Category: Travel Gear

Happy Sails collection by Le Top

As a traveling family, I tend to be drawn to clothing, toys, and items for the home that are globally inspired or adventure-themed. I'm actually not much of a decorator, but we do have three globes in our living room, along with an oversized National Geographic wall map of the world. Le Top's new Happy […]

Road Trip Gear to Make Your Kids Smarter and Healthier

If you've been following Metropolitan Mama for any length of time, you've probably discovered that our family LOVES road trips. In fact, it's often our preferred mode of travel. We've been to almost all 50 states by car over the last five years...with more trips planned in the coming months! Road-tripping is more affordable, allows […]

Children's Sandals for Summer? Think pediped!

When it comes to shoes, I believe in comfort and practicality for kids - even if those attributes are associated with a higher price tags. One of the few shoe brands that I trust is pediped, founded in 2005 by a husband and wife team in Nevada. is one of my go-to websites for finding […]

Our New Cast Iron Favorite - Reversible Iron Griddle

It's no secret that our family appreciates cast iron cookware. We love its durability, versatility, and ease of use. The heavy-duty pans, dutch ovens, and skillets last forever and can be used on the stovetop, the grill, or the open flame. After use, cleaning is as easy as a quick scrub with hot water and a […]

What to Pack: Packing Cubes by eBags

Isn't it the worst when you have a giant suitcase and everybody's clothes, socks, underwear, and toiletries are just in one huge heap when you open it? I have to tell you about a revolutionary product that will change the way you pack...for the better. You'll feel organized and happy and unfrazzled when you reach […]

6 things to pack when traveling with small children by car

Would you rather travel with your kids by plane or by car? For me, it's a toss-up...and depends on the ages/stages of my children and the distance of the destination. If I had to choose straight-up between 6 hours in a plane or 6 hours in a car, for example, I'd choose a car. There's […]

Keep Calm and Carry On: answers to all of your carry-on questions

If you have any upcoming flights planned for the holidays or beyond, you likely have questions about what you can and can't carry on-board. Consider this post your handy-dandy carry-on pocket guide (except that you can't stick it in your pocket...right...hmmm...moving right along). You've got questions; I've got answers. Here goes: Q. Which airlines charge […]


Remember that old show? With Penny, Brain (Penny's dog), and Dr. Claw's metal arm with the clenched fist. Well, there are countless baby gadgets that abound on the market. They may not be as cool as Inspector Gadget's devices (I could totally use an extra pair of go-go-gadget hands popping out of my hat sometimes, […]

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