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

17May

A Toyota Adventure to Hilton Short Hills to see Listen to Your Mother

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Last weekend my family and I ventured to New Jersey for a bit of an adventure. I was given a Toyota 4Runner to test out for our journey and was eager to set out on our family road trip. We had big plans: a weekend stay at Hilton Short Hills and a trip to see the New Jersey production of Listen to Your Mother, a show I have had much to do with since its inception. I hadn't known where the producing road would take me then and I certainly didn't know where the weekend's traveling roads would take us, but I was looking forward to finding out. The Toyota Read More

23Apr

My Rejuvenating Trip to Kauai

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Do you ever stop to think about the life you've been given? The legacy that has been passed onto you? Do you ever think about the fact that you were blessed with beauty and you can find this beauty in every moment, no matter where you look? On my recent rejuvenating trip to Kaua'i, where I traveled for the first time, I came into contact with a woman named Puna Kalama Dawson, Hawaiian Cultural Guide to Wellness at The St. Regis Princeville Resort. She reminded me to remember: How important it is to take the time to appreciate what is directly in Read More

05Apr

Our NYC Staycation

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This past spring break was an interesting one. After living in and near NYC for a lot of years, I decided it was time for my kids to have a NYC staycation. We stayed in hotels, went to museums on 42nd Street like Madame Tussaud's, took a bus tour, ate in Chinatown and Korea Town, went to the top of the Empire State Building, visited the Statue of Liberty and toured Ellis Island, went to the 9/11 Memorial, explored the orchids at the Botanical Gardens in the Bronx and had pizza on Arthur Avenue, indulged in cupcakes at Carlos Bakery, strolled through Read More

31Mar

WICKED at The Westin New York at Times Square

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This past weekend was a special one for my tween and I as we stayed over night in NYC in Times Square for the first time. Sure, we've stayed over night in the city before but not right in the heart of Broadway. And for two culture vultures, that meant everything. We were invited by The Westin at Times Square to check out the WICKED Night Out, an exclusive WICKED-themed hotel package.  My daughter first saw the show at age 6 and again at age 10. As a tween, the show holds special memories for her and I knew the hotel would have an appreciative visitor. Read More

25Mar

A Mother-Son Weekend in the Catskills

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My son and I recently spent some time in the Catskills. We basically jumped in our car and headed to the mountains for some R&R and a bit of bonding. He loves to ski, so knowing that was part of our plan was a big motivator for him. The Catskills is an interesting getaway choice because it offers so much to do for both children and adults, and we were both up to the challenge of checking it out. Equipped with a full tank of gas, we set out from Westchester for two days of adventure with a group of writers and their children. Where We Stayed Our Read More

09Mar

Kissing the Cold Away in Kissimmee, Florida (and Win a FREE Trip!)

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Last week I was invited to tour Kissimmee, Florida and I jumped at the chance. I was curious about the town neighboring Orlando and what it has to offer tourists. After all, how can one compete with the lure of Disney? I can honestly say I was surprised with just how much the city has to offer in terms of luxury hotels, great restaurants and a plethora of activity for families looking to do something other than amusement parks. Here's a wrap-up of what I did, where I stayed, where I dined, so you can plan your next visit to Kissimmee...with or without Read More

12Jan

Our Recent Visit to Family-Friendly London

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Our recent visit to family-friendly London took us to spots we love, as well as spots we haven't yet been to. Every time we visit, which happens to be annually due to the fact that it's my husband's birth country, we see more and more of this historical, beautiful city and I leave loving it even more. I know that my kids are lucky to go as often as they do, and they surely don't appreciate it enough, but we manage to take advantage of our time there and soak in the sights whilst visiting family and friends. I've written about our time there again and Read More

09Jan

My Recent Travels and Where You’ll Find Me

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  My travels as a freelance travel writer have taken me out of Larchmont, New York a bit over the past few months, both with and without the kids, and have been sharing my whereabouts all over the web. Here's where you'll find me: MiniTime: 5 Tips for a Family Day at Universal Studios Hollywood Best Things to Do in York, England with Kids Family Vacation Critic: 10 Ways to Spend Days with Kids in Long Beach, California Ciao Bambino Why Dana Point is Worth a Visit with Kids GoGirlfriend A Mom/Tween Getaway in Long Read More

05Jan

A Few Days in York, England

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As a traveling mom, it’s always key for me to incorporate a few ingredients into our family trips: adventure, education, history, culture and solid bonding experiences. A recent trip to England took us to the northern city of York, located in the heart of Yorkshire, England and incorporated all of these elements. Known as one of England’s most historic cities, the experience provided two days of looking up and gazing at medieval architecture, walking down winding cobble streets, learning about its diverse and sometimes troublesome history and wandering Read More