My Seven Links~ A Look Back

by Jessica on July 21, 2011

I am so excited to be a part of Tripbase’s 7Links blog project.  A big thank you to Nicole from Arrows Sent Forth for nominating me to be a part of the fun.   7 Links is designed to be a retrospective look at blog posts of the past that deserve another go round.  Suitcases and Sippy Cups is pretty new to the travel blogging arena.  I have only been sharing our traveling stories in earnest for a little over five months, so when we look back, there isn’t very far to go.  Still with 150 posts there’s got to be something worth sharing again.

Most Beautiful Post

See Turtles is one of my most favorite posts both for the pictures and the beauty of the moment that it captures.   Words like ‘awe inspring’ are easily thrown around, but watching the hatchlings crawl into the sea truly did inspire awe.


Our classroom

Most Popular Post

This success of The World is Our Classroom is still a surprise to me simply because I almost didn’t post it.  Homeschooling is not just a schooling choice, but a lifestyle choice, so it is really hard to talk about anything (including our traveling) without some of the homeschooling bleeding through.  I know that homeschooling is not for everyone and while I want to people to know that it is great for us, I never want to give the impression that it is the only right way to educate.  So, I almost didn’t post it, but I’m glad I did.

Most Controversial Post

I don’t really do controversy.  I get enough of that breaking up fights among four brothers every day!  But if there were to be one post it would have to be Observing Leash Laws.  People definitely have strong opinions about using kiddie leashes one way or another.   Although I had never used one before, I bought one for the youngest for a recent trip.  He was horrified of the cute little monkey, as in run behind things and hide whenever he saw it, horrified.  He was perfectly happy to let his brothers wear it and lead them around, though.

Most Helpful Post

Art Boosts Brain Power: Ten Games to Play at an Art Museum. My major in the college was fine arts education, so talking about art education comes easily to me.  One of the comments with that post said “Don’t let this go to your head but this is the very first non-recipe related post I have ever printed to keep in my family activity binder.”  I promise I didn’t let it go to my head, but I’ll never forget how great that comment made me feel.

Post Whose Success Was Surprising

Usually when you are having a personal meltdown, you don’t broadcast that on your blog, especially a blog that is designed to encourage people to travel with kids.  In If It Were Easy Everyone Would Do It, I broadcasted the meltdown caused by a particularly ugly day of family travel for everyone to see.   I only really posted it as a therapeutic effort to dislodge myself from the trauma of that day at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, but it turned out to be a subject matter that many moms found relatable.

Post that Didn’t Get the Attention It Deserved

The Evolution of the Greek Backside still cracks me up.  Maybe it’s one of those you just had to be there moments.   I can guarantee that when I was taking all those art classes in college I never imagined that I would be teaching about Greek sculpture using buttocks as my example.  Still, I think it’s a great post about the flexibility that traveling with children requires.  And it’s about butts, which when you live with only boys, starts to seem pretty funny.

Post I am Most Proud Of

The Trip that Made the Difference was a post that made me proud for a couple of reasons.  First, it catalogs a personal moment of triumph involving my second son and Van Gogh and passion.   But more than that, it sums up the reasons why we push through the hard stuff of traveling with kids (and there is plenty) and continue to pack our many bags for new adventures.

Now it’s my turn to nominate some of my favorite bloggers:

Footprints in the Sand


Gone with the Family

Spaghetti Westerner



Kim @justByou July 22, 2011 at 12:50 am

DEFINITELY worth a second look! This is my first time visiting…Came from “You Like Me” blog hop, and I’m so glad I stopped by. Looks like a great place to visit and see your travels. =) Besides, with a name like suitcases & sippycups, how could I NOT follow??? Looking forward to more posts!

Megan July 22, 2011 at 1:17 am

This is my first visit to your blog, but it won’t be my last! I loved reading this post and the picture of the sea turtles – I find them so amazing! I follow you on GFC, I am Megan (Celtic_Girl). I would love a follow back!

Mizz Review Lady July 22, 2011 at 4:10 am

I love this pictures! How exciting!

Barbara July 22, 2011 at 4:41 am

I can’t wait to explore all of your other posts! They sound like fun! Thanks again for nominating me!

Thrifty Ninja July 22, 2011 at 8:43 am

Thanks for linking up at my Follow Me Friday Blog Hop! I agree that your Greek Butts post should have gotten more love…….super cute!

Hope to see you at the hop next week!

Posh July 22, 2011 at 9:57 am

Those turtles are cool!

Jill July 22, 2011 at 4:22 pm

What a great idea – the 7links project. It has given me a quick way to get to know you and read some of your favorite blog posts! I’m a new follower, I stopped by from the bee blog hop and I’m so glad I found your blog!

Terre @ Saving Your Green July 22, 2011 at 7:08 pm

I love this idea! I am thinking of homeschooling my youngest so I love to get information and ideas from bloggers like yourself. I am a new follower from the Bee Friendly Friday Blog Hop and I hope you will hop over to my blog Saving Your Green and return the follow.

Thanks, great stuff!

Melanie July 23, 2011 at 2:46 am

I love this grouping of great posts. Thank you so much for sharing this post at my hop. What a great accumulation of Crowning Moments! I love your blog!

Jen July 24, 2011 at 9:23 pm

Great posts! I had missed a couple so it was fun looking back and reading the ones I hadn’t seen yet like the sea turtle piece. I really want to see or participate in a sea turtle release someday.

The Jacobsen Family July 26, 2011 at 2:48 am

LOVE sea turtles! That pic is amazing! Visiting from the hop! =)

Mama Spaghetti July 27, 2011 at 1:44 am

Those sea turtles are so beautiful! I’m so glad to get to “catch up” on all these posts since most were from before I “met” you!

And, I am so excited to be nominated!! I can’t wait to do my own (soon!) if I can ever get my life back under control. Lol!

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