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Boston bound: A family of five takes on Beantown

DANA DOUGHERTY REINKE, Contributor dana3

This summer we took our first family road trip. With a spirit of adventure and a whole slew of movies for our trusty minivan’s DVD player, we drove from Oakville, Ont., a suburb of Toronto, to Boston in about 10 hours. I was skeptical that our family of polar opposites could vacation in harmony, but despite a few backseat brawls, that’s exactly what we did. (more…)


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Learning how to be the ‘fun’ parent in thrill-a-minute Orlando

RACHEL NAUD, Contributor
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I must admit, when I found out it was just me and my son heading to Orlando, I was a bit scared. Here’s the thing. I’m not necessarily the fun parent.

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Clearwater Marine Aquarium: Vacation with a porpoise

RACHEL NAUD, Contributor
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More than just a sunny locale, Clearwater, Florida offers relaxation, great food and family activities — not to mention a dolphin named Winter.

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Family-friendly vacation locales: Banff

SAMANTHA KEMP-JACKSON, Chic Savvy Mama
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Having recently returned from a summer vacation to the beautiful mountain locale, I remain in awe of its beauty. Perhaps more importantly, being the parent to small children, I was pleasantly surprised at the range of activities and family-friendly locales that Banff had to offer.

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Air travel and pregnancy: Tips for a safe, comfortable flight

MARTIN CLINTON, Contributor
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Air travel is generally safe for pregnant women, as long as there are no complications with the pregnancy and the expecting woman is not flying too close to her due date. But traveling pregnant does come with some warnings, such as an increased risk of blood clots and deep vein thrombosis, especially during long flights. To ensure safe and comfortable air travel when pregnant, follow these tips from the Cheapflights team.

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A Google guide to travel

SAMANTHA KEMP-JACKSON, Chic Savvy Mama
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Most of us use Google to search the web and source information. But did you know Google is a great resource for planning your next family vacation? We’ve advanced well beyond the early days of the search engine, so whether you’re looking for details on the local culture or even what your intended destination looks like, Google can help.

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Family-friendly vacations: Where to stay, shop and golf in Orlando

SAMANTHA KEMP-JACKSON, Chic Savvy Mama
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While Orlando is home to some of the world’s biggest theme parks, there’s more to Orlando than roller coasters. Whether it’s a day out with the kids or a night out just for mom and dad, you won’t be disappointed. Here’s where to stay, shop and golf.

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Family-friendly vacations: Orlando’s amusement parks

SAMANTHA KEMP-JACKSON, Chic Savvy Mama
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Being a mother of four, I’m constantly on the lookout for the best things to do and places to go with my kids. My three youngest children are eight and three respectively (the youngest two are identical twin boys), so you can imagine, I need to have my game face on in order to keep them entertained.

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Family-friendly vacations: Dining in Orlando

SAMANTHA KEMP-JACKSON, Chic Savvy Mama
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The world is your oyster in Orlando, with a variety of dining experiences to suit every taste — for parents and kids. While visiting the city with my family last month, we tried a number of different locales, but we particularly enjoyed Planet Hollywood, as well as the Rainforest Cafe at Disney World’s Animal Kingdom.

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Flying high: How to make air travel with kids a breeze

SAMANTHA KEMP-JACKSON, Chic Savvy Mama
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Travel with children can be trying at the best of times — there are so many things to remember when heading out on a jaunt with the kids. Keeping your feet on the ground is one thing — road travel with children has its own set of challenges — but flying with little ones? That’s a whole other story.

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Traveling toddlers and other crazy ideas

SAMANTHA KEMP-JACKSON, Chic Savvy Mama
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So you’ve finally done it. Against your better judgment, you’ve booked airline tickets to a much-desired destination, this time including your whole family. No more grandma/grandpa/aunt/uncle/trusted friend to watch the brood. Oh no, you have convinced yourself that you can do this. I mean, really — how hard can it be, traveling with your whole family: toddlers, sippy cups, wipes and all?

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Going away for Christmas with the kids? Stay sane with these 5 tips

SAMANTHA KEMP-JACKSON, Chic Savvy Mama
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Many parents think long and hard about switching things up over the holidays, especially where smaller children are involved. There are issues related to logistics (“how will Santa know where we are, Mommy?”), but there’s also the fear that the kids will feel homesick, or worse yet reject the plan to experience December 25th in a place where there is no chance of having a “White Christmas.”

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How to choose the perfect vacation destination: A top 5 guide for parents

SAMANTHA KEMP-JACKSON, Chic Savvy Mama
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So you’ve finally decided to bite the bullet and take the family on vacation. The only problem is that your eight-year-old daughter and your four-year-old son are at vastly different stages in their development, making you wonder if a family trip that makes everyone happy is even possible.

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