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October is one of my favorite months with the Exceeding Expectations kids.  As you all know, our top priority for the kids is, and always will be, education. That said, every October we participate in two athletic events that I feel are significant in laying the groundwork necessary for them to be successful in the academic world and in their adult lives.  The first of these events is the Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF) triathlon, aptly called “The Best Day in Triathlon.” Here’s a brief overview from their website:  “In 1994, three friends started a triathlon fundraiser to help one man regain his independence after a tragic accident left him a quadriplegic. From one came many, and Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF) took root in the belief that sports and an active lifestyle are a pathway to more in life. Since that fundraiser 25 years ago, CAF has been committed to breaking the financial barrier that individuals with physical challenges face to participate in sports and live a healthy and active lifestyle.”  Participating alongside challenged athletes in a very tough race gives our kids an additional perspective on their own lives. The racers on the course with them face obstacles that they

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Travel Tuesday Deals – 3/29/2011

Despite its reputation as one of the most expensive cities in the world, London does feature some great sights that are free for the taking. Check out this MSNBC list of  twenty free attractions in London. Notable places on the list that do not charge for admission include: British Museum, home to the Rosetta Stone Houses of Parliament, home to the House of Commons and the House of Lords National Gallery, which includes artwork by Van Gogh, Renoir, Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo Tate Modern’s permanent collection, which includes works by Pollock, Warhol, Rodin and Matisse Wallace Collection, which is “stuffed with 17th- and 18th-century art works” Most of the Hawaiian Islands were not damaged from the recent tsunami in Japan, so — as Governor Neil Abercrombie declared — Hawaii is open for business! Given that Hawaiian tourism is predicted to decline for quite some time, you may find more deals available.  According to Frommer’s, the month of May is a time for bargains. For instance, travel company Beach Destinations is currently offering airfare and six nights on Oahu and Maui starting at $832. The company’s default accommodations, which can be customized, are typically budget-friendly. The departure date is May

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Travel Tuesday Deals – 1/25/2011

Valentine’s Day is less than twenty days away, but it’s not too late to plan a romantic getaway. Below are a few of our favorite travel deals for all you lovebirds out there. The StarGazers Inn & Observatory in Big Bear Lake, California is offering a “Valentine’s Romance” package for $325 a couple. The price includes one night at the astrology-themed inn, roses, champagne, chocolates and bath products for the jacuzzi. The offer is valid for stays February 9-15. (Via BudgetTravel) The Lodge at Koehle, a Four Seasons Resort on the island of Lanai (a short boat-ride from Maui), is currently offering rooms starting at $295 per night with the third night free. Folks, this is a great deal, considering 1) the cost of rooms here are typically not this low 2) Koehle is a lovely, luxurious and unforgettable experience (we’ve been there and highly recommend it) — perfect for a romantic indulgence. The deal is valid for stays February 11-15. (Via Expedia) Looking to go big for Valentine’s Day, maybe even propose marriage? Check out the Bailiffscourt Hotel & Spa in West Sussex, England for a super-deluxe, ultra-private, tete-a-tete experience. The “romantic package” starts at £999 if booked by January 31 and includes: “exclusive hire of the spa,