Archive for tag 'travel'


12 Must Haves for Flying With Children

Olive and Charlie have been on 24 and 26 flights respectively —  from hour long flights on puddle jumpers to 14 hour international flights, with their own seats and as lap infants. As they get older what we pack in our carry-on bags continues to pare down, particularly toys, but these are the items that [...]


Traveling to the Philippines with a Toddler and Preschooler

I never got around to finishing my post on our trip to the Philippines last year, so I wanted to get it up since we just got back from our yearly trip this year! Charlie and Olive were 1 1/2 and 3 1/2 when we went last year, and the travel was much, much easier [...]


Flying Solo with a 15 Month Old

Last month I took the plunge and took my toddler on a plane ride. She’s no stranger to air travel—this was her fifth plane trip in her short life—but it was the first time I didn’t have her dad to tag team during the adventure. My plan going in was that less would be more. [...]


Packing for an Airplane: Using the Dollar Store

Mr. Pen’s family lives in New York, so he tries to make a point to visit every year. This year, due to my school and work schedule, I’ll be unable to join him – but he’s planned a fun-filled trip with J and spending lots of time with his family he scarcely sees. In preparation [...]

Quick Tips for Preparing for a Trip without Your Kids

You may have read on a previous post that Mr. Piñata and I went on a 7-night, 9-day trip to Italy and that Little Piñata stayed home with my parents. This involved a whole lot more preparation than I would have imagined! I think I started about a month before our trip and I’m sure [...]


Destination: Gatlinburg, Tennessee

My husband scored four days off over Memorial Day weekend, so we took advantage of his vacation time and went on a mini road trip up to Gatlinburg, Tennessee.


Some Tips on Traveling WITHOUT Your Kids

Just three weeks ago, Mr. Piñata and I returned from a 9 day trip to Italy! We have always wanted to take a trip to Europe together, but due to various circumstances (mostly financial), this was the first time it really made sense, so we were quite excited about the chance. Mr. Piñata’s sister and [...]

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