We Went to Oahu!

We Went to Oahu!

Hawaii is quite far from the east coast, so you don’t often hear about east coasters visiting outside of a honeymoon. But I turned 40 this year and YOLO - so we took the kids and did it. I’m so very glad we did. Hawaii is pure magic and is NOT “just like the Caribbean but farther.”

Some folks will tell you to skip Oahu - that it’s crowded and urban and not as pretty as the other islands. Ignore those people. In Oahu, you get Honolulu, a crazy fun and exciting city, and its infamous Waikiki Beach neighborhood, you get beaches and lush greenery that will take your breath away and you even get a surfer culture nothing like you’ve ever seen before, at least on the east coast.

Read on for all that we loved and did in Oahu. And then check Part Two detailing our time in Maui.

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Don't Miss These April Season Openings

Don't Miss These April Season Openings

April is a month where a lot of folks wake up from their winter hibernation to once again head outdoors and enjoy some fresh air again. And knowing this, many seasonal businesses choose April as the time to re-open for the warm weather season.

We will be missing many of these openings given our trip to Hawaii (woot! woot!), but you certainly do not have to miss the fun. Here are a bunch of cool things opening for the season this April. Let me know in the comments if you make it to any of these while I’m away. I can’t wait to check them out when we’re back.

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Maypoles, Matzoh and Easter Bunnies!

Maypoles, Matzoh and Easter Bunnies!

This year we’ll be in Hawaii (!!!) for Passover and Easter. Yup, you’ll be seeing more hula dances than bunnies and Seder plates at Donuts at the Disco this April. But this spring loving mama is still keeping tabs on the fun spring happenings in our area. Here are some of the events I am most bummed about missing (in chronological order).

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Outside Fun For Those Sunny Beautiful Days!

Outside Fun For Those Sunny Beautiful Days!

We may not always get gorgeous weather here in the northeast but when we do get it, we enjoy the heck out of it. Yes, we appreciate sunny days because we know they’re not always here to stay.

Here are some great ways to get outside on a beautiful day and enjoy the sunshine and warmth! I will continually update this as we explore more of the great outdoors!

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Indoor Fun For Those Cold or Rainy Days

Indoor Fun For Those Cold or Rainy Days

Spring has sprung. But that does not mean just blue skies and sun from here on out. Nope, we may still be freezing for a few months. And even once higher temps do arrive, there will still be rainy days to contend with. In preparation for the next cold, rainy, gloomy day, here now in one place are all of my past indoor activity posts. I will continually update this as we explore more of the indoors!

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Get Yourself to Burrata Wood Fired Pizza

Get Yourself to Burrata Wood Fired Pizza

Burrata Wood Fired Pizza has been open since 2012 in Eastchester, NY. We don’t live all that close by, so it took us way too long to get here. But on the advice of a good friend, we finally tried it last month and, well, it was so crazy delicious that we came back again last weekend, but this time with 10 additional family members. Even with such a large, unruly (our party included 4 young kids) group, Burrata Wood Fired Pizza came strong.

The execution of the dishes is what makes Burrata Wood Fired Pizza a great restaurant, but before I even get to what you’re putting in your mouth, I must first give the restaurant credit for its menu. It is simple but elegant. There are Italian basics done extremely well on that menu, along side more interesting, less “safe” offerings done just as well. You can visit this restaurant with picky eaters and adventurous eaters, and everyone will find something to make her happy.

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Sparklicious is Precious

Sparklicious is Precious

If your kid loves all things pink and glitter, take them to Sparklicious in Mount Kisco ASAP. My goodness is this place adorable. My younger daughter - who very much falls into the pink glitter category - was made to feel like royalty here. And I was just super jealous the whole time.

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A Night at Kalahari in the Poconos!

A Night at Kalahari in the Poconos!

Last weekend we made our first visit to Kalahari Resorts in the Poconos. Previously knowing nothing about the world of indoor water parks, I am happy to report that I came back as a fan. You only need or want one night at Kalahari. And if you go with a low key attitude and with your kids’ interests at heart (and my below tips in mind), I promise you, that one night at Kalahari will actually be a lot of fun.

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MoMath MoFun?

MoMath MoFun?

Ugh math. It always was my least favorite school subject. Even now, while I mostly read and write as a corporate lawyer, I cringe whenever calculations sneak their way into my job. But my second grader is learning so much about math at school now, so I figured a visit to the Museum of Math in NYC was in order.

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Westchester Has a Children's Museum

Westchester Has a Children's Museum

About two years ago Westchester finally landed itself an official children’s museum. It’s small and it can seem minimalist compared to something like Philly’s Please Touch, but I think Rye’s Westchester Children’s Museum brings something much needed to our area. Plus it’s got a pretty beautiful location.

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Just Go to Just Kidding at Symphony Space

Just Go to Just Kidding at Symphony Space


We recently saw our first children’s show at Manhattan’s Symphony Space. The Doubtful Sprout, a one woman puppet show by Liz Joyce, was an absolute JOY(ce) to watch.

Though this show has moved on, Symphony Space continues to offer family focused performances each Saturday through the cold winter months as part of their ongoing, Just Kidding Series. And if you’re a Westchester or Fairfield County family like we are, driving to Symphony Space is a snap. Located at 95th and Broadway, the theater is not too far from our northern suburban towns!

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We Love the 305

We Love the 305

A lot of people think Miami is just South Beach. And probably a lot of those same people think that Miami is just about hot bods and obnoxious club scenes. There is SO much more to the 305. Gorgeous art. Delicious food. Culture. Kid activities. I love Miami because it offers all of those things PLUS the gorgeous Miami Beach. Read on for some tips on how to do Miami well with kids (or if you’re a bunch of adults that don’t want to do any of this).

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