Category: Travel

Canvas grocery bag hack

Canvas grocery bag hack {Heather's Handmade Life}

Yesterday’s post was all about how we packed our carry-on luggage, and today’s is about the kids’ “airplane activity bags” they also carried onboard (since each person is allowed two carry-ons). Instead of hefting around backpacks (which they would invariably load with way too…

Tips for packing carry-on luggage

Tips for packing carry-on luggage {Heather's Handmade Life}

My dad’s been a pilot since before I was born, so I grew up traveling as an “airline kid.” When I got married, I smoothly transitioned into being an “airline spouse,” since my husband is a baggage assembly lead. This means I’m very comfortable…

DIY tablet holders for the car

As much as I’d like to claim our kids are little angels on long car trips … they’re not. Even on the hour-long drive to Halifax, they whine and ask how much longer and decide they need to use the bathroom (they don’t) because…

I hate camping … but here’s why I go

My husband, son and daughter all love camping, but I’m a cranky camper — I fully admit it. Camping just sets me on edge. I dislike feeling grubby and sweaty and itchy from all of my swollen bug bites. I dislike waking up in…

"Mommy doesn’t go under water."

Mommy doesn’t go under water, I explained to the kids when they asked me to jump off the diving board. Mommy doesn’t like getting her hair wet. I hadn’t been under water for a decade at least, except for the few times I went…

Parental essentials on the road

I got so many great questions after yesterday’s post on vehicle hacks for parents that I thought I’d go into a bit more detail today about some of the items I keep in our minivan. I’m one of those over-prepared people that always has…

When messy minivans attack: vehicle hacks for parents

I cleaned my van on Saturday morning and, I’m not going to lie, it was totally magical. I have a new-found love for that hunk of metal on wheels. I was inspired by this column I wrote a couple of days earlier, which is…

Should kids be world travellers?

Our kids have barely left the province and I feel guilty about it. They’ve been to P.E.I. for a camping trip, to New Brunswick for a quick day trip and to Ontario for a week at their grandparents’ house. Other than that, our family…

Vacation, all I ever wanted?

We’re back from our first non-camping vacation with the kids, and I talked a bit about our adventures in my parenting column this week. source (Namely: the kids sharing a room/bed and keeping each other awake, getting waaaaay off our schedule, and visiting “Canada’s…

A new (better) kind of camping

Alternate title for this post: Why Camping Is Totally Way Better When You Figure Stuff Out. I wrote last week about our last (and longest-yet) family camping trip, and the … uh … frustrations that I felt during that trip. (Why no, I didn’t…

15 lessons learned on our first big family vacation

Other than our few memorable camping trips, our family had yet to go on a real, actual vacation. The kids had never even left the province!  (Despite my husband being an airline employee, they have yet to go on an airplane, either, but that’s…

More adventures in camping with toddlers

Our new tent trailer has been getting quite the workout! And luckily, we’re learning more each trip about how to successfully camp with toddlers — something that is not for the faint of heart. For our third camping trip, we hit up a spot…