03Dec

My Wild (the movie) Giveaway

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I'm a big fan of the book WILD by Cheryl Strayed and I can assure you, I'll see the film. I wrote about the book a few months ago when I was talking about one of my solo trips. I found the book riveting, inspiring, important. Here's what I said: While I’m here, I’m taking inspiration from Cheryl Strayed, author of Wild. It’s my main read on this trip and it’s one of strength, courage and reflection. She spent several months hiking on her own in the Pacific Northwest. On her travels, she looked back on her past to come to terms with what had happened to Read More

02Dec

Hotel Review: The Garland in North Hollywood

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My daughter and I just got back from a stay at The Garland in North Hollywood. Billed as "Hollywood Glamour Meet Retro-Chic," the hotel is undergoing a massive renovation to achieve this image and it was clear from what has been completed that they're on their way. This family-owned establishment was named after the late Beverly Garland, a famous film and TV actress. She was responsible for its interior décor, which is a retro-modern oasis surrounded by gardens and palm tress. The result is quintessential Hollywood, with pictures of film stars Read More

02Dec

Repost: 5 Tips for a Family Day at Universal Studios Hollywood

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(This article appeared on MiniTime today: http://www.minitime.com/trip-tips/5-Tips-for-a-Family-Day-at-Universal-Studios-Hollywood-article)  If you’re a movie buff and are headed to Universal Studios Hollywood this holiday season with the family, you’re in for a real treat. But if you have time to research the park, it can be worthwhile as time can really fly during a visit and can feel quite overwhelming. There are ways to navigate the park to improve your visit, especially when traveling with children. That’s why we have a list of five tips Read More

01Dec

Giveaway: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s 2014-15 NYCC Season

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Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, one of the world’s most popular dance companies, returns to the New York City Center stage from December 3rd, 2014 to January 4th, 2015, 25 years after the passing of legendary founder Alvin Ailey. Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, beloved as one of the world’s most popular dance companies and New York City Center’s Principal Dance Company, returns to the New York City Center stage for the 43rd consecutive year from December 3, 2014 – January 4, 2015 with exciting performances that have become a Read More

27Nov

Eating Out with Kids in Long Beach, California

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Long Beach is full of child-friendly restaurants. On my recent trip with my (picky) tween, we sampled new foods, tried new versions of our existing favorites and munched out on seafood. Here's a selection of where we went: The Attic on Broadway - Housed in an edifice from the 1920s, this family-owned, funky neighborhood eatery is full of local art and a lot of history. I was told that the one of its rooms is even haunted. There's something for everyone on the menu - from mac & cheese and nutella french toast for kids to steak to salad to the Read More

26Nov

Why Take the Kids to Long Beach, California

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If you're looking for a vacation with the kids in 2015 that has good hotels, restaurants, a variety of activities for all ages, good weather (all year long), art, culture, shopping, and more, I have an idea for you. I just got back from a few days in Long Beach, California, and I have to say it was the ultimate getaway with my tween. Located along five and a half miles of beach, half way between Los Angeles and Orange County, Long Beach offers great food, cultural diversity, waterfront dining and a slew of options for families of all shapes and sizes. In Read More

25Nov

Guest Post: Review of Fancy Nancy Splendiferous Christmas

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When you first read Fancy Nancy to your young daughter, you may have asked yourself, "Do I really want my daughter to put so much emphasis on her look at such young age?  Is she going to give me hard time when we buy clothing? Should I start with French classes or is Chinese a better choice?" But when you watch the play, Fancy Nancy Splendiferous Christmas, which Vital Theatre Company adapted from the Jane O’Connor book, with illustrations by Robin Peiss Glasser, you will realize that Fancy Nancy is not too fancy and has is someone with many good Read More

24Nov

Kidzvuz Holiday Party 2014: What My Tween Loves

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The gals at Kidzvuz certainly have their fingers on the tween pulse. At every event they've hosted over the past few years, I've actually discovered what my tween loves. Leave it to them to help me find out what makes her tick way before I ever do. They even managed to get her to record a Kidzvuz product video at their last event, an unprecedented event (she's camera shy). From Broadway shows to the new Annie film to technology to crafts to charity/giving back, they introduced her to so many new things and ways to spend this upcoming holiday Read More

20Nov

Review: Love Letters on Broadway

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When I was offered tickets to Love Letters by A.R. Gurney on Broadway, I honestly didn't know what to do. Which rotating cast would I choose? It was an abundance of riches: Carol Burnett, Mia Farrow, Candice Bergen, Brian Dennehy, Alan Alda, Anjelica Huston, Martin Sheen, Stacy Keach and Diana Rigg. They are all masters in their own right and it would be an honor to see any of them perform on stage. I ended up choosing Candice Bergen and Alan Alda. She plays Melissa Gardiner, he plays Andrew Makepeace Ladd III. The pair just extended their current run Read More

19Nov

Being #Unselfie on #GivingTuesday

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#GivingTuesday inspires personal philanthropy and encourages bigger, better and smarter charitable giving during the holiday season, showing that theworld truly gives as good as it gets. The third annual #GivingTuesday will take place on December 2, 2014. It's works like this. On Tuesday, December 2, 2014, charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give. It’s a simple idea. Just find a way for your family, your community, your company Read More