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THE ART OF THE KID-FREE VACATION

Summer is winding down. One of our favorite things about summer are the family adventures. As important as family vacations are, there is another type of vacation…the lesser hailed but equally incredible and, dare I say it, possibly even more necessary sister to the “family vaca” is the unicorn trip: the Kid-Free Trip. Gasp! Yep, […]

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HOW TO TRAVEL CHEAPER–WITH KIDS!

School’s almost out for summer, and the students (and their teachers!) have been counting down the days until they can sleep in on the weekdays and unwind a little after a long year.  Because my husband and I are both teachers, on those days that we aren’t still working in some capacity (believe me, teachers […]

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5 LESSONS A MIDWESTERN MOM CAN LEARN FROM HER EAST AFRICAN SISTER

As I write this post from my comfortable kitchen while one child plays Osmo on her iPad and another circles the block on his Razor scooter, mothers living in developing nations are raising children while contending with famine, inadequate healthcare, lack of access to clean water, subpar education, and a host of other challenges. The […]

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HOW TO VACATION FOR FREE (OR ALMOST FREE)

One of the most common things I hear from my Mama friends is, “I need a vacation!” And you know what? They do! I do! YOU do! Let’s face it. We push ourselves waaaay too hard. We need breaks to reset ourselves. Unfortunately, it’s usually the women who need vacations the most that think they […]

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FIVE LESSONS I LEARNED AFTER DITCHING THE KIDS TO RUN OFF WITH MY HUSBAND

The offer sounded so tempting. Six glorious kid-free days with my husband in British Columbia at his company’s sales conference. Sure, he’d need to give a presentation and go to dinner a couple of nights, but we’d also have plenty of free time. Free time. It was music to this mama’s ears. But I knew […]

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