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20 Things To Do In Seattle This Summer

If you’re a regular follower of this site, you know that I’m doing a series of posts about things to do in specific cities with kids this summer. I’ve highlighted several major cities across the US. Not only are these great resources if you live in these areas, but they’re also perfect for travel.

For a variety of reasons, Seattle is a city that offers some really great options for kids. And, even better, Continue reading 20 Things To Do In Seattle This Summer

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10 Best Travel Apps

I have to admit, I tend to resist technology. I still use a paper calendar. I know, it’s archaic. Every time we have a schedule conflict in our family my husband gives me the hardest time about how nice it would be if we could “sync” our calendars.

But that being said, I’ve slowly embraced travel apps. And they make life SO much easier!

Here are my top 10 apps that you must download before your next trip:

  1. Yelp: This is an interactive app where you can both find businesses (restaurants, shopping, etc.) and read/write reviews. We use this app more than any other to find awesome places to eat when we travel. I’ve already written a post solely dedicated to this app- read here.Food
  2.  Trip Advisor: This app is the catch all of travel. You can read reviews, and book hotels and flights. You can also search for things to do and it will give you a list of the top suggestions in the area. It’s an all around great resource!!  app7
  3. Waze: Not only will this app get you from Point A to Point B, it will notify you of any road conditions, or stopped traffic. This app depends on activity from other drivers informing you of the most up to date conditions. app6
  4. Marriott: My favorite feature of this app is the ability to check in and out of your hotel with the tap of a finger. Also, it makes booking a hotel super simple! (Most hotel brands have their own app, but Marriott seems to be a little ahead of the curve!) app
  5. TripCase: This app allows you to manage all of the details of your trip in one spot and then share that with friends and family. It is a great place to store and organize all your travel reservations and confirmations.                                                                         app8
  6. Google Translate: This is a really fun and helpful app if you plan on traveling anywhere with a foreign (to you) language . It has over 30 languages and will translate any sentence.                                                    app3
  7. Pinterest: One of the best ways to get travel ideas and inspiration (other than following this website) is by searching on Pinterest. The app is easy to use and it provides you with so many ideas at your fingertips. Be sure to follow Mom With A Map on Pinterest- here.  app2
  8. Weather Underground: I have an obsession with knowing the weather when I travel. It helps me pack, and it helps me dress my kids for the day. I also depend on an excellent weather report to plan our daily activities. app5
  9. YoDish: If you travel with any food restrictions, this app will help you find safe places to eat. On YoDish you can review meals and share dining experiences with any dietary restrictions. Particularly if you travel with an allergy, this app is a lifesaver- literally!                                     App4                 
  10. Gas Buddy: When you are on a road trip, this app will save you money. It gives you all the gas prices within a certain distance.                                            app1

Honorable Mention: Starbucks, WDW Lines, Fly Delta, and Uber.

What are your favorite apps for travel?

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Buy or Bake and Take

You’ll hear it said often “breakfast is the most important meal of the day.” Who knows what kind of truth is behind that statement, but at our house it’s a fact. 3 out of the 4 of us absolutely cannot function without food in the morning. We must eat within minutes of waking up. Not only do we feel physically sick if we don’t eat right away, we’re also downright miserable to be around.

Just to summarize: this family does not mess around when it comes to breakfast!

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At home this is never a problem. We wake up. We eat.

Unfortunately, when we travel breakfast can get a little dicey. For starters- not everyone we travel with is on the same schedule. Additionally, not even all 4 of us are always on the same schedule. Not having access to a kitchen immediately after waking up definitely presents a problem. Even if we stay in a hotel with a breakfast- there’s always the dilemma of getting ready to go to the lobby to grab food (personally, I would LOVE for it to be socially acceptable to head down in PJ’s…but that’s probably never going to happen!)

So what I’ve learned to do is travel with breakfast food. It’s by no means designed to be our only nourishment for mornings- but it tides us over (an appetizer, if you will!) Here are a few of my favorite breakfast foods that I like to make ahead of time for traveling:

Homemade Granola

Banana Bread

Scones (This recipe is specifically for chocolate chip scones. I like to make fruit ones too using the same recipe, but substituting frozen fruit for the chocolate)

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Other (non-homemade) items I’ve found easy to take along on trips to have for breakfast food:

Fruit (apples, bananas, oranges)

Fig Bars

Pouch Applesauce

Now…if only Starbucks would start delivering…breakfast while traveling would NEVER be a problem again!!

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 What are your favorite foods to take along on trips?

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Friday Favorite- Yeti Tumbler

Friday Favorite

Today’s can’t-live-without, favorite travel product: my 20 oz Yeti Tumbler.

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I will fully admit, it took me a while to get past the trendiness of a Yeti. I (wrongly) assumed it was all hype. And really, I didn’t realize I needed one until I had one.

On our last road trip I took my new 20 oz Yeti Tumbler and I can say confidently, it changed my life. You see, when I travel, I need Starbucks coffee. More specifically, a “Grande No Whip White Chocolate Mocha.” I always have a dilemma, though, how fast should I drink it?

If I drink it too fast then inevitably I’ll want another. And if I ask to stop for a second coffee, I will have to listen to my husband lecture me on 1 of 2 topics- either “money doesn’t grow on trees” or “if we keep stopping, we’ll never get there.” Who wants to be stuck in a car with Debbie Downer AND no coffee? Not me.

But if I sip my Starbucks and make it last, it always ends up lukewarm. Or cold. And then I end up wasting the end of it which leads back to the “money doesn’t grow on trees” lecture. It was pretty much a lose/lose situation every time.

And then I introduced my Grande No Whip White Chocolate Mocha to my new Yeti Tumbler and exciting things happened.

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My drink stayed hot for the whole road trip! Well no, that’s not true. My drink stayed hot until it was gone. It was truly amazing.

So this week in preparation for my “Friday Favorite” travel product promotion- I decided that I needed to do a little more research on the subject. You know, just to make SURE the Yeti Tumbler was going to work for me this summer when I switch to cold drinks. I decided to see how long a Mocha Frappuccino  would stay frozen.

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 I’m not sure if it was a better test of the Yeti or my willpower, but 5 hours after I bought the drink…

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It was still TOTALLY frozen! Crazy!

20 oz Yeti Tumblers are $30 and worth every penny. The only negative is that they aren’t dishwasher safe. Womp, womp! But they are pretty easy to rinse out so I’m not complaining too much. They are BPA free, they don’t sweat and they fit in most car cup holders. If you like to travel, and you enjoy your beverages either hot or cold- the Yeti Tumbler is an investment you’ll want to make. You won’t regret it!

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