• Family,  Fun,  Kids,  Travel

    Have Kids, Will Travel: Ottawa in 48 hours, easy, affordable and stress-free

    When you’re traveling as a family with four kids and meeting friends with three kids of their own, equal parts planning and flexibility are required. We just returned from a whirlwind 48-hour visit to Ottawa. Beyond our accommodations we had a loose itinerary which pretty much got blown to smithereens within an hour of arriving. The trick to enjoying a stress-free mini vacation is not only to plan but to be able to roll with the punches. Here are some tips: Tip #1: Scope out proper accommodations and shop for deals First, let me just say that, if you are traveling with several children, booking a two-bedroom suite is the…

  • Family,  Fun,  Kids,  Travel

    Niagara Falls: The kids crash the party!

    Have kids?  WILL travel!  With four young children and no immediate family within a two-province radius, there are not many options for us in the way of long-term child care; both in terms of feasibility and cost.  So, wherever we go, the kids come with.  Which sounds totally cool and exciting, except for the fact that WE don’t GO anywhere.  Really. So when my husband and I toyed with the idea of going away for a few days to celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary, there was no doubt the kids would be joining us on the romantic get-away.  Just the six of us.  *sigh*  Destination:  Niagara Falls.  Back where it…