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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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5 Cool Facts About The United States

One of the things we challenge our children to do through travel is to learn as much as they can about places we visit. Often engaging them with cool facts or interesting tidbits prior to our trip helps get them excited for our adventures. We love spending time...

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Praying For Vegas

Praying For Vegas Today The reports coming out of Las Vegas this morning are heartbreaking. Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone affected by the horrible event that...

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Does The Tooth Fairy Travel?

Does the Tooth Fairy travel? This is not a rhetorical question- I seriously want to know! Of all the million and one questions run by me every day, I can't believe this summer I found myself unprepared to answer this one! Here's how it all happened... My daughter,...

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10 Things You Need To See In D.C.

I think it's safe to say- if you travel at all- D.C. is a place you've either visited or plan to visit. Whether you're from the US or another country, our Nation's Capitol seems to be on everyone's bucket list! Like everyone else, I couldn't wait to spend a few days...

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National Park Road Trip

The National Park System (NPS) includes 417 sites spanning the United States and even into some US territories (Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, American Samoa, and Guam.) Our family really enjoys incorporating stops at National Parks into our travel; however, a...

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Staycation Take 2

It never fails, I hate when summer comes to an end. It doesn't matter how many amazing things we do, or how many incredible memories we make- I always want more. Which is why, I planned a little Staycation to wrap up our summer. You might recall reading about it-...

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Top Travel Products Round-Up

Without a doubt, travel products make or break a trip. Especially when you travel with kids, top travel products are essential. From items required for transportation (like car seats) to comforts of home- there's nothing that can ruin a trip faster than not having...

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Museum Of The Bible: Coming Soon

Museum of The Bible: Coming Soon! Yesterday the kids and I were listening to the radio in the car on the way to an activity. As with most of our car time, the atmosphere was about 20% peaceful and 80% crazy. (That could likely be said about most aspects of my life...

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Tips For Travel Journaling

For someone who loves to write, I have a horrible history of travel journaling. I love the idea of it. The plan to record memories in a permanent book sounds so great in theory. But when I put the concept into practice, I'm notorious for failing. Here's a typical...

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