7 Tips for Surviving TSA with a Special Needs Child

Getting through TSA with my family is a comedy worthy of a Sundance short film. I have a daughter with special needs who’s in a wheelchair, and a daughter with Type 1 diabetes with a meter, needles and insulin. Last family vacation I had an aggressive travel plan which included each family member taking their […]

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Affordable and Super-Portable Sun and Wind Shade

Typical summer activities for our family include going to the beach (usually at Cannon Beach on the Oregon coast) and boating on lakes and rivers in eastern Washington. When we go to the beach we’ll spend a day walking, flying kites and playing in the waves, but my special needs kid is usually done with […]

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Hotel Reviews: Four Seasons Seattle

Four Seasons Seattle Reviews The Four Seasons Seattle fully embraces the Northwest’s commitment to quality and customer service, and after a weekend visit I feel spoiled for anything less.  A luxury hotel built for Seattle, the colors, furnishings and finishes, like native wood and stone and local artisan glass, truly capture the Pacific Northwest.  The […]

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Trip Diary: Vacation for the Whole Family

Our family had a very special trip to Park City, I’ve written about it a lot here, the opportunity really changed the way I want our family to live. I need to find more activities that help my special needs kid be more active and involved. Yes, we are always looking for things that we […]

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Park City Trip Diary : Day 4

Our last day started out fast and furious; we got everyone packed up and checked out, had breakfast, then raced over to Veronica’s snowboarding lesson at 9:00 am. Veronica wasn’t really into all of the rushing, plus she was in her snow gear while we were packing the car, so she got too hot. It […]

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Park City Trip Diary : Day 3

I’ve always wanted to cross country ski, it just looks so fun; sunshine, beautiful snowy trails. And a great workout. I’ve thought about ways to get our family out there, but wasn’t sure how to make it happen. What would Veronica ride in? And there’s this other little thing: my family snowboards and has never […]

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Park City Trip Diary : Day 2

We’ve taken LOTS of video, here a quick shot of V starting down the slalom run: We woke up to sunshine and a fresh layer of snow, and couldn’t wait to hit the slopes – although we were moving just a little bit slower. Our first stop was the National Ability Center (NAC) at Park […]

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Seattle’s Ballard Locks

The Ballard Locks in Seattle, otherwise known as the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks, is a fun, free and relaxing way to spend an afternoon. Read my article on TravelingMom.com. Accessibility Note: The grounds and viewing areas for the locks are paved and accessible. Have fun!

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Disneyland Disappointment for My Special Needs Kid

Two hours into our Disneyland adventure and I wanted to cry. For five months my daughter had endured significant health struggles and severe pain, the one thing I kept telling her was, “When you’re well enough to travel, we’re going to Disneyland.” This would bring a rare smile to her small sweet face and gave […]

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