Making the Most of a Rainy Vacation

This isn’t the first time we’ve had a trip hijacked by the weather.  If you remember, we spent a week water-logged in the Caribbean this past fall.  I’ll be honest, when the weather forecast showed rain for the week of our most recent beach trip, we debated canceling our trip.  In the end, we decided…

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Traveling with an Anxious Child

We all know that social media can be deceiving.  It shows polished photos and smiling faces, and not the 104 out-takes that consisted of tears, hair pulling, and blinking eyes to get that shot.  Or maybe that’s just us.  I didn’t create this space solely to encourage people to travel but to also make the…

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Niagara Falls: U.S. vs. Canada

“20 years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do, than by the ones you did.  So throw off the bowlines.  Sail away from the safe harbor.  Catch the trade winds in your sails.  Explore.  Dream. Discover.” {Mark Twain} Last month Jimmy and I took the kids on a completely…

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Raising Big Pictured Kids

One of the reasons we like to travel locally and globally is to expand our kids’ viewfinder.  It seems easier, at times, to do this when we are traveling.  Taking them to environments and cultures that are different from theirs naturally expands their awareness. When I walked the trash covered streets in Haiti and saw…

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Why Homeschooling Works for Us

I get asked all the time why we homeschool.  But before I attempt to answer that question let me clarify what this post is not.  It is not a post written to sway people into homeschooling.  I am not against the school system, quite the opposite actually.  I come from a long line of educators.  My…

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Our Favorite Spots in Southern California

I was born on the east coast (Florida girl here) so when my parents moved to the west coast I had some reservations.  California, seriously? It has nothing to offer but hippies and traffic.  And while they do have a healthy amount of both hippies and traffic Southern California has quickly become one of our family’s…

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Learning to Live in the In-Between

I’m such a better mom on vacation.  I slow down, I don’t sweat the small stuff, I notice beauty in the details, I rarely yell, and I have lower expectations.When I’m traveling I’m more laid back, I laugh harder, I watch my kids when they sleep, I play more.  I spend my time relishing in the…

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Don’t Wake Baby! 5 Tips For Creating Flexible Sleepers

Everyone is afraid of a tired toddler.  They want the cracker, they don’t want the cracker.  The more tired they are, the louder they cry.  It’s miserable when you go through the trouble and money to plan a fun trip or outing only to have it sabotaged by a screaming over-tired toddler. Here’s my disclaimer:…

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When Your Trip Doesn’t Go As Planned

A while ago I wrote a blog post about why we are intentional about traveling with our kids.  You can read the full post here, but one of the reasons I mentioned is to teach my children about flexibility and adaptability.  You want a guaranteed way to have a trip riddled with mishaps, write about how…

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