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Homemade Cookies for Kids in the Car

Homemade Cookies for Kids in Cars

When you’re on the go to someplace special and maybe far away, and your children are with you, these healthy homemade cookie recipes for kids will keep the tummies filled and hands clean too.  Come on!  Let’s go!  Let eat!

This recipe for ginger molasses cookies are quite easy for kids to eat when hanging around the back seat of a family car on a trip or short drive.  What’s more, the ginger is soothing for any tummy that might be sensitive to riding around for a long time… or maybe just a little hungry.  

The coconut sugar used in the recipe gives this cookie a great, sweet brown-flavor taste without all the sugar spikes that can come from using lots of brown sugar or just plain white sugar.  

After all, who wants sugared-up kids jumping around in their seats when you’re stuck in the car for a while?  

Ginger Molasses Cookies

Gluten Free.  Dairy Free.  Grain Free.  Paleo Friendly.  Real Food for Kids.  

 

Ginger Molasses Cookies
Serves 16
A Paleo Ginger Molasses Cookie Recipe that's grain free, gluten free, dairy free, and of course, real food.
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
30 min
120 calories
12 g
23 g
8 g
2 g
4 g
29 g
127 g
7 g
0 g
4 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
29g
Servings
16
Amount Per Serving
Calories 120
Calories from Fat 65
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 8g
12%
Saturated Fat 4g
19%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
Cholesterol 23mg
8%
Sodium 127mg
5%
Total Carbohydrates 12g
4%
Dietary Fiber 0g
1%
Sugars 7g
Protein 2g
Vitamin A
1%
Vitamin C
0%
Calcium
2%
Iron
4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 2 Large Eggs (room temperature)
  2. 3 Tablespoons coconut palm sugar
  3. 1/4 cup blackstrap molasses (room temperature)
  4. 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted and cooled to room temperature
  5. 1 teaspoon pure vanilla
  6. 1/4 cup smooth cashew butter
  7. 2/3 cup coconut flour
  8. 1 and 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  9. 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  10. 1 teaspoon baking soda
  11. 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  12. 2 Tablespoons coconut palm sugar for sprinkling on top (in separate bowl)
Instructions
  1. 1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. 2. As oven is preheating, line a large cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  3. 3. In a large bowl, mix eggs, coconut sugar, molasses, coconut oil, and vanilla together and whisk.
  4. 4. Add cashew butter and whisk again.
  5. 5. In a separate bowl, mix coconut flour, ginger, cinnamon, basking soda, and sea salt.
  6. 6. Slowly add the dry ingredients into the liquid mixture, and mix well until a sticky ball forms.
  7. 7. Chill the dough in a refrigerator for about 5 minutes to 10 minutes.
  8. 8. When ready, roll dough into 1 inch balls, and roll into separate coconut sugar.
  9. 9. Place balls on the cookie sheet and slightly flatten with the bottom of a glass.
  10. 10. Bake at 350 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes. You should see the tops crack when ready.
  11. 11. Remove from the oven, and let set on the cookie sheet for about 5 minutes before removing to a rack or plate to cool.
Notes
  1. Have you ever used coconut palm sugar (sometimes just called coconut sugar)? If not, you're in for a treat! Coconut sugar is a little lighter in color than brown sugar and tastes somewhat like brown sugar but is looser like white sugar. However, it is full of minerals and antioxidants and is lower on the glycemic index with not such a sugar rush, making it a nice alternative to both regular brown sugar and plain white sugar. It's more natural. It's sweet. It's great for kids AND adults!
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Who wants chocolate chip cookies in the car?  I do!  

OK, who wants little guys and little girls eating chocolate chips in the car?  

Hummm… THAT’s what I’m talkin’ about. 

Here you go.

No Mess Chocolate Drop Cookies

All the chocolate without the slimy wipe up. 

Make them with pure maple syrup, and you’ve got another tasty winner with extra health benefits for little boys and girls (and big ones too, by the way).   

Gluten Free.  Dairy Free.  Grain Free.  A chocolate Paleo cookie recipe that’s about the perfect chocolate cookie recipe for kids in a car. 

