<![CDATA[I Citizen Magazine - TravFan Travel]]>Sun, 17 Sep 2017 19:59:16 -0700Weebly<![CDATA[How can you cruise with a toddler {and not want to jump overboard}?]]>Tue, 27 Jun 2017 16:30:00 GMThttp://icitizenmag.com/travfan-travel/how-can-you-cruise-with-a-toddler-and-not-want-to-jump-overboardPicture
How can you cruise with a toddler and not want to jump overboard? Don't expect too much from them. Depending on your little one's age it can be pretty unfair to expect a whole day of excitement out of a year old baby. My two year old toddler can't do more than a couple of hours before he needs to head back to the room and rest with some breastfeeding centered hugs.

Stick to their schedule. Nap time is vital, snacks are key and mom's big hugs when the bright lights and big noises get too much are what makes for bliss on board.


Snacks: Thank god for snacks, sometimes it is the only way to distract a jerk toddler who wants to bite and hit because he doesn't know he's hungry.


Nap Time: When we are on a cruise, nap time is a big deal because it lets my son rest, breastfeed and relax in the middle of his big adventure days.


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Bath Time: Setting  bath time when we are on a cruise and seeing new places everyday has really helped my son not feel as overwhelmed. We take a shower together, dry off and then get to watch a cartoon or read and breastfeed. He loves this time of the night and it really does help him sleep better in a strange place.


Hugs: I can tell when my son is overstimulated and overwhelmed. Often that is the moment he needs a hug or some breastfeeding and a cuddle to reset his busy mind.


Games: The stairs on a cruise ship are great fun. I have carried my 33 pound dude up and down dozens and dozens of flights. But when he wants to walk it is a great and safe way to let him play. I like to show him the art on each landing, counting the interesting stairwells and jump and walk as we enjoy holding hands.

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<![CDATA[Yummies Review: Nifty Fiftys Soda Fountain in Port Townsend]]>Tue, 13 Jun 2017 16:30:00 GMThttp://icitizenmag.com/travfan-travel/yummies-review-nifty-fiftys-soda-fountain-in-port-townsendPort Townsend Soda Fountain
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We stumbled upon Nifty Fiftys Soda Fountain in Port Townsend while trying to kill some time between dinner and all of our driving. I got the Sweet Thoughts sundae with raspberry sauce and fudge sauce over chocolate ice cream. Oh my goodness was that a hit with my little guy. My son looked at me like he could not believe that I was really going to let him share my sundae; pure joy. I loved sitting outside and sharing our little treat together. We squawked at the birds, he tried to turn on the hose and I got to sit and enjoy the view for a few seconds. This cute little soda fountain is right on the ocean so you can watch the ferries come and go.
I love ice cream and I love the PNW so this is a natural spot for a really fun treat in a pretty darn cute town. If you're just RVing through to the ferry you can grab a quick ice cream and be across to Whidbey Island in no time at all.


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<![CDATA[Arroyo Grande for toddlers {RVing with kids}]]>Tue, 30 May 2017 16:30:00 GMThttp://icitizenmag.com/travfan-travel/arroyo-grande-for-toddlers-rving-with-kidsPicture
I love Arroyo Grande as a really lovely stop on our RV trips up and down the central coast. I started our road trip in Santa Barbara and our first place to stop and walk off the wiggles was Arroyo Grande. Bring a big hat, comfy shoes and your camera. One of the reasons I keep dragging my little son on RV trips is that it is a chance to put away a lot of the distraction of the every day and just have fun together. His little years are very short and I try my best to engage, play and adventure as much as we can while he still amazes at the wonder of a chicken in front of his little face.

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I normally split some fries and a juicy turkey burger with my son at Old Village Grill. Then we head for sweet yums. Ice cream at Doc Burnstein's comes with trains scooting along tracks on the ceiling and big cups of ice cream to entertain and sugar up everyone before you head to the little park surrounding the bridge.

My son loved watching  the chickens this visit and madly running across the wiresuspension bridge. We spent quite a bit of time wandering around and looking in bushes or up trees to find all the birds hiding in plan sight. We both love the magic of RVing up the coast and finding somewhere fun and whimsical to spice up our day of playful stops and sing-along car rides. Because it can be hard to find RV parking in downtown we walked up the hill to get back to the RV and to enjoy the lovely buildings that dot Arroyo Grande's small town feel.



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<![CDATA[Yummies Review: Avant Wine Bar in Buellton]]>Tue, 21 Mar 2017 14:30:00 GMThttp://icitizenmag.com/travfan-travel/yummies-review-avant-wine-bar-in-buelltonPicture
Buellton has really started to have some tasty spots to eat at. Avant is a pretty neat place with good food and a cool view into the wine aging process through big glass windows. 
You can bring your little ones along and let them watch the interesting tanks and barrels while they nosh on mac and cheese or flatbread pizzas. Mommy can choose from all sorts of tiny sips of different wines, yum.

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<![CDATA[Child proofing your RV]]>Tue, 14 Mar 2017 14:30:00 GMThttp://icitizenmag.com/travfan-travel/child-proofing-your-rvChild Proofing Your RV
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My son is a wild child that will eat an RV wall, rip off the window shades and pull the emergency break all before dawn while we are RV camping. I've come up three of my top priorities for child proofing and safety. 
Don't let the wild antics of a little one keep you from having the great time that is RV-ing with your family. I love going places and seeing new things with my little guy. To top it all off, my son just adores RV-ing, he thinks it is a big toy truck to play in. So lock a few things up, toss a bag in the RV and head out to explore our wonderful world.


