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Suitcase-Packin' Mama

Have kids, will travel: A blog for the pack-'em-up-and-go family.

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Cindy Richards is the mom of two who gets her muse fromtraveling the world, usually with one or both of her kids in tow.In addition to writing this blog and travelstories for Chicago Parent, she writes the TravelingMomwithTeens blog at TravelingMom.com, where she also serves as editor. She is a long-time journalist who has worked as a reporter, editor and/or columnist at the Chicago Sun-Times and the Chicago Tribune, as well as serving as an editor at Chicago Parent. She teaches in the graduate school at Northwestern University's elite Medill School of Journalism, has won many awards for her writing and been nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.

The Wonders of the Express Pass at Universal Studios


Posted Dec 21, 2009 7:04 PM

The Universal Express Plus Pass makes everyone a VIP at Universal Studios.
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Unviersal's Hard Rock Hotel Great for Kids


Posted Dec 20, 2009 1:42 PM

Hard Rock Hotel in Orlando is fun for kids and offers several benefits for families headed to Universal theme parks.
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Beautiful Stonewater Cove


Posted Dec 6, 2009 11:30 PM

Stonewater Cove in Shell Knob, Missouri, can be tough to get to, but it's worth the trip.
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Skijoring Anyone?


Posted Dec 3, 2009 5:38 PM

Skijoring is yet another way those Laplanders from Scandinavia enjoy the snow.
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Such a deal for families


Posted Nov 19, 2009 4:07 PM

Half-price theater tickets can make an affordable holiday tradition for families.
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Nutcracker in Peoria?


Posted Nov 16, 2009 12:07 PM

There are a whole host of sugar plum fairies dancing The Nutcracker across stages in Illinois.
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Celebrate "A Christmas Story" in Hammond


Posted Nov 2, 2009 12:49 PM

The sweet holiday movie, "A Christmas Story," comes to life in a display at the Lake County Indiana Welcome Center. Best of all, it's free.
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The Joys of All-Inclusive Resorts


Posted Oct 29, 2009 12:54 PM

All-inclusive resorts are the answer for ensuring picky eaters get enough to eat without killing the family budget.
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Southwest Sparks Airfare Price Cuts


Posted Oct 27, 2009 4:29 PM

Southwest cuts fares and other carriers follow, just in time for holiday travel.
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Easier carry-ons


Posted Oct 12, 2009 2:53 PM

The PUP (personal utility pouch) solves the problem of the two carry-on limit for women who travel. It can be packed now and used as a purse later.
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