It’s not the most normal Mothers Day this year, with a worldwide pandemic affecting us all, particularly our abilty to spend it with our mothers or loved ones. And yet, we can still show them we love them, and here are a few great gift ideas that also welcome in the summertime!
Rahua’s Hydration Haircare -Rahua simplifies taking care of your hair at home, so be a hairdresser for the day to treat mom! After cleansing and conditioning with Rahua Hydration Shampoo and Hydration Conditioner, prime hair with Rahua Detangler + UV Barrier by misting all over to detangle and glide through hair. This moisturizing formula softens hair, smooths frizz and plant-powered Morete Oil provides a natural UV Barrier. Before blow drying (or air drying) apply Rahua Leave-In Treatment Light to the ends for heat protection from styling tools and definite when air drying.
Bali Body Lotions and Self Tanners – A great way to kick off a summer look even if you can’t get to the beach, Bali Body’s self tan and natural suntan oils and lotions give a deep golden glow, while hydrating and nourishing your skin. Bali Body self tanning range is a game changer in fake tan, formulated with colour guide technology to tailor your desired tan to your skin tone. Have a balcony, backyard or rooftop? Get a rich tan going with their SPF suncare products which protect the skin while achieving a natural sun tan – available with SPF15, SPF6 & no SPF and in some incredible scents from coconut to pinapple!
M Pearl Jewelry – Looking for a thoughtful, timeless piece of jewelry that expresse sthe strength and elegance of motherhood? Pearls are a great way to go. Designer Monique Sousa of M Pearl, was born in the Netherlands and has used her European influence and travelling to design today’s basics and modern classics for her line of jewelry since 1995. These fine freshwater cultured pearls and semi-precious gem stones are carefully hand selected and used to create the M Pearl collection. Each piece is hand strung on silk thread and finished with high quality sterling components, ensuring designs of beauty and longevity.
The Happy Planner – A great way to get wellness on track, The Happy Planner® Wellness Undated Classic Planner is perfect for the planner that likes to be free and exploitative when it comes to her wellness planning. The Happy Planner® Wellness Undated Classic Planner also comes with 12 beautifully designed dividers to move around and use to differentiate months to your choosing. Pickup a pack of Wellness Stickers to match, that will allow her to personalize her wellness journey and make the most of this great planner.
Whether you are gifting yourself or a loved one this Vday, there are a bunch of great beauty products that are sure to bring out the L in LOVE. Here are my top Valentines Beauty pics!
Ere Perez: Oat Milk Foundation– Non-greasy, natural finish and long-lasting for light porcelain skins, this unique formula has star ingredients such as natural oat milk, peach & vitamin E to promote healthy skin. As a buildable foundation, it offers medium to full coverage and is free from impurities it won’t clog your pores and suits sensitive skin. Their Rice Powder Blush and Bronzer is also a winner – made with non-GMO rice for a silken texture that blends beautifully on clean skin or over foundation. The compact comes in a universal duo of shades that suits all complexions, adding healthy natural colour to your face. It’s also a breathable formula that doesn’t clog pores and even helps to absorb impurities. (Best applied with our eco vegan blush & bronzer brush.)
Clove and Hallow: Lip Velvet – This PETA-certified cruelty-free and vegan liquid-to-matte lipstick dries down to a comfortable budge-proof finish to last through a long work day, Galentines Day or Valentines Day date! Infused with coconut oil, shea butter, and vitamin E, Lip Velvet delivers long-wear liquid lip color that hydrates and nourishes, too.
Juice Beauty – Stem Cellular CC Cream – Beyond BB Cream, this 12-in-1 multi-tasking CC cream (color correcting) delivers the ultimate in age-defying, skin perfecting results. Stem Cellular Vinifera Replenishing Oil – This replenishing Oil with jojoba esters, is a fast-absorbing facial oil that multi-tasks for ultimate night time hydration + a daytime primer. Its a great way to get more hydrated, radiant-looking skin with a light-dewy finish and is named after Vinifera grapes grown on Juice Beauty’s Farm.
