April 2016


The heat is no fun in the middle of summer, especially if you are traveling with kids. Most kids just don’t handle extreme temperatures very well, which means you might spend your vacation with crying, overheated kids. That isn’t fun for anybody! Thankfully, with some careful planning and preparation, they don’t have to suffer through the heat and you won’t have to suffer through the whining and tears!

Don’t Let the Summer Heat Stop You from Traveling With Your Kiddos

Check out these ways you can beat the heat while you’re on vacation with your kids.

Go to a waterpark

If it seems like the weather during your vacation will be exceptionally hot, you may want to plan a trip to a waterpark. Spending a day there might give your kids the break they need from walking around in the sun or spending a little too much time on the beach. Plus, it’s fun for the whole family! Who doesn’t love cooling down on some water slides?

Be prepared with snacks and drinks

Always have the right snacks and drinks. Bring plenty of water! Most theme parks, museums and other attractions allow you to bring your own water bottle. If your kids don’t particularly like water, try to make it a little more fun for them to drink by letting them pick out their own special, reusable water bottle. If you get to your destination and realize you didn’t pack water bottles, try asking the vendors. You’ll probably get some ice water for free! Also, be sure to pack snacks that will help your kid cool down. If you have a hotel with a mini fridge or freeze, fruit is a great snack that will keep your kiddos cool and refreshed! Pop some grapes in the freezer, then take them a long for your kids to eat while you’re out. Or slice up some watermelon, for a refreshing snack.

Plan naps and rest times

If you have younger kids, you must plan naps and rest times if your kids don’t take naps! Being outside in the heat all day is no good. They need rest and so do they. The hottest part of the day is after lunch and before dinner. That time is also perfect to schedule in a short nap in your hotel room or settling your little one into a shaded stroller and rocking them to sleep. They will wake up feeling happier and you will feel better knowing they got some rest in and away from the sun.

Protect your skin

Bring an abundance of sunscreen on your vacation. Sometimes you have no choice but to be in the heat all day long. At least protect your skin and your child’s skin by generously applying sunscreen multiple times a day. Also be sure to bring hats and sunglasses to protect scalps and eyes from the bright sun. Your kids won’t have any fun at all if they get sun burnt!

Pick a hotel with a pool

As you plan your trip, look ahead at the weather forecasted for the time you’re gone. If you’ll be gone for a few days, pick a hotel that has a pool as one of its amenities. You may not be able to plan a trip to a waterpark, but your kiddos will love splashing around in the pool when you get home from a long day of sight-seeing.

Plan out your theme park lines

There are blogs and websites all over the internet that can guide you through planning the perfect trip to any amusement park. Look ahead and see which rides are the most popular. If you’re going somewhere like Disney World, figure out which rides are newest or most popular. Hit those rides first or last, because you’ll most likely stand in a shorter line. Plus, the sun won’t be nearly as hot early in the morning or in the evening. No one wants to stand in line for an hour on a hot summer day!

Pack methods of distraction

Kids get crabby when it’s hot outside. So if you’re planning to spend a lot of time outdoors at the beach, or in a theme park or just walking around, pack some things to distract them from being hot and uncomfortable. There are fan and spray combination bottles you can buy that will keep your kids happy. They can spritz themselves (or each other!) and use the fan to stay cool. Usually these are battery operated, so bring some backup batteries! Bubbles and gum make great distractions, too! Holidays with kidsHolidays with kids Don’t miss out on a fun family vacation just because it is hot outside! Take every opportunity you get to spend time with your children and create memories! They will have a blast and you will be so glad for the time you spent with them!

Kacey Mya Bradley is a lifestyle blogger for “The Drifter Collective.” Throughout her life, she has found excitement in the world around her. Kacey graduated with a degree in Communications while working for a lifestyle magazine. She has been able to fully embrace herself with the knowledge of nature, the power of exploring other locations, cultures, and styles, while communicating these endeavors through her passion for writing and expression. Her love for the world around her is portrayed through her visually pleasing, culturally embracing and inspiring posts. The Drifter Collective: An eclectic lifestyle blog that expresses various forms of style through the influence of culture and the world around us.

We call the new editor Gutenberg. The entire editing experience has been rebuilt for media rich pages and posts. Experience the flexibility that blocks will bring, whether you are building your first site, or write code for a living.

It seems that Gutenberg has been a term of controversy in the world of WordPress lately. Hailed as the most significant change to WordPress 5.0 this year, the Gutenberg editor has received a positive response from web developers and regular folk alike. All of this power is making it awesome.

