This spring, my kids had quite the long spring break – 7 days off of school! I’m not going to lie, I looked into going back to Naples or Orlando, but the flights were so astronomical.We had an overnight planned but the remaining days we spent close to home, a stay-cation if you will. I had planned out several activities that I knew my kids would like (and wrote about them here). On the last day of vacation, we planned a day trip to Manhattan to see dad’s office, have a fancy lunch and to visit the Museum of Mathematics.
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Museum of Mathematics
A few weeks ago, for my fortieth birthday, my sister, aunt, uncle and I headed to Northern Italy for a week of sightseeing, eating and celebrating. We were based in the small town of Lecco, situated on Lake Como. Each day we ventured out on various trips, and my favorite was our day spent in Verona.
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I know how to make fresh pasta.
I learned in Italy – where else?
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This spring we will be so busy with the kids’ sports (baseball and golf), special occasions (Communion, Mother’s Day, family birthdays) and end of school events. I literally just sat down with my Cozi app, school calendar and sports schedules to see if I could get ahead of the game! So this upcoming week, when the kids are off for Easter and Passover, I am super excited (although a tad nervous) to have whole days available to plan fun local outings!
LONG ISLAND MUST-DO SPRING BREAK ACTIVITIES
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I love getting ready for a new adventure- researching a new destination, the excitement before heading out on vacation. What I don’t love to do before a trip – packing. I mean it’s a necessity of course! I find it takes longer than I want it to and I just want it to be done. But I have found a few shortcuts over the years that have made the process more efficient and more foolproof.
Vacation Packing Tips
Most of the time, I write about family friendly getaways, and fun things to do with kids. Yes, I visited Vegas with just hubby, and Minneapolis and Baltimore with some girlfriends, but little man and baby girl do prove to be my best travel companions. Traveling with a 5 and 7 year old can be fun but busy and hectic. However, on our recent two-week trip to SW Florida, I realized there are a lot of calm and relaxing activities to be had in the Naples, Florida area.
Relaxing Activities in SW Florida
I hate the winter. I hate the cold, and the snow, and temperatures that prevent outdoor activity. I love the warm, and the sun, and to be outside as much as possible. So to combat the winter blues, I’ve realized that I need to head south several times each winter.
It’s essential for my survival.
I’ve been fortunate enough to visit Orlando twice in the last two months. Both trips were awesome and I blogged about specific activities here and here, but I am recapping it all in a 48 Hours In… post.
48 Hours In… Orlando, Florida
I am so excited to have our first guest poster! This is a guest post by Claire Hastings, designer and style writer from Australia. She has been writing as long as she can remember. She is also an eternal enthusiast, cat lover and regular contributor at Ripped.me.
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Ever since my first sleepover when I was in elementary school, I’ve been working on my packing skills. Over the years, I was lucky enough to travel often to different destinations and for different reasons: sleepovers at friend’s house in another city, going to music festivals with friends, holidays with my boyfriend, and surprise trips to the beach in the middle of the day. Needless to say, I’ve perfected my packing technique and today I can pack everything I need in a blink of an eye. Still, it doesn’t matter where I’m headed, there are some things I can’t live (and leave) without.
Wanderer’s Fashion Basics
We are so lucky to be able to visit Southwest Florida each winter. The weather is almost always perfect, and there is so much for the kids to do! Over the last seven years, we have stayed in both South Fort Meyers and North Naples so we have sampled a variety of activities in these areas. Here are a few of our favorites!
Naples, Florida Must-Do Activities
I am always on the look out for good travel deals and how to save money on trips. I think we do a great job booking flights and hotels, and maximizing our Delta and Marriott rewards points. However, car rentals always throw me for a loop. Sometimes I feel like a great deal on car rentals is like a nut I cannot crack! But over the recent years, I have come up with some strategies that have saved me money on car rentals. Here are my best car rental booking tips!
Car Rental Booking Tips