05Mar

Visiting Walt Disney World with Tweens – My Top Ten of What Not to Miss

Over spring break, we headed to Orlando for what my husband would coin as the "reluctant dad's trip to Disney". Yes, my husband is a naysayer when it comes to everything Disney, but I know the value of taking the kids and understand the significance of doing it while they're young. With my daughter going on 14 and my son a very unimaginative 12, I felt as though the trip was 100% necessary this year. So this will be my first of several pieces on our visit. I will also have pieces on publications besides this blog, which I'll be sharing on Twitter and Read More

16May

Exploring Southern California with CityPASS

Disneyland - Sleeping Beauty Castle copy

Southern California is a place that demands exploration. It's got great weather, amazing beaches, good shopping, beautiful people and of course, amusement parks. My 13 year-old and I have loved our various visits to the region, always bonding over new experiences and the most beautiful scenery in America. She's a Disney kid, too, so Disneyland has always had particular appeal, but the issue is typically cost and time. When we've gone to Los Angeles, Long Beach or San Diego in the past, we haven't had the time to squeeze Disney and the other parks Read More

26Mar

How to Have a Sublime Midlife Crisis Trip in Hong Kong

Hong Kong Temple

Last year I went on a trip to Asia with a really good girlfriend of mine. I wrote about my travels primarily on gogirlfriend.com and you can go back and read my stories there. The trip was everything that I'd hoped it would be...and then some. For two weeks, we ventured into the unknown - truly, as neither of us had been to this unique part of the world - and it was sublime. Before we went, we created this amazing document on Google Docs, which we titled "Holly & Alaina's Midlife Crisis Trip 2013" which we referred to constantly during our Read More

15Aug

A Day at the Biltmore House in Asheville, NC with Kids

We recently spent a day exploring the Biltmore House in Asheville, North Carolina.  I had visited as a young girl and was eager to take my family. Home to one of the most famous and wealthy families in the world, the Vanderbilts, it's truly a glimpse into how they lived in the early 1900s. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to take photos inside, but I can tell you that my kids were just as impressed by the architecture and art as we were.  I was worried that the tour would bore them, but I was wrong. The Biltmore Estate is the realization of George Read More

20Dec

Home Away from Home at the Elkhorn Lodge in Beaver Creek, Colorado

elkhorn lodge

I recently discovered a true gem for families in Beaver Creek, Colorado.  It's the Elkhorn Lodge, a ski-in/ski-out lodge situated just minutes from the village.  It's clean, spacious and comfortable and ideal for a family staying for more than a few days.  It has everything to suit a family's needs: location, free shuttle service to the resort, fully equipped kitchens, jetted bath tubs and more.  The lodge is actually a condominium with wholly owned condos, but you can pay per night while the owners are away. They are immaculate and the lodge truly Read More

20Jul

Traveling to Paris with Kids (sans Louvre)

Eiffel Tower

Our recent trip to Paris was just about perfect.  We were taking our children, ages 6 and 8, to a city that we both love.  I had been several times in my 20s, first while backpacking around Europe and back several times with my sisters.  My husband and I were last there in January 2001, the year the euro went into effect.  When we were planning our summer holiday this year, with full knowledge that we were going to England, where my husband was born, I started dreaming about a return to Paris.  We also planned to visit our friends in the South of Read More