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Using Home Exchange to Travel

Since opening our business two years ago, our travel budget has plummeted. We are fortunate to have wonderful family and friends who have welcomed us into their homes so that we have been able to visit other cities. However, we have been itching to get to some other areas, but the cost of lodging has […]

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6 Packing Essentials for the Beach

Looking back to my childhood trips to the beach, I have visions of my mom carrying tons of gear to and from the beach all summer long. I remember her wise words: “If you bring it, you must carry it.” There were boogie boards, toys, coolers, towels, chairs, umbrellas, and who knows what else. It […]

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Staycation Fun in Oregon City

I sort of despise the term staycation. To me it means staying at home trying to keep two little ones entertained while everyone else is on an island drinking margaritas at a swim-up bar. Obviously, I realize the last part isn’t really true, but sometimes it seems that way. Staycations isn’t always sexy or fun […]

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Exploring National Parks with Kids

I’m making this our year to explore national parks thanks to the 4th grade Every Kid in a Park program. I always enjoy going to state or national parks when we travel, but the annual pass is spurring me to squeeze in a few extra trips this year. Right off the bat, I’m going to tell […]

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