Red velvet cupcakes decorated for Independence Day (c) Shannon Hurst Lane for TravelingMamas.com

July 4th is the day we Americans celebrate the birth of our nation. It’s a day of fireworks, family grilling, and a celebration of freedom. We’ve taken a holiday here at TravelingMamas.com and hope that you enjoy this celebration of a nation. Here’s a patriotic tune from Disney Parks – The Voices of Liberty at [...]

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image (c) San Diego Zoo

Little ones sometimes ask to visit the zoo right before bedtime. Depending on the child, you may have to convince them that even the animals have a bedtime. Take a trip to the San Diego Zoo without even leaving your home. The 100-acre Zoo has a new website for kids ages 3 to 11 filled [...]

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TravelingMamas.com founder Shannon Hurst Lane and son enjoying Fourth of July Celebration in Washington, DC

When my children were younger, we would drive down to the levee in Baton Rouge and claim a space for the Fourth of July fireworks that would explode over the Mississippi River. The Baton Rouge Community Band would play patriotic tunes and blankets with families would dot the grass near the USS Kidd. These days [...]

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Taking kids on a flight can be a lot of fun for the family, or a lot of stress for the family. Put the ball in your court by following a few of these tips to ensure flying will be a lot of fun for everyone. This past weekend on our flights to Branson, MO, [...]

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An important item most people take with them on their travels is a digital camera. The camera sizes range from pocket sized cameras to the larger DSLR cameras. I have a wide variety of digital cameras, with use depending on the length of the trip and my needs onsite when working on stories. Here are [...]

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A big question I’ve been getting after experiencing the inaugural cruise on the Carnival Magic is, “How can I win a cruise on the Carnival Magic?” Well, if you missed out on the Ellen DeGeneres giveaway a few months ago, then head on over to Carnival’s Facebook page where there will be a ton of [...]

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Fireworks at The Eye On Malaysia

How many years in a row have you tried to capture great fireworks pictures at the 4th of July show, only to come away with dark, blurry, or grainy shots? Here are some tips from photographer Michael Freeman, author of more than 20 photographic books including The Photographer’s Eye. Michael was recently featured in this [...]

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Are those summer airfares getting to you?  For a family of four or five, the price of tickets plus bag fees plus who-the-heck-knows-what-else the airlines come up with can bust your family vacation budget before you even get to your destination.  That’s why my family decided to take a family road trip this year – [...]

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A few of us from TravelingMamas.com and a few mom bloggers have traveled to Branson, Missouri with our families to explore this family-friendly destination. You can follow along as we tweet our way around this fun city and share our adventures through Twitter. Be sure to follow @ExploreBranson, the official twitter account of Branson and [...]

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Nottoway Plantation Louisiana

A part of travel that everyone experiences is food. We have to eat at some point while on the road. For me, culinary moments are part of what makes a trip worth talking about. I’m from Louisiana where we don’t eat to live, we live to eat. It only makes sense that there would be [...]

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