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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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A week in Colorado – stop one “The Springs”


Melanie at the CC Student Farm
I’m also glad to be in The Springs as locals call it for another reason—to tell everyone that the Waldo Canyon Wildfire that destroyed more than 300 homes earlier this summer has been completely contained and the city and all of its attractions are open for business. more
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Kauai – the garden island with so much to explore


There’s a reason they call Kauai the garden island. There are all varieties of plants I’ve never seen and whose names I can’t pronounce. They also happen to be very rare—endangered, in fact. more
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Learning sustainability and eating healthy on a local farm


Gathering eggs from the Eggmobile at Inn at Valley Farms
No, it’s not teens gabbing and texting their way through your family vacation. We’re talking chickens — 250 of white-and-black striped hens to be exact — whose Eggmobile is parked just behind one of the guesthouses at the Inn at Valley Farms in Walpole, N.H., where we spent the weekend recently. more
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The joys and values of summer sleepaway camps


Our daughter Melanie (middle of group) in her sleepaway camp days
I’m a real fan of sleep away camp. I went as a child and all three of my kids went for many years—my son to Camp Nebagamon in Wisconsin and my daughters to Camp Kamaji in Minnesota. My girls worked as counselors there as well, teaching sailing and leading wilderness trips. more
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The new improved Disneyland and Disney California Adventure Park


Entrance to Radiator Springs
Radiator Springs Racers at the new and improved Disney California Adventure Park is one of the most elaborate attractions ever created for a Disney theme park and it is the centerpiece for the new Cars Land here more
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A weekend getaway to Cape Cod


Ocean Terrace Restaurant on Cape Cod
Long a favorite of families and travelers in New England, Cape Cod offers a diverse range of vacation options and activities. Many families opt to rent a house for a few days, a week, or more. more
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It’s getting easier to eat healthier away from home


Hyatt's Build Your Own Tacos menu
My interview with the First Lady got me thinking of all the power we have as parents if we let hotels, resorts and restaurants know in no uncertain terms that we don’t want to feed kids a steady diet of chicken fingers, fries and mac and cheese on vacation. more
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Touring the historic LA sites with Adventures by Disney


Farmers Market is ideal stop for lunch in Los Angeles
Adventures by Disney -- which already offers a multi-day southern California tour—now touts this one-day tour ($199 per person) that includes Hollywood. Beverly Hills and concludes with a stop at the Walt Disney Studios in Burbank that aren’t open to the public. more
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Exclusive: The First Lady’s tips on eating healthier on summer vacation


Children from Bancroft Elementary School in Washington, D.C. help First Lady Michelle Obama plant the White House Vegetable Garden, April 9, 2009. (Official White House Photo by Samantha Appleton)
We asked Mrs. Obama how she encourages her family to eat healthier when they travel and what tips she might have for the rest of us... more
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Princeses everywhere at Disney and more to come


Princesses are a big draw at Disneyland
With such a devoted audience, it’s no wonder Walt Disney World is in the middle of a huge expansion of Fantasyland expected to be completed later this year with more princess meet-and-greets more
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