06Jun

Want to Show Your Children the World? Start here.

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Today I went to a really interesting conversation led by extraordinary women who are as passionate about travel as I am to kick off a new family travel web site, www.PreferredFamily.com. It was a wonderful afternoon, spent at the beautiful Trump Tower Columbus Circle, where I sipped champagne and gazed out at an amazing view of Central Park. As a traveling parent, I'm always looking for a one-stop resource for information on where to stay with my kids.  That's why I'm fascinated by this site, where families can book a trip and find discussion on Read More

06Jun

Words from Mad Men

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In honor of the upcoming Mad Men finale, Wordnik has put together a list of their favorite words from Don Draper and the gang.  Since I'm a Mad Men fanatic, I do feel compelled to share the list. Below is a sampling of some of the top words. A complete list can be found here. 1.  bitchin’ Peggy [holding up Michael’s work]: “Have I lost my sense of smell or is this good?” Stan [laughs]: “That’s bitchin’.” Episode: “Tea Leaves,” April 1, 2012 Bitchin’ is slang for “excellent; first-rate,” and originated as "teen/surfer slang" in the 1950s. Read More

05Jun

Twitter Party to Chat about Minivans, Costco and Midlife Crises

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Join me  to chat about minivans, Costco, Midlife crises and more (that you never saw coming) as we celebrate Father's Day and the launch of DAN GETS A MINIVAN: LIFE AT THE INTERSECTION OF DUDE AND DAD, the newest book by Dan Zevin. Monday, June 11th, 2012 Join @theculturemom, BruceSallan and @DanZevin at 9pm EST, 6pm PST. Sponsored by our friends at @MamaDramaNY. Hashtag: #MiniVanDan From instituting date night to joining Costco, from finding a nanny to using the word 'playdate' with a straight face, ...he's got every base about fatherhood--wait, Read More

04Jun

Jurassic Park Hits New Jersey …and so Do We

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Yesterday we had the unique opportunity to visit a Dinosaur theme park called Field Station Dinosaurs.  Located literally a jump, hop and skip from NYC in the Meadlowlands, it's a  park that houses over thirty life-sized, realistic dinosaurs (including the ninety foot long Argentinosaurus, the largest animatronic dinosaur ever made) come to life thanks to the brilliant engineering of the world's leading roboticists and the imagination of hard-working artists. It was a day of wonder and excitement for my 7 and 9 year-olds as they went from one robotic Read More

03Jun

Hitting the Road with Kidzvuz, Homewood Suites, Audible and more

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Last week I was thrilled to be invited by my good friends over at KidzVuz.com to an informational event about hitting the road with your kids.  As a travel writer, I'm always keen to find out the latest kid's travel trends, and this event was made for someone like me.  They partnered up with some of the most informative and kid-friendly brands to guide our discussion and I walked away with some very useful tips. First up, we heard from Laurie Schact from Toy Insider Mom, who shared some of her favorite traveling toys for kids, mostly on the younger Read More

01Jun

Frolic-Palooza to Benefit Camp Brooklyn This Sunday

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Many children from low-income Brooklyn families seldom get an opportunity to leave their urban environment. The Camp Brooklyn Fund was created to give these children an opportunity to attend sleep-away camp and have the experience of a lifetime! Just $500 will send a child to camp for two weeks. Teamwork, loyalty, wholesome health habits, responsibility and personal respect and appreciation for nature are all a part of a child's education at summer camp.  Intensive camp experiences can truly open up a world of opportunities to young people. Sending Read More

31May

Basic Family Fun at 1000 Acres Ranch Resort

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If you're looking for a truly unique and relatively inexpensive adventure this summer for you and your family, look no further than 1000 Acres Ranch Resort.  Located on the banks of the Hudson River just over 200 miles from NYC, in the heart of the Adirondacks, this 70 year old resort is bringing back the traditional dude ranch and staying faithful to who they are.  For my kids, who have never experienced a real cow boy, never experienced horse back riding, never experienced a real bonfire, there was much to fall in love with at this simple, but Read More

31May

Peru to the World Expo

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Are you like me, looking for ways to introduce your children to different cultures - food, language, history and more?  Here's an opportunity to expand your children's knowledge of the country of Peru. The first annual Peru to the World Expo will make its debut in the U.S. in June 2012 and will feature a Peruvian gastronomic fair with star chefs, an international food and beverage seminar and an investment forum.  The fair will take place at the Robert Treat Hotel in Newark, New Jersey on Friday, June 15th from 2-8PM; Saturday, June 16th from Read More

30May

There for Every Smile

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I've written before about how important it is to disconnect.  I have a son who is incredibly needy and quite often, no matter what work deadlines I have, I am forced to shut down my computer and give him my dedicated attention.  After all, he deserves it.  He's in school all day and I work primarily from home.  There is no reason I shouldn't be done with my work by 3pm and able to give him 100%. Heck, I can't even find time to work out yet alone shut down at 3pm.  I am busy from the moment I drop my kids off at school until late at night.  I could Read More

25May

Thinking About Etan Patz, the Atlanta Missing and Murdered Children and My Own Kids

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As I write, I'm lying in bed with my 9 year-old daughter.  We're staying in a B&B in the Adirondacks.  We spent today experiencing a number of firsts for both my kids.  It was the first time they'd ever been for a ride in a canoe.  It was the first time they'd ever ridden in a tractor.  It was even the first time they'd ever eaten chicken parmesan.  I spent the day watching their faces.  Faces of curiosity and bewilderment.  Faces of happiness and excitement.  My son was literally jumping for joy after his ride on the tractor.  Suddenly a trip that Read More