three small children ready to hang one. the small girl (Moxie) is looking at her older brother (Micah) while her the small boy on the other side of her (Mac-Q) is wearing sunglasses

Taming the iPhone

I had my iphone stolen 5 months ago, in Mexico. The replacement that I received couldn’t be activated in Mexico, so I went without. Now, I’m a person that loved my iphone with a passion. I was tethered whenever, wherever. I’d try to be subtle about it, but I’d be sneaking peaks all.the.time. It drove […]

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Preparing for Life Again Off the Grid

“Coming home” for us doesn’t mean driving up to an abode, opening the door, flipping on the light and unpacking our stuff before stepping into the shower to wash the travel off. It doesn’t mean peeking in the fridge before we make a list and head off to Safeway to get the ingredients for some spaghetti. […]

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11 Things That Gave Us Culture Shock, Mexico – US

We were traveling around Mexico for 5 months, which in the grand scope of everything, really isn’t a long time. But we still got shocked by some nuggets when we returned to the United States. Here they are: Free, Drinkable Tap Water We adored the little taco stands and street eateries we frequented in Mexico. […]

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Rainbow Farts

 My first picture with my phone!! I had to share that first because – holy cow – 2 weeks without a camera of ANY kind….!! Rainbow Sparkle Farts You know how you have all those layers in rainbow cakes, one upon another and it is layered with frosting and then something on the very, very […]

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A Big Update!

I don’t even know what to say, you guys. So much has happened, you have given me so much and I’m really fricking overwhelmed right now with life, with questions, with gratitude, with love, and with more questions. THANK YOU. For everyone who has contributed to our GoFundMe account, helping us get our stuff back, THANK […]

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All of Our Stuff Got Stolen

We were driving from Guanajuato to Zacatecas when we pulled into a roadside diner for lunch. While we were eating, our truck was broken into and pretty much everything we have of material value was stolen, including my laptop, both of my cameras, the iPad, iPod, iPhone, kindle fire. My laptop getting stolen was the […]

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A Day in Moxie’s Life

This post is for the A Day in the Life with Down syndrome project. The short term goal of the project is to celebrate World Down syndrome Day (coming up on 3/21) through stories about a typical day in a life lived with Down syndrome. The long term goal of the project is to have […]

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Banditos and Caravans, Part 1

There’s this book that everyone seems to use called, Traveler’s Guide to Mexican Camping: Explore Mexico, Guatemala, and Belize with Your RV or Tent (Traveler’s Guide series) It’s by the Churches, but it hasn’t been updated in 6 years. Plenty of campgrounds they write of have been closed, names changed, new campgrounds opened. But since there […]

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Mexico: “Don’t Go There! It’s Not Safe!”

I lived in Japan for 5 years. Now, Japan is supposedly one of the safest countries in the world. Some of the worst stuff that has happened to me in my life happened there. Those bad things happened to me despite my Japanese language skills being pretty good, despite the fact that I am white […]

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Why Freedom Shores is a Big Deal

When we were in Cancun, my friend Corbett sent me the link to Freedom Shores, an RV-Park/Hotel in Campeche, Mexico, and asked me if I could check it out and get the scoop on how accessible it really is. So we made our way on over and sussed it out.  This is the story: Bill […]

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How Cruise Ship Passengers Made a Good Beach, Great

We were on our way to Xcalac when Mikey pulled into the Blue Kay campground in Mahahual, more of a mental afterthought than anything. We had no intention of staying there. While we were turning around, a friend of ours from the campground in Puerto Morelos ran out to say hi – and told us […]

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“Special” is the new “Retard”

In 2015, the annual day for “r-word awareness” is March 4. This day highlights the mission of many allies and advocates of people with developmental disabilities in “spreading the word to end the word.” And by that, it is meant to end the use of the word, “retard.” I hosted blog hops for two years in […]

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Marital Glue

I was reading some article recently on giving your blog readers WHAT THEY WANT and I was kind of stymied because I don’t actually know WHAT YOU WANT. While I try and stay within the parameters of traveling, disability and parenting, I’m pretty much all over the place with this blog. Kind of like in […]

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Tulum, Yoga & Walking Birth Control

Tulum is kind of like the hippie version of Cancun. It’s still got the refined-flour like white sand, stunning ocean, weather and sky, but the resorts are tucked amongst all the trees, so it doesn’t all seem as grossly glaring. The resorts are different too – they practically drip with new-agey wholesomeness, yoga-camps and aromatherapy. […]

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