Escape Tips Family Vacation Over the Holidays

Family Vacation Over the Holidays

The key to a successful family vacation over the holidays is to plan, plan, plan. There are sure to be crowds and many places may not be open or will have limited hours.  Make sure you know what you’re in for and plan accordingly. Leave Time for Travel Allow plenty of time for travel.  Weather and …

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Places We've Been Texas Road Trip: Hill Country Part 2

Texas Road Trip: Hill Country Part 2

We previously wrote about a mini-road trip where we made a little half-loop through the Hill Country from Austin, through Johnson City and Marble Fallas, up to Georgetown. This time, I had work in Eastland and then in Austin, so I meandered south from Eastland along highway 16 and spent a couple of days in …

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Places We've Been Trip Diary: NYC in Winter with Teens

Trip Diary: NYC in Winter with Teens

We made our third family trip to NYC this winter.  It was our first time visiting in the winter, and was a much different than our previous warmer visits. Unfortunately, my cell phone disappeared from my pocket at La Guardia for our return trip, and with it went all of the photos I took. How …

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Escape Tips 5 Great Ideas for Gifting Outside the Box

5 Great Ideas for Gifting Outside the Box

We’ve all got enough stuff and there are only so many new gadgets that anyone needs. We’re also becoming more conscientious of the social and environmental impacts of disposable junk and fast fashion and want to minimize our contribution to those issues. So our family leans heavily toward experiences as gifts. Experiences are also perfect …

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Places We've Been Stocking Stuffers for the Traveler

Stocking Stuffers for the Traveler

Stocking Stuffers for the Traveler   1.   expandable running belt | 2.  reusable utensils | 3.  silicone travel containers 4. collapsible water bottle | 5. universal travel adapter | 6.  hidden-pocket infinity scarf   Note: These links are affiliate links and we may receive a commission if you purchase any products through these links. Our opinions are all our own–we want to …

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Escape Tips Emergency Travel Packing and Tips

Emergency Travel Packing and Tips

Emergency travel is the kind of travel that you don’t want to do.  It usually involves something terrible happening to someone that you care about. Unfortunately, we’ve got a lot of experience with emergency travel.  Both of our moms passed away after lengthy terminal illnesses, and we frequently got calls to “get here right now” …

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Places We've Been Best Musical Theatre Shows to Catch on Vacation

Best Musical Theatre Shows to Catch on Vacation

The girls and I are huge musical theater buffs and love seeing Broadway shows.  Of course, our favorite place to see a show on Broadway, but since we don’t live anywhere near NYC, our next best bet is to see a touring show.  And seeing shows isn’t just for when we’re home.  I love seeing …

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Places We've Been Texas Road Trip: Austin to the Hill Country

Texas Road Trip: Austin to the Hill Country

I had a conference in Austin, and so Kenny and I decided to make a Texas Road Trip out of it, driving through the Hill Country and visiting Johnson City and Marble Falls.  Even though we’re both native Texans and have visited most of the state, we’ve never really spent time in the Hill Country. …

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Escape Tips Austin Hotel Review: Lone Star Court

Austin Hotel Review: Lone Star Court

I had a conference in Austin last week, and Kenny decided to tag along so that we could see our college kid and make a weekend of it.  We decided to check out a unique Austin hotel and settled on Lone Star Court. We’d describe this place as preppy hipster. Note: This post includes affiliate …

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Reviews Recent Listens

Recent Listens

I listen to audiobooks in the car to pass the time in the car when traveling and during my daily commute.  You may also want to check out our post 5 Fave Audiobooks to Inspire Wanderlust. Also, if you haven’t tried audiobooks before, you can start with a free trial. Try Audible and Get Two …

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