Category: Travel

Top Ten Reasons Why My Family Wants to Go to Boyne Mountain this Winter!

Top Ten Reasons Why My Family Wants to Go to Boyne Mountain this Winter!

November 8, 2011 | Comments (1)

  My family spent part of our Michigan summer vacation at Boyne Mountain and fell in love with its charming family-friendly alpine atmosphere. Here are the top ten reasons why we want to go back this winter! 1. The Solace Spa – Spend one hour in the relaxation room at the Solace Spa and you’ll […]

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Chicago Getaway: Mission Point Resort on Mackinac Island

Chicago Getaway: Mission Point Resort on Mackinac Island

September 24, 2011 | Comments (1)

To me, a family vacation is about escaping from my household routines and spending time with my family. It’s about spending time in the moment, not living on a schedule, and of course, eating way too much ice cream. Before school started, we decided to take our boys to Mission Point Resort on Mackinac Island […]

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End of Summer Road Trip

End of Summer Road Trip

September 22, 2011 | Comments (0)

For the final weekend of summer vacation, my husband and I decided to take the kids on one last getaway. As much as I love the larger quantity of free time I get when the boys are in school, I miss them terribly while they are gone. So we wanted to do something where we […]

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Chicago Getaway: Crystal Mountain Resort and Spa

Chicago Getaway: Crystal Mountain Resort and Spa

June 20, 2011 | Comments (4)

When I first received an invitation to a family gathering that was going to be taking place outside of Traverse City, Michigan, my first reaction was “it is going to be such a loooong drive with the kids”.  I was so focused on the car ride, that I did not spend any time researching were […]

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Post-Kids Fear of Flying

Post-Kids Fear of Flying

May 28, 2011 | Comments (2)

This may come as a surprise considering I do fly. A lot. But the fact of the matter is that since I’ve had kids, I’ve developed a chronic case of aerophobia. I deal with it because I wouldn’t ever want to live a life without travel, one of my true passions. But I’ll always wish […]

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Can’t catch a break on Spring break…

April 28, 2011 | Comments (2)

After nursing a sick child through the first weekend of Spring Break, the whole family was excited to get started on our trip to Tennessee on Monday. We woke everybody up early, and the kids excitedly put on the shorts and t-shirts that would be appropriate later that day. As I looked out our kitchen […]

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CTA Holiday Train Makes Everybody Merry

December 14, 2010 | Comments (3)

We spent a long day downtown a week ago. With feet aching and tempers being tested, we knew it was time to get our four kids back home. Yet we let one train after another pass us by. My eight-year-old daughter couldn’t figure it out. “Why don’t we get on this train, Mom?” “That one […]

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Photo Enforced Justice

December 9, 2010 | Comments (4)

Last week I made four (count them) four round-trip treks from Evanston to O’Hare in less than 48 hours. I somehow became the designated cabbie for our departing out-of-town Thanksgiving guests. And I was happy to do it. Until I got a $100 ticket in the mail today for “running” a red light. I am […]

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A Schaumburg Staycation

December 2, 2010 | Comments (4)

A post-Thanksgiving family getaway sounded nice in theory, but one by one we eliminated potential destinations. A visit to a hotel with a small water park would pale in comparison to memories of our visit to the Wisconsin Dells a few summers ago. Starved Rock was promising until we considered the late November chill that […]

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In which I brave "Chicago traffic"...

In which I brave “Chicago traffic”…

November 20, 2010 | Comments (1)

When people ask me about living in Chicago, I always admit that we don’t have to worry too much about traffic.  Pretty much everything we need is right in our neighborhood:  grocery store, library, school, Target, church.  We really don’t have to drive much more than 2 or 3 miles to get to where we […]

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Fitting-in Fail

September 20, 2010 | Comments (3)

We have only lived in the city for three years now so I still feel a little sensitive about looking like a native when we go downtown. We have a good handle (and a good system) for riding the “L” so we don’t look too foolish for that part of our journey. Unfortunately, we are […]

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Driving Home With Baby

September 14, 2010 | Comments (5)

“So, we were driving up Ontario to get onto the expressway and all of a sudden we heard a ton of honking. I kept turning around, wondering what was going on, thinking these people were crazy. Yeah, turns out they were honking at us. Anthony must have been driving like 20 miles per hour.” It […]

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