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Summer in Europe 2014: my toddler and me

And it will go on and on… this is the first of many yet to be written blogs about summer in Europe with my toddler! After a lifetime of dreaming and many past adventures of preparation, it is finally time.  After months of planning for a summer abroad with my toddler, our Euro2014, summer in Europe has finally begun!  My wonderful and understanding fiancé drove our 3-year old boy and me to SFO last week and we… More

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Tips on Getting a Baby’s Passport

Until recently, I didn’t realize that getting a baby passport could be such a stressful process.  My toddler had his passport application in at 2-months old and we received it soon after (getting his ss# was much harder).   It seems this isn’t always the case, however.  A friend recently recounted the 2-week long ordeal her family went through to secure her newborn’s passport.  Because of her story, I did some research and realized getting a baby passport… More

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Is Burning Man Family Friendly? A Burning Man Artist Breaks It Down For Us

In the last decade, the popularity of Burning Man has grown exponentially.  Ten years ago, I had never heard of it.  In the last five years however, the gossip has started trickling in.  I’ve been hearing talk of an amazing artists event in the middle of a dry, hot desert… a hedonistic visual must-do.  From what ‘they’ say, it’s an uncomfortable, spiritual, insane experience that everyone should do at least once in their life. I had been… More

books that help prepare toddlers for airline travel

Books That Help Prepare Toddlers for Airplane Travel

MyCuriousPlanet When you’re getting ready for a family vacation or holiday trip that requires some airplane travel, it may be a good idea to prepare your toddler with a few books about airports and vacation planning.  Books like these are usually inexpensive and can go a long way towards reducing stress and anxiety for kids in a new situation.  In fact, there are many great books that help prepare toddlers for airplane travel on Amazon for less… More

San Francisco Bay Area Adventures for Kids

Hidden San Francisco Bay Area Adventures for Kids

With spring upon us, there is no better time to get out and start exploring with your kids.  Luckily, you don’t have to go far to find great adventure… it can be hiding in your own back yard!  Here in the San Francisco Bay area, we have more than our share of amazing places for kids and families to explore.  There are hidden gems that often get overlooked for the more obvious mega stops, though, so we… More

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Parenting Pet Peeves: toddler body words penis vs boy parts

Do you have any parenting pet peeves?  Do you try to shake them or embrace them?. What is your take on teaching toddlers body part words? There are so many different opinions… and I think I may be on the ‘other’ side of the fence.  It’s one of my parenting pet peeves that I can’t seem to shake. In general, I try to nurture a ‘live and let live’ kind of lifestyle.  It’s been a challenge for… More

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Quick’n'Easy Nursing on an Airplane

When I was a new mother, one of my most anxiety driven moments was the first time I had to nurse in public.  It was a beautiful afternoon so I’d decided to walk to a local bookstore with my baby, right after we’d finished nursing.  I figured that gave me at least two hours but of course after only a few minutes in the store he decided he was hungry again and started crying inconsolably.  I was… More

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Family Summer Camps Help Train Kids for Travel

Even when you have the best intentions for epic travel with your kids, the reality of family life can interfere.  Kids can be too squirrelly, parents are often tired and there’s not much energy left over for a deluxe vacation.  Sure, it’d be nice to take your kids on international trips but many parents are hesitant because their kids are not yet conditioned for traveling.  If your child is glued to their at home routines, stress and… More

toddler appropriate April Fools' Day Tricks

Toddler Appropriate April Fools’ Day Tricks

Tomorrow is April Fools’ Day, the often overlooked and informal holiday that could be a barrel of laughs (with just minimal effort).  This special day can be fun for all ages but is especially sweet if you have toddlers in the house.  It’s also a good opportunity to teach your tots the value of a friendly, fun prank vs of a mean trick that leaves only the ‘trickster’ laughing. Here is the MyCuriousPlanet quick list of toddler appropriate… More

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The Safest Car Seat Position and LATCH Advice 2014

Summer vacation is just around the corner. Soon, the kiddies will be out of school, beautiful weather will smile down on us, and your family may be tempted to take some road trips. Traveling with kids is great fun but before you all hop in the car, let’s revisit the basics for the safest car seat position and some new LATCH rules for 2014. As some of you may already know, car seat rules changed in 2014!… More