3,202 Miles of Life Lived in the Sand

Every trip we take pushes me to grow in some way. Sometimes it’s a little, and then sometimes it’s a lot. Sometimes it’s in ways I expect, and then other times, I don’t see it coming.  Sometimes it’s in the views at the top of the mountains and sometimes it’s when I’m down in 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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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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How To Visit Key West With Kids

I grew up in South Florida.  Hurricane season wasn’t any different than when the spring rains roll in, in Northeast Ohio.  Every once in a while a hurricane of substantial size would blow in and we’d ride it out in the bathroom at my grandparents’ house.  There are of course those exceptions.  I went through hurricane Andrew…

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Don’t Skip The History: Mount Vernon Travel Guide

I did something crazy (I know, I know it is becoming a reoccurring theme).  I wanted to visit a high school friend of mine that lives in North Carolina.  Jimmy wasn’t able to take the time off work; so I decided to make the 8-hour drive by myself with the kids. Like I said, crazy,…

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Cheap Weekend Getaway: Camping (and YES you can bring the babies).

Getting away as a family doesn’t have to be expensive.  Our last campsite cost $14.00 a night.  If you can meal plan and pick a spot close to home to save on gas, a camping weekend for a family of 5 could cost you less than $75.00, food included (see below).  If you don’t have…

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5 Atypical Things to do in Miami With Kids

Some of you have probably caught wind by now, I was born and raised in Miami, Florida.  We moved right around the time I turned 10.  Almost all of my extended family still resides there, so we try to make the trip back home at least once or twice a year. There is a lot…

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Do’s & Don’t of the Windy City

I’ve been to a lot of cities, but there is something unique about Chicago.  It’s a big city with a complete midwestern vibe.  It’s clean, easily accessible, and so so friendly.  For the past year my brother has been living just outside of the city.  He’s headed back to LA and so we spent his…

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