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About simplemotherhood

My name is Irina. I blog over at about the joys and challenges of motherhood, our love of travel and how we manage to travel all around the world with 3 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.

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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Reviving this blog…

Our family in Prague (Czech Republic) this summer I have decided to start working on reviving this little blog of mine. A lot has happened in the past 6 years since I last wrote here. We have moved 3 times, one … Continue reading

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A few pictures from our Independence Day Celebration

We had a wonderful and sort-of-quiet 4th of July celebration this year. Stan’s cousin Leona and her husband Rob came over to hang out with us in the afternoon and evening, and kids just loved spending time with them! Edward … Continue reading

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Summer Gardening Series: The First Harvest

We’ve been getting the herbs from our garden for a couple of weeks now (rosemary, basil, parsley, and mint (yum – fresh mint tea!)), but today we finally collected our first harvest which weighed in at just about 4 lbs! … Continue reading

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