Spot Dessert Bar Certainly Hits the Spot!

Spot Dessert Bar Certainly Hits the Spot!

Spot Dessert Bar! You’ve probably been before. But I’m going to remind you to go back and take the kids this time.  As a (strange) person who does not like ice cream but DOES enjoy a sweet bite after dinner, Spot has held a special place in my heart for awhile now.

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Coney Island + Spumoni Gardens = The Perfect “Real” Brooklyn Day

Coney Island + Spumoni Gardens = The Perfect “Real” Brooklyn Day

There are parts of Brooklyn that have blown up in the few decades - parts that are all quite close to Manhattan. But deep into the borough of Brooklyn lies what some call the “true Brooklyn.” And perhaps no part of that “real Brooklyn” is more iconic and special than the Coney Island Beach and Boardwalk. Make the trek at least once or twice in your life and while you’re there, hit the nearby and also iconic L&B Spumoni Gardens.

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Quick Summer 2019 Maine Update

Quick Summer 2019 Maine Update

Last year I wrote a long post about our annual summer visit to southern Maine. And I mentioned then that Maine has been a long-time special state to both my husband and me. Getting to share our mutual love of Maine with our girls now is a real treat. While we didn’t veer far off the course this time, next summer we’ve vowed to take on new and more northern parts of Maine.

For now, here’s a quick little supplement to last year’s post to shout out some of the spots we visited for the first time this year in the Portland and Ogunquit areas.

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Mexico City is Close, Cool, Contemporary and AWESOME

Mexico City is Close, Cool, Contemporary and AWESOME

You’ve probably been to Cancun. Maybe you’ve even been to Tulum. But Mexico City is where all the action is. From killer street tacos to fine dining and fancy craft cocktail bars. From anthropology to contemporary art. From Aztec history and centuries old markets to hipster coffee bars. CDMX is a humongous city overflowing with culture, deliciousness and hipness. We had such a blast celebrating our anniversary there. Get a sitter (you DO want to hit those cocktail bars, don’t you?) and GO to Mexico City.

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Sunday Morning at Elephant's Trunk Flea Market

Sunday Morning at Elephant's Trunk Flea Market

Elephant’s Trunk is a huge and well known flea market in New Milford, CT. As a person who likes modern design, I don’t usually seek out antiques or vintage stuff. But as an activity blogger living in CT, I knew I must check this spot out.

Elephant’s Trunk is open only on Sunday mornings from early April until early December. The flea market started in 1976 with just a handful of vendors, but these days around 500 vendors and food trucks greet huge crowds each Sunday.

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Get Away to Rockaway

Get Away to Rockaway

There are beaches all over the New York area. But trust this Long Island girl when she tells you that the Atlantic Ocean beaches are so much better than the Long Island Sound beaches - the sand is smoother and softer and the waves are real. And there’s less of that smelly seaweed vibe.

I grew up in Wantagh, NY, home of the famous Jones Beach and less than a half hour from other great Atlantic Ocean beaches like Long Beach. The beaches on the South Shore of Long Island are dope - it’s why the Hamptons became what they are.

For years I’d been hearing about another well loved Atlantic Ocean beach in Queens - Rockaway Beach. We finally made it there Memorial Day weekend and I cannot wait to go back. Rockaway Beach is SO worth the trip. You’ll feel like you escaped on vacation.

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Quick Rundown of Our Time in Hudson

Quick Rundown of Our Time in Hudson

Two summers ago we did a really great long weekend in Hudson, NY. We finally made it back this past weekend (WHAT took us so long?) for a quick day trip. It is a glorious part of New York. And I sure know that it won’t be another 2 years before we visit again.

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Saturdays Are For Flushing Meadows-Corona Park

Saturdays Are For Flushing Meadows-Corona Park


The New York Hall of Science opened in 1964 as part of the World’s Fair and as one of the first hands-on science museums in the country. Today, NYSci is still a really cute place to visit with young kids on a cold,  rainy or wintry day….....OR

You could follow our lead and visit on a beautiful spring or summer Saturday. There are some cool things happening right outside NYSci in nice weather. Read on


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Five NYC Destination Playgrounds

Five NYC Destination Playgrounds

Playgrounds and parenting go hand-in-hand in warmer weather. Young kids just absolutely love climbing, sliding and spinning their way through spring and summer. When we visit the city in nice weather, we always include a playground - preferably, a really good playground - to sweeten the deal for our kids.

So I hereby present to you my personal favorite NYC playgrounds I’ve visited so far as a parent. I would call each of these a “Destination Playground,” very much worthy of a visit.  And as a fun little added bonus, I’ve included a solid family friendly food stop nearby each playground.

There are still many good playgrounds I haven’t hit yet in NYC, so please send me any recommendations in the comments!

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Get a Killer Sandwich at this Eastchester Must Do

Get a Killer Sandwich at this Eastchester Must Do

In 2016, a former Fortina chef went out on his own to open a sandwich shop in Eastchester. While that doesn’t sound like big news, it actually is. These sandwiches, deliciously composed and made to order with high quality ingredients, are insanely good. We were fans of Mason Sandwich Co. from its earliest days and after revisiting more recently, I can definitively say that the word is out on how good these sammies are.

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Celebrate Mom With a New Adventure!

Celebrate Mom With a New Adventure!

Mother’s Day is on May 12th!! It is time to honor your Mama, Wife, Grandma, Close Female Friend, etc,

Stumped on just how to do that?  Since this is an activities-based blog and I love being active (in the exploring sense, NOT in the gym sense), I thought I would offer a few cool ways you can celebrate Mama this year by taking her on a new little adventure.

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