Travel With Kids

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Traveling with kids? We provide comprehensive travel guides for a variety of destinations. See photos, read about where to stay and what to do, PLUS smart travel tips compiled by a family of six.
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Nature Is Calling...And You MUST Go!
Don't be intimidated by the outdoors! Plan your next adventure with our campground spotlights, camping tips, and RV Resort Reports. 
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Product Recommendations for Families
These are a few of my favorite things. See recommendations for clothing, shoes, decor, games, toys, and gear. Real, honest recommendations from a family of six. 
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Learn More About Stephanie

Stephanie Sheaffer is a writer and entrepreneur.

In 2006, Stephanie created Metropolitan Mama (“See the World, One City at a Time”) – a lifestyle and travel blog for moms. The site quickly drew a loyal readership and has been named among the 50 Best Blogs by Women.

She is also the co-founder of TucsonTopia (“Find Your Tucson Paradise”), a hyperlocal site that helps introduce families to activities in Arizona.

Stephanie has a knack for connecting to readers through vivid stories, artistic photographs, and genuine kindness. 

Over the last decade, she has worked extensively with hundreds of brands, non-profits, and CVB partners.

Past trips have taken her to Mexico, Canada, Germany, Bangladesh, Pakistan, and all across the United States. In fact, she and her family spent a year in an RV in 2011 – traveling 20,000 miles across the USA.

Stephanie lives in Arizona with her husband and four children. She has a B.A. in English and an M.A. in Counseling. Hobbies include: hiking, reading, running, and hosting events on her back porch.
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Readers and brands love Metropolitan Mama.
"I have been reading Metropolitan Mama everyday since the day it launched! Well-educated, researched, thoughtful, non-judgemental, kick you in your pants, laugh out loud, light a spark in your soul, yearn for more, do things for others are just a few phrases I would use to describe Metropolitan Mama."
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Ashley Sanregret

Make-A-Wish Foundation
"I spent 2 years as the Social Media Manager for Graco Children’s Products. During my time in that role, I built a  positive relationship with Stephanie of Metropolitan Mama. Not only did Stephanie do product reviews that were honest, thorough and got a great deal of interaction by her readers, she also engaged with the Graco brand, and me personally, in a very authentic, personable, and professional way. She was a delight to work with, she has a great blog with an audience that’s as lovely as she is and I highly recommend working with her for your brand."
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Lindsay Lebresco

Former Social Media Manager, Graco
"There are a lot of good blogs out there. Yet, every now and then you find a blog like Metropolitan Mama and fall in love and smile every time it pops up on your reader."
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Wondering where to go on your next adventure? Our comprehensive campground spotlights give you the inside scoop on great family campgrounds.
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Travel With Kids

Stephanie Sheaffer specializes in long-form, well-written travel guides that will give you all of the information you need to plan your next vacation. Beautiful photographs, helpful tips, and relevant recommendations for attractions, resorts, amusement parks, outdoor destinations, restaurants, and more. 
BIG LIST of the Best Stocking Stuffers for Kids

Welcome to Metropolitan Mama's list of the best stocking stuffers for kids (ages 7-12). I've tried to include a variety of ideas - games, toys, accessories, gear, candy, snacks, and practical things that will actually be used throughout the year. I will update this page yearly with new and unique ideas. PIPSTICKERS What are pipstickers? […]

Campground Spotlight: Campland on the Bay

Our family recently spent three idyllic nights at Campland on the Bay over fall break. Campland on the Bay is a huge, family-friendly campground in the Mission Bay area of San Diego. While Campland is considered an urban campground, you won't feel like you are in the middle of the city. Instead, it will feel […]

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