5 FREE Travel Games for Kids — Download Them Now!


I love a good road trip! And I love keeping the kids entertained (at least part of the time…) without movies! Here are some free downloadable games for kids in the car!

5 Ideas to Keep a Group Busy in a Cabin at Christmas


There’s nothing better than family, right? Until … you’ve been sitting around, catching up for an hour or so. And then you start to think to yourself: “What on earth are we going to do for the rest of the weekend?!?” No problem. When you’ve got a group, keeping busy is key. Here are five […]

6 Gatlinburg Shops You Shouldn’t Miss

Sauced Up -- one of my all-time favorite Gatlinburg shops!

Sevierville has the Tanger Outlets, which I love. But if I’m looking for gifts or unusual things, I love the Gatlinburg shops the best. Here are my 6 favorites: All Sauced Up. Where it is: 646 Parkway, Gatlinburg What it is: This fun shop specializes in gourmet foods and kitchen gadgets. Why I love it: […]

Money-Saving Coupons for the Smoky Mountain Area

I love all inclusive vacations. I really do. Some of my favorite vacations have had all costs included. We went to Disney and got the meal plan. Did it cost more? Maybe, but everything was paid for long before we left. I like that. I also like all-inclusive resorts and cruises, for the same reason. […]

11 Books about the Smoky Mountains


Since our kids are getting older, we’ve taken a different approach to travel. It used to be “go where we want to go and hope the kids can handle it and have fun and not make the trip miserable.” But now that they are in kindergarten and third grade, we have a new approach. It’s […]

5 Money-Saving Family Travel Tips

Boy, are we feeling it. You know how it is — no matter how well-prepared you were for vacation, you always end up with extras. It adds up. The month after vacation is always crunch-time for us. And somehow, when in rains, it pours. When our credit card is already rough from vacation, well, that’s […]

Money-Saving Coupons for the Smoky Mountain Area

From time-to-time, I like to find deals for you. Today it’s coupons. Here’s an up-to-date list of some great coupon deals for Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Sevierville. Smoky Mountain Navigator — This is a jackpot. Though none of the coupons are large (most are $1-$2 off admission), they can add up because most can be […]

5 Dollar-Store Buys to Entertain Kids in a Cabin

It’s an easy thing to overlook when planning a cabin stay — what are the kids going to do in a house with no toys? I’m a minimalistic packer, so I usually don’t think to bring toys along. Kids will enjoy running up and down the stairs screaming for so long. And then, most likely […]

Baskins Creek Falls — Maybe Not with 6 Kids…

You know, I’ve suspected this before, but never had hard evidence to back it up. Now I know for sure. Trail ratings in the Smokies are not the same as trail ratings in Indiana. In Indiana, our kids handle 5-mile strenuous hikes like pros. There might be some complaining, but they can do it and […]

Chimneys Picnic Area in the Smokies

We made good time getting to Pigeon Forge from Indiana last week. When we called family members to find out where to meet them, we weren’t surprised by the answer — “Head to the Park; we’ll find a stream to play in!” My mother- and father-in-law have spent SO much time in the Great Smoky […]