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The Battle of Stuff vs. Experiences

I’m not a true minimalist who needs bare shelves and just a handful of things hanging in my closet to feel at peace, but too much ‘stuff” stresses me the heck out, and while I am firmly one who often values experiences over things, the ‘things’ seem to keep multiplying. This ‘stuff’ problem wasn’t a real issue before kids came along, but now that I have an elementary aged daughter who brings home projects, papers, books, artwork, and more on…

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A Lump in My Throat and a Flight With My Oldest

For nineteen months and five days I was with my youngest baby at least part of every day, and together under the same roof every single night. This means if I traveled, she traveled. And it also meant if she didn’t travel, I didn’t travel. We canceled, changed, delayed, or scaled back almost as many trips as we took in those months when my over-ambition or life’s unexpected surprises met with face to face with ego-busting reality of caring for a…

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7 Things to Look Forward to on a Trip With Just the Big Kid

I can’t remember the last trip I took without at least one kiddo along for the ride. I mean, I had a same day turn around flight for work about 5 months ago without any kiddos, but I truly can’t remember the last real trip without kids. I think it was about two years ago, but there have been a lot of practically sleepless nights between then and now, so I’m not sure. However, I can remember my last trip…

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How to Renew Your Child’s US Passport

The days are long but the years are short is one of the truest sayings for parents of young children, and that truth rolls over into how quickly it feels like five years passes in regards to renewing your child’s United States passport. I mean, a lot has happened in the five years since we got our then two year old Little C her first passport, but on the other hand, how have five years already gone by?! Well, the dates…

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Transferring Points from SPG to Marriott Because of Puppies and Grandparents!

Like probably everyone else in the miles and points world, I value Starwood Preferred Guest points more than Marriott Rewards points. It’s nothing personal against Marriott, it is just the reality that SPG points are worth more per point as it generally takes fewer of them to obtain the hotel award nights that I want. Even Marriott recognizes this as when they acquired SPG they set the transfer ratio between the two programs at 1 Starwood point = 3 Marriott…

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What It is Like to Fly as an Unaccompanied Minor

My oldest daughter, known here as Little C, has probably been on over 100 flights. She started flying before she turned one year old and has proven to be a very good traveler. In recent months it became obvious that the best logistical solution to get her home from visiting cousins and grandparents this summer was to have her fly home by herself on her first unaccompanied minor flight.   We could have gotten her via the grandparent flight shuffle…

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On Growing Up and Moving Forward

And like that our journey through the relative safety and comfort of a small private church based pre-school is over. For the last six years, five months, and 10 days, our oldest has either been home with me, watched by a neighbor or relative, at a daycare, or, for most of the last four years, at a small church based school with a core group of kids that she has seen daily since they were just toddlers . She has gone…

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Do This Today: Check Your Childs Passport Expiration

You know how when you have little kids they say they days (or really, nights) are long, but the years are short? Well, that is 100% true, but it applies not only to caring for little ones, but also keeping up with their passports. I’ve written about getting a young child’s and infant’s passports before (including getting an infant passport photo), but blink twice and it is time to renew. In fact, if you have more than one kid you…

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Silly Texans Pay $1650 for Snow

With all the images of the piles and piles and piles of snow in the Northeast this week, I couldn’t help but share this bit of hilarity from here in the South. Since most kids down here aren’t quite as lucky on the travel-front as my crew, snow is something they have usually seen only on movies like Rudolph and Frozen. In other words, it is about as real and relatable to them as a flying reindeer with a glowing…

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Top 5 Travel Moments of 2015

2015 was a year of big journeys for our family even though we actually traveled less than we have in recent years. This is because 2015 was the year we welcomed our new tiny traveler, Baby S, and then took our first four trips after we rounded out our family of four! Given that we didn’t travel with our first daughter until she was almost a year old, traveling with someone as young as just two months was a new world to…

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