Wishes for my kid’s fall semester

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So today, I’m here shamelessly campaigning for my kid’s video from her summer camp experience. She was in Tanzania doing community service, helping to build a school in the village of Njoro. In July, when Gabi caught a flight out of JFK International for her life-changing trip, she left as a somewhat spoiled 17-year-old kid who had all the comforts …

3 ways to stretch your dollars at Mohonk Mountain House

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I can hardly believe that I just spent $1,129.16 for a one-night, mother-daughter getaway to a top-rated spa. No regrets! In fact, if I’ve got a glow, it’s probably due to the benefits of quality bonding time with my kid, the facial — and a chance to splurge like it’s 2003 again. But seriously, our trip offered very good value …

Food is fun

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Remember when my daughter went away to camp in early July? And how I was home alone trying to find new things to look forward to? Well, with the kid outta the house, my daily treats were most often about food. This is the beginning of a process raised in my earlier post: “Can I be more than Mommy?” In other …

3 ways I’m learning to be a smart traveller

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PARIS, France — Ugh, I was just pickpocketed! Want to hear even more distressing information? On the Air France flight from New York to Paris, I managed to lose my iPhone, driver’s license, American Express card and my socks. I’ve decided to include all the bad news in one post because my daughter Gabi says breaking up the presentation into …

How to eat in Paris for $38 a day

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PARIS, FRANCE — It’s Day #2 of our vacation and we’re getting the hang of walking everywhere and using the Metro as our subway. Of course, we need the exercise because we are eating, eating, eating… We had a delightful first night snoring in the comfy beds of the two-bedroom, $327-a-night rental apartment that we found through VRBO.com. My daughter …