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Does your family get super excited when you hear your city is building a new park? A few years ago, my city got its first “inclusive playground” and I immediately went online to figure out what that meant.

Last updated on September 6th, 2018 at 10:29 pm

What’s the Seattle Ice Cream Cruise

The Seattle Ice Cream Cruise (also called the Sunday Ice Cream Cruise) is a little boat ride offered by the Seattle Ferry Service. The captain narrates this Seattle Lake Union cruise to explain a bit about the history of Seattle and the sights you’ll see. When he’s not talking, you’ll jam out to oldies music! It’s a short boat ride on a small boat perfect for exploring Seattle with kids!

Last updated on September 6th, 2018 at 10:50 pm

What is Zulily?

If you are a mom, I’m sure you’ve browsed the Zulily website. From fluffy tutus, to maternity wear, to home decor, to tons of toys, Zulily is one of the coolest shopping experiences for families. And everyday, there’s something new! It’s extra cool for our family because the Zulily headquarters is in Seattle, close to where we live!

Last updated on September 6th, 2018 at 10:53 pm

Every summer, my group of mom friends creates a Summer Play Date Bucket List. We each contribute ideas of epic adventures that we’d like to do for our weekly Friday play dates. One year, we did the Link Light Rail and it was a huge hit! This year, we decided to take the Sounder train to the International District for lunch.

Last updated on September 6th, 2018 at 11:00 pm

Day Trip From Seattle

To me, it’s hard to beat the Seattle Waterfront on a warm summer day. It’s just comes alive! And it’s the best spot to see ferries and cruise ships. The only thing cooler than being on the Seattle Waterfront is seeing it from the water on a Seattle cruise! So for my birthday this year, I decided to take my family on a Seattle Argosy Cruise to Tillicum Excursion on Blake Island.

Last updated on September 6th, 2018 at 11:16 pm

Pier 57 in Seattle with Kids

Whether you are visiting Seattle with kids on a family vacation, or you are a local Seattle family, Pier 57 is the ultimate spot for family fun in Seattle. I mean, they really thought about everything! My husband and I had our 2nd date on the Seattle waterfront and I rode The Seattle Great Wheel on my birthday a few days after it opened to the public. It’s a place that is very special to me.

Last updated on September 7th, 2018 at 12:59 am

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Packing for a Staycation

Have you ever stayed in a hotel near your home just for fun? Sometimes it’s nice to get away without having to go too far. Last month, my family decided to leave our distractions at home and spend some quality time together at a new hotel that opened 10 minutes from our house.

Seattle International Film Festival

The Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) runs May 17 to June 10 in locations around Seattle and the Eastside. While they offer educational programs and film screenings throughout the year, this festival is their main event.

This year, they are opening up their press partnerships to include bloggers. I’m ecstatic they SIFF contacted me to be an official SIFF Influencer this year! Use my promo code marcie2018 for $4 off your tickets.

Last updated on September 7th, 2018 at 03:00 am

Pacific Science Center with Toddlers

The Pacific Science Center is a great stop for tourists and locals alike when visiting Seattle Center. Not only do they house fabulous exhibits year-round suitable for kids and adults, but they also have really interesting traveling exhibits. The Pacific Science Center is a fun thing to do in Seattle with kids of all ages. It’s also the ultimate place to watch an IMAX movie.

Note: This post was originally published October 31, 2016 and updated April 23, 2018.

Last updated on September 7th, 2018 at 08:47 pm

Recently, my husband and I celebrated our 5 year wedding anniversary. We are truly amazed with how much our life has changed in these 5 years: I quit my job, we had a baby, my husband changed jobs within his company a few times, we moved, and we had another baby. In between all this, we managed to travel to Hong Kong, Thailand, Mainland China, Italy, Greece, Maui, Kauai, Disneyland, Vancouver, Victoria, Sonoma and numerous local trips.

We spent our anniversary looking back at the fun times we had at our Seattle wedding in August. We love to travel and it’s something that we wanted to incorporate into our wedding theme. I’m a big fan of vintage travel posters and memorabilia so that was a great jumping off point. Below, I have outlined how we created a travel themed wedding.