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Lip Sync Battle Videos

These 3 Lip Sync Battle Videos Explain Why It’s the Best Party of the Year

Imagine 15 mini surprise parties of hearty laughter and unadultered hollering. An evening of willfully and gleefully having no idea what to expect next… that’s Lip Sync. On an open air rooftop of Santo Domingo this past Friday night, the wind was howling and the sky was cloudy. If we were pirates on the high seas, I’d be worried. But the performers of our 4th Lip Sync Battle Party were on fire… if fire was doused with gasoline and then an explosive was thrown in....

margarita burn

Beware the Margarita Burn!

We all love a solid margarita, especially when you can enjoy one under the summer sun by a pool or on the beach. The tequila flashback of underage drinking in Mexico and the salty-rimmed reminder of What happened last night? Margaritas are big fun! They could also be the big brother of bad news. In this case, I’m specifically talking about the Margarita Burn. Hold up? Margaritas can burn you? You mean that figuratively, right? No I mean that literally. It’s all fun and...

Cozy at Lillies

Husband’s Choice: A Midtown Food Tasting Adventure

“We could try and see if we could find cheap tickets for a show?” I half-heartedly suggested to Husband. He was silent a little too long so I continued, “Or we could just walk around and eat!” Immediate agreement. Husband and I are foodies, plain and simple. Give us the option and we’ll choose to get to know a city by a handful of restaurants every time. After all, what better way to get to know a place than through...

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Dominican Art and Date Night in the Colonial Zone

Last night was date night and, in spite of traffic and crummy weather,  we took it to the Colonial Zone for a Dominican Art exhibit that we heard was happening at Galería Toledo. We had an idea of where the gallery was located but we needed to do a little searching. I asked the doorman who stood outside of the Nicolas De Ovande Hotel, “Oh La Casa de Betty?” He asked. I repeated the gallery’s name, “Galeria Toledo.” Apparently we were...

Shop Small Business

Shop Small Business: A Gift Guide for Supporting Small Entrepreneurs

As the holiday season approaches, I often cringe when I walk into these huge mega stores. Don’t get me wrong, I like walking into the huge abysses of retail more than anyone but I also know that my money isn’t well spent here. At least not as well as it would be if I were to shop small business. As someone who has been a mover and a shaker for the last half a decade with Drinking the Whole Bottle, I...

champagne at the Billini

A Swanky Birthday Staycation in the Colonial Zone

When you’re a mom celebrating a milestone birthday I can’t think of anything you’d want more than for your husband to surprise you with a short weekend getaway … away from him and the kids. I kid, I kid. But… an uninterrupted evening with girlfriends? With no curfew? And all the amount of sleeping in, your sleep-deprived body could want? Where do I sign up for that kind of birthday surprise? Apparently, here. For about a month, our new friend Greg...

raising confident kids

13 Kickass Songs with Power Messages for Raising Confident Kids

I’ve been brainwashing our children. For some time now, I’ve been playing them a CD I purposefully crafted with – love your life, be strong & kick ass – type messages, a playlist for raising confident kids, essentially. And it’s working. Rafaella wails “Roar” by Katy Perry with such devotion,  it brings this proud mama to tears. I mean, she straight up nails it. The other day, on our drive up to Las Terrenas, I overheard Santiago in the back seat trying to...

Bayahibe

Friday Roundup: A Seriously Good Belly Laugh & Beautiful Beach Pics

Daily life in the Dominican Republic is hardly as easy as daily life in New Jersey. It doesn’t have all of the “luxuries” and more dangers (aka driving) but it does have its benefits. Take, for example, this weekend. This weekend we’re going here: This is Bayahibe, a fishing town 10 miles east of La Romana. We are staying at an AirBnb in Cadaqués. Inspired and named after a town in Northern Spain, it is “the unique combination of daily...