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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.

How to Fight Back When Airlines Leave You Hanging


Posted Jan 29, 2011 8:37 AM

Twitter proves to be a powerful tool for getting airlines to take care of angry, stranded passengers.
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What’s new and what’s coming at Disney


Posted Jan 19, 2011 3:42 PM

Disney's new 4,000-passenger cruise ship is getting all of the press this week, but it's not the only new thing at Disney,
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Such a deal at Club Med


Posted Jan 5, 2011 10:41 AM

The new deal at select all-inclusive Club Resorts lets kids under 16 stay free with a paying adult.
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Celebrating Bahamian Culture


Posted Dec 10, 2010 9:20 PM

The storytelling presentation at the Sheraton Nassau Resort brings Bahamian culture to you.
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Tips for Driving Safely in Winter


Posted Dec 8, 2010 2:04 PM

These 10 tips can help you have a save road trip, even through a snowy winter night.
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Beware the TSA protests on Thanksgiving eve


Posted Nov 18, 2010 5:27 PM

Flying with kids is never easy, but flying with kids on Thanksgiving eve could be really tough this year.
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"A Christmas Story" kicks off the holiday season


Posted Oct 31, 2010 6:16 PM

Hammond, Ind., a 30-minute ride from downtown Chicago, is the home of "A Christmas Story," the charming holiday movie with the timeless refrain: "You'll shoot your eye out."
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Visiting the new New Buffalo


Posted Oct 13, 2010 8:24 AM

New Buffalo, Michigan, is still just 90 minutes from Chicago, but this sleepy little town has changed a lot in the last 20 years.
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Coco Key Waterpark Deal


Posted Oct 7, 2010 2:09 PM

Coco Key is selling day passes for just 10 bucks in honor of its 10th birth on 10/10/10. Book online Oct. 10 only.
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Hispanic Heritage in a Fresco


Posted Oct 6, 2010 4:21 PM

This incredible fresco took 10 years to paint.
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