Indie Lee – Meditation Facial Mist – Promote a sense of calm and overall wellbeing with this restorative aromatic essence with Rosewood, Bergamot, Eucalyptus and Patchouli. Soothing Rosewater and Aloe Vera combine with Lavender, Chamomile and Sage to tone and rebalance skin. DeStress Body Oil and I-Recover Body Soak – Indulge in this therapeutic blend of Dead Sea and Himalayan Salts combined with Arnica, Black Pepper and Patchouli essential oils which help to ease tension. Rosemary, Lavender and Sage smooth and revitalize the skin while Eucalyptus reinvigorates the soul.
Kari Gran – Galentines Day Lip Whip Duo – This clean, moisture rich solution comes in a variety of colors. Their Galentines Lip Whip Duo combines ruby red Suji with Jolene, our buildable pink lip balm (this saucy duo is available only for a limited time.) Prep with their Lip Whip Perfector, for the perfect pout; an amazing lip scrub that doubles as mask for gentle exfoliation and intense hydration.
This innovative bio-serum foundation is infused with fresh, skin-toning botanicals to promote a flawless, radiant complexion with a weightless velvety matte finish. Loaded with antioxidant, protective Desert Date oil, nourishing, soothing Macadamia and Jojoba oils and skin smoothing + softening Sweet Almond oil – it will leave your skin looking, feeling and smelling wonderful. Pair this with their Natural Blush Powder which adds an elegant velvet touch and vibrant buildable color. Its also formulated without Talc or Bismuth Oxychloride and rich in mineral pigments and soothing amino acids.
PYT Beauty – All + Nothing Concealer – P/Y/T Beauty is no-BS clean makeup—meaning: that they’ve left out over 1,300 harsh chemicals for your peace of mind. With buildable coverage, this brightens things up under the eyes and spot-treats redness and discoloration easily. A not-too-liquid, not-too-matte formula helps it glide on and stay put. No BS Eyeshadow Pallete -This easy blendable pallete, helps you go from day to night in a blink, and of course it’s clean, cruelty-free, and hypoallergenic. It’s two base shades, plus 3 matte and 3 shimmer shadows you can mix and match for an easy, on the go, routine. Glam Glitter Gel – From a soft shimmer to all-out glam, this clean glitter gel is revolutionary. Eco-friendly (made from natural mica*, no microplastics), harsh chemical-free (with nourishing Vitamin E), and safe to wear (with a comfort-flex applicator and a formula that goes all day)—it’s ready to sparkle up your beauty routine.
Good Science Beauty – Purifying Face Mask – For blemish prone skin aggravated by city living. Combines Willow Bark with Amino Acids in Good Silicon+ to purify and moisturize at the same time.Helps combat the skin damaging effects of pollution. Helps reduce oiliness and the appearance of blemishes. Formulated to unblock pores and replenish skin. Hydrating Face Cream – Perfect for February skin…this cream locks in moisture to plump skin, reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and boosts lipid content to restore your natural skin barrier. Good Silicon+™ in the cream with Hyaluronic Acid help to increase deep hydration and lock it in.
Raincry –Magnesium Volumizing Brush – Perfect for getting that voluptuous, sexy V- Day hair at home! This medium size, Italian made, brush is ideal for mid-length hair (above shoulders) and used by those looking for extreme volume or curl. RAINCRY’s exclusive Magnesium Alloy heats and cools faster than ceramic, helping to lock in style and reducing styling damage. Premium Nylon Bristles remove excess product and oils away from the hair.
Boscia – Rosewater Mist with Witchazel – Smell and feel like a rose this Valentines Season. A refreshing and alcohol-free hydrating toner mist powered by Rosewater and Witch Hazel, it delivers a dewy, healthy-looking complexion. This multi-purpose mist works to absorbs excess oil, tighten pores and soothe for glowing, radiant skin. Have a heavy-hand with makeup? Spray after makeup application for a naturally smooth and flawless finish!
ILIA – Multi-Stick Blush – This is perfect for that one beauty item you take in your date or girls night our clutch bag. This multi-use stick seamlessly blends into lips and cheeks thanks to a soft, buttery texture that instantly melts upon contact. An easy-wearing and incredibly versatile formula, these Multi-Sticks warm up and flatter a range of skin tones, adding a pretty, fresh finish to the complexion. Apply with Ilia’s Perfecting Buff Brush for a natural, skin-texture finish.
