Passport to Culture: France

Passport to Culture: France

Cultural Activity for Kids Our at-home travel series took us to France this month, but it's most certainly a destination that I hope to take my kids to for real one day. I've been to France once. With an old friend, we stayed in Paris for a few days before taking the train down the coast to Monaco. It was breath-taking being in Europe and realizing how young our country truly is. Walking down those cobblestone streets makes you feel so small, yet so alive and purposed, to know you are just a moment in history. One day I'll take my babies there. But for now, we explore, learn and travel... at … [Read more...]

Goals For A Healthy Mealtime Family Legacy

Goals For A Healthy Mealtime Family Legacy

Building a family legacy for my children is a huge priority in my parenting. I want my kids to appreciate where they come from, understand where they’ve been and lean on the values they’ve been raised with when trying to navigate where they’re going. That’s why I’m excited to be partnered with Barilla and Share the Table, an initiative aimed to inform parents of the importance of meaningful meals to the development of our kids. Now that Alina is getting older, creating traditions and a foundation of values around the dinner table has been something we’ve been practicing more diligently. … [Read more...]

French Food Culture: Artisan Cheese and Juice Pairings for Kids

French Food Culture: Artisan Cheese and Juice Pairings for Kids

Cultural Activities for Kids We've been having so much fun with our Passport to Culture series! Conducting a travel-at-home parenting series has been in the works for a long time. It all started with our first post on Ireland culture last year and has since turned into various fun cultural activities for kids, including food culture. This post is the first of our culture party on France, and I’m excited to partner with Président, Europe’s leading cheese expert, to showcase some of the classics, and new favorites, in specialty cheeses. Passport to Culture: France {part one} The French know … [Read more...]

Booking Family Travel And Accepting Our Reality

Booking Family Travel And Accepting Our Reality

We did it! Last week we booked our big family travel plans! After hundreds of research hours, conducted over many years, I was ready to buy our vacation to a destination that I've had my sights on since forever - long before it became the international superstar that it is now. Costa Rica is one of the most stable countries in Latin America. Without a national army, it's incredibly safe with a stable currency. The region boasts equatorial temperatures, and so long as you don't mind a bit of rain, there's really no bad time to visit. The biodiversity in Costa Rica is insane, and the animals … [Read more...]

Tips on Securing a Home Mortgage: Cricket’s Ask the Expert

Tips on Securing a Home Mortgage: Cricket’s Ask the Expert

Cricket's Ask the Expert Series As a 2014 Cricket Ambassador, I was asked to participate in one of my favorite parts of the campaign: their Ask the Expert series. The last segment was with Carol Cain of Girl Gone Travel (one of my favorite travel bloggers) on budget family travel. It was awesome! But when I got tapped for the next round, I instantly freaked out. Ask the expert? Who me? I offered up ideas on raising multiraical children, mixed hair care, the usual that you would find here. But what Cricket really wanted was for their customers to learn how to save money, in addition … [Read more...]

Savoring the Last Weeks of Having a Baby

Savoring the Last Weeks of Having a Baby

From Baby to Mom's Super Hero When Alina was just an itty baby, I saw a status update in my Facebook stream that caused me to pause and breathe in gratitude over the moments I was living. My friend, a mother of three girls, was lamenting over the loss of her last's baby stage. She said something like, "I've been letting Sally sleep in our bed lately. Bob isn't happy, but since she's our last baby, I want to soak this all in." (names changed) At the time, I thought it was interesting that a mother would change her parenting strategy because of baby stages. Since, with my first child, I was … [Read more...]

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