Our favorite road trip summer snacks

We have been on the go this summer as many of us all have. I mean, we’re all trying to squeeze in the joy of the sun before (not going to say it) you know what happens.

Being on the go with the kiddos means packing snacks for those quick hungry moments.

We’ve discovered imagine snacks – a delicious yogurt crunch blend. Also available in different flavors such as cheddar . We truly enjoyed the yogurt sweet biscotti taste …. so much so that K would have preferred to keep it to herself .

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We also discovered that the delicious KIND co has “KIND KIDS” ! Exciting and delicious all wrapped in one small package.

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I discovered my go to snack after receiving a shipment of the assorted blended brittles. The Softer than brittle brand has been around for 60 years and developed by a family recipe. I have been enjoying this snack with my morning coffee or matcha as well as when we’re on the go during this summer.

Summer Fun at Liberty Science Center

When you think of summer activities do you ever think of indoor activities? Well, we have an awesome indoor activity for you to consider.

The Liberty Science Center in Jersey City, NJ is a 300,000 square foot space located in Liberty State Park. There are so many reasons to visit this space and the surrounding areas but we’re going to share with you the reason why we love Liberty Science Center.

We attended the Summer time fun at Liberty science center with our friends at Mom trends to experience the FOUR great, Amazing exhibits and more. We couldn’t wait to share them with you – along with the opportunity to win 2 tickets of your own to experience it for yourselves !

This summer at Liberty Science Center there is a dinosaur experience, a scientific experience based on the human body called “Grossology”, Jennifer Chalsty Planetarium in a giant dome theater, and an Arthurs world interactive exhibit.

With all of that excitement….where do you start?

We began our experience at Jack Horner’s Dino Dig; where all of the kiddos were able to use their imaginations and the tools that paleontologists use to dig through 35 tons of sand to find fossils.

Next, we made our way over to the brand new Grossology exhibit.  LSC takes you on a fun and interactive experience within this exhibit. There is a slide through the tummy that is hard to resist as well as the belly pumping soda can which lets you know how much liquid enters the belly and the process of a belch. Our littles Bash had the best time learning about snot…yes snot.

The second new exhibit that you would not want to miss is “Arthur’s world”, itself.  This exhibit includes an interactive play stage for singing and dancing as well as some of his favorite places such as a camping site, Arthurs home, school setting and library.

We saved the 4th exhibit for last because it is the 4th largest Planetarium in the western hemisphere.

We are so happy that it has made its home at the NYC-NJ Metropolitan area!

The Jennifer Chalsty Planetarium is constructed of a dome shape at about 89 feet. This is where you will be able to experience shows and siting like the Orion Nebula – the night sky.

There are different show experiences throughout the day. However our top showing was Sesame Street! The planetarium is there for all age viewings, even 2 year olds will remain engaged when Big Bird is talking with friends, singing and dancing on the moving dome screen.

General admission is 22.75 for adults, 18.75 for children ages 2-12 and exhibits Arthur’s world and Dino Dig are included.

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Our adventurous Midwinter break staycation

What is a staycation?

Perhaps you’ve heard the term used loosely many a time. This could be because many people have different definitions of what a staycation is. We define a staycation as a time spent at home without obligations, schedules and deadlines just to catch up on things that we’d like to do for fun, maybe time to lounge and sleep in and definitely enjoy the goodness of our city.

In the case of our Twindollicious crew; we made sure to get out and enjoy the Spring teaser weather during our Winter break staycation.

We visited the Brooklyn Botanical gardens for a magical scavenger hunt throughout the gardens. This fun day was hosted by our friends at Mommynearest. The kids were able plant a Paperwhite to take home.. we can’t wait to share the progress and growth :):)

Our next adventure included a Day in Times Square in the heart of the big apple at the NatGeoEncounter ! The kiddos were all able to enjoy an interactive experience of 3D underwater activities along with an opportunity to be on a big Billboard in Timesquare.

V & K also learned a new skill during their vacation; which is so fitting to their personalities. We were given the opportunity to create an animation video provided by Goldfish . The girls create not one but 2 scenes of interactive moving goldfish.

1 the first creation included V & K as chefs prepping a goldfish meal for themselves when a sneaky puppy comes along to enjoy the meal. TwinDolliciousInstagram (shared here on Instagram)

2. The second creation included a goldfish parade, with confetti and moving floats.

It was so great to help support the NY International Children’s Film Festival. The children enjoyed 13 short films created by artists. After each film ballots were filled to rate their favorite films. It is always amazing to be able to surround children with art and culture.