We’re Momming Today” with Francesca Page, a new mom who went through a dramatic birth experience, delivering her baby nearly three months early and then living in the hospital for weeks on end.
This is a podcast about Mom. It explores motherhood in all its shapes and sizes. Whether it’s life as a working mom or a stay-at-home mom, we dissect the challenges, search for the solutions, embrace the crazy moments, and collect the treasures we find along the way. So grab a glass and come along for the nutty yet rewarding ride.
Rahua’s Customizable Daily Hair Kit – Customize your Rahua! Mix and Match these award winning shampoos and conditioners to suit your hair care needs and goals. Powered by plants and potent Rainforest grown oils, all hair types can finally find the perfect combination of shampoo and conditioner to help nourish, strengthen, hydrate, protect and maintain the health of the hair and scalp. Housed in a boxset designed with an Amazonian-inspired illustration. A great gift for those who loves travel size options or just options period!
Lively’s Jasmine Sea Sun Scent – Typically known for their Lingerie, Lively havealso released this beautiful fragrance in a candle, rollerball and perfume. Radiant from start to finish, jasmine sambac, sea salt, crisp pear, and sandalwood come together to empower you to be your most free and confident. This fragrance is paraben free, phthalates free, and truly feels like a beachy summers day in the middle of winter.
Olio E Osso Lipstick/ Lipstick Queen – Ladies love lipstick and Olio E Osso’s are designed to give you a lot of color without a long list of ingredients – their Crema Lipsticks and Lucente Lip Sheens are all-natural, waterless, and sustainably sourced. Lipstick Queen also has some sensational colors that transform, and textures and formulas that are moisturizing and feel comfortable.
Henry Rose Perfume – “I set out to see if it was possible to develop a line of fine fragrances proving you don’t need to sacrifice quality and sophistication for safety. And we did it!” – Michelle Pfeiffer Founder, Henry Rose. Henry Rose is a new clean fragrance brand. Designer Henry Rose has 5 perfumes in our fragrance base all launched in 2019 that smell rich and luxurious but also keep to clean standards. Their Discovery Set gives you A collection of all 5 fragrances in 2 ML sample sizes. You’ll also be emailed a $20 credit to apply toward your first 50 ML purchase.
Hey Honey Hand and Feet Holiday Set – Who doesn’t want their your hands and feet to feel hydrated and cared for, this hoilday season! Wrapped up in a cute box, Hands On is an intensely moisturizing hand & elbow cream that is infused with ingredients to soften and protect the skin from cracking. Regular use will leave your hands soft, smooth and ready for the day. Walk the Walk is a highly effective foot balm that softens, protects, and refreshes your feet while repairing your dry, cracked heels.
Oars and Alps Holiday Face Kit – Give the man in your life the gift of looking well-rested and refreshed with this holiday gift box featuring Face + Eye Cream, the Wake Up Eye Stick and Solid Charcoal Face Wash. The face moisturizer and eye cream uses Aloe Leaf Juice and Vitamin E to fight free radicals, while the Wake Up Eye Stick uses caffeine to help de-puff undereye bags and the Solid Charcoal Face Wash uses other natural ingredients to dissolve deep-down dirt and help fight acne.
Go Travel Products – Perfect for the traveler in your life, Go Travel makes a range of handy products from locks to travel bags, packing cubes, adapters and everything in between. They even have products for kids too. A must buy gift is their Hybrid Universal Pillow made of memory foam top pillow with inflatable base, and packs down to 1/4 the size for travel!
Dra .Sunshine Head to Toe Organic CBD Oil -This luxurious CBD+ oil calms and restores your skin, and invigorates your senses for a refreshed, blissed and vibrant you. High performance with full spectrum CBD+ and rich in omega fatty acids for decreased inflammation.
Gunamuna Swaddle Sacks – Keep baby swaddled + warm for diaper changes, with arms in or arms out. The gently weighted gunaPOD® Swaddle Sack lulls baby into a comfort-induced sleep and offers a genius diaper-zip. The multi-functional design feels like a luxurious down comforter and evenly distributes the weight to mimic a calming hug, soothing baby to faster and longer sleep. That’s parenthood simplified!
