Kidzvuz Holiday Party 2014: What My Tween Loves


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


Holiday Gift Ideas for Tweens

Last weekend I went to the Kidzvuz Holiday House Party and got the complete low down on truly awesome picks for holiday gifts for tweens. If you've been wondering what to get this year, look no further.  They had all the right bases covered for the two kids in my house, starting with... Travel: We are a traveling family, so I was happy to find out more about Hilton Homewood Suites, for extended travel or residential style visits.  As a family, we always like spreading ourselves out, making our own meals, having a swim and chilling out with comforts. Read More


Exploring NYC with My Tween

This past week was an adventure for both my 9 year-old daughter and I. We ventured into NYC several times for some real mother-daughter time. We spent one night celebrating American Girl’s newest historical character, Caroline Abbott, while learning about her home in Sackets Harbor, NY, and its role in the War of 1812. There were 1812 re-enactment actors from Sackets Harbor Battlefield State Historic Site, which was recently designated as a historically significant site on New York State’s ‘Path Through History,’ dressed in period attire, there to Read More


Tween Chatting Over at KidzVuz

  I just posted my first official post on a site called KidzVuz.  If you don't know about it yet, you should.  It's a completely safe, carefully monitored online destination for tweens to have their say and share their views.  Tweens leave, watch, and comment on video reviews of the books, tech, movies, toys, celebs and tv shows they love.  It's a place for tweens to have their say  (including my son, Max, who will debut on the site this Sunday when he reviews a fabulous new book he's reading) and a place I want my kids to spend time Read More


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

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