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Our Helpful Secrets to Booking an Airbnb with a Toddler

June 8, 2017

We’ve taken Owen with us on almost every vacation we’ve taken since he was born. He’s been to the west coast in the US, to Mexico, Costa Rica, France and now Germany. When we’ve traveled west we’ve always stayed with family, but on every other trip (which is clearly now part of our daily lives) we’ve stayed in an Airbnb or something like it, never hotels. There are many reasons for this, most of which I shared here, but ultimately it has been what works for our family no matter how short or long the stay is. I figured since we’re kinda, sorta becoming well rounded in this area I would share with you guys what we look for and our secrets when we’re booking an Airbnb. As always, I would love any tips you guys have too, because like anything in life, it’s a work in progress over here!

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Simple, Practical Routines to Make Berlin Home

June 6, 2017

Maybe it’s the fact that Owen’s getting used to switching up our location each month, that he’s over being sick, that he’s growing up a little or that he is just more of a Berlin guy, but it’s safe to say that Owen has been even happier since we walked through these doors. It’s crazy how quickly kids adapt and how they adjust to their new routine. It didn’t take more than two mornings of waking up here for him to know where breakfast was, where we should sit and that he needed me to get it for him. His ability to go with the flow is the best reassurance that we are in fact doing the right thing by traveling with him. He’s slept great and seems to have just shifted from one place to the other without any issues at all.

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Our Paris Home

May 8, 2017

Finding our household no matter where we land starts with a foundation of having a solid place to rest our heads, to make meals and to feel at home in a new place. Of course by nature of the three of us being together this comes naturally, but we wanted to choose a place to stay we were excited about and that would complement this chapter of our lives. If you’ve been following our journey for awhile you know that the absence of an actual room in Brooklyn provided us with a number of challenges, so that was something that was really important to us when we started searching for our home for the month of May. We wanted Owen to be able to sleep in a bed with an actual door that closes so that Zack and I could have time together after he was down for the night or time to work without interrupting him during his naps. Mission accomplished! You don’t see the bedroom in these photos – because Owen was napping while I tidied up the place and took these photos, but it has been SO nice to have a little separation (hence me getting work done while he sleeps without having to tiptoe). I forgot how much I appreciate a good layout after living in such an open one for so long! The photos speak for themselves, but the owner of this place clearly has an eye for design. The place feels like home in so many ways already even with the slight adjustments we’ve had to make through the process. Since we wanted to travel as light as possible I thought I’d share with you a few changes we’ve made in Owen’s routine.

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