From the category archives:

Family Travel in TurkeyWe have been incredibly lucky with our fantastic travel opportunities over the past two years. I wanted to share our latest adventure a trip to Istanbul Turkey. It’s a long haul from LA, but if you have the chance to visit Turkey, the city is fascinating. Here’s a link to a piece that I wrote for the Four Seasons Istanbul, and you can click on this video that links to LACityMom’s new you tube LACityMom Travel channel.

From the Four Seasons Family Holidays Website: 

“Your family will love Istanbul, Turkey. And the good news is: there are two Four Seasons in this exotic, historic, friendly city: Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at the Bosphorus, a gorgeous luxurious property perched right on the banks of the Bosphorus River, and Sultanahmet. Visiting both is a great way to experience different areas of this fascinating place.”  Click here to read full article. 





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family-fun-in-spainWith the dollar catching up to the Euro for the first time in many years, it’s a great time to think about a European family vacation! Here’s a link to a piece I wrote about our recent trip to Spain for family travel site, CiaoBambino. We have found that our family’s European holidays have created so many incredible memories. I hope reading this may inspire you take some European adventures of your own.

 “Barcelona and Madrid are two very different cities, but both offer wonderful cultural opportunities for families to explore while in Spain. I’m so glad we had a chance to visit both destinations with our kids recently. Here are some highlights of our fun-filled Spanish cultural extravaganza…”  Click here to view complete article. 

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Ace Hotel Family Crafting Event If you have never been to the Ace Hotel and Swim Club in Palm Springs, you are in for a treat. See my full review here. If you are crafty or have crafty kids there is a great two day weekend getaway event planned in October 4-6th that is not to be missed.

There will be two full days of art workshops (more than 20 total) challenging kids, adults, and families to exercise their creative muscles. Artists include Confetti System, Tanya Aquiñiga, Rachel Craven, Clare Vivier + special guest Todd Oldham. Recreation will be powered by Undefeated. Sunrise yoga, complimentary bike rentals, unlimited pool access, and family game night keep bodies busy too.

Package rates start at $1,500.00, based on triple-occupancy (two adults, one kid). Package includes lodging, meals, and family activities throughout the weekend. And there’s a special rate for folks who want to stay through Sunday.

Click here for more information.

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LACityMom in Prague

November 9, 2012 Family Travel

This year I have been given the incredible opportunity to travel with the family to many European destinations. This of course means a greatly expanded Family Getaway section for Here’s a link to my first LACityMom Euro post, which I wrote for folks at Have Family Will Travel – the Four Seasons Hotel Luxury Family […]

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Family Getaway – Four Seasons Westlake Village

May 16, 2012 Family Travel

One of my favorite things to do with the family is an overnight at hotel.  Even just twenty-four hours a way can feel like a mini-vacation.  It’s hard sometimes to pull off the whole weekend, especially now that my kids are getting into athletics, but if you can do the whole weekend that’s even better.  […]

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March 5, 2012 Family Travel

When you think about it the whole idea of a spa day really is the antithesis to motherhood. Imagine a place that is quiet, pretty, where people are lounging and no children are allowed. The entire experience is designed to make you feel appreciated, relaxed, and pampered.  (Just like a morning at home — HA!) But […]

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$10 off at Stark Waxing’s new Studio City Location

January 25, 2012 Family Travel

Stark Waxing Studio of Silver Lake just added a new studio in Studio City, and it is fantastic. Whatever your personal preferences are on body hair removal, I bet we can all agree that if you do get a wax of some kind, you want it done quickly, as painlessly as possible, and by a […]

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Spaphile, Jewelmint & Pose Pampering Event

November 16, 2011 Family Travel

Here’s a fun event of pampering if you are on the West Side or will be heading that way this weekend. Spaphile, Jewelmint and Pose are hosting a day of pampering. Spaphile if you are not familiar with it,  is a local deal company that specializes in Spa Treatments! How perfect is that for busy, […]

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SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills – an urban Mommy escape

October 3, 2011 Eat

Oh to be a young Hollywood Hipster. You can actually. That is the beauty of living in a big city. Okay, maybe you don’t feel quite like your pre-baby hipster self, and sorry to say…you may NEVER feel that way, but as your kids start to become more independent you will start to feel like […]

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Yoga Shelter – a great deal for a calmer year

January 3, 2011 Family Travel

Ah, New Year’s Resolutions: One of my top resolutions is to practice more yoga. After I do yoga, my whole day is better. I am less reactive; I am calmer with the kids. My thinking is clearer. I just feel better, and somehow more like myself. One new place I have discovered that I LOVE […]

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