In this week’s edition of tips and tricks, we decided to consult the experts. We rallied up mom bloggers from across the Internet (and the globe) to ask for their best tips and tricks for traveling with kids. From 9-month-old infants to 15-year-old teenagers about to start driving, these moms travel the world with kids in tow. And they are here to offer you their best tips.
“I eat a little bit of everything and not a lot of anything.”
These are the words that famed celebrity chef and restaurateur Giada De Laurentiis live by. But they are also the words that are etched in the lights throughout the dining room of her restaurant, Giada, located on a coveted corner on the Vegas Strip. It is this and other little touches, fantastic food, and the attentive service that make this celebrity chef’s namesake restaurant a spot not to be missed on the Las Vegas Strip.
“Being from Baltimore, I’m a crab cake snob, and I’m very particular on where I eat my crab cakes.”
I knew it was going to be good before I went. I had heard the rumors. I just didn’t know it was going to change me.
I love seafood. I especially love crab, and I think thought I knew a good crab cake when I had one. That is until one city changed my perception of the crab cake. It changed my entire worldview.
“Dress shabbily and they remember the dress; dress impeccably and they remember the woman.”
When I attended Style Los Angeles Fashion Week, I went for the fashion and to see the new lines of some designers I knew and some I didn’t. What I got from some of the shows was an international journey in fashion.
You are planning a trip. You make a budget for the flight, hotel, taxes and fees, and even activities and food, and you have even set aside extras for a nice meal or a splurge. You are ready to go.
After your trip, you realize you are in the red. You have, somehow, managed to exceed your budget. How did this happen?
We were waiting to hear for months. Months, on pins and needles. And then, about a week before we were scheduled to descend on the nation’s capital, we got word that we caught a break.
We scored a coveted VIP tour of the West Wing of the White House.
Yep, the West Wing. Not the East Wing that is more widely frequented containing the President’s living quarters. The West Wing; the workplace. Like the show.
And…It. Was. Awesome.
Name: Yasmine Khonsari
Location: Los Angeles
Number of Countries Visited: 36
Last Country Visited: China
Let me start off by saying that you should always use credit responsibly.
Now that we have gotten that disclaimer out of the way, let’s get to the meat and potatoes.
“None of us got where we are solely by pulling ourselves up by our bootstraps. We got here because somebody—a parent, a teacher, an Ivy League crony or a few nuns—bent down and helped us pick up our boots.”
Perfectly said, Justice Marshall.
Many of you know that I am an attorney. I went through the fiery sands of the LSAT, law school (for which I will be paying off student loans for a couple more decades), and the ultimate test that is the Bar exam (two of them actually). And some of you may know that I am also a classically trained journalist.
But what many may not know is that my second undergraduate Bachelor’s degree is a Bachelor of Arts in Black Studies. So when I finally made it back to D.C., after about a decade, there were some things I needed to do. Some sites to see.
*From our teen correspondent, Brooke, in our monthly series, Teen Travel Chat.
I had never thought of Washington D.C. as a fun place to spend a vacation during the cold winter months, mostly because it is not tropical and there are no palm trees that await you once you arrive. To me, a vacation is somewhere warm…with pools, beaches, and palm trees. However, traveling to D.C. gave me a whole new appreciation for all of the nation’s rich history that the city shares with its visitors.
I traveled to D.C. with my classmates during the eighth grade. We took our trip during the brutal, winter months that leave D.C. covered in snow and ice. I personally recommend traveling to D.C. in the warmer months so you do not have to deal with the harsh, cold weather like I did (unless you’re up for that and that’s your thing, and if so, I have major respect for you). Despite the cold temperatures, Washington, D.C. was a really fun and enlightening experience. I got to travel on my own for the first time without my parents, and I also learned an incredible amount of information while being there.