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About simplemotherhood

My name is Irina. I blog over at https://simplemotherhood.wordpress.com/ about the joys and challenges of motherhood, our love of travel, and how we manage to travel all around the world with 4 children. I also love reading, saving money, and everything from gardening, healthy living, and frugality to scrapbooking, menu planning, and tea parties. I enjoy decorating, organizing, and homeschooling my children.

Our final stop in Bali: Holiday Inn Resort-Bali Benoa

Our final two days in Bali we spent at the Holiday Inn Resort -Bali Benoa. Staying in the chain hotel, we thought we would save some bucks and spend our hotel points we’ve both accumulated a lot of! Both Stan … Continue reading

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Urban Oasis: Bebek Tepi Sawah Villas in Ubud, Bali

After our delightful time in Kintamani, Bali, hiking Mount Batur volcano and relaxing at the Hot Springs thereafter, we headed down to the middle of the island, a town of Ubud. Ubud is known as the center for traditional Balinese … Continue reading

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Destination: Kintamani, Bali (and a review of Villa Jempana)

We just returned from a quick vacation in a beautiful paradise, a.k.a. tropical island of Bali. Our three older kids stayed at home with grandparents this time, only baby Richard came with us – this was his first international trip … Continue reading

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Tips and tricks for traveling the world as a family of five on a budget

Kids enjoying the beach time at the Mai Khao Beach in Phuket, Thailand  Many people ask us how we are able to afford to travel as a family of five. The answer is simple – it usually requires a lot … Continue reading

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Destination: Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Afternoon Tea at the Abkhazi Garden.

For some unbeknownst reason (but my heart loves it!) all 3 of my children LOVE tea parties! The boys get giddy about the fancy dainty food, and Margarita enjoys the whole experience. We love to share the loveliness of a … Continue reading

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Destination: Vancouver, Canada. Our lovely afternoon at the VanDusen Botanical Gardens

After a pretty long drive from Seattle this summer we had a few hours left before our scheduled ferry over to Victoria, BC. By a popular vote we decided to visit VanDusen Botanical Gardens. It seemed like it would be … Continue reading

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15 destinations in 8 countries in one month! Our whirlwind trip to Canada and Europe.

Our family visiting Stonehenge, England This summer we were privileged to take a month long trip of Europe and Canada. It was sort-of-last minute planning, but ended up creating amazing family memories along the way. I am planning to write a … Continue reading

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