Doddle and Co’s Pop Up Pacifiers – The Pop is specially designed to give you extra peace of mind when caring for your newborn. When it falls softly nearby, (like in their crib or baby seat) the bubble stays folded and ready to go. When it takes a larger tumble to the floor, the bubble pops up – saving the nipple from unwanted surface contact.
Dr Browns Bottles – Designed by a doctor in 1996, Dr. Brown’s Natural Flow® is the only baby bottle to feature an internal vent system that is clinically proven to reduce colic. Dr. Brown’s bottles also help reduce spit-up, burping and gas by eliminating negative pressure and air bubbles, help preserve vitamins C, A, & E by minimizing oxidation of breastmilk and formula, and provide vacuum-free feeding similar to breastfeeding.
Chatbooks – A great gift idea that is actually more for the grandparent than the baby! Create family photo books straight from your phone, starting at just $5. Plus, make Instagram photo books, Facebook photo books, prints, and cards that you can share with loved ones.
Feltman Brother Baby Clothing – For over 100 years, Feltman Brothers has been creating vintage style baby outfits for boys and girls, giving families the opportunity to create all those wonderful memories. Contributing to moments that can last forever with the timeless designs, portrait-worthy class and heirloom quality. Check out their gorgeous holiday rompers and dresses!
Parenting is tough. No doubt about that. Here a few products to help you out on those days when you need all the help you can get!
DocATot (Delux) – The Deluxe+ Dock from DockATot is the ultimate docking station for your newborn baby up to 8 months. This multi-functional design offers a comfy spot for diaper changes, tummy time, lounging, playing, cuddling, and napping. Lightweight and portable and easy to transport, this 3 lb machine washable wonder is well worth the price tag. Want to use it outside? No problem, the company also produces a nifty ‘cabana kit’ which includes a 50+ SPF UV-protected fabric hideaway bug screen and a retractable sun shade. The screen folds into a pouch and the kit also features a waterproof base protector.
Baby Brezza’s Formula Pro Advanced – Ever wondered what it would be like if you had a robot making your formula for you? Baby Brezza Formula Pro Advanced is the most advanced way to automatically make a warm, formula bottle instantly – it’s a true is a life saver (think 3am feeds in an instant.) No measuring, no mixing and no fuss. You can customize the perfect bottle for your baby by choosing 1 ounce increments between 2-10 ounces, 1 of 3 temperature settings or dispensing water only. It works with virtually all brands of formula and all bottle brands and sizes. BPA-FREE.
Hey Honey’s Trick or Treat CC2 Cream – The all-in-one solution for mom’s on the go, who want coverage with anti-aging skincare. Trick: Enjoy the complete and natural skin-perfecting coverage, use it all over the face and under eyes. Treat: Feel the benefits of an all-day, active moisturizing cream. Infused with the natural power of honey and propolis to give you both hydration (honey) and anti-bacterial treatment (propolis). Developed with Triple Pigment Technology, this CC cream moisturizes while disguising the appearance of skin imperfections.
Dr Brown’s Solid Feeding Products Transitioning from all milk to food? No sweat. Dr Brown’s has a great range of products to help, including their long spatula spoons with comfortable long handle to reach the bottom of taller jars, and spatula edges to help wipe food from baby’s mouth. Their soft spout transition cup is also a must for solid feeding babies, with sturdy, contoured handles that make it easier than ever for little hands to get a comfortable grip and a spill-proof silicone spout valve that makes sipping easy for tiny mouths.
Solly Baby’s Fall/Winter Range – These are great for multi-use as a swaddle and carrier and fold up nice and small into any baby bag. Best part is that they come in great seasonal colors to match any of your outfits! Solly Baby wraps give you and your little one unparalleled closeness and comfort and are made from sustainable fabrics, environmentally-friendly dyes and Certified Lenzing Modal – making them super soft, eco safe and long lasting.
What are the best baby products to travel with and why? As a mom on the go, I have been traveling with my 6 month-er since 4 months… on trains, plane and automobiles. I have had to get really good at having travel sizes, nifty tricks on hand and good products that do more than one thing.
