Jody Halsted

Jody Halsted

Writer, Ireland Expert & RV owner

Jody Halsted is a freelance writer with a mad passion for Ireland, her RV, and 'off the beaten path' travel.

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Family Winter Getaway in Mankato, Minnesota

Just 3 ½ hours northwest of Ankeny, Mankato makes for a fun weekend getaway for the family. The college town is lively in winter, offering amusements from skiing and tubing to laser tag and theater.

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Backyard Bird Watching

Bird watching is such a fun activity with the kids – and the bonus for winter weather is that you can do it from the warmth of your home! National Birdwatching Day is January 5 and with just a few tips you can have your back yard ready to spot colorful birds – no matter the season!

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The Gifts We Are Giving This Year

We’re rather minimalist Christmas gift givers in our house. You can see the floor under our tree as Christmas approaches, with only a few gifts tucked under its branches. And the majority of those are for grandparents and cousins.

The rule Doug and I follow for Christmas is quite simple – the girls receive three gifts on Christmas morning. A gift from “Santa,” a gift from their dad and me, and a gift from their sister. Though definitely not as valuable as the gifts Jesus received from the Wise Men to celebrate His birth, the girls understand that, while gifts are nice, they are not the reason we celebrate Christmas.

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Baby's First Flight

My daughters began traveling at a very young age and both had their passports at six months, with stamps in them by their first birthdays. And with flying so very uncomfortable when you have a seat to yourself, I couldn’t imagine a flight with a child on my lap.

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The Art of Letting Go | Des Moines Moms Blog

The Art of Letting Go | Des Moines Moms Blog

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The Illusion of “Doing It All”

It’s likely we all know someone whom we consider “S...