Spring Cleaning Anytime and 5 More Tips for Stress-free Travel Prep

When I was a kid I thought that Spring Cleaning was just something they did in cartoons or that my grama talked about. We didn’t do that in our house, or at least that I realized. Now, as a dad I totally get it and we totally do it, particularly to keep ourselves organized with […]

Outdoor Activities with Young Kids along the Scenic Route

We love when we get to share our favorite spots to visit, tips we’ve learned and ideas for exciting times along the Scenic Route.  We’ve created a really fun video to inspire new and wild times with young kids as you travel beyond the city… but you have to visit the the Scenic Route with […]

Safe Storage of Travel Products: kid safety on the road

When we are traveling with the kids we typically have all kinds of products with us, from toothpaste to bug spray. Safe storage of our travel products is important, and not just because we don’t want to have all of our toiletries covered in sunblock due to the pressure change when flying, but because we […]

Self Care and Traveling for Health: being your best you for your family

Being on the go so much, it’s really easy to get distracted and stop paying attention to how you should be taking care of yourself.  Last month, we shared about how to stay healthy while traveling, particularly during cold and flu season. What about the rest of the year though, when you’re just busy in […]

Staying healthy while traveling: cold and flu season tips for kids and adults

As parents who travel with kids constantly, we’re in all kinds of places throughout the year, including airports and train stations during cold and flu season. It’s rare that our household gets sick and I think that in large part it’s due to our daily habits and making the kids wash their hands constantly. There’s […]

Homeschooling resources to launch into Worldschooling

Starting out on our worldschooling adventure was more than just the decision to homeschool, but it was also figuring out what we’d be using for curriculum and technology. Homeschooling resources are all over if you just know where to look, from full on education plans and online teaching programs to local events and public parks. […]

Wildlife Safety in America’s National Parks: keeping humans AND animals safe

Every year you read about some tourist that didn’t think about if trying to ride a bison or something was smart. You hear about people not paying attention or following rules and then the wildlife having to be caught and put down. Don’t be one of those people.  We want you to have an unforgettable […]

Worldschooling: making the decision to homeschool and travel as a family

A while ago we wrote an article and shared our thoughts about whether or not we would be homeschooling the kids or enrolling them in conventional public school. With all of the travel that we do we weren’t exactly sure where we would land and if we would just scale back so the kids could […]

Giving back to community organizations during the holidays and into New Year

Over the last several months we’ve been really fortunate to partner with Huggies and to learn about and share so much regarding caring for families and giving back to the community. As parents, we know the challenges of looking out for our kids as well as providing for them, so we’re excited to share some […]

The science of hugging and showing care for our growing kids

Since we’re a part of the Huggies Parent Council, we’ve gotten to share some pretty cool programs that help families all over, from supporting NICU nurses to the National Diaper Bank Network. With these and with the different products by Huggies, there’s a consistent goal: to make people, in particular babies, feel loved and supported, […]

Taking the Scenic Route as Alamo Chief Travel Guides

You know how much we love to go for a drive, whether it’s near home or when we’ve flown to a new destination. Well, we’ve got an amazing partnership going and we are so excited to share that we’re now a part of Alamo Rent A Car’s Chief Travel Guide team. We’re going to be […]

Supporting the National Diaper Bank Network: Huggies No Baby Unhugged

 A few weeks ago we shared some stories of our friends who have spent time in the NICU working with NICU nurses as part of our partnership with Huggies. We have some more cool programs to share today that are all about some relatively unknown needs within our community and others. As part of Huggies […]

Because babies: a thank you to the NICU nurses

We’re taking a break from sharing about travel to share something completely different and for the people involved, infinitely more impactful. We’ve partnered with Huggies to share a few stories and some big thank yous for the staff of NICUs around the country.  We were very fortunate with both of our boys having very smooth […]

Camping rules for kids: 10 rules to keep kids (and parents) safe in the woods

When the family goes camping, nobody exhibits more enthusiasm, excitement and anticipation than the kids! Children not only see this as an adventure, but they like the idea of spending time with parents who aren’t texting, working and otherwise distracted.  Our friend, Paul Turner of TakeOutdoors.com has some great insight to share about camping safety […]

