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    Gifts For a Traveling Toddler

    As a family, we have been trying very hard to minimize the new “stuff” we bring into our home and focus on experience over things. This year in particular, we have purged unnecessary items from our house to make our home feel more manageable and make space for a new family member. I put together a list of a few gifts ideas to bring the traveling spirit into your home and small toys for your toddler to bring on your next adventure. Books to Inspire Adventure – Whether you are traveling or not, books are always a great idea. We like picking up books in and about new places we…

  • Destinations

    3 Days in Montréal with a Toddler

    When the week our daycare was closed coincided with my husband’s transition between jobs, we decided to take a brief, last-minute vacation to spend some quality family time together. With little time to plan a getaway within driving distance, I researched a few options and landed on Montréal. I had only been once before as a teenager visiting with my family, and all of Craig’s recent trips were for bachelor party weekends. We figured it would be a great spot to explore as a family. It is less than 5 hours away from where we live, just north of Boston, and even closer to where we were dropping off our…

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    3 Reasons Why a Campervan Is the Best Way to See Iceland with a Toddler

    Soon after I bought our tickets to Iceland, I quickly realized renting a campervan would be a convenient way to see the country and provide a new adventure for our family vacation. I looked at just about every campervan rental company to compare prices and options and I ended up renting a Go Camper 3 Pax for our week-long trip around Iceland. The major concern for us when choosing a campervan was a seatbelt in the back so that we wouldn’t need to strap in Benton’s car seat in the front seat and turn off the airbags. I realize that many European manufacturers expect that a car seat might go in…

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    Tips for Iceland on a budget

    Iceland is known for its epic waterfalls, stunning landscapes, & geothermal hot springs. It is certainly not known for its wallet-friendly prices. Every family has their own travel budget strategy and knows what you are willing to splurge on and where to skimp. Here are some tips on how we traveled around Iceland for 7 days without breaking the bank. Flights – We flew the super-budget Icelandic airline, WOW. WOW has some unbeatable prices on flights to Iceland, which is part of the reason we wound up visiting in the first place. Flying budget airlines is only a budget option if you avoid all the extra fees. WOW allows you…

  • Destinations

    7 Days in Iceland

    Iceland had been on my bucket list for years so I couldn’t pass up the cheap flights I found in January leaving Memorial Day weekend. We figured a vacation exploring the magical outdoors in the land of ice and fire would be right up the alley of our rock loving two year old. Day 1 – Reykjavik, Oxarafoss & Geysir – The flights from Boston to Iceland are surprisingly short, so our overnight flight landed at 4am local time.  We were getting picked up by our campervan company, GO Campers, at noon so we had 8 hours to enjoy Reykjavik on 5 hours of restless airplane sleep. We set up…

  • Destinations

    10 Days in France

    I know I just started this blog but I aready have the most definitive advice on traveling with a baby: bring a grandparent with you!! Let me back up a minute. In October, my dad sent the family an email coordinating Thanksgiving and Christmas plans, saying the my step-mom’s family was having an extended family reunion in France and they would be attending. Craig immediately responded with a (half) joking email that he and Benton had been learning French and would love the chance to practice in country. Before we knew it, we had been invited along to a family reunion that we were only peripherally connected to. I was…


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