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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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An Easter brunch to remember — Day Five


Desserts at the Sunday brunch Ritz Carlton Half Moon Bay
We are at the Ritz Carlton Half Moon Bay’s Sunday Brunch that is so popular in the Bay area that people drive an hour or more to indulge. more
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Giant Redwoods and little yellow slugs – Day Four


Reggie examines a bananna slug in Redwood grove
The Giant Redwoods, soaring hundreds of feet in the air, were amazing. But what was even better was the conversations with my daughter Reggie as we hiked through Butano State Park in the Santa Cruz Mountains more
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Exploring the coastal region near Half Moon Bay


With the baby goats at Vida Verde
This area is also home California’s first and only broad based ecotourism visitor program, through which more than 30 farmers, fisherman and business community members have come together to offer visitors hands-on activities and a chance to meet local residents. more
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Day Two – exploring San Francisco’s Japantown


Peace Pagoda in Japantown San Francisco
Everyone knows San Francisco’s bustling, busy Chinatown, the largest outside of Asia. But Japantown? This area is worth exploring and not just for the food. more
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Six days in San Francisco and Redwood country


Fairmont chef jW Foster on rooftop garden in San Francisco
The Fairmont San Francisco’s Executive Chef jW Foster installed the beehives in the hotel’s 1,000-square foot culinary garden to help support the bee population which has dropped 90 per cent since the 1980s. more
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How to get your teens to spend time with you


Disney Fantasy at night (photo by Eva Weinberg)
Question: How do you make two high school senior girls happy AND get them to spend time with you? more
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Teens meet DisneyWorld – really like Epcot


Topiary garden at Epcot
When we got to Magic Kingdom the first day we were in DisneyWorld, it was a little overwhelming. After walking through Cinderella's castle, we were greeted by Hannah Montana more
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Two teens explore Universal Orlando and Harry Potter’s world


At Wizarding World of Harry Potter by Eva Weinberg
Once we arrived at Universal we met up with Matt, our amazing tour guide, who immediately brought us to our most anticipated attraction, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter more
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Just a couple of teens on a Disney Cruise


Cam and Eva with Jack Sparrow on Castaway Cay
Jack Sparrow greeted us, along with crystal clear, bright blue waters and white sandy beaches. We walked past the first beach because it was a little crowded, but found chairs AND, much to our content, a water slide at the second beach more
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Learning local history adds to vacation memories


Since we’re here on a girl’s getaway, we find it amusing that at the height of the mining boom in the 1900 census, there were 22 seamstresses in Park City but only two sewing machines. more
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