Dads in Disneyland: tips for planning an awesome Disney Vacation

There is no one destination on Earth that we’ve been to as many times as Disneyland. It’s actually shocking to start calculating how many hours we have spent in both Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure. Our Disneyland tips come from hundreds of hours of fun both with and without kids. that’s right, sometimes we’re in […]

Go-to products for traveling with kids: sunblock to sunglasses, what’s in the bag…

This post about summer travel packing and family friendly kid products is sponsored by Johnson’s Baby, one of our staple brands at home and on the road. Summer is totally underway.  We’ve already had trips to Disneyland, Wisconsin, Florida and more.  That means that we’ve honed down our travel packing, daily prep on the road, […]

Saving for the future: making travel and early retirement attainable

Our notes here about saving for the future originally appeared on GaysWithKids.com, which is a great resource for families and same-sex couples looking to take the plunge into parenthood. Recently, we saw some online promotion and hashtags around saving up for the future and just general thoughts on good practices with money.  Chris and I […]

Our Christmas tree tradition: from travel ornaments to sustainable farms

Well, Thanksgiving came and went in a flash which means that it’s time to wrap up our year… but not before we do our one and only Christmas tradition:  doing the Christmas tree.  Decorating a Christmas tree as a family has become one of our absolute favorite activities out of everything we do over the […]

Voting with your dollars… your travel dollars

Following the recent shocking election of Donald Trump in the United States, our minds are spinning out of control of what to do.  We cannot relocate our lives and run away from this.  We can’t secede from the Union (or can we?) and we can’t just sit at home moping about so many of our […]

Fall traditions: travel and pumpkins

Since summer keeps us going going going we are always a tiny bit excited for fall.  Fall is the perfect time to chill for a bit (for at least three weeks straight), prep for the next big trip (usually a warm couple weeks in Mexico) and do our pumpkin thing.  Yes, most families have some […]

Travel vs Sending kids to school – the big debate

September means something different for every family.  Most parents (and kids) are totally in school mode, but not us.  We’re still in the days of enjoying the last weeks of summer and keeping busy with travel and house projects.  Come next year though, we’ll be sending kids to school for the first time… or will […]

Our Annual Family Reunion Trip – #HowWeFamily

Every year we get together with our family for a big family reunion trip.  Hold up, that’s a vague statement because our family is enormous.  We get together annually with our immediate family for a week at Lake Cushman on the Olympic Peninsula of Washington State.  We love it there; it’s beautiful.  We love even […]

How travel impacts kids: interview with a 4 year old

We travel a lot, right?  Do you ever wonder what actually sticks with kids and makes a lasting impression?  When you’re planning your own vacation, do you seriously talk to your kids to see what they want to do or where they want to go.  After interviewing our own 4 year old, it’s become a […]

Internet trolling: Being strong for LGBT families everywhere

We’re always sharing the positive side of family travel and being two dads, right?  Every now and then we add a dose of reality by looping everyone in on what it’s like to be an LGBT family in unpleasant places or awkward situations, but did you know that even in a world as progressive as […]

#HowWeFamily for Father’s Day… and any other time

Disclosure: I have received information about #HowWeFamily from the makers of TYLENOL. The opinions stated are my own. This is a sponsored post. Last year Father’s Day was a struggle to figure out.  We were both worn out from life, with Chris working bunch over in Seattle in the week before, and me being here at […]

Stanley products: #Stanleyness & useful dad-gear for dadding

Probably the best thing about being a blogger is getting to tell stories about what we do every day instead of just keeping it to ourselves. We love talking to people!  Having a blog to share our ideas, tips, and just fun times is great. One of the things that we get to share about […]

Family hiking with the Piggyback Rider

Being a dad is the coolest thing ever.  You get to teach your kids about bugs and cooking and building things and art and hiking and so much more. While our youngest is still in the toddler stage and not about to voluntarily hike on his own, our oldest, Oliver, is quite the trailblazer… 80% […]

