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How To Avoid Going Goofy at Disneyland

Thank you, Maisie Knowles, who was brave enough to take a spontaneous weekend trip to Disneyland with her husband and two daughters, ages 11 months and 3 1/2 years.

Her oldest daughter had a great time touring Disneyland and she’ll always remember meeting Mickey and Minnie Mouse. However, she learned a lot from this trip and to help other mothers plan a more perfect Disneyland getaway, she put together several tips based on the lessons she learned during this experience. Thank you for sharing with Poshbrood!

1. Character Dining
Make the most of your time at the park and skip the “Meet and Greet” lines for Disney characters. Waiting in the “Meet and Greet” lines doesn’t always guarantee you’ll meet your character of choice. Opt instead for Character Dining, where your child is guaranteed to get an up-close encounter with their favorite Character. You’ll find these opportunities at:

Disneyland Park - Plaza Inn Disney California Adventure - Ariel’s Disney Princess Celebration
Disneyland Hotel - Goofy’s Kitchen
Grand Californian - Storytellers Breakfast
Paradise Pier Hotel - PCH Grill Breakfast

2. Best Time To Go
Crowds are overwhelming during school holidays and three-day weekends. The summer months are extremely busy as well, but the park is open longer and most of the rides and attractions are operating. Try Sundays, when the park is usually less busy.

January and February weekdays are the least busy times, but the park is open fewer hours.

3. Fast Pass and Rider Swap Tips
Every Disneyland ticket comes with the opportunity to receive Fast Passes for specified rides. A Fast Pass will give you a return-time window so you can skip the standby line and head to the front. If used correctly, Fast Passes allow you to maximize your time at the park. Usage is complex, however, so make sure you know all the rules before buying a pass.

4. Cheap Tickets
Discounts on Disneyland tickets are hard to find. If you purchase your tickets online in advance, you can save a couple dollars through travel sites like Priceline, Expedia, Orbitz and

5. Discount Disney Gift Cards
Before your trip to Disneyland, buy discount Disney gift cards on and save up to 10 percent at Disneyland’s ticket counters, stores, restaurants and food stands.

If you’re willing to take a risk, however, you might try buying tickets on eBay. Alternately, you can try hitting up a cast member for the complimentary passes they receive (make sure you tip) or ask patrons leaving the park if you can have their tickets. Look for the most expensive tickets that haven’t been signed.

6. Time to Ride
People tend to head to the right side first when entering the park, so go to the left side of the park in the morning. The rides with height restrictions had smaller lines first thing in the morning during our visit. Another good time to ride is during parades and firework shows, but be aware that some will close. You also might check with your hotel to see if they offer extended Disney hours.

7. Strollers
Tie a brightly colored ribbon to the stroller so you can locate it more easily. You’ll also want to write your name on a piece of tape and hide somewhere on the stroller for identification in case of theft.

Dont lock strollers to anything or leave them in one spot for an extended period, as cast members will remove them.

8. Baby Care Centers
The Baby Care Centers at Disneyland are located at the end of Main Street. At Disney California Adventure, you’ll find it next to the Mission Tortilla Factory in the Pacific Wharf. The centers include rocking chairs, nursing rooms, filtered water for formula, changing tables, etc. There’s also a kiosk that sells diaper-changing kits and such basic baby-care items as food and formula.

9. Save on Food
Even though there are plenty of food kiosks at Disney, you’ll find most food is overpriced. Instead, pack food in a cooler and store it in a locker. If you’re traveling from out of town, there’s a Target less than a mile away from Disneyland where you can stock up on supplies. Be sure your hotel has a mini fridge, if you plan on storing cold food items during your stay.

If you’re traveling with older children, buy a discounted gift card for them to use in place of cash when they’re touring the park on their own.

10. Save on Pictures
Park photographers will give you a Photo Pass so you can view your pictures online and pay between $10 and $30 for prints. Instead, use the Photo Pass to view your photos, then download a screenshot.

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Posted by Elizabeth on 05/20 at 04:45 PM


New Posh Pick - Our Take on The Breakers Palm Beach

Is there any place more Posh?

Check out our full review here!

Posted by Elizabeth on 05/18 at 03:19 PM


The LA Times ?‘s Poshbrood!

Poshbrood is in today’s LA Times’ travel section.

The LA Times says: Poshbrood is the place to “...get smart, firsthand family travel advice and tips from moms who refuse to leave their kids — or Jimmy Choos — at home.”

