A Weekend in Halland, Sweeden

After spending a few wonderful days in Stockholm, I set out to see a different side of Sweden, literally. The region of Halland is on the west coast of Sweden, south of Göteborg. Known for beautiful beaches, cosy little towns, and plenty of outdoor activities, Halland is the ultimate destination to experience a Swedish Summer.

Along with a group of other travel writers and bloggers, I spent a few days biking the Kattegattleden bicycle trail, stopping at all of the best places along the way, to truly get a feel for Halland and all it has to offer.

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These easy DIY chalkboard notebooks are a great back to school project that even the youngest kids can make. Add an apple and you have the perfect back to school teacher's gift!

School starts next week for my girls, and we are all excited. We have a few back to school traditions in our house that we love. I wrote about my very favorite tradition over on Instagram. The other tradition we have is to make a handmade gift to give each of their new teachers on the first day of school.

These easy DIY chalkboard notebooks are a great back to school project that even the youngest kids can make. Add an apple and you have the perfect back to school teacher’s gift!

Want to make a few DIY chalkboard notebooks?

These easy DIY chalkboard notebooks are a great back to school project that even the youngest kids can make. Add an apple and you have the perfect back to school teacher's gift!

You Will Need:

These easy DIY chalkboard notebooks are a great back to school project that even the youngest kids can make. Add an apple and you have the perfect back to school teacher's gift!

Directions:

  1. Place a piece of heavy kraft paper (or any other paper you have around) in between the front cover and the pages of the composition book.
  2. Paint a thin coat of chalkboard paint on the front cover of the composition book.
  3. Once it is dry to the touch, apply a second coat (and possibly a third, if needed).
  4. Once the front is completely dry, flip it over, and repeat steps 1-3 on the back cover.
  5. Cut a piece of white (or any other color you like) duct tape a bit longer than the spine of your notebook. Center it and then cut off any extra tape on the top and bottom of the spine.
  6. Wrap the duct tape around the spine and press down to adhere.
  7. Decorate as you wish! Depending on the type of chalkboard paint you used, you will probably need to prime the surface before writing on it. (Just rub the side of a piece of chalk all over the surface, then wipe clean with a dry cloth.) Regular chalk is a lot easier to remove from the notebook, but chalk markers make a cleaner design.

These easy DIY chalkboard notebooks are a great back to school project that even the youngest kids can make. Add an apple and you have the perfect back to school teacher's gift!

My 7 year old made this all on her own. The little one needed some help, but did enough of it that she thinks she did it all on her own. (And thats what counts!) They are both so proud to give these to their teachers on the first day of school.

These easy DIY chalkboard notebooks are a great back to school project that even the youngest kids can make. Add an apple and you have the perfect back to school teacher's gift!

What is your favorite back to school tradition?

A Weekend in Stockholm

The royal Swedish capital of Stockholm is one of the world’s most beautiful cities. Spread across 14 islands in the Stockholm archipelago, there are breathtaking views in every direction. But it doesn’t stop there. The medieval city center of Gamla Stan is postcard perfect. The restaurants are world class. The shops are filled with amazing Swedish and Scandinavian designed clothes, furniture and more. And we haven’t even started talking about how beautiful the Swedish people are. Everything (and everyone) in Stockholm just exudes a casual cool. Hip without trying. Stunning.

I had the opportunity to travel to Stockholm for a few days last month to attend the TBEX conference, and I fell in love with this gorgeous city.

Expensive? Yes.

Worth it? Absolutely!

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Traveling is the best way for your kids to learn about the world. But what about when an around-the-world trip isn’t in the cards?

The next best thing is to read, and luckily there are some amazing children’s books about destinations around the world.

While we love to read all different types of books in our house, my kids always seem to gravitate towards series of books. They become comfortable with the characters, format, or illustrations of a book, and are so excited when they can read more in the series. So naturally, we look for kid’s travel book series. Our most treasured collection of books is the This Is Series from Miroslav Šašek, which is displayed proudly in the living room for everyone to enjoy as much as possible.

Below are 13 of the very best travel book series for kids. Each of these series of books cover multiple countries or cities, and are sure to teach your little ones a thing or two.

The very best travel book series for kids - discover new cities and countries around the world with these beautiful and educational children's books

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A Weekend in Zagreb

Zagreb, the capital and largest city in Croatia, has played an important role in the history of Croatia since the middle ages. Originally two different (and often battling) cities on neighboring hills, the secular Gradec (now known as the Upper Town) and the ecclesiastical Kaptol finally united in 1851 to form the unified city of Zagreb.

Unfortunately, most travelers skip right over Zagreb. Instead, they head straight for the Dalmatian Coast, the Istrian Peninsula, or Plitviče Lakes National Park. Zagreb is usually seen as a place to fly into or travel through, but not a destination in its own right.

Although we first talked of visiting Zagreb as a convenient stopping point between Zadar and Vienna, we were pleasantly surprised with just how wonderful Zagreb is. It is actually the kind of city I could see myself living in. Not super touristy, plenty of fun restaurants and cafes, beautiful parks and green spaces, super affordable and a really cool vibe. Not to mention the perfect central location to travel all over Croatia! Yes, I could definitely live there.

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