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Family Vacations: Making the Girls Closer

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The girls are at amazing, fun, engaging and independent ages: 8 and 4 years old, so we’ve (finally) started to go on big family vacations together. Last summer, we spent two weeks at the Jersey Shore; for Christmas we spent eight days in  Paris for our first HomeExchange; then we traveled to Arizona to visit family (post on this trip to come). Going on vacation has always been a gift, a luxury that families are able to do; a way to get away from it all, see some family, learn and experience new things, and be together. We are always surprised at the new things…

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Ice Skating in Wollman Rink, Central Park

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Although we so miss the ice skating rink at Battery Park City, we’ve made do with ice skating uptown in Wollman Rink at Central Park 🙂 It’s a great way to spend with the family, not to mention a great core and thigh workout for the mommys and daddys. It’s a pretty big rink but expect for it to be crowded. We went last Saturday morning – when it was 60 degrees out – and part of the rink gets blocked out for skating lessons, however there still is a lot of room to skate. A small cafe is available…

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Traveling to Paris with Kids

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For the Christmas holiday, we decided to have a family trip to Paris, France via a home swap through HomeExchange.com. We had a great time in Paris. It is such a family friendly city and so easy to navigate via le metro. I wanted to share with you the things we did, plus some tips on traveling to Paris with kids. Getting around: Since we were there for seven days, our HomeExchange.com family suggested that we buy the Paris Train Metroweek Pass Navigo Decouverte for both me and Michael. It cost 5 Euros for the card fee + 18.85 Euros…

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Our First HomeExchange.com Experience in Paris, France

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I had written earlier last week how we had decided to use HomeExchange.com for our holiday trip to Paris for my grad school present. HomeExchange.com is a vacation alternative where you trade your  home (apartment, or condo – or whatever you live in!)  for an agreed upon time frame.  You pay a minimal monthly fee to see the various listings. At this time it’s about $10/month for a year commitment. When I had posted our apartment on the HomeExchange.com website, I didn’t realize how fast things would start moving. Within three days, we had offers to exchange from Dubai, France,…

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Family Travel: Hershey Park, Pennsylvania

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Memorial Day Weekend marks the start of summer which means lots of family travel in the next coming months. I wanted to re-share with you one of our memorable trips that we made last year to Hershey Park. Hershey Park is a perfect family friendly place, with just the right kind of rides for even the littlest ones. We definitely hope to go back again this year. So, here’s my post in its entirety. Enjoy it! ~~~~~ I had decided that we needed to start making family memories, doing those things that families do:  going to Disneyworld, Great Adventure, Coney…

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Make Meaning’s Creativity Experience is Perfect for Father’s Day!

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You would think that since I am currently unemployed, I would be able to plan ahead to get presents for The Hubby for his birthday and Father’s Day. Well, guess things don’t change much. The day before his birthday, I decided to bring O to Make Meaning’s creativity experience shop on the Upper West Side — for  a made-from-the-heart birthday and Father’s Day present.  I picked her up after-school (she was so excited!) and we made our trek up to the upper west-side. For those of you who have not been to Make Meaning, it’s basically an arts and crafts…

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Baby Rentals Help Out During Family Vacations!

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Sooner or later, it will be summer (rain, rain go away!) and we will all be going away in some version or another. Going on vacation with tots-in-tow could test your logistical preparation skills. From the toys, to the snacks, to the DVD player and the DVD’s to go along with it, to the band-aids and the kids ibuprofen,  you’ve already got a lot on your mind so thank goodness for the companies that can provide all of the other things that you may forget or are just too big to carry such as a high chair, pack and play, baby bathtub…

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Things You Can (and Can’t) Do in Downtown NYC this Thanksgiving Weekend

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Happy Thanksgiving everyone!  I probably have an inkling of what you’ve got going today:  probably some cooking, baking, traveling, eating and maybe even watching some football.  So, what happens after Thanksgiving?  You’ve got three days to keep the kids — and you — entertained so I’ve compiled a list of things to do (and things you can’t do) in downtown NYC this Thanksgiving weekend. All of the activities keeps you close to home and will hopefully keep everyone busy and happy. Things you CAN do: Tree Lighting Ceremony at the South Street Seaport.  Friday, November 26th, 6:00pm. FREE. This is…

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Family Travel: Hershey Park, Hershey Pennsylvania

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I had decided that we needed to start making family memories, doing those things that families do:  going to Disneyworld, Great Adventure, Coney Island.  I had decided that Disneyworld was too far and too expensive, Great Adventure was probably too old for our girls and Coney Island was too close (I wanted to make a weekend out of it).  So our first stop in the family amusement park arena would be to Hershey Park.  In my very own memory bank, I remember my parents taking me to Hershey, PA and going on this 5 minute rinky-dinky ride that was a…

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More Tips on Ice Skating in Battery Park City at Battery Park City Ice

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We  loved ice skating in Battery Park City so much that we went back again this past Sunday.  Now that we sort of know what we are doing, we thought we’d pass on some tips: Easiest Way to Get There: Go to Chambers Street or Murray Street, walk west and cross the West Side Highway.  If you enter on Murray make a right towards the big white tent; if you enter via Chambers street, make a left towards the big white tent.  Entrance is right in the middle of the ball field on the West Side Highway. Cost: $10 for…

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Ice Skating in Battery Park City!

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Our six year old and I just went today to the ice skating rink in Battery Park City and we had a blast!  What a great way to actually enjoy today’s cold weather. For $12 each, we were able to skate for an unlimited amount of time and rent pretty new skates and for an additional well-spent $3, we were able to rent a helmet.  The facilities weren’t grand but were exceptional.  There are a bunch of benches to sit on while putting on your skates and a snack bar where you can warm up with a cup of hot…

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