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Somehow my kids are nine and seven. I cannot even begin to tell you how that happened. It seems like just yesterday that we were bringing our first little bundle home from the hospital and feeling completely helpless. Those days seemed to go by so slooooooowly. Diapers and feedings and late nights never seemed to end.

Yet here we are. Nine and a half years later and days that go by like seconds. It dawned on me recently that my nine-year-old is potentially halfway through his time with us at home. HALF WAY!

Gosh. That reality just sent my mind reeling. It took me a while to recover and then it changed my way of thinking. We needed to move out of survival mode and into living-in-the-moment mode. 

I decided that we really needed to start living for the moment as a family. Sometimes the craziness of life with little kids just sucked time away. Or planning for future things caused us to miss out on present things. We needed to focus on 365 days of memories and not only focus on the handful of "big" days that are on the calendar. Not that those days were bad or unimportant, but there was so much life in between them we were missing out on!

Hand in hand with that was also a shift in our minds from things to experiences. We decided to get serious about travel with our kids. We started putting our dreams into actions and the first step we took was getting a rewards credit card. We did our research and found one that suits our needs. We pay as many things every month that we can with it and then (most importantly) we pay it off every month!

As a result of that planning...our first dream trip is coming up next June as we head to Norway and HALF of our airline tickets will be FREE with rewards! We will spend the next 365 days planning and dreaming of that trip and making getting there part of the journey! All it took was the right planning and utilization of our resources!

For us, having the right credit card, being smart with using it, paying it off every month and planning well has helped us shift from pinning everything on a handful of days to turning every day into making a dream come true! We will make lots of memories leading up to our dream trip and then the trip itself. We've even started thinking about trips beyond Norway! What once seemed impossible, is now possible for us! It's all very exciting!

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101 comments:

Emily said...

I’d spend my money on gasoline! It may not be glamorous, but it’s definitely a necessity when it comes to traveling and commuting!

imbigwillie said...

I would spend it on a nice camera.

willgriesmer@yahoo.com

imbigwillie said...

https://twitter.com/willgriesmer/status/760587415040000000

Mami2jcn said...

I would buy luggage for my daughter.

mami2jcn at gmail dot com

Mami2jcn said...

tweet--https://twitter.com/mami2jcn/status/760651469850894336

Elena said...

I would spend it on a nice camera

elena150980 at yahoo dot com

Elena said...

https://twitter.com/ElenaIstomina/status/760676939191373824

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Amy said...

I would first spend on gas...we love road trips! :)

amy [at] uTry [dot] it

Amy said...

tweeted:
https://twitter.com/uTry_it/status/760745812649451520

amy [at] uTry [dot] it

Julie Wood said...

I would get some new luggage because mine is old and outdated. Would love to take a trip right now!

jewelwood55(at)gmail(dot)com

Julie Wood said...

tweet-https://twitter.com/JewelWood/status/760804929250349056

jewelwood55(at)gmail(dot)com

arress said...

I would use this to purchase gasoline and tickets for a mini getaway.

arress said...

https://mobile.twitter.com/arress83/status/760843430675247104

Natalie said...

I would use the cash back to buy luggage! I do not own a single piece of luggage for travel! I have been borrowing a friend's suitcase. yarbr012 at gmail dot com

Natalie said...

tweet https://twitter.com/yarbr012/status/760943036125814785 yarbr012 at gmail dot com

Karrie Millheim said...

A new camera bag :) KMillheim609@aol.com

Karrie Millheim said...

a new camera bag KMillheim609@aol.com

JC said...

I would first spend the cash back on quality luggage.
tcarolinep at gmail dot com

JC said...

tweet-https://twitter.com/tcarolinep/status/761034105546944513

benz1171 said...

I would buy new spinner luggage. benz1171(at)hotmail(dot)com

kellyr78 said...

I would buy a new travel cooler for snacks and drinks.
kellywcu8888ATgmailDOTcom

kellyr78 said...

tweet
https://twitter.com/Kellydpa/status/761215488227614720

kellywcu8888ATgmailDOTcom

steve weber said...

