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The Time I Jumped Out Of An Airplane

I'm a girl that thrives on adventure. Give me a new opportunity or an exciting experience and I'm all in. That being said, no one would ever describe me as a risk-taker. It's laughable to even think about. But then- there's that time I jumped out of an airplane. Yep,...

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How To Plan The Best Road Trip

Admittedly, I can turn any road trip into the best road trip. Whether we're making a routine drive to a grandparent's house, or an epic trip across the country- I rock the planning stages. The key to a successful road trip is not in the execution, but in the planning....

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Visit The Oldest Restaurant In Every State

I think it's very possible that I could travel every day for the next 10 years and still not visit every place on my wish list. Admittedly, my list is ridiculously long. So it's not as though I'm actively looking for ways to make it longer. But I just stumbled on a...

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Visit Grandfather Mountain

*Sponsored post by Grandfather Mountain. All the opinions and experiences in this post are authentically ours.* The state of North Carolina is incredibly diverse from the mountains in the west to the coastline in the east. This year our family is making a special...

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Best Trips For The Christmas Season

Winter is my least favorite time of year. I really dislike cold weather. And I'm not a fan of short days and increased germs. But I LOVE the Christmas season! So to make up for my not-so-happy wintery feelings...I go ALL out and over-the-top for Christmas! Not only do...

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What To Pack For A Disney Cruise

What To Pack For A Disney Cruise Last week I wrote a post about how I started travel blogging (read here.) I mentioned our Disney Cruise and how the whole idea for Mom With A Map basically snowballed from a picture I posted on social media. Well, the post opened up...

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Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween! I am a total sucker for traditions. I love them. And I do everything possible to create them and make them memorable for my children. I think that's one of the reasons I love Halloween so much. It's wedged in a busy season between back-to-school and...

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Rhode Island For Beginners

Up until recently, I'd never seen a bad picture of Rhode Island. Seriously, every single image I ever stumbled across made the state look like one of the most picturesque places in the world. But, then we went there. And here's what I captured... It's pretty easy to...

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How To Survive Hotels With Kids

Last week I got an email congratulating me on the fact that we're 14 nights away from achieving lifetime platinum status with our favorite hotel brand. Yes, that's almost 750 nights we've survived in hotels with kids!  Of course, we do occasionally travel without our...

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Car Ferries And Why We Love Them

It's been almost a year since I sat down to write our 2017 travel goals. You can read through the complete list here. One of the goals on my list was to "ride in a car, boat, plane, and train at some point during the year while traveling." Although at the time I had...

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What To Know Before Visiting Carowinds

Carowinds is a theme park where the the Carolinas come together. It's located directly on the the NC/SC border just south of Charlotte. The park celebrates the culture the Carolinas with attractions for the whole family. The park specifically touts their world-class...

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How I Started Travel Blogging

Two years ago today I officially purchased the domain name Mom With A Map. In honor of my website anniversary, I thought I'd share a little bit about how I started travel blogging. This picture of my kiddos on our Disney Cruise is truly what started it all. I snapped...

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Updated Disney Tips

Of all the places in the entire world, there is no place more magical than Disney! No matter what your age (or your kids ages) a Disney vacation sparks imagination and fairytale wonder. To Disney's credit, they run a wildly successful brand, yet are constantly looking...

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The Best of Boston

I couldn't decide which was a more appropriate title- The Best of Boston or Boston's The Best. As a writer, I love a good alliteration (self-proclaimed dork, right here!) And when I think of Boston, the word "best" is truly the first thing that comes to mind....

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My Two Favorite Vacation Spots

A few weeks ago my 10-year old daughter, Mary Grace, came to me in a panic. "Mom, I have the worst problem. Ever." Although the situation sounded grim, I've learned to control my response until after I've heard what's actually going on. She has exactly one volume, one...

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Sporting Events With Kids

One of the most exciting ways to travel with kids is to really submerse yourself in a new environment. A few ways our family does this by eating local food, visiting unique-to-the-area activities, and attending sporting events. We've come to realize that it doesn't so...

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Montreal For Kids

I have to preface this post about Montreal with a quick disclosure: this is an honest look at OUR experience. It's written from the perspective of someone who travels the world with her kids. I am constantly searching for unique and exciting adventures for our family....

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Vegas: The Decision To Go

A week ago today the world was waking up to devastating news coming out of Las Vegas, Nevada. Like most people, we watched the morning news in shock. Our hearts broke for all the families affected by the senseless act of terror. For us, though, there was an added...

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