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Holiday Road Trip Tips #kiaholidays

Holiday Road Trip Tips #kiaholidays

The holidays are upon us, and that means a lot of traveling. Some traveling is local: quick trips to the grocery store to get food for holiday meals, appetizers for parties, ingredients for sweet treat you are baking for gifts. Some traveling is more involved.  For many, celebrating the holidays means hopping in the car for an extended trip to be with loved ones. Road-tripping can be fun, but involves some planning and preparing. This is … Read entire article »

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Fabulous Fall Getaways

Fabulous Fall Getaways

Fall is actually one of my favorite times of year to travel. My friends at TravelingMom.com have created a beautiful and FREE ezine listing some of the best fall getaways for families. If you’re looking for vacation inspiration or even just a few day-trip ideas, you’ll enjoy their suggestions. I’ve actually taken several of the trips suggested, and I agree that some locations are just better in the crisp fall air. New England is at its best … Read entire article »

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On the Boardwalk: Rediscovering Atlantic City

On the Boardwalk: Rediscovering Atlantic City

My family spent the 4th of July in Atlantic City as guests of the Atlantic City Alliance. Before our trip, I wrote about how Atlantic City is working to transform its image, and I was not disappointed by the spectacular new Duality show at Boardwalk Hall. After a short drive from the Philadelphia suburbs, we arrived at the Golden Nugget Hotel. We stayed in a stylish, newly-renovated room and enjoyed dining with our children at the … Read entire article »

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LEGO’s Wild Forest at the Bronx Zoo

LEGO’s Wild Forest at the Bronx Zoo

Building with Legos and visiting the Bronx Zoo are two staples of my childhood that come together in this awesome new exhibit: “This summer, journey to the Bronx Zoo’s Wild Forest to check out giant LEGO sculptures of tigers, flamingos, gorillas, and other exotic wildlife, then visit their real-life counterparts around the zoo. Build your own LEGO sculptures at our construction zone, and enjoy Wildlife Theater performances and the hit musical puppet show, Avenue Zoo.” Animal LEGO … Read entire article »

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4th of July Family Fun in Atlantic City

4th of July Family Fun in Atlantic City

The Jersey shore is NOT like MTV’s The Jersey Shore. As a Philly native, I grew up vacationing at family-friendly resorts in New Jersey like Cape May and Ocean City.  When I was younger, Atlantic City and its smoke-filled casinos had a seedy reputation. It’s time to give Atlantic City a second look. Remember when Times Square in New York was sleazy, crime-ridden and full of prostitutes and porn shops?  Times Square is now a model … Read entire article »

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Flying with Kids

Flying with Kids

I used to fly 100k+ miles a year pre-kids. I was a super efficient packer. I remember taking 10 day business trips with just a single carry-on bag. And I knew the system  which enabled me to consistently score flight upgrades, book the cheapest seats and quickly navigate security. Flying with kids is so much harder, but it doesn’t have to be a terrible experience. I actually enjoyed my recent flight to Orlando with my kids! … Read entire article »

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Discover Boating

Discover Boating

Yachting may be an activity of wealthy celebs, but boating is a surprisingly affordable summer activity. Many resort areas offer affordable boat rentals by the hour or day. As a child, I remember learning how to sail a boat with my father. Sailing requires focus and teamwork– which makes it an ideal family bonding activity. While I enjoy the serenity of sailing on a sunny day, my husband (pictured here) prefers the speed and excitement of personal watercrafts and … Read entire article »

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14 Things that Might Surprise You About the Disney Fantasy Cruise

14 Things that Might Surprise You About the Disney Fantasy Cruise

Everyone’s favorite mouse invited us on a preview cruise aboard the Disney Fantasy Cruise Ship. Before our most recent two trips to Disney, my husband and I would not have pegged ourselves for the Disney demographic. Sure, we have three kids, five and under. Still, our pre-kid vacations were more focused on hiking through jungles, exploring historical ruins, and touring Gothic churches. So, could a Disney cruise deliver both for our kids and for us? Where the … Read entire article »

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Go Anywhere with this Kids’ Travel Bed from Leaps and Bounds

Go Anywhere with this Kids’ Travel Bed from Leaps and Bounds

As an only child, I grew up in a lovely home with two bedrooms. When we visit my parents with our mini tribe of three, there’s plenty of love…but a shortage of places to sleep. No problem! We brought along the Tuck-Me-In Travel Bed from Leaps and Bounds. We arrived late in the evening and were very pleased with how quickly the bed set-up. The bed comes with the pump and a travel tote so we had … Read entire article »

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M-Edge Leisure Jacket Review: Splashproof Kindle Case

M-Edge Leisure Jacket Review: Splashproof Kindle Case

I really love my Kindle but it’s not waterproof so I’ve been wary of taking it to the beach, pool, or bathtub – some of my favorite places to relax and read. Recently M-Edge sent me their Kindle Leisure Jacket: a padded case that completely encloses the Kindle while still allowing you to read and type through its clear vinyl screen. With this splashproof protection I’m much more comfortable taking out my Kindle … Read entire article »

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