We love LA!  You can read the full article here!

Posted by Elizabeth on 05/15 at 03:41 PM


The Goring Hotel’s “Look Under the Pillow” Family Package (Kate Middleton Slept Here Pre-Royal Wed!)

The Goring, a Five-Star, Small Luxury Hotel in the Belgravia area of London is offering an adorable family package. We LOVE the kid focused amenities and are going to take a proper English tea this afternoon because we’re so inspired. And, we wonder what room Kate Middleton stayed in before she became Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge??

“Bring your parents along to The Goring and you will have the chance to see what lies under your pillow!”

The adults will only have to pay £525.00 (or $850 US) for all of this:

—Two Delightful Double/Twin bedded rooms (we love separate spaces for adults and kids)
—Full English Breakfast for up to two children and the adults too
—Activity programme just for you organised by ‘Big John’ at Concierge
—An invitation to the Goring Pastry Kitchen from Chef himself, for cookie making and to the bar from Brian for non-alcoholic cocktail making
—Nintendo Wii in your room
—Yummy homemade cookies and milk at turndown
—Bread bag for feeding the ducks in St. James Park
—A free entry into a kids-only competition
…And a special gift under the pillow!

Rates are valid on the following dates in 2011 (when most of you will be enjoying time off school)
27 May - 5 June
22 July - 4 September          
21 - 30 October

For more info, click here. To book through Poshbrood/SmartFlyer, click here!

Posted by Elizabeth on 05/10 at 01:44 PM


Happy Mother’s Day!

My mom and I leaving Japan for the US in 1970. How chic is Mimi?  She turns 70 today!  Love you, Mimi. xo

Poshbrood wishes you a wonderful Mother’s Day! We hope you got to sleep in, got breakfast in bed, are at the spa, or are doing EXACTLY what you want today.  Every mom is a working mom.

I’ve loved the movie Dumbo forever but it’s not until you have your own children that the “Baby of Mine” scene REALLY gets you.  Watch with tissues. Seriously.

Posted by Elizabeth on 05/08 at 02:24 PM


Barbie and Princess Hotel Rooms—Hot or Not?

Got little girls?  Obsessed with Barbie and Princesses?  Our fabulous friend and new mom Angie Goff gave us a hot tip on some new Posh Princess hotel rooms!

Disney is now offering “Royal Suites” that are based off the iconic princesses. (And if you have a boy, they do have Kung Fu Panda and Shrek…) Still we LOVE this Barbie Room.  What do you think?

Read Angie’s full post here!

Posted by Elizabeth on 05/05 at 03:03 PM


Just in Time for Mother’s Day:  The Top 5 “Delicates” Every Woman Should Have in her Wardrobe

“The Bra Whisperer’s in town!”  Not sure who loves my new “right sized” red bra and underwear more….me or hubby.  (Hope my girls don’t see this post.) Check out {Intimacy} BraFit founder Susan Nethero’s advice on what you need now.  Your girls will thank you!

Posted by Elizabeth on 05/04 at 04:21 PM


Poshbrood’s on’s Top Family Travel Blog List for 2011

                We were chosen as one of's picks for best travel blogs! Click this badge to learn more.

Poshbrood would like to thank the Academy!  We’re so excited to be nominated at one of the Top 25 Family Travel Sites by Babble is an amazing and cool parenting site—if you don’t know it—you should! Time Magazine recently named it one of the Top 50 websites of 2010.

We’d love you to share with friends or family, Tweet, Facebook or comment on their page!  THANK YOU.

Posted by Elizabeth on 05/03 at 08:09 PM


Poshbrood Nominated for Babble’s Top 25 Family Travel Sites

                We were chosen as one of's picks for best travel blogs! Click this badge to learn more.

Poshbrood would like to thank the Academy!  We’re so excited to be nominated at one of the Top 25 Family Travel Sites by Babble is an amazing and cool parenting site—if you don’t know it—you should! Time Magazine recently named it one of the Top 50 websites of 2010.

We’d love you to share with friends or family, Tweet, Facebook or comment on their page!  THANK YOU.

There is other major breaking news today aside from our Babble honor.  Unless you live in a cave in Pakistan, you know that Osama bin Laden was killed yesterday in a courageous ground attack by US forces. Our Posh friend and radio personality, Tommy McFly, has some amazing video and still photos from outside The White House last night.  We just had to share.

Hug each other! xox




Posted by Elizabeth on 05/02 at 02:59 PM


White House Easter Egg Roll—What to Wear?

