Waiting four years to take my twin boys skiing

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Ever since my twins were born, I looked forward to the day I would take them skiing. I pictured family trips to Colorado, Canada, and of course the Alps where we would sip hot chocolate in lodges and sit to enjoy each others’ company in our cabin with the fireplace blazing. As much as we love our summer vacations, I couldn’t wait for excuses to travel together over the winter and build family memories together. […]

Marbella for the people

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Superyachts, Supercars, and sunburns. Marbella is without a doubt the prime destination in Spain’s Costa del Sol for the jet setting lifestyle and soaking up copious amounts of sun, drinks, and seafood. For two days in Marbella, we enjoyed the lifestyle and hustle and bustle of the town and beaches while later enjoying some more relaxed family time together at our resort. Even though the most high profile tourists may stay in their yacht cabins […]

Stop worrying about schedules and sleep times while on vacation

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The first time we took our twins on a vacation in a different time zone, I worried so much about sleep schedules and bed times we lost half our day. Between worrying about nap time and rushing back from dinner to get to bed at the normal time to try to keep some semblance of a schedule, we ended up putting way too much pressure on ourselves and our kids. For a vacation that was […]

A day in Jolly Ole Gibraltar

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The south of Spain is great for sun, sangria, and the beach, but when you’ve got a craving for fish and chips, or relaxing at a pub, crossing over to Gibraltar is a must. The UK territory that sits on a small spit of mountainous land into the Mediterranean off the southern tip of Spain feels like walking back in time to jolly old England while still enjoying the Mediterranean climate. Though small in area, […]

You could be in Cadiz – What to see and do in Spain’s coastal city

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I sit on a beach towel so new it has that new towel smell in the shade of Cadiz’s pier about 30 feet from the ocean water and build a sandcastle with my boys. Thanks to the shade and calm waters due to the sheltered harbor, it’s the first time I can remember building a sand castle without getting sunburned and smacked by waves, and I actually find it enjoyable. When an elderly sun-weathered local […]

Never too early – what I learned from a season of three-year-old organized soccer

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It’s 45 degrees out, so cold that a mist hangs over the baseball outfield we’re using for our game today. The ground is wet and seeping through my sweatpants because I forgot to bring our camping chairs again, and I’m about to get up for the third time to re-tie a lost shoe. One of my kids is inspecting a large and apparently fascinating leaf while the ball rolls past him, and the other is […]

10 Tips to encourage fitness with kids on vacation

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Family vacations can be full of a ton of unhealthy temptations. I always tend to eat way more unhealthy food and bigger portions while traveling because I just want to try everything local. I also eat dessert and sweets that I’d never have at home. I usually don’t get a chance to run like I do at home either. Taken together, it’s a recipe for gaining some weight and coming home heavier. Even worse, this […]

See Ya in Sevilla – How we found the perfect things to do with children in Seville

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Hot sun, late nights, and adventurous food make for great vacations, but adding kids into the mix with these doesn’t always work out great. However, Seville, Spain’s third largest city and capital of the Adulucia region, makes all of these work out just about perfectly even with kids. There’s no shortage of fun things to see and do with adventurous children, and parents will find lots of great food and drink spots as well. While […]

No, traveling internationally with kids is not “crazy”

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When I told people about my family vacation to Spain with my three-year-old twins, the most common reaction was, “wow, that’s crazy.” I understand that perspective, spending two weeks away in a foreign country with two balls of energy isn’t easy, but I don’t think it’s at all crazy.  With some completely reasonable preparation and planning, and most importantly an open mind, a trip away can be pretty smooth and incredibly rewarding. It’s time we […]

Don’t make me say it again – How to avoid yelling at kids who just won’t listen

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Trust me, you aren’t a bad parent if you yell. Pretty much every single parent will end up yelling at their kids sometimes when they just won’t listen. Whether it’s a toddler who is testing their boundaries or a school ager who needs to be told to get dressed five times every morning, every parent eventually reaches their breaking point. With two testing twin toddlers at home who have recently decided they need to test […]