I would spend the money on a charger power bank for my phone

groogruxking40 @ gmail dot com

FireRunner2379 said...

The travel necessity that I would purchase with my cash back is a GPS device. We have some road trips on the horizon and it would really come in handy!
jlammers002 at woh dot rr dot com

FireRunner2379 said...

I posted a tweet: https://twitter.com/FireRunner2379/status/761321849829650432.
jlammers002 at woh dot rr dot com

sunshinekmp said...

I would buy a new piece of luggage. I don't have any right now!

erika said...

I would spend it on some books and activities to keep the kids busy in the car, and I would spend the rest doing memorable things with our family on a vacation.

chambanachik(at)gmail(dot)com

Kristen said...

I'd spend it on fuel because we love taking road trips.

Kristen said...

tweeted
https://twitter.com/rubylorikeet/status/762281590844035073

Lisa Brown said...

I would buy a quality carry-on piece of luggage with wheels.
jslbrown2009 at aol dot com

Lisa Brown said...

tweet-https://twitter.com/LuLu_Brown24/status/763673485814095872
jslbrown2009 at aol dot com

Mita said...

https://twitter.com/mitadav/status/763822165082902529

Mita said...

I would spend it on a camera.

Rachel Griesmer said...

I would purchase a new camera bag and strap.
rachel.griesmer@yahoo.com

Rachel Griesmer said...

https://twitter.com/RachelGriesmer/status/763902007661002752

Nicola Shanks said...

I would by my daughters there own backpack each to carry with all their nick nacks in!

tigerchick said...

Home projects!

Elle said...

I would spend it on a nice quality camera for lots of picture taking.

prettyinhotpink6 at gmail dot com

Elle said...

Tweet: https://twitter.com/PrettyHotPink6/status/764179991512780800

Aleksandra Nearing said...

I would probably spend it on a nice new camera. aleksnearing gmail com

Aleksandra Nearing said...

I would probably spend it on a nice new camera. aleksnearing gmail com

shannon said...

I think I would put it towards either a nice camera or a travel companion kit for the kiddos, packed with books and games and treats and activities to make the trip more bearable.

Natasha Lamoreux said...

https://twitter.com/Natashalamoreu1/status/766425668179591169

Sarah Hull said...

I would spend it on a new travel bag, since my luggage is pretty old and definitely not light or easy to tote around. I would also get a new pair of good walking shoes! No need for blisters!

Sarah Hull said...

I would spend it on a new travel bag, since my luggage is pretty old and definitely not light or easy to tote around. I would also get a new pair of good walking shoes! No need for blisters!

Natasha Lamoreux said...

https://twitter.com/Natashalamoreu1/status/766425668179591169

Natasha Lamoreux said...

I would use this savings for gas and snacks on the road.

Megan Bruch said...

My kiddos would need some good luggage!

MrsK said...

I would spend my money on a date night for my hubby & I.

Emily O'Neil said...

I would purchase new luggage! Sadly our handle is falling off of ours and looks terrible!

Madeline B said...

I need a GPS system so I don't get lost!
maddiembrubaker (at) gmail {dot} com

Madeline B said...

Tweet link: https://twitter.com/shala_darkstone/status/766825139526742016
maddiembrubaker (at) gmail {dot} com

clc408 said...

I would buy a few new wardrobe items so I could look good while on vacation.

clc408 said...

Tweet
https://twitter.com/clc408/status/767367119751315456

Tina said...

I'd buy a makeup travel kit
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Tina said...

https://twitter.com/HappyTina0115/status/767441934809956353
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peg42 said...

The two things that we can use most is a camera and luggage. Thanks so much.
rickpeggysmith(at)aol(dot)com

peg42 said...

Tweeted: https://twitter.com/peg42/status/767471656428265474
Thanks again.
rickpeggysmith(at)aol(dot)com

Barbara Montag said...

I would replace my digital camera.
Mine is on the fritz!
thank you

Barbara Montag said...

