A morning in Memphis, Tennessee with the Peabody Ducks

We’re staying about an hour outside of Memphis, so we decided to drive downtown and check out the town before naptime. Our first stop was the Peabody Hotel to check out the march of the Peabody Ducks. Check out the beyond adorable event! There is a longstanding tradition, since the early 1900s of this daily fanfare. The Duck Master shares the history before boarding the … Continue reading A morning in Memphis, Tennessee with the Peabody Ducks

Home for the Holidays: DIY Polaroid Memories Map

We spend a lot of time traveling across this beautiful country, but we always try to head home for the holiday season.  This year, we found the perfect way to capture and display our memorable moments. Since the moment we unwrapped our Polaroid POP Instant Digital Camera, we’ve been snapping and printing our favorite family travel moments.  I can easily connect my smartphone to the … Continue reading Home for the Holidays: DIY Polaroid Memories Map

My TOTEM Story: My Journey to Travel

I’m a mom to three under the age of three, wife to the best man I’ve ever known, and travel writer dedicated to families with young children. If we can travel with three little ones, we know you can too, and I’m here to help. After 10 years of creating digital engagement strategies for corporations, politicians and non-profits, I decided to apply my passion to the people and places I love the most.

What three books or people have made the biggest impact in your life? Why?

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks – I graduated from Johns Hopkins University, and I’ve always had an obsession with all things Hopkins. This book is about medical research at Johns Hopkins, but most importantly, it is about an amazing woman and her family. They lived through racism, national division, suffering and a strange kind of triumph for mankind. It is intense, but it reminds me that we leave a legacy in one way or another, and I want to leave the right kind of legacy for my kids.

Eat. Pray. Love – I found this book during a really tough time in my life. We were going through our second year of infertility treatment, and I needed something uplifting. The main character packs her entire life away in a 10×10 storage unit, and heads out on a yearlong trip to Italy, India and Bali. Her journey teaches her to love herself again and to open her heart to loving others. It helped me the do the same things.

The Bible – it is the blueprint for my life and an unending source of strength and encouragement.

How has a struggle or low point in your life turned out to be a blessing in disguise?
My husband and I decided to start a family early on in our marriage, but things didn’t go according to plan. We endured two years and seven rounds of infertility treatment, a miscarriage, emergency surgery to remove a life-threatening ectopic pregnancy, and the hardest days, weeks, months and years of our lives. In the end, we were blessed with three amazing rainbow babies (twins via IVF and a our littlest was a miracle surprise!) that fill our lives with so much silliness and so many snuggles. It has been such a blessing to help other women dealing with the same struggles. It was so difficult to open up about our experiences, but when I did, I was surprised to find out I was surrounded by women dealing with the exact same things. They needed to talk, to cry, to ask why, and to connect in a way they couldn’t connect with their own friends and family. It is an honor to support these warriors in any way I can, and such a blessing in my own life.

When you get up in the morning, what gets you most excited?

I left my corporate job to spend more time with my family, but I knew I still wanted to find a way to apply my passion and expertise to an endeavor that included them. I started Toddlin’ Across America to not only help young families get the most out of their next vacation, but to be there as my kids experienced the sights and sounds this beautiful world has to offer. Each morning, I get so excited to plan where we’re headed next, and share our adventures with our community. I love seeing their sense of wonder! Continue reading My TOTEM Story: My Journey to Travel

Why I Want to Take Them Everywhere

If you’d have asked me a few years ago if I’d be writing about our travel adventures as a family of five, I would have laughed in your face. Back then, I was focused on my ladder-climbing career and wine tasting filled weekends. Then, real life hit me in a big way. My husband and I found out we couldn’t have children without medical intervention … Continue reading Why I Want to Take Them Everywhere