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Travel & Visitors Guide - Nov. 9, 2019
Planning a sunny weekend away with your teenagers
My teenage daughter Mia and I went to explore the Ft. Lauderdale/Miami Beach area for three days in search of locations for parent-teen travel. Here's what we found.
Holiday Guide - Dec. 12, 2018
Toy tips: Choosing the right last-minute holiday toy
Don't get caught up in the hype of "Hot Toys," the "smartest" toys, the "must-have" toy or the best toy lists. All of those ideas are not necessarily the right pick unless you do you own research to make sure the toy matches three keys.
Kids & Family - Dec. 22, 2013
Keeping your kids' skin and lips safe in the winter snow and cold
Your kids love to play outside in the snow and cold, but how do you keep them not only safe but warm. Here are some tips for winter moisturizing and more.
Holiday Guide - Dec. 9, 2013
Toy buying tips for the holiday season
Don't get caught up in the "hot" toy hoopla or must-haves that you think your kids won't be happy without. Choose smart toys that kids will play with over and over. A good toy is one that is age and skill appropriate that holds a child's current interests. The more you personalize a selection, the better the play experience for your child. Read on for more tips.
Kids & Family - Sept. 17, 2013
First toys for infants
For all children, toys are props and the process of play is valuable in the development of physical, cognitive, social and emotional skills. The toys an infant plays with today may help shape the skills a child masters tomorrow.
Travel & Visitors Guide - July 14, 2013
How to pack and plan for a family trip
Family vacations are supposed to be fun, except when you're unprepared. My advice is simple: plan ahead. And don't worry about coming off as annoying or overly meticulous. The time you put in beforehand can save you headache later.
Travel & Visitors Guide - May 25, 2013
Hawai'i with the kids: A Toy Tips guide
Oahu is the third largest of the Hawaiian Islands and by far the one with the most to do for families with children. On a recent visit with my two children, our goal was to soak in some Vitamin D and enjoy the beauty of the island, skyscrapers of Waikiki, the ocean and all the sites that we could visit over nine days.
Travel & Visitors Guide - March 30, 2013
How to do Disney World
My kids and I make our annual family trek to Walt Disney World every spring. We are on trip no. 12 together making lifetime memories. Below is my personal opinion on how to "do" Disney - from pre-planning to accomodations to food to waiting in line!