Poshbrood’s heading to 1600 tomorrow to roll some eggs on the lawn. It’s going to be 83 degrees and partly sunny…what to wear?  We want to look snappy just in case we bump into FLOTUS (that’s DC speak for the tres chic First Lady) or Willow Smith.

Dress and sandals?  Pants and flats?  Skirt and blouse?


What do YOU think?

Happy Easter! xoxo

Posted by Elizabeth on 04/24 at 05:03 PM


Sing it! “Come and Play, Where Everything’s A-OK” at Sesame Place

Poshbrood’s all time favorite family band, Grammy-nominee Justin Roberts & The Not Ready For Naptime Players, is playing Sesame Place the weekend of May 14 & 15th. 

It’s been a couple of years since our last visit to Sesame Place but who doesn’t get all mushy, lovey and happy to see Big Bird, Elmo, Grover, The Count and the rest of the Sesame Street gang?  I almost burst into tears at a fancy Washington, DC event when I met the real Big Bird. In person. His voice!  The caring manner! The soft feathers! *lump in my throat* 

A very cool we like, Savvy Sassy Moms, recently posted a recap of their visit to Sesame Place.  Click here—we think it’s the bees knees.

Elmo? Cool kids’ music that doesn’t make you feel dead inside? It’s a win-win. Go!

Posted by Elizabeth on 04/21 at 11:42 PM


You’ve Trusted Us on Where to Take Your Brood on Vacay.  Now Poshbrood Can Book Travel for You Too!

Swanky Family Travel Site Poshbrood and Full-Service Virtuoso Travel Agency SmartFlyer, Join Forces to Provide the Ultimate in Family Travel Booking Services.

“I’m so excited to announce SmartFlyer’s partnership with Poshbrood,” said SmartFlyer owner Michael Holtz. “We’re so happy to combine our decades of travel booking expertise with Poshbrood’s family travel savvy.”

SmartFlyer is a full-service travel agency based in New York City. Poshbrood is a swanky family travel site that has researched, identified, visited, vetted chic family travel options for busy parents in search of more than the usual double double and six cable channels. Together, Poshbrood/SmartFlyer will provide an integrated experience where Poshbrood users can research hotels and then have Poshbrood/Smartflyer book your vacation for you. 

“We have scores of moms asking us where to go with their family and we help them find the perfect getaway for their brood,” said Poshbrood founder Elizabeth Thorp, “We’re taking our services to the next level by being able to book the travel and providing Poshbrooders with the best Virtuoso rooms and rates.”

Although the Poshbrood/SmartFlyer team is happy to accommodate any travel needs, (need to find a villa for 22 in Hawaii to celebrate Grandma’s 90th?) core services include: travel consultancy, destination family celebrations, multi-generational travel, private charters, custom itineraries, corporate travel, and concierge services.

“Parents deserve every shortcut they can get, and this is a great one,” said Thorp. “Busy moms can read about the latest chic, family-friendly destinations and with the click of a button, the whole brood has last-minute weekend getaway plans.”

A Virtuoso Agency with extensive high-level network worldwide, Poshbrood/SmartFlyer will be able extend significant perks and amenities at the best properties worldwide, as well as complimentary upgrades, early check-in and check-out, and other value-added benefits. Poshbrood/SmartFlyer is a preferred travel agency for Four Seasons Hotels, Ritz-Carlton Hotels, Orient-Express, AmanResorts, Rosewood Hotels and more.


For more information or to get Poshbrood/SmartFlyer cracking on your travel plans, click the “Book Travel” button or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


Posted by Elizabeth on 04/17 at 06:10 PM


Disconnect to Reconnect | Why Tulum is Our Ideal Family Vacation

You have heard Poshbrood RAVE about Tulum and Amansala and we’re not alone in our LOVE for this beautiful Mexican beach town on the Mayan Riviera. Thank you Dana for sharing your trip and tips!

While flipping through an April 2010 Conde Nast Traveler magazine (yes, I still read printed materials!), the Room with A View article peeked my interest. It looked like the perfect spot for warmth after a long, snowy Vermont winter. The spot was Tulum, Mexico—just about a two-hour drive south of Cancun.