No Mess Chocolate Drop Cookies
Serves 16
You don't really want chocolate chips in the car, do you? I thought so.... So here's a nice chocolate cookie that won't melt in your kids' hands! It's grain free, dairy free, gluten free, and Paleo friendly too!
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
30 min
105 calories
14 g
0 g
5 g
3 g
1 g
32 g
88 g
4 g
0 g
4 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
32g
Servings
16
Amount Per Serving
Calories 105
Calories from Fat 43
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5g
8%
Saturated Fat 1g
4%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 88mg
4%
Total Carbohydrates 14g
5%
Dietary Fiber 1g
4%
Sugars 4g
Protein 3g
Vitamin A
0%
Vitamin C
0%
Calcium
1%
Iron
4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 2 cups almond flour
  2. 1/2 teaspoon Himalayan pink sea salt
  3. 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  4. 4 egg whites
  5. 1/2 cup organic maple syrup
  6. 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. 1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees, and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. 2. In a large mixing bowl, mix the almond flour, salt, and cocoa powder.
  3. 3. Add the egg whites, maple syrup, and vanilla extract and whisk in with the dry ingredients until well mixed and airy.
  4. 4. Place individual scoops of batter on the baking pan, and bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until the cookies are firm and the tops of the cookies just begin to crack.
  5. 5. Remove from the oven, and let the cookies cool on the baking sheet for about 5 minutes before removing them.
Notes
  1. Cocoa powder is fine, but if you want to add some additional health benefits to your cookies, use cacao powder in lieu of cocoa powder. Cacao powder is less processed than cocoa powder which means cacao powder retains some of its living, raw properties and nutrients. It also has a very smooth taste which kids love... a lot.
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5g
protein
3g
carbs
14g
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See, you don’t need chocolate chip cookies when your traveling!  Homemade chocolate cookies with cocoa is much easier for your kids to handle in the car.  It’s easier for you too since you won’t have to clean faces, hands, and seats as much afterwards.  Note, I did say “as much”.  haha  

When you’re talking about healthy cookie recipes for kids on the go… or not on the go, the topic of oatmeal cookies with raisins might come to mind.  

This recipe calls for black walnuts which are great for brain development; skin conditions like acne, psoriasis, and eczema; and digestion (plus many other physical functions, actions, and protections).  However, if your kids don’t like black walnuts, you can use regular walnuts (which have some health benefits too), pecans, or just make them with no nuts at all.  

This recipe can be a gluten free cookie recipe for kids too if you use gluten free oatmeal and gluten free oat flour.  

The boys and girls in your back seat might take note of the bananas in this oatmeal raisin cookie recipe too.  If they do, that is if they do and if they like bananas, you’ve got another winner!

Banana Oatmeal Cookies with Raisins and Black Walnuts

 Homemade Cookies for Kids in the Car

Banana Oatmeal Cookies with Black Walnuts
Serves 16
An old-fashioned oatmeal cookie with a surprise or two. Use gluten free oatmeal and oat flour for a gluten free oatmeal cookie recipe for those who have a sensitivity to gluten.
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
30 min
121 calories
17 g
8 g
5 g
3 g
2 g
41 g
43 g
6 g
0 g
2 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
41g
Servings
16
Amount Per Serving
Calories 121
Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5g
8%
Saturated Fat 2g
10%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 8mg
3%
Sodium 43mg
2%
Total Carbohydrates 17g
6%
Dietary Fiber 2g
7%
Sugars 6g
Protein 3g
Vitamin A
2%
Vitamin C
2%
Calcium
2%
Iron
4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 2 bananas
  2. 1/4 cup butter, melted
  3. 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  4. 1 cup oat flour
  5. 1 cup rolled oats
  6. 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  7. 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  8. 1/4 cup black walnuts, ground
  9. 1/4 cup black raisins
Instructions
  1. 1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees, and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  2. 2. In a food processor or with a blender, puree bananas, melted butter, and maple syrup.
  3. 3. In a separate bowl, mix oat flour, rolled oats, baking soda, and cinnamon. Stir well!
  4. 4. Add liquid mixture to dry ingredients, and stir well to mix.
  5. 5. Add black walnuts and gently stir to mix in.
  6. 5. Drop scoops onto the cookie sheet and flatten slightly.
  7. 6. Bake for 13 to 15 minutes.
  8. 7. Cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes or so before removing.
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GF Harvest has a really nice organic, gluten free oatmeal product to use for cookie baking. Well, it’s good for other things too. It’s just that we’ve got cookies on our minds here right now!

Check our GF Harvest Gluten Free Oatmeal here.

Have you tried baking on silicone baking mats yet?  

With a silicone baking mat, you don’t need parchment paper, cooking spray, or grease on your baking sheet!  

Yes, they are oven safe and what’s more, they are easy to clean. 

