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Family Ski Vacation #SkiMoms January Twitter Party!

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It’s that time of the year and skiing and winter sports is at the top of mind of a lot of families. For us, it’s truly the only way that we can enjoy freezing cold weather! I am always surprised when our family goes on a ski vacation and our girls wake up early, happily put on three — count ’em, THREE — layers of clothes, then stay out in frigid temperatures. Granted skiing is a truly fun, family-focused sport, especially when you are: Properly dressed (three layers!) Learning how how to ski (put the kids in ski school!) Safe in every way: (where…

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Family Travel Guide to Curacao 

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Not too many people know about Curaçao. It’s this magical island that is pretty much untouched. Geographically, it’s part of the ABC Islands (Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao) and is off the coast of Venezuela. At its heart, Curaçao is for the explorer – both in and out of the water. It’s a destination for divers, or, if you aren’t certified, for the snorkeler. Staying put in your hotel, on a beach chair and drinking Curaçao can be an option, but you would have a much richer vacation experience if you ventured out of your resort and experienced Curaçao’s culture. Looking for what to…

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Know Before You Go: Family Vacation in Curacao

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I am writing this in New York City and it is currently 31.8°, with a windchill feeling like its 22 degrees, and I am ecstatic because in just a handful of days, we will be having a family vacation in Curaçao for the Thanksgiving holidays. Back in March, I went to the Women’s Travel Fest (#WTfest) and won a 5-day / 4-night family trip to Curaçao with accomodations at The Hilton Curacao. A big thank you to the Curacao Tourist Board and Hilton Curaçao for hosting me and my family during this holiday season! This post is sponsored. As always, I’m doing research before…

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Hotel Review: Courtyard Marriott Harrisburg Hershey

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Earlier this month, we went to Hershey Park for a family weekend trip. We normally visit Hershey Park during the summer, but weren’t able to make it during the warmer months, so decided to try out the park during the fall season. One of my tips to to save money when we visit Hershey Park, is to stay in a hotel near the park, but not an official Hershey Park hotel. For this trip, we decided to stay at the Courtyard Marriott Harrisburg Hershey, which was a short 15 minutes away from the park. Here are is my review of the…

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8 Family Friendly Trips to Take This School Year

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You have the school vacation calendar in hand, and now you have to decide what to do and where to do it (you know, in between figuring out what to be for Halloween, which side of the family to spend Thanksgiving with and where you’re going to put your Elf on the Shelf this time). Here’s a short list of 8 family friendly trips to take this school year. Some are in the United States and some are overseas. Either way, they are all locales that your family — of all ages — will love. Paris, France: You’d think that…

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Family Travel to Plymouth, Massachusetts

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This past year my oldest daughter learned about the history of our country from the pilgrims and Native Americans; how they survived, flourished and lived. We actually decided to head over to Massachusetts because a family via HomeExchange.com asked if they wanted to exchange our NYC apartment with their vacation home. We happily obliged since we knew it could be an educational trip for our whole family. The large home was in Barnstable, Massachusettes, about 30 minutes away from Plymouth and a short walk to a bay beach. What to Do near Plymouth, Massachusetts (plus helpful tips!) The Plimoth Plantation:…

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Hill Country Brooklyn Fam Jam with The Three Gentlemen

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If you are a big fan of BBQ family like ours, you have to visit Hill Country for their Texas-style fresh BBQ and the meat-market style of the restaurant. (You go up to a “butcher” and meats are carved to order and you can ask for as much as you like, say 1/8 lb of brisket, or a 2 sausage links, or a 1/2 lb of chicken.) Then you head on over to the Marketplace for sides where you can updated versions of classic southern sides like Longhorn Mac & Cheese (the girls’ fave), White Shoepeg Corn Pudding (my fave),…

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Fall Activities at Wildlife Conservation Society Zoos and NY Aquarium

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Fall is one of the best times to visit the Wildlife Conservation Society’s zoos and aquarium. As the crowds thin and the weather cools, the animals become more active and exciting to watch. Here’s a look at a few of the wonderful activities and educational programs coming up this fall at the WCS’ five facilities.  Bronx Zoo The Himalayan Highlands Exhibit The zoo is happy to have two new (small) additions (shown above) — a pair of snow leopard cubs! In May, the zoo welcomed a snow leopard cub duo, both males, who were born to first-time parents. Fall…

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8 Tips to Know Before Going to the New York Renaissance Faire

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The New York Renaissance Faire opened up last weekend and runs through September 21st. The whole family jumped into a Zipcar minivan (yes, don’t judge) and did the easy 1-hour drive from New York City to Tuxedo Park, New York. While there, we rounded up 8 helpful tips for other families who will be heading up and enjoying a step back in time to 16th Century Elizabethan England.  8 Tips to Know Before Going to the New York Renaissance Faire   1. Spend the $10 on the “VIP” parking. It’s closer to the entrance, and with kids, it’s just easier.  2.…

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6 Tips for a Happy Family Beach Vacation

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We just got back from our second trip from Beaches Turks and Caicos . We went last year and loved it so much that while we were there we booked this year’s trip. And guess what? We loved it so much that we booked our 2016 trip! We also go to local beaches a lot so we are pretty well-versed on what makes a happy family beach vacation. It doesn’t take much, but as parents, you do have to stay on your toes and make sure you are well-prepared. These are the tips that my husband and I compiled for a happy family…

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Hotel Review: Holiday Inn Express and Suites Zanesville

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We stay at various resorts with varying price points and enjoy  staying at hotels that have great value. Holiday Inn is a brand that has is known and I trust.  The Holiday Inn Express and Suites Zanesville is newly built and has modern amenities, and for travelers on a budget, has wonderful amenities. When we first got to Zanesville we saw a lot of families and business travelers alike enjoying the the many amenities offered at the Holiday Inn Express and Suites Zanesville. There is an indoor heated pool, with a nearby jacuzzi. There were business travelers working out at…

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Bronx Zoo Family Event: Wild Kratts Brothers

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This weekend, go ahead to the Bronx Zoo and join the Kratt Brothers, Martin and Chris, from the hit television series Wild Kratts as they take to the stage and re-enact an adventure that happened to them out in the Amazon jungle. The Wild Kratts brothers will have an an interactive performance that is a rip-roaring, snorting, bellowing, screeching and flapping fun for the whole family! I’m giving away tickets for you and your family PLUS a Wild Kratts prize pack on my Facebook page, so don’t forget to enter! When: July 26th & 27th Where: Astor Court Time: 12:00pm and 1:30pm ~ Show…

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