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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.

Have you been to Traverse City?

Posted May 14, 2012 1:44 PM

Traverse City is a charming town in northern Michigan that used to be one of the country's best kept secrets. Not any more.
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Mother's Day Deal for Motherhood Fans

Posted Apr 27, 2012 3:11 PM

Moms attending Motherhood: The Musical on Mother's Day will get free donuts and a $10 gift certificate--and laugh until they cry at the hysterically funny show.
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Check out these family travel tips

Posted Apr 24, 2012 1:07 PM

Tips on finding the right vacation rental...and finding a lost kid or rental car at a theme park.
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Traveling to Honor Mother Nature

Posted Apr 20, 2012 3:35 PM

Sunday is Earth Day, which marks the first day of a week of free entry into all of our national parks.
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Best. Camera. Phone. Ever.

Posted Apr 7, 2012 7:49 PM

The HTC Rhyme takes better photos than any digital camera. And it's easy to use.
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Kids can pull their own weight--in luggage

Posted Apr 4, 2012 6:03 PM

With the lightweight Ricardo spinner suitcase, your kids can pull their bags through the airport.
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Head to Vietnam with Disney

Posted Mar 26, 2012 1:53 PM

Adventures by Disney, the high-end family vacation tour company run by the world’s most famous mouse, will be heading to southeast Asia in 2013.
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It's a small world after all

Posted Mar 22, 2012 10:20 AM

Kids are the same all over the world.
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Four non-baseball things to do with kids in Mesa, Arizona

Posted Mar 4, 2012 9:23 PM

It's another month until opening day of the official Major League Baseball season in Chicago, but in sunny Arizona, the Cactus League already is underway, with the Chicago Cubs and Chicago White Sox opening their spring training seasons this weekend.
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How to save money on family travel

Posted Feb 24, 2012 11:54 AM

The three priciest pieces of a family vacation are food, lodging and transportation. If you can save on those, you can make a family vacation that much more affordable.
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