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Unique Vacations: A Family Yoga Retreat


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Jaya Ganesha Jaya Ganesha Jaya Ganesha Pahimaam Sri Ganesha Sri Ganesha Sri Ganesha Rakshamaam I never thought I’d be waking up to the sound of my four-year-old singing this (or any) mantra, but that is just what happened yesterday. “At least one of us will be zen this summer” I thought, still drowsy, but with

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Parenting

When Parenting Feels Like Groundhog Day


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My good friend, and the founder of Our Whole Village, Patricia Monahan, wrote a blog post for Our Whole Village last year titled “Parent Like A Traveler.” The post, with its focus on mindful parenting, inspired me and motivated me. But, if I’m being completely honest, I also felt a twinge of, “oh man, I

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California, Destinations, North America, Travel Tips, USA

Ethnic Neighborhoods Are the Perfect Fix for Cultural Wanderlust


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Although my husband and I love to explore other cultures with our kids, we don’t have the time, the energy or the finances to jet off every weekend. Luckily, we live in San Francisco where several ethnic neighborhoods offer the perfect fix for our cultural wanderlust. On a recent weekend we decided to “travel” to

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Parenting

When Our Plans Don’t Involve the Kids


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I don’t travel alone much since I’ve had kids. In fact, I’m afraid I don’t do much of ANYTHING on my own these days… When I had my first baby, my loss of independence was certainly the biggest adjustment for me. Not the sleepless nights. Not the countless diaper changes. Not the painful first weeks breastfeeding. Hormones

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Travel Tips

10 Tips for Surviving a Road Trip with Kids


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Are you hitting the road with the kids in tow this summer? If so, here are 10 tips to make the trip more pleasant. We’ve based these ideas on prior mistakes we’ve made … er, I mean, adventures we’ve had along the way. Not surprisingly, most are about keeping the backseat occupants entertained. “By failing

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Travel Tips

7 Ideas for Making Plane Travel with Kids Easier


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Do you tend to overpack your carry-on in shear terror of running out of ways to entertain your kids midway through the flight? I do. Do you find yourself schleping car seats and strollers through the airport while balancing bags tossed over your shoulder and hanging off both arms? Yep, same here. I just stepped

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Destinations, Europe, Germany

Germany Christmas Markets with Kids


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It seemed like a great idea to take advantage of living in Europe and visit one of Germany’s famed Christmas markets. Our Whole Village’s Patricia Monahan had been to the Christmas market in Cologne and loved it. We settled on Dusseldorf’s Christmas market because we could get inexpensive, direct flights; a good price on a nice,

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Parenting

Holiday Gift Guide for Traveling Kids


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It’s that time of year and we all could use a little inspiration for our gift buying lists. There are plenty of good ideas beginning to circulate. We’ve pinned several and have come up with just a few more that our kids (and we) wouldn’t want to be without. 1. Colored Pencils & Pencil Roll

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