My Thoughts on Motherhood & Travel


When my first child was born, I was working in a job that involved quite a bit of travel, for long stretches at a time. The thought of leaving her for long stretches was mind-boggling. From breastfeeding to missing the small moments, I wondered how I would manage. I lasted about a year, and then I decided to go contract. I had been working in travel publishing and truly lived and breathed travel. My second child came within a year and then I was home with two babies whose lives depended on me. It was wonderful but a challenge, and a bit of a shock, Read More


Discover the World with the New Findery Windows App

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I love Findery, a social network for travelers. If you love to travel and haven't used it yet, you must. It's the most personal, intimate way of sharing info and images about your travels with others. Download the app, set up an account and start sharing (and while you're there, check me out). The interaction is instantaneous. I also love that I can access it everywhere and can get tips from experts who are people like me who love to travel and want to share their favorite tips and experiences, and great photos. And now I'm excited that they've now Read More


My Fave Dumplings in NYC + 2015 Chef One NYC Dumpling Festival


We are big dumpling fans in my house. Steamed or lightly fried, you name it. Filled with vegies, meat, fish, potatoes, sweets or plain. Sweet, savory. In soups, in stew, with gravy. We just love them. I was inspired to write this post because the NYC Dumpling Festival 2015 is headed our way. The Dumping Festival will be held on the First Ever National Dumpling Day, which is very exciting. If you're looking for a good batch of dumplings in New York City, we've done the research. Here are three dumpling spots we love: Mandoo Bar (2 West 32nd Read More


Our Family Vacation on Carnival Cruise Line


As a former anti-cruise goer, I am happy to report that the last (and first!) cruise my family took was a great success. We enjoyed seeing different parts of the world, the variety of entertainment and daily activities, the international staff and the fact that everyone found something to do. Our days were full of sunshine, sitting by the pool, riding the waterslide and spending quality time together. There was also plenty for my special needs child to appreciate. My cynicism was squashed and it was decided that cruises for us a family work. So this Read More


My SPG Moment at the U.S. Open


Last night was one of the those quintessential, out-of-this-world NYC nights. I was invited by Starwood Preferred Guest the (Sheraton, Westin, Le Meridien, St Regis, W, etc. chain), who partnered with USTA to provide us with VIP access to watch matches from the SPG Luxury Suite at center court of the U.S. Open. If you read this blog often, you know this "mom not ready to give up hot dogs" loves special moments. I live for new experiences, and SPG Moments is all about the once in a lifetime moments. From VIP hospitality that includes backstage meet and Read More


A Trip to Houston with the Kids


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


A Family-Friendly Visit to Hip Austin


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


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


Our Weekend at Stoweflake Mountain Resort & Spa


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


A Family Stay at Ritz Carlton Philadelphia Offers Historic Elegance


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