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Our Pacific Northwest Adventure: Spontaneity At Its Best

Our Pacific Northwest Adventure: Spontaneity At Its Best

If you keep up with our family on social media, you likely know that we just returned home from a 10-day trip to the Pacific Northwest. Side note: if you aren't following us yet, use the links below to change that!       One of my favorite things to do...

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Tips To Use When Going Camping For The First Time

Tips To Use When Going Camping For The First Time

Camping For The First Time Post from a Mom With A Map Staff Writer  Going camping with your family is not something that every household will do regularly, but it’s certainly worth trying once in order to give your children a new experience. Here are some tips for...

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Gift Guide For Kids Who Don’t Need More Stuff

Gift Guide For Kids Who Don’t Need More Stuff

I love EVERYTHING about the Christmas season...except adding more stuff to our house. Sound familiar? If so, check out this complete gift guide for kids who don't need more! *My TOP family present at the end of this gift guide for kids!* Experience Gift These gifts...

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The Ultimate North Carolina Bucket List For Families

The Ultimate North Carolina Bucket List For Families

It would be fair to assume I'm completely biased to North Carolina because I live here. And to some degree, you're probably correct. However, I can assure you that the state has ALWAYS had a special piece of my heart. The activities on my North Carolina bucket list...

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Booking Airline Tickets: How I Overpaid And Then Fixed It

Booking Airline Tickets: How I Overpaid And Then Fixed It

I spent a day last week booking airline tickets. And then subsequently cancelling them after realizing I didn't pay what I expected to be charged. Sound familiar? Unfortunately, it's happening more and more these days. And, as much as I hate to admit it, even this...

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NYC Macy’s Parade: Guide To Planning Your Perfect Trip

NYC Macy’s Parade: Guide To Planning Your Perfect Trip

With confidence I can say, attending the NYC Macy's Parade on Thanksgiving Day ranks in my Top 10 experiences of life. It's one thing to watch it on TV, but an entirely different experience being in NYC for the Macy's Parade. It is with emphasis that I say, if you...

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Best Ways To Make Your Travel Memories Last

Best Ways To Make Your Travel Memories Last

Post From Mom With A Map Staff Writer  Travel creates memories that last a lifetime. You've probably heard that phrase before. And it couldn't be more true. However, it's always a good idea to do a few things to preserve those unforgettable experiences. Not only is it...

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9 Days, 6 Hotel Nights and Only $100…How That Worked Out

9 Days, 6 Hotel Nights and Only $100…How That Worked Out

Last spring we took a 9 day trip. We had 6 hotel nights and spent less than $100 on lodging. Sound too good to be true? Here's how we saved money on hotels and made affordable travel possible for our family... First, let me start by saying this wasn't magic or a scam....

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A Seasonal Look At Our Favorite Island Getaway, Daufuskie

A Seasonal Look At Our Favorite Island Getaway, Daufuskie

There's really no denying my family's love for Daufuskie Island. Hands down, it's our favorite island getaway. When we planned our first trip to the remote island off the South Carolina coast, we booked a late summer weekend. However, a series of hurricanes pushed the...

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Daufuskie Island: Where Professional Travelers Vacation

Daufuskie Island: Where Professional Travelers Vacation

In the last few years our family has visited 44 states and several countries. You could say that we travel with a purpose. Starting (mostly) with all 50 states, we plan to show our kids the world. They're educated through our travels and enjoy adventure. Sometimes...

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Our Craziest Road Trip Adventure To Date

Our Craziest Road Trip Adventure To Date

Across thousands of miles, our family has experienced quite a few road trip adventures. So let me be clear, it takes A LOT for me to deem one experience our "craziest road trip adventure." But I *think* our latest drive takes the cake! First, if you haven't read my...

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Best Hotels In Vegas For Families

Best Hotels In Vegas For Families

I am a firm believer that when you travel with kids, a hotel can either make or break the trip. So many things factor into how you feel about a hotel: your first impression; the overall cleanliness; staff attitudes; room accommodations; price of the room; and, of...

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Volcano Experiment: The Ultimate Beach Activity For Kids

Volcano Experiment: The Ultimate Beach Activity For Kids

The beach is my happy place. When my toes are in the sand I alternate between being a hyper-active super mom and total bum. There's really no in between. I enjoy long walks on the beach, building impressively large sandcastles, and tossing a ball in the waves. I...

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Family Camping In A Treehouse

Family Camping In A Treehouse

*Treehouse Vineyards hosted our family camping experience. When I was little I had a huge imagination and big sense of adventure. My favorite books involved children living in unique places such as in an old boxcar train. Or surviving on their own in the woods after...

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park: A Place Worth Visiting

Great Smoky Mountains National Park: A Place Worth Visiting

Did you know that more than 11 million people visited Great Smoky Mountains National Park last year? That number of visitors makes it the most visited park in the National Park System! (Yes, ahead of the Grand Canyon!) The park stretches over 520,000 acres between two...

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Summer Reading List

Summer Reading List

Does anyone else occasionally catch Rachel Hollis' Instagram morning show? (FYI- in case you're going "who"? She's a best-selling author, and one of her books also happens to be on my summer reading list...keep going.) I tune in on Instagram or listen to her podcasts...

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My Kids Choose Adventure, Always

My Kids Choose Adventure, Always

I guess you could say I've trained them well. I wasn't sure, but this past weekend made it crystal clear. My kids choose adventure, always. A few weeks ago we realized we had the unicorn of all calendar moments...a 3-day weekend with absolutely zero plans. I cannot...

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The Best Things To Do In Vegas With Kids

The Best Things To Do In Vegas With Kids

Think Vegas is not for kids? Honestly, you might be right. However, you'd be pretty hard pressed to convince my kiddos. They just had the time of their lives. And, much to my embarrassment, they've started telling random strangers that it's their favorite place to...

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Mackinac Island: An Insiders Guide To Exploring With Kids

Mackinac Island: An Insiders Guide To Exploring With Kids

A Guest Post from Allyson If you're looking for an island getaway to a place that's escaped the changes of time- look no further than Mackinac Island. Without a doubt, this quickly became a family-favorite destination! First, it's important learn how to pronounce the...

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