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You Can Do More Than You Think You Can

14 Jul
Clouds Jump Rainbow

© Horia Varlan, Flickr Creative Commons

Since I’ve traveled with kids a decent amount, people often ask me for tips.

My most frequent advice is:

You can do more than you think you can.

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Memory and Place

4 Feb

Memories Fairmont Raffles EmpressDid you know the brain “geotags” memories based on location?

When you encounter a familiar place, according to a recent study, “It opens up these memory boxes and triggers a flood of old memories in vivid Technicolor, like they happened yesterday.”

In other words, memory and place are intricately linked, on a biological level.  Continue reading

“Free Seattle,” New Travel Partnership, + Category Pages

26 Nov

Szaba Book PileNine months ago, I teased that I’d be revamping my site to better focus on my human and book babies. Nothing much has happened on that front. Until now.

I guess I was just feeling idle with only taking care of two kids, the holidays, three family trips, two books, a new blog partnership, and a potential new illustrator.

Or maybe once you start doing, even if it’s wrong, it creates a self-motivating snowball effect.

Whatever the case, I have two big announcements to share: 

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Free Seattle: Northacres Splash Park

4 Aug

Northachres Spray Park SeattleWho doesn’t love a spray park on a hot, summer day? Seattle has several options, but Northacres is one of our favorites.
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Free Seattle: Farmers’ Markets

2 Jun

VashonFarmersMarketSeattlites loves farmers’ markets almost as much as we hate umbrellas.

You’ll find a local market in practically every neighborhood, as you’ll see from the list below (which conveniently includes days and times).

If I forgot one of your faves, please let me know. I’ll be sure to add it.

So get out there. Wander. Sample. Be neighborly. Explore.

Free Seattle: Farmers’ Markets

Perks:

  • Free
  • Mingle with your neighbors
  • Sample amazing produce
  • Support local craftspeople and farmers

What to Do:

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Free Seattle: Tulip Festival

31 Mar

Tulip FestivalYou know that saying, “Stop and smell the roses”?

Well, in Seattle it’s more like, “Stop and see the tulips.”

Because Seattle is crazy about spring. We are outdoors people, and being cooped up inside for four months is quite enough, thank you very much.

That’s why in April, we blissfully exit our rain caves to pilgrimage north to the sunshine technicolor of the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival.

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Multicultural Children’s Books

17 Mar

Multicultural Childrens BooksOne of the most magical things about books is their ability to transport us into other places, lives, and experiences.

This is especially important for kids, giving them a larger context of the world beyond their backyards—thus paving the way for creativity and acceptance.

Here are some our family’s favorite multicultural children’s books.

I would love to add to this list, so please share yours, too!  Continue reading