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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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Tuesday Travel Deals – 4/25/2011

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Want to know what it’s like to live in a castle in Ireland? There’s a special vacation package for that through Sceptre Tours. The Castles of Ireland package starts at $1099 per person and includes: roundtrip airfare, six nights in four different castles and a rental car. Travel between now and December 16, 2011. Price is based on availability. (Via ShermansTravel) Escape to San Diego and stay in a luxurious 5-star beachside resort at bargain rates. L’Auberge Del Mar Resort, a Travel+Leisure World’s Best 2011, is offering a $229 midweek rate (only $40 additional for weekends) for stays from now through June 30, 2011. The resort’s typical rates are around $400, so this is quite a fantastic deal! Stay in a room with a marble bathroom and balcony with a view, and indulge in a facial or massage at the resort’s spa. Ahhhh. (Via Travel Ticker) Tour Alaska by sea this August for seven nights aboard the Holland America for $1119. This per-person price includes an oceanview cabin (a balcony cabin starts at $1,649), meals, entertainment and a $50 onboard credit per cabin. Choose from three different departures dates: August 3rd, 6th or 23rd. Book through Frosch Travel. (Via Travel

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Survival Tips for the Epic Chaos That is Comic-Con


Whether you’re a geek, super hero or Jedi knight, there’s no getting around the crowds and the chaos that is Comic-Con — the world’s largest comic book and popular arts convention, held annually in San Diego. Luckily, the LA Times consulted an elite group of Comic-Con veterans, who offer the following tips on surviving and enjoying the event: “Bring water and snacks:” Summertime in California is hot, and the foodstuff at the conference is expensive (save your money for action figures and light sabers). “Plan ahead:” Prioritize who and what you want to see. Otherwise, you might find yourself in an infinite loop. “Don’t wear wear your cute shoes:” Four days of walking around is essentially equal to walking a marathon. So don the most comfortable shoes you have (or that money can buy). “Ditch your wheels:” Don’t count on parking spaces for your car — parking is almost nonexistent. Your options are taxis (be sure to bargain) and trolleys. “Gadgets, chargers and backpack:” Bring two sets of gadgets and chargers. Also, tote around a big purse or backpack to store your equipment and swag. “The celebs will be excited to see you too:” Prepare your questions (and backup ones),

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Need Tips on Traveling With Kids? Ask the Travel Mama.


If you’re a parent, then you know that traveling with kids is no easy feat. It seems most parents with young children travel less frequently or not at all. But not Colleen Lanin. When she became a mother five years ago, the consummate adventurer was determined to continue exploring the world — with her kids in tow. Colleen sought advice from other parents and read what little books were available on the subject. The tips she collected proved helpful, impelling her to share them with the moms and dads of the world. And thus was the genesis of Travel Mamas, a website for traveling with babies, toddlers, children and teens. Currently, Travel Mamas is celebrating its first anniversary with discounts and giveaways. Learn more here. Read about Colleen’s adventures as a travel mama in our interview below. Need additional guidance? Ask your questions in the comments section. What is the most kid-friendly vacation you’ve taken? The most kid-friendly vacation I’ve ever taken is a Disney Mediterranean Cruise, which I took when my daughter was two-and-a-half-years-old. Some vacations seem to focus more on the children’s needs than the parents, while others are more grown-up centric. However, this vacation was such fun