Savvy Mom: Resort Report for Family Travel

One of my favorite sites for all things fabulous is Savvy Mom. This Canadian site is always showing us what is new and interesting for families.

Today Savvy Mom put out their Resort Report, a great family travel resource. I was so pleased to see them reference a service that my family  has used frequently when planning trips, VRBO.com.

VRBO or Vacation Rental by Owner is a great website that enables you to seach for private vacation rentals in the destination you will be visiting. We have found vacation rentals to be one of the best ways to enjoy a destination as a family.

Check out the full report at www.Savvymom.ca

Banff Hiking with Baby

My kids reached a very cool milestone this weekend in Banff.

We have been hiking with our twins since they were 3 months old. We started out by each wearing one of them in a front facing Baby Bjorn carrier. When they got a little bigger we moved them to the MEC baby backpacks. We used our backpacks until the kids were 3 years old!

mecchildcarrier

On Sunday, my husband and I decided that our backs could no longer support 40lbs each. It was finally time to try hiking with the kids without any child carriers.

We had a plan to make the trip ‘up’ pretty relaxed, not trying to get there quickly. We played “I Spy”, stopped for lots of water breaks AND each kid got 1 piggy back ride from me as we got closer to the summit.

When we made it to the top of Tunnell Mountain and looked out over the town of Banff I felt so proud of the kids. My husband and I agreed that we need to keep these family Hikes part of our leisure time together. It was a great experience for all of us!

My desire to get back into hiking was spurred on by a recent post on Savvy Mom’s website http://www.savvymom.ca/index.php/newsletter/cal_summ-it/1. Heart Creek Trail is next on my list with the kids!