Ice Skating In Millennium Park

*Sponsored Post* If I were going to set the scene for a perfect Christmas movie, I’m not sure you could get much better than the ice skating rink at Millinium Park. Just behind the city’s enormous Christmas tree- and with a backdrop of skyscrapers in every direction-...

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Chicago at Christmas: Brookfield Zoo Holiday Magic

*Sponsored Post* As part of a Christmas trip to Chicago our family visited Brookfield Zoo Holiday Magic. Going into our visit I had extremely high expectations as this came up in my research time and time again as the #1 thing to do in Chicago with kids at Christmas....

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5 Tips For Traveling During The Winter

Although we are still a week away from the official start of winter, the weather across much of the country has been in winter-mode for at least a week. Traveling during the winter can be so much fun. However, there are some extra things you should keep in mind. Here...

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Packing For Winter Trips

Travel comes with challenges. And one of my biggest challenges is always packing for winter trips. Coats are so bulky, boots are huge and weather seems even more unpredictable than in the warmer months. Winter packing requires strategy and careful attention to detail....

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World’s Largest Starbucks

I consider myself a fairly reasonable spender. I'm far from frugal, but definitely not over-indulgent. I enjoy getting a good deal, using coupons and value based shopping. But I have a SERIOUS guilty pleasure...Starbucks coffee. Not just Starbucks coffee, but a Grande...

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Behind The Scenes of Our Latest Adventure

As a forward, this post just contains information about our little family adventure- if you are looking for more information specific to Museum of The Bible, visit these posts: A First Look; Tips For Families; Video: A Kids' Perspective. With that, here's a little...

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National Cookie Day

Today is officially National Cookie Day! Now if that isn't a reason to celebrate, I don't know what is! Who doesn't love a fresh baked cookie? Here are some fun cookie facts from around the US: According to Nestle Toll House, when asked to describe their state’s...

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May Designs Calendar + A GIVEAWAY!

*Sponsored post by May Designs. All the opinions and experiences in this post are authentically ours.* It has taken ALL the restraint and self-control I possibly possess to keep this post to myself until December 1st. So now that the date has officially arrived- let's...

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Our Christmas Season Bucket List

There is nothing I love more than a great list. With only 25 days to cram in all the Christmas excitement possible, I've taken to making a bucket list to make sure we prioritize and cross off everything! A lot of the items are done at home, some require local travel,...

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How To Take State Welcome Sign Pictures

Of all the things I collect as we travel, my all time favorites are state welcome sign pictures. Thankfully, in this one photography regard, my husband is as crazy as I am! We've gone to GREAT lengths to get pictures with state signs as we cross borders....

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Christmas Gift Ideas For Travelers

Christmas is 4 weeks from today. 4 WEEKS! If you're like me (and most other people) you've still got some shopping to do. I'm always looking for outside-the-box Christmas gift ideas. I love gifts that serve a purpose- rather than just adding "stuff" to already...

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Thanksgiving In Hawaii

This past weekend The Ghost of Thanksgivings Past paid us a little visit. It happened on a cold Saturday morning as we loaded a million groceries into the car in preparation of the big day. My husband looked at me- freezing and overwhelmed- and said "remember when we...

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Tips For Families Visiting Museum of The Bible

The world's largest museum dedicated to the world's most inspirational book just opened its doors in Washington D.C. As tourists flock to this impressive 430,000 square foot building in the heart of our nations's capital- many will bring children. Having just gotten a...

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A First Look At Museum of The Bible

Earlier this week our family got the opportunity to tour Museum of The Bible ahead of its Grand Opening. Here's a look at our incredible experience and lots of sneak peak pictures and information! Museum of The Bible officially opens to the public today, November...

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Video: Museum of The Bible- A Kid’s Perspective

 Check out our latest YouTube Video: Museum of The Bible- A Kid's Perspective A quick little video the kids made to share some pictures from our day at Museum of The Bible. They truly loved this museum (our whole family did!) and we area looking forward to sharing...

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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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Pink Pig- Atlanta’s Best Holiday Tradition

I've mentioned recently that I'm a total sucker for holiday traditions. But what I failed to mention in that post is that there is 1 Christmas tradition that is my absolute favorite. The Pink Pig. If you didn't grow up in Atlanta, Georgia I bet you've never used the...

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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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Tips For Traveling Pregnant

*Disclaimer: Traveling pregnant, in most cases, is completely safe and can be really enjoyable. However, I am not a doctor. These are simply tips from a travel expert. Please check with your own doctor and realize this post is not true medical advice.* Assuming you...

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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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