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Coney Island, a beloved part of New York history

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There are certain things about Brooklyn that still make me smile: a pizza slice from Johnny’s on 5th avenue in Sunset Park, the Manhattan skyline from Sunset Park, riding the F train to the highest subway point in the city (Smith and 9th Sts.), the mist from an open fire hydrant on a hot summer day (fire hydrants can be opened legally by requesting the local Fire Department to provide a spray cap, which they install, on the hydrant you want).

And although much of what I love about Brooklyn has vanished to give way to the trendy, hip, and new, there are still pockets that embrace the history and the endless memories of those of us who were born here and spent so much of our childhood here.

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Family vacation, unplugged in Woodstock, VT

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My friends, it’s time to unplug and go on a vacation.

These feel like insane times. Turn on the news, read the paper, go online, and it feels like you just can’t escape it. At home, kids seem addicted to video games, YouTube videos, and if they are on social media, even worse (I have managed to keep my younger ones off it so far – though YouTube is a problem). Information overload, or Cognitive Overload as referred to by health experts, can lead to depression, indecisiveness, and stress, and Smartphone addiction is a real thing which can lead to sleep deprivation, mood swings, and even a lack of focus.

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Getting your kids to enjoy museums

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I remember the first time I took my kids to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. They were so little and so fast that I questioned my judgement. I am sure that others did as well. Why would anyone in their right mind bring a toddler into a museum with things that can fall and break? Expensive, ancient, irreplaceable things, at that.

What got me there was the family programs they offer. Some museums, like the MoMA, offer their family friendly programs to members on early weekend mornings (before the museum opens to the public), and since we were parents of little ones already awake and ready to go, we thought, why not try it? 

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Embracing Slow Travel

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During my Thanksgiving holiday break, where I enjoyed the company of visiting family, I was reminded of the beauty of slow travel.

Slow travel has been defined by many as the option to choose stays, such as vacation home rentals as opposed to hotels, to connect with locals and have more of a cultural experience where ever you may be.

An example of this would be how my family and I chose to travel through France a couple of summers ago.

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Howl at The Moon in NYC: A Night to Remember

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On any given weeknight after work you can find me unwinding at home, eating dinner from my favorite Mexican food truck and cuddling up in front of a good movie (or two) with my pups. Pajamas on, Netflix streaming. It’s my very own sanctuary from the craziness that can come from living in New York City. But every once in a while, when the timing is just right, I’ve been known to dress up, put on a little makeup and go out on the town with my favorite girls. Last Thursday happened to be one of those nights.

When Carol first told me about the opening night of Howl At The Moon I was not sure what to expect. Midtown Manhattan isn’t necessarily known for it’s nightlife but I was curious enough to accept the offer. From my initial Google search I learned that the venue is “Part bar. Part concert. All fun.” Count me in.

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3 Ways to Enjoy Fall Closer to Home

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Like for most people, this is the non-travel season with our family. Between school schedules and upcoming holidays, many of us sort of slow down and set into our routines. That doesn’t mean, however, that we can’t enjoy some travel experiences, even if just on the weekends, closer to home. Personally, I recommend a little trip or two in between it all, especially during the fall as there is so much going on in the tristate area that you won’t want to miss.

Here are three ways to “getaway” without too much effort, money, or time.

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Favorites for a Family Vacation in Aruba

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The school year has started for a lot of families and we’re all getting into the routine of things. But before you put away those bathing suits, don’t forget about the long list of holidays to come before the year comes to an end, which makes for a great excuse to plan at least one last family vacation.

If you are like me and prefer to escape the cold then run head-on into it, then Aruba is the perfect family escape.

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Travel Tips: Summer road trips with small children

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I’ve written about road tripping often on my site because it is one of the most fun and money-saving ways for our family to travel. (You can read my post on Planning a Summer Road Trip for more on the logistics involved).

To some people who see the happy faces of my kids when we travel, it would seem like we’ve got this road tripping with kids thing down packed. And for the most part we do, but it wasn’t always easy. According to the Liberty Mutual Insurance New Beginnings Report, more than half of Americans are planning a road trip before Labor Day, and a third of those are headed to a new destination this summer.

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Family weekend in Newport, RI

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This is the time of year when our family calendar is bursting with activities, with everything from end-of-school year events (yup, we’re already gearing up!), to soccer games, and of course travel. Road trips especially. We want more road trips in our lives! We do plan on air traveling a lot too this summer, but ahhh…there’s nothing a good ol’ road trip can’t do, especially when you don’t want to invest too much time, or money, or even energy on getting away for a bit.

So look out for more of those, because we sure are!

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Joining Embassy Suites to Share #PrettyGreat Travel Hacks

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’Tis the season for family travel. As the months get warmer and kids get more and more restless, families everywhere are hitting the road or planning vacations to enjoy together. My own family started planning how we’re going to spend our summer before all the snow even melted.

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