Want your kids to be better travelers? Put away the screens.

Friends ask all the time how our children fare while traveling? Do they throw fits and get antsy? How do they handle flights? For the most part, our children are great travelers. We exposed our kids to planes, trains, and automobiles at a young age. We drove 14 hours to the Florida panhandle when our boys were just 2.5 and 6 months old. Our first domestic and international flights were when they were 5, 3, and almost 2. Other than …

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Screen-Free Play Time Poster

**This post contains affiliate links** Parents everywhere rely on the screen to get ANYTHING done. Kids don’t fight over Paw Patrol, people. They fight over toys and Play-doh and snacks. When it’s snowing or raining, we can run out of things to keep us entertained.  Cue the screen-free play poster! Last year I made this “screen-free play” list to help me navigate winter in Ohio. I just made it a little prettier and thought I would share! What’s your go-to …

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Motherhood Around the World – An American mom living in Singapore

I’m so excited about this new blog series learning about the life of moms around the world. In the coming weeks, I’ll be sharing new posts with the tag #motherhoodMonday. I hope you glean as much knowledge from these posts as I have! Without further ado – meet my friend, Justine! Justine and I met at a blogging conference back in… 2016? I know that we both had one less child and probably a little more energy! Ha! I’ll let …

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Why you should travel with your children while they are still little

I’ve heard it said a dozen?times, “Why would you travel?to _____ when your kids are so little, they won’t remember.” I get it, I do. ?We question whether the investment is worth the result. ?I’m not sure what gratification we expect from the result but we hope that the money spent equals happiness and fun, and sometimes when you’re traveling with small children there is a lot of drudgery and chaos (just being real, here). Do you do a nighttime …

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Stop the Mom Shaming

Taking time away doesn’t make you a bad mom It was November 2010 and I was visiting my Aussie bff in London. ?We’d taken a day trip to Paris on the Eurostar. ?It was nearing the end of the day- we’d climbed the steps at Sacr? Coeur, eaten a crepe, and tried to figure out those free-standing Parisian toilets. ?Ha! I was waiting outside the loo for Briony when I heard an American couple next to me. ? We made …

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My Summer (un)Bucket List

Last year I made a Summer Bucket List for our family and I think it’s a very good way to be intentional with the short time we have with our children. ?After all, we’ve all seen that meme about how you only get 18 summers with your kiddos. ?#cuethemomguilt However, the reality is that we mothers already place a TON of expectations on ourselves, that can never be met. ?Right after you hold your child for the first time someone …

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My happiness doesn’t depend on others

A hard lesson for all of us (and one I’m still learning) It seems just like yesterday, but it’s been over 3 months since my mom and I vacationed with the kiddos in Ottawa, Canada. Ottawa had amazing architecture, a world-class tulip festival, but most important to my children was – THE WIGGLES WERE BROADCAST ON LOCAL TV (preschoolers are cultural nuts)! We had literally planned our day around the 3:30 pm showing of the Wiggles. ?We’d walk across the …

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SAHM survival: Keeping your sanity when your husband travels

I know I normally write about family travel destinations, but there’s another aspect of travel makes me a little cray to the Z every month and that’s when my husband?travels?for his job. Ever since we just had one tiny baby, Mr. YT has been leaving me for 2-3 nights per month.?I know some of you have a husband that travels much more, so I shouldn’t complain. ?In reality, in 7 years it’s never gotten easier?but it has gotten more manageable. …

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