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SnapShots: A Multi-Generation Family Vacation

We often plan for family vacations but what about a multi-generation family vacation – a family vacation with not just your nuclear family but also your parents or in-laws? No. I’m not drunk or crazy talking. I’m serious. I know, I know. Planning a multi-generation family vacation could be tricky for many reasons: blending personalities, combining interests, limiting your thoughts of karate chops to the throat to once a day, and finding a place to go that works for kids, parents, and grandparents....

MicroAdventure: Bikes, Birds and Plaza España

Last weekend was a long weekend in the Dominican Republic to celebrate May Day.* Many of our friends went away but we opted to stay in Santo Domingo and chill out since (I’m not complaining, but…) we’ve done quite a bit of traveling and weekends away this year. A little staycation was exactly what we needed. We had a delicious bagel breakfast with friends, a yummy lox and mimosas brunch at home, watched movies, drank wine, and took a stroll around Santo Domingo’s Colonial Zone,...

Milestone: When Your Kid Cuts Their Own Hair

I interrupt your regularly scheduled program to bring you this news update:   So yeah. What do you do when your kid cuts their own hair? Well, nothing I guess. Husband and I stifled our laughter because we had to remain serious enough to explain to her that using scissors near her eyeballs and face was a terrible idea. She smiled the whole time. She was reaaaaallly proud off herself. And it doesn’t help that it looks dope. If I’m...

Coffee Talks: Blaze Like a Motherf*#cker and Be Yourself

I took both my kids to the salon with me the other day. It wasn’t the best decision I’ve ever made but I also had big hair in the 80’s so I think we could all agree that occasionally I make some poor choices. But I’m not here to tell a cautionary tale of why you should never bring two toddlers to a salon for the reason you think. The story I’m here to tell is the one of my son...

Why Sleep Routines Are Awesome but I Might Be Done with Them

It’s possible for Husband and I, as parents, that our favorite word is routine. It has kept us on the same page when it came to bedtimes, sleep training, food, and most other kid-raising things. There were always the few friends who told us that we didn’t have to be so stringent about our sleep routine but we liked it and it worked, both for the kids and for us. We’d give crazy amounts of hugs and kisses but when it was bedtime, we were...

At What Age Should Kids Leave the Nest?

The TV was on in the background as I scurried around the apartment getting our bags together to head out. Steve Harvey was on the Today Show talking with Savannah Guthrie about his new TV show and at the end of the segment, a couple of people from the audience were invited to ask Harvey, typical Harvey questions. But the question (and his answer) I’ve been thinking about was this one: When it comes to your little birds leaving the nest,...

MicroAdventure: Exploring Juan Dolio

For as long as I’ve been abroad, I’ve counted down the days until my parents were both retired from work and responsibilities so they could join us in the Dominican Republic for a few months. This was the year. On January 17th, 3 days before my birthday, my parents’ plane touched down in Santo Domingo. They stayed with us for 3 weeks before moving into their digs at the beach in Juan Dolio for the next month. It was the perfect choice for us since JD is...

A Warm Love Kinda Weekend

What will you be doing this Valentine’s weekend? The kids are excited about going on vaccaciones (vacation) as if their life isn’t one big beach vacation. Though I must admit this one is large scale. My parents who arrived a few weeks ago and have been staying with us in Santo Domingo have rented a place here for the month. That’s right, the month. And since this writer can work from anywhere, I’ve pretty much already planted my ass in the...