A Babymoon Fit for Royalty

Did you go on a babymoon when you were expecting? Here’s a babymoon that’s fit for royalty! The Waldorf Astoria New York  created the Royally Luxurious Babymoon package in honor of the newly expectant Kate Middleton.  The landmark hotel will be rolling out the red carpet for expectant couples and treating the mother-to-be like a queen. You’ll... Read more »

A Trip to the Country: Apple Picking, B&J's Diner, and the Hesston Steam Museum in La Porte County, Indiana

Could this past weekend’s weather have been any more gorgeous? After a breakfast of pumpkin pancakes, we hit the road to La Porte County, Indiana. Our first stop was the Hesston Steam Museum, where we boarded an old-fashioned steam train that led us through a spooky, haunted forest. Really the forest was everything but scary: it... Read more »

Fancy Pants Weekend at the Grand Hotel on Michigan's Mackinac Island

This summer, my kids have experienced the best of both worlds. We’ve been camping twice already, and so they have spent many days a their muckiest and sweatiest, wearing their most well-worn clothes and flip-flops, dining fireside in the middle of a forest. I too have reveled in camping style: being make-up free, wearing an... Read more »
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Three Chicagoland Places I'm Sad I'll Never Be Able to Share with My Kids

Kiddieland Every time I pass by the corner of 1st and North Avenue, I shed a small tear. I will never be able to take my 2-year-old daughter to Kiddieland, the tiny land of fun that was razed to the ground to make way for a Costco parking lot. When I was a kid, summer would not... Read more »

Cherishing the Sights of Life

Without healthy vision, the most beautiful and amazing sights of life are foggy at best. In our sweet home Chicago, there are so many wonderful sights to cherish, and maintaining healthy vision allows us to see them vividly, in all their splendor. My daughter is only two, but I’m pretty sure her most cherished Chicago... Read more »

P.S.: La Fontana di Trevi

P.S.: La fontana di Trevi I forgot to add this one photo to my last post, Travel: Early and Often: Here is my son the first time he set eyes upon the magnificent Trevi Fountain. Look at those wide eyes and grin! He was mesmerized by the old lady that fishes for coins (an estimated 3,000... Read more »
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Kids sail free this fall on Norwegian Cruise Line!

Have you ever cruised with kids? My son has cruised twice with his grandparents, and pre-kids, I cruised through the Galapagos Islands (what an experience!), but we still have yet to embark on a family cruise. Though I have yet to set sail with my kids in tow, I believe that cruises are a good... Read more »

Travel: Early and Often

When my son Daniel was five years old, I took him on the trip of a lifetime: we spent a few weeks in Rome, Italy, where I rented a tiny studio apartment so that he could get a taste of living like a Roman does. Many people, however, thought I was crazy for taking my... Read more »

Tracking Flight Fares with Yapta

Here’s a great online tool that I use to track flight fares: Yapta helps you track pricing on specific flights and hotels, and alerts you when the price drops, helping you get the best deal on your travel reservations. There is even an iPhone app you can download and use to track real time price changes. The... Read more »
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Campers Have S'More Fun

This past weekend weekend will go down in my funny family memory books. We went camping! And I love camping. And based on the many fits of laughter, squeals of excitement, and the fact that they had to be dragged away from the beach every day, I’d say my kids love camping, too! My son... Read more »