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Great Smoky Mountains National Park: A Place Worth Visiting

Great Smoky Mountains National Park: A Place Worth Visiting

Did you know that more than 11 million people visited Great Smoky Mountains National Park last year? That number of visitors makes it the most visited park in the National Park System! (Yes, ahead of the Grand Canyon!) The park stretches over 520,000 acres between two...

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Summer Reading List

Summer Reading List

Does anyone else occasionally catch Rachel Hollis' Instagram morning show? (FYI- in case you're going "who"? She's a best-selling author, and one of her books also happens to be on my summer reading list...keep going.) I tune in on Instagram or listen to her podcasts...

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My Kids Choose Adventure, Always

My Kids Choose Adventure, Always

I guess you could say I've trained them well. I wasn't sure, but this past weekend made it crystal clear. My kids choose adventure, always. A few weeks ago we realized we had the unicorn of all calendar moments...a 3-day weekend with absolutely zero plans. I cannot...

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The Best Things To Do In Vegas With Kids

The Best Things To Do In Vegas With Kids

Think Vegas is not for kids? Honestly, you might be right. However, you'd be pretty hard pressed to convince my kiddos. They just had the time of their lives. And, much to my embarrassment, they've started telling random strangers that it's their favorite place to...

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Mackinac Island: An Insiders Guide To Exploring With Kids

Mackinac Island: An Insiders Guide To Exploring With Kids

A Guest Post from Allyson If you're looking for an island getaway to a place that's escaped the changes of time- look no further than Mackinac Island. Without a doubt, this quickly became a family-favorite destination! First, it's important learn how to pronounce the...

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Kids Fly Free Program: Am I Actually Saving Money?

Kids Fly Free Program: Am I Actually Saving Money?

Who doesn’t love a good deal on travel? Our family always looks for ways to save money on travel. We take advantage of discounts and offers whenever possible. I wouldn’t exactly say we’re thrifty when it comes to travel, but I would say we are smart. Airline tickets...

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Las Vegas With Kids: All The Things You Want To Know

Las Vegas With Kids: All The Things You Want To Know

Last week we traveled to Las Vegas…with kids! I know. It’s not the most well known spring break hot spot for the elementary school crowd. But, we rocked it. I loved sharing a lot of our pictures on the Mom With A Map Facebook and Instagram accounts (FYI if you aren’t...

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Writing From The Road: Basic Invite Makes It Fun For Kids

Writing From The Road: Basic Invite Makes It Fun For Kids

Being a homeschool mama does not come naturally to me. I don't craft or create. And when I attempt anything, I often end up with a major Pinterest-fail. However, once in a blue moon inspiration strikes. Many times it's after about 4 failed attempts. I can easily tell...

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Sleep Better When You Travel

Sleep Better When You Travel

Do you wish you could sleep better when you travel? Join.The.Club. (And then read my tips... I *think* I have it figured out!) I have a confession to make. Despite all the nights we've spent away from home, I often struggle to sleep when we travel. Whether I'm on a...

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Cadillac Ranch: Whatcha Need To Know Before You Go

Cadillac Ranch: Whatcha Need To Know Before You Go

Of all the weird and wacky roadside attractions, perhaps Cadillac Ranch wins weirdest and wackiest of them all! This odd landscape consists of 10 cars partially buried in an old cow pasture. The landmark sits adjacent to Interstate 40 just west of Amarillo, Texas. It...

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20+ Things To Make For Dinner With A Pound of Ground Beef

20+ Things To Make For Dinner With A Pound of Ground Beef

First, let me put everyone's concerns at ease...no, I'm not turning into a food blogger. Not even a little. However, I am passionate about travel. Therefore I'm always looking for ways to save money in our day to day expenses in order to travel more. If this is...

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Maintaining A Healthy Lifestyle While Traveling

Maintaining A Healthy Lifestyle While Traveling

Do you struggle to maintain a healthy lifestyle when you step out of your daily routine? It's so easy to go on a vacation and get completely de-railed from any health and fitness goals you might be working on at home. If you're like me, you make excuses. And you might...

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Turning March Madness Into Homeschool Lessons

Turning March Madness Into Homeschool Lessons

Like a lot of people right now, our family is obsessed- and I mean, obsessed- with March Madness. And I'm actually going to blame travel for our super obsession this year. We started off the season traveling to New York City for the NIT Basketball Tournament. Our...

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Travel Route 66: The Iconic Main Street of America

Travel Route 66: The Iconic Main Street of America

Almost 100 years ago, Route 66 established itself as one of the most famous roads in America. And then- let's be honest- the Disney movie, Cars, completely reestablished the famous road for a whole new generation! Back in its glory days, travelers enjoyed the sights...

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Stress-Free Disney Planning Tips

Stress-Free Disney Planning Tips

Guest post from Laurence Brown, Travel Consultant specializing in Disney Vacations I remember taking a trip to Disney when I was younger. I still have the pictures of myself with Mickey, Donald, Pluto and other characters.  I also remember being able to...

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RE living Your Best Day Ever: Are You On Vacation?

RE living Your Best Day Ever: Are You On Vacation?

Have you ever considered the opportunity of RE living your best day ever? It's kind of fun to think about, and it's certainly a really interesting family conversation. Right off the bat, I'll admit that I didn't think of this question. The kids and I were listening to...

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Think Key West Isn’t For Families? Think Again!

Think Key West Isn’t For Families? Think Again!

Guest post by Damon Santelli Key West is known for its gorgeous beaches, happening restaurant and bar scene, and coral reefs. But did you know it is an excellent place for families to visit? As we all know, traveling as a family can be challenging. Oftentimes, the...

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Cruise 101: Everything You Need To Know Before Setting Sail

Cruise 101: Everything You Need To Know Before Setting Sail

Whether you're a rookie or a seasoned sailor, everyone can use a little CRUISE 101 prior to setting sail. My first piece of advice for anyone considering a cruise: enlist the help of a travel agent! Unlike a typical vacation, cruises offer a long list of amenities and...

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Two Super Bowl Cities Taking Over Sports

Two Super Bowl Cities Taking Over Sports

Before the game even begins, history is being made by the two Super Bowl cities representing the NFL this weekend. Boston and Los Angeles happen to be the same cities represented in this year's World Series between the Red Sox and Dodgers. And now the Patriots and...

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Antigua and Barbuda: Family-Friendly Spots

Antigua and Barbuda: Family-Friendly Spots

Guest post from Kal Kennard Boasting numerous amazing tourist attractions, Antigua and Barbuda is considered one of the best holiday destinations for families in the Caribbean. (Side note from Mom With A Map: In case you just stumbled over that verbiage...'Antigua and...

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Souvenir Ideas For Your Family Vacations

Souvenir Ideas For Your Family Vacations

In a culture currently obsessed with Marie Kondo and her extreme decluttering lifestyle, you might find it odd that I'm giving advice on souvenir ideas. In other words, more meaningless stuff for you to purchase and then purge. But, stay tuned! It's quite the...

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