Travel Itinerary for the Week of April 2nd!

This week, we kick off in New York. Allison Charleston writes on Monday about the value of giving back to the community – something that can be so hard to do while juggling children. Now, this mom is ready to start volunteering again.

On Tuesday, we’re off to Canada, where Multitasking Mumma talks about one of the more expensive aspects of raising children: daycare expenses. Finding someone who you trust to take care of your child can be hard, even more so when you get the bill!

On Tuesday evening, we will have a Human Rights post from Third Eye Mom, who learned about the plight of women in Guatemala on International Womens Day.

We stay in Canada on Wednesday, to hear from Kirsten Doyle. Kirsten tells us about her experiences growing up as an adopted child, and what it was like to meet her birth parents as an adult.

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