So what will you find in my baby bag on the go?
Mommy makeup – Admitdly this one is for me but happy mommy is happy baby. If you’re anything like me, you love kissing your little one as much as possible…. but for affectionate and breastfeeding moms alike, you want to be careful what allergens could affect your baby. During my pregnancy I did some research into clean makeup brands and found ILIA Beauty. From concealers to tinted lip conditioners and multi sticks (one stick that does cheeks, lips and even eyes) they have you covered, both in convenience and organic clean ingredients that are safe for you and baby.
Swaddles and wraps – These are great for multi-use as a swaddle and carrier and fold up nice and small into my baby bag. Solly Baby wraps give you and your little one unparalleled closeness and comfort. Solly products are made from sustainable fabrics, environmentally-friendly dyes and Certified Lenzing Modal – making them super soft, eco safe and long lasting.
Stack-able, hold-able baby bottles – Nanobebe has to be the best bottle solution since sliced bread, when it comes to storage and convenience. Not only do their bottles look and feel like a real breast, with a shape that baby can actually hold themselves – but they also stack on top of each other! The bottles also heat 2x faster than normal bottles and all have a 360 degree venting system to reduce colic issues. They have pump adapters for easy pump right to bottle milk transfer AND have a cute little bag that you can pop a few in with a cooler right inside. Now that’s what I call smart.
Baby wash and baby cream – Whether you are the kind of mother who ventures for the kitchen sink or has some fancy blow up bath, you will need to take something to wash baby with. I am not a fan of anything that could irritate baby so brands like Little Green are great (not only because their products are nice enough that I even like to use them washing my own hair!) They have a whole ‘travel friendly’ line, including their Shampoo and Body Wash – mild and tear-free, with vitamin b and e to nourish baby’s skin harmlessly. Another great travel product is their Soothing Balm – a little stick of heaven for chapped lips, rashes or any irritated skin on the go. Both TSA friendly, they can slip right into that baby bag side pocket!
Burp clothes and bibs – When I am traveling, I just don’t have the room for a hundred burp clothes in my luggage or time to do laundry. I like to take a few snap up little bibs instead that pop right around baby’s neck. Dr Brown’s does a line of great soft little snap up bibs with teethers attached (think no velcro pulling on delicate baby clothes) that fold up nicely and fit easily into my bag. They come in some fun colors and patterns too, protecting baby and me from messes. If I have to wash them on the go, they can be easily hand washed a dry fast on a hotel towel rod. No mess, no stress.
Pacifiers and teethers – Why do I feel like I can never have enough of these?!? Because I cant! There are so many great pacifiers out there now and this really depends on what your baby prefers, their age etc. Dr Browns does a range of great soft silicone pacifiers. I also like the little flexi-pacies Nonobebe does which are lightweight and ergonomic so the pacifier stays in baby’s mouth. Doddle and Co do some great teethers and are also known for their pacifier that ‘pops when it drops’ to save on constant cleaning. Having said that, if you have a wee extra bit of room and are looking for a nipple sanitizer on the go, it’s worth picking up BBLUv’s battery powered one!
Baby sunnies – Apart from looking cute as pie, sunglasses for little ones by Hipsterkid actually protect their eyes. Basically, these are the sunglasses we want for ourselves in mini-size. Get ready for your kid to steal the scene with 100% UVA and UVB protection, Polarized, shatter-resistant lenses and Flexible, durable frames – all of which also help protect your little one’s eyes for sun damage.
Mom and Dad deserve a pamper sometimes right? Dah! Of course we do. When it comes to having kids, particularly in the early years, we can 100% forget that looking after ourselves puts us in a better position to look after our little critters. So here’s what’s on my spoil mom and dad list (whether you buy them for yourself or your significant other!)
