We spend at least a week in New York City each summer. While my girls and I have no difficulty filling our time with shopping and dining out, my son gets bored to tears with our boutique hopping.
NYC provides a wealth of cultural opportunities, not the least of which is its broad spectrum of rich musical experiences. I promised my son, a gifted pianist, to devote some time on our last trip to all things symphonic and music-related.
I must admit, while it pained me to sacrifice a few nights to indulge his classical tastes, we enjoyed ourselves very much. Nothing helps you feel more connected to beat of New York’s rich, international culture than enjoying the talents of the vast array of musicians who live and work in the city. We enjoyed a broad spectrum of symphonies and performances, each adding its own unique musical texture to our visit.
After listening to current composer-in-residence’s Christopher Rouse’s lush composition Brahms over and over again, a visit to the New York Philharmonic was at the top of our list.
While we attended a real deal concert, the Phil offers kid-centric concerts and educational programs in addition to its concert series.
The Julliard School
The Julliard School educates over 600 musicians of different disciplines. My son has aspirations to study music, so we took a tour of the facilities, met with some of the world-renowned instructors and caught a performance by Julliard Baroque one of many Julliard-based ensembles.
The old Sinatra adage, “If you can make it there, you can make it anywhere.” means that New York City is full of talented musicians. During our stay my son took lessons from two very different instructors—a jazz pianist and a classical pianist studying at Julliard. It was a great way for him to continue to learn piano while visiting New York.
He got to work with his instructors in their studios, and even got to check out performances by both later in the month.
During the summer, Central Park’s Naumburg Bandshell offers a free classical series. The line-up features a variety of exquisite chamber orchestras. There are few things more inspiring than listening to a gorgeous orchestra at dusk in the park.
Radio City Music Hall
Radio City Music Hall offers a fun night of concerts in its classic theatre. Choose from standards like Tony Bennett or upstarts like Il Volo!
The New York Piano Society
The New York Piano Society is a non-profit that performs concerts in venues throughout the city. The society is interesting in that is supports those in professions other than music who also happen to be gifted musical artists. I found the society to a be a great lesson for my son that if the music career doesn’t take, he may maintain his talents after hours.
Of course, New York nourishes a wealth of other kinds of music as well. We stopped by Electric Ladyland Studios, tooled around the Village, and hit Strawberry Fields while we were in Central Park. While my son’s talents and tastes run more toward Mahler than Dylan, we still had fun tracing the path of rock stars and jazz artists throughout the city.
The addition of classical music to our trip truly enriched the experience. We still managed to drag him along shopping with us, but he endured the girlfest well—with headphones on.
Posted by Elizabeth on 06/14 at 09:49 AM
Uncommon Guide To the Luxury Holidays in the Caribbean
Since my twins were pre-mature (born at 28 weeks), it was not possible for us to take a vacation for the past two years. Life, for the past two years, had been hectic and challenging, yet very rewarding as well. As soon as the twins touched the two-year mark and as our pediatrician gave us the green signal, we headed for our much awaited and needed holiday. And yes, we did plan our vacation in one of the most breathtaking holiday spots in the world – the Caribbean! All of us, especially my hubby and I were genuinely excited as it was our chance to unwind after a long time.
I will tell you a secret though; I and my hubby knew that taking a vacation with three kids is not going to be easy and hence we planned well in advance to ensure that our trip was easy, enjoyable and memorable.
We decided on Caribbean, as a holiday there is affordable and has plenty to offer to families on vacation. At the same time, we wanted to keep our holiday simple and relaxing, and hence limited our holiday to the top three destinations in the Caribbean. Our motto was to relax and enjoy in two or three beautiful destinations rather than cram packing our holiday with innumerable holiday destinations to visit. So here it is – we decided to holiday in Atlantis (Bahamas), Antigua and Punta Cana (Dominican Republic). Here is what each of these destinations had offered to us:
At Atlantis, an array of magnificent and stimulating activities were waiting for our whole family to arrive. I personally liked the facilities and services provided by the all-inclusive hotel we were staying in, especially as I found it to be an amazing family all rounder. The Paradise Island here is incredibly popular among families as it is amazing for swimming as well as beach games and activities. The Dolphin shows were mind-blowing and my kids, especially the five year old, were enthralled to swim with them. If you are with kids, you must not miss to see “Marine Habitat” that boasts of over 50,000 sea animals. However, Aquaventure, the world’s best water park, takes the icing of the cake in Atlantis, as my kids enjoyed their day to bits in this splendid water park. If you are a water and fun loving family like ours, then nothing can beat the experience in this extremely fun and pleasurable water park. Even the food at Atlantis was affordable and yummy, and one could find quite a few food joints that catered to the taste buds of the American kids.
