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Healthy, Portable Snack Ideas for Kids – Guest Post

This article was submitted by guest blogger Helen Childs
Kids are seemingly endlessly hungry. As well as eating three square meals a day they also need regular snacks (it is recommended that younger children eat two snacks a day) in order to give them the energy boost to continue a day of learning and play.

With a little preparation and the right ingredients, it is much easier than you might think to ensure that your kids eat as healthy as possible when they’re on the go. The Snack and Play Travel Tray is ideal for eating a wide variety of snacks on the go, and means that you don’t have to limit yourself to snacks that are easy to clean up. Here are a few wonderful healthy and portable snack ideas for kids.

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Three Tips To Make Family Travel Easier – Guest Post

This post was submitted by Ashley at Ashley Does: Definitely Not It All

Have you ever had the crazy idea to take your small children on a road trip?

Because really what could go wrong with tiny humans locked in a car for an extended period of time?

We have always been a family who travels via car so when the opportunity came up to attend Perfectly Posh’s Ultimate Day Away we decided to make it a family affair.

As such, all five of us took a road trip to Salt Lake City this past weekend.

Seven and a half tiny hours in the van with three kids. Each way.

We survived – and came out of it with some tips and tricks to make your next family road trip a success! Continue reading

Press Release: STAR KIDS PRODUCTS ANNOUNCES SNACK & PLAY® TRAVEL TRAY 2.0!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Jon Looker, PR and Marketing Director
Star Kids™ Products
720-327-1302

www.snackandplaytraveltray.com
pr@starkidsproducts.com

Denver, Colorado – October 15, 2015

Making Travel Easier and More Fun, Star Kids™ Products announced the debut of their Product, the Snack & Play™ Travel Tray 2.0.   

Make traveling with children more fun by using the new Snack & Play™ Travel Tray* with an electronic safe dry erase surface.

The Snack & Play™ Travel Tray 2.0 has an electronic safe dry erase surface, dedicated cup holder, 2 large storage pockets for snacks and toys and includes 1 magnet.

 A great way to entertain children and make travel more fun!  Use in the car, on the airplane, train, take it camping, to the beach.  Use it anywhere you go!

Star Kids™ Products was founded in 2002.  Star Kids™ Products creates and manufactures products to make life easier and more fun when traveling.

*Patent pending

Enjoying Fall Travel with the Kids

The end of the autumn shoulder season brings lower prices in many destinations, only to be interrupted by Thanksgiving kicking off the holiday season. Here are some great recommendations for a terrific November escape.

1. Get Lost in an Amazing Corn Maze

All over the country, giant corn mazes are cropping up to the delight of families who flock to this quintessential fall experience. Wear comfy shoes and bring a sense of adventure. More »

Great Vermont Corn Maze. Suzanne Rowan Kelleher
Great Vermont Corn Maze. Suzanne Rowan Kelleher

2. Snag a Fab Fall Package in Traverse City

Looking for an affordable fall getaway in the Midwest? You’d be hard pressed to beat Traverse City, in Michigan’s “True North,” which TripAdvisor.com named as one of America’s Top 10 Fall Foliage Destinations. Families have an extra reason to visit from September through mid-December thanks to a city-wide fall promotion.  More »

Traverse City Tourism
Traverse City Tourism

3. Get Away for the Veterans Day School Break

For many families in the United States, Veterans Day offers a four-day long weekend break in the fall school calendar. Here are some fantastic fall getaway ideas where you can make the most of this school break. More »

US Coast Guard/Flickr Creative Commons
US Coast Guard/Flickr Creative Commons

4. Party Like a Pilgrim in Plymouth

Celebrate Thanksgiving where the first historic gathering happened, in Plymouth, about 45 minute drive south of Boston. Anytime of year, you can explore Plimoth Plantation and explore the Mayflower II. But November is special thanks to an annual extended Thanksgiving celebration that brings history to life. More »

Plimoth Plantation
Plimoth Plantation

5. Find a Terrific Thanksgiving Getaway

As one of the longest weekends in the fall school calendar, Thanksgiving break offers a stellar opportunity for families to snag a break for four or five days. Here are fantastic places where you can get away and still have turkey and all the trimmings.  More »

Anthony Quintano/Flickr Creative Commons
Anthony Quintano/Flickr Creative Commons

6. Take the Kids on an Epic Fall Foliage Drive

Cooling temperatures mean it’s time to pack the car and grab the kids for a weekend road trip to view fall foliage. From sea to shining sea, here are road trips that offer the colorful vistas that come but for a few short weeks a year.More »

Visit North Carolina
Visit North Carolina

7. Kick off the Holiday Season

‘Tis the season when top destinations and family resorts start decking their halls and making the season merry and bright. With some resorts starting holiday festivities in early- to mid-November, many families will turn the season into an opportunity for a festive getaway.  More »