They can handle lots of wear and tear too.  You might be surprised! 

If you don’t have one, consider getting one to try out.  They are pretty helpful to have around!

Click here or the photo to see this and other silicone baking mats at Amazon. 

 

Making healthy cookies for kids just got more interesting, didn’t it?  

And one more for the record….  or should I say one more for the road…   just for fun.

These is such a quick and easy cookie recipe for kids to eat on the run!  

If your child needs a non-dairy alternative, the dry milk powder in this recipe can be swapped out for dried coconut milk powder.  

You’ll love making these.  You’ll love giving them to the kids.  You’ll love them (as in you’ll love eating them…. yourself.)  🙂 

No Bake Peanut Butter Balls With Graham Crackers and Honey

No Bake Peanut Butter and Honey Balls with Graham Crackers
Serves 24
Easy to make. Fun to eat.
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Prep Time
20 min
Prep Time
20 min
91 calories
8 g
1 g
6 g
4 g
1 g
19 g
74 g
6 g
0 g
5 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
19g
Servings
24
Amount Per Serving
Calories 91
Calories from Fat 47
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 6g
9%
Saturated Fat 1g
4%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
Cholesterol 1mg
0%
Sodium 74mg
3%
Total Carbohydrates 8g
3%
Dietary Fiber 1g
4%
Sugars 6g
Protein 4g
Vitamin A
1%
Vitamin C
0%
Calcium
4%
Iron
2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs
  2. 1 cup peanut butter
  3. 1/2 cup dry milk powder (or dry coconut milk powder)
  4. 1/4 cup honey
Instructions
  1. 1. Spread graham cracker crumbs into a shallow bowel or deep plate, and set aside.
  2. 2. In a large bowl, add peanut butter, dry milk or coconut milk powder, and honey and mix well.
  3. 3. Shape peanut butter dough into walnut-size balls.
  4. 4. Roll cookie balls in the crumbs to coat, and place on a tray or in a storage container or bag.
Notes
  1. Sprinkle just a little bit of ground flax seed into the peanut butter honey dough if you want to add a little heart healthy, plant based Omega 3! You won't be able to use much without making the dough too thick, but a sprinkle or two can be worked in just fine. Oh, you don't need it. Just throwing that thought in there for you!
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6g
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4g
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Hope you enjoy some or all of these great cookie recipes for traveling with children!  

What’s more, here’s to NOT having to clean up afterwards… at least not SO much anyway.   


Great Deals on Labor Day Getaways for Late Summer Travelers

Deals on Labor Day Weekend Getaways

If you haven’t had your fill of summer fun yet, or if you have and want to take advantage of those Labor Day travel deals or even just the last days of summer, here is where you’ll probably find the best Labor Day deals and discounts for a short family getaway this Labor Day weekend.

Deals on Labor Day Weekend Getaways

Hotel discounts are good opportunities to get great travel deals on Labor Day weekend.

Hotel Deals for Labor Day Weekend

If people aren’t shopping at all the Labor Day weekend sales or having a picnic with family or friends at home, it’s a good chance they are traveling.   Top family travel destinations for the weekend include the beach, state parks, and other places where families can enjoy the great outdoors during those last few days of summer.

Wherever you go, whether it’s rock climbing in Bolder, Colorado, a quick weekend trip to Ocean City, Maryland, or even a more indoor activity like a NYC Broadway show, you should be able to find great discounts on hotels where you’ll be.

Check the larger travel sites like Expedia or Kayak online, go directly to your favorite hotel website, or even better, call hotels directly and ask them if they have discount hotel rates for Labor Day.   You’ll be amazed what a phone call can do to save money on overnight accommodations!

 

Labor Day Weekend Car Rental Deals

Many people don’t realize some car rental companies have great deals on car rentals for certain holidays, Labor Day being one of those times.  These car leasing companies know Labor Day car rental specials can sometimes make the difference between a family staying home or making the decision to live a little during the short family break.

A weekend getaway car rental doesn’t have to cost a bundle if you take a few minutes to check some offers by some of those rental companies that want your business right now!

Yea sure, search Priceline and  Hotwire, but talk to places like Enterprise and Alamo too for weekend car rental specials, and rent a car for Labor Day!

Labor Day Weekend Cruises

Are you hankering to take a cruise but perhaps don’t think you can afford one?  Check out the Labor Day weekend cruises offered by many cruise lines or online travel sites, and see if they might have a Labor Day weekend cruise that might just fit your budget.  Not only are these short cruises which will cost you a little less, you’ll also find some pretty good Labor Day weekend cruise deals that could more easily afford!