As we set our feet on Antigua’s stunning grounds and beaches, we knew that this is one destination that is more for us than for the kids. My hubby especially was at home here as he is an ardent animal lover and was enjoying the presence of unique species in the wildlife areas here. He made the most of this destination by visiting the turtle beach and going for snorkeling as well. We visited the Nelson’s Dockyard, Shirley Heights, The Moon Bay beach and the Valley Church beach, and trust me when I say this – these are all just out of the world, incredibly beautiful and picturesque, with the ability to take the visitors into a surreal world. We also visited the donkey’s sanctuary, Hell’s Gate and The Pillars of Hercules. The latter was able to evoke curiosity in my 5 year old’s mind as it is quite an interesting geological formation and has incredible educational value. All in all, we enjoyed our stay in Antigua a lot and would recommend it to anyone who is looking for an interesting yet relaxing holiday.
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
The third and the last destination chosen by us for our vacation, the Punta Cana, exceeded all the expectations that I had in my mind. It would not be an exaggeration to say that I am still in awe of the splendid beauty of this amazing tourist destination. Punta Cana had something for every age group – while the animation shows, on-site activities and the zoo enthrall kids, the alluring fun in the bars can help anyone unwind and relax to the best.
This is undoubtedly a very uncommon guide for any family that is vising the Caribbean; nevertheless, it is an amazing guide, especially if you are travelling with kids!
About the Author:
This post was provided by Martha Buckly, who is a professional freelance writer currently collaborating with writing services. Martha cannot imagine herself without being able to write and to share her insights.
Posted by Elizabeth on 06/07 at 12:30 PM
Do You ? Instagram & Travel? Elizabeth Street & Poshbrood Launch Summer Family “Instamom” Contest
Elizabeth Street, an international collective of chic moms who know that life is best lived with style (yes, that’s you!) launched their June “Instamom” sweepstakes this week.
We ADORE Elizabeth Street and are very excited to be their travelista partner for this contest.
School is out and it’s time for summer family travel!
Share your summer family travel pics on Instagram with the hashtag #ESInstamom and copy @ElizabethStMomand you’ll be entered to win a $200 Federic Fekkai summer hair kit. 10 runners up will also receive a $30 travel size kit to help tame your mane on the road.
The contest runs through the end of June so start snapping and uploading your family travel photos on Instagram! The more you post, the better your chances, right?
Eat Healthy With Your Family While Traveling Abroad
When traveling abroad with your family, it can be extremely difficult to keep everyone fed and happy, much less fed in the right way with a healthy diet; however, with a little bit of preparation and forethought, it can be done.
Traveling abroad shouldn’t be thought of as a scenario that dooms you to fast food or whatever you can find in unfamiliar territory.
Try to keep this in mind: there are chain restaurants, such as Subway, and grocery stores in other countries.
You may not think you’ll find familiar places to eat when visiting another country, but they’re there, and you’ll be greeted with more or less with the same options that you’ll have in your hometown—it’s just a matter of knowing how to schedule your meals and where to buy your food.
When traveling with your kids, one thing to keep in mind is that they are more likely to be more sensitive to foods than you are, so you’ll want to take care to avoid any kind of sickness or food poisoning.
But aside from that, how can you eat healthy when traveling abroad? Here are a few tips:
1. Don’t stray too far from what’s familiar—You might be excited to try new things and divulge in some unfamiliar cuisine, but if you are traveling with your family, it’s not suggested that you take that route for every meal.
