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There is no better time than winter to visit the beach! 🌞
A busy weekend for Kleiner Mann as he completed his 65th Junior Ranger program at Assateague Island National Seashore. We also ceased the opportunity to immerse ourselves into the season at Winterfest of Lights in OCMD and visit our first National Wildlife Refuge: Prime Hook.
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A child’s eye view of the elegant suite at Gagliardi Boutique Hotel where the best of old and modern Italy and authentic Sicilian charm is on display. It’s in UNESCO-listed Noto, has a wonderful rooftop bar with the best views in town and is a spoiling springboard for discovering southern Sicily. The staff are absolutely stellar too #beautifulhotels#Sicily#Italy#Noto bit.ly/GagliardiBoutiqueHotel
So, our 3 kids took the train to NYC alone for the first time! 🙌
It’s only about an 80 minute ride, and Penn Station is the last stop, so they didn’t really need to worry about missing it.
Plus we were waiting at the station to meet them- though it did take us about 5 minutes to find each other!
But still, I loved that they had to depend on one another. 💕
And I know that the experiences they’ve had navigating public transit on all of our travels gave them the confidence to make the trip alone.🚆🚇🚉🌎💫 Are your kids old enough to start doing things like this on their own?
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‘Be happy in the moment. That’s enough. Each moment is all we need. Not more.’ - Mother Teresa ✨
When was the last time you felt alive? Who were you with? What were you doing? •••
For me, it was during our most recent visit to Disney that I felt truly alive. It was almost as though time had stopped around us. The outside noise was silenced as we were truly able to focus on one another. And although the day didn’t go quite as planned, the beauty in our family was all we needed. Nothing more. Nothing less 🥰
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Waiting for the bus in the tropical heat. || Kerala, south of India. January 2017.
COLORADO: It was cold and ❄️snowy❄️ this morning when we woke up in Nebraska and it made me ache for piles of snow❄️, hot chocolate☕️ and snowball fights with the kids☃️! But alas, we all still had to run off to work and school. 😔
This pic was from our last ski trip to Colorado. When we got to the condo in Silverthorne we bundled up and went outside to play. There was just feet of snow and the mountains and trees under the thick white blanket were just breathtaking. One of my favorite memories from that trip!
Last weekend, on a whim, we took the kids (including our 7-week-old) on quick trip to a beautiful mountain town here in Germany. We enjoyed sunny skies, crisp fall air, and inspiring views of snowy peaks. We didn't have much of an agenda. We just wanted to get used to traveling again, now as a family of six. We'd taken a travel hiatus during my third trimester and the first several weeks of our son's life, and we were excited to get back into the habit.
Things went pretty well, I'm happy to say. But in bed that night I kept thinking about the things I’d forgotten to pack that I’d wished we’d had with us.
I've read lots of online must-pack lists for families. My favorite lists include small, light items that make our trips easier for everyone. Even better if they’re cheap and easy to find!
In that spirit, I made my own must-pack list to keep handy for next time. I thought I'd share it here. I’ll check it before our next jaunt, and maybe then I'll get some sleep in between nighttime feedings, instead of kicking myself for forgetting things.
“10 Tiny Must-Haves for Kid-Friendly Travel” by @cchristie is on the blog and just in time for any last-minute additions to your wish list, shopping list, or holiday travel packing list 😉
What are some of your small, lightweight items that are must-haves when traveling with children? Share with us in the comments!
Photo of this traveling boss girl courtesy of @mommy_abroad
I don’t want to jinx it but I think we cracked the jet lag. Or we had one good night. Time will tell. We did some Christmas shopping today, experienced K-Mart. The UK needs a K-Mart. Basically a ‘shit shop’ where everything is dirt cheap. Check out my stories for our fancy trolly. And then we spent all afternoon in the pool. We’re basically prunes now but we od’d on factor 50 so at least we’re not burnt prunes.
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🧙♂️ "There is a lot more in Bilbo than you guess, and a deal more than he has any idea of himself"
🌼 Today's magical Hobbiton tour, during which our little Wilbo Baggins decided to try out an inspirational quote of his own. During our guide Dominic's introduction, he started whacking my chest repeatedly and shouting "PAT PAT PAT, I'M PATTING YOUR BOOBIES" at the top of his voice. Just the kind of thing Tolkein envisaged, I'm sure. #hobbitses
#conservation to us means being a conscious consumer. We 💯 believe in spending money that backs products, services, and organizations that work to make this world a better place. Conservation is doing just a tiny bit of research to understand where your product comes from, how it’s made, who it’s made by, and what purpose/value it’s going to serve you. It’s so easy to do what’s convenient but convenience isn’t going to save the planet. Get your kids involved when they are young and make a difference - pick up trash when you see it, reduce your single-use plastics, buy quality over quantity - reduce, reuse, recycle, repurpose.
Conservation is making decisions NOW to promote the growth of our FUTURE. We are all in this together! 💚 🌏 💚
NEW VIDEO: #exoticfruit#tastetest on our #kenshoquest YouTube channel. We went to Pasar Pudu Wet Market and Chow Kit Market in #kualalumpur and bought as many #tropicalfruits as we could carry. Then we brought them home and tried eating them. Watch to see which ones we liked and which one's weren't our favorites!
This one is currently teething sand getting over another little virus of some kind! But that didn’t stop us from going to another temple yesterday and he was a trooper the whole time! Luckily it was a beautiful day and we marked Gokwonsa Temple off our list!
