Looking Back on Amazing Trips with the Kids PLUS a HUGE Travel Giveaway!


Every year, halfway through December, I get to a point where I get all nostalgic and reflect on the past year. I think about the things that I’ve been able to accomplish with my blog, the milestones and memories that my wife and I have been able to create with the kids and what I


Everything is Big When You’re 5, Including Texas.


A big Texas thanks (from Virginia) to everyone that read my last post about Charlie and I taking an adventure to the great city of San Antonio on behalf of our friends at H2 Suites by Hilton. I finally had a chance to sit down and take a look at the video that I shot


Charlie and I Hit the Lone Star State.


School has fired up here in Coastal Virginia and between drop-offs, pick-ups, tennis and soccer practice, well visits at the doctor and continuing to unpack after our move further South, life is hitting as a category 5 with sustained winds in excess of 125 mph. So it makes perfect sense to sit down for a


Chicago is our Kind of Town.


About two weeks ago, I posted a blog about a surprise trip that Ava and I took together to Chicago with the help of our friends at Homewood Suites by Hilton. It’s part of a #TravelMANager #DadTime campaign to showcase some great fathers (and a few friends) spending some one-on-one time with their kids. After


A Trip to the Windy City that we’ll never forget.


A few weeks ago, I got news that as part of the Homewood Suites by Hilton #TravelMANager and #DadTime campaign, they wanted me to take my daughter on a surprise trip to a city of my choice. This isn’t a normal everyday occurrence and the last time Ava and I went away for a daddy-daughter


Choose Your Own Adventure: Now with Kids!


When I was growing up outside of Philadelphia in the 1980’s, May and June meant one thing – school was almost over and summer was about to begin. It was time for fishing at my Uncle John’s pond, riding bikes or sitting upstairs in my room, with my fan oscillating while reading one of my


Bristol, Tennessee is About to Remind You Why They’re on the Map.

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A few weeks ago, I got a call from the folks at Pilot Flying J. If it weren’t for the fact that I’m constantly driving up and down the eastern seaboard visiting family as far north as Pennsylvania and as far south as Atlanta, I might not be completely familiar with the largest operator of


A Weekend in the Sonoran Desert with Corning Gorilla Glass.

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Up until earlier this month, I’m pretty sure that I’d only ever been through Arizona once, which was during our cross-country drive (with a 2-year old, 8-week old and dog), so it was tough to actually stop for a minute and take in it’s full beauty. So in February, when Corning Incorporated reached out to


A Trip to Greater Williamsburg, Virginia.

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Based on our previous patterns, you probably know that we go all out for 1st Birthdays… but for 2nd, we have gone back and forth between throwing a neighborhood party and taking a family vacation. Mason’s 2nd birthday was in January and my wife and I wanted to try and find something fun to do


What I’ve Learned About Cruising with Kids.


In the beginning (2004), when Jen and I were dating, cruising was just ‘her’ thing. Anytime anyone had brought up the topic of cruise ships, even if she was on the other side of the room submerged in the most serious of conversations, her head would pop up on a swivel like a velociraptor to