In fact, you should make as much of an effort as you can to stick with familiar food items that your family is used to, which will help to keep the kids happy and keep them eating more than they would if they ended up picking through a meal they didn’t really want to eat.
Aim for healthy choices that you know your kids will enjoy eating, like a turkey sandwich from Subway, or a few meal items from the grocery stores that the family has had before.
2. Don’t skip meals—Getting up for an early flight and dealing with jet lag can make skipping breakfast a tempting proposition, but avoid skipping that first meal of the day if you can. Breakfast is going to be an important part of keeping yourself energized throughout the day, especially if you’re used to eating it at home.
If you’re dealing with something like a breakfast buffet at a hotel, go with milk, yogurt, fruit, whole grain cereals, eggs or a bagel with light cream cheese. Avoid the pastries, sugary cereals and muffins.
3. Pack as much as possible—When it comes to eating healthy while traveling, a big part of your key to success will be to pack as much food as you can. How much you can bring with you will depend on the amount of time you’re spending on a plane and/or in a car, but just try to focus on the simple stuff.
Carrot sticks, cheese sticks, almonds and other healthy snack foods are great options to keep you and your kids awake and alert between main meals.
4. Use grocery stores when you can—On any vacation, grocery stores are your friend. Touristy spots will typically have higher price tags on their food, which can discourage people from buying it, but keep in mind that restaurants will almost always be more expensive.
This isn’t always easy when staying in a hotel, but if you’re staying in a vacation rental through sites likes Airbnb or GuestDoor, it can be easy to stock up on healthy groceries and cook for yourself. It’ll also give you the added benefit of being able to get some quality time with your family, away from noisy, touristy spots.
The key to eating healthy on any vacation is to just plan ahead and decide ahead of time what you and your family will and will not eat.
As a general rule of thumb, try to avoid a constant stream of restaurants, and when you do go to them, be careful about your portions and choices; it’s all really just a matter of self-control and good sense.
Pack what you can, and above all, make sure your kids are full and happy. If you can accomplish that, the vacation will be enjoyable for everyone.
About the author: Marcela De Vivo is a freelance writer and mother of three from the Los Angeles area. Her background is in online marketing but she writes on a variety of topics, offering advice to families on everything from budget travel to fitness and special education advocacy.
Posted by Elizabeth on 06/05 at 01:18 AM
We ? St. Barths So Much We’re Willing to Endure This Crazy Landing at SBH
We’re just back from gorgeous St. Barths…more about that shortly.
The airstrip in St Barts is small, and pilots are required to have special training to land. The landing, especially on a windy day, is an adventure in itself.
Here are some of the approaches we caught on camera….
The Mini Cooper’s Lucky Day
Apparently This is Perfectly Normal
Luxury travel requires some white knuckle adventures sometimes….Here’s our adrenaline-pumping landing at St. Barths on a windy, rainy day.
Some destinations require more than a week of your time to fully experience their charms, especially when you leave your own continent. If you’re planning a vacation or studying abroad, you’ll need a plan to protect your valuables. Long vacations require you to travel with more money and more stuff, making you a prime target for thieves looking for a big score. Some thieves do target travelers, but these tips can help you travel light on worry.
Don’t Check In the Expensive Stuff
When traveling by air, don’t use the baggage check for any of your invaluables. If you’re planning for a few evenings out - and brought along a diamond necklace or a Givenchy watch - you’ll want to ensure those items aren’t lost. Pack them in your carry-on bags and keep them close to you at all times.
Airlines have become more strict about the amount of bags you can carry-on, especially in crowded cities like Miami and New York. You may have to forgo a bag of entertaining items, like magazines for the flight, in order to bring a bag of valuables with you. This bag should contain an expensive camera if you have one, jewelry, money, and anything else that would seriously be a detriment if it were lost or stolen.
Keep it Under Lock and Key
Many hotels, and even motels, have in-room safes. These safes are password protected and you get to choose the number code. Make it something that a thief couldn’t guess, a completely random set of numbers.
