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On the blog: Tips for Canceled Trips

Wine Coast Country is the ideal place for families.

Recently, I was planning to travel with my two daughters to Universal Orlando and on a Royal Caribbean cruise out of Port Canaveral, Fla. My girls were ecstatic and, the best part was that it was my older daughter’s birthday. Unfortunately, we were not able to take the trip and I had to let them know.

It was particularly hard because it was my daughter’s birthday, but I thought about it and came up with a strategy. If the same thing happens to you, here are some tips for telling the kids that plans have changed.

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Nothing Like a Birthday Bungy Jump

AJ Hackett Auckland Bridge Bungy // (c) Janeen Christoff
AJ Hackett Auckland Bridge Bungy // (c) Janeen Christoff

Asia on a Motorbike

On the Blog: Resort Review of Salamander Resort & Spa

In November, I was lucky enough to be invited to see the new Salamander Resort & Spa in Middleburg, Va. The resort’s equestrian and cooking programs blew me away and convinced me that a stay at Salamander isn’t just about relaxation — it’s about self discovery, while you are relaxing.

Blue Ribbon Suite // (c) 3014 Salamander Resort & Spa
Blue Ribbon Suite // (c) 3014 Salamander Resort & Spa

Read about my experience in Recommend Magazine here.


On the Blog: Cocktails Perfect for Spring Break

Parents, there’s just one day before most of Los Angeles is on spring break and that is cause to celebrate. If you aren’t leaving town, here are some fun cocktail recipes that I wrote about at Latina Madre that can turn spring break at home into a fun staycation — just make sure there’s someone around to watch the kiddos!

Spring cocktails // (c) 2014 Catfistheye
Spring cocktails // (c) 2014 Catfistheye

Celebrate spring with a French 75. Created at the New York Bar in Paris around 1915, this drink oozes with style. It was once made with cognac, but is now made with gin. There’s some controversy over which was the real French 75, so if you are like me and prefer cognac know that you can make it either way. Here are more spring cocktails…