Top 10 Things to Do in NYC with Kids


New York City is one of most perfect destinations for families.  You can never run out of things to do and there is something fun for all members of the family.  As a born and raised New Yorker, NYC holds my heart!  The following are my Top 10 Things to Do in NYC with Kids:

1.     MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY: Every time we travel there we make it our first stop.  This museum has the best dinosaur exhibits of any museums we’ve been to.  Our favorite sections are: Hall of Ocean Life, Asian Mammals, Hall of Asian Peoples, African Mammals, and African Peoples.

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10 Tips for Keeping Your Home Safe While Traveling


Vacation is a time for relaxation and tranquility, but it’s human nature to worry about the house you left behind.  A home is a huge responsibility and you want to keep it safe even when you are away.  The following are 10 tips for keeping your home safe while traveling:

1.     ASK SOMEONE TO WATCH YOUR HOUSE.  Personally, I don’t feel the need to hire a house sitter for a short trip.  My house is able to take care of itself.  However, I do let my neighbors know that I’ll be away so they can keep an eye on anything suspicious.  It’s nice to get a quick text saying our house is still standing.

2.    PUT YOUR MAIL ON HOLD.  It takes ten minutes to get online and put your mail on hold.  Nothing screams, “No one’s home!” like mail bulging out of a street mailbox.  I have delivery start the day we return so it’s there when we get home.   

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10 New England Spa Resorts I Must Visit!


I have a feeling there are many ladies out there making their Christmas lists because I’ve had several people email me this week asking for recommendations for spa resorts in New England.  If you know me, you know there’s almost NOTHING I like better than a relaxing spa treatment, and especially when it is at a fabulous resort.  The following are 10 spa resorts I’ve been dying to try in New England.  Santa, if you’re reading this, they are all on my list and I haven’t been naughty!

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Ios, Greece

Ios, Greece.  Plan an amazing day trip from Santorini for your family.

While in Santorini, we had one night to slip away for some time alone.  Although Mykonos was my first choice, the distance from our island would eat away at our time so we decided to go to the small island of Ios.  My only apprehension was that Ios is known as the party island of the Greek Isles and hundreds of 20-year-olds flock to the island to party the night away.  Being that we were celebrating my 40th, it was the opposite of what I was looking for.  I was happy to find that these partiers spend the entire day sleeping off their hangovers and the island would be all ours!


Read about our night away HERE.

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10 Ways to Keep Travel Memories


Whenever my family returns from vacation, I like to surround us with memories we’ve made on our trip.  Souvenirs are great, but I’m not going to put salt and pepper shakers of the Eiffel Tower on my kitchen table.  So instead of displaying your “My mom went to Italy and all I got was this lousy t-shirt” souvenir, take a look at these creative ways to display memories from your travels.   

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Port Inn, Portsmouth, NH

The Port Inn, Portsmouth, NH

Portsmouth, New Hampshire is one of my favorite coastal towns in New England.  The town is dear to my heart because we had our wedding reception in town and since then have created many family memories here. Portsmouth is only an hour north of Boston and just over the bridge from Maine.

When looking for a hotel in Portsmouth, location is key.  The Port Inn is centrally located and has amazing accommodations for the entire family.  Please click below to read all about our stay at the Port Inn.


Portsmouth Restaurant Week


The seacoast town of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, is a must-see destination in New England.  Historic buildings, quaint shops, and charming galleries are around every corner.  With over 100 locally owned businesses, it is the perfect town to enjoy a stroll during any season.  Portsmouth is only an hour north of Boston and just over the bridge from Maine.  Every night of the week you can find live music and there are several theaters in town. 

However, many people come to Portsmouth for one main reason…the food!  This port town has become a culinary destination for people searching for trendy dishes and creative cocktails.   With so many places to choose from, your only dilemma will be deciding which to try first. Restaurant Week has become an experience every foodie awaits, and 2016 will not disappoint.

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Pink House, Sanotrini, Greece

When I dreamed of traveling to Santorini, Greece, I knew I wanted to wake up in Oia, look out my window, and see the traditional postcard view of white cave houses blanketing the hillside.  We decided to live in a traditional cave house to feel immersed into the community during our week-long stay. 

We arrived at midnight, but the walk through town to our home for the week woke us right up.  After seeing our view, we decided to skip the bars and instead grab a beer and sit on our veranda to enjoy our first glimpse of Santorini. I had been dreaming of that moment for years.

 The next morning, I opened the door to our room and my jaw dropped when I saw what was in front of me.

Click here to read all about it… 

Top 10 Things To Do in Santorini with Kids


Many people think of Santorini as a honeymoon destination filled with starry-eyed newlyweds and wedding proposals around every corner.  However, Santorini is actually an amazing destination for a family vacation and is filled with fun activities to do with your kids.  There is no need for electronics to keep your kids entertained and never once did my kids say they were bored.  Being in Santorini is like walking into a postcard and this concept is not lost on kids. Here are my top 10 things to do in Santorini with kids:

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