Some hotels have safes that are monitored by their staff. Ask the staff if their hotel safes are insured. These safes aren’t in your room, but when they’re insured, they’re much safer than any other. You may also want to visit your bank, if it’s local to the area. Your bank will have lock boxes and other storage units to keep your items safe.
Being cautious by locking everything up doesn’t mean that a clever thief won’t still be able to steal your precious items. You’ll want to opt for insurance whenever possible. For instance, if you’re going on a long-term backpacking trip and you’re leaving all your stuff in your Miami, FL home, you’ll need to store many of your possessions. You can find local storage from unclebobs.com and also purchase insurance for the items inside. This way, if anyone were to break into your unit, you would be fully covered for the cash value.
Protect Your Home
Your home is vulnerable when you leave town for a long period of time. You don’t want to make a grand announcement that you’re going on a long vacation. Instead, only tell people you trust and ask a friend or family to watch your house while you’re gone.
Here are some tips for keeping the house safe while you’re away:
- Put a hold on your mail.
- Don’t post that you’re leaving on social media sites.
- Don’t leave checks or credit cards behind.
Be Aware of Cyber Criminals
Your tangible property is enticing to a thief, but so is your identity. Cyber-crime and identity theft are on the rise. While traveling, you’ll need to be especially careful. Don’t allow anyone to stand behind you at the ATM. Save all your receipts. You’ll also want to contact your credit card company to let them know where you’re traveling, where you’re staying, and how you can be reached if there is any suspicious activity on your cards.
Posted by Elizabeth on 05/31 at 09:28 AM
For some the option of jet-setting off to distant lands isn’t always feasible, but if it’s a change of scene you’re after, why not head somewhere a little closer to home this year - perhaps experience a state or town you’ve never visited before?
And what better way to make your journey even more memorable and posh than in a private helicopter?
There’s no experience quite like flying in a helicopter. The ride is so smooth that on takeoff, it can appear you’ve standing still in zero gravity as the ground beneath you falls away.
Once you’re up and away, you and your family are free to relax in the cabin with VIP-standard furnishings, and even a bottle of champagne for the adults to share.
Luxury helicopter charter certainly beats being trapped in highway gridlocks, with the constant chorus of ‘are we there yet’ ringing in your ears. With a ride in a chopper, you can reach your destination in record time (and give the kids a one-of-a-kind glimpse of the world below along the way).
Things to bear in mind:
Helicopters are very noisy, so they may unsettle very young children – but rest assured that you’ll all be given headphones with a mic to block most of the noise and to allow you to communicate clearly with your family.
Be aware of maximum luggage weights, as these can be quite limited, especially on smaller helicopters. These will obviously differ depending on which helicopter you choose to fly with. Consult the charter company before you pack!
Helicopters can land on any flat patch of land which has no obstructions like power lines or large trees, providing the helicopter company has permission from the land owner – so if you’re staying in a villa, ranch or country lodge, you may be able to simply touch down in the courtyard! Some larger hotels have specific helipads, either on the roof or in the grounds.
If it is not possible, many helicopter charter companies will organize chauffeur-driven pickup services to take you from your landing spot to your holiday destination.
How To Book Helicopter Hire:
Contact a helicopter hire company near either your home or the destination – depending on where you are you will often have several to choose from. Some helicopter hire services are brokers (who contract out the work) while others are operators, who have their own fleet.
Operators, especially smaller ones, will general give a more personal service, while brokers will look for the lowest cost option. Do get a couple of quotes, as the rates can vary considerably.
They will need to know the departure and destination, the date and time you want to fly and the numbers of passengers. Generally, bigger helicopters carry more and travel faster but cost more, so try to get one that is suitable for your needs. Helicopters are generally more cost effective than airplanes for trips under 500 miles, and can still be effective above that depending on the availability of runways.
Most operators will be happy to give a price for a one-way flight, so that you can use it at one end of the trip, and travel back by other means.
This guest post was written by Atlas Helicopters who provide luxury helicopter hire services in the UK.
Posted by Elizabeth on 05/29 at 11:09 AM
Fab Friday: You Know Your Need A Yezz
It’s been a busy week of at Poshbrood! So much to share with you. We hope you had a great week as well. Tell us more about it in the comments below? Yes please!