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We enjoyed sharing our top Staycation choices. If Grandmas house in PA was option we would link ticket info to that show; but til next time we hope you’ll take a visit to some of our favorite places during your visit or staycation in NYC.

Please enjoy a way to melt away the boredom with this fun Snowman maze worksheet. For more engaging learning activities, go to Education.com!

We were excited to partner with them in order to bring our little readers some fun!

We escaped the bomb cyclone during the holidays

 

Every year during the holidays we try to take a vacation to celebrate V & K and Kenny’s Birthday.

We must have felt the chill in the air because we escaped to our favorite place just in time to escape the BOMB CYCLONE.

It has been 8 years since I have flown, yes 8… we have been cruising and driving since the twins were born. It was a bit nerve wrecking to travel on a plane during winter break with a little one. The girls were so excited to travel via airplane rather than sitting in the car state to state. I have to say I can remember the excitement I had for my first plane ride. They were so well behaved – all 3! The girls were interested in their books and movies while Bash slept during the flight coming and going.

Here’s a TIP: We semi carefully chose the flight time to Florida to coincide with Bash’s morning naps… (score!) this really does work if your child is consistent with napping.

We visited some of our favorite places and people while on this trip. It’s always great to see family that you don’t usually get to see during the holidays.

Quality time with each other as well as being present in the moment makes lasting memories.

The temperatures were not as warm as we would have liked during our last few days but it was much appreciated. Our NYC life was in a cold mess of a cyclone. We continued to receive updates and check on our home during those days. The snow looked beautiful at first fall but when temps are that low, things can become scary. As we thought about returning home we decided to leave a little behind in our place in Palm beach… could this be a sign of us truly thinking of staying longer and longer each trip?!

Our excursions around the state of Florida are always fun! We try to get to the beaches and visit our regular breakfast, lunch, and dinner places as well as book stores. We enjoyed the comfort of Mazda  6 Grand Touring to get around during this trip. We were all able to fit comfortably and trunk space was unlike any other vehicle. The trunk space and safety features are amazing. With 3 children safety is very important when driving. Luxury, comfort, safety and style!

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*Safety and Security Highlights: – Engine immobilizer anti-theft system – Foldaway brake pedal assembly – LATCH child seat safety tethers – Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) – Available Smart Brake Support (SBS) with Collision Warning** – Available Smart City Brake Support (SCBS)* – Rain-sensing windshield wipers*

What more can you ask for in a vehicle….oh and excellent on gas!

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We returned to NYC with a smooth flight over the clouds and through the winds.

Thankfully everyone and everything survived and we were happy to return to our beautiful city!

Our favorite Places highlights:

The National

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Surf Side Diner

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Yes, Breakfast at the Surfside Diner included a photo opp with Mr and Mrs Patterson.

 

Classic Book Store

Chesterfield Hotel

 

 

We found Santa at Sahara Sams

Have you ever wondered if Santa has any days off once he leaves the north pole for the holiday season?

Well we not only figured out that he does have days off, but we also found him at one of his favorite places! Santa loves the Sahara Sams! Here

Yes we took a trip to Sahara Sams and found Santa in the pool. We had breakfast with Santa, enjoyed swimming and sliding down the slides with Santa. We even enjoyed sitting in the Adirondack chairs in the middle of the warmest pool area in New Jersey during the winter season.

Sahara Sams welcomes you with a delicious breakfast with Santa and opportunity to take pictures and chat about how wonderful it is to be on the NICE list.

Santa will be spending his weekend at Sahara Sams until December 23, 2017 9-10 am. Throughout the day you can swim around and enjoy interactions while he’s there.

We loved this experience so much during the holiday season. Vittoria actually gained the courage to slide down a tube slide, splash into a pool of water and swimming her way out on this trip….. day made!

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Get in the holiday spirit with us!

The holiday season would not be awesome without adding a bit of Twindollicious adventure.

We have rounded up some fun things that we have been doing throughout the season. The top five listed below have put us in the groove of Christmas and excitement for a new year (and Birthdays!!)

If you’re in need of a little spirit lifting and fun with the kiddos check out some of these fun at home and quick outings that will help you Deck the halls with jolly!

1. NYC is filled with fun pop up shops created by amazing marketing companies and brands. We enjoyed the hallmark pop up so much. Hallmark is the mother of all holiday movies and we were excited to swing in the spirit for these photo opps.