Tweeted https://twitter.com/JalapenoMama/status/767953795926126592

Tina Woo said...

First I would buy a new window shade to keep some of the brutal summer sun out of my car. Then I would get some beach towels, load up the family and head to the coast!!!

Tina Woo said...

tweeted: https://twitter.com/tinawoo21/status/767978846603743233

MCantu1019 said...

Gas!
MCantu1019 at aol dot com

Tamra said...

I would spend it on a new book for the trip!

Tamra said...

tweet: https://twitter.com/Twenteries/status/768191370368475136

susan1215 said...

I would spend the money on a family cruise!

s2s2 at cox dot net

susan1215 said...

https://twitter.com/susan1215/status/768232889645268992

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Stephanie Phelps said...

The first travel essential I would buy is some new luggage!
my4boysand1@gmail.com

Stephanie Phelps said...

I tweeted
https://twitter.com/my4boysand1/status/768842808203550721

latanya t said...

I would get new luggage

dlatany at gmail dot com

latanya t said...

https://twitter.com/sweetums82/status/769568787620368385

dlatany at gmail dot com

Erica Best said...

I would buy a carry-on never had one before

Erica Best said...

https://twitter.com/purplelover04/status/769678662794874881

eliza elliott said...

I'd spend it on something fun for the family! truckredford(at)Gmail(Dot)com

eliza elliott said...

https://twitter.com/eliza_elliott/status/769773779719303169

eliza elliott said...

https://twitter.com/eliza_elliott/status/769774041582350336

Janice said...

I would buy a couple of nice carry on bags
tweety800265(at)yahoo(dot)com

Janice said...

https://twitter.com/disneyfan40/status/770089240667512832
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Betty C said...

I would buy gas so I can finally take the road trip I'm planning.

Betty C said...

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Kerry said...

New luggage!
nuthouse(at)centurytel(dot)net

Kerry said...

tweeted: https://twitter.com/KerryBishop/status/770437226450808833
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Susan Christy said...

I'd get a Known Traveler Number so I could get in the TSA PreCheck line for the next five years!

ellie said...

I would spend it on some new clothes, which I would need before i could travel.
eswright18 at gmail dot com

ellie said...

tweeted
https://twitter.com/eswright18/status/770811872614322176
eswright18 at gmail dot com

Betty C said...

Because most of my trips are by car my biggest travel essential is gas so that's where my money would go.

Betty C said...

Tweet - https://twitter.com/willitara/status/770837010479054848

Thomas Murphy said...

I would buy new luggage.

rounder9834 @yahoo.com

Thomas Murphy said...

tweeted
https://twitter.com/thomasmurphy40/status/771072722596134917

rounder9834 @yahoo.com

ms-texas said...

i would buy a new vera bradley bag to pack some of my stuff in!

debbiebellows (at) gmail (dot) com

ms-texas said...

i posted a tweet here:

https://twitter.com/purplepanda1966/status/771194727186083842

debbiebellows (at) gmail (dot) com

Tabathia B said...

I would spend it on some travel bags for myself and my girls

tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

Tabathia B said...

tweet https://twitter.com/ChelleB36/status/771420916693753856

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Jerry Marquardt said...

The travel necessity I would spend my cash back on first and foremost would be a nice carry on bag.

Jerry Marquardt said...

I publicly Tweeted this giveaway: https://twitter.com/versatileer/status/771454577845604353

Anastasia Fall said...

One necessity that I'd use cash back for is... FOOD!! A nice, hot meal while you're on the road is always a great refresher :)
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Anastasia Fall said...

Tweeted :) - https://twitter.com/Enter_Now/status/771465286650204161
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Kathryn C said...

my #SweepstakesEntry tweet:

https://twitter.com/thrincor/status/771468861434724352

Kathryn C said...

#SweepstakesEntry - comment

I would apply any cash back towards renewing my US Passport

peg42 said...

I would spend it on luggage. Thanks so much.
rickpeggysmith(at)aol(dot)com

peg42 said...

Tweeted: https://twitter.com/peg42/status/775457669842886656
Thanks again
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