Matt Stroshane/Walt Disney Parks
Matt Stroshane/Walt Disney Parks

8. Catch New York City at its Most Festive

The holiday season is arguably the most exciting time to visit New York City and definitely a time with popular family appeal. Beginning in mid-November, the Big Apple is transformed into a festive holiday destination, from the Christmas tree in Rockefeller Center and the beautifully decorated storefronts along Fifth Avenue to the Chrlstmas light displays in Dyker Heights, Brooklyn. More »

Gregory Scaffidi/Tishman Speyer
Gregory Scaffidi/Tishman Speyer

9. Hop Aboard the Polar Express!

The magic of Christmas comes alive in The Polar Express, the beloved children’s book and perennial favorite holiday movie. Dozens of Polar Express trains have popped up all over the country, offering families the opportunity to recreate the magical Polar Express experience through readings of the story, music from the movie soundtrack, cups of cocoa and, of course, meetings with Santa. Be sure to book ahead, as these trains can sell out months in advance.

Grand Canyon Railway
Grand Canyon Railway

Traveling with Kids - Making Travel With Kids Easy

Enjoying Fall Travel with the Kids

The end of the autumn shoulder season brings lower prices in many destinations, only to be interrupted by Thanksgiving kicking off the holiday season. Here are some great recommendations for a terrific November escape.

GreatVermontCornMaze_SuzanneRowanKelleher.jpg - Suzanne Rowan Kelleher

Great Vermont Corn Maze. Suzanne Rowan Kelleher

1. Get Lost in an Amazing Corn Maze

All over the country, giant corn mazes are cropping up to the delight of families who flock to this quintessential fall experience. Wear comfy shoes and bring a sense of adventure. More »

TraverseCity_FallFoliage.jpg - Traverse City Tourism

Traverse City Tourism

2. Snag a Fab Fall Package in Traverse City

Looking for an affordable fall getaway in the Midwest? You’d be hard pressed to beat Traverse City, in Michigan’s “True North,” which TripAdvisor.com named as one of America’s Top 10 Fall Foliage Destinations. Families have an extra reason to visit from September through mid-December thanks to a city-wide fall promotion.  More »

VeteransDayParadeNYC_FCC_USCoastGuard.jpg - US Coast Guard/Flickr Creative Commons

US Coast Guard/Flickr Creative Commons

3. Get Away for the Veterans Day School Break

For many families in the United States, Veterans Day offers a four-day long weekend break in the fall school calendar. Here are some fantastic fall getaway ideas where you can make the most of this school break. More »

PlimothPlantation_ThanksgivingHarvestDinner.jpg - Plimoth Plantation

Plimoth Plantation

4. Party Like a Pilgrim in Plymouth

Celebrate Thanksgiving where the first historic gathering happened, in Plymouth, about 45 minute drive south of Boston. Anytime of year, you can explore Plimoth Plantation and explore the Mayflower II. But November is special thanks to an annual extended Thanksgiving celebration that brings history to life. More »

MacysThanksgivingParade_FCC_AnthonyQuintano.jpg - Anthony Quintano/Flickr Creative Commons

Anthony Quintano/Flickr Creative Commons

5. Find a Terrific Thanksgiving Getaway

As one of the longest weekends in the fall school calendar, Thanksgiving break offers a stellar opportunity for families to snag a break for four or five days. Here are fantastic places where you can get away and still have turkey and all the trimmings.  More »

BlueRidgeParkway_VisitNC.jpg - Visit North Carolina

Visit North Carolina

6. Take the Kids on an Epic Fall Foliage Drive

Cooling temperatures mean it’s time to pack the car and grab the kids for a weekend road trip to view fall foliage. From sea to shining sea, here are road trips that offer the colorful vistas that come but for a few short weeks a year.More »

MickeysVeryMerry_MattStroshane_Disney.jpg - Matt Stroshane/Walt Disney Parks

Matt Stroshane/Walt Disney Parks

7. Kick off the Holiday Season

‘Tis the season when top destinations and family resorts start decking their halls and making the season merry and bright. With some resorts starting holiday festivities in early- to mid-November, many families will turn the season into an opportunity for a festive getaway.  More »

Gregory-Scaffidi_Tishman-Speyer.jpg - Gregory Scaffidi/Tishman Speyer

Gregory Scaffidi/Tishman Speyer

8. Catch New York City at its Most Festive

The holiday season is arguably the most exciting time to visit New York City and definitely a time with popular family appeal. Beginning in mid-November, the Big Apple is transformed into a festive holiday destination, from the Christmas tree in Rockefeller Center and the beautifully decorated storefronts along Fifth Avenue to the Chrlstmas light displays in Dyker Heights, Brooklyn. More »

GrandCanyonRailway_PolarExpress.jpg - Grand Canyon Railway

Grand Canyon Railway

9. Hop Aboard the Polar Express!

The magic of Christmas comes alive in The Polar Express, the beloved children’s book and perennial favorite holiday movie. Dozens of Polar Express trains have popped up all over the country, offering families the opportunity to recreate the magical Polar Express experience through readings of the story, music from the movie soundtrack, cups of cocoa and, of course, meetings with Santa. Be sure to book ahead, as these trains can sell out months in advance.