From family cruise deals for the entire weekend to a discount for a one day cruise on Labor Day, there are bargains to find and discounts to get.   If you’re interested, take advantage of these opportunities!

 

 

Labor Day Weekend Getaway Deals

Sometimes free parks and places make the best Labor Day getaways of all!

Other Labor Day Travel Deals

To find weekend getaway deals, it doesn’t matter if you are staying close to home or traveling a little further.  If you want to enjoy the weekend, you will be able to find events and attractions that are either discounted, cheap, or free to begin with.

Get together with the kids, give everyone a chance to offer some short vacation ideas, and then start calling or getting online to ask what the cost for that event or attraction is over the weekend holiday.  Also check city and country tourism bureaus, city websites, and Chamber of Commerce sites for any city or town that might have some fun things to do over the weekend.  Some attractions may have a regular price tag attached to it.  However, you might just find some fun things to do at discounted prices.

Some tourist attractions are discounted and even sometime free on Labor Day, making it possible to discover some cheap weekend getaways for families to enjoy in those last dog days of summer.

And if you’re REALLY broke, and even these Labor Day discounts don’t seem to make enough of a dent to help you with your family’s short vacation dreams this year, read this:

 

The Formula for Cheap Family Breaks When You’re Broke

 

Here’s to a wonderful and fun Labor Day weekend for you and your family this year!

Green Camping Gear That is Easy on the Earth AND Your Budget

Getting Green Camping Gear at a Discount

There are tons of ways to save the earth and save money on vacations too.

Camping with green camping gear can actually do both, but you need to know how to get good deals on your eco friendly camping gear before you can put those luxury camping supplies into a limited family vacation budget. If you like the idea of green camping products but are not sure you can afford them, here’s a list of the top discount camping gear and camping gear stores (or other retail stores that carry camping supplies) that will help you go green AND let you stretch your family camping vacation budget at the same time. » Read more

The 10 Best Places to Visit for Christmas Holiday Displays

Best Places to Visit for Christmas

The travel network over at National Geographic  displayed the following picture of Vienna, Austria as one of their top 10 international Christmas travel destinations.

Best Places to Visit for Christmas

The holiday lights on display in Vienna, Austria.
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See this picture in its original context at http://travel.nationalgeographic.com/travel/top-10/holiday-lights-photos/

Such a beautiful sight!

However, if you’re staying in the good old USA for Christmas, there are plenty of beautiful sights to see right where you are.  Here’s a list of the top 10 holiday light displays in America.

The Top 10 Places in America to Visit for Christmas Holiday Displays

#1 Oglebay Park Winter Festival of Lights, Wheeling, WV

Watch this video, and you’ll see why Oglebay Park Resort’s Winter Festival of Lights is one of the most beautiful light shows in the country.

OK, I really don’t know what the lovely lady at the beginning is saying, but I’m hoping it’s good, and the sights and sounds of the area and the light show will dazzle you.  I’ll tell you a little more after this 5 minute video, so watch the show here and then stick around!

 

 

What makes Oglebay Park in Wheeling, WV my #1 choice is a combination of a magnificent light display, the absolute beauty of the area (some of the most beautiful laying land in the country), and the usual winter feeling in the air in those foothills of the Appalachian mountains not far from Pittsburgh, PA.

OK, and I grew up there too, so this place is a part of my childhood memories.

However, don’t let my hometown bias get in the way.  This really is a top holiday destination for families and for romantic couples getaways during Christmas.

Oglebay park’s Wilson Lodge has accommodations perfect for holiday travel; there are also some great cottage and cabin rentals right on the park.  They are pretty hard to get so call them and find out how far in advance you need to reserve one.  Here’s some Oglebay Park cabin and cottage rental information:  http://www.oglebay-resort.com/cottages/cottageinfo.htm

You can also stay at one of the local hotels in the Wheeling WV area and drive in to enjoy the festivities.

While at Oglebay, make sure you also stop at the park’s zoo, open throughout the season, and definitely plan to tour the Oglebay Park Mansion Museum, a charming bit of history which will have every single room decorated in such a fashion that you will always remember your time there.

For an extra special treat, experience 1800s farmhouse dining at Drover’s Inn in Wellsburg, WV about 40 minutes away.  See their info and reviews here:  http://www.yelp.com/biz/drovers-inn-wellsburg

Also while there, you’ll find some other great down home American things to do in Wheeling, WV, or take the 40 minute drive up to Pittsburgh, PA to enjoy the urban center of southwestern Pennsylvania.

