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GoFundMe – Project Haiti: Rebuilding 3 Houses in Angibeau “Mavi Says” used to be a mommy blog and a travel blog: stories about a family going through life with a sense of freedom and adventure based on a foundation of progressive values. As we’ve progressed, our search for ourselves as individuals and as a family has led us to find fulfillment beyond travel and adventure. After working with the Bernie Sanders...

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A GUIDE TO THE GUIDE: Hello and thank you for visiting MaviSays.com and for subscribing to our newsletter. I hope this comprehensive Disney travel guide gives you what you need to know about your upcoming trip to Disney. I travel VERY often and my biggest issue when planning a trip is not finding one place that can answer all my basic questions. It takes time to browse through all the info, maps, blogs, reviews and sites. I hope this...

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By now everyone has seen the video of the Baltimore “hero” mom striking her rioting son repeatedly. They are calling her “Hero Mom”, “Mother of the Year” and saying that if more mothers were like her we wouldn’t have this problem. Here’s why I don’t agree with those statements entirely. I have felt this kind of desperation and fear. Just yesterday I was told my son was being rude...

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Give Up, Live a Dream Anyway


Posted By on Apr 27, 2015

Today, I was supposed to board a plane back to Holland. I was going to continue living what I thought was my dream life. Instead, today is the day I give up on that dream, for now. A few years ago we ditched the American Dream for an entirely different dream. We left EVERYTHING behind for a backpack and a dream of living in Europe. We somehow managed to turn that dream into reality when we moved to Italy in 2009. Then, the crisis hit...

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Stop Putting Your Kids First

Stop Putting Your Kids First


Posted By on Apr 6, 2015

Traveling the world and living abroad gives you some perspective on yourself in the context of community. The American culture, its very fabric, is woven with a strong value for individualism. It’s about winning and personal achievement not the greater good and the best for the future of society. That’s great for economies and making money but what does that do for our communities? When we put ourselves before the good of...

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Got mommy issues? Forget them today.

Got mommy issues? Forget them today.


Posted By on Mar 8, 2015

I wrote this on International Women’s Day. Sadly, for me, it was also the 7th day I had been in the hospital with my mom, five of which were spent in the ICU.  She’s a strong, 64 year-old woman, and her sudden sickness took all of us by surprise. She was taking care of me, my sister and my son, we were in bed with a terrible flu and she then caught it. The difference between her and us is that she is a diabetic and has...

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