Oars and Alps – This natural men’s self grooming line caters to men who are active and on the go (great for travelers) These neat products are infused with Alpine Caribou Moss – a small mighty plant from Finland (backed up by ingredients like naturally aloe vera and volcanic sand) to aid everyday sweat, pollution and sunlight. Best part is, because they are clean, coming into contact with baby is totally safe. Favorite products include their natural deodorant (which actually WORKS) and had a great earthy botanical scent along with their Essentials kit – for when you wake up looking (and maybe feeling) like the cast from The Hangover! Scrub away last night’s sins with their Exfoliating Power Cleansing Face Wash and depuff + cool under eye bags with the Wake Up Eye Stick. Follow those up with their ultra hydrating Face + Eye Cream and you’ll look like you got a full 8 hours of sleep, even if all you’ve had is a full cup of coffee.
Cremo – Typically known for their outstanding shave cream, this brand also does a great line of hair, body and cologne products too. Favorites include their Juniper and Eucalyptus 2-in-1 shampoo, for when you don’t have time to mess around. It leaves your hair perfectly clean and well-balanced, with a unique, sophisticated scent. It’s what you call the whole package.) Cremo’s Cedar and Cypress Bodywash is also a must, featuring the rich, powerful fragrance of refreshing blue cedar wood, aromatic cypress and a citrus zest, in a lightweight, concentrated formula that delivers a rich lather.
Earthly Body – I love that this brand is mommy baby safe – aiming to create the highest quality personal care products with naturally-derived ingredients whenever possible. So whether you are nursing or nurturing your little one, you can feel safe with their products. Even better, they strive to set an example by creating their products in an environmentally way (you go Mom, being an example to your little ones!) While they house a number of sustainable brands – a couple of my favorites are their Hemp Seed Hand and Body Lotion (a rich blend of Hemp Seed Oil and Argan Oil (leaving skin healthy, radiant, and smelling like heaven) or their CBD Daily Intensive Cream (perfect to rub on that lower achy back from a day picking up the baby or just the laundry!)
Lively Nursing Wear – Sexy, silky and sophisticated are not words you commonly use to describe nursing bras or maternity wear but this brand nails it. “Inspired by women with wild hearts and boss brains” this brand is delivering bras and undies that blur the aesthetic lines of lingerie, active, and swim, taking the best elements of high-style and comfort from each category. These gorgeous undergarments have established an entirely new category and POV of lingerie, a movement that they call Leisurée. I love the mesh trim bralettes and the choice of nudes to natural colors they offer, along with their great activewear pieces and bodysuits. A must have place to shop if you are lacking that oomph and body confidence you used to feel pre-baby.
Innersense – Nature is at the center of Innersense Organic Beauty – it’s perfect for the mom who wants to pamper herself with clean, pure beautiful haircare. These products are crafted from certified organic plant ingredients your hair will love in luxurious formulations that deliver hydration, health, moisture, shine and protection only Mother Nature can provide. Formulated from a rich, concentrated combination of Certified Organic plant ingredients like coconut, avocado and shea butter, these healthy ingredients leave hair clean, residue-free and naturally shiny and voluminous. A few favorites include their Sweet Spirit Leave In Conditioner and Refresh Dry Shampoo (for the days when we just don’t have time to wash that mom hair.) And what about our fading hair color when we don’t have time to hit the salon? Try their Color Awaken Hairbath for a little extra boost!
I have recently learnt that traveling with kids, particularly young kids, is never easy. As parents, we need to re-think how we travel, and a lot of it is letting go of our own expectations of ‘the perfect trip.’ Instead of expecting perfection, we should just be as well prepared as possible and know that any hiccups will only add to the stories you will remember at the end of a trip.
So how does travel help our children?
Travel breaks down barriers and enhances connection. Travel also shows your children that though we all look different, we are the same. It is a great opportunity to teach our children about diversity in the world and interact and even make friends with children that come from different cultures, places and experiences. Travel is also an opportunity to leave behind the technology that feeds out childrens’ hands nowadays and reconnect with life, family and the world. If you keep technology and the news of the day to a minimum and enjoy each other’s company and conversation, you can teach your kids that the best things in life are free.
Travel broadens our perspective and enhances developmental milestones. Whether you travel to the next town or around the world, moving out of a comfort zone or everyday routine will enhance your family’s understanding of our world and the lives of our fellow citizens. Travel helps children experience a wide repertoire of sights, smells, sounds, colors, faces and languages from an early age. Travel opens up endless possibilities in their tiny minds and they become open and used to trying new things.
