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What to Do in Washington D.C. with Kids

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Washington D.C. is one of my favorite cities in the world. Megan and I lived there together for a time after college and those experiences have always made our nation's Capitol very special to me even though it's been over a decade since I've been a D.C. resident. So, introducing this beloved city of mine to my family was a dream come true. And I got to do it last month. Neither my husband nor my children had ever been, so I decided to put together an impromptu trip as an early Christmas surprise. My...

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5 Reasons to Take a Family Dude Ranch Vacation

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As Kristin and I recently discovered at the White Stallion Ranch, a dude ranch vacation is truly an incredible experience. While we were there checking out the White Stallion Ranch for a girls getaway, we couldn’t help but notice all the qualities that make this a great option for families. Here are 5 reasons why we think a dude ranch vacation should be on your list, and why we can’t wait to take our own families back! 5 Reasons to Take a Family Dude Ranch Vacation Space to Disconnect – We live in a world where each...

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Our Night Rock Climbing Experience

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Have you ever done something really, and I mean really, out of your comfort zone? High heights have always been one of my biggest fears.  I went to Paris and didn't even consider going up in the Eiffel Tower if that gives you perspective on how crippling it's has been for me. That being said, I've become fairly adventurous as I've gotten older which has worked out in my favor when I've been faced with heights. Hiking, for instance, is one of my very favorite activities now and it has really helped quell that acute...

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White Stallion Ranch, A Girls Vacation

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A few weeks ago Kristin and I left all our worries (kids and husbands included) behind and headed on a girls getaway to the White Stallion Ranch. If you follow us on social media, you might have seen tons of photos of us soaking up the gorgeous Tucson, Arizona scenery. To be honest, I was a little worried initially about going to a dude ranch as a vacation. Would I like riding horses? Would I feel safe? Would the trip be relaxing? The questions were constantly running through my mind, but it was time to push myself...

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5 Tips for European Travel with Kids

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I’m excited to share with you some tips for European travel with kids that I put to the test firsthand this summer. With a family wedding happening in Scotland, we decided to go ahead and take the entire family to Edinburgh, Scotland and London, England. Let’s all let that sink in for a moment. We voluntarily took a 1-year-old and a 4-year-old on a two-week European vacation. Ummm…are we crazy?! We sure got that feedback from a lot of friends and family. People had no problem letting me know that this was going to be a huge...

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Greater Williamsburg, Freedom to Have Fun

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Williamsburg, Virginia is a location that is near and dear to my heart. You might recall, that right before we had Max, we decided to take one last trip as a family of three. Williamsburg had been on my list of places that to visit and since its just a few short hours away from me in Maryland, it was the ideal spot. We had such a wonderful time and I get so sappy happy when I look at these photos and remember how little Jake was, how BIG I was, and all our family...

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Inn on the Beach Vacation

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Growing up in Tampa, Florida, St. Petersburg was always such a nice place to visit. I, of course, loved crossing the bridge to see the "big pink castle" and the pretty white beach. Now that I'm living in Maryland and the winter weather drags on a bit too much for my liking, St. Petersburg is truly a paradise perfect for a getaway. Recently, we did a family bridal shower in the area and I was able to experience it with my Mom for a mother daughter weekend. We stayed at the Inn on the Beach...

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Girls Weekend at Clifton Inn

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Obviously as besties dating all the way back to high school, Kristin and I love to get together just the two of us to really hang out. Unfortunately, we don't get the chance that often these days. Between our families, jobs and just life in general, friend time often doesn't happen. So, when we had the opportunity to stay at the Clifton Inn for a girls weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia we did a happy dance at the chance. Living just a few hours away, exploring Charlottesville had always been on my bucket list. The area is known...

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What I Spend My Money On

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Money is SUCH a tricky subject. I was at lunch with a girlfriend of mine, and we were reminiscing about that infamous episode of Sex and the City where Carrie gets judged and scolded for her too expensive shoes by a friend with children. Yes, my boys definitely came with a price tag and it wasn't a little one, but I try not to judge how my friends choose to spend their money. As long as they can afford it, then good for them! But January does imply a certain, "Back to Budget Basics" in my household. The...

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How to Keep the Kids Busy at the Airport

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Thanksgiving travel is widely considered the busiest time of year to fly. With all those crowds, lines and delays keeping the kids entertained is HARD! It can be completely nerve-wracking for parents. I should know, I've done my fair share of flights with kiddos alone! Don’t stress yourself out trying to walk through the airport with fussy kids on top of everything else that you’re trying to deal with. Here is how you keep the kids busy at the airport. Pack Snacks Remember to pack a lot of snacks. I often try to find a treat or...

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