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Coffee and Conversation #147 – Get “outta Dodge” with AirBnB

Good morning and welcome to Coffee and Conversation #147!

Are you hoping to “get outta Dodge” this summer? I may be able to help!

OK, so last week I told you I was headed to my happy place…and what a happy place it was 🙂

My daughter and son-in-law are AirBnB hosts, and when I mentioned that our family was in dire need of a getaway, they suggested we look into finding one at the beach. In case you’re not familiar with them, AirBnB, self-described, is

a trusted community marketplace for people to list, discover, and book unique accommodations around the world — online or from a mobile phone or tablet.

Whether an apartment for a night, a castle for a week, or a villa for a month, Airbnb connects people to unique travel experiences, at any price point, in more than 65,000 cities and 191 countries. And with world-class customer service and a growing community of users, Airbnb is the easiest way for people to monetize their extra space and showcase it to an audience of millions.

So basically, it’s a cool way to earn some money by renting out some unused space in your own home, or discovering some new and wonderful places and people all over the world!

I’m a big fan of real-life learning and I value the educational aspect that travel, geography studies, and cross-cultural experiences provide. But if you’re not able to spend the big bucks that are often required to stay in a hotel, and if you’re looking for a way to meet local folks at your destination, you may want to consider an AirBnB stay yourself! We enjoyed coffee with our host one afternoon, and enjoyed the comfort of staying in a “real” home without feeling financially drained.

‘Course, it didn’t hurt that it was near the beach, either!

We all had a good time, but honestly, I think I enjoyed it the most. But hey, you know the saying: “if momma ain’t happy…” So I guess it was a win-win for everybody after all!

You can read more about the program here. Let me know what you think! And if you’ve already had some experiences with them…I’d love to hear your story, too.

Until next week…

Yay! They’re baaaaaack! Enjoy this week’s features…

How to Respond to Imperfect AuthorityHow to Respond to Imperfect Authority


How should we respond to imperfect authority? Are we to obey no matter what? Are we to refuse? And, if so, is there a right way and a wrong way?

Also, what’s wrong with living together? Many people today argue that a marriage license is “just a piece of paper”! What does the Bible really say?






Finding Time for FriendshipsFinding Time for Friendships



One consequence of feeling like we have so much to do is that our friendships often fall to the wayside. Sometimes we rarely see or speak with our friends. At other times we see them (sometimes regularly), but we don’t really connect because our time is short or we feel too tired to delve deep. My husband and I were reflecting on this recently because we don’t feel deeply connected to many of our friends right now.

What can we do about this? How can we find time in our busy days for friendships? I don’t have all the answers, but here are a few ideas that I’ve been mulling.


Decluttering Sentimental ItemsDecluttering Sentimental Items



When my mother passed away in 2014, I inherited a lot of antiques.

Some of you might swoon, but antiques are not necessarily my thing. This made it rather easy to decide which to keep and which to sell.




Creative Ways to Keep Kids Engaged with Math over the SummerCreative Ways to Keep Kids Engaged with Math over the Summer



Summertime is just around the corner! Just because your curriculum is finished (homeschoolers) or your kids are out of school (public school/private school) doesn’t mean your student’s mathematical thinking skills should come to a screeching halt.

The infamous summer backslide (that time of year when kids forget what they’ve learned while away from school) can be a tough time to keep kids’ brains stimulated.

Practicing math is likely the last thing on their minds.

In order to find fresh, creative, and new ways to keep your kids practicing math over the summer, we asked for feedback from 37 experts…


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23 Responses to Coffee and Conversation #147 – Get “outta Dodge” with AirBnB

  1. Sherry May 28, 2017 at 7:33 pm #

    Thanks for hosting!
    Sherry recently posted…Home Sweet Home #324My Profile

  2. Journa Liz S. Ramirez May 25, 2017 at 12:07 pm #

    Thank you so much for hosting! It was a fun party!
    – Journa from the team at http://www.lollyjane.com & http://www.somewhatsimple.com

  3. Marilyn Lesniak May 24, 2017 at 3:12 pm #

    Thank you for hosting each week! Have a great holiday.

  4. Emily May 24, 2017 at 10:36 am #

    Pat, thanks so much for choosing as a feature my post about decluttering sentimental items! Have a wonderful week!
    Emily recently posted…Super-Easy GuacamoleMy Profile

    • Pat May 24, 2017 at 10:55 am #

      Oh Emily, it really touched a chord with our readers, too! I’m blessed to have my step-mom and in-laws still with us, but of course they’re getting up in years. This is a real issue in my life right now.

