Things I’ve learned from 2 Years of Traveling, Being an Expat, & Blogging

Happy 2nd birthday, Blissmersion!

When I started this blog and chose the name Blissmersion, a combination of bliss and immersion, I knew it would be a difficult name for people to remember. I chose it anyway. I knew when I started blogging that for most people it is a labor of love. The successful bloggers warned there was little-to-no money earned and many expenses (and are they ever right!) I chose to do it anyway.

Also, I knew traveling with a family of four, including two young kids, would be difficult and often expensive. We do it anyway. Two years ago, I didn’t know we’d become expats in Mexico. We did it anyway.

However, when it came time to write a post about two years of blogging, I almost didn’t. My desire to write had almost dried up to nothing and my sense of self was shaken by it. Even in the bad times, I’ve learned a lot about blogging, traveling, and myself.

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Why I Love Franklin Park Conservatory With Kids

I considered having my wedding at the Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens Palm House on some Friday afternoon in April. It would’ve been beautiful. However, my husband and I ended up eloping on April Fool’s Day. Instead of wedding pictures, I have many photos of our kids playing at the Franklin Park Conservatory. I still love visiting there and now I bring the kids.

I’m happy with that decision. The kids and I definitely need “Blooms and Butterflies” after seeing nothing but snow for a couple months. My husband is great, too. You can even tell him I said so.

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These are the Best Travel Car Seats for Flying with Kids

Which car seats are the best travel car seats for airplanes? When you fly frequently with kids, you want to find a car seat that is easy to install, uninstall, use safely, and is easier to carry though airports. Which are the best car seats for flying with infants, toddlers, and preschoolers?

I’m an advocate for car seat safety. Children should be in their correctly installed car seats, buckled properly by an adult every time, and rear facing until they outgrow the limits of their seats. These safety measures certainly extend to air travel. My children always rode in their car seats on airplanes until they were ages 4 and 5 AND met the FFA guidelines for safe lap belt use.  I strongly encourage all parents to follow proper use guidelines to the best of their ability.

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This is Why I Suffer From Decision Fatigue While Family Trip Planning

Do you suffer from decision fatigue while family trip planning? I certainly do. In fact, I have a full on case of it right now! A lot of it is caused by having to plan a great trip for four different people, with different personalities. That’s right, it’s time to plan a family trip! Spring break, to be specific.

During one of the most expensive times of the year, I need to plan a kid friendly vacation. Yikes! How do you plan your vacations for kids? Where do you get your family vacation ideas?

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A Quick Guide to Beachy Good Times in Ixtapa

“I have two weekdays off in early December,” my husband informed me. After making him triple quadruple check this with multiple people, we decided to go to Ixtapa. Ixtapa is a beach destination in Mexico that many expats and locals recommended. We decided that four days there would be enough time to get a good taste of the beach and would be worth the 5-6 hour drive.

“Wait, we leave for the US 4 days later,” I said to my husband. “That’s just crazy.”

“Let’s do it,” he said. I am so glad that we did!

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This is the Incredible Way I Spent the Year

Upon reflecting about 2017, it might have been the busiest year of my life. It was hard in a way I haven’t experienced before and brought about some of the biggest changes I’ve ever had (after having children, of course). It was also one of the most exhilarating years of my life. I’m still in awe about living in Mexico. I still can’t believe this is my home and it still makes me smile. Still, the time has come to say goodbye to 2017.

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The Tale of Two Suitcases (Sand and Snow)

We are going to the beach on Saturday for four days! If that isn’t exciting enough for me, we turn around and leave 4 days later for Ohio. Wheeeee! My suitcases are packed!

Sort of.

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This is the Story of the Wasps That Scared the Hell Out of Me

My 4 year old daughter and I opened the door to the public restroom at a gas station in the Sierra Gorda mountains (Mexico) and stepped inside. As the door gently closed behind us, I noticed a giant wasp flying near the ceiling at the back of the bathroom. When I say giant, I do not exaggerate. It was easily double the size of the wasps in Ohio. Then, I noticed the nest hanging from the light fixture.

I guided my daughter out the door and we “noped” right on out of there.

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