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Last updated on January 27th, 2019 at 09:57 pm

I’ve been wanting to explore the Tillamook cheese factory since I was a kid. My great-grandma used to live in Salem, Oregon and we always talked about stopping there when we visited her. But, we never got around to it.

So, when I heard about the new Tillamook Creamery that opened a few months ago, I figured we needed to plan a weekend trip to the Oregon Coast with our kids!

Last updated on September 6th, 2018 at 11:45 pm

Are you feeling a bit overwhelmed with your summer travel plans? Could you use some family travel hacks? Would you like an ultimate travel packing list for families with children?

Family travel can be stressful. Whether you are flying overseas or doing a mini road trip close to home, there are a lot of things to think about. Over the years, I’ve figured out a few ways to make it easier on myself. For me, planning is key. I like to feel organized and prepared. Here are my top summer travel tips for moms:

Last updated on October 26th, 2018 at 05:54 pm

Best Travel Toys for Toddlers in 2018

As we head into summer travel season, I’ve been doing a lot of research on the newest travel toys for toddlers. Some of the items we have from our preschooler are still in good condition. However, we’re always looking for unique toddler toys to bring on our family vacations. Here are some of the top travel toys for toddlers in 2018:

Last updated on January 28th, 2019 at 08:29 pm

Seabrook WA is a community located at Pacific Beach on the Washington State Coast. Photo credit: Michael Palermiti, courtesy of Seabrook

I’ve been wanting to visit Seabrook, Washington for the past 5 years.

I first heard about it when I was working on a school auction and one of the families donated a week’s stay there.

I immediately Googled Seabrook WA and thought it looked like a charming seaside community. Then, I realized that the name Seabrook kept coming up when people talked about their summer plans.

Last updated on September 7th, 2018 at 10:20 pm

If you’re looking for things to do in Oahu with kids, the Polynesian Cultural Center should be high on your list. For the past 55 years, it’s been of the most prominent family activities on Oahu. In fact, it’s Hawaii’s number one paid attraction. More than 1 million visitors experience the Polynesian Cultural Center each year. A day at the Polynesian Cultural Center is a MUST while exploring Oahu with kids.

Last updated on September 7th, 2018 at 10:29 pm

One of the top questions I get from Marcie in Mommyland readers is about flying with kids on an airplane. Should they bring a car seat? I’ve been traveling with my kids on airplanes for the past 4 years. Some flights I’ve used a car seat. Others I’ve primarily worn a baby in my Tula baby carrier. And on other flights, I’ve simply had a child using the lap belt on the airplane. Lately, I’ve been getting a lot of questions about the CARES Safety Harness. So, Kids Fly Safe sent me 2 harnesses to review on my latest flight to Hawaii. See what I think below: Post contains affiliate links.

Last updated on September 7th, 2018 at 10:32 pm

Toa Luau: Oahu’s Newest Luau Experience

Are you heading to Oahu and looking for a family-friendly luau to attend? Have you been to others on the island and just want something a bit more authentic or different? Toa Luau at Waimea Valley is Oahu’s newest luau experience. It’s a family-run luau that started in October 2017. If you’re visiting Hawaii for the first time, Toa Lua is a must do in Oahu.

Last updated on September 7th, 2018 at 11:00 pm

Tips for Flying with a Baby

Are you starting to plan a vacation? Does the thought of flying with a baby make you nervous? I remember feeling panicked a few years ago when my husband suggested we fly to Thailand with our 6-month-old baby. Every time I imagined this scenario, I pictured my baby crying non-stop for hours and hours. I envisioned passengers saying mean things and giving us dirty looks. And when I started Googling to get tips, I found all kinds of horror stories.

Last updated on September 17th, 2018 at 08:05 pm

Alamo rent a carNational Plan for Vacation Day is January 30

Never heard of it? Neither had I until a few weeks ago, but I LOVE the concept! The goal of National Plan for Vacation Day is to encourage Americans to declare their vacation days for the rest of the year, at the start of the year. Luckily, Alamo Rent A Car has teamed up with Project: Time Off to help promote these efforts, and you can read all about it on The Scenic Route.

Last updated on November 21st, 2018 at 10:30 pm

Alamo rent a carHave you ever built a snowman made of sand? Or watched a New Year’s Eve fireworks show from the beach?

Spending the holidays in Hawaii is a one-of- a-kind experience! I’ve spent many holiday seasons in Hawaii. I love the island-style twist for Christmas in the tropics.

Here are my top picks for the most popular islands in Hawaii. Updated Nov 21, 2018!

Last updated on September 17th, 2018 at 08:42 pm

After the birth of my first son, I was a little worried that my traveling days were over for awhile. I had heard many of my friends vow never to fly with their children. Others just left their kids with grandparents. And almost all of them said they wouldn’t take their kids anywhere until “they could remember it.” But, we really wanted to family travel work for us. And so far so good! See my top 5 tips for traveling with a baby.

Last updated on September 17th, 2018 at 10:04 pm

Family Travel with Little Kids

As 2017 is coming to a close, I’ve started to look back on this year. That’s what people do this time of year, right? We spent our first full year at our new home and have established great friendships with many of our neighbors. My oldest started preschool this fall. My youngest transitioned from a newborn to a young toddler. But what stands out the most in 2017 involves our family travel.