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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 afford a family vacation: Do the free stuff


Posted May 18, 2010 12:54 PM

Virtually every place you want to go has free kid-friendly things to do.
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Preparing kids for a trip to anywhere


Posted May 13, 2010 10:48 AM

Tips for preparing kids to travel, whether you're headed to Switzerland or Springfield.
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Aquariums are the answer for kids of all ages


Posted Apr 26, 2010 9:43 AM

There's one attraction that never fails to thrill kids from toddlers to those hard-to-please teens: aquariums.
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St. Louis: Full of fun freebies


Posted Mar 31, 2010 6:36 PM

St. Louis is a charming city with lots of free and family friendly things to do.
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Spring Break Deals in Myrtle Beach


Posted Mar 16, 2010 1:47 PM

Myrtle Beach for $104 a night? Check out these spring break deals.
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Consider renting a house, not a room


Posted Feb 15, 2010 5:07 PM

Consider a vacation rental house or condo on your next family vacation.
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American Airlines Deals


Posted Jan 28, 2010 4:19 PM

American Airlines has put its fares to warmer climes on sale. Book by Feb. 9.
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How can you help Haiti?


Posted Jan 21, 2010 4:25 PM

A relief organization says sending cash the best way to help in Haiti. What do you think?
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Door County isn't just for summer anymore


Posted Jan 11, 2010 5:38 PM

Snowshoeing is a great way to help your kids commune with nature.
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Don't forget the power strip


Posted Jan 6, 2010 11:46 AM

Headed to the airport? Bring along a power strip in case you need to recharge your batteries.
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