Mother’s Day with 2 Dads – #HowWeFamily

Disclosure: I have received information about #HowWeFamily from the makers of TYLENOL. The opinions stated are my own. This is a sponsored post. Strangely we’re always asked how we celebrate Mother’s Day.  Um… like any other family does?  We have moms.  We have women in our family who are moms.  We celebrate them.  “Oh, but one […]

Shop w/ the 2Dads

Looking to get set up with the right supplies, services or tools for some awesome travel? Take a look below at what we recommend and who we partner with. Camping Gear Check out our Set Up Camp page for specific recommendations REI:  we love REI’s gear and quality.  Shop REI.com here! Looking for great gear […]

Crazy fun at the Children’s Museum of Denver

Omagoodness.  Have you ever been to a children’s museum? We have been to a couple children’s museums and I’ll tell you, they can be a bit stressful. The stress is all completely worth it though, or at least mostly worth it, when you see how much fun all of the kids have. The Children’s Museum […]

Market to ME: gay travel advertising… or not

Do you know what I love about modern television and online marketing?  Advertisements that speak to me and that I don’t mind watching or looking into more.  A catchy ad does wonders for a brand, like the Disney World ads that have tiny bits of magic woven into them.  Or there’s an ad for the […]

Family Travel in the South…as an LGBT family

Originally written for GaysWithKids.com When people ask us where our favorite places to return to for family travel are, we’re pretty quick with our answers:  Cabo San Lucas, Disneyland, Georgia/Florida…  Georgia and Florida?  Like, the South?  Yes, it’s true.  We’ve written before about how the South is changing and how it’s worth giving a second […]

Family Camping With Kids: 5 Dad Hacks

Dads have the stereotypical reputation of a few key things:  bad jokes, BBQing and convincing the family to rough it.  None of these are bad stereotypes, but also none are true for every dad.  I’ll be honest, these all are true for us…and doubly so as we’re a gay dad household.  Our sons are used to […]

Kids via Surrogacy: roadblocks and success of building a two dad family

We get countless questions about having kids via surrogacy, so we’ve decided that we need to share the process we went through and our best tips for ensuring that the surrogacy process is as seamless and safe as possible. Having kids is a huge step in life, let alone when it involves people from outside […]

Behind the Picture at the Beach… without a helmet

The story behind the picture at the beach:  we live very close to a great beach.  Like, we can walk there in five minutes so we’re there ALLLLLL the time.  It’s still special and exciting to go even though we practically live there March through October.  This particular day was a very special one though.  […]

Behind the Picture: at the Aquarium Touch Tank

The story behind the picture:  I’m a stay-at-home dad (me, Rob) so I get to do fun stuff with the boys every day.  Chris works in Seattle five days a week, so most of his fun time is mainly on the weekends or when we’re traveling.  One of our favorite things to do is to […]

Returning to Favorite Destinations with Kids

Originally written for the Smart GayLife Before we had two kids, we were bold with our travel choices.  We could throw caution out the window and road trip through rural Mexico and get stopped and searched by armed military.  We could visit friends in San Francisco and stay out until 3am.  We could trek through Canada […]

Families Like Ours: even pelicans have two dads

Having two dads isn’t the norm.  It’s true.  But gosh, it would be nice if we ran into more families like ours out there.  We do what we can to raise our kids just like any other parents do, but as they grow, we’ve got an extra step of calling out our family situation.  We […]

Family Travel vs. Gay Family Travel

Originally written for GaysWithKids.com It’s funny.  As I think about traveling as a gay man or as part of a gay family, I try to consider what makes our travels gay.  Yeah, um, it’s just that we’re gay; nothing else.  I was sitting here analyzing our adventures and writing and realized that our journeys aren’t […]

Fathers’ Day: planning for two dads

Holidays are a strange phenomenon.  We set aside a day to specifically think about a topic and then gather with people to celebrate it, aka cook food we don’t normally.  Christmas makes sense because clearly you’re either celebrating the birth of Jesus or you’re celebrating your own sense of how well you know others by […]