Easter Weekend Trip

How was everyone’s Easter weekend?

We crossed the border and headed to Rochester, New York for the long weekend. Even though it’s not exactly a stress-free experience travelling with two small children, we had a great time.

We headed there with the purpose of visiting The Strong National Museum of Play.

Museum of Play


I can’t say enough good things about the museum; it’s honestly the most amazing place for small children. There are so many different sections and different places for kids to play and imagine in. Neither Reid or Ramona wanted to leave when it was time.

image1 (4).JPGOf course, we couldn’t take a trip to Rochester without also visiting Dinosaur BBQ and eating way too much food.

Dinosaur BBQ.jpg


Unfortunately, after a day at the museum, the kids were pretty maxed out by the time we got to the restaurant which meant that, though the food was amazing, the company left a lot to be desired.

Truthfully, I had been feeling like my life was “all work and no play”, between work, school and my homelife, so this weekend was really rejuvenating for me. On one of my friend’s Instagram photos, she was wearing a sweatshirt that said: “When in doubt, vacation”. I agree. Does the trick every time.

Dreaming about…

Cars in Cuba

… a trip to Cuba before things change too much, even though I’ve ear-marked the next several years of vacations with my 40 before 40 list.

Have you been? Did you enjoy it? I always hear mediocre things about the food. Is that a myth? Looking for recommendations for family-friendly resorts. Please comment with any suggestions!

Cuban Beach

Image via Flickr

Header image via Flickr also

The Best Vacation You’ve Taken With Your Kids

Lately I’ve been dreaming of a vacation. The kind with white sand and sun. While we won’t be going on a vacation for a little while yet, I was wondering: What’s the best vacation you’ve taken with your kids?

Rightly or wrongly, my husband and I have changed the way we travel since having kids. The idea of a super long flight or a huge time change is no longer very appealing. Staying in nice hotels and eating out at every at meal has been replaced with VRBOs and home-made meals in our vacation rental. Nonetheless, it’s important to me that we continue to travel and explore new places with our kids. In fact, when we moved to Ontario, my husband and I made a pact that we wouldn’t just use all our vacation time to visit California or Alberta year after year, where our parents live (sorry, parents!). With that, these are my favourite vacations we’ve taken with our kid(s):

1. Maui, Hawaii

Maui is really this pretty.

Of course Maui had to be on there. Maui truly has the ability to be all things to all people. Want to sit on the beach all day? You can do that! Want to go hiking? You can do that too! We spent our mornings at the beach and our afternoons exploring. We were early to bed, early to rise and fell in love with the ease of the island. We stayed in Kihei at this VRBO but next time I’d stay somewhere more centrally located than Kihei. Kauai is on my bucket list and the next Hawaiian island I’d like to visit.

2. Big Sky, Montana

Yellowstone. You can see all the people lined up to watch the geyser.

Montana has such a diverse landscape with the quirkiest little towns. We absolutely loved our time there and dream of going back, especially since my House Hunters addiction has me watching Living Big Sky now. We were there in the summer but did lots of hiking, visited Yellowstone (which was basically like one giant traffic jam) and spent some time in two of the cutest towns: Bozeman and Missoula. I love the relaxed feel of vacations spent outdoors.

3. Sandpoint, Idaho

It was pretty. But it was cold.

Sandpoint is such a gem. It’s like a less busy Kelowna, but greener. There are beautiful lakes, beautiful mountains and the town itself has the cutest downtown. We spent our days swimming in Lake Pend Oreille and we brought our bikes and bike chariot so that we were able to bike all around town. We had such a great time and felt like we stumbled into the world’s greatest vacation spot (though, based on the number of vacation homes in the area, it’s clear we weren’t the only ones to figure out how great Sandpoint is).

So, what’s your favorite vacation spot? Help me plan my next vacation!