      Thanks for sharing it, and have a great week 🙂
      Pat recently posted…Summer Learning RoundupMy Profile

  5. Beth May 24, 2017 at 8:45 am #

    I’m so glad you and your family had a relaxing getaway at the beach, Pat. I love Air BnB and have used it a couple of times and my son and his wife use it all the time. It’s a great option that is often cheaper as you’ve said. Thanks also for sharing these links to your latest posts. I’m especially interested in the one on imperfect authority figures in our lives. Thanks for the linkup, my friend!
    Beth recently posted…Comment on What to Do When a Confrontation Fails And Linkup by Tiffiney HolmesMy Profile

    • Pat May 24, 2017 at 10:59 am #

      Thanks, Beth! I’m so glad I have adult children who keep me connected to the world around me – lol! I’m a true fan of AirBnB because of them… Yes, the “imperfect authority” was/is yet another relevant concept this week. Can’t believe how many bloggers are getting into my head! Aack!!

      So grateful as always for your contribution, sweet friend…
      Pat recently posted…Coffee and Conversation #144 – Some Techie Twists on Children’s BooksMy Profile

  6. Maria May 24, 2017 at 8:22 am #

    I have been thinking about About using Airbnb. Thanks for the info. I have one all picked out for St. Augustine nest week.

  7. Donna Reidland May 24, 2017 at 8:13 am #

    It sounds like you had a wonderful vacation. We’ve been talking about taking a trip to the beach for a couple of years, but with family spread around the country, it’s hard not to visit family when we travel.

    Thanks for featuring my post on Imperfect Authority. What a blessing! Thanks, too, for hosting. Have a great week!
    Donna Reidland recently posted…“Are You Living in the Power of the Holy Spirit?” May 24My Profile

    • Pat May 24, 2017 at 11:04 am #

      I have to admit that if I had to choose between family and the beach, I’d most likely choose the former, too, Donna! The good thing about my recent trip was that most of my family was with me 🙂

      But I do anticipate as the kids grow and marry and move off that I’ll be itchin’ to travel to see them and (hopefull!) the “grands”…

      Loved your post, and thanks so much for sharing it with us!
      Pat recently posted…Summer Learning RoundupMy Profile

  8. Shannon May 24, 2017 at 8:03 am #

    Thanks for featuring my post on finding time for friendship! Having good time with friends is almost like getting a mini getaway during your week.
    Thanks also for hosting!
    Shannon recently posted…7 Different Ways to Plan MealsMy Profile

  9. Patricia Krank May 24, 2017 at 7:43 am #

    It sounds like you had a nice getaway. The idea of using our extra space intrigues me. I’ll have to look into it. Thanks Pat.
    Patricia Krank recently posted…Perseverance Part 6 – Turn & Face the ChangesMy Profile

    • Pat May 24, 2017 at 11:06 am #

      Definitely worth looking into, Patricia, especially if you live in or near a popular travel destination. My daughter has a nice little side income hosting, and it’s so flexible. She’s met many people from all around the world. Actually, she’s working on a book about her experiences with it!

      Thanks for stopping by!
      Pat recently posted…Coffee and Conversation #147 – Get “outta Dodge” with AirBnBMy Profile

  10. Michele Morin May 24, 2017 at 7:28 am #

    Glad you’re back! Hope that re-entry has been painless and that you’re rested and ready to roll.
    Michele Morin recently posted…Grow Up! (The Practice of Resurrection)My Profile

  11. Joanne May 24, 2017 at 7:07 am #

    We just learned of AirBnB’s oursevles; we didn’t use them but heard of a family friend that runs on (and offered it to us for a week free of charge!). Too bad it was too far away to take her up on it for the week she offered it up.
    Joanne recently posted…Homeschooling Through the Alphabet: S is for SimpleMy Profile

  12. Elizabeth May 24, 2017 at 6:38 am #

    Welcome back, honey! So glad momma was happy on vacation. 🙂 And I’m so glad to be sharing my little list post here, ’cause ya know there’s this one list I’m especially fond of…;)

    • Pat May 24, 2017 at 10:01 pm #

      Oh, sweetie you KNOW it! 😉 Happy to be back, too, and SO very glad you shared that post… Seriously, I do love your lists: the perfect combination of truth and humor!
      Thanks for sharing them here!!
      Be blessed, girlfriend…
      Pat recently posted…Summer Learning RoundupMy Profile

  13. Patrick Weseman May 24, 2017 at 12:21 am #

    Never tried it but it looks interesting. Thanks for hosting and have a wonderful rest of the week.
    Patrick Weseman recently posted…Monet: The Early YearsMy Profile

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