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You had me at travel! Always excited to have the opportunity to experience life in a different place, with different people and a different (or perhaps, not-so-different) way of life, travel remains as one of my true passions. While vacations are exciting, staycations can be phenomenal and travel abroad is an unexpected journey to learn, grow, explore and experience a whole new world. With the essential travel planning guide for worry-free wanderlust, be prepared to expect the unexpected, wherever life's adventures may take you.

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The Essential Travel Planning Guide 
for Worry-Free Wanderlust

When it's time to plan for relaxation and wellness, award-winning Canyon Ranch is the world’s recognized leader in healthy living and luxury spa vacations, presenting "The Power of Possibilities". Featuring destination spa resorts in Arizona and the Berkshires with a new Canyon Ranch location opening soon in Turkey, and SpaClub® day facilities in Las Vegas and offered aboard select exclusive cruise liners. "At every Canyon Ranch venue, we remain true to our healthy lifestyle goals and vision- based history."

Have snacks, will travel. Who plans to travel without gathering up a cache of their favorite goodies to eat and drink? When given the option, it is an economical and earth-friendly choice to pack food from home in reusable storage containers. Cool Gear International "creates innovative products that strive to revolutionize the green movement with the hopes of eliminating disposable plastic bottle waste, as well as encourage a healthier and happier you". Fun designs and an exclusive patented technology, Cool Gear keeps food and drinks cool and fresh when on-the-go.

The fine art of packing and transporting your belongings in the right bag is critical as your luggage must provide a combination of function and fashion. Traveling about with three kids has become so much more efficient since discovering the magic of eBags durable, colorful assortment of Ultralight Packing Cubes. Delivering just the right bag, eBags, the online destination for bags and all things travel has been such a valuable resource for not only myself, our entire family travels in style. Shopping with eBags, you can quickly browse through over 55,000 bags to find your bag. Since 1999, more than 22 million bags and counting have shipped out of eBags, "each bag a trusty companion for untold journeys".


Encouraging the family to unplug from technology to enjoy priceless moments together and individually returning to classic entertainment is perfect for travel. Unique games and activities from eeBoo, a boutique toy manufacturer specializing in "useful, beautiful and well-made educational games and gifts" is the way to go. Available exclusively in specialty toy stores, museum stores, art supply stores, and select gift shops, eeBoo creates whimsical toys and gifts that are original creations, without featuring any licensed characters. Focusing on literacy, storytelling, drawing, imaginative play and basic math, many eeBoo products have been awarded Oppenheim Best Toy Awards and other honors.

There is no way to stress enough the importance of proper hydration. Many times, dehydration is mistaken for hunger, exhaustion, and other health-related concerns. Essentia water is created to "help you get more out of the water you drink". Not all water is created the same, "Hydration Perfected", Essentia is an alkaline water with a 9.5pH with added electrolytes. Drinking adequate water and other fluids to prevent dehydration is just the first step, Essentia helps to hydrate, restore, and balance to life-on-the-go and at-home.

Keeping current with the latest trends in parenting and family life is one of my favorite indulgences as I travel. With the many resources available from Family Fun magazine and Parents.com, parents like myself are able to discover parenting research, tips and advice from trusted resources in print and online. The ease and convenience of accessing the online family of Parents, FamilyFun, American Baby, and Parents Latina magazines offers families valuable information for healthy, happy homes.

No sooner than I tucked these convenient, mini toothbrushes into my bag, my family and I found ourselves as unexpected overnight guests. Clothing can be laundered overnight, toiletries can be shared, however the likelihood of four extra toothbrushes is rare. Fresh-Tips are a convenient way to brush your teeth without needing toothpaste. Each disposable, single-use toothbrush and breath freshener uses sugar-free xylitol to fight the bacteria that cause bad breath, plaque and cavities. Conveniently, Fresh-Tips clean your teeth after meals, on-the-go, or for anytime freshness.

* Freshen Breath Better Than Gum 

* Clean Teeth Between Brushings 

* Dentist Approved Safe For Enamel 

* Great For Gum Health 

* Made With Sugar-Free Xylitol 

* Like A Breath Mint No Water Required 

* Disposable – Perfect for On The Go

Conceptualizing a ready-to-eat meal always summoned my overly dramatic visions of soldiers huddled together in a foxhole, feasting upon some sort of unsavory, unrecognizable, monochromatic delicacy. GoPicnic has shown me the "ready-to-eat" way. Founded in 2006, Chicago-based GoPicnic is the pioneer and leader in delicious, nutritionally balanced and portable ready-to-eat breakfast, lunch and snacks.

