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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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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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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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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The Winning Trifecta for Road Trippin’ With Toddlers

In the words of John Hannibal from the A-Team, “I love it when a plan comes together.”  And this MLK weekend was to be no exception.  The kids and I were headed to Indy to visit family.  I planned it perfectly.  The drive is an easy 5 hours without stopping.  I was going to leave…

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Surprise Weekend At Universal Studios

The promotion to big brother is kinda like exercising for the first time in a while.  It sounds like a good idea until you can’t get out of bed the next day.   The promotion to big brother of twins is really more like a demotion if you think about it.  There’s 2x the crying, 2x…

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10 Travel Hacks for Staying in Hotels with Babies & Toddlers

It’s so fun to have a baby in a hotel – said no one ever.  Hotels should stand for adventure, excitement, a break in the ordinary.  But bringing a baby or a toddler anywhere new (or anywhere really!) can be a bit overwhelming.  Here are some of tips, tricks, and travel hacks to make it…

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