03Sep

A Trip to Houston with Kids

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We recently spent a quick few days in Houston, Texas, before boarding a ship in nearby Galveston. It was our first time to this sprawling city, and when I say, "sprawling," I mean it. Houston is a BIG city - the sixth largest in the country, spreading over 8,788 square miles.  We had a car, which was necessary, to get around. Despite Houston being known as a popular U.S. city, I had no idea it had so much to offer tourists - from museums to restaurants to its proximity to the port, it has a lot to offer families on vacation. Unfortunately, I wasn't in Read More

02Sep

A Family-Friendly Visit to Hip Austin

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I'll say it upfront. I'll just get it out there before you go on so you know how I feel about Austin. I love this Texan city. On our recent visit, I wasn't sure what to expect. I'd been itching to attend SXSW, an annual Austin trade show, as a marketer for the past 10 years and have ogled at the photos of colleagues and friends year after year, leaving a sense of curiosity and wander for what all the hype was all about. Would it truly be the land of the hipsters, as I envisioned it, and how would that go down with my kids? Well, fortunately enough, it Read More

20Aug

Where You’ll Find Me

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I'm traveling again! After spending several months recovering from a near fatal accident, it feels so good to get out and do what I love. My family and I are on a bit of an explore through Texas. We started in San Antonio, made our way to Austin and are now in Houston. From here we are going cruising in the Western Caribbean. We are really exploring the state - from the sights to the accomodations right down to Texan cuisine, and I've got a lot to report on when I get home. Meanwhile, I have my monthly "Where You'll Find Me" in lieu of a Read More

12Aug

Our Weekend at Stoweflake Mountain Resort & Spa

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We recently spent the most unexpected, loveliest weekend in Stowe, Vermont. The seven + hour journey took us a long time to get there (it was a busy Friday summer afternoon coming from NY, to be expected), but it was completely worthwhile. Vermont has been on my list of best places to visit for a New Yorker for some time, ever since our visits to Essex Culinary Resort and Lake Morey Resort last summer. I love the state’s rolling mountains, fresh air, laid back aura and depth of outdoors activities. Our destination was Stoweflake Mountain Resort & Read More

03Aug

A Family Stay at Ritz Carlton Philadelphia Offers Historic Elegance

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I recently spent a long weekend at Ritz Carlton Philadelphia with the kids. We jumped in the car, drove the few short hours to the City of Brotherly Love and landed at this historical yet extremely cozy hotel. Located right by City Hall, Love Park and the Philadelphia Museum of Art, it's a reminder of a nation’s birth with its grand use of architecture. The building was originally Girard Trust Company, which became Girard Corn Exchange in 1951; Girard Bank in 1970; Mellon Bank in 1984, and finally The Ritz-Carlton in 2000. We felt the enormous amount of Read More

31Jul

Indulging the Kids on Broadway with Sugartooth Tours

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I've been living in the NYC metro area for a long time now, but I've never fully experienced the sweeter side of the city. So when my kids and I were invited to join Sugartooth Tours on their newest tour, Bright Lights & Broadway Bites, I was intrigued. Broadway + desserts + a guide who's an actual Broadway performer = right up my alley. If you read my blog regularly, you probably know I'm theater obessessed and I love taking my kids all over NYC, so this tour was an excuse to indulge my Broadway fixation and their sweets obsession. When I told my Read More

22Jul

Where You’ll Find Me

Where You'll FInd Me Friday

Sorry if I've been quiet here as of late. I have been mulling over the state of blogging since attending BlogHer last week - it's an event that used to be a big deal for me as I was once "a big fish in a little pond". That is no longer the case - the tides have changed in this universe, and it left me contemplating my place here. More on that later. I'm still nursing my broken wrist but I've done a lot of writing with one hand! Lots of healing taking place and I'll be traveling again soon. Check out where I've been writing: Huffington Post Exploring Read More

26Jun

A Family Trip to Hershey, Pennsylvania

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For years my daughter has been asking to go to Hershey, Pennsylvania. She had a feeling it was going to be a place out of heaven, with its Hershey theme park and chocolate-related activities. So, mindful of the fact that she's 12 and has six summers left before turning 18 and venturing into the world, we spent last weekend in what's billed as "the sweetest place on earth," where Milton S. Hershey opened and ran his manufacturing factory. What we found was a weekend full of chocolate - and non-chocolate - with pure, unadulterated fun at the theme park, Read More

24Jun

Hanging Out in Coney Island & Brighton Beach

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Last week my family and I went for a day out at the shore in Coney Island and Brighton Beach. A long time favorite haunt of ours, I was eager for a dose of this very Southern part of Brooklyn. These coastal towns may have a kitsch way about them, but they are some of the most uniquely fun parts of the five boroughs. After enduring a bit of traffic to get there, we finally found ourselves on Surf Avenue, in the heart of it all.  Our first stop: Luna Park (Surf Ave at W 10 St; 718-373-5862, lunaparknyc.com. $35 for four hours of unlimited rides on Read More

10Jun

Edible Brooklyn: Pazzi Pasta in Carroll Gardens

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Pasta is one of  my kids' favorite foods, but I generally try to limit their intake due to its high calorie and high carb content. However, since it's usually on the top of their list, I'm always looking for ways to accommodate their request and I recently found one. It's called Pazzi Pasta, a Southern Italian restaurant in Carroll Gardens, one of my favorite parts of Brooklyn. "Pazzi" literally means "crazy" and I'm not kidding when I call their food crazy delicious! It's rare to find a restaurant that is so intent on using organic, locally grown, Read More