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Camping Tips and Top Five Favorite Camping Gear Items

  • August 27, 2018

This week I’m talking about camping gear! My kids absolutely LOVE camping. This summer on our seven week road trip, we camped in four different places. Camping is great and economical way to travel. However, it can be uncomfortable and dirty if you don’t have the right gear. I’ve learned that the key to a good experience (at least for me) is making sure we have the right gear for…

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Tips & Q&As

13 Tips to Making a Road Trip A Success

  • August 21, 2018

Road trip tips!! You guys! We spent SEVEN weeks on the road this summer. I started planning this trip last spring/winter and built an itinerary from San Diego, up the coast with stops in Big Sur, Santa Cruz and Petaluma in California. Then up the Oregon coast to Brookings, and Yachats and then on to Portland (the furthest North we got). After Portland we went to Bend, Oregon and then…

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Travel

Six Tips for Traveling on a Budget

  • November 20, 2017

We are not wealthy. Comfortable definitely, but we don’t have an endless supply of resources that enable us to travel and yet, we’ve been able to do so much this year. Our friends often ask us if we’ve won the lottery or somehow come into some money. In this post I’m going to talk about some of the things that have enabled us to travel more. Here are six tips…

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Travel

America vs. UK — 10 Differences You Should Know Before you Go

  • September 24, 2017

Its been a long time since my last post and its great to be back. My husband and I just got back from London and had THE BEST TIME! I can’t wait to do more blog posts on our visit. But first, I thought it would be fun to do a little post on some of the differences between America and the UK. There are obviously a lot more than…

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Life Travel

Summer 2017 Wrap Up and Lessons Learned

  • August 18, 2017
Family hike in Tahoe

Summer 2017 is almost over. Next week school starts again. We begin the busy season of school, soccer games, fall baseball, and a LOT of travel. Looking back over the last few months I am so grateful for the things we were able to do and see. I learned some lessons, gained perspective and enjoyed some really amazing family time. Here are the highlights. Lesson number 1: Sometimes summer isn’t…

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Activities

Five Fun Ways to Get Kids Hiking (without Complaints)

  • July 25, 2017

Hiking is one of the most amazing ways to see the world. I love hiking and I’m trying to pass on that appreciation to my children. One of the challenges however, is getting the kids through a climb with minimal complaints (can I get an amen?). Candy is the world’s best motivator, but there are other ways to get kids smiling up a mountain. Here are five ideas to get…

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Activities Destinations

10 Insider Tips for Disneyland, California

  • June 17, 2017
Disneyland and California Adventure Insider tips

Disneyland is truly magical, and such a great destination, but it also requires some planning and some skill to navigate. The crowds, the heat, and navigating the fast pass system can be confusing.  We got our children annual passes to Disneyland this year and have learned a lot by going to the parks several times a month. These 10 insider tips for Disneyland are based on our experiences.  I hope these…

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