You would think that by this point in my parenting journey I’d have my act together. I’m four kids deep and somehow I still manage to regularly find myself completely unprepared for situations that arise when I leave the house […]

Diaper bag dilemmas: “Oh crap!” moments


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It’s 5 o’clock somewhere and I don’t mean in a Margaritaville sort of way. It’s that time of day when hell unleashes it’s fury in homes of toddlers and small children everywhere. It’s that moment when everyone comes unhinged and […]

The witching hour with kids: It ain’t no Margaritaville!


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“Zac only peed his pants once today”, I enthusiastically shared with my friend who was pregnant with her first. Before she could even respond, her mixed expression of disgust and confusion said it all. “That’s good news?”, was her polite reply. […]

Ten statements only military spouses see as “optimistic”



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As Summer rapidly approaches, many people are dreaming of vacation, summer camp, or just relaxing at the pool. Whatever your summer plans may involve, we’re here to help make them that much more memorable for you and your children; and, […]

15 Favorite Playgrounds of 2015


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Written by Amy Rowland The couple attempts to discreetly work their way to the back of the plane without drawing too much attention to themselves. After anxiously waiting in the galley for a minute, they slip into the cramped restroom […]

The new “Mile High” Club


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Written by Amy Rowland For many new parents the thought of traveling and camping with babies and toddlers conjures up nightmarish images of blowout poopy diapers in the most inconvenient places and colossal meltdowns (sometimes from both the child and […]

Tent Camping with Babies and Toddlers



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The Coolest Playground Equipment You’ll Ever See! Throughout my quest to find extraordinary playgrounds throughout the U.S., I’ve been impressed over and over again by the creativity that has gone into designing playgrounds and the play elements. I’ve had the […]

The Coolest Playground Equipment You’ll Ever See!


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Update: Now it’s even easier to find and share playgrounds (and airport play areas) wherever you go with our new, FREE Playground Finder iPhone App. Download it today Also, visit our main website, Play Across America to discover and share great playgrounds near […]

Flying with kids? Check out these airport play areas


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Update: Now it’s even easier to find and share playgrounds wherever you go with our new, FREE Playground Finder iPhone App. Download it today! Written by: Amy Rowland While living on the West Coast, my family became well acquainted with I-5 and drove […]

I-5 Playgrounds



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Update: Now it’s even easier to find and share playgrounds wherever you go with our new, FREE Playground Finder iPhone App. Download it today! Written by: Amy Rowland Ah, the joys of driving I-95 on a holiday weekend: the heavy traffic, lengthy […]

I-95 Playgrounds


For the second hike in my “Hiking with Kids in Washington” series, I wanted to share the Icicle Gorge Loop Trail near Leavenworth, Washington. Some of my favorite hikes involve walking next to raging rivers and crossing bridges over these […]

Hiking with Kids in Washington: Icicle Gorge Loop Trail


Not too long ago I put together a video expressing how we, as parents, can teach our children to live a life of play and adventure by simply letting them get outside, explore, and be kids. But, recently, I’ve started […]

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