Author: lauragibbons

RiSe Lantern Festival: A family visit to the Las Vegas festival

RiSe Lantern Festival: A family visit to the Las Vegas festival

This year, we visited the RiSe Lantern Festival in the Mojave Desert. We had no idea what to expect, but it ended up being one of the most memorable, uplifting, and powerful trips we’d ever been on. We loved it! Logistics: Tickets and lodging First things first […]

The best time to visit Austin, TX for kids and families

The best time to visit Austin, TX for kids and families

We recently took a trip to Austin, TX, one of my favorite cities! And this was our first time bringing Jimmy to Texas’s weirdest city. We had a great time, but it was so hot during our September trip! So when is the best time […]

A weekend in Austin with kids and friends

A weekend in Austin with kids and friends

I’ve been to Austin before but never with kids. With a motto like “Keep Austin Weird”, it’s always been one of my favorite cities to visit. It has a lively culture, with plenty of outdoor activities to keep me busy. And since we have friends […]

We decided to take the TV away from our toddler: here’s what happened

We decided to take the TV away from our toddler: here’s what happened

Okay, let me start this post by saying that I love watching TV and movies. In fact, if you ask what my ideal Friday night is, I’d say: sushi and a movie on my couch. So when Jimmy was born, I had no idea what to […]

LEGOLAND California: A Toddler’s Paradise

LEGOLAND California: A Toddler’s Paradise

I’ve been hearing great things about LEGOLAND California and I’m so glad we got a chance to check it out. It did not disappoint! LEGOLAND California was basically created with smaller kids in mind, making it a fantastic (and more affordable) alternative to Disneyland. Here […]

Chicago: What to do during winter in Chicago

Chicago: What to do during winter in Chicago

Sure, I’ll admit that winter in Chicago doesn’t quite stand up to all that the summer months can offer. However, Chicago is actually still pretty great in the winter… as long as you come prepared for the cold! Be sure to bundle up and put […]

Six packing hacks anyone can use

Six packing hacks anyone can use

Other than dealing with travel delays, packing might be the worst part of traveling. And I nearly always leave it to the very last minute. So, while I usually forget at least one thing, I can at least credit myself with being a fast and […]

Jackson Hole, WY: What to do during summer in Jackson Hole

Jackson Hole, WY: What to do during summer in Jackson Hole

It’s no secret that I love the mountains, so needless to say, visiting Grand Teton National Park was high up on my list of places to visit. We spent some time this summer in Jackson Hole, WY and visited Yellowstone, the Tetons, and much more. […]

Travel tips: Four souvenirs worth buying

Travel tips: Four souvenirs worth buying

Everyone loves to souvenir shop when visiting a new place, but it’s easy to buy junk that you’re never going to use (e.g., keychains, shot glasses, or other totally useless trinkets). And they always seem to pile up in a drawer full of other things […]

Yellowstone National Park: Our day trip to Yellowstone

Yellowstone National Park: Our day trip to Yellowstone

Our family loves National Parks and Yellowstone has been high on my list for quite a while. You could easily spend a full week in Yellowstone National Park and not run out of things to do. The park is massive, which also means it’s full […]