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Rachael

The Best World War II Novels of the Last Decade

One of my favorite ways genres to read is historical fiction. I love being immersed into a different time period and leaving my present-day cares behind. Of all the historical periods, I would have to say that World War II novels are my favorite ones to read.  In the last decade, some great World Ward II novels have been published. I feel like I’ve read them all, though I’m sure I’ve missed a few.

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Arizona Road Trip: Exploring the Magic of the Southwest

Road trips. Love them or hate them, you have to admit they are usually the most budget-friendly option for families. My family is not new to road trips. From Utah, we have taken family road trips to California, Montana, Florida, Ohio, and Texas. All of that adds up to a lot of hours in the car. But with four kids, flying is pretty much off the table if we don’t want to spend a fortune. For our latest road trip, we decided Spring Break would be a great time to take an Arizona road trip.

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Tips for Visiting the Grand Canyon with Kids

There are certain places you should take your kids before they grow up, and visiting the Grand Canyon with kids definitely belongs on that list. The sheer immensity of the view just leaves you in awe. It’s the kind of place that teaches a child that the world is much bigger than they could even imagine.

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The Importance of Setting Smart Fitness Goals

I know New Year’s is usually the time that people set goals for the year, but I have found that spring is the best time for me to set my fitness goals. With the warmer weather, I feel a more motivated to get myself out for a jog or bike ride. Yet, oftentimes my fitness goals fail, not because I can’t achieve them, but because I am not setting smart fitness goals.

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Monument Valley: What to Know Before You Go

“Where the Earth Meets the Sky” reads the brochure for Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park. Stretching along the Arizona-Utah border, Monument Valley is the iconic image of the American West: red sandstone pillars sticking out against the vivid blue sky. For the best experience at Monument Valley, you’ll want to read up on what to know before you go.

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Books That Will Make You Cry

I can hear your thoughts. Why would you want to read a book that will make you cry? That seems like a silly thing to do. At least, that’s exactly what my husband said to me.

The thing is, it takes a special kind of book to make you cry.

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Guest Room Must Haves: 15 Essentials for a Comfortable Guest Room

Are you really ready for guests? Even though I frequently have guests visit, I constantly felt like my guest room was never complete. I finally decided to sit down and make myself a complete list of all the guest room must haves I need. To be thorough, I compared my list to others and I noticed my 15 guest room must haves covered all the lists I saw. But to my surprise, almost every list was missing one crucial item. So if you really want to have a comfortable guest room, check our ultimate list of guest room must haves.

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Don’t Buy the Hype: Read This Not That

Have you ever read a New York Times bestselling novel and wondered, That was terrible! Who the heck likes this book? And some books aren’t exactly terrible, they’re just … meh. Do you wish someone would tell you to read this not that?

Luckily for you, I’m willing to let you learn from my mistakes. Let me be the trailblazer who reads anything and everything. Take my advice on which hyped books are worth your time and which books to avoid. Because finding time to read is hard enough in our busy lives, don’t waste your precious time on overhyped books.

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My Year of Travel: 10 Places I’m Taking My Family

When my family was young, my husband was working full-time and pursuing his master’s degree at the same time. As a result, we didn’t have any time or money for travel. When he finally defended his master’s thesis, we celebrated with a family trip  to San Diego.

That was the moment I caught the traveling bug. Those sunny days in California were wonderful, but, to my surprise, I enjoyed planning the vacation almost as much as taking it. Since then, my husband and I have made traveling a priority.

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Why Millennials Need Travel

When Jaclyn and I decided on the focus of our blog, we were debating whether travel really belonged with life and work as one of our categories. Does it really fit with our goal to help savvy millennial women? I mean, I love to travel and really want to write about my travels. But would our travel-related posts add value to our readers?

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