Cynthia J. Drake

The National Museum of Natural History is a natural history museum administered by the Smithsonian Institution, located on the National Mall.

13 Best Dinosaur Vacation Spots for Kids

by Cynthia J. Drake

Many kids experience at least a passing fancy with dinosaurs once in their lives, and it’s little wonder that these prehistoric creatures continue to captivate…

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7 Best Apps That Block Social Media

by Cynthia J. Drake

An estimated 42 percent of American children under 8 years old own their own tablet, according to Common Sense Media. Giving children access to the…

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7 Best Bathing Suit Websites for Women 2020

by Cynthia J. Drake

In an era where anything can be ordered with a press of the “buy it now” button, trying on bathing suits in store fitting rooms…

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Disney Cruise vs. Disney World

by Cynthia J. Drake

Like many families, ours has cherished memories of visiting Disney World every few years since our two boys were small enough to get in for…

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10 Best Vacations for Kids Under 10

by Cynthia J. Drake

Some of the most treasured family vacations when you have young kids include a mix of sightseeing, cultural exploration, plus plenty of downtime by the…

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9 Best Beaches in Texas for Families

by Cynthia J. Drake

Texas is known for barbecue, Tex-Mex and live music, among other things, but perhaps lesser known for its beaches. One visit and you’ll wonder why.…

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8 Best Tablets for Toddlers and Kids 2020

by Cynthia J. Drake

You’re headed out for your next family trip and you’ve covered all the bases. Passports? Clothes? Medication? Tablet? Yep, we said it: tablets are becoming…

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7 Best Vacations in Texas on a Budget

by Cynthia J. Drake

As the second largest state in the U.S., both by population and land area, Texas has plenty of terrain for you to explore on your…

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KidZania Opens First U.S. Location in Texas

by Cynthia J. Drake

KidZania, an international company that literally puts kids to work with hyper-real role-playing attractions in a city designed just for children, just opened its first…

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5 All-Inclusive Family Vacations in Texas

by Cynthia J. Drake

When it comes to true all-inclusive resorts of the all-you-can-eat-and-drink variety, there aren’t many in the U.S. But if you’re planning a visit to Texas…

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The Best Personalized Kids’ Luggage: 9 Great Options

by Cynthia J. Drake

Parents know all too well the horrors that await you in the event your child leaves behind a beloved stuffed animal or other treasured toy.…

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9 Best Airplane Toys for Babies

by Cynthia J. Drake

Babies under 18 months often don’t need much in the way of entertainment besides a food source, maybe a pacifier and some mommy or daddy…

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9 Best Vacations With Toddlers in California

by Cynthia J. Drake

California is home to some of the biggest kid-friendly attractions on family vacation wish lists, and it’s home to dozens of destinations up and down the…

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7 Best One Piece Swimsuits for Moms

by Cynthia J. Drake

Like most moms, I know that whatever photo shows up on the product model is not necessarily what is awaiting me in the dressing room…

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7 Best Two Piece Swimsuits For Moms

by Cynthia J. Drake

Two piece swimsuits are super practical for moms, since they make bathroom breaks and locker room changes so much easier. When one kid is yelling…

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9 Amazing Family Vacations That Will Take You Outside of Your Comfort Zone

by Cynthia J. Drake

Many families tend to pick the same tried-and-true vacation spots year after year. The temptation to stick with what’s familiar is strong, especially if you’re…

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6 Things You Didn’t Know You Can Rent on Vacation

by Cynthia J. Drake

With the rise of the sharing economy, most people know that renting someone’s private condo or even their car is not only possible, but easily…

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23 Best Swimsuits for Moms That'll Make You Look and Feel Good

by Cynthia J. Drake

When it comes to swimsuits, moms bring a lot of demands to the dressing room. We want a bathing suit that hides our stretch marks,…

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What to Pack for a Summer City Vacation With Kids: 12 Essentials to Bring

by Cynthia J. Drake

If you’re heading out for a city vacation this summer, you’ve probably planned a well-rounded itinerary filled with museums, parks and public transit (for suburban…

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Cruise vs. All inclusive Resort: Which One Is Right for Your Next Family Vacation?

by Cynthia J. Drake

When you’re looking for an easy vacation that requires minimal hassle, planning and decision-making, your two best options are a cruise or all-inclusive resort. Both…

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9 U.S. Motels That Are (Almost) As Fun As Resorts

by Cynthia J. Drake

 Motels, usually characterized as roadside hotel stops for budget-conscious travelers, have been occasionally subject to a less-than-positive reputation over the years. But motels make…

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What to Pack for Your Vacation Rental: 62 Essential Items to Bring (and What You Can Leave at Home)

by Cynthia J. Drake

Vacation rentals (found on sites such as VRBO, AirBnb, FlipKey, HomeAway and TripAdvisorRentals) can be a wonderful option for family vacations, as they typically allow…

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12 Ways to Look and Feel Sexy on Your Next Beach Vacation

by Cynthia J. Drake

To paraphrase an oft-quoted remark about having children, just because you’re a mom doesn’t mean you’re dead. Moms can and should embrace their sexiness, however…

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What to Pack for the Caribbean: 13 Essentials for Families

by Cynthia J. Drake

Your family is headed to the Caribbean for a much needed getaway filled with sun, sea and sand. The only thing that’s left to do:…

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4 Best Non-Disney Hotels Near Disney World

by Cynthia J. Drake

 Many families love giving their kids the full Walt Disney World experience, but let’s face it: sometimes you just need a little down time…

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