May 182014
 
Watch Out! Too-Seductive Food on Martha's Vineyard...

Did you catch the weirdness in that first photo? Yup… there is the mark of a tiny claw right in the middle of the luxurious mascarpone cream. But how did that get there???

Back up to when Colin, baby Devi, and I walked into Water Street restaurant at The Harbor View Hotel in Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts. “Brioche French Toast: Mascarpone, Wild Blueberry Jam, Ginger Chantilly!” sang the alluring description on the breakfast menu. We practically lassoed [...Read More!]

May 112014
 
The Most Fun Thing on Martha's Vineyard: Alpaca Farm!

The most hilarious and fun activity we did during our Martha’s Vineyard vacation had nothing to do with a beach, or a seafood stall, nor anything you would even remotely associate with a New England island. No… the best activity of all was visiting an ALPACA FARM!

When a friend told me to track down “Island Alpaca” on the Vineyard, I thought she was pulling my leg. One associates alpacas with South America, not [...Read More!]

May 042014
 
A Great Travel Crib for Baby to Sleep Safely on the Move

As a solo traveler, I prided myself on never checking a bag when flying. But then came baby, and– oof!– he magically made bags and bags of STUFF appear, which his loving parents must now schlepp to all travel destinations. Thankfully, I’ve finally found a way to cut down on baby luggage bulk: we now own the lightest travel crib on the market!

The “phil&teds traveller crib“ (yes, that is the correct spelling and punctuation, much as it [...Read More!]

Apr 282014
 
Martha's Vineyard's Gingerbread Cottages Are So Cool!

“Lillie, do NOT leave Martha’s Vineyard without tracking down the Gingerbread Houses!” typed one of my readers on my Facebook wall.

“Gingerbread Houses?” I muttered to myself. “What the heck is this woman talking about?”

A few minutes of Internet sleuthing later (during which time my baby spit up all over my husband’s shirt) revealed that a major tourist attraction of Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts is a cluster of fairy-like wooden houses in the [...Read More!]

Apr 242014
 
The Best Place to Stay on Martha's Vineyard?

Ahhh, what a difference a good vacation makes! In the five months since our baby was born, my husband and I had not left Boston together, and so it was high time. Scanning the map, we decided on Martha’s Vineyard: the famed island where New England relaxes, yet I (naughty Bostonian that I am) had never visited. But where to stay?

Some sleuthing revealed that one hotel’s name comes up again and again [...Read More!]

Apr 132014
 
How to Decide the Best Amount of Time to Travel

There’s a magic sweet spot with travel that’s dangerous to miss. You know you’ve hit that sweet spot correctly when you return home and sigh, “That was a great trip, but it’s good to be home.”

Missing the travel timing mark, however, means crashing into one of two painful extremes.

At one extreme, the trip is too few days. You know this is the case when you wail at the end of your [...Read More!]

Apr 062014
 
The Hidden Danger of a Famous Tourist Attraction

Some dangers are so surprising, they become funny. Let’s see if you can guess this one, spotted during my teacher tour in India last year. The scene takes place at the Jama Masjid mosque in the town of Fatehpur Sikri, near Agra, the city most famous for housing the Taj Mahal.

The Jama Masjid mosque is gorgeous and giant, and was completed in 1575… over 430 years ago! So what’s the danger here? [...Read More!]

Mar 272014
 
Clothes to Pack for Travel as a Fashionable New Mother

The first rule of fashion as a new mother is that you WILL be spit up upon, constantly. But beyond that, what must a new mama remember about travel packing in order to be both comfy and chic?

Here are the 5 principles of new mother travel fashion, illustrated by a lavish Florida photo shoot with Milk Nursingwear, during which I went a liiiiiitle over the top…

1. Pack stretchy things. You will [...Read More!]

Mar 192014
 
Big Life Change? Feeling Crazy? Why Travel Can Help.

Perhaps you have had a major life change and people are telling you to put off any travels “until things are more settled.”

Perhaps you’ve been in a foul mood for months, and so are postponing upcoming voyages because you “want to be in the right mindset to enjoy everything.”

Or maybe you don’t want to take a desired trip yet because you “just don’t have time to go for long enough.”

Well, from [...Read More!]

Mar 112014
 
The Best Ice Cream in Boston, and a Beautiful Baby

My baby has my nose, and he also has my adoration of food. Therefore, even though I couldn’t take baby with me during the blogger ice cream tasting I attended yesterday at the famous Boston-area store, J.P. Licks, my son was very much on my mind the whole yummy time.

Now, in the years before baby, I could always flit off to epic blogger events before you could say, “Burp!” These days, however, [...Read More!]