Rome with Children: Preparation, Flight and Hotel


Tickets: We flew to Rome with Alitalia. We purchased out tickets way in advance (November/December) of our trip in August. We paid pretty decent price compared to summer prices, about $750 per seat. The plane takes off in the afternoon from Chicago and arrives Rome early morning. So you get to sleep during the flight. Flight: Alitalia flies old … [Read more...]

Bristol Renaissance Faire – 2013


This is our second year at the Bristol Renaissance Faire. I love this event for myself and the children and made sure I spared a day for it. The weather was perfect. Here are some tips for beginners: Get your tickets at Walgreen's beforehand. They are not dated. You save $3 each. Bring a lot of extra cash for the rides. If it's your first … [Read more...]

Traveling with Children: Tulum, Mexico


This is the third and the last part of our vacation to Cancun, Mexico and our day trips to Chichen Itza and Tulum. Mayan City of Tulum is on the Carribbean Coast of the Yucatan Peninsula, south of Playa del Carmen. It is on the main road of "307", the same route that goes to some of the favorite theme parks such as Xel ha, Xcaret and Xplor. It took … [Read more...]

Traveling with children: Chichen Itza, Mexico

Chichen Itza is one of the biggest and well-preserved archeological sites from Mayan Civilization that is quite close to Cancun. Since the world didn't end on 12.21.12, we decided to visit the site during our vacation in Cancun. We had a rental car and it took us about 2 hours to drive from Cancun to Chichen Itza. The roads were very well paved … [Read more...]

This weekend in Chicago


A list of activities in and around Chicago that are on my radar for this weekend. The weather forecast looks very promising. Enjoy the great weather, outdoors. Saturday, May 18 - Maker Faire Chicago: We buy Make Magazine. The fair should be interesting. Location: CarL Shurz High School, 3601 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL Saturday-Sunday, May … [Read more...]

Traveling with children: Cancun, Mexico


Finally, I can upload photos from our "Spring Break" trip in Cancun, Mexico this past March. My husband really took his time to research the hotel with the best possible beach for the children. He learned, the beaches on the North side of the "7" shaped coast in Cancun, were more protected, therefore tend to be calmer and has less waves. My … [Read more...]

Why I love family vacation


After 7 days of teachers union strike, public schools started 2012-2013 school year today. The extended summer break came to an end. Before the summer break, among most of the parents around me and on the blogs that I read, the main consensus about vacation was “a vacation is not a vacation when it's with kids”. I seem to be the one of the few … [Read more...]

Bristol Renaissance Faire – 2012

We went to Bristol Renaissance Faire this year. I've been seeing the outdoor ads for the Faire on our way to Wisconsin and Outlet Mall at Pleasant Prairie. I got our tickets at Walgreen's, where they were cheaper than the Faire entrance. We dind't know what to expect. The Faire was spectacular. However, at the end we spent a lot of money. Be … [Read more...]

Family Travel: Niagara Falls, Canada


We just came from another quick trip to Niagara Falls, Niagara-on-the-Lake and Toronto, Canada. We loved the town of Niagara-on-the-Lake. My son declared that he would like to live in Niagara Falls or Toronto, with the condition of moving all of his toys from Chicago. This trip was a good experience with our two children, where I tried few … [Read more...]

Chicago Kids and Kites Festival


Chicago Kids and Kites Festival is one of the biggest and the best kite festival in the Chicagoland area. Weather permitting, we try to go every year. This year the weather was a bit overcast but the wind was perfect. It looks very crowded but there is enough space for everyone. You can usually get really nice kites for decent prices at the … [Read more...]

Family Travel: Milwaukee, Wisconsin


We went to visit Milwaukee over the weekend. It is rather a short trip from Chicago. We usually drive to Wisconsin border to Gurnee Mills for shopping. After that, it's only another 30-minute drive. The weather was great and we all had great fun. Here is our itinerary for Milwaukee, Wisconsin for the weekend with 2 young kids. We started at … [Read more...]

Last minute getaway

Two Fridays ago, a friend of mine called me to ask me why I haven't replied to her evite. Apparently, she used my e-mail address which I use only to register for memberships, and receive ads. As I was going through my inbox, which I have not checked for a month or so, I saw this newsletter from a ski resort. We've gone there years ago. Since I was … [Read more...]

Safety: Car safety for babies and children

According to the laws in USA, you must take your new born baby home from the hospital in a car seat. When travelling in a car, make sure you baby sits in the back seat in a car seat and make sure to fasten the seat belt.  Making excuses such as, car being too cluttered with baby seat, that the distance is too short, baby not liking the car seat … [Read more...]