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Chicago’s Biggest Book Fair Is Back July 23-26

Jul 9, 2015
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SCUBA Diving for the First Time in the British Virgin Islands


Reggie and I are already imagining our next dive back home in the much colder, kelp-forested waters of Monterey, California -- just a couple hours away from our domicile in San Francisco. more
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On a unique mom’s getaway in Jamaica


A Bluefields’ nanny and her charge
No I’m not dreaming of an effortless holiday gathering that could never be real — at least in my world. I’m actually wide awake in Jamaica, enjoying a pre-holiday moms’ getaway with my three oldest friends from grade school at the most unusual all-inclusive resort I’ve ever visited. more
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There’s more to Puerto Rico than the beaches


It is pitch black and we are kayaking through red mangroves, trying to dodge the roots, on our way to the Bioluminescent Bay Laguana Grande at Las Croabas, Fajardo in Puerto Rico—one of three on the island, I learn from our guide Joel from GSI Adventures. more
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Tired of cooking turkey yourself — head to a Thanksgiving destination


Whatever the reason, it’s not too late to turn Thanksgiving into a mini vacation with the kids. You’ve already got half the week off from work and school anyway. Tell the relatives you’ll see them at Christmas or, if you like them enough, invite them along. more
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To Aulani, Disney’s First Hawaii Resort


Disney employed more than 100 local consultants to advise them on everything from storytelling to music to architecture. Local fish and produce are served at the resort restaurants and children can learn to snorkel with Hawaiian fish in the artificial Rainbow Reef. more
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Disney sees Aulani as the place for destination weddings


There are already 1,000 weddings a year at Walt Disney World in Orlando--upwards of 20 per cent among blended families, says Korrie McFann, who oversees Disney’s e wedding and honeymoon business around the world. The company anticipates Aulani to rival Orlando for the wedding business. more
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Spas treatments for all ages at Disney’s Aulani


Laniwai (the name means freshwater heaven in Hawaiian) is supposed to embrace the Hawaiian connection to nature. I think it can enhance family connections too both by encouraging families to enjoy the facilities together and on their own more
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There’s a lot do on Oahu but so too at the Aulani


There’s so much to keep kids busy right here at Aulani--the water slides and ides and lazy river, the Rainbow Reef snorkel lagoon, the chance to interact with the stingrays and play in the calmest lagoon I’ve ever seen. more
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Hawaiian tradition and culture blend with Disney at the new Aulani


Ready to learn the Coconut Walk? “Aunty,” who actually is well known Hawaiian entertainer Sonya Mendez, leads the children as they clap Coconut shell instruments together around the outdoor restaurant. In between songs, Goofy, Minnie and other Disney Pals—all decked out in Hawaiian gear—stop by for photos and hugs more
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A visit to Disney’s new Aulani resort and spa in Hawaii


What I like most is that this big resort—when it is fully open it will include 359 rooms and 481 two-bedroom condo units—is that it will up the ante for family resorts in Hawaii and elsewhere, improving the family experience in the process. more
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