On a whim, we booked our first trip to the area called Tulum Beach and even chose the same hotel from the article—Playa Mambo. This “whatever/whenever” girl has traveled extensively with kids in toe.  When I am on vacation, I usually like fresh towels and clean sheets every day, a/c, service by the pool; the luxuries that make a vacation into a holiday for Mom. For the most part, Tulum Beach isn’t like that. It is made up of affordable (starting at $100/night) casitas, casas and a few boutique-ish hotels set along a few miles of beach. I was a little skeptical to say the least, but my husband spurred me on just like he did when we went on a self-guided, no reservation tour of Ireland back in the day. As usual, his instincts were right but even he did not anticipate how truly amazing our Tulum vacation would really turn out to be. So much so we have now returned two years in a row.

For the first time ever we decided we were going to ban all electronics on this vacation.  Who needs them? We’d have the sand, the surf, each other…right? Right! After all, Tulum is “off the grid” and many hotels don’t even have electricity 24/7.  Instead we packed travel-sized games like Sorry, Uno Spin, Apples-to-Apples, a deck of cards, and what I thought was a ton of books.  I was astounded at how fast my kids blew threw those.  I saw this as a real opportunity for our family to unplug, stop looking at our screens, and plug into what was important – each other.

The beaches of Tulum are scarcely populated and it’s not uncommon to find yourself alone in the water. Our days were spent boogie boarding and body surfing.  The water is clean, warm and has great waves helped by the steady breeze coming from offshore. We’d read, lounge in the hammocks; go for long walks on the beach and just reconnect with each other. Mid-day we’d head out to find a place like Om or Las Ranitas for lunch.  Every place is so low-key, not only are reservations not required, neither are shoes.  Our kids tended to head back to the beach while waiting for our food to arrive. They would make a game out of jumping of the stairs, palm trees and other things.  You will find there are not many rules. Kids probably wouldn’t get away with these antics at a big resort.

If lying around all day isn’t your thing, there is plenty to keep you and your kids busy. You can go to the ruins, swim in a cenote, visit a water activity park like Xel-Ha or Xcaret or teens can even learn to kite-surf. The first year, we visited the Tulum ruins.
This is a very cool archaeological site for kids to see that is so close, you shouldn’t pass it up.  A few things to keep in mind: it is hot there with limited shade and no snack stand beyond the front gate. However, there is a nice beach, accessed down a long set of stairs so bring your suits for a quick dip off. The gravel paths are going to make it hard to push a stroller so plan accordingly. This is a great place to spy iguanas so don’t forget your camera.

So what is a cenote? This natural wonder is best described as an underground sinkhole.  After the cave falls in, what’s left behind is a cavern.  Some are partially closed; some are open to the sunlight.  Stalagmites and stalactites grow in them.  Some even have bats.  And there are definitely great fish to observe. You can explore them on your own, but we felt more comfortable snorkeling at Cenotes Dos Ojos with a cavern guide.  You can find one of these in town a local dive shops.

We were curious about Sian Ka’an, the natural persevere located at the southern end of Tulum’s beaches. One day after lunch we drove the long and bumpy road out to the biosphere.  While it might be great for older kids to spend a day here on a boat tour, fly-fishing, kayaking or bird watching the ride out there is really rough and would be enough to deter me with little ones. I’d reserve this spot for the more adventurous families.

Everyone knows eating can often be a challenge when traveling with kids.  Luckily, the food in Tulum is not only outstanding, but we thought it was rather kid friendly as well.  Oddly enough in additional to all the great Mexican food, there is a lot of Italian. So finding a wood fired pizza or a bowl of pasta is pretty easy to come by.  As a matter of fact, we had excellent pizzas at La Neve the day we decided to explore the town of Tulum (a few miles inland). Back on the beaches, La Zebra has an adorable kids playground as well as highchairs.Our son has his first tableside flambé at Ana Y Jose. The $135 pesos we spent on that flaming dessert elicited more “muchas, muchas, gracias” then we heard him say all week.  It is worth mentioning that Ana also has a true kids menu with burgers, chicken fingers, quesadillas and pasta. The only place you might need a dinner reservation is Posada Margherita – a popular spot not to be missed for food connoisseurs.

