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

Jul 9, 2015
The Newberry Book Fair on July 23-26, Chicago’s biggest annual used book binge, has something for every reader.

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Nine days in Hong Kong over the holidays


DAY ONE -- I’ve got my eye mask, three different noise cancelling head phones to try, the iPad loaded with my favorite TV shows, my Kindle loaded with new mysteries, healthy snacks, special socks from SmartWool, neck pillow…have I forgotten anything? more
Destinations, Getting There, Lodging, Travel Diary | 6 Comments


This year do you want new-style holiday gifts, or a family trip?


I’m not filling any stockings this year or piling presents under the tree. No presents for Hanukah either. (We celebrate both holidays in our house.) And my gang couldn’t be happier. more
Backyard Vacations, Destinations, Families & Groups, Lodging, Travel Topics, Weekly Column | 3 Comments


Ornaments on our tree stir up so many family travel memories


Our tree is loaded down with skiers from Colorado, shells from Florida, sailboats from Maine, ferries from Washington state, flip flops from Hawaii, monkeys from Costa Rica, Victorian queens from England, fish from Caribbean islands, Disney characters from Orlando…you get the idea. more
Destinations, Eileen's Blog, Families & Groups | 1 Comment


Last day in Park City – time to “surrender” to the Montage Spa


I’m at the year-old Montage Deer Valley spa—35,000 square feet indoor lap pool, separate mens and women’s facilities with steam room, sauna, whirlpools and more, a private sundeck with radiant heated floors and spectacular mountain views and a big fitness center. more
Destinations, Families & Groups, Lodging, Snow Vacations, Travel Diary | 8 Comments


SnowMamas — changing the face of the ski industry


Meet Park City Mountain Resort’s new crop of Snowmamas, chosen from applicants by Park City Mountain resort officials from around the country. The website has become the go-to place in the industry to help moms make trips to the snow easier and more fun. more
Destinations, Families & Groups, Snow Vacations, Travel Diary, Travel Topics | 6 Comments


To Pearl Harbor – a national historical treasure


As we commemorate the 70th anniversary of the attack, the question is one of many in the updated and first-rate Junior Ranger Program for the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument that helps children make meaningful connections during a visit here. more
Destinations, Families & Groups, Weekly Column | 1 Comment


Park City Day 2 – meeting up with the Ladies Club


Now the resort wants to make sure all moms—all women—make the most of their time here. To that end, they’re establishing Ladies Club—a two-hour session that starts at 10 a.m.—to give moms enough time to get their kids to ski school or older kids out the door. more
Destinations, Families & Groups, Snow Vacations, Travel Diary, Travel Topics | 5 Comments


Four days with the SnowMamas in Park City, Utah


Maybe buying ski boots isn’t that big a deal. But it says something about my desire to invest in myself instead of everyone else in the family for a change. And every season, I say I’m going to hang up my skis because I’m not having fun out there—certainly not when I try to keep up with my family, experts all. more
Destinations, Families & Groups, Parks & Outdoors, Snow Vacations, Travel Diary | 9 Comments


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
Beach Vacations, Destinations, Families & Groups, Lodging, Volunteer & Service, Weekly Column | 3 Comments


Meeting the locals around Bluefields Bay in Jamaica


I can’ t stop thinking about Delta when we return to our Bluefields Bay villa overlooking the sea served breakfast—a traditional Jamaican concoction of saltfish with vegetables cooked in coconut milk called Rundown. more
Destinations, Families & Groups, Lodging, Travel Diary, Volunteer & Service | 2 Comments





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