If you want to expand your Christmas family break and travel a bit more, you can add to a memorable trip by experiencing Christmas in southeastern PA.  See my article on Christmas Family Holidays in Southeastern Pennsylvania here:  http://padoozles.com/family-holidays-in-se-pa/.

Oglebay Park’s Winter Festival of Lights in and of itself is by far one of the best light displays in the country.  Add the beautiful area and the historical richness of one of the earliest gateways to the west, and you’ve got a great Christmas holiday destination.

For more information on Oglebay Park year round or to travel there over your Christmas family break, go to http://www.oglebay-resort.com/

#2  River of Lights and Luminaria Tour, Albuquerque, NM

Not only does the Albuquerque Botanic Gardens sponsor one of the most fascinating displays of lights in this country, the historically rich and richly beautiful city of Albuquerque comes alive with luminarias.  There’s a reason why Albuquerque NM is one of the most visited cities in the United States on December 24.

You can get an idea of the atmosphere you’ll encounter here in this video:

 

#3  Christmas at the Newport Mansions, Newport, RI

You’ll get a different kind of experience here in Newport Rhode Island but one that is well worth the trip to this quaint New England city.  The Newport Mansions, owned in their time by the likes of English families, French royalty, and some of our most prestigious first European and American summer dwellers here in America is prepared for the Christmas season to show all the splendor and grand scale elegance of such magnificent homes of America’s past.

Seeing these homes in and of themselves is a thrill.  Seeing their halls gracefully decorated with holiday cheer and remembrances of days long gone is an even greater treat.

Get a peak of the noble New England lifestyle and Christmas cheer you’ll experience in Newport, Rhode Island here:  http://youtu.be/-F7V0Mtniqk  (VIDEO:  5:53)

4.  The Holiday Road Light Show, 16204 Heather Ct., Spring Lake MI 49456

A group of families in Spring Lake, Michigan hits the top list here with their 360 degree surround sound, coordinated and computerized Christmas display.  Before you pffffhh it, thinking it’s just a bunch of neighbor guys who just like lights, check this out.  You’ll never be the same.

For more information on this extraordinary display of creativity and engineering, go to the website for this event at The Holiday Road Show.

#5 Holiday River Parade and and Lighting Ceremony, San Antonio, TX

The only way to make the San Antonio River Walk even prettier is to decorate it with illuminated boats and give it a holiday glow.  It’s already a tourist paradise.  During Christmas, it almost feels like a magical dream.

Holiday festivities including the parade of boats and the switch of the twinkling lights over the River Walk always begin at 7:00 PM the Friday following Thanksgiving with the lights shining brightly all the way through January 1.

#6 The Pigeon Forge Winterfest, Pigeon Forge, TN and The Smoky Mountains Winterfest, nearby Gatlinburg, TN

These two go hand in hand.  Check out Sevierville, TN as well.  All three areas are right together and even share a trolley.

While you’re there, visit Dolly Parton’s Dollywood Amusement Park.  Their Christmas in the Smokies Festival will keep you busy and put you in the mood to celebrate Christmas in a very special way.  Go here for more details and for show information:  http://www.dollywood.com/themepark/entertainment/Christmas-in-the-Smokies.aspx

#7  The Rockefeller Center and…  Well All of New York City, New York, NY

There is so much to see in NYC, and Christmas just adds to the appeal of this great city.  See all the different places in and around this great city where you can see great lights:  http://nymag.com/guides/holidays/lights/

#8 Christmas at Biltmore, Ashville, NC

Enjoy the beauty of the season in America’s largest home.  From miles of real evergreen garland to dozens of Christmas trees, hundreds of Poinsettias, and thousands of ornaments, a walk through this richly ornamented home (even before Christmas), and you’ll be glad to go home to have just your own little kitchen to clean up.  It will be a special moment in time for you though, none the less!

#9 The Branson Area Festival of Lights, Branson, MO

In addition to this drive-through light display, Branson has two other major holiday light displays to enjoy as well.  Add some family oriented shows in there too, and you may just put this at the top of your list as the best place to go for a family Christmas.  Get info on the lighting shows here:  http://www.branson.com/news/2009/10/19/branson%E2%80%99s-major-drive-through-christmas-lighting-displays/

While in the area, do also enjoy Branson’s Silver Dollar City’s Old Time Christmas, rated one of the top holiday events of the country.  Silver Dollar City’s Festival website is here:  http://festivals.bransonsilverdollarcity.com/ 

Here’s a video from last year’s Christmas light display and info about the upcoming 2012 Christmas season:  http://www.explorebranson.com/christmas/bafol#.UFnkV7KPUks

#10  Your own hometown.