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What does Gutenberg Change

The sole purpose of the Gutenberg editor is to provide an alternative to the current open text editor, not to mention the difficult-to-remember shortcodes, with an agile and visual user interface (UI). So, unlike the current WordPress editor, you don’t have to:

  • import images, multimedia and approved files from the media library or add HTML shortcodes;
  • copy and paste links for embeds;
  • write shortcodes for specialized assets of different plugins;
  • create featured images to be added at the top of a post or page;
  • add excerpts for subheads;
  • add widgets for content on the side of a page.

Consider a block as the most basic (therefore, smallest) unit of the new editor.

Only a quarter of young adults are financially literate. You don’t want to overwhelm them.

Shane Doe, Entrepreneur.

They will be the building blocks of WordPress 5.0. In other words, everything—including content, images, quotes, galleries, cover images, audio, video, headings, embeds, custom codes, paragraphs, separators and buttons—will turn into distinct blocks.

Because you can drag and drop each block, identifying these items and placing them on the page becomes a lot easier.

Tables? You got them.

Adding a table using custom HTML code was a tedious job. With the table block, however, the task is a lot easier. You are able to add and remove rows and columns of a table without coding.

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Gutenberg ❤️ Columns

Finally, yes. Columns are available natively in WordPress now. You can align them normal, wide or full in full-width post styles.

Built for Modern Times!

Gutenberg was developed on GitHub using the WordPress REST API, JavaScript, and React. 

Whether you’re baking or binge waching holiday movies, this soft and cozy baseball sweatshirt plus festive tie-front joggers and sparkle mule slippers is the perfect way to relax.

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Warm up so you can chill out. This season’s must-have sherpa pullover looks and feels great with fair-isle joggers or jeggings if company comes over.

If you need to check the mail for holiday cards, wrap up in a cableknit scarf and hat.

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More for Images 

As of Gutenberg 0.5.0, you can now drag and drop images directly into an image block, just like you are used to with the visual editor. And there are several new alignments available with CheerUp.

Above is an image Align Full Width, that works with our Full Width post style.

Besides just having the standard blockquote which we have been using for years, they also have a new pull quote. And yes, pull quotes are different.

Just rocking it being aligned left.

It is also nice to see some variations on the positioning of the blocks. For years, the standard visual editor has given you the ability to align left, align center, align right, and assign no alignment.

With the Gutenberg WordPress editor, you can also align wide (as seen below), and align full-width. 

Blocks are a great new tool for building engaging content. With blocks, you can insert, rearrange, and style multimedia content with very little technical knowledge.

Blocks are a great new tool for building engaging content. With blocks, you can insert, rearrange, and style multimedia content with very little technical knowledge.

A single block is nice—reliable, clear, distinct. Discover the flexibility to use media and content, side by side, driven by your vision.

A single block is nice—reliable, clear, distinct. Discover the flexibility to use media and content, side by side, driven by your vision.


More Gutenberg Blocks

Gutenberg comes with new buttons that work right out of the box with CheerUp. 

Gutenberg is available as a plugin now, and soon by default in version 5.0 of WordPress. The classic editor will be available as a plugin if needed.

Whether you like it or not, Gutenberg is coming to WordPress 5.0. Do try to be a part of it.

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There’s a lot more…

We can only show so many of the blocks without bloating the page to excessive size. There many more Gutenberg blocks that just work. And this is just the beginning. Very exciting times ahead.

Gutenberg is primed to shape the future of WordPress with v5.0 default editor. Do try to be a part of the ongoing discussion about it on the web. It will certainly help.

Having a baby doesn’t mean your travelling life is over for good. It is probably best to stay close to home in the first three months so the baby wouldn’t catch something. After that, it is better to travel with a baby before he or she starts walking since that will keep them out of trouble and you won’t have to run after them. Although travelling will never be what is was pre-baby, it is possible and can be done if you are flexible and plan strategically.


Around the World with a Newborn

Around the World with a Newborn


Here are some tips and tricks on how to travel smart with your baby without losing your mind.