Things I love most about a Family Vacation in Tulum Beach:
? I love watching my kids play with each other, and not a device
? I love playing cards with my kids at lunch and dinner
? I love not wearing shoes (even to dinner)
? I love that there are few TVs, clocks, or radios to be found anywhere

Tips For Family Vacations in Tulum Beach:
? Pack snacks for kids no matter their ages.  For my 9 & 12 yr olds I brought fruit leathers, energy bars, goldfish, etc. Keep them in Ziploc bags.
? Headlamps are great for reading and walking on the beach at night.
? Don’t overpack. You will be surprised how little you really need. Leave your hair dryer and those extra shoes at home.
? There is a large grocery store (the San Francisco) at the intersection of Highway 307 and the road to Coba/Tulum.  It has a very large baby aisle with diapers, baby food, etc.  You should have no problem stocking up there.
? You can’t go wrong with a small can of bug spray in case that wonderful breeze does die down.
? Expect the unexpected. If you can’t handle the occasional gecko or a crab in your room, this vacation is not for you.

The Mexican government plans to build an international airport in Tulum within the next few years. We’re not sure what this means to our favorite sleepy, beach town of Tulum, but you may want to visit now—just in case.

Submitted by Dana Freeman. Freeman started, the fastest growing on-line destination for families to discover what to do and see in Northern Vermont.

Posted by Elizabeth on 04/11 at 03:42 PM
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Adults Need to Follow Airplane Etiquette Before Calling for a “Kids Section”


We’re intrigued with the recent USAToday article and debate on separate kids’ sections for airplanes.  On the one hand, in our experience, there already is one.  Everytime we travel by air, we’re in the back of the bus with almost all of the other shorties. On the other hand, some of the most difficult passengers are not children. Parents need to teach children the appropriate way to behave in any public setting: trains, boats, Bolt Bus, restaurants—not just a cramped metal tube traveling at 500 mph with recycled air.

Ian Burford has created a Facebook page, “Airlines Should Have Kid-Free Flights.” He’s 6’4 and bothered by kicking, bouncing and general kid shenanigans. My thoughts are this:

1.) Why the hell are parents allowing kids’ to kick the seat in front of them?  I once was across the aisle from a Dad with two kids who let his two year old stand up and jump in his seat the whole ride (hello, turbulence anyone?) terrorizing the people in the seats behind them by peeping over and peek a boo yelling at them for a good hour. One passenger was trying to sleep, the others reading. Dad was chillaxin’ in the row completely ignoring the situation and doing a crossword puzzle. (I did say something to deadbeat dad after I figured out no one was about to jump up and say, “Smile, You’re on Candid Camera!”)

2.) Sorry Ian, but it’s not just kids who are potential unfortunate seat mates. How about my seat mate in Virgin America (LOVE) First Class that almost was sleeping in my lap on a redeye from LA. He wasn’t fat but his arm was over my armrest IN MY LAP and I was forced constantly push his sleeping arm over and squeeze myself against the window. Oh yes, I was six months pregnant and had a presentation at 10 am in DC.  Good times.

3.) Let’s not forget the self-entitled frequent flier. This is the character (I swear most of them still wear their phone or personal device on their belt) that will bring a roll on bag the size of a Mini Cooper on the plane.  They love taking it upon themselves to open and rearrange the bin where your brood has stored your items so they can jam their bags in —on top of your bags and coats, natch.

4.) There are going to be times when kids are having a tough time through no fault of their own. The pressure is hurting the baby’s ears on descent (Note to Ian: a 3 month old cannot pop her own ears or chew gum), your motion-sick kid hurls (been there), your 5 year old totally potty trained daughter wets her pants while asleep (done that). Have a bit of compassion, people. The parents aren’t having any fun in these situations either.

I’ve been on planes chock full of rowdy 8th graders coming to DC for their class trip. Yelling, flirting, gaming, kicking with one dead-inside chaperone for every 20 kids. Oh, then there are the totally drunk meat-head spring breakers who are high-fiving across the aisle and shouting “Dude, this is gonna be sooooo sick!” I’d take a kicking kid over flying with inebriated Jersey Shore wannabes any day, how about you?

Ian, before you go fishing for trouble by irking the mommies around the world…

Let’s make sure that adults are practicing Airplane Etiquette before lobbying for a kid-only zone.

“The hardest job kids face today is learning good manners without seeing any.”—Fred Astaire

Posted by Elizabeth on 03/24 at 11:31 AM


Poshbrood on “Let’s Talk Live” Chatting Fabulous Family Hotel Rooms

We can’t get enough of this fun show…check ‘em out here.

Oh, and David Alan Grier (a funny, funny man) was a guest the same day. He wants you to follow him on Twitter.

PS The dress is from Target’s GO International Designer Collection. Chic or AARP member housecoat? Truth.

Posted by Elizabeth on 03/21 at 10:33 AM


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