Disneyland, Family Travel

2017 Guide to Visiting the Disneyland Resort with Young Kids (and still having a great time!) – Review

*This post contains affiliate links but the views and opinions are my own. The first thing you’ll notice about the 2017 Guide to Visiting the Disneyland Resort with Young Kids is how well it’s laid out. Perfect for the first time Disneyland visitor but also handy as a reference and checklist for those of us who may be visiting with…

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Family Travel

You’re from Calgary? Your Stampede is Starting Soon Right?

On our recent visit to the Los Angeles area, our family was often asked where we were from. Hearing our answer of Calgary, many responded with a question about our world famous Calgary Stampede. Some were curious, some had been, and some are planning to visit us this year in conjunction with Canada’s 150th birthday! After answering a number of…

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Family Travel

Visiting the Ghosts of Nevada’s Past

It’s amazing the sites you can see when you trade the security lines at your local airport for the white lines of the open road. Sure, it can be fun to fly into Vegas for the weekend or pop into Reno for the latest Sunday through Thursday special but these quick trips tend to be focused on the bright lights,…

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Family Travel, Homeschool

Rocky Mountains and Cattle Ranches

Throwback Thursday – I wrote this post last April on almost the exact same day but this year there is still a pile of snow on the ground and few signs of spring but we did our studies outdoors today nonetheless. When days become longer and temperatures rise it’s tough to keep kids inside and motivated (let’s face it, we…

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Family Travel

Amazing Wildlife, Spectacular Viewscapes and an NHL Hockey Legend

There are not many things in the world that small boys like as much as camping, discovering new places and (for northern kids at least) hockey so I was excited to learn that Grasslands National Park and the Village of Val Marie will be hosting the Grasslander Classic from July 28 – 30, 2017 to help celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday.…

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Family Travel, Homeschool

A Favorite on my Kindle for Homeschool Helps – The Big Book of Homeschool II

As a relative newcomer to homeschooling (we’ve only done it for about a year,) I appreciate having advice from other homeschooling parents at my fingertips. The Big Book of Homeschool Volume II fits the bill nicely. Because we travel a lot, I opted for the Kindle version and was not disappointed. This new volume is well laid out and easy…

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Family Travel

The Travel Whispers Blogger Challenge! – from a North American Road Tripper

As a newcomer to travel blogging, I have spent much of the past year reading other travel blogs, joining in on Twitter chats, improving (hopefully) my photography skills and traveling. When I read about the Travel Bloggers Whispers Blogger Challenge, organized by Stephanie Fox, I couldn’t resist jumping in with both feet and giving it a go. (You can find…

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Family Travel

Digging Diamonds in Arkansas

In all of our travels, the one place our middle daughter has really wanted to visit was Crater of Diamonds State Park in Arkansas. We almost made it about three years ago but her older sister wanted to visit the Oklahoma City Memorial (and she had been asking about it longer) so our drive from southern Alberta to Orlando took…

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Family Travel

Traveling Trails and Back Roads

With gas prices continuing to stay relatively low and the cost of air travel continuing to climb (think baggage fees etc. plus the hassle of airport security with children) many families are turning to road travel for their annual vacations. Beyond the typical visits to amusement parks and well-known landmarks like the Grand Canyon and Yellowstone, families can discover some…

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Family Travel

Welcome to Alberta

Returning home to Alberta after a recent road trip, we decided to stop at the Travel Alberta Milk River Visitor Information Centre for a quick break after crossing the U.S./Canada border at Sweetgrass/Coutts. This wasn’t our first visit but it was the first time we took the time to look around. ‘Rock formations’ in the parking lot EJ loves to…

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