Sign Up Now! Four Family Memberships Worth the Payout

When I first started thinking about the memberships we wanted to get after moving to the Chattanooga area, I was a bit overwhelmed. We have a limited budget, and I wanted to stretch our money as far as possible so the kids could get the most out of Chattanooga. We’re very outdoorsy people, so I knew we’d get our nature fill with local hiking and … Continue reading Sign Up Now! Four Family Memberships Worth the Payout

Our Top 9 Family Adventure Travel Bucket List Destinations

According to a recent report by the Adventure Travel Trade Association (ATTA), adventure travel is expected to recover about three to four years faster than mass travel – and grow more rapidly. In fact, tourism ministers and secretaries around the world have identified adventure and nature travel as leading segments in the travel industry’s restart. Another major trend to keep an eye on post-pandemic is … Continue reading Our Top 9 Family Adventure Travel Bucket List Destinations

Top 8 Things to Know About Visiting Jurassic Quest with a Toddler

If your little ones are anything like mine, they love dinosaurs.  Not like normal love, we’re talking complete obsession, total devotion, and unfailing dedication.  This love means we must visit every single dinosaur attraction that comes within 500 miles of our home.  Of course, we had to visit Jurassic Quest, and I am so glad we did.  It was toddler heaven and the stuff dreams … Continue reading Top 8 Things to Know About Visiting Jurassic Quest with a Toddler

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

Road Trips with Toddlers: Top 5 Ways to Keep Your Family Entertained

I have spent hours searching Pinterest for the perfect “Road Trip with Toddlers” pins.  I mean, we road trip a lot, so I’m always looking for the secret to making our hours in the car easier.  Most of the ideas are really nice, in theory, but for some reason, many of them just don’t work.  Either my kids lose interest in a matter of minutes, … Continue reading Road Trips with Toddlers: Top 5 Ways to Keep Your Family Entertained

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