2. Because V & K enjoy cooking in the kitchen so much we had to include backing gingerbread cookies on our list. We enjoyed the awesome recipes of Red Velvet NYC to create some delicious gingerbread men. They were so delicious while baking in their kitchen that we did it again at home; and so can you!

3. Take a trip to a Christmas tree farm just to experience the smell of fresh pine, get lost in a maze of Christmas tree and look for signs of a possible Santa’s workshop. We enjoyed visiting the biggest Christmas tree farm in Philipsburg NJ. We love bringing home a fresh tree to decorate. As many others enjoy faux trees which is just as beautiful; there’s something about this experience that gets better every year.

4. If you’re all set up with Christmas decorations, holiday lights and you haven’t written your littlest letter to Santa yet, please do use Santa writes back. Your child would be delighted to receive that special letter from Santa in response to their wishes list.

5. To keep the spirit of Santa and the belief in this holiday alive we took a trip on the polar express to visit Santa himself.

6. We love taking time out to read holiday stories. There’s something about a holiday movie or story book that brings the holiday to life. We would love for everyone to always believe in Santa and the spirit of what it means to be good and do good; so our Christmas book “Santas helpers save Christmas” is available now Here

I took a step into Royal Caribbeans future

If you’ve ever been on a Royal Caribbean cruise you’ll appreciate what’s coming soon! If you’ve yet to travel Royal Caribbean you’re going to be amazed at what this cruise line has to offer and need to book a trip right away!

It’s about that time for our family to take our winter excursions. We usually head south or cruise our way through the NYC winters when it becomes too much. So when given the opportunity to check out all of the new developments with Royal Caribbean I was ecstatic!

Changes and amazing upgrades to the already incredible ships will include checkin with camera recognition, vessels larger than before, state rooms that allow you to remain in doors and out all at the same time. The best part was the App service… yes, RC cruises will be at the top of the tech charts! Many features will be Coming 2017 into 2018!

Amazing bathrooms within all staterooms

5 Reasons why Australia should be on your travel bucket list 

We’re taking it back to the days when traveling required 2 passports lots of luggage for only me, bikinis and to do lists.., and we’re revamping it to our future travel bucket list that will include family packing, educational activities and ways to love like the locals.

Traveling is always a must for us but lately we’ve enjoyed Disney and cruising. We put a hault on the fun work required; like firing the best safari in South Africa, quaint restaurants in Italy or perfect photo opps in Greece, when traveling across country.



But, in planning to start this travel adventure over again with the kiddos we’ve added the awesome country of Australia to the top of the list and here’s why!

-Australia is the world’s 6th largest country. Which includes 6 small gorgeous islands and 7,000 beaches


– The sport footy also known as Aussie Rules / Australian football league grand final is the most special sports; which a young sportsman would greatly appreciate catching a game.

– Australia has some of the most rare animals. Imagine snuggling up to this little furry baby

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– The people and culture of Australia can encompasses up to 10 different racial backgrounds. These are people of all historic and entrepreneurial backgrounds. Including Andrew Charlton
– Then of course the outback! How can you plan a trip to Australia without including a stop to the hot, red, dry place in the heart of  the country.

Summer weekend travels

Slow down summer!  Though it has been 3 plus weeks since school ended, just the thought of packing away our summer styles and prepping for the cold scares the hee bee gee bees out of me.

We’ve been taking it as slow as we can between summer camp and our weekend getaways we are soaking up all of the sun we can to fulfill our vitamin D needs.

With 3 kids in tow we planned to visit some historical sites within driving distance. An 8-10 hour drive may sound like much but we’ve survived 16; now that’s serious. We chose Saratoga/Lake George as our first weekend getaway. We usually visit Martha’sVineyard  but decided to go with a group of our family members and learn about upstate NY. The kids couldn’t get enough of the horses at Bennington Farms, Martha’s Creme for ice cream, Congress park’s Carousel, of course the lake and did I mention the ice cream 🍦.

As if that adventure wasnt enough we were brave enough to do it again….and many more times to come of course. But, traveling down south to VA to visit family was both nostalgic and educational once again.

We stopped at chincoteague beach where the wild horses run and the famous story of misty originated.  The kiddies enjoyed one beautiful horse after another with an added touch of beach of course. We enjoyed our stay at a quaint Refuge Inn…. super kid friendly; just what we like!



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Summer Days

Summer days are meant to be spent at one of the best places on earth… the beach.

We love going to the beach to

-collect seashells

– talk about mermaid landing rocks

– build Sand castles

– read books

We hope your Independence Day festivities include some time by the sea

What are some of the things that you like to do on the beach?