Topic: family vacation

Have A Wonderful Spring Break But I Won’t Be Going Anywhere Because I’m Not Wealthy Like You Are!

Have A Wonderful Spring Break But I Won't Be Going Anywhere Because I'm Not Wealthy Like You Are!

I have so much spring break bitterness. Can we make that into a hashtag? #Springbreakbitterness. I mean, I am happy for everyone I know who takes their family to visit the mouse or to a lovely seaside resort or camping for spring break. Y’all go and have fun and send me a postcard but I’ll be at home trying to entertain my kids with Netflix and cookie baking and other fun-filled activities. Like picking sticks up out of my yard. I know this is all a gigantic white whine and I do realize how lucky and blessed (#blessed) I am and that we always have enough food to eat and running water and electricity but I can’t help but feel jealous when my Facebook feed starts to fill up with everyone’s plans for the week long spring break. I don’t get how average families can afford these things. More »

I Refuse To Fly With My Entire Family At The Same Time

I Refuse To Fly With My Entire Family At The Same Time

I never fly with my entire family at the same time. I learned this from my ex’s fiancé’s parents, years ago, before I became a mother. His parents will never fly on the same plane with their only child, even now. And he’s 48. Why? Because if, god forbid, and sorry to be so morbid, but if something went wrong (you can imagine all the scenarios) then at least their only son, who they love like no other, would still be alive. More »

I Can Never Go To Disney World Because I Have To Buy Stupid Junk Like Groceries

I Can Never Go To Disney World Because I Have To Buy Stupid Junk Like Groceries

Yeah, yeah I know! Everyone is broke and many people are struggling to buy medications they need and pay their electric bills and buy stuff kids need like shoes but can’t we all just collectively whine about how we can’t afford to go on vacation at present in order to make each other feel better? I know this is all big ‘ol first world problems and we are very lucky to be alive and well but I still want to be on vacation right now. More »

I’m Taking My Kid Out Of School For 5 Days To Celebrate Mother’s Day Week

Iâm Taking My Kid Out Of School For 5 Days To Celebrate Mother's Day Week

I’m being proactive this year when it comes to Mother’s Day. I’ve planned a mother-daughter ONLY trip for five days. My daughter will be missing four days of school, since I want to spend a week with her. It’s MOTHER week in my household!

She can’t wait to go to Bahamas and be alone with me. It’s going to be a fucking great Mother’s Day Week. For both me and my daughter. More »

Angelina Jolie And Brad Pitt Have More Nannies On Vacation With Them Than I Have Of Anything

Angelina Jolie And Brad Pitt Have More Nannies On Vacation With Them Than I Have Of Anything

angelina and kids 270911Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have more nannies on holiday with them than I have of anything. 12. Okay, I lie, I actually have 12 cans of Diet Coke in my garage, and when it’s cold I refer to my garage as “my second refrigerator” so I’m kinda almost exactly as fancy as Brad and Angelina, because I’m pretty sure they also have a second refrigerator. But they probably don’t also park their cars in their second refrigerator. So yeah, I am not fancy like Brad and Angie, at all. More »

The Beach Is Nature’s Child-Proofing

The Beach Is Natureâs Child-Proofing

Beach vacations are the best. Sure, you’ve got the sun and ocean and bright blue skies (I hope). But for me – the mother of a 2-year-old boy who is out-of-control wild – the beach is like a giant bouncy castle. It’s the one place in the world where he can run free and not kill himself. And when I say run free, I mean he can literally run for hours without his dad or me having to worry about him wiping out and cracking his head open, or bashing into a wall, or climbing onto something way too high and leaping off onto the pavement below. More »

Victoria Beckham Has It All — Except A Vacation With Her Husband

Victoria Beckham Has It All -- Except A Vacation With Her Husband

Perhaps money really can’t buy you everything. Victoria Beckham may be able credit her post-baby body to her wealth, but even with all the money in the world, she still isn’t getting much grownup travel time with husband David Beckham. The couple recently told Vogue that the last time they vacationed alone was three years ago making them suddenly sound like a genuine family with four children. More »

Family Vacation: Sorry But My Girls Are Staying Far Away From Those Horrid Kids’ Clubs

Family Vacation: Sorry But My Girls Are Staying Far Away From Those Horrid Kids' Clubs

It seemed, on paper, to be exactly the kind of holiday we’d been waiting for after two long, stressful years: a week idling under the sun at an all-inclusive resort with four pools, six restaurants and – key drumroll – a kids’ club. That last feature we’d never had the pleasure of acquainting ourselves with in our nearly five years traveling with children, and it was just what the doctor ordered.

We spent the subsequent weeks prior to departure fantasizing about what we’d do with those couple of hours each day, once we’d packed a beach bag for our daughters and dropped them off with the gung-ho, formally trained staff we imagined would be awaiting them at the gates, behind which we imagined boisterous children playing volleyball or horseshoes or tag and making lifelong friends. Tipsy lunches! Siestas by the pool! Uninterrupted sex! Oh kids club, I thought, where have you been all my (parenting) life? More »

Happiness Means Living In The Moment…And Having An Awesome Babysitter

Happiness Means Living In The Momentâ¦And Having An Awesome Babysitter

I’m a parent of two young kids. I love my life and am grateful for my blessings, but I wouldn’t describe myself as euphorically happy all the time. I laugh and I have genuine joy, sure, but I’m often impatient with my kids and husband, and downright grumpy and frustrated with time management and not being able to think straight. And I’m overwhelmed at times by the small and big picture components of being a mom. In other words, I feel lucky but fairly anxious the other shoe will drop any minute. So… happy? That’s an elusive and slippery conversation.

That’s why I was willing to give the book The Happiness Project, by Gretchen Rubin, a look. More »

Going On A Family Holiday? Beware The ‘Evil Stares’

Going On A Family Holiday? Beware The 'Evil Stares'

Gatwick Airport in London recently surveyed 1,000 British parents and discovered that most them get totally stressed out while traveling with their kids. But it’s not the actual children that’s the problem but rather the reactions of fellow passengers. Let’s just say that people aren’t exactly shy about wanting to travel in peace (as in, no screaming kids nearby).

More than half the parents questioned in the study say they’ve been made to feel bad when their child cries or misbehaves on holiday, reports Reuters. More »