What are your favorite ways to save for travel? Mine is selling digital products via Purveyor of Geekery. I’ve earned over $50k in the last four years and am able to focus on having amazing adventures instead of working all the time. Check out the Seller’s Program here. Here are 99+ others: Motivation First and foremost, determine how much you currently spend so that you know when, where and by how much you cut back. Create a overall monthly budget and aim to spend under the amount allotted to each area. For instance, if you allotted $300 a month towards groceries but only spend $280 one month, you’ll know that you saved $20 to add to your vacation savings! Budget for vacation. Work out your […]

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One of the choices parents have to make when it comes to planning a theme park vacation is whether to bring their own strollers or to rent one from the park. Most blogs that you read talk about the decision in terms of cost: renting one costs money and if you go to Disney you’ll have to rent a new one each day and trade it in at each park which leaves you strollerless between parks. At $13-15 a day, a 5 day stay can run you $75+tax…$85. $85! Another option is renting from a company near the park, like Kingdom Strollers.  $65 for 5 days + tax = $73. Or bring your own. It’s free to check in at the gate in the airport, the only […]

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Whether it’s to visit another parent, a grandparent or even a friend, sometimes kids have to fly alone. It can be a scary thought, the lack of control over a situation is enough to give any parent a heart attack. Growing up my brother and I were the cause of many parental heart attacks as we often made the cross country trek from Pennsylvania to Texas for summers and holidays with family members. This was well before the days of the cellular tech that keeps information instantly at our finger tips, but we…and more importantly…our parents survived. While it can be a bit hard to send your child off on their own accord, these tips will prepare you and your child for a fun plane […]

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I don’t often post my own tutorials on I Heart Family Travels, but I figured I would share this one with you. I have a confession to make. This is how I have been traveling with my jewelry the last few years: Yeah, that’s a bunch of jewelry just chilling in a ziplock there. Guilty. So I’ve been shopping around for a travel jewelry organizer and coming up empty. I’ve found a few that I’ve liked, like the Reed & Barton Naples Zippered Jewelry Case But at 1.5 pounds, I needed to keep looking. I found both the Anti-Tarnish Jewelry Organizer and the Reed & Barton Tri-Fold Jewelry Chests  but they were both 1 pounds each. I couldn’t justify the upgrade or sacrificing the space. […]

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Taking baby and toddler passport photos doesn’t have to be super difficult. If only we could explain that to the babies and toddlers.   To take baby passport photos you will need: A white sheet or non-textured blanket. This MUST be white, no other colors will be accepted for passport photo backgrounds. A camera that isn’t a potato. Photos must be clear or they will be rejected. If you are working by yourself, be sure it has a self-timer or a remote. Lights. You are going to end up with shadows unless you have a professional kit, but those can be removed in a photo editing software, or at least lightened. We took ours with three light sources: the natural light from the sliding glass […]

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Applying for passports takes a lot of work between filling in paperwork, turning in the applications, waiting (find out more about the process here)…and the photo requirements are kind of strict (Reference: US,, UK, CAN, AUS). It’s not for the faint of heart and it can be intimidating, but just remember that millions of other people have gone through the process as well and have done it successfully. Just not all of them have had the pleasure of doing it with kids as well. Enter parent time, where normal things take 6 times longer. 1. Have passport photos done “professionally” If your children are old enough, taking them to a place that specializes in passport photos will save you a ton of time and heartache…again, assuming […]

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Well, that was chaotic (dusts self off, surveys the damage). Christmas in England again this year was fantastic: wonderful family, gorgeous scenery, amazing food. The weeks leading up to it, however were intense. The week after coming home: just as intense. Luckily I waded through all the email, projects and business things and made it to the top of the mountain once again. For now. Being away from home was a bit stressful, it wasn’t like we could just jump in the car and drive a few hours to get home if something happened to the house. And things do happen. Before my son was born, my husband and I were on a cross country adventure when we received a phone call from our then […]

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I caught up with Melissa this week, who makes the most adorable eco-friendly child activity travel bags and offers them through her shop The Little Blue Birdie … because I HAD TO! No, seriously, wait until you see these fantastic bags. First though: meet Melissa and Family! Look at those Baby Blues! What a little heartbreaker. 🙂 IHFT: What inspires your choice of materials and colors for your bags? What inspires the toys themselves? LBB: I wanted to find materials that were as natural and Eco-friendly as possible. I also knew I wanted the bags to be washer friendly as well as light enough to carry in a purse or diaper bag. I wanted the colors and prints to be fun and different and to work […]

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When I happened across Lucy Blaire’s fantastically colored toiletry cases I couldn’t help but smile. When I read her biography I knew I had to share her with you guys. IHFT: You’ve had a super eclectic past! From a fish oil factory fork lift operator to etsy 1,000+ club, craft writer and Sew It All TV guest…what were the best lessons from the road between the two points in time? LB: Wow that’s tough, I’d have to say the best lesson was learning how to break through my fear and make a change in my life. Things are always scary the first go around and nothing worth having is ever easy. I was scared to death to start a job as a seamstress because I […]

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