A Review of the gorgeous Leading Family Hotel & Resort DachsteinkönigWe travel a lot as a family, and I like to think that many of our trips are fairly family-friendly. We try to plan activities that the kids will enjoy (or at least tolerate), and stay in places that can accommodate little ones. But the trips aren’t specifically catered toward children.

So we decided to go on a little vacation that was all about the kids. We took advantage of the long weekend to go check out Austria’s newest kinder hotel, the Leading Family Hotel & Resort Dachsteinkönig in Gosau.

I first heard about the Family Hotel Dachsteinkönig a few months ago when I was doing some research for a story I was writing on family-friendly holidays in Austria. It looked amazing, but was still under construction, so there were obviously no reviews of the Hotel Dachsteinkönig yet. And it is hard to tell if a place will live up to all of the hype. But after spending a few days at the Family Hotel Dachsteinkönig, I can say without a doubt that it does, and then some.

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Minimalist Gifts for Kids - 12 ideas for kids gifts that any minimalist will appreciate

It sounds like you all are as excited about minimalist gifts as I am! The guide to Minimalist Stocking Stuffers for Kids was so popular, that we are following up now with a guide to Minimalist Gifts for Kids.

These gift ideas are all simple, meaningful, and will not end up cluttering your home.

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These simple and clutter-free stocking stuffers for kids are perfect for minimalists or anyone looking to simplify Christmas this year

Stockings are so fun to fill, and even more fun to open! But the traditional stocking stuffers (super cute little plastic trinkets and toys) are a minimalist’s worst nightmare.

They look really fun. But it is very likely that every one of them will end up under beds, in the corners of closets, or under foot in the middle of the night within a few short weeks. Then into the trash they go.

Instead, I look for things that will not quickly turn into clutter after Christmas. Simple and practical, but still fun.

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Autumn at Schönbrunn Palace, Vienna

{photo via Instagram}

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone! I hope you are all having a wonderful day, enjoying some nice, quiet family time. Are any of you going to brave the stores tomorrow? I really love the Black Friday / Cyber Monday sales, but you couldn’t pay me to actually go to any physical stores. Besides, it really seems like you can get just as good of a discount (or better) online. And most of the sales have already started.

So get cozy on the couch (if you need some help with that, read this) with your laptop or iPad, and do your holiday shopping in peace. I have rounded up some of the best deals I have found at some of my favorite stores, down below.

But first, here are a few of my favorite things lately…

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Everything you need for a cozy night at home with the family

When it is cold and dark outside, we love nothing more than to have a cozy night (or day!) at home. We all put on our “comfy cozies” as my kids call them, gather our blankets, and head to the couch to cuddle. We read books, play games and watch movies.

Now that it is nearly dark at 4pm, our cozy nights start pretty early. Which gives us even more time to hang out together.

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