Welcome welcome!

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Girls celebrating joy on the beach! Photo: Urban Pax

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So glad you’re here!

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This blog came to life after many of my friends asked me how I’ve managed as a single mother to take my kids traveling all over the world since they were very young.
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To me, it seemed natural as I have traveled solo a great deal before my kids, but I can understand how overwhelmed my friends get when they try to plan.

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So I decided to lay on “paper” some tips, ideas and hopefully some inspiration to start getting out there and exploring!

 

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Do you wish you could travel more with your family ? Do you feel overwhelmed at the task of planning daily life let alone vacatios?I hope this blog becomes one of your new favorite spots for planning great family moments around the world as well as simple living at home.
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Whether you need a step by step plan for family travel or just want to chill in the kitchen over chocolate cake on a lazy weekend, it’s all about creating a plan that works for you.
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The main objective is for everyone in your family to feel happy and shine in their own way.
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Yes yes, it’s possible and it can even be a smooth and exciting process 🙂

logo urban pax watermarkBehind Urban Pax is our family.

Our family is ..myself – Karen (for those who don’t know me yet) – and my two “extraordinary” girls – aha don’t we all say that about our kids? 🙂
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Like all moms, I’m always busy with long lists of stuff to do, but our number 1 priority is always our family.
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And now yours if you want to join us!

 

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We travel to many great places via our own planning as well as practice quality time together close to home. Home is in the south of France.

It’s not always an easy flow especially with teens, but our goal is to create re-enforce bonds as much as possible while having some fun!
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Occasionally it may seem like a complicated process, but with a bit of work, a bit of planning, and a lot of motivation, we try to make it simple and we’ll show you how you can too.

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Absolutely!

 

So a little about me… I’m always ready to discover new people and explore different places,  I’m also an artist, love photography and on different days I wear different caps to get stuff done.
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I love feeling the wind in my hair, daydreaming in front of pink sunsets and trying out new things in the kitchen.

The generation before me is Italian, French and Egyptian but I was born in Brazil, have lived in Canada, the US and now in Europe since the birth of my girls.
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Having traveled and moved a lot, plus being from different backgrounds, I’ve always had a hard time knowing where home was. Each country represented something different in my life, so this question kept coming back up.

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Well, the answer became extremely clear the day my daughter was born. Then it was confirmed again the day my second daughter was born.
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Home was simply being together.

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Photo : Urban Pax

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Of course, home is also where we live. We’ve always invested our personalities in our physical home and after a hard day, it’s always a relief to go back to our sanctuary where we can let our guard down and just be.
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But home is also a state of mind and no matter where we are, as long as our family love stays intact, then that’s also where home is.
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C is my eldest and always singing. She’s preparing to be a future future future linguist – maybe a singing linguist? Maybe.

But she’s always up for some good fun just like her sister E. my youngest who’s a bit shy, very observant, reads a lot and is learning to play the keyboard. She doesn’t know what she wants to do in the future. But that’s ok.

That’s what growing up is for.
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Right ?

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Decisions can be hard at any age..

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I try to raise my girls to be responsible for the choices they make. It’s so easy to be influenced and to follow the crowd, but true honesty with oneself is what leads to better decisions and self-love.
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I try to point out how important it is to talk and share feelings because if they get all bottled up life gets hard. I try to show them that beauty is not about makeup but about being true to yourself.
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And allowing your heart to shine.
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I try to emphasize that as sisters their relationship is unique and has to be nurtured in a most special way no matter what the circumstances. This creates a special friendship, today and years down the road..
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I try to get them off their phones!
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Ok I admit that’s not a big success – yet!

They don’t always listen to me but I’m hoping that in the future what I’ve tried to convey to them coupled with their own experiences will guide their way.

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Traveling is an important part of their education.  It gets them out of their “bubble” and shows them what’s on the other side.
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We are all world citizens and realizing that others do and think things differently is a real eye-opener and helps kids grow.
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But most important, it re-enforces their sisterhood.
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We usually don’t travel unless it’s school vacation (daily obligations right ?) but we still try to get away on weekends or just chill at home because life is still amazing wherever we are.
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There is always something to explore and learn from.

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It’s a choice and we hope that you will share this choice with us. 🙂

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Celebrating life on the beach! Greece. Photo: Urban Pax

 

 

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