Souvenir shopping rule #1: don’t buy something you can buy at home
Regent Street in London

Souvenir shopping rule #1: don’t buy something you can buy at home

Sure London has lots of sites to see but there is something to be said for spending a morning wandering along with local families. Come on a Sunday in July when Regent Street is closed to pedestrians.

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Embracing imperfection as the kids come home for the holidays
Oysters await at our T-Day breakfast

Embracing imperfection as the kids come home for the holidays

But then we all gather around the table and, as is our tradition, we tell each other what we’re thankful for this year. “Thank you for being such wonderful kids and such terrific, responsible adults. We can’t imagine our lives without you!” Eileen says.

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Three Days on the Mexican Riviera at Barcelo Maya
Barceló Maya Palace Deluxe seen from beach

Three Days on the Mexican Riviera at Barcelo Maya

This is Mayan land, we are told, and there is a lot of mysticism around here. So much mysticism that the superstitious-minded believe the world will be ending December 21, 2012. It doesn’t feel like the world is ending at Barceló, though...

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Fulfilling a long-held dream: the hike from Crested Butte to Aspen
On the trail near the Maroon Bells outside of Aspen

Fulfilling a long-held dream: the hike from Crested Butte to Aspen

As I struggled to my feet, I smiled remembering all the times her dad and I had been the ones beseeching her and her older brother and sister when they were tired and hungry and we were trying to avoid a meltdown on a ski hill, a hiking trail, Walt Disney World or in the middle of Paris.

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Deals abound for your Princeses at the Disney Parks
Merida from the movie 'Brave' at Walt Disney World (Gene Duncan, photographer)

Deals abound for your Princeses at the Disney Parks

When I visited Disneyland earlier this summer, moms and dads were busy filming the princess transformation on their iPads and smartphones. “It never gets old for them” said manager Joanna Pisanski

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Last evening in New York — at the Statue of Liberty
Laurel and Katie Grace at the Statue of Liberty

Last evening in New York — at the Statue of Liberty

My family decided to end our stay in the Big Apple with a trip to see the Statue of Liberty. Let me tell you, the “Summer Evenings” Cruise out to the Statue of Liberty was the highlight of our whole trip.

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Vacation memories: from Plimouth Plantation to Liberty Island
Laurel visits Plimouth Plantation

Vacation memories: from Plimouth Plantation to Liberty Island

As summer draws to a close, we all like to think back on this year’s family travels. And why not reminisce on the sweet break we had? This summer I had an experience to last a lifetime. This summer, I got to travel to two large cities: Boston and New York.

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A kids view of Boston and New York City
The Dhority girls and their mom Christie Yemma strolling in Central Park

A kids view of Boston and New York City

What surprised me most about Boston was how history and the modern city were combined. There was a colonial age church between a coffee shop and a bank, cemeteries hidden between buildings ...

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