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Highlights from Our Trip to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

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For those of us on the East Coast a trip to Mexico for a long weekend seems like a crazy idea. But, this is exactly what my family and I did. We headed out to Puerto Vallarta, on behalf of Expedia to try the new services being offered to travelers by Expedia Local Expert.

This new feature allows those booking their travel through Expedia to also plan and book their activities before they even arrive to their destination.

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Family Vacation Destinations in France

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In my hope to help you plan your own family vacation through France, I have shared details of our own trip.

So far, I’ve shared tips on how to rent a country home in Renting a GÎte in France. Then I’ve shared tips and lessons learned while Planning a Family Vacation in France.

In this post, I want to highlight the fun places we visited during our trip.

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Embracing The Arts Through Interactive Tours with ArtMuse

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When I started this site, my children were very little and visits to museums were great for them (though basic for me) and provided just enough to nourish their curious, yet very young minds.

My kids are older now and their curiosity for art has developed into something a bit more sophisticated. There is no way that a children’s museum will be quite enough to appeal to them. But are they ready to really take on The Met? Can they truly appreciate the details and complexity of the exhibits at the MoMA? Is there a way to truly get them interested in those art gallery exhibits we enjoy? How can we, as their parents, keep them interested without overwhelming them with information?

Thankfully, there’s help. ArtMuse, a national and internationally based art touring guide service is not only made up of trained art historians and guides, but also offers different programs to appeal to both adults and children.

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Making Memories at Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park

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No matter what I do throughout the year, I always make time to be home for the holidays and that’s because this time of the New York City is my absolute favorite. Yes, it’s cold, and yes, it’s crowded, but man oh man, is it festive, fun and awesome.

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Weekend at The Catskills, NY

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I’m slowly realizing that I am a mountain girl. Well, ok, not really. But I want to be. My husband laughs at me because I tell him I often daydream of living in a house, near a creek, with a garden (so what that I don’t have a green thumb) and tire swing on a tree and big ol’ red pick up truck outside (so what that we have three kids who wouldn’t fit in it).

But right now, I’m just a suburbs girl, who used to be a city girl, who used to be an island girl. But I can dream. And at the very least, when I need a quick fix, I can go there. I just get in my SUV and drive two hours upstate to the Catskills in Hudson Valley.

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Doo Wop, Rides, and Curley Fries: A Weekend at Morey’s Piers, NJ

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The water slide was five stories tall and just looking up at it, I felt a loss of breath. But my little ones only felt excitement and before I could grasp their hands and say no, they were gone, up the stairs, eager to take it on. I resisted the urge to stop them and watched as they climbed the stairs to the top. I sat on one of the lounge chairs, pretending to not be worried, anxiously waiting as they came down. Swoosh! Down came the 6-year-old. Swoosh!, down came his 7-year-old brother shortly after. I watched as they effortlessly swam out of the pool, paused, looked at each other, and then simultaneously laughed out loud. “That was the coolest ever! Let’s go again!” And just like that, I was hit with the realization that my children had grown bigger and more adventurous, since the last time I had the opportunity to stop and absorb it all.

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Eating & Hiking in Austin, TX

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It seems that my visits to Austin, TX are destined to be filled with days of food coma close encounters. It’s not my fault,  Austin is just that kind of town. I mean, yes, its got that whole hipster, artsy, music thing going for it, but the food. Oh, the food. It’s just so, so good.

Unlike my first visit to Austin a few years ago, when we dared to venture to this city in the middle of summer during temperatures of 100 degrees and up, this visit was pleasant and at times even a bit cool. This made it easier to go on long walks and hikes, and see a bit more than just eateries.

Nevertheless, my list of favorite food stops got longer with this visit, but I also have a short list of what to do to walk it all off.

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Legoland Discovery Center Opens in Westchester

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My children love everything Lego. They can spend hours upon hours creating and playing with these little blocks. We stop into the Lego store in Rockefeller Center as often as we can, but a trip to Orlando or Los Angeles for the full Legoland experience just hasn’t been a possibility for us yet. Thus, you can imagine the excitement when we received the invitation to check out a smaller, but still fun-packed Legoland Discovery Center in Westchester.

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The New Fantasyland Broadens The Disney Magic

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In 2012 one of the last trips we took together as a family was to Walt Disney World in Orlando, FL. We had never visited the park during the holiday season. I have to say, it was like going for the first time in many ways. As festive and colorful as Disney is all year round, I found that visiting during the holidays is my favorite time to go.

My family and I had been invited to the Magic Kingdom’s opening of New Fantasyland, the largest expansion to date in Disney’s 41-year history. Right beyond the walls of the beloved Cinderella Castle guests can now walk through scenes of their favorite fairy tales.

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Family Fun on 42nd Street, An Urban Review

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As a busy, working mother of three, my kids always appreciate getting some one-on-one time with me, especially my 9-year-old daughter who, unlike her teenage brothers, hasn’t yet outgrown being my BFF. So, when I told her we were heading into the city for an epic mom/kid evening out, she reacted as if it was her birthday. And, as it turns out, we had that much fun.

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