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30 Things to Do at Mall of America Besides Shop

You’ve heard of the Mall of America. It’s that giant shopping mall in Minnesota. This mall’s 520 retail stores can keep any shopper happy for days. But do you know how much there is to do at Mall of America besides shop? I have spent a ton of time at this mega entertainment complex over the years. […]

15 Best San Diego Attractions for Kids

San Diego County overflows with fun for families. There is plenty for all ages to enjoy in this sunny Southern California town. As a mom who lived San Diego for 15 years and who returns regularly with her brood, here are my picks for the best San Diego attractions for kids. I’ve also included my favorite restaurants and […]

Edmonton Girlfriend Getaway Tips for a Hip Trip in Alberta, Canada

Looking for the perfect trifecta of shopping, spa and splurge-worthy restaurants for your next girlfriend getaway? You’ll find all this and more in Edmonton ~ Canada’s most Northern provincial capital. I went to University in Edmonton, but since I graduated oh-so-many years ago, I haven’t made it back much. There’s a bit of rivalry between […]

Milwaukee Guys Weekend – A Destination for Manly Men

Guy getaways tend to follow the same broken record of trips – a bachelor party in Vegas, a golf trip somewhere, or a weekend of debauchery in Mexico. Put on repeat. Over and over again. Men, I’m here to tell you that there are better options than unsuccessfully trying to relive your youth in an […]

10 Ways to Find Romance in New Orleans

It’s easy to find romance in New Orleans. The jazz sets the tone…mellifluous and ever present. Toast your honey with one of the city’s famous or not-so-famous cocktails. Then dig into bowls of sensuous cuisine like shrimp n’ grits or or crawfish etouffe. The music is the muse of New Orleans, begging couples to swing onto the […]

Delicious Restaurants for Families in Park City, Utah

You go to Park City, Utah for the powder, the skiing, the snowboarding, and the snow tubing. But then there’s the après-ski! Before and after working those muscles on the slopes, you deserve not just a good meal, but a great meal. You’ll love these five delicious restaurants for families in Park City, Utah. (Click on the video above […]

5 Reasons to Visit McDonald’s Around the World with Kids

McDonald’s can be a lifesaver when traveling to foreign countries with children. The familiar food, toys, and environment at this global fast food chain never cease to reassure my travel wary offspring. Here are five reasons to visit McDonald’s around the world with kids. 1. Get picky eaters to eat. My kids can only be cajoled into eating bites […]

Fabulous Fun in Solana Beach & Del Mar, California

Solana Beach and its neighbor, Del Mar, gracefully balance the casual feel of seaside, sand-in-your-suit living with upscale offerings. If you like a blend of the finer, and the grittier, things in life – you’ll love a visit to these pretty beach towns just north of San Diego. Here’s what to do, see, eat and where to […]

Palm Springs Romantic Getaway

Mid-way through our Palm Springs romantic getaway, I asked my husband why we hadn’t done this sooner. It had been eight years since we embarked on a grown-ups-only trip, and that’s just far too long! With great places to stay, a tasty locavore food scene, and plenty to do (or not do), Palm Springs provides a lovely retreat from […]

All-Inclusive Beach Luxury at the Westin Playa Conchal, Costa Rica

Choosing Costa Rica as a tropical holiday destination is good way to guarantee a happy family or couples vacation. In fact, Costa Rica ranks among the happiest countries in the world, per the Happy Planet Index. Unlike many of its neighbors, this small Central American country has managed to exist and prosper as a base for wellness, adventuring and […]

Where to Eat in Sevierville, Tennessee with Kids (or Without!)

Sevierville is probably best known as Dolly Parton’s hometown and the Tennessee gateway to the Smoky Mountains. Don’t expect lots of tofu, quinoa, or tahini salad dressing in Sevierville. Dining here is all about Southern comfort foods. From apple fritters and flap jacks to fried green tomatoes and smoked barbecue ribs, there’s plenty of filling food […]

Kids Free San Diego in October for Budget Conscious Families

San Diego is one of the most family friendly cities in the world. With plenty of beaches, museums and theme parks, there is something for kids of all ages to enjoy in this popular vacation destination. But it’s not a cheap place to visit. Hotels, admission tickets and food costs can really add up and […]

Big Family Fun at Big White Ski Resort

“It’s the snow.” The Big White motto says it all, but that’s not all you need to know about this Canadian ski resort. There’s also the wintry activities for families, great village atmosphere, and the natural beauty of the British Columbia interior that appeal to ski enthusiasts from all over the world. Big White’s famous Champagne Powder snow Family Focus […]