Insects love to party with our family. Unfortunately, the feeling is not mutual, especially when my youngest and I are both highly sensitive to mosquito bites among other insect bites. Guardian is a plant-based, non-toxic alternative to DEET-based chemical insect repellents. I am very pleased to learn that Guardian is a safe, non-toxic alternative for our bodies, health, children, and the environment. Without an overwhelming chemical odor or sticky residue, Guardian provides effective protection against mosquitoes and ticks, in Guardian Backyard 4-Hour formula and Guardian Wilderness 8-Hour formula.

"A century ago, all we had to offer was a simple kiss. Today, we are among the most respected companies in the world, bringing snacks, community growth, and human opportunity to all corners of the globe." Cue the violins. From humble beginnings, Hershey's has grown to become an internationally-acclaimed megabrand, that we proudly support. Setting the delectable standards for sweet indulgence deliciously high, Hershey's products inevitably find a place in our travels and tummies. Don't forget to make plans to visit sweet-smelling Hershey, PA for the entertaining and educational free Chocolate Tour Ride, plus the Hershey Hotel, amusement and water parks.

When it comes to traveling with food and drinks, we always trust our health and wellness with a proven, reputable brand. As reputations go, Igloo is the #1 Cooler brand in the World. Here are some fun facts. 

Did you know that Igloo-

- is the #1 Cooler brand used in the Marine channel.
- is the #1 Cooler brand used on commercial worksites.
- is the #1 Brand recognized by consumers in the cooler category.
- adds more new coolers to its line each year than any other cooler brand.
- Playmate is the most recognized cooler product in the U.S.
- coolers are owned by almost three in every four U.S. households.
- offers more than 500 different products.
- coolers are sold through over 15,000 outlets in the U.S. and around the world.

Raising my daughter and all girls to be bold, adventurous, intelligent, we are inspired by ivivva (pronounced ih-vee-vah). The empowerment of ivivva is in a word created to "embody the strength and beauty in all girls." Inspired by active girls, created by lululemon athletica ivivva creates athletic wear made to move. Whether near or far, the ivivva Dreams & Goals program is a fun, facilitated workshop offered in all stores ans showrooms. "We encourage girls to dream big and set goals for themselves, and at the same time, to know that falling and getting back up is all part of the journey."

Tunes, tunes, beep, beep! We have been KIDZ BOP fans since forever. I admit that I love singing along to the top tunes in the car, however... sometimes. let's just say that as a parent I have had to "snap" out of it and change the radio station many, many times. Family sing-a-longs with kid-friendly versions of today’s biggest pop music hits sung by kids, for kids with KIDZ BOP has been a gamechanger. "Over the past 15 years, KIDZ BOP has created the #1 music brand for kids, selling more than 16,000,000 albums". We can all release our inner rockstars with KIDZ BOP which, for millions of kids each year, is their first intro to modern pop music. When KIDZ BOP comes to town, tens of thousands of kids come together for the KIDZ BOP Kids Live Tour as their first concert experience.

Our primary goal in everything that we do is to make the lives of parents easier. Our award-winning Mommy Nearest mobile app, which launched in 2013, is the most widely-used geo-based app for discovering family-friendly places nationwide. Additionally, we launched a sleek new web property, mommynearest.com, in 2016 and it is fast-becoming the leading site for local and national parenting content.

Family travel is not always an option, or there may be the need for a helping hand at home or away, families often wonder, "where can I find quality childcare?" As a mother, I want only the very best caregiver involved with my children. Parents are looking for someone that is "well educated, competent, creative, as well as loving and kind". The Nanny League has provided top-notch nanny service for our family on many occasions. Working with The Nanny League, their meticulous standards are apparent, proving to be "highly selective in its choice of nannies- insisting on a college education, dedication and love of children, as well as the many intangible characteristics that make up a quality person". Knowing that through The Nanny League, an extensive screening process has been completed, finding the right nanny is that much easier.

Anyone that has had the pleasure of an extensive conversation with my 5-year-old will attest to his fondness for imaginative play. We are big fans of Seedling, an innovative brand recognized for stylish, quality children’s products. In the beginning, Seedling debuted with an initial launch of activity kits that sparked hours of imaginative play. At Seedling, their mission is "to create beautiful, innovative family lifestyle products. We are passionate about the importance of growing young imaginations and celebrating the parenting journey one moment at a time. At Seedling, we want to make that journey a little bit easier and a lot more fun. As for the future, the sky is the limit as we continue to design groundbreaking products and digital experiences you and your family will love."

Arriving anywhere in comfort and style is an essential part of any journey. As I comprise my wish list, Talbots stands on the fashion forefront as an industry leader. Talbots is a leading specialty retailer of classic American women's clothing, shoes and accessories in iconic styles, colors and fabrics. While travel can prove to be an unforgettable occasion, make those memories in clothing from Talbots that stands the test of time and travel.

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