Posted by Elizabeth on 05/24 at 04:19 PM
Just in Time for Summer Family Travel—A Quinny Yezz Stroller Giveaway (Worth $279!)
Quinny (the chic stroller brand coveted by celebs like Courtney K. and Ali Landry) gave away 400 strollers in the Big Apple this past weekend to lucky moms and dads. Many who waited hours in the rain!
Missed it? No worries, because we have one to give away and you don’t even have to wait in line to get one. *high five*
Just in time for summer trips, the Yezz is the ideal stroller for traveling with wee ones. In fact, it’s called “the travel hero.”
Not only does its light-weight frame (it only weighs 11 lbs!) and compact folding make it easy to store, but the Yezz can actually be slung over the shoulder with a carrying strap when folded.
The Quinny Yezz’s features Include:
• Approximately 11 lbs
• Ultra compact quick fold
• Stands when folded, includes adjustable carry strap
• Frame is made of IXEF® material, a high performance injection molded composite fiber — allows for the stroller to be light weight and extremely durable
• Interchangeable seats to allow parents to change the fashion
• Available Accessories: WeatherShield
• SRP $279; additional seats for $69
(Sorry, ladies, Hot Dad not included in this contest.)
To enter, all you have to do is go to our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/poshbrood, “like” us and tell us where you’d take your posh new Quinny Yezz stroller on your family travels this summer!
You’ll get a second entry if you tweet us @Poshbrood about how and where you’ll use your Yezz.
You have until Tuesday, May 28th at 5 pm ET to enter, we’ll pick a winner using Random.org and announce on May 29th.
Today Poshbrood’s thoughts and prayers are with the people of Oklahoma.
In lieu of a travel post, we’re listing ways that you can help the area recover after a massive tornado touched down Monday in Moore, near Oklahoma City, leveling the area to rubble.
The Oklahoma City Red Cross will open shelters as first responders assess damage. The organization says in the immediate aftermath, the best way to help is to donate at RedCross.org or text REDCROSS to 90999.
Save the Children’s U.S. emergency response team will deploy Child Friendly Space kits in shelters, to create a safe and secure atmosphere for displaced kids. The organization is also prepared to deploy infant and toddler hygiene materials like diapers and wipes like it’s done in previous disasters. Text TWISTER to 20222 to donate $10.
The Salvation Army has mobilized a number of emergency relief services in Oklahoma to dispense food, hydration and emotional support to first responders and survivors. You can text STORM to 80888 to contribute $10 to the Salvation Army’s relief efforts or make a donation via phone at 1-800-SAL-ARMY.
Feeding America will deliver truckloads of food, water and supplies to impacted areas through its network of more than 200 food banks and 61,000 agencies. The organization’s food banks will also set up additional dropoff sites. Donate online here.
The Oklahoma Humane Society is working with the city of Moore to assess and shelter animals affected by the storms. Many pets are displaced in violent storms like these and the Humane Society is dedicated to make sure these animals get the necessary immediate care they need. They ask now for monetary donations to help their efforts but will update their page with volunteer and in-kind donations as they get a better grasp on the supplies, food and medical assistance needs.
Poshbrood founder Elizabeth Thorp, and another cool mompreneur, Cris Bourelly, a founder of Lunchskins were featured on this iconic business program.
We learned some very important things while talking with host, Rebecca Cooper:
A.) Mama rats do things (like getting through mazes, finding food) better and faster than other rats. Therefore, moms are very well-suited for entrepreneurship.
(If you’re interested here’s a summary of the study from Smithsonian Mag. )
B.) A successful mompreneur needs three things:
1.) a crock pot,
2.) a good concealer (lack of sleep, anyone?)
3.) and a supportive husband. (Gotcha!)
Click below to watch the “Mompreneurs” interview from Washington Business Report:
PS The icing on our Mother’s Day cake? We ran into superstar media mom Katie Couric in the WJLA lounge. What a down-to-earth, smart lady. She graciously posed for a flurry of photos. Love me a sassy mom!
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