Sometimes, You Gotta Get Away. Take these with you!

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So you are taking a trip with the kids.  Whether you are taking a road trip or hopping on a plane, you will need to keep the kids , safe, occupied, and at least a little bit quiet if you plan on staying sane.  Here are some fun new take-alongs for your next trip.

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First up comes the packing.  If you are like most parents, you become a pack mule, dragging luggage, laptops, and lovies all over creation.  Do it as easily as possible with something lightweight and durable, like the Delsey Helium line.  In 3 sizes, with 4 wheels that pivot and turn in all directions (which makes the lugging oh so much easier) it is “featherweight” luggage.  This is easier on your back, as well as great for packing, since we all know the airlines are fairly evil about the weights of baggage and trying to get every nickel out of you that they can.  Take that, TSA!  In both standard and brightly colored styles, it is quite durable.  My bag made it on 16 flights, 9 boats, and almost 20 trains and still looks pretty good.  The split book opening makes packing easy, and it comes equipped with a TSA approved lock.  From $160 and up on

Norway, Packing, Products (canon small cam) 215The Day Traveler line from Eagle Creek is and has been a favorite of mine- durable, lightweight, and easy to tote around, there are tons of options and your money is well spent- these bags LAST.  My new favorite, won’t leave without it bag is the Site Seeing Tablet Courier, which you can pack a surprising amount into.  Water resistant, so no worries about spilled drinks or rainstorms, lockable, and with RFID blocking technology ( which protects your personal information), it makes it so easy to travel light.  It has 3 pockets that zip of various sizes and depths, and can carry phones, tablet, wallet, sunglasses, and more.  It’s just a perfect size bag for all your travel needs. $45 at
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WIN Made in America Summer Toys

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For sand and beach play – the best sand table, big pail of fun and cart-along wagon – all made in America by American Plastic Toys:
American Plastic Toys are made of colorful and durable poly and are safety tested to all ASTM requirements as well as most export standards. Best of all, it’s all made in the U.S.A. by U.S. workers! 
SAND TABLE/ $20/ Ages 1 1/2 +

Sand play is an essential part of growing up.  American Plastic Toys makes the perfect sand table for outdoor OR indoor play. This sturdy table comes complete with a removable water-proof cover for outdoor use to protect the sand and toys from rain as well as any unwanted guests. It holds up to 50 pounds of play sand and provides a nice open area for kids to sit or kneel next to the Sand Table to build roads and castles in the sand. Unlike other sand tables, kids don’t use up any space by having to put their feet in the play area as they sit on the edge. The Sand Table assembly is fast and easy and requires no tools!
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South Street Seaport for Summer Fun

The South Street Seaport has kicked-off the summer with a variety of kid-friendly activities as a part of their new SEE/CHANGE Summer 2014 series. Throughout the entire summer season, SEE/CHANGE Summer 2014 will feature programming fit for the entire family!


The summer line-up will include:

  • KidAround!: KidAround! at the South Street Seaport is a FREE family event series every Sunday from 2-4 featuring live music, story-time with your favorite characters, games and more! Special performances include Play Me A Story (June 15), Billy Kelly (June 22) and Tim & the Space Cadets (July 6).
  • Mil’s Trills: Mil’s Trills, a children’s music project led by Amelia Robinson, will be performing whimsical original songs every Tuesday and Thursday from June 17-July 10 at The South Street Seaport. This interactive show held at Canon’s Walk is fit for the entire family! Please visit the following link to sign up and purchase tickets:
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Summer Effortless Meals with Walmart

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Summer is right around the corner with long hot days and tiring nights.  As temperatures rise, the want to cook in a hot kitchen decreases and quickly.  Who would want to hang out in a hot kitchen making chicken for an hour when there is an easier way that could actually fit into your schedule?  With Summer comes sports and outdoor parties and pools  The kids are around more often which is great but also adds another dimension to your day.


Walmart and Coca-Cola have come together to help families out a bit this Summer with their new Effortless Meals.  The way the meals work is each meal consists of a main dish, sometimes a side and always a Coca-Cola product.  Your options are Rotisserie Chicken and a side, Take and Bake Pizza, or sandwich and chips.
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5 Fun Summer Backyard Activities for Kids

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Every time that the summer season rolls around, we as parents find ourselves in a bit of dilemma. Although there are always things like swimming and going to the park that our children can do, we all know that kids tend want to break out of their play routine on a pretty frequent basis; this means that they’re always looking for something new and interesting to do.

So, as you’re gearing up for a few months of fun in the heat, we wanted to provide you with a list of five summer backyard activities that your kids can do; ones that will be sure to keep them happy all summer long.

Help them to make their own tent. Whether you want to “camp out” as a family or let a few of your kids’ friends over for an outdoor slumber party, rather than going to a store to purchase a tent, how about letting them make one of their own? In fact, there are websites that will show you how to make tints, teepees and even playhouses. One of our favorites is Spoonful. Just go to the site and put “DIY hideouts” in the search field.

Create a clothesline theater. There are some of us who remember growing up and putting on a puppet or even our own theater show. You can pass this tradition onto your own children by creating a clothesline theater where they can do the same thing. All you need is a couple of clotheslines, three white sheets (that can be painted or drawn on), some clothespins and a few metal binders. is one website that can walk you through the instructions. When you go to the site, put “cool clothesline theater” in the search field.
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Swimways Summer Swim Products in Action #Swimsteps

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