Skip the Hamptons and Go Straight to the North Fork

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The North Fork, it’s hard to believe that such a little slice of heaven exists a mere two hours from the hustle, bustle and grit of New York City. It is a welcome respite, where the air is pure and salt kissed and the charming seaside towns conjure up scenes from a movie. You need to book a trip to the North Fork before it is overrun with tourists the way all tiny treasures seem to be over time. First stop-Rent a car at LaGuardia and head out to Long Island. As crazy as it sounds, it is a ... continue reading...

My Travel Hacks for Plane Travel with kids

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  Plane travel with kids isn't always hearts and rainbows, but with a few tricks it can go pretty darn smoothly. --And maybe even be fun! (gasp!) After traveling on planes with kids for 9 years I have a few simple tricks: Enthusiasm-My boys have been going on planes since they were babies. One of the best strategies I have developed is to build up enthusiasm for the weeks leading up to it. "Guess how many days until we go on the airplane!?" Feel free to ask for the wing pins or even ... continue reading...

We cancelled our hotel for a VRBO in Myrtle Beach, and here’s what happened…

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The five of us in the same room. Doable? Sure. Enjoyable? Never. As the prospect of staying in a cramped hotel room for $345 + 45,000 points for  two nights in Myrtle Beach loomed closer, I started scanning the Vacation Rental by Owner site (www.vrbo.com). I found this listing. "Too good to be true", I thought. I emailed the site and our dates were available! We go to this area every year and always pick somewhere new to stay, but we had never stayed anywhere other than a hotel. I decided by ... continue reading...

Am pregnant, will travel… (Includes tips!)

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I have been pregnant three times-and every.single.time. I feared it would be my last time traveling, that my passport would officially start collecting dust and that my frequent flier miles would come to a screeching halt. It sent me into a complete travel panic. Luckily, my fears have been proven unsubstaintiated. (Thank God.)  I don't, however, regret a single "babymoon" whether it was with my husband, my sister or with my friends. I think every experience renewed me and gave me strength to go ... continue reading...

How to look like you have been in the tropics when you haven’t seen the sun for 3 months…

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Pasty Wisconsin White. Seriously there is a name for it. After three months of vitamin D deprivation that is what happens to all Midwesterners. Case in point: These legs. . If only I had taken my own advice... Here are my top tips for avoiding looking like you have been hibernating: Face: I start with a light moisturizer with an spf. I love the Body Shop'sBody shop Vitamin C Spf 30 Glow Protect. Then I use a good brush to add a subtle bronzer. Physician's Formula SPF 20 Solar Powder is ... continue reading...