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Start making plans for Homer Soda Fest 2016!
Trust me- you don't want to miss this great #Midwest festival!
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It’s rare for me to visit a place and then, not 2 weeks later, make a return trip to that same area. But that’s exactly what I did after my visit to Champaign County, Illinois. All it took were three little words: Homer Soda Festival. I learned a lot…
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The islands of #Ireland
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Ireland is surrounded by islands – many of which are inhabited and retain wonderful cultural charms as well as the native Irish language. Many thanks to Paul Murphy, Managing Director of Murphy of Ireland, for sharing this beautifully done Islands of…
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A few things you should always have in your carry on.
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For many of us the flight to Ireland is long, includes at least one layover, and takes place overnight, ensuring a bright and early arrival on the Emerald Isle. While the majority of travelers to Ireland think quite a bit about what to pack, not as many…
Simple truth- the items you pack in your carry on bags can have a huge impact- not only during your flight, but once you land. Carry on necessities
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When choosing a hotel for a family vacation it’s important to know your priorities. What do you need most in a hotel room? If your first choices are luxury, amenities, and pampering let me save you some time and say Extended Stay America is not for you.…
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Recorded: Sunday, April 3, 2016 Ireland Vacation Coaching is a service that Jody provides to people who need assistance with planning their own Ireland Family Vacation. In this podcast, you will find out what vacation coaching is as Jody coaches Deb…
Ireland Vacation Coaching is a service that Jody provides to people who need assistance with planning their own Ireland Family Vacation.
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One of the best small town festivals in the #Midwest!
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It’s rare for me to visit a place and then, not 2 weeks later, make a return trip to that same area. But that’s exactly what I did after my visit to Champaign County, Illinois. All it took were three little words: Homer Soda Festival. I learned a lot…
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Thinking about an #RV rental for your family vacation?
It's a great idea - and one of the best vacations we ever had!
Check out what we learned from our first (but not our last) RV trip!
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Considering a family RV vacation? RV tips we learned from our first trip (but not our last!) #GoRVing
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The Augustinian Priory of Athassel is said to have once been the largest abbey in Ireland; an urban settlement of nearly 2000 people surrounded it. Today it remains largely forgotten, visited most often by local youths looking for a remote place to…
Athassel Abbey in Tipperary is said to have once been the largest priory in Ireland; Today it remains largely forgotten, and rarely visited.
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It has yet to fail to happen. At least once a year I succumb to a cold. It begins with a scratchy throat and itchy eyes. Then the sneezing starts, followed by the runny nose. If left to run its own course a couple days, and one raw, red nose later, the…
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There are plenty of apps out there for road trips, but as any RVer knows, not all road trip apps work for RVs. And the worst time to figure that out is when you’re in the RV on a road with a low clearance bridge and no place to turn around. That’s a…
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Live webcast #8 on Blab today at 2pm CST/ 8:00pm GMT! Today I’ll be talking with Travelin’ Brenna, who I hope will get the blogging bug! Brenna has visited Ireland 7 times (this summer will make 8) since her first birthday and has lots to share about why…
Brenna has visited Ireland 7 times (this summer will make 8) since her first birthday and has lots to share about why Ireland is so great for kids!
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Unrepentant Ireland traveler, new RV owner & best mom ever (according to my girls).
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Jody Halsted has been blogging since 2004, when she became a stay at home mom to her eldest daughter. As frequent travelers, Jody and her husband heard "You can't travel after you have a baby." When internet searches for family traveling turned up results for Walt Disney World and similar vacation spots, Jody began sharing her family travel how-to's in her first travel blog, Have Kid Will Travel.

In 2010 Jody launched FamilyRambling®, a website designed to inspire family travel, provide tips to make it easier and share first hand trip reports.

In 2011 Jody began sharing her love of family travel in Ireland by launching Ireland With Kids, a website designed to promote family travel in the Emerald Isle.

Jody also writes for various online and print publications.

Jody is active in social media, which helps her assist traveling families- no matter where they virtually hang out.
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I have two beautiful daughters and a husband who loves me despite my many faults.
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Freelance writer with a passion for Ireland and the Midwest specializing in family travel
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Ireland vacation coaching, family travel authority, social media educator
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  • Des Moines Moms Blog
    Contributor, 2012 - 2015
  • Family Rambling
    Family Travel Authority, 2005 - present
  • Uptake Travel network
    Travel Writer, 2009 - 2012
  • Blissfully Domestic
    Travel Writer, 2011 - 2013
  • Ireland Family Vacations
    Ireland Vacation Coach & Frequent Traveler, 2011 - present
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