theCulture Dispatch 06

New York

SJ in front of World Trade Center, April 2017. #NYCStrong

Trick or Treat!

Fall finally arrived in these parts. Just in time for us to feel the chill on Halloween. The adult beverages and kids candy stash didn’t stave away the cool temps. Brrrrrr ! 

But I can’t really complain. We’ve had a nice season up ‘til now. SJ’s first birthday party(ies) were a hit. It took me to two weeks to recover. I admit. I spent too much time, money and anxiety over ten four-year-old girls. I figure I can take on the chaos every 4-5 years.


Pinata power. SJ’s 4th birthday. Girls only!

I’m still soaking in our latest summer trip and plan to showcase some photos with a brief summary. Of course, I’m already in full planning mode for 2018. It’s a sickness. I can’t help it.

A couple new bragging rights to boastfully share –

I got published in The Grid Magazine! It’s a Philadelphia local, green magazine that inspires people to create a more just, liveable and sustainable city. It’s my first print editorial publication, not just online, so I’m elated. Check out my article on Minimalism with Minis !

Secondly, I am now a Nugget Contributor.

All of you with kids who have asked me questions on family travel – check this outI’ve submitted itineraries on Provence, San Sebastian and Bilbao, although they’re not all published yet. But look around! You’ll get wanderlust and travel inspiration on all sorts of trips to take with the littles. I plan to submit more for London, Paris, Amsterdam, Brittany and Loire Valley. Of course, don’t hesitate to hit me up directly if you ever want tips or suggestions.

And with that in mind, here’s what I’ve been curiously crushing on these days:

When in Rome, do as the Romans do, or rather when in Florence, eat Chinese. When in London, eat Japanese.

I appreciated and resonated with this post. #MeToo

What are your thoughts on raising kids bilingual? SJ’s in her second year of French. I should get better at enforcing the language at home but gloriously fail. Even going to France doesn’t count.

I found this to be an interesting read considering we have traveled with grown-up friends, friends with kids and no one else at all. What’s your take on traveling with others?

Fellow cat lovers, check this out.

Two snaps, NYC.

Parents, keep reading. Even when your kids beg you to read “Goodnight Moon” for the millionth time.

Lastly, I stand in defiance with our fellow New Yorkers who are still reeling from the terror attack on October 31. Our hearts go out to the victims’ families and the people of NYC. We were just there two weeks ago and the attack took place in the ‘hood we often stay in and frequent. But it won’t stop us from returning. Ever. #homeawayfromhome #NYCstrong #iloveny

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