The BIG list of spring break trip packing essentials

It's the end of winter and we're all dragging our asses trying to get through to spring break (or summer or fall or whenever you finally get that week to yourself!). If you're planning that family trip, couples' trip, girls' trip, or solo adventure, this is the spring break trip packing essentials list you'll need. From a good carry-on weekender to toiletries to packing your luggage well, bookmark this baby for later.

Then you can move on dreaming about how many beach naps you'll get in. Or how many museums you'll see. Or how many hiking adventures you'll take. Or how many carbs you'll devour. Le sigh.

The best beds & mattresses you can buy online (since that's how we're all doing it these days!)

Did you know all the kids these days are buying their mattresses online and they come vacuum-sealed and all rolled up tight for you to unroll? If you haven't bought a mattress in a fair few years (which, let's face it, is most of us), this concept might actually be new. Because it relatively is. Most of us used to pile into the car for those President's Day sales and purchase our mattress from Stan the Mattress Man. But no longer is that our only option.

There are a few brands that are getting some major traction, which I've included here. But keep an eye out for some of the more affordable brands from places like Amazon. You might just fine your mattress soul mate at a deal. Look for beds that have cooling properties, are quiet and motionless for your partners (or neighbors for quieter sexytimes!), and fancy new technologies. Here are some of the best beds and mattresses you can buy online…

What would be different if we were all allowed to have tantrums?

My daughter threw a 30 minute tantrum today. I say tantrum, but I look at it through more of an RIE parenting lens, so really, she had a 30-minute emotional release. When we were about 20 minutes in, I started to wonder what the world might be like if everyone were able to have such emotional releases. If there was a judgment-free, intervention-free place where adults, teens, or children could express their anger or frustration or confusion or sadness or whatever else they might be feeling and have others quietly and courageously bear witness.

Disney: Magical gluten-free vegetarian land? Yep, here's how!

My husband, Tom, and I recently vacationed in Orlando, Florida and went to Disney World! Pause for magical reaction. I am a gluten-free vegetarian (Tom is also a vegetarian, but can eat the wheat), so you KNOW it's tough to eat and travel.

There was a lot of internet advice that mentioned dining as a gluten-free vegetarian in Disney is so easy, and Disney is so accommodating. I was dubious, but guess what — The internet can be right sometimes! Here are just some of the vegetarian and gluten-free Disney yummies I got to enjoy on the trip…