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We are now about 2.5 months out from moving our family to Madrid, Spain. We’ve put in for leaves of absence at work, and all of our family, closest of friends, and coworkers have been told about the move. We...
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Spring break is upon us! Do you have a fun trip coming up? If your plans include travel by plane, consider these air travel tips from a former “road warrior” to make your trip go a little more smoothly! Pack...
As a kid, we always took a big family vacation in the summer. We looked forward to this time every year, and some of my favorite memories growing up are from these vacations.  It wasn't because they were always...

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Many of us are still being cautious about venturing out during this strange time of COVID-19. While I find myself missing movies, sitting in...