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Sink cabinet
The dreaded sink cabinet is always a danger zone. Even at home I've been through 2 sets of baby locks. Admittedly that's because my own brother broke the first set but I figured if he could break them then my toddler might too. While RV proportions are smaller than homes you still need to lock the front of the cabinet so little hands can't get to the trash or soap.

Potty
Bring along a good potty chair insert to save space from a full potty chair. Travel can disrupt potty training progress so having an easy way to stay in the zone is important. Be patient and realize travel can confuse little ones so keep consistent.

Shower-head
The shower-head on a tiny, and I mean tiny, RV shower can be both a hassle and a danger if your little human can reach the knobs and turn up the temperature to boiling water degrees. If you take a shower with your toddler make sure they are on the far side, away from the shower knobs. Make it a fun game as you turn the shower on and off to conserve water. Keeping them busy and occupied will keep them from grabbing the shower-head or turning knobs. My backside has been scalded or frozen one too many times but these simple steps have really helped us have a better RV bath time.



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<![CDATA[Yummies Review:  CinCin Ristorante + Bar Vancouver]]>Thu, 23 Feb 2017 15:30:00 GMThttp://icitizenmag.com/travfan-travel/yummies-review-cincin-ristorante-bar-vancouver
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Up the stairs you go and into a warm hued restaurant where you can watch the food be prepped and if you’re a little boy who loves tools, can even touch the old pasta maker standing near the kitchen. The location of this place is pretty handy if you’re staying downtown, as we could just walk from the hotel to dinner without much worry. Reserve ahead of time though, as on my birthday it was pretty booked up and I ended up having dinner too late for my son to behave himself.  Which meant I stood downstairs on the street holding a screaming and kicking boy for most of dinner.
I tried the chicken which was moist and tasty. Even the toddler really liked it and tried to steal most of my food (don’t feed the gremlins or they get bigger). The pasta was also good, though a little stiff if you prefer softer tendrils. The sauces were all yummy and the general feel of CinCin was nice if a little on the not-kid-friendly side of things. Sometimes I walk into a cafe and I can tell the waitstaff are cool with kids, this is not that place but everyone was polite if not warm. 

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<![CDATA[Camping in Winthrop]]>Tue, 07 Feb 2017 15:30:00 GMThttp://icitizenmag.com/travfan-travel/camping-in-winthrop
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Who loves camping with their little one? I do! Well I do when I remember to be smart and plan a trip that is fun for a small toddler. Babies are the easiest to RV with but toddlers and kids ride longer distances better.
Whintrop in Washington state is a really fun place to camp with a toddler. Just remember to space out driving days so you're never in the car longer than 3 hours.


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This is such a cute place for kids. You can visit Sheri's for big ice cream cones eaten atop saddles, go swimming in a handsome lake or walk all around as you chase birds and campers' dogs.  Winthrop has lots to offer, even a fun playground near the RV parking lot. If you're looking for a nice spot to stop for an hour or a few days this is a fun area for camping and RVing with little ones.

I enjoyed the homemade Ice cream
at Sheri's Sweet Shoppe, although it was a bit too sweet. We all had a great time sitting on the saddles and letting a little light misting of rain envelop us as we split a double scoop cone.
Ice cream is something I always hunt down in any town I visit (as you can tell from my many ice cream posts). I highly recommend doing a pre-lunch ice cream if you'll be sharing with a kido, you want plenty of time for them to burn off the sugar. Do not, as I have done, give them ice cream and then expect a small brain to sit still for hours on the road.


Avoid the Pizza at
Riverside Grill. I had terrible service on top of it so I say head over to Old schoolhouse brewery. They've got a nice vibe and nibbles before you head back to camp.  

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The Campgrounds at Pearrygin Lake State Park are great. My wild monkey loved chasing the ducks and sticking his toes in the lake. There are lots of big lawns for kids to run off the energy from sitting still in the RV or car and the light on the water in the evenings is lovely. Mama can relax with a stolen juice box as the toddler tries to eat dirt.

When it's nice and hot out you can swim in Pearrygin Lake in the State Park and enjoy the pretty scenery. Pack life vests for little ones learning to swim and quick wicking towels that don't take up too much space in the car.

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<![CDATA[Trickle Down Valley SYV Gossip]]>Wed, 16 Nov 2016 17:30:00 GMThttp://icitizenmag.com/travfan-travel/trickle-down-valley-syv-gossip

Trickle Down Valley

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A new wave may have crashed over the country but there has always been a strong tidal surge of support for rumps in the valley. This winery suffers from a very slow trickle down effect. In fact, pay is so bad that turnover just keeps speeding up. You ever notice that there's always a new face behind the bar telling the little guys what to do? Ever wonder why? Well when the head boss is a d!ck then the odds are the manager is too.

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<![CDATA[How to Travel with One Bag when You Have a Kid]]>Tue, 15 Nov 2016 17:30:00 GMThttp://icitizenmag.com/travfan-travel/how-to-travel-with-one-bag-when-you-have-a-kid
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<![CDATA[Yummies Review: Mother Hubbard's in Buellton]]>Tue, 20 Sep 2016 17:30:00 GMThttp://icitizenmag.com/travfan-travel/yummies-review-mother-hubbards-in-buellton
Yummies Review: Mother Hubbard's in Buellton CA
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A diner feel interior that's been around since 1978 mother hubbard's is an easy stop for breakfast on your way up or down the coastline. Ten minutes away are both Gaviota Beach State Park and nojoqui falls. The food is big portions and American road trip  quality. Mother Hubbard's is a toddler friendly place for breakfast with nice, small-town service. For the year round RV trip this place makes a good stop along the 101.

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