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

The Hotel Near Crayola Experience in Easton, PA that is Perfect for Families

It is tough to find a hotel room that comfortably sleeps a family of five. Add in three pack-n-plays, and it is almost impossible. When we travel, we always try to find a place to stay that has plenty of space, a hot breakfast included, and an indoor pool, if at all possible. Springhill Suites Allentown Bethlehem/Center Valley has all of this and more. Continue reading The Hotel Near Crayola Experience in Easton, PA that is Perfect for Families

Important Things to Know About Taking Your Toddler to Crayola Experience in Easton, PA

We had a good time at the colorful wonderland – Crayola Experience. This interactive color explosion in Easton, PA is four floors of crayon, marker, and interactive fun. Crayola Experience has something for everyone, but it is best for ages 4 and up. Most of the activities are geared toward older kids, and little kids need a lot of help and guidance to get the most out of the activities. Continue reading Important Things to Know About Taking Your Toddler to Crayola Experience in Easton, PA

Toddler-friendly Hike on the C&O Canal Trail in Point of Rocks, MD

It’s crazy hot here, so we try to grab some outdoor time during the cooler evening hours, if we can. Tonight, we took a nice long walk on the C&O Canal Trail in Point of Rocks, MD. This is the perfect path for little ones. It’s very walkable, stroller-friendly, and close to the bathrooms and parking lot. The entrance is kind of hidden, so be … Continue reading Toddler-friendly Hike on the C&O Canal Trail in Point of Rocks, MD

Wegmans Wonderplace in Washington, DC is an epic, interactive playroom

Have you heard of Wegmans Wonderplace?  We hadn’t until today, and it was such a fun surprise.  It is a 1700-square-foot interactive space and permanent exhibit that welcomes curious kids age 0-6.  The room is equipped with a toddler dream kitchen, blocks galore, walls with knobs, locks, switches, and an indoor farm complete with a chicken coop.  I was worried we had trekked all the … Continue reading Wegmans Wonderplace in Washington, DC is an epic, interactive playroom

A fun-filled, toddler-friendly day at Silverman’s Farm in Easton, CT

We spent the afternoon at Silverman’s Farm in Easton, CT.  The kids had a blast.  They got to see and feed buffalo, llamas, alpacas, sheep, goats, fallow deer, emus, and long-horn cattle. After we made our way around the farm, we stopped at one of the inviting picnic tables for a bite to eat.  We also climbed on the huge Thomas the Tank Engine for … Continue reading A fun-filled, toddler-friendly day at Silverman’s Farm in Easton, CT

Where to Find Roadside Dinosaurs (hint: White Post, VA)

You read that right – Dinosaur Land If your toddler(s) are anything like mine, then your life is all about dinosaurs.  My son has zero interest in the alphabet, but he knows what a brachiosaurus looks like.  I’ll admit, this roadside attraction feels like some odd truck stop turned paper mache gone wrong, but, to my two 2 year olds, it might as well be Disneyland! … Continue reading Where to Find Roadside Dinosaurs (hint: White Post, VA)

Taking Your Toddler to Tennessee: A Family Vacation Planning Guide

Some of our favorite family vacations have been to places here in the US. One area we want to see is Tennessee, and this Fall, we’re going to get our wish. The more that I research and plan our trip, the more excited I get. Today, I am sharing a toddler-friendly planning guide for exploring the Great Smoky Mountains Region with your little ones. Eat, Sleep … Continue reading Taking Your Toddler to Tennessee: A Family Vacation Planning Guide

Picnic, Park and Sand Box Fun at Douglass Community Center in Leesburg, VA

Imagine yourself in one of those amazing Adirondack chairs, sunglasses pulled down, breeze blowing through and the sound of steel drums in the distance.  Now, imagine doing all of that with your toddler…I know, I know But, you can!  That chair is reserved for you at Douglass Community Center. The kiddos and I had a great time at this beautiful park.  This adorable sand box area … Continue reading Picnic, Park and Sand Box Fun at Douglass Community Center in Leesburg, VA

Pick-Your-Own Blueberries at Eagletree Farm in Leesburg, VA

This post may contain affiliate links and we may earn compensation when you click on the links at no additional cost to you. Today, we went to Eagletree Farm & Vineyard in Leesburg, VA for their annual pick-your-own blueberries event.  It is such a beautiful property and the perfect toddler-friendly place to let your little ones run around and pick some super yummy blueberries.  There are rows … Continue reading Pick-Your-Own Blueberries at Eagletree Farm in Leesburg, VA

Oceanfront, Toddler-friendly Beach Vacation at The Carousel Resort Hotel and Condominiums in Ocean City, MD

If you are anything like me, you dream of lounging on the beach with a great book, listening to the sound of the waves crashing, and working on that perfect sun-kissed summer look.  Then, you plan that perfect beach vacation and realize you’ll be lugging 150 lbs. of crap back and forth from your hotel, trying to find toddler-friendly food and figuring out where/how everyone will sleep.  It is … Continue reading Oceanfront, Toddler-friendly Beach Vacation at The Carousel Resort Hotel and Condominiums in Ocean City, MD

That First Concert Experience at Wolf Trap Children’s Theater in Vienna, VA

I’ll admit, I was so excited to take my oldest Littles to their first concert ever.  Every summer, Wolf Trap in Vienna, VA opens their Children’s Theater-in-the-Woods to little music-lovers.  It is such a cool place.  Everyone walks down the hill, across an old wooden bridge over a babbling creek and into a shady clearing with rows of rustic benches.  The staff is so friendly, and they loved taking … Continue reading That First Concert Experience at Wolf Trap Children’s Theater in Vienna, VA