Travel builds character and helps kids become more adaptable and flexible kids. Traveling with young children exposes them to a new ‘normal.’ It allows them to be more adaptable to changing situations and be more flexible in their habits. They are used to sleeping in their beds, sleeping in prams, sleeping on an airplane seat, sleeping in a crowded shopping mall or outside, under a blanket. It also provides an opportunity to model what matters most – delayed flights, weather changes, poor service or a rocky road help all of us learn to live in the moment, share resources, manage unexpected consequences and see the bright side of the occasional travel mishap.
Travel is inspiring and educational. Travel with young kids means exposing them and making them interested in geography, world maps and airplanes early on. They start to form a better understanding of their environment and the knowledge that it’s a big world out there. They are interested in learning capitals of the different countries they visit, and being able to look for it on a map.
Travel helps ignite children’s imagination. Travel encourages children to engage in creative play – skills that they develop during childhood. Feed your children’s natural curiosity through travel. Do they yearn to learn more about art, history or science? Whether you opt for magnificent museums, nature’s classroom or immersive experiences, expand their knowledge (and your own) by exploring new ideas and destinations together.
No doubt that summer heat has sunk in… and for those of us living in spots around the country with hot hot temps (like NYC) so where can we go to cool off this summer both near and far?
NYC Central Park, N.Y – Who says you can’t keep cool in the city? Park yourself alongside the Bethesda Fountain in Central park or take to the Lake in a rented rowboat from Loeb’s boathouse. Rockaway Beach – Take the subway, a beach shuttle bus or the ferry to the free, Queens beach that is filled with plenty of affordable food trucks as well as great bars and shops. Robert H. Treman State Park- Take a dip in the stream-fed pool beneath the 115-foot Lucifer Falls, at Robert H. Treman State Park in the Finger Lakes
Missouri – Johnson’s Shut-Ins State Park – Play in the shallows of the East Fork of the Black River or shoot through “Mother Nature’s hydraulics” in the natural swimming holes at Johnson’s Shut-Ins State Park in Middle Brook, Missouri.
Pennsylvania – Ohiopyle State Park – Cool off on the natural waterslides, courtesy of Mother Nature, the Youghiogheny River Gorge and thousands of years of erosion.
CT – Brownstone Park – This adventure center in Portland, Connecticut, provides an adrenaline-pumping plunge into the water from a zip line. Spend the rest of the day rock climbing, cliff jumping, swimming, kayaking and more
Texas – Blue Hole Regional Park – Picture yourself plunging into Blue Hole from a rope swing… This good ol’ fashioned Texas swimming hole became a 126-acre regional park in 2005.
NJ – Delaware River – Flowing for 330 miles from New York through Pennsylvania, families typically float down the Delaware River from Frenchtown, N.J., where they rent tubes, canoes, kayaks or rafts.
California Coast – The entire coastline is booming in the summer months as temps reach a nice high in the day but cool off at night. Consider SD which has a combination of breezy beaches like La Jolla Shores and buzzing nightlife. Or stay in west LA and checkout Malibu’s cliff-side beaches like Point Dune, known for it’s gorgeous tide pools.
Hawaii – From Maui to Kauai to O’ahu, Hawaii boasts plenty of beautiful beaches but there are also hiking trails to explore. Once you reach the end of the trail, take a dip in one of the cool, refreshing swimming holes before heading back down the mountain.
The sunny city that I cant quite compare to anywhere else – San Diego really does have it all from sports and shopping to surfing and sensational dining. On my recent trip with family, I made a point of hitting up a few new spots that have been on the ‘must do’ list for a while.
