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One Day (One Dollar!) Craft Challenge

One Day (One Dollar!) Craft Challenge

Are you ever stuck with analysis paralysis? That is me daily. Today I challenged myself to make something – anything – in just one day. I was determined to finish it despite children underfoot, washing machines buzzing, and all the cyber-everything emails taunting me. (We […]

A Day Trip to Chicago & The Science Behind Pixar

A Day Trip to Chicago & The Science Behind Pixar

Guys. We’re home from a quick day trip to Chicago and it was just THE BEST. A few months ago I saw an ad for The Science Behind Pixar, a new exhibit at Museum of Science and Industry. Our family loves art, especially drawing. My son spends […]

10 Unexpected Items I Always Pack

10 Unexpected Items I Always Pack

Traveling with kids comes with its own set of joys and challenges. Being prepared helps ease the tricky, painful moments immensely. Beyond the basic snacks, wipes, and spare changes of clothes, here are ten unexpected items I always pack for a trip.   Extra luggage […]

Our First Aid Kit

Our First Aid Kit

Our first aid kit has seen lots and lots of use, and not just by our family. Over the years it’s helped friends and fellow travelers all across the globe. It’s the first thing I reach for when packing and I never leave without it. […]

Travel Q&A With The Kids – You Ask, They Answer!

Travel Q&A With The Kids – You Ask, They Answer!

We played a fun little game on Facebook the other day. You asked the kids travel questions and they answered. I think you’ll start to see a theme on what they liked best. 🙂 My clarifications are in italics.   “What was hard about traveling […]

Wild, Precious Santorini

Wild, Precious Santorini

You guys, Santorini was a dream. It really was. Someone asked me why we picked Santorini as the Greek island we’d start with, and the answer is, I don’t really know. I’d heard other islands were more family-friendly, but something told me to just start […]

Athens

Athens

After a few weeks in Switzerland and Italy, we made it to Greece. Our first stop was Athens. On our agenda – food and the Acropolis, in that order. We knew there were other (amazing) things to see, but we didn’t have a plan. We’re […]

New Beginnings in Bergamo

New Beginnings in Bergamo

I’m happy to report we are settled and comfortable in Bergamo, Italy. New beginnings are nice. I think we’re all finally acclimated and rested enough to start enjoying our surroundings. (It turns out we’re not only learning about our world, but about ourselves. Hmm.) Bergamo […]

A Swiss Family Goodbye

A Swiss Family Goodbye

Today we said goodbye to Switzerland. If I’m being honest, I am pretty okay with that. Our time in Switzerland was good, but definitely not the best. I chalk that up to three things: One, having the bright idea to tackle Switzerland two days after […]

The Ups and Downs of Switzerland

The Ups and Downs of Switzerland

Well, we’ve been abroad now for six days. In those six days we’ve been to four countries. Today marks day four in Switzerland. I’m not even going to lie, we’ve had a few rough days. Our first two days were fine, thanks to F’s aunt […]