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 Welcome ______________ family!  

We’re glad to be house-swapping this summer!  Here is my operating manual for our house, _____________________________________, issue ___________(YEAR).

Family cell phone number: ______________________
Neighbors:  Names, phone numbers, comments (if they are aware of the house-swap, etc.)
Babysitters:  Names, phone numbers, comments, parent’s names of younger babysitters
House Rules:  No food in living room, no food near computers, etc.
Trash/Recycling:  When, which cans are used for which trash
Mail & Newspapers:  Where to place
Plants / Landscaping:  Watering, landscaper schedule.
Housekeeper:  Who, how often, who pays
Bedrooms:  Storage availability or unpacking
Technical stuff:  Plumbing notes, circuit breakers
Food:  what’s offered and what’s off-limits
Appliances: Stove, microwave, dishwasher, trash compactor. disposal
Electronics: Remotes with instructions for all.  TV, DVD, VCR, Stereo, CD Player
Computer:  Passwords, rules, parental controls
Street Cleaning:  Parking on street,
Garage/Outdoor equipment:  bikes, scooters, hose, toys
Beach trips:  Easiest route, best beach, gear
Grocery shopping/wine store
Local happenings
Local Restaurants:  Kid-friendly, More adult
Miscellaneous:  Movie Theaters, Malls, Aquarium, Zoo, Skate parks
Local laws:  Car seats, helmets, cellphone use while driving
Closest Hospital


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Kim Orlando
After years of traveling every week for business, Kim sought out other moms who traveled to understand how they dealt with the guilt, the scheduling and their family relationships. Advice from the trenches made travel–and life–much easier and often much more fun. Kim realized that other traveling moms would appreciate these insights, too, and TravelingMom.com was born. Just a few years later, TravelingMom is among the best known family travel web communities with the leading travel writer network. The advice and insight of this community is sought out by national news networks, travel companies and traveling moms who need to know.

She has been selected as the travel expert for Wyndham’s Women on Their Way, Mom Talk Radio and has been featured in Good HouseKeeping, NY Times Travel, Forbes.com, Hannah Storm’s CBS News Blog, JuJu Chang’s Moms Get Real and The Montel Williams Show.

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