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Comuna Art Medellin, Colombia

Comuna Art Medellin, Colombia. What a treat to see such amazing street art! I may be a little biased because I love art in all forms but street art is a real treat. Larger than life and so full of color and interesting subject choices. It is always interesting and Comuna 13 is literally FULL of street art.

Whether I love the art, hate it, or laugh at it, I’ve never met art that I wasn’t excited about seeing. No matter what, you can have some fun conversations about it! Ask the kids what they think. They always have an interesting perspective and will enjoy you listening to their opinion.

From world’s most dangerous city to world’s most innovative city

Comuna 13, or San Javier, was once the most dangerous neighborhood in the entire world!! There were more murders here than in any ot...

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Painters Tape Travel Checklist

Painters Tape Travel Checklist

Painters Tape Travel Checklist

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Painters Tape Travel Checklist is the duct tape of travel. It can fix or correct so many problems you have! It can serve as a toy, too. Of all the things I take with me, I never, EVER leave home without painter’s tape.

1 – Use Painters Tape Travel Checklist to hold the hotel curtains together.

Why is it that no matter where the bed is located in a hotel room, the one tiny sliver of sunlight will shine a bring beam directly on your sleeping face. Don’t let that annoying stream of light wake you up!

We all know it is rare when little ones sleep in, right? Don’t let sunlight wake them up even one minute early! You need that extra sleep on vacation. Don’t let open curtains disturb your child’s slumber.

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Best New York 3 Day Itinerary Attractions Experience

Best New York 3 Day Itinerary Attractions Experience. You can actually get a $40 credit for Broadway tickets through the Sightseeing pass!

Times Square

Best New York 3 Day Itinerary Attractions Experience

Best New York 3 Day Itinerary Attractions Experience

If you are not too tired after Broadway, pop into Times Square to see the flashing lights and night time atmosphere. Those lights do make it feel like it’s the middle of the day.

Times Square is not where I tend to spend a lot of time.

It’s just a square with flashing light advertisements and overpriced stores and restaurants, although we actually do like the Hard Rock Cafe here.

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It’s very touristy and not where I spend a lot of time, but it’s worth seeing and having a photo at. It is Times Square after all.

You can always find time to fit it into your New York itinerary on anoth...

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Family Friendly Disneyland Hotels

Family Friendly Disneyland Hotels: Hyatt Regency Orange County in Anaheim are popular with our readers!

So once we knew we would be spending close to two weeks in Anaheim and attending Disneyland, I knew I wanted to experience as many hotels near Disneyland as I could to offer insights as to the best family-friendly Disney hotel to help you choose.

I was quite disappointed that I only had one night at the Hyatt Regency Orange Country AND I was not with Craig and the kids, as they would have loved it!

Family Friendly Disneyland Hotels, Hyatt Regency Orange County

Family Friendly Disneyland Hotels, Hyatt Regency Orange County

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I had flown in straight from the travel blogging conference in Finger Lakes, New York and they were flying in the next day from Vegas.

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All roads lead to the Happiest Place on Earth.

While I...

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Experiencing American Girl Doll Stores

Experiencing American Girl Doll Stores, The Ultimate Guide. For all young girls and doll lovers, be prepared to be swept up in the American Girl Doll craze when you visit America.

Boys, you may be swept up too, as there are American Boy Dolls for you.

Parents, hold tight to your wallets, as they are about to get sucked dry!

Experiencing American Girl Doll Stores

Experiencing American Girl Doll Stores

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Back in Australia, Savannah and I were given Our Generation Dolls for Christmas, which are imitation American Girl dolls.

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They have been traveling with us since moving to the USA and had wonderful adventures in Hawaii and California and Bloomington, MN with us.

I’m not sure Mum and Dad were ready to suddenly have four children to worry about when traveling, but they seemed to adjust quite we...

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Road Trip Hacks and Snacks

Road Trip Hacks and Snacks

Road Trip Hacks and Snacks

Road Trip Hacks and Snacks. I like to put the snack bag on the floor between my kids. The bag has favorites for each kid and without needing ME, they can

., time spent together and savings!

Road Trip Hacks and Snacks – Plan Breaks to Potty and Stretch Legs

Pre-plan stops for potty breaks and leg stretching before the growling and whining begins in the back seat! Of course, there is an app for that!! Try the “Sit or Squat: Restroom Finder“.

Finding spots for stretching legs can lead you to some really cool places! I like to check Roadside America for cool places to see along our route. For example, if you are passing through Austin you’ll enjoy checking out the Cathedral of Junk.

Pack a frisbee and a ball so you can play catch at roadside rest areas! Locat...

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Take the KIDS Texas Fall Foliage

Take the KIDS Texas Fall Foliage

Take the KIDS Texas Fall Foliage

Take the KIDS Texas Fall Foliage. Crisp fall temperatures bring on the gorgeous colors of fall leaves. In some parts of the country more so than others – mostly the northeast of the country.

Growing up in the far south of Texas, seeing the lovely colors of leaves was something I always dream of. But, as it often does, life got in the way.

As I was a student during the fall color and then I was a teacher during the fall color and couldn’t get away. Then I had kids in school during the fall color and couldn’t get away.

Thankfully, the fall leaves of the far northern portion of the United States isn’t something I’ve been able to see.

So, thanks Take the KIDS Texas Fall Foliage, I got close to seeing the fall foliage one year in Dallas, Texas with th...

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Witches and Salem, MA – Spooky Travel

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Witches and Salem, MA – Spooky Travel. October is the month of spooky, creepy, and scary everything! Creepy destinations can add a cool dimension to any trip. Tweens and teens especially enjoy creepy things! Add Salem, MA to the list of creepy destinations for your family vacation.

Salem, Massachusetts is the home of the famous Salem Witch Trials. It is a fun and creepy destination any time of year.

Witch outline on full orange moon, witches, www.theeducationaltourist.com

Visit Salem, MA – Witches come in all shapes and sizes.

To look at tv and movies, it looks like we actually like witches. There are a lot of witches in our popular culture and some of them are fun, happy, and ‘good’. But, that our love of witches wasn’t always the case.

There are both wicked and good witches in the movie The Wizard of Oz.

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Flying When Things Go Wrong

Flying When Things Go Wrong

Flying When Things Go Wrong

Flying When Things Go Wrong. The adventure journey of every vacation begins when you leave the house. You hope that your flight goes well and smoothly, on time and that your luggage arrives with you – at the same destination and at the same time that you do!

But, we all know that things go wrong.

Flights can be delayed or canceled.

Toddlers meltdown.

Luggage can be lost, delayed, or take a trip without you.

Kids cry.

Babies poop on you – or vomit or pee.

Sometimes all of those things happen on the very same trip.

When you are flying with kids and something bad happens: Don’t Panic.

If baby screams, toddler wigs out, or kiddo melts and announces that you are the meanest mommy on the planet….take a deep breath.

This too shall pass.

You are NOT the only pa...

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Choose the perfect travel destination – TIPS

Choose the perfect travel destination

Choose the perfect travel destination

Choose the perfect travel destination. Ah, dreaming of the perfect travel destination. I love that process! There are so many places to visit and so little time.  Sadly, there is not enough vacation time or money to do it all!!

When everything is on your bucket list, how do you prioritize?

How to Choose the Perfect Travel Destination – The fear

Parents often have a fear that vacations are limited to ‘kid stuff’. Beaches, water parks, and amusement parks can be GREAT fun for the whole family, but after a while….don’t you want to do something else?

                                              Parents are afraid of kid meltdowns.

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We worry about chasing people around while saying, “Stop that! Be quiet!” or with the old...

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