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When you find the perfect spot, in the shade of an ancient banyan on a centuries old, awe-inspiring ruin, to take a dump. After we traveled through SE Asia using cloth diapers I basically consider my husband and I experts on the subject 😂 So if anyone out there is considering cloth diapers, whether you need to save money or you want to save the earth, feel free to message me! I’m brimming with tips, tricks, advice, and general support 🌏
WASHINGTON: I just love Seattle. One of the best things about Seattle is that it doesn’t take itself too seriously and you can find fun, quirky and unique spots like the Gum Wall or the Fremont Troll. Definitely something that the kids will always remember from our first trip to Seattle!
I remember when we sold all of our stuff earlier this year, I realized how much money we had spent on just clutter. Home decor, linens, like do we really need 15 throw blankets? We sold so much stuff we were able to fund 7 weeks abroad in Europe. We came back to the states to some tote boxes of clothes and keepsakes and the kids toys. We swore we were going to live the minimalism lifestyle when we returned, but man was I wrong. This table for example 😆 $3-$5 section at target and I have myself a very nicely decorated entry way table in our home. Something months ago I would have told myself was a waste of money. BUT buying a home and settling down roots here changed our mindset. We want pretty tables to come home to everyday 😂 i don’t think we’ll ever sell all of our belongings again to fund a trip, that was a once in a lifetime deal. But I’m definitely not attached to material things by no means. .
How has your perspective changed on certain things while traveling? .
Have you ever visited a place on your bucket list and something like the weather caused you to not experience it like you would have thought?
That is what happened to me when I visited the Fairypools in the Isle Of Skye in Scotland. .
It’s Scotland, so you know it’s going to rain and be cold, even in June! We had a short window to see them and driving from Edinburgh was no small feet. It took a bit longer to get there due to the inclement weather and missed the dry weather by a few hours. .
Needless to say, they didn’t quite look like all of the pictures I has seen in my research and we couldn’t experience the caves and crystal turquoise water due to the constant running water. .
Has something like this happened to you? .
➡️ The Fairy Pools (Scottish Gaelic: Lòin nan Sìthichean) are a natural waterfall phenomenon in Glen Brittle on the Isle of Skye. The vivid blues and greens of the pools suggest an unnatural origin. They are a popular place for wild swimmers who brave the frigid waters.
The habitat of the Fairy Pools hosts a variety of animals, such as red deer, rabbits, and sheep. The area is also host to a large number of birds. Large flocks of crows, ravens, and gulls are present in the area, as well as such smaller birds as meadow pipits, turnstones, common ringed plovers, grey herons, dunlins, and curlews. The physical landscape is predominately rocky, with some boggy areas here and there. The water in the area is typically cold, as the pools are fed by mountain streams.
The Fairy Pools are a popular location for walkers. It is about a 20 minute walk to the Fairy Pools from the Glen Brittle car park.
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TRICK : how to turn a trip to the doctor into a trip you actually want to take
i recently busted myself on this one, so i figure it’s the perfect time to tell you all about my mistake so you hopefully don’t make it as well!
the mistake? making payments on my ortho bill using my hsa 🤦♀️ i know, you might be thinking, ‘isn’t that what an hsa is for, medical bills?!’ & yes...it is. but i was making my payments w/the actual hsa card, directly from my hsa account!
still confused?! well, here’s the thing...you can pay for just about all medical & dental stuff out of your hsa...but it doesn’t have to be paid directly from your actual hsa account & it never should be! you can pay those bills using a credit card & then pay yourself back, out of your hsa, which then in turn pays that credit card back. it’s so simple it’s crazy.
so now, as i make payments to my orthodontist, i am using a card i recently opened (which has a 70,000 mile sign-up bonus). so now i will get a free vacation just for paying my bill...why wouldn’t i do that?! so think about this next time you have to make a payment or payments to your doc or dentist...or even buy meds at the pharmacy or go to the chiropractor. make sure you’re paying w/a credit card that is earning you miles or points towards a trip. then get your check from your hsa account to pay that credit card statement!
i typically get my check w/in just a few days after submitting the request online & the submittal process maybe takes me 2 minutes. this is crazy easy guys!
where will your next trip to the doctor really take you?!
Panzano, Italy - June 2nd, 2019
We spent most the day exploring the cute farmers market in this little hillside town. It was hot so I bought a hat but it quickly was stolen by Penny. I think she looked cuter in it anyway. 😅
❄️WINTER WONDERLAND❄️ - We’re staying around 45 minutes from the highest peak in the Black Forest in Germany, and with stunning weather we spent a couple of super fun days on the slopes. A very reasonable 5 euro per day to hire a toboggan saw hours of fun -check out our stories for the sledding action! From up here you also get a stunning panoramic vista of the Central Alps & a local told us that includes 4 countries in one view - Germany, Switzerland, Austria & Lichtenstein 💙❄️☃️🛷⛷🎿🏂 Hopefully we’ll get a few more stunning days like this & we’ll be back for sure ☃️
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This beautiful turquoise blue water is at Chankanaab adventure park Located inside Cozumel´s National Reef Marine Park in Mexico. We were impressed by the natural beauty of this park, which is the result of the efforts made to preserve the natural flora and fauna of the region. .
Chankanaab is the #1 attraction in Cozumel and aside from snorkeling or scuba diving the most beautiful reefs on the island, there are Plenty of amenities to choose from for the whole family:
eco-archaeological tour, sea lion show, manatee and crocodile exhibition, snuba and seatrek tours, swim with dolphins tours, spa, tequila tour, temazcal, and much more.