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One for the Money...

We have a big trip in our future - to Ireland - and to get ready for it, we're using a lot of web tools.

TravelZoo - I subscribed to their weekly email and we found our trip inspiration in its regularly updated links.  The actual trip deal came from a sharp-eyed someone in my husband's office.  But TravelZoo pointed us in that direction.

iTunes - we made a playlist (actually two - one for the adults, which includes songs by the Pogues and Black 47, and one for the kidlet, which doesn't) of tunes we like by Irish musicians. We play it often, when we're cooking, driving, and sitting around - a lot of the tracks are traditional and some are in Gaelic.  Music is a great way to get into the culture before you go, and our daughter loves to dance around the kitchen to it.  Laura Bond Williams' guestpost over at Family Travel (hi Sheila!) about taking her daughters to China was our inspiration.

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Rainy Day Clay

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A discreet yellow sign near the front of Creatable Crafts in Rehoboth Beach [...]More

Groovin' In the Garden

Oh what a great way to spend a summer evening - watching a live jazz group whoop it up, while picnicking in the [...]More

Clearwater Festival 2008

I offer this advice as a cautionary tale - when thinking of heading out for an all-day outdoor folk music festival with a toddler, take [...]More

Rockets' Red Glare

One thing about living in the DC area is that we have many options for excellent fireworks shows on July 4th.  No matter where [...]More

Christoph Niemann's "Abstract City"

Yesterday's New York Times opinion page absolutely charmed me, so I'm pushing a post from [...]More

Ya Dig?

Come June, and on through September, an odd thing happens along the shoreline of the more family oriented beaches of the eastern United States: [...]More

made in the shade part 2

With the paid-ahead umbrella setup, there's another bonus. No need to stake a primo spot on the sand. Already done for you. WIN. The cost [...]More

...moms like ice cream too

There are 50 gazillion places to get ice cream in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. You know your way around if you skip all the bright lights and [...]More

Because Dads Like Ice Cream

I'm sure it's coincidence that we never stray far from a great ice cream shop. Our favorites currently are in Baltimore ( [...]More

Made in the Shade, part 1

Which sounds better to you?

  • 1 adult, hauling 13 pounds of towels, chairs, umbrellas, beach bags, shovels, buckets, kites, sunscreen, sunglasses, water, juice,
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Money Makes the World Go 'Round

I've passed one of my bad habits on to my son.  I've collected foreign currency since I was in first grade, and in the [...]More

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