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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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Disney is all about ears this year


Ears and more ears at Disney
2013 is the Year of the Ear at Disney Parks with new limited release Disney Ear Hats available every month as part of Disney Parks’ Limited Time Magic—special experiences designed to surprise and excite guests when they visit. Of course you can get your ears autographed. more
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San Diego is more than the Zoo; museums and arts abound in Balboa Park


The world-famousSan Diego Zoo
We all know that San Diego is home to the San Diego Zoo and SeaWorld but we may not realize there are so many museums that because they are in one urban park are so easy to visit (you can also buy a park passport that’s good for a week--$49 for adults and $27 for kids 12 and younger. more
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Six days in Southern California from Legoland to Hollywood


The new LEGOLAND Hotel in Carlsbad CA
At the new LEGOLAND Hotel in Carlsbad, CA you—in consultation with your kids, of course—can choose which theme you prefer and your room will be decorated accordingly at the 250-room hotel set to open with great fanfare April 5. more
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Take your bunny ears and find a great family spot for Easter brunch


Desserts at the Sunday brunch Ritz Carlton Half Moon Bay
It’s Easter Sunday and at the sumptuous brunch at the Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay in California, little girls are dressed in brightly colored dresses, boys in dress shirts that don’t want to stay in their pants and kids and grown-ups proudly sport bunny ears, some with blinking lights. more
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A special birthday and fashion show on the last day of the Barbie Cruise


Jude and Sydney owning the red carpet at the Barbie Fashion Show
On our final day of the cruise we had a jam packed schedule but most importantly it was our daughter’s 4th birthday! There is no way to sum up the amount of celebration that was had - it started with a round of “happy birthday” at the Madagascar character breakfast and ran all the way through to evening dinner with our whole dining room more
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Pink everywhere on Royal Caribbean’s Barbie Experience cruise


Getting some inspiration to start designing a Barbie dress for the fashion show
As we ate pink napoleons and cream puffs we discovered what a multinational group we were. Girls from all over the world had come for the Barbie Experience - New York, Utah, Toronto, Mexico City, São Paulo, London, Dublin and even Sydney! Barbie truly speaks the international language of fun for young girls of any culture. more
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Three days as special guest of Barbie on Royal Caribbean’s biggest ship


Getting some inspiration to start designing a Barbie dress for the fashion show
When given the opportunity to cruise on Royal Caribbean’s Allure of the Seas as part of their brand new Barbie Premium Experience, I felt like I had won the lottery. This cruise sounded amazing, especially since it coincided with our daughter’s 4th birthday. It was a bonafide vacation and I was sure there would be plenty of sun and at least one pool side cocktail involved. more
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First destination skivacation — blue skies in Park City


Dan and Reggie at Park City Mountain
It was our first destination ski vacation. My partner Dan Foldes and I had skied in Colorado throughout our college years, but we had only gone on day trips up to the mountains. This was the first time that we would be flying to a ski town, staying in a hotel, and skiing for three days straight, just the two of us. more
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A family reunion on the snow in Colorado


Hiking App Trail in Rain in NH 1997
There were round-robin emails in the weeks before the trip in which we discussed the menus and shopping lists. My husband, raised in Texas, brought his “famous” chili, frozen from home, and my British sister-in-law the ingredients for Shepherd’s Pie. more
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Ski country is beautiful, but beware altitude sickness


Beautiful but the air is thin in ski country
It is no fun getting sick on vacation and altitude sickness is the worst. But when you are above 9,986 feet as we are in Breckenridge, CO, it isn’t that uncommon, the staff at the St. Anthony Breckenridge Community Clinic Emergency Center tells us. more
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