The nightlife hotspot – King and Queens Cantina If you are looking for a dinner spot with friends or family that packs a punch in music, vibe and cuisine – look no further. King and Queen Cantina brings a Latin flavor to San Diego’s Little Italy with colorful skull décor and a Dia de Los Muertos theme all year long. Seat yourselves at the downstairs bar or follow mood lighting upstairs outdoor bar where you can take to the San Diego skyline as you sip hand-crafted cocktails at this modern Mexican cantina. Creative owner and founder Jorge Cueva brings the ‘Mexican Cantine’ style and hisipanic popular menu from Orange County’s hotspot Tempo Urban Kitchen to create an eclectic menu from sushi to tacos as well as popular Latin dishes combined with inspiration from around the world. My choices include the sHISHITO PEPPERS (Soy glazed, malted salt, lime crema) the NO TORTILLA TACOS (Stuffed tempura jalapeno, spicy tuna, cheese, spicy aioli, pear and cucumber slaw, radish, cilantro, wrapped in jicama tortilla) and the DIABLO ROLL (Avocado, cucumber, crab meat, and shrimp tempura, wrapped in seaweed and rice, topped with spicy tuna and crispy onions.) Pair these with their famous Margarita Flight or a couple Modelas – and your set for a unforgettable night.
The ambient spot – Havana 1920 Havana 1920 brings Hemingway’s Cuba to life with authentic Cuban dishes, drinks and entertainment. Located just south of Market Street in San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter, you will find an atmospheric hideaway and hotspot serving up a most entertaining evening. Start your night with an aged rum, overlooking the street scenery from the upstairs balcony – and dig into their CEVICHE TROPICAL (shrimp, grilled pineapple, jalapeño, cucumber, tomato, onion, and cilantro.) For mains dig into the classic SANDWICH CUBANO (Cuban Sandwich Slices of slow roasted pork, ham, Swiss cheese, pickles and mustard on Cuban Bread) or a BISTEC HAVANA 24 (Angus skirt steak topped with our own chimichurri served with grilled Cuban bread, plantains and a side Caribbean avocado salad.) Once your done, head downstairs for a nightcap and soak up the buzzing scenery.
The brunch spot – The Mission The Mission is a casual, local eatery with a brunch choice for everyone. Their concept specializes in simple, healthy, tasty food with a whimsical edge and a focus on artful presentation at an affordable price. By focusing on the use of simple and fresh ingredients, this vibrant urban bistro promotes living in an increasingly health-conscious world – which includes everything from classic pancakes and sandwiches to modern Chino-Latino cuisine! A few of my favorites include the SOY CHORIZO BURRITO (Black beans, crispy rosemary potatoes, scrambled eggs, jack cheese, cilantro, scallions, tomatoes and chipotle crema in a large whole wheat tortilla) and the ZEN BREAKFAST (Scrambled egg whites, braised tofu, brown rice, grilled zucchini & squash with tomato & onion garnish) but if you want to indulge there are every kind of pancake imaginable from blueberry to banana. This concept in healthy dining, combined with pleasant surroundings, is The Mission’s specialty and has made The Mission a huge favorite among local San Diegans and travelers from around the world.
The happening hotel – The Kimpton Solamar This hotel boasts both a great location and great presentation- explore, indulge and recharge right in the center of the Gas Lamp District. This Kimpton offers an all-inclusive vibe with rich décor. Our regal-meets-vibrant, urban refuge provides modern comfort, a rooftop pool oasis, dazzling dining destinations, genuinely engaged service, plus a central location ideal for exploring some of the city’s latest dining trends and sizzling nightlife options. Of course, being a Kimpton, expect all the generous quirks – like happy of complimentary wine for guests at night, cold brew at 6am in the lobby and dog cookies for traveling fidos. By far, one of my favorite spots to stay in SD.
The activity – The San Diego Zoo This is a great activity for all ages, aside of beaching it and shopping. Set in Balboa Park, The San Diego Zoo houses was a pioneer in the concept of open-air, cageless exhibits that re-create natural animal habitats. Walk around the park, jump on the Skyfari aerial tram or hop on a guided bus tour of the entire zoo – and experience live talks, feedings, and demonstrations. Meet over 4,000 rare and endangered animals, and over 650 unique species from all over the world in this 100-acre site.. You’ll get up close to koalas as well as gorillas, elephants, crocodiles and more in exhibits from the African Rocks to the Australian Outback!
When it became clear that Francesca Page, then 27 weeks pregnant, was not leaving the hospital before she delivered her baby, she felt sad that she was missing out on some of the traditional mom-to-be experiences. But that sadness didn’t last long. A week into her stay, her sister, Georgina, threw Page a maternity photo shoot in the hospital. See full article here!