Ugobags: Customized Luggage

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April 29th, 2014 marks the exciting launch of a Kickstarter campaign called Ugobags and, travelers, this is a worthy one. Ugobags is an entrepreneurial company that (once funded) will offer travelers the freedom to customize their luggage online. Think [Read more]

St. Peter’s: Minnesota’s Oldest Catholic Church


On any given day drivers making their way cross the Twin Cities' Mendota Bridge might notice the classic church steeple rising above the trees lining the eastern edge of the Minnesota River. The steeple landmark, located just south of the Minnesota and [Read more]

Giving in to the “Minivan Mom” Title

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Never say never. That phrase is one that I've learned to repeat over and over. No matter how stubborn I can be, life experiences tend to twist and turn my opinions, decisions, and plans as unexpected courses take place. This past weekend I once again muttered [Read more]

Balancing Travel and Social Media

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It used to be that friends, family, and neighbors would go on vacation and we would have to wait for their return home to hear about the trip. As for photos? Those might be produced days or weeks later after a trip to the photo shop. Today, that's certainly [Read more]

Chicago LEGOLAND Discovery Center


Chicago LEGOLAND Discovery Center is a hit with LEGO fans of all ages, but let's clear some confusion before we get started. Chicago LEGOLAND is not in Chicago proper. It's located in the northeastern Chicago suburb of Schaumburg. This neighborhood is easily [Read more]

The Truth about Traveling with Kids

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I've been traveling with kids for a long time. As the oldest of five siblings, stepmom to two (now grown) boys and mommy to my own two, soon to be three, I have my share of family travel stories. My son went on his first trip when he was only three weeks old. [Read more]

4 Things Not to Let your Kids Try on Vacation

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Travel is all about possibility and exposure and trying new things - right? Well, yes. Mostly. Sampling foreign dishes, taking on adventurous feats, and exploring unseen (to you and your family) territory is all part of the joy of travel. Did you read my story [Read more]

Tips for Cruising Pregnant

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Speaking from personal experience, cruising is one of the best vacations for an expectant mother. That is assuming the pregnancy is non-eventful and mom is feeling well. I found myself cruising pregnant at 14 weeks when my family boarded the Carnival Magic for [Read more]

King Cake Delivery Brings Mardi Gras to You

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Last week I was anticipating the arrival of a King Cake delivered by UPS from Delicious Donuts in Lake Charles, Louisiana. The excitement was too much to handle. When the cake I arrived, I was ecstatic. It was topped with purple, green, and gold Mardi Gras [Read more]

What to Do if it Rains During your Cruise

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Dreams of your upcoming tropical cruise likely involve thoughts of relaxing, fruity drinks, and plenty of sunshine. But what happens when the forecast is revealing days and days of rain? If this is your first cruise your anxiety may be especially high and [Read more]