Never forget the treasures you have to enjoy right in your very own backyard!

If you would like to discover more places to go for Christmas to have fun and enjoy dazzling Christmas decorations and displays, check out this website at :  http://parentables.howstuffworks.com/family-travel/50-best-places-see-christmas-lights-america.html

Have fun during your Christmas break!

Where Can I Get a Texas Free Vacation Guide?

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Don’t miss out on all those great Texas vacation spots!

Here is my list of the best places to get a Texas free vacation guide so you can get some family vacation ideas rolling.

Get Your Free Texas Travel Brochures From TourTexas.com.

I am amazed by this online travel site.  If you want to visit or vacation in Texas, this is a top destination BEFORE you plan your vacation destination.

You can order travel brochures for different cities in Texas, different regions in Texas, even specific tourist attractions and specific vacation destinations Texas has to offer and have them sent to you free of charge through the postal service or download them right onto your computer for free.

Note:  A few of the individual attractions can only be sent to you through the mail with a 2 – 4 week delivery time, but most city travel guides and many of the individual tourist attractions are both available for download or through the mail.

I really like this site.  Not only can you order all kinds of Texas travel brochures, you can see travel videos of all the major vacation destinations in the state.

You can also search for and get info on events throughout Texas like festivals, fairs, air shows, farmer’s markets, sports events, etc…  You know…  all those activities to do on Texas family vacations to help you have a fun trip.

Another benefit of this website is its interactive maps of Texas and its cities.  Having a resource like that right at your fingertips when you are planning a vacation is really helpful.

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That’s right, partner… Welcome to Texas!

Get a Great Free Travel Guide for Texas plus vacation planning tools, family vacation packages, and some of the best travel deals around from TravelTex.com.

I also found the most amazing thing on this site.  They have downloadable podcast walking tours of the major cities in Texas.   I mean like this is where you can actually download free walking tours onto your MP3 player and listen to a tour guide as you walk through the most exciting and popular tourist attractions in Texas.

Yes, you can hear those recordings right on your computer at home too which makes vacation planning even easier!

The list of driving tours in Texas on the TravelTex website are just absolutely the best next to sliced bread too!  You can find dozens of driving tours for summer road trips, day trips, family weekend getaways in Texas, even homeschool field trips if you live in this region of the country or are just moseying through.

If your planning a family vacation in Texas, use these driving tours as a part of your planning too!

Get bunches of free Texas driving tour guides at:  http://www.traveltex.com/plan-your-trip/driving-tours?c=All too!

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Travel Texas!

Here’s another sure fire way to get some great free Texas travel guides:

Always… ALWAYS check the convention and visitors bureau of each each city where, or close to where, you want to go.

Just do an online search something like “name of city” (and write the city in.. and state abbreviation if it could get confused with another state) followed by the words “visitors bureau” or “convention and visitors bureau”.  Doing a search for the city plus “things to do” or “visitors center” takes you to some places to get free tourism brochures and guides as well.

It would look something like this:

Amarillo TX visitors bureau

Dallas convention and visitors bureau

San Antonio visitor center or San Antonio visitors

Abilene TX tourist attractions or Abilene TX Convention visitors OR

Austin TX convention and visitors bureau

Any combination will get you to the city’s official convention and visitors bureau where you can order or download a free vacation guide.  That same search will also show other local sites which provide vacation information and lists of things to do in whatever specific city you searched for.

And of course, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department has all the free Texas vacation information anyone needs to enjoy the Texas great outdoors.

You can view online travel info about the parks in Texas plus get info on cabin rental reservations, camping info for those interested in camping at Texas state parks, check out boating, fishing, and other lake activities, etc there!

And as a surprise BONUS

Whenever your family vacation destination takes you to Texas, make sure you take advantage of the travel resources at the Texas Department of Transportation website!

The TDOT has lots of traveling resources you can use free of charge right on their site.  Check that link out there.  You’ll be really surprised!

There, you’ve got my list to help you plan a vacation in Texas, but if you know about a free Texas vacation guide that you would recommend to others, please feel free to leave a comment below and share it!

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