Visiting Philly During Spring Break

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I've grown up spending a lot of time in Philadelphia. My parents were born and raised in Philly.  We used to travel by plane, train and automobile to get there growing up, and I’ve explored it from head to toe. Now my dad and sister both live there, and our visits are often and generally entail being with our loved ones. When I realized recently I would have both kids home for a week, I decided to head to Philly for a bit of family, as well as sight-seeing. Once again, I teamed up with the folks at Visit Philly to give my kids a real taste of what the … [Read more...]

Family Travel Bliss at the Ritz Carlton Buckhead

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Our recent visit to the Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead, one of the premier luxury hotels in Atlanta was truly magnificent. Honestly, there is no other way to describe it. It was such a good family travel experience for all of us.  From the moment we arrived, we were treated like royalty by the staff and that treatment continued throughout our entire stay. I had stayed at the Ritz in other cities, primarily for work, and had good experiences, but this was my first time with my children. We needed a diversion, and we needed to relax.  Our visit at the Ritz was … [Read more...]

The Ultimate Play Date at Affinia 50

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Last week my daughter and I were invited to the ultimate play date at the Affinia 50 Hotel.  I wouldn't be lying if I told you that it was one of my daughter's favorite play dates ever.  She had a big smile on her face when she saw what this hotel has to offer. We were there to check out their American Girl Family Package.  It makes sense since they're located so close to the American Girl Doll store just a few blocks away.  They've incorporated a trip to NYC into the American Girl Doll line in a very creative way. We took a complimentary tour to … [Read more...]

Residence Inn to Celebrate Moms

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Mother’s Day card? ...check. Mother’s Day gift? …check. Mother’s Day flowers? Wherever your travels take you this Mother’s Day, Residence Inn will make sure everything is rosy!  Over 50,000 red roses have been ordered for Sunday, May 8th to spread the love at all properties across the country. Last year, Residence Inn gave out nearly 30,000 fresh red roses to celebrate the day.  Back by popular demand, Residence Inn is in bloom once again this year with an even bigger bouquet to celebrate moms to make her feel extra special! All guests (Dads … [Read more...]

Royal Wedding Coverage: Where to Eat and Stay with Kids in London

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The article below was originally posted on TravelingMom.com.  I am re-posting it here for people about to embark on the city for the Royal Wedding.  If you have kids, you’ll be interested in some things we learned last summer. In addition to the article, I want to elaborate on where to eat and stay.  I spent a year living in London after college, and we go as a family every year, so I have traveled both on a budget and as a family in the grand city rather.  While I will admit that eating in London can be quite expensive, it doesn’t have to … [Read more...]

Review: A Piece of Nashville at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center

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When I ventured off to the Blissdom conference at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center last week in Nashville, I was fully aware that I was going to be staying in a legendary hotel.  I knew that the hotel had been host to so many celebrities and is a Nashville landmark.  What I didn't expect was its huge fountains, tropical foliage positioned throughout the hotel, winding rivers, waterfalls, bridges and gazebos positioned throughout the hotel.  It is truly colossal, and quite a spectacle...but I mean that positively.  I can understand why … [Read more...]

Loews Hotels Build a Better Lunchbox Program

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To celebrate the 20th anniversary of its ground-breaking Good Neighbor Policy this fall, Loews Hotels is helping families “Build a Better Lunchbox” to promote healthy eating habits and raise funds to support projects in local schools.   Starting in October, Loews Hotels across the U.S. will host fundraising events where children and parents will have the opportunity to learn how to build a healthier lunch together, and at the same time support community schools through DonorsChoose.org, Loews’ newest charity partner, a web-based … [Read more...]

Staying at the Family-Friendly Kimberly Hotel in NYC

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We just had the most luxurious weekend with an overnight stay at the Kimberly Hotel in New York City, located on 145 East 50th Street.  Staying in the city was a luxury we don't get very often, and it's something that we've never done as a family.  I lived in the city for nearly ten years before moving out to the suburbs, so it was certainly a treat to spend 24 carefree hours in a beautiful hotel that happens to be an ideal location. … [Read more...]

San Juan Marriott “Best Family Vacation Ever Package”

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We're all working longer hours.  Driving the kids around.  Dealing with our schedules.  Kids are playing more sports and taking on more hobbies.  With the stress of the juggling act and striking that desired balance that we all need need, we all need more time to spend with our family.  And just not any old time - uninterrupted time. … [Read more...]

Great get-a-ways without kids

Every now and then, we get the rare opportunity to go away for one night sans enfants. It's a rare occasion. I have friends who get to go away for a week at a time. We are not this lucky as everyone who has mothers and fathers living in proximity to them. But we have had a few chances to get away on our own in the past year. I love traveling with the kids but I also love quality time just for us. Last summer we dropped the kids off in Philadelphia with my sister and her husband and ran to Atlantic City. We booked a room in the Chelsea Hotel and had no … [Read more...]