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I travel a lot with my children, both for family vacation and when I bring them on the road with me. One way I’ve made our trips more pleasurable is by eliminating the “Mom, can I have <INSERT TACKY GIFT SHOP SOUVENIR ITEM.>” Instead, for each trip my children get a set budget and they...
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Growing up as a child of a first generation American-born parent, I was taught to value a dollar and make the most of every opportunity. It is also where my father taught us to go up for tenth-helpings at All You Can Eat Buffets. (In Italian, we call this being a “Gavone.”) Thankfully, I quickly...
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I remember the first time, like it was yesterday. And it wasn’t pretty. I sounded extra nasally. More than my normal super-nasally self. I looked rough… the bags under my eyes had extra suitcases along for that day’s journey. I looked like I hadn’t slept since before Al Gore invented the internet. Yet it was...
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