling to the same place, it truly is a completely different kind of trip. This is not a sponsored post, but I thought the list of suggestions found on was pretty comprehensive.

6. Portland, Oregon

Before getting pregnant, C and I went on an incredible 7 day foodie/beerknurd trip to the pacific northwest. While we were at the different breweries, brewpubs and microbreweries we couldn’t help but notice the surprisingly large number of hipster families around us. They were so cool and we wanted to be like them “when we grew up.” Although I wouldn’t have ever really thought of Portland as particularly family friendly, visiting this eclectic city sans-baby made me realize that we could easily re-create a version of our trip with kids one day. I would definitely want to do some of the things on the list written by Portland locals Asha Dornfest (author of and Blythe Butler (author of that is posted on alphamom.comRead More