All Blog Posts Tagged 'vacation' (110)

All those vacation days...gone

I am fortunate enough to have an amazing group of people who report into me at work. But I am on their case right now: I want them to take some time off. I'm asking them to look at their calendars from now until the end of the year and plug in the days they want off. I am not worried about being understaffed over the holidays or about them taking days all at once - I am worried that they will not use their vacation days at…


Added by Lauren Markman on October 26, 2016 at 6:39am — No Comments

Vacationing at home

My son wants to know when we are going on vacation again. It is a subject he is highly interested in as of late. It may be because we've had some really memorable ones as a family and he wants to recreate the adventure, but my guess is that he just wants a break from school.…


Added by Lauren Markman on October 11, 2016 at 6:36am — No Comments

Stressing out right after your vacation

I think by now, most Americans realize they don't take enough vacation. There are plenty of stories out there telling us we don't use all our vacation time, and polls measuring how many people are going to take a vacation this year and even reminders that vacations actually boost…


Added by Lauren Markman on July 22, 2016 at 6:28am — No Comments

It's March!

Hey ya'll!  For the next few weeks I'm going to take a little break from the whole step mother and depressing topics.  I kinda bummed myself out a little.  I've got to throw some excitement in here every once in  awhile!  

March is probably the best month there is!  What normal person has a favorite month?  Well everyone if they choose their birth month.  March just happens to be my birth month.  Along with my mother's as well.  I think that's the reason we don't see eye to eye on…


Added by Mindy Goins on March 2, 2016 at 9:25am — No Comments

Working parents are suffering in silence

At 5 pm, I have been working for eight and a half hours. I probably don't even know what time it is. In fact, I am probably in a meeting, since I work for a bicoastal company and it is only 2 pm on the other coast. (That tends to be a popular meeting time.)

By 5:14, I am trying very hard to focus on whatever…


Added by Lauren Markman on October 14, 2015 at 6:24am — 3 Comments

Doing nothing on a day off

I have a day off soon. I am not going on any trips or spending time with friends or traveling somewhere fun. I am not doing anything but sitting still, ignoring all chores, and enjoying the idea that no one needs me. And I am crazy excited about it.…


Added by Lauren Markman on September 28, 2015 at 6:33am — No Comments

S'mores Recipe for Kids

Camping isn't on our list of trips for this year (maybe next year), but I still wanted to introduce my kids to one of the great camping experiences ever... S'mores! There's just something about the ooey, gooey, stickiness of the marshmallows and the sweet, smooth chocolate that is enough for me to deem camping as one adventure that everyone must try... at least once in their life. (Of course, there is the beauty of nature and all the creatures you may not normally see, but I'm speaking…


Added by Jazelle on September 10, 2015 at 11:00am — No Comments

To the Parents of the Missing Boy:


You don’t know me and I don’t know you, but yesterday, I was looking for your little boy.  We had been swimming at a hotel down the beach from yours when a security guard entered the pool and asked for all of the parent’s attention.  There was a little boy, only three years old in a bathing suit bottom without a shirt, who had wandered away on the beach.  My heart sank. We were to keep our eyes open.

The hair raised on my arms and on the back of my neck and I felt…


Added by Ellie Hirsch on September 8, 2015 at 7:27pm — No Comments

5 Tips for Caravanning with Young Kids

Having a successful caravan trip with young kids comes down to planning, every, single, time. Your planning and the kids involvement should begin well before you set off on the road. While planning your itinerary get the kids involved. Ask them what kinds of things they’d like to see and do and plan in accordance. Of course, you might have something even better in mind, but it will help your kids get excited about the trip and ease any anxiety they may be dealing with at the thought of…


Added by Kirsten Tanner on August 16, 2015 at 11:00pm — No Comments

It's an expensive world after all

On our recent family vacation, we went to Idlewild Amusement Park.The park contains a soak zone, children's section and a storybook forest that hasn't changed since it opened in 1956. It is a park that I went to when I was little, and I was happy to take my son there so he could enjoy it as well.

It is also…


Added by Lauren Markman on August 12, 2015 at 6:26am — No Comments

Up and Away! The Top 5 Airlines for Family Travel

Tis the season to enjoy a vacation with the family. Let’s face it, we all can use a little bit of relaxation and fun in the sun. But traveling with children, especially with little ones under 5 can be hectic at times, particularly on long flights. From being tired, lack of room to move, or pure boredom, these flights can be tumultuous. So which airlines cater more to families? Well look no further! Based on my personal experience and searching the web, I have compiled a list of the top…


Added by LaNese Harvey on July 30, 2015 at 11:39am — 2 Comments

Vacations ≠ Work-Life Balance

As some of you already know, I recently returned from a “vacation” with my children and mother in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico (PV).  What a blessing to be able to do this and please know that I didn’t take one second of it for granted.

This was actually my third visit to PV, so I was…


Added by Kristina Butler on July 22, 2015 at 9:14am — No Comments

Top 10 Camping Items You Don't Need

I am not a camper.  Let me say it again in case I wasn’t clear: I am not a camper.  Give me a book and the beach over camping any day of the week.  Unfortunately, this year I was outvoted on our vacation destination.  This meant a week of bugs, heat, and no internet for yours truly.

Natural Bridge

The uninterrupted time with family is priceless and frankly there was still coffee,…


Added by S Marie on July 13, 2015 at 6:30pm — No Comments

A Parent’s Guide to Prepping for Vacation (Sans Kid

A while back, I posted a piece on vacationing sans kids, so it is only fitting to post a guide to …


Added by Ellie Hirsch on June 25, 2015 at 9:18pm — 2 Comments

Travelogue- Day 6 from London to Paris

e woke up early to head out to catch the train into Paris.  We were taking the Eurostar and we weren’t sure what to expect.


It was actually an incredibly easy process.  We hopped on the metro near the apartment and then ended up at the St. Pancras Train Station.  It is a gorgeous spacious station with tons of shops and cafes inside.  We were excited because we were able to meet up…


Added by Amber Nicole Mamian on June 15, 2015 at 6:30pm — 1 Comment

Six Stages of Vacationing Sans Kids

According to, the definition of the word ‘vacation’ is as follows: a period of suspension of work, study, or other activity, usually used for rest, recreation, or travel.  Let’s break this down…


Added by Ellie Hirsch on April 27, 2015 at 9:53pm — No Comments

What Makes Your Heart Dance


  • "Happiness comes when your work and words are of benefit to yourself and others." - Buddha
  • "Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony." -…

Added by Rudey's Room on April 17, 2015 at 7:28am — No Comments

Unplugging on your vacation

A woman in my office took off one Friday, and at about 9:30 am, I received an email from her. She wasn't showing as online, but she was definitely answering emails. I wrote her back, told her she was busted and reminded her that she was supposed to be off.

I get it: Sometimes it is hard to unplug from the…


Added by Lauren Markman on April 3, 2015 at 6:41am — No Comments

The Happiest Place on Earth? Yes? No? Maybe So?

To all the parents I recently encountered and witnessed at Disney World.  This is for you:  

I saw you close your eyes, take a deep breath and tell yourself to have patience.  I saw you pull your child aside, point your finger and tell him you…


Added by Ellie Hirsch on March 8, 2015 at 10:00pm — No Comments

While Mom is away...

At least once a year, my Mom girlfriends and I rent a beach house together. It's in the off season, so the place we visit isn't crowded. We stay up late, sleep in, wear pajamas all day, eat yummy food and drink wine. There are only two rules:…


Added by Lauren Markman on February 20, 2015 at 6:15am — No Comments

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