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Charity Walk with a Toddler

Charity Walk with a Toddler

All right, I agree. It’s not a hard sell to convince you that a charity walk with a toddler is a good idea. You’re outside, required to run around, and people wave cow bells at you. Sometimes you even get a hand-held sign the little munchkins can swing (just not at your head). And all that money goes to charity. The Challenge of Teaching a Toddler about Volunteerism Due to the current state of things in the world, I admit…

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Complete Guide to Choosing Where to Stay with Kids

Complete Guide to Choosing Where to Stay with Kids

Trying to plan a trip with your little ones? After you’ve decided where to go, you need to choose where to stay with a toddler. Somehow, after you decide where to base yourself, the rest of the trip just falls into place. That brings up the question though of stay in a hotel or rent a condo/apartment/house. Both have their benefits and drawbacks. Whatever you choose, you will have a great time. Trust that you know your family and your…

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Vienna with a Toddler Part Two: Not All Travels are Perfect

Vienna with a Toddler Part Two: Not All Travels are Perfect

“Life is a journey that must be traveled no matter how bad the roads and accommodations.” –Oliver Goldsmith No trip comes without its downsides. My family still tells the story of how we once stayed in the “Hotel from Hell” during one visit to our grandparents. In short, upon checking in we were handed a number of keys and told to “go find an empty room.” At the time, 4 of us kids traveling with our parents were under 10….

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Toddlers in Translation: Vienna with a Toddler

Toddlers in Translation: Vienna with a Toddler

“Vienna with toddler? What about the long haul flight? What on earth are you going to do with her?” Helpful acquaintances frequently asked me these questions prior to taking our two year old on a trip to Vienna, Austria around Easter. In retrospect, I’m glad I ignored most of these comments. My bucket list trip to Vienna included long afternoons in cafes sipping Gruner Veltliner, attending an opera, visiting the Mozart house, enjoying the several palaces and museums then pausing…

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Teaching my Toddler How to Be Brave

Teaching my Toddler How to Be Brave

Honestly, I wish bravery was an easy accomplishment.¬† Even before she was born, I worried about my daughter. She will grow up in a vastly different world than I did (we had journals way back then instead of blogs and ‘vlog’ was something green you coughed up after reading¬†Dracula). More than ever now, I feel bravery is essential for success in this new rapidly evolving world. Recently her preschool teacher asked me what I hoped to see when I watched…

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24 hours in Monterey: beyond the aquarium

24 hours in Monterey: beyond the aquarium

  The 101 stretched before us while carsick-prone little V slept the sleep of the Dramamine’d in her car seat. The bustle of San Jose slowly lengthened into farmland with rows upon rows of lettuce, kale, and strawberry busheswith their sweet pink fruit peeking beneath the leaves. For miles, only the field workers bent to their task break the lines of America’s salad bowl, with maybe an errant taco truck standing nearby a feathery field of fennel. The bristles of…

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Trying to Find Some Kindness this Week

Trying to Find Some Kindness this Week

Do you ever wish the world was more like Adventure Bay? That when a stone-shaped alien inadvertently causes a rock slide, you can just “yelp for help” and Ryder and his team of pups come to save the day? Clearly I let my daughter watch too much TV. Still, I think Paw Patrol inspired me this week to try and get along better with my fellow man. It has not been a good or kind month for much of our…

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