Adjust your expectations

Your baby will require a lot of attention and soothing so you will have significantly less time for taking in the scenery or anything else you usually do. You will also have more things to carry around with you and long periods of walking might be out of the question. Babies usually attract a lot of attention and people start talking to you much more often in a friendly, positive way, which makes travelling with a baby somewhat of a different experience. The best thing you can do is be flexible without expecting to do or see much. Instead, focus on the quality of your time and appreciate each moment.


travel with a baby

travel with a baby

Go to a family-friendly destination

The choice of your destination will certainly play a big role. If you can, choose a family-friendly resort or a beach retreat where you will have all the necessary facilities and help you need. Most of these places will have free stay policy for young kids as well as free meals, kids’ pool, playgrounds and so on. Avoid overcrowded tourist destinations, bustling cities, public transport and physically demanding areas.


Travelling with a baby

Travelling with a baby

Bring food and drink supplies

It is important to have enough food and drink supplies at least for the duration of the trip, or even for the whole trip if you are travelling internationally and don’t know what kind of food you’ll be able to find at your destination. If you are travelling by plane, check the airline’s policy for bringing liquids on board or simply buy water after you go through security. If the baby is eating solids, pack some of their favourite food. Also, bring the largest bib you can find and at least one change of clothes for both yourself and the baby.

Assemble and bring a first-aid-kit

You will need to bring a first-aid-kit to help you deal with any possible minor medical problems. You should include prescription medications if needed, a thermometer, baby ibuprofen for pain and fever relief, electrolyte replacement solution for diarrhea, an antibiotic ointment to apply to cuts and scrapes, some sterile bandages for scrapes and bleeding, tweezers and a cold pack to soothe burns and bites. For protection, you should have baby insect repellent, lip protection and sunscreen. Sunscreen should be SPF 15 or higher, but you should definitely apply it to the baby’s face and hands at all times, since the harmful UV rays go through the clouds and reflect off of water and glass even when it is not sunny. You should also print out an emergency check list containing your doctor’s info and the baby’s health history.

Bring a big goody bag

You will have to keep your baby entertained for the whole duration of the trip, and babies quickly get tired of sitting and waiting around. A goody bag with an abundance of choices will save the day. You will certainly want to pack your kids’ favourite toys, as well as some new ones and some surprises packed as presents. You can bring rattles, soft animals, musical toys, plastic and wooden blocks, teething toys, and even some plastic cups and bowls if your child likes playing with them at home.

Include baby travel gear

A lot depends on how you are travelling: if you are travelling by car, you will need to bring a car seat and since you will have space, bringing along a stroller is a good idea. Alternatively, you can bring along a front-carrier for smaller babies or a baby backpack for bigger babies who can sit up. This will allow you to walk around with your hands free. It is also advisable to have a very useful baby swaddle or a baby sleeping bag for the nighttime since they keep babies comfortable in any new environment. You might want to let the baby get used to sleeping in these beforehand.

Don’t run out on the essentials

You will also need to keep your diaper bag with you at all times and have enough of everything that is essential inside. It should contain a travel-friendly changing pad, one diaper for each hour plus some extra ones, wet wipes, hand sanitizers, big plastic bags for used diapers and wipes, tissues, a nursing cover if you are breastfeeding, a diaper rash cream, a pacifier, baby hat, bib and extra clothes.

Set up a home away from home

In order to make your baby as comfortable as possible, create a space that resembles your home. Unpack as soon as you arrive to your destination: designate a corner for diaper changing so you won’t have to run around and fumble for diapers when you need to change the baby, take out all the baby food supplies and put them in another corner where they will be easily accessible, create a play corner with all the toys so the baby has space for play. Try to keep things organized and your hotel room uncluttered and you will find it much easier to function at your temporary home.


Travelling with baby

Travelling with baby

Travelling with a baby will be a new experience so you should approach it with an open mind and go with the flow. There is a good chance your baby will help you see the world with fresh eyes and experience some things from a different perspective. So gear up and hit the road!




When my kids were younger, both of them absolutely adored Yogi Bear and his pal Boo Boo, we even have a black Lab named Yogi and Maltese cross named Boo Boo thanks to them! That obviously means that Jellystone Park is ALWAYS on our list of fun summer destinations – no matter what we do that year. For those of you that don’t know – Jellystone Park is based on Yellowstone Park!


JellyStone Park

JellyStone Park – Image source:

And whether you’re a Yogi Bear fan or not, and no matter how old you are, Yellowstone Park is one of those places that you absolutely have to visit at least once in your life! We usually stay outside the park for a week or more at a time, and of course we have our ‘pic-a-nic’ baskets stocked full of bait intended to lure Yogi from his cave and enjoy day tripping or a couple of nights in the park.

A friend recently asked me for inspiration so I’ve consulted with mine and put together a list of all their favorite places to go and things to do to help her out and make sure her kids have as much fun as mine always do.


