Courtney Elko

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Roshambo Baby and Toddler Sunglasses Review: The Unbreakable Kid Sunglasses

by Courtney Elko

The Roshambo Baby and Toddler Sunglasses are kid-sized, fashionable and UV protective. They protect from the sun’s harmful rays, while also allowing kids to look…

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Body Glove Paddle Pals Life Vest Review: The Life Vest Kids Will Actually Want to Wear

by Courtney Elko

The Body Glove Paddle Pals Swim Vest is a life vest with attached arm bands for kids weighing between 30 and 50 pounds. It allows…

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7 Ways to Help Small Businesses During the COVID-19 Pandemic

by Courtney Elko

Small businesses have been hit hard in the wake of this global pandemic. Restaurants, local shops, family-owned contractor businesses and others continue to lose money…

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Homemade Mask Patterns Kids Will Love

by Courtney Elko

The newest fashion statement and recommended way to protect yourself from the spread of COVID-19 is the medical facial mask. Seeing masks across faces while…

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10 Best Podcasts for Kids and Families 2020

by Courtney Elko

Whether you’re on a family road trip or just looking for something to enjoy together at home, podcasts (which are a series of audio episodes)…

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How to Play Games Online with Friends and Family

by Courtney Elko

Yes, you can play board games and card games with extended family and friends, even while socially distancing! Board game simulators, apps, video chat services…

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The Best Homemade Playdough Recipes

by Courtney Elko

Why buy Play-Doh when you can easily make your own at home? Some playdough recipes are easier or faster to make than others, while other…

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10 Best Puzzles for Kids and Families to Create Together

by Courtney Elko

Staying at home doesn’t have to be boring. Crafts, board games and puzzles are all excellent alternatives to screen time. When buying a puzzle, also…

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14 Best Early Release Movies for Families with Teens

by Courtney Elko

With movie theaters temporarily closing due to the COVID-19 outbreak, several new release movies will be available to stream at home for a fee. These…

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Go on Virtual Safari with These Animal Web Cams

by Courtney Elko

In times of quarantine and uncertainty caused by the Coronavirus, animals can bring calm, laughter and fun to our daily lives. Most zoos and aquariums…

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10 Most Purchased Travel Gadgets on Family Vacation Critic

by Courtney Elko

We love to provide our readers with recommendations for gear, and our readers love to shop for products that make travel with kids just a…

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9 Best Family Beaches in New Jersey

by Courtney Elko

The tradition of going “down the shore” for summer vacations goes back decades for folks who live in Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey. Families…

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7 Best Colorado Ski Resorts for Beginners

by Courtney Elko

Skiing for the first time can be intimidating. The ski gear and equipment, alone, is overwhelming, and the chair lifts and mountains can look scary.…

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8 Best Portable Wi-Fi Hotspots

by Courtney Elko

Traveling with limited internet (or without it entirely) can be difficult. Sure, you may want to unplug from work emails and social media, but you…

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The Florida Vacation You Never Thought to Take—But Should

by Courtney Elko

When most families think of a vacation in Florida, they immediately conjure up images of Cinderella’s Castle, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, and maybe…

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10 Best Eco-Friendly Hotels for Families

by Courtney Elko

Looking for sustainable lodging that’ll allow you to do some good for the planet while on vacation? Start with one of these eco-friendly hotels. From…

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10 Best Winter Hats for Kids

by Courtney Elko

The best winter hats for kids need to stay on little baby heads, be stylish enough for teens, and keep everyone warm. Whether you’re planning…

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Courtney Elko, Editor

by Courtney Elko

Courtney Elko has been a journalist for more than 15 years, working in both print and digital media. She’s had a passion for travel since…

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15 Cheap Thanksgiving Vacation Ideas for Families

by Courtney Elko

While Thanksgiving travel often means visiting relatives, it can be fun to break away from tradition. The kids will be out of school anyway, so…

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11 Best Fall Jackets for Kids 2019

by Courtney Elko

Fall weather can be unpredictable; one minute there’s a crisp breeze in the air, the next it’s snowing. So fall jackets for kids need to…

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7 Best Sunglasses Brands for Women and Moms 2020

by Courtney Elko

A good pair of sunglasses isn’t just useful for protection against those harsh UV rays—it can also change your mood. Maybe you’re having a bad…

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11 U.S. Road Trips Kids Should Experience Before They Grow Up

by Courtney Elko

 The classic family road trip should be experienced by every kid at least once in their lifetime (more if you can withstand the are-we-there-yet’s!).…

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How to Pack Less for Vacation: Creating a Capsule Wardrobe for Travel

by Courtney Elko

When you have kids, the amount of stuff you think you to need to pack for a trip can quickly add up. But less is more—especially…

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What to Pack for a Cruise Shore Excursion: 10 Essentials to Put in Your Day Bag

by Courtney Elko

There are a lot of things to consider when packing for a cruise vacation. On the ship, you’ll need bathing suit gear and dining attire…

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How to Communicate on a Cruise Ship: 5 Ways to Stay Connected

by Courtney Elko

Staying connected on a cruise ship isn’t as easy as a simple text message to say where you are, and the larger the cruise ship…

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