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A Summer of Adventure, Travel, and Growth

Our daughters start back to school this week, so it is a logical time to look back at the way we chose to spend this summer. But in truth, that isn’t the full reason why I am doing a mental review of how we did giving our daughters three months worth of memories and experiences. With the events going on in our own country as we speak, I can’t help but wonder how many of the 20-something year olds we see…

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Finding Your Family’s Vacation Spot

When I had just one child, a then one year old toddler known around here as Little C, we were in search of an easy to reach, points-friendly, but still fun and relaxing summer getaway. We found Hyatt Lost Pines about 30 minutes outside of Austin, and made our first visit in late August of 2011 thanks to using Hyatt points for Club access room, as I hadn’t yet ever even tasted Hyatt elite status. At the time, I summarized that visit…

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Travel Planning 2020

In my little corner of the world there aren’t many better ways to spend a Sunday morning than at home with a blanket on the couch, drinking iced coffee, and working on travel plans while the kids are occupied with toys and cartoons. Such was my morning today, and with the catchy (and soul sucking) sounds of “Baby Shark do do do do do do” humming in the background, I worked on travel plans. With this summer already starting to wind down, I started…

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The Five Best Activities at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort

When we decided to splurge this summer and stay at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort we did it with the full intention of not just using the room as a place to lay our heads at night. Instead, the resort itself was to play an important role in our Disney vacation. From the lava pool, to the Kiki Tikis splash play area, to the character breakfast at ‘Ohana and more, we wanted to take the time to enjoy the amenities at Disney’s Polynesian.…

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Why You Shouldn’t Stay at Disney’s Polynesian Resort

My very first trip to Walt Disney World was as a ten year old girl with my family. We did one big family Disney trip growing up where we drove to Orlando from Texas, played at Disney and the surrounding attractions for about a week, rode absolutely everything that existed at the time, and we stayed on Disney property at the then still pretty new Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort. It was a grand trip, and until last week it was the…

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A Budget Family Trip to Westerly, Rhode Island

My daughters only have two first cousins, and they happen to live many states away in Connecticut. While they have several second cousins that we absolutely adore and we sort of pretend are first cousins, at the end of the day, we make it a priority our girls together with their two Connecticut cousins at least twice a year. Our girls also happen to be their only first cousins, so that helps keep this gathering high on the priority list for…

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The Epic Family Vacation Photo Fail

A time honored vacation tradition, even well before that advent of a smart-phone-camera in every pocket, was to ask a kind stranger nearby to snap a family picture for you as you posed in front of a castle, monument, beach, or wherever. The alternative, unless you travel with a tripod and an automatic camera setting (which iPhones have), was that at least one person was always missing from the photo. That’s fine most of the time, but in at least…

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Just Take the Trip

As you have certainly noticed, things are a little nuts out there in the world at large. When things get this tense and unsettling in the real world it can be easy to look at travel as being superfluous and unimportant, or at least not as important as some other things. I actually think the opposite is true. I won’t even get into how travel can bring folks together and highlight similarities more than differences as that is a different…

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Putting Built-In Credit Card Travel Medical Emergency Coverages to Use

I’ve written numerous times about how rewards credit cards can do so much more for you than just earn miles and points. They help can help you easily save money on items when the price drops after the purchase, replace phones when they are broken or stolen, cover trip change or cancellation expenses when kids get sick at the last minute, provide primary car rental coverage, and so much more. If you are only using your rewards credit cards to earn points, you…

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Kicking Off Summer With a Bang…and Puke

I’ll admit, while my heart loves summer time, it also brings more stress than I wish along with the bountiful servings of shave ice, sun tans, and pool days. I want to be all-in on summer time fun with the kids, but our work doesn’t stop because the calendar has turned to June, so it isn’t as simple as logging off for three months. The summer months are a constance balance (or attempt at balance) of fun, play, summer camps, work, and…

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