Customs can be an intimidating experience when you don’t know what to expect. What if I have the wrong documentation? What if they won’t let me in? Oh God Oh God Oh God. Relax. It’s really not that bad. First off, you are not going to make it past security in your departure airport without your passport. You’ll be asked to present it at least two to three times prior to boarding the plane (ticketing, baggage check, boarding and maybe security) so there is no way you will be able to forget it and get stuck in Hell’s Waiting Room in a foreign country. Let’s take a look at what documentation you may need for your international trip: 1. Passports. You’ll need your passports in order […]

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And…we’re back! What an amazing trip! You guys, we took our Tardis to Cardiff. I don’t think I will be able to travel any other way every again. I’m joking of course. Doctor Who is kind of a big deal in our house, so one of the things we set out to do this trip was a detour to Cardiff, Wales to see the Doctor Who Experience (DWE). Secretly, ever so secretly since most people make a face of disgust when the topic of “Torchwood” comes up, I was also sort of excited to see Cardiff Bay where a lot of the shots for the series were filmed. The giant phallic mirrored thing was surprisingly not as giant as it looked on TV. Now on […]

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Flying can wreak havoc on your body between the stress of prepping and packing, dealing with airport chaos, flying fears, recirculated air and jet lag. There is lots of advice on the internet about things that you can do to combat the risks and symptoms during traveling itself (drink water on the flight, get up with the sun at your new destination), but like most health related concerns, no one talks about the elephant in the room: preventing the issues before they occur. As a busy mom and business owner, I am absolutely horrible at remembering to take care of myself. It’s hard enough taking care of…. The best that I can manage is eating a relatively processed-foods free diet that is low on animal […]

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“We are a travel loving family of 5 about to leave for a month in an RV. So excited but a little nervous since it’s our first big trip with our youngest daughter who is 13 months old. I was wondering if you have driven to Canada with your little guy and if he needed a passport for that? We plan on spending two weeks in Canada during our trip and it will be our kiddos first trip out of the country so they don’t have passports, but I had read that under 15 years old they don’t need them for road travel… but I have heard that Canada border control can be strict.” ~Tamie Tamie, How exciting! I would love to get a vintage […]

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I wanted to give you all a peek at our Travel Packing Lists today! Instead of having one of those “print and go” universal lists, we go with a more dynamic system. After all, a universal list doesn’t really take into consideration our family’s personal routines and nuances, our children’s age, the seasons we are traveling, our destinations, our itinerary  etc. So instead of a static sheet (3 pairs of pants, 2 shirts, etc.), I keep spreadsheets for each trip and plan EXACTLY what is going into the bag (khaki pants, jean . The spreadsheet system: Builds a collection of lists for future reference. I have a lot of packing lists for various destinations and seasons that I update with notes after the trip on what […]

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One week until our trip! Yesterday we pre-gamed at Epcot for the Flower and Garden Show.   Don’t hate me. If I didn’t know how absolutely insanely fantastically wonderful my life is you could hate me, but I live every moment in an constant state of awe and utter thankfulness. So…just don’t. It was part Mom’s Day and part O’s 1st Birthday trip. I can’t tell you how many nedgasms I had at the Giant Agapanthum blooming throughout the park. SQUE!!! We passed on dinner in the UK World Showcase and all of the disappointing comparisons to the real thing that went with it since we would be there in a few weeks anyway. Instead we went to France, where we loaded up on fromage, vin and […]

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  The clock is winding down until we head to Europe next month. I’m frantically trying to finish up a few projects at work in order to focus on some much needed spring cleaning, and I’m not just talking about the house. My computer is chaos! Ugh. Of course in the middle of it all my husband and I have THIS conversation at dinner on Wednesday: Shell: There is a fruit tree sale in Melbourne on Saturday! No, shut up! I was really excited at the prospect of scoring some trees I need to round out my backyard orchard in training. You know: the backyard orchard where everything dies when we leave on yet another trip and the frost wipes them all out again. Don’t […]

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About the maps Printable on US Letter size paper (8.5″x11″ or 21.59cm x 27.94cm) and frameable as an 8″x10″ photo, you’ll need a pdf reader to open. Get one here. Opened with Adobe, you’ll be able to edit the top banner with your family name, child’s name, year, “Our Adventures”…the possibilities are endless. Ok, it’s not that magical, just editable. The bottom banner features Dr. Seuss’ oh so famous “You’re off to Great Places!Today is your day!Your mountain is waiting, So… get on your way!” quote from The Places You’ll Go.  Once printed, you’ll be able to record your travels with stickers, mini photos, signatures, dots, scrapbook elements…however you choose. I love the idea of attaching it to a piece of foam board with spray adhesive and using […]

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About the maps Printable on US Letter size paper (8.5″x11″ or 21.59cm x 27.94cm) and frameable as an 8″x10″ photo, you’ll need a pdf reader to open. Get one here. Opened with Adobe, you’ll be able to edit the top banner with your family name, child’s name, year, “Our Adventures”…the possibilities are endless. Ok, it’s not that magical, just editable. The bottom banner features Dr. Seuss’ oh so famous “You’re off to Great Places!Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, So… get on your way!” quote from The Places You’ll Go.  Once printed, you’ll be able to record your travels with stickers, mini photos, signatures, dots, scrapbook elements…however you choose. I love the idea of attaching it to a piece of foam board with spray adhesive and using […]

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The last thing any parent wants to think about is the worse case scenario, but it is so direly important to consider it in advance. The proper planning and education can mean the difference, literally between life or death. Sadly, a lot of these tips are tips because it happened somewhere to someone else. Travel preparation is often taken lightly because it is fun: what suitcase, what socks, what else? Safety is often overlooked or not talked about because it is NOT fun. It’s not fun to think of our own children being kidnapped, or injured or dying. It’s not fun imagining yourself that completely and utterly helpless, that far away from home. Or worse: our children being helpless if something happened to you. So do […]

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