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Tips for Flying With a Two Year Old

Gone are the days of putting on your headphones, getting lost in a good book, and sipping on a gin and tonic, now you are traveling with kids and crusing at 36,000 feet takes on a whole new set of rules. To help ensure smooth sailing with your toddler, here are some tried and tested tips when flying with a two-year-old…

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On Finally Letting Our Grandfathered Unlimited AT&T Data Plan Die

I have had an AT&T unlimited data plan for longer than I can remember. Those initial unlimited plans eventually ceased being available as AT&T and other carriers opted to instead sell data packages each month with limits and overage charges. However, those with the old AT&T unlimited data plans got to keep them as long as they wished to keep paying for them, though the cost for that privilege continued to increase over the years. If you ever stopped carrying…

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The Best Gifts for Travelers Young and Old in 2017

The coolest gift for a traveler is often, well, more travel, but I know you can’t always surprise them with a trip under the tree (though here are some tips if you do!). In case you are still shopping for a traveler in your life, here are some of my favorite travel gifts in 2017 that don’t involve buying an airline ticket! Travel Stocking Suffers Airplane ornaments Nothing says Christmas at a Traveler’s house like an airplane ornament! Travel socks When…

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Earn 2,000 Bonus Chase Points With $20 eBags Purchase

We are starting to see more and more fun bonus offers from Chase Pay, and now there is a new one will award 2,000 bonus Chase Ultimate Reward points with a $20+ purchase at eBags.com made using Chase Pay and your eligible Chase Sapphire or Freedom card from December 1 – December 31, 2017. I personally value Ultimate Rewards points north of 1.5 cents each, so getting at least $30 worth of bonus points for a $20 purchase isn’t too shabby…

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When the Forecast Says Snow and You Wear Flip Flops

As many of you probably know, we live in Texas. More specifically, we live about 90 miles from the coast in East Texas. In other words, even in the winter, it is warm and muggy more days than not. Sure, we celebrate cold fronts on occasion where it can dip below freezing and maybe even spread top-notch levels of joy and delight with a few snowflakes every few years, but none of this last longer than a day or two before…

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What to Do When an Airline Loses Your Stroller

Travel with young kids can be hard. Traveling with young kids by yourself is harder. Traveling by yourself with a young special needs kid I can only imagine is harder still. But, people do it, and just by looking you often can’t tell if someone has a special situation going on or not, but you don’t really need to know that in order to be helpful and compassionate. It sounds like helpful and compassionate were unfortunately not the words of the…

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My Favorite Family Travel Items from Sippies to Strollers

I know that most of us value experiences over things, but sometimes the right things can make the experience easier…and maybe even a touch more fun. My husband takes the reins on the techie travel gadgets for the family, but I take the lead on the more practical items such as the best bags, shoes, kid headphones, clothes, and more. Pretty much none of these things are essential for a good trip, but they sure can’t hurt either. Since I…

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I Love Car Seats, but They Are the Worst

I’ve had kids in car seats for 7.5 years, with many years to go, and while I love the safety and comfort they give my kids, I absolutely hate dealing with car seats. I mean, really hate it. They are simply not easy to install, adjust, carry around, and they are absolutely not easy to clean when toddler car sickness strikes at the least opportune time. This happened to us on a road trip last weekend, and while we did triage…

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20 Airline Stroller Policies Around the World

The events of the recent American Airlines flight 591 from San Francisco to Dallas where a mom of young twins had her stroller taken from her on-board the aircraft set off a chain reaction that ended with a yelling flight attendant, the mom in tears, the baby narrowly being missed by the stroller, and much more. The initial reaction of many, even frequent flyers, was that the mom should have known better than to bring a stroller on-board the aircraft in…

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