11Apr

A “Zen” Family Stay at the Hempel Hotel in London

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Tucked away in the beautiful Notting Hill section of London lies a jewel of a hotel, and what you might find a surprisingly child-friendly place to stay. The Hempel is a breath of fresh air for any family wanting a bit of an escape from the excitement and business of London.  Instead of staying in a typical London hotel and getting very little space for your money, The Hempel offers full-size apartments with plenty of space for everyone to spread out and relax after exploring the city.  Best of all, it's located right next to Hyde Park and Notting Hill Read More

08Apr

Caving with the Kids at Creswell Crags

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Our trip to the UK has not only taken us back in time but it has introduced our children to various parts of UK history.  We discovered a bit about Victorian history at Chatsworth House and Elizabethan chivalry at Bolsover Castle.  Our visit to Creswell Crags in Derbyshire also presented us with new information about a time period we've yet to explore with our children: the Ice Age. Located in a limestone gorge full of caves, Creswell Crags is home to the only Ice Age rock art in Britain, which tells the gripping story of life in the last Ice Age – Read More

07Apr

Going Back in Time at the Bolsover Castle

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On our recent visit to Chesterfield in Derbyshire, we visited my children's first real castle called Bolsover.  Built in 1612 by Charles Cavendish as a mansion modeled on a medieval castle, it is now a tourist site that proudly displays the castle's remains. It has withheld the test of time, and there is a lot of history to be learned from a walk around. Some of the castle is in the open air, so do bundle your kids up. The castle is now in the care of English Heritage and has been since the death of William Cavendish's (the son of Charles) wife in Read More

05Apr

A Day Trip to Chatsworth House in England’s Peak District with the Kids

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In the heart of England's Peak District lies a nearly 500 year-old estate, Chatsworth House.  We spent the day there yesterday and it was a wonderful opportunity to teach my children about English history, which they should know more of having a British father, and take in the House's long-standing love of  art and culture.  It was an education for all of us, as well as a lesson in decadence and opulence.  I am also happy to say that my the house held my 7 and 9 year-old's attention steadfast and we are reached that milestone where we are able to visit Read More

04Apr

A Family Stay at the Casa in England’s Peak District

Casa Hotel Chesterfield

If you're traveling through the North of England and head to the Peak District with your family, you'll want to make sure to stay at the Casa in Derbyshire. You can't beat this 4-star hotel's excellent location.  It's in the historic market town of Chesterfield, but is in easy reach of Sheffield, Nottingham and a number of landmarks and attractions.  It's also very family-friendly as the hotel really focuses on comfort and you can't find a nicer staff in all of England. When we entered the hotel, we were greeted by a pleasant and upbeat host at Read More

03Apr

A Family Stay at the Lowry Hotel in Manchester, England

Lowry Hotel

If you're planning to visit Manchester, England and are looking for a place to stay with the kids, the Lowry Hotel is a great choice. Located on the banks of the River Irwell, in the center of town, right near the commercial shopping district and load of things to do, this five-star hotel has 165 bedrooms, six suites and is as child-friendly as a hotel can get. Named after a famous Mancunian artist, DS Lowry, the hotel is part of the world's exclusive Rocco Forte Hotels and is both modern and elegant.  The inside is filled with interesting artwork, Read More

03Apr

Dan Gets a Minivan, Coming Soon

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It just so happens that Dan Zevin lives in my hometown and his son is my daughter's 3rd grade class. He's an author with a new book coming out, Dan Gets a Minivan, a coming-of-middle-age tale told with warmth and wit, It provides the one thing every parent really needs: comic relief. The least hip citizen of Brooklyn, Dan has a working wife, two small children, a mother who visits each week to “help,” and an obese Labrador mutt who prefers to be driven rather than walked. How he got to this point is a bit of a blur. There was a wedding, and Read More

02Apr

The Realities of Motherhood Spoken Fiercely and Truly by Scary Mommy

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When I was wrapping up Jill Smokler's book, Confessions of a Scary Mommy, I came to the very last page of the “Acknowledgements” and found my name in her list of "wonderful online friends" who have offered her support in writing this book. And I now have a grin so big on my face that I wish I could frame. Reading Jill’s new book was just as good as I thought it would be. One of the first blogs I ever read, Scary Mommy has helped anchor me through mommyhood. My only regret?  That I didn't have it when my kids came out of my womb. I respect Jill Read More

30Mar

Giveaway: Win a Pair of Tickets to See VENUS IN FUR on Broadway

Venus in Fur

"A play so good it hurts.  90 minutes of good, kinky fun."  - The New York Times Clearly, this giveaway is not for kids.  Yes, a lot of people (particularly publicists) seem to think as The Culture Mom, I'm all about the kids. They refer to me as "mommy blogger" and send me information about everything kid-related.  Little do they realize that I am SO much more than that.  I love a good night out with my husband or my girl-friends, sinking my teeth into a show about and only for adults. And VENUS IN FUR by David Ives is just that.  Now, I have to Read More

30Mar

Getting Ready to Spend Passover in London (w/ Matzo Pizza Recipe)

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This year Passover is going have a different meaning than it has over the last few years.  We'll be with in London with  my husband's family on our annual trip over.  My kids will be with their first cousins, grandmother and aunts and uncles, and we'll be in another culture.  Another culture we know very well, no less. But still, the Jewish life in Britain is very unique for me.  First of all, my Jewish UK experience starts as soon as I board the plane tomorrow night.  There will be a lot of black hats and Yiddish speakers, many of whom "daven" or Read More