My first word is to make sure you ALWAYS have plenty of water, a pic-a-nic basket with snacks and real food (cold chicken, sandwiches, fresh fruit, etc), sunscreen (even in winter), a change of clothes, towels, a small first aid kit and a phone with a fully charged battery. Whether you’re out on foot, or in your car – it is best to be as prepared for anything that might occur as possible!  I usually get a list and stock up on my holiday supplies beforehand at such shops as Sears to make sure I have everything necessary in a time of need.

Go See The Old Faithful Geyser

I don’t care how cliché and ‘duh’ it is  – you absolutely have to take your kids to see Old Faithful. Thanks to volcanism that is still bubbling away beneath the ground, Yellowstone is home to thousands of geysers, mud pots, hot springs, and things that bring a witches cauldron to mind (splash, bubble, hisssss, plop!). But none of them compare to the absolute awesomeness of a geyser that blasts up to 8,400 gallons of water as much as 185 feet in the air. And because those eruptions happen like clockwork you can time your visit!


Old Faithful

Old Faithful – Image source:

It’s normally pretty crowded on the boardwalk surrounding the geyser so we usually combine a visit with a meal at the Old Faithful Inn. We sit on the upstairs deck, and enjoy the show from over the heads of the crowd while we munch on whatever takes our fancy that day and sip our favorite beverages. If the weather is not too friendly, we simply move indoors and enjoy the show through the windows.

Find Some Witches Cauldron Pools

Did I mention there are THOUSANDS of places where bubbling, splashing and hissing happens? All that volcanic activity has made for a landscape that is so utterly unique it is hard to describe to someone who has never seen it. But one of the most beautiful, eerie, and weird (therefore perfect for kids) things to see are the various multihued prismatic pools. They’re just water, but thanks to bacteria and acid they can be all shades of red, brown, yellow, green and even blue!


Grand Prismatic Spring

Grand Prismatic Spring – Image source:

The Grand Prismatic Spring in the Midway Geyser Basin is the most colorful, and after a couple of days of sunshine it looks like Mother Nature has been playing with kaleidoscopes again. If you’re not fond of crowds then visit the Norris Geyser Basin. It is home to the Steamboat Geyser (tallest active geyser in the world), and features colorful hot springs and steaming pools that create a spooky lunar like landscape – especially at dusk!

Take A Bike, A Hike, A Horse Ride Or A Drive

Yellowstone is so big that it would take you about four days to see the highlights alone. But there are hiking, biking and walking trails – as well as roads that will take you to some breathtaking (and a few kind of boring) places. Some of the trails are better suited to older kids and parents who are more fit, others can be done by anyone. Some are quick and others will take as long as four or five hours. So make sure you choose wisely!


Old Faithful Inn

Old Faithful Inn – Image source:

You can also rent bicycles (along with helmets and gloves) at the Old Faithful Inn, and if your kids are over 8, you can take a one or two hour ride on horseback to some pretty beautiful spots. There are also quite a few places that you can drive to, such as the lookout points in the Hayden and Lamarr Valleys where you can view wildlife including bison, bears and wolves right from the comfort (and safety) of your car. When we’re driving from place to place we play the number plate game, or enjoy audio books while watching the scenery.

There’s Lots Of STUFF To Do

There are ten museums, and information, visitor and education centers or stations and they all have something unique to offer. So, if you’re in the park and the weather is not really outdoor activity friendly then find out which of the ones close to you have an exhibit or other service that you and the kids might enjoy, then take a drive out there. Or else, take a drive to one of the more than twenty restaurants, dining rooms, cafeterias or stores inside Yellowstone and pick a souvenir or just enjoy a tasty meal.


Yellowstone with kids

Yellowstone with kids – Image source:

There is also the Young Scientist Program which combines investigation in the visitor’s centers and in the field designed to help you solve some fun science mysteries. It is suited for kids of all ages and when you’re done you get a Young Scientist patch or key chain. The Junior Rangers program is also pretty fun and introduces kids to all the natural wonders of the park. And when you’re done, a ranger reviews your work and awards you with a special badge (my oldest has all three, even though he isn’t even 13 yet!).

So there you have all the things my kids love to do, but you can also visit the National Park Service website and use their ‘Every Kid in a Park’ section to plan your trip and check out some basic information, places to eat or sleep, things to do, places to see and even nearby attractions so you don’t waste a single moment of your trip!