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Chicago’s Biggest Book Fair Is Back July 23-26

Jul 9, 2015
The Newberry Book Fair on July 23-26, Chicago’s biggest annual used book binge, has something for every reader.

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Prepping for a Family Road Trip


If you’re looking for family vacation ideas, consider taking a road trip. Driving to your family vacation destination is often more affordable than buying plane tickets for the whole family more
Backyard Vacations, Families & Groups, Getting There | 2 Comments


A flight worth enjoying, honestly!


I’m in my Virgin America extra legroom seat with no one in front of me and plenty of room to stretch on this flight from San Francisco to New York. For once the five-hour plus flight doesn’t seem interminable. more
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RVing vs camping? Why not both?


Many suggest that despite gas prices RVing is cheaper than other vacations but the Muellers aren’t so sure. That wasn’t why they did it anyway—it was a lifestyle thing, to get outdoors with the kids. more
Eileen's Blog, Families & Groups, Getting There, Parks & Outdoors | 1 Comment


Prepare for Take Off in a Stress Free Way


Yes, we get reserved parking at the airport. No, we’re not VIPs or parkers with special needs. more
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An unscheduled stop on American Airlines raises big questions


When our non-stop flight on American Airlines made an unscheduled stop because the pilot found out he was not qualified to land at our destination, it raised all sorts of questions. more
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Nine days in Hong Kong over the holidays


DAY ONE -- I’ve got my eye mask, three different noise cancelling head phones to try, the iPad loaded with my favorite TV shows, my Kindle loaded with new mysteries, healthy snacks, special socks from SmartWool, neck pillow…have I forgotten anything? more
Destinations, Getting There, Lodging, Travel Diary | 6 Comments


What to do when you can’t sit together on a plane


Parents increasingly complain they can’t get seats next to their children — even 3 year olds — on packed flights. Those booking through online travel sites may not realize the seats are unassigned. (It is always wise to call an airline directly or check the airline’s site.) more
Families & Groups, Getting There, Travel Topics, Weekly Column | 6 Comments


Don’t freak out like I do before your next family trip!


Hiking App Trail in Rain in NH 1997
No matter how organized I think I am, no matter where we’re going, a few days before, I’m in pre-trip freak out mode when no one else in the family is the least bit worried that snow might derail flights (that’s happened) or we’ll have enough food for an upcoming sailing trip. (We’ve never gone hungry, my husband reminds us.) more
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Driving Smart with Kids in the Car This Holiday Season


The best thing we can do when taking to the road this winter, especially with kids in the back, is be prepared. Make sure your cellphone is charged and the relatives know what time to expect you. more
Families & Groups, Getting There, Weekly Column | 5 Comments


Surviving the Relatives This Thanksgiving


Honestly, I don’t know how we all do it over the holidays — with a smile no less — even when the guests are oh-so-annoying, the visiting toddler grinds cracker crumbs into the carpet, the tween refuses to eat anything she’s served and the uncle falls asleep on the couch, snoring loudly. more
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