10 Tips for Taking Kids on Overnight Flights

BE COMFY: Buttons can be your worst enemy on an overnight flight.  My girls love to dress in yoga pants, a cozy t-shirt, and a big sweatshirt.  They also wear fluffy socks and a pair of sneakers they can take off during the flight.  Layers are perfect when flying because the temperature of planes can be unpredictable.

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Finding the Fun in Winter

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Since we’re about to have the first major snowstorm of the season, I thought I’d repost this from last year.  Enjoy!

Before I had kids, winter meant long months of counting down the days until spring.  Then these 2 little winter loving girls were born.   All of the sudden winter turned into months of being…dare I say it…outside!  Yeah…outside…in cold, wet snow for hours at a time.  All of these new items suddenly appeared in my house like hand warmers and sleds.  Snow pants somehow crept their way into my wardrobe.  So that’s when I decided to give in and try to find out what the heck people do in winter.  After all, I live in New England so I may as well join these snow-lovers! No one was as shocked as myself to discover I actually have fun outside.  With the right clothes and toys I found so many things I loved to do out there.  Here are some of my favorites:

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Wishing You a

Merry Christmas

and a

Wonderful New Year!


10 Amazing Things that Happen on Vacation

 

Travel can be expensive, time-consuming, and stressful.  So why do people bother doing it? There is something magical about getting away from everything and embracing the unknown. The following are 10 things that I notice happen when we are on vacation: 

1.     CELL PHONES LOSE IMPORTANCE. I hate to admit it but when I’m home I can be pretty glued to my cellphone.  I am constantly checking emails and getting online to research different topics.  However, on vacation I can care less where my phone is! Sometimes I even go days without taking it out of my purse and it is the best feeling to be in the moment with my family. 

2.    VIDEO GAMES DISAPPEAR.  Since the kids bring several electronics with them on vacation to play with on the plane, I expect they will play with them throughout the trip.  This rarely happens.  On some trips, it never comes out of their suitcase.  There are so many new things to discover that our kids would rather go out to the beach to look for shells or build a sandcastle that electronics lose their interest.   

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Top 10 Things to Do in NYC with Kids

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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

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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!

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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

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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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