Confessions of a Traveling Book-o-holic

Today I am over at TravelingMom sharing a little truth about myself:  I am a total book snob.  But I am also making a little confession about a little piece of digital reading heaven…the e-Reader.  Do you have an e-Reader?  Do you love it or hate?  Did you have a hard time making the transition from paper books to an e-Reader?  Read about my thoughts in Confessions of a Traveling Book-o-holic at TravelingMom.com!

Audubon Nature Institute – New Orleans, Louisiana

Today, I am over at Traveling Mom singing the praises of one our favorite attractions in the New Orleans.  The Audubon Nature Institute includes an aquarium, zoo and insectarium in its attractions.  We just can’t get enough and visit them every time we are in New Orleans (which is at least once a year!).  Hop on over and see what we love about it!

What do you look for when booking a hotel?

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Choosing a hotel for a family vacation can be a daunting task.  Do you choose a suite?  Maybe you choose a room for the price, location or the amenities. 

My family and I aren’t very picky when it comes to choosing a hotel room.  Cost is usually the main factor for us and location next.  When we can afford it we will splurge for a suite so that we can put the kids to bed in their own room.  If a suite or a condo type setting isn’t in the budget, we usually book a two bed standard hotel room.  If the room is clean and the price is right, we can make anything work.  We don’t spend much time in the room anyway, right?

Even though we don’t have a long list of amenities we must have, the one amenity that I check for is a pool.  It doesn’t even have to be a big, fancy pool with water slides and cabanas.  It can be a small pool, an indoor pool, or an outdoor pool.  I just want a clean pool for my kids to jump in the water and splash that last bit of energy out after a long day of driving or exploring. 

The many Omni Hotels deliver on the pool amenity.  From Los Angeles to Washington DC to New Orleans, the Omni Hotel has lovely pools for your family to experience.  Along with the pools, Omni Hotels offer the Omni Sensational Kids’ backpack filled with goodies to keep them entertained.  We are headed to Amelia Island in a few weeks.  Our accommodations are set for the most part but we still need a hotel for one more night.  After I heard about how accommodating to families the Omni hotels were with their Omni Sensational Kids Program, we are now looking into staying at the Amelia Island Plantation Resort! 

You have a chance to visit an Omni Hotel too!  Omni Hotels is offering prizes during the Traveling Mom Twitter Party on August 1.  Join us for a fun chat about traveling with kids.  You may even win a great prize!  I can’t guarantee you will win a prize but I can pretty much guarantee that you will laugh!  Be sure to RSVP for the party!

*I am being compensated for participation in this campaign.  As always, all opinions are my own with no outside influence.

Photo courtesy of Lee Coursey via Flickr

Seven Children’s Museums in the South

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Having children does not mean that your art museum days are numbered. I take my children to art museums, history museums, science museums, and everything in between. That being said, there is something special about watching my children’s eyes light up when we enter the doors of a children’s museum. Children’s museums are specially designed with children in mind. They are invited to touch things and encourage learning and exploration through the interactive displays. If there is a children’s museum nearby while we are on our family vacation, we try to add it to our itinerary even if it is just for a few hours.

Read the rest of my post about seven children’s  museums in the South at Traveling Mom!

Taking the Stress out of Eating Out on Vacation

Eating out can be stressful enough, but eating out with your kids?  While on vacation?  This event can turn into a disaster quickly.  Head to Traveling Mom to see my latest post with tips on how to survive eating out with your kids while on vacation!

The Biloxi Shrimping Trip

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When I emailed the Biloxi CVB for some family friendly activities, the email I got back said that I absolutely had to do the Biloxi Shrimping Trip.  We were only in Biloxi, Mississippi for one day and had several activities that we had to check out so I figured there was a good chance we were going to miss this boat trip. 

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When we were about an hour away from Biloxi, I called to get the departure times and was pleased to learn that a boat would be departing about twenty minutes after we arrived.  We headed straight over there and made it just in time!

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I am so glad we did not miss the Biloxi Shrimping Trip.  This was the highlight of our roadtrip for my children and they are still talking about it!   

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Head over to Traveling Mom to read more about our Shrimping Trip and what we did!

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Traveling Without My Kids!!

Over at Traveling Mom, I am talking about traveling without my kids.  As you know, the husband and I have a trip to Hawaii planned for our ten year anniversary SANS kids!  We are nervous, excited, and feeling unprepared all at the same time.  Besides making sure our wills are in order and leaving our insurance cards and a schedule, what sorts of things do you recommend we do to prepare for our trip?  I would love a comment on my article at Traveling Mom with your advice on preparing for the trip.

I am a Traveling Mom!

Well, you guys knew that already didn’t you!?! 

Besides writing for this blog, my Pensacola with Kids blog, and my new family craft blog, I have decided to add to my writing plate to help improve myself as a blogger and hopefully a writer so that I can get those darn book notes dusted off and get back to work.  I recently joined the Traveling Mom Blogger Network where I will be blogging as Southern TravelingMom at least once a week.  When you get a chance, I would love a visit from you over at TravelingMom.  Leave me a comment at one of my first two posts:

Take Your ASTC Membership With You When You Travel

Panama City With Your Family During Spring Break

I look forward to seeing you there!