Travel Planning

5 Ways to Maximize PTO & Travel More

Traveling makes me greedy. The more I travel the more I want to travel! But we’ve still got to balance our wanderlust with everyone’s favorite limiting factors: time and money. Right now we are privileged to only have one job to accommodate, and Chris has a generous vacation/PTO plan. It’s still something we have to work… Read More 5 Ways to Maximize PTO & Travel More

Travel Planning

My Favorite Travel Tool for Flying with Children: TSA PreCheck

TSA PreCheck how I love you. Let me count the ways. I’ve had it for a year now and I can tell you definitively that it is worth its weight in gold if you have young children. Why TSA Precheck? Here’s why you should click over to the TSA website right now if you have young… Read More My Favorite Travel Tool for Flying with Children: TSA PreCheck

Travel Planning

Costa Rica: Pacific Coast vs. Caribbean Coast

After much discussion we have decided to take an extended family vacation to Costa Rica in 2018 to celebrate my grandparent’s 50th anniversary. The trip will need to accommodate 15 adults from 19-80 and 8 children from 3-12. I’m anxious to set a date and a location since we have budgets and vacation days to… Read More Costa Rica: Pacific Coast vs. Caribbean Coast

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One Day in Richmond, VA: Focus on Architecture

I’m planning this trip for a foreign exchange student from Colombia, but I think this would be a great day trip for families with kids in the 10-18 range, especially if they are considering a career in architecture or history! Based on the request, this day is planned for a Thursday, but it would work… Read More One Day in Richmond, VA: Focus on Architecture

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3 Day Twin Cities Itinerary with Middle Schoolers

My Mother-in-Law is looking to take a trip with her niece and nephew to visit family living in St. Paul. What’s fun for her generation isn’t quite in line with what’s fun for the kids, so she asked me to put together an itinerary they could all enjoy! The Cast: 68 year old retired teacher,… Read More 3 Day Twin Cities Itinerary with Middle Schoolers

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Flying with Kids: Carry On Checklist (1 Mom, 2 kids)

I’ve flown solo with both kids on several occasions and it’s always gone well but I still get nervous in preparation. Tomorrow morning we’ll be leaving the house at 5:15 am, kissing my husband at the curb, and traveling for 7 hours 40 minutes (including one layover). So what am I doing to prepare for this especially hands-on… Read More Flying with Kids: Carry On Checklist (1 Mom, 2 kids)