Spring Break is Over and I Am Sad

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Planning Summer Vacation

Sigh, I guess I have to accept that Spring Break is really over given that it is the Tuesday after. I miss vacation. It’s not that our trip to Texas was anything elaborate; it’s just good to get away. So I am already planning our summer vacation. With a little help from my smartphone. That way I can plan anytime I need an escape.
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Freshen the Car Up Before Road Tripping It

This is sponsored post through She Speaks and Febreze!

It’s Spring Break season! And even though we won’t be headed out for a couple of weeks, I am already anticipating the long road trip to Texas to see my parents. The girls and I have been making this trip together for almost five years. We have it down to a science but that doesn’t mean I don’t face it with a small smidgen of dread.

After all, it is ten hours in the car with the terror twins. They are past the throwing toys at me stage. But unfortunately still in the the throwing up stage. Car sickness, the struggle is real. That’s why I was happy to take the chance to try out Febreze Vent Car Clips. No matter what happens in the back seat, up in the front seat I am in my own little oasis.
Febreze Car Vent
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Wordless Wednesday : Beaches Turks and Caicos Beach

Beaches Turks and Caicos Sunset

Beaches Turks and Caicos Sailboats
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10 Insider Tips for Beaches Turks and Caicos

It’s my reentry day from the fabulous Beaches Moms conference and while I am still recovering from all the amazing ways they spoiled us, I HAD to share some insider tips ASAP in case you are planning a trip. And if you aren’t, why not?!

Tips for the Beaches Turks Caicos
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Wordless Wednesday : Rocky National Park Clouds

Rocky Mountain National Park Clouds

Rocky Mountain National Park Snow

Rocky Mountain National Park Sky

10 Trips to Take With Your Kids

There are some trips that are just made better by having kids along. As we discovered this past summer when we took the girls to Mount Rushmore and Rocky National Park. Seeing these sites through their eyes made us want to take as many trips as possible with them. So here’s a list of ten trips to take with kids.

10 trips to take with kids

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In Praise of Day Trips

Rocheport Second Street

It’s so easy to get caught up in the idea of travel that you forget to actually do it. Not every trip has to be to a far flung locale. Sometimes just taking off for a day or even an afternoon is enough to change your perspective.

Last week, we did just that when friends invited up for a walk in the nearby town of Rocheport. Getting out, walking the Katy trail a bit, and swinging from unfamiliar trees was just the way to end the weekend and reset for the week ahead.

Trail side stone oven pizza didn’t hurt either…
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24 Hours in… Rapid City

Who knew Rapid City was so awesome? If we had known how much we would enjoy it, I totally would have planned more time there on out Epic Road trip. But twenty four hours was enough time to get a taste of Rapid City life.

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Rapid City is the home base for most Mount Rushmore visitors. But this city has a ton to offer on its own. With a charming downtown and several city parks, it’s a haven for families. Start your visit with the presidential statues. You can visit and pose with your favorite. Be sure to visit the visitor center and get a list. If you visit all of them, you get a presidential soda.

President Statues Rapid City

Before sundown, head to Dinosaur Park. This Public Works project built in 1936 boasts seven life-size concrete dinosaur statues and stunning views of the city from its hillside perch. The visitor center’s porch is the perfect place to have an ice cream and watch the sun go down.

Due to all those Mount Rushmore visitors, Rapid City has almost every chain motel and hotel you can think of (some of them even have their own water parks) but if you’re looking for something a little more local, the Hotel Johnson is right in the heart of downtown. Across the street is a restored movie house, The Elks.

End your trip to Rapid City with a magical morning on Storybook Island. This vintage kiddie park is a must see, even if you don’t have children. Did I mention that it’s totally free?

Storybook Island

Where else can you ride in Cinderella’s carriage, enter the home of the three little pigs, and slide down an ice cream cone? Entrance and play are free but you might want to bring some cash for the train ride and gift shop. Plus a donation to keep this gem up and running!

5 Spooky Destinations

Tis the season for haunting. Courtesy of CheapOAir, here are five places to head for chills and scares.
These fares are samples based on certain gateways and may have changed! But this should give you a jumping off point. If you are looking to take one of these trips, book by October 24th.

Haunted Travel

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31 Days of Travel

Did you ever read The Secret? Me, not so much. But the general sense that I get is that you create your own destiny by wanting something enough. Without getting too new agey, I do think there is something to putting your energy into the things you desire. And what I always want more of? Travel, travel, travel. So for the next thirty one days I will be writing about travel as part of the Write 31 Days challenge.

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Click through for a list of my posts and some pictures from my past travel…
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