Keira Knightley as Anna Karenina

Meeting Anna Karenina at Ham House

The movie Anna Karenina may be set in St. Petersburg but it was mostly shot in England. Luckily we live an hour away from the house that was used as Count Vronsky’s apartments in the movie, the National Trust 17th century property Ham House. When I read about an exhibition featuring costumes from the movie, […]

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Gozo country walks can be full of surprises!

Malta Holidays with Children: What To Do, What To See, Where To Stay and Eat

Malta was an ideal winter vacation for my girls and I, a sunny escape that combined ancient history, spectacular nature and – the big seller for my girls – gelato (ice cream) and pasta every single day. There was even a PlayMobil Fun Park reward for good behavior on the last day – imagine that […]

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Festive colors on the holiday party buffet. Photo by Inga Lim

Tips, Recipes, Crafts and Songs for Holiday Parties with Children

I love holiday parties. Not the corporate kind in stiff cocktail attire with your colleagues. The festive kind at home with friends and their family, good food and music. Every year we throw a big holiday party at home and there are a few staples that come back year after year. People tell me they […]

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Hot glue gun in action

Santa’s Workshop: How Children Can Make Their Own Toys

Elves making toys is the quintessential image of Santa’s Workshop at the North Pole. It makes children dream and they order their presents to Santa with the assumption it will be lovingly assembled, nailed and painted by armies of busy elves with funny hats. Last year at our holiday party I had this crazy idea […]

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Dia de Los Muertos Parade

Celebrate The Day of The Dead in San Francisco

On November 2nd – exactly two days after the trick-or-treat and plastic fangs craze of Halloween, the Mexican Day of the Dead (Dia de Los Muertos) is both a spiritual journey and a celebration of life. Culminating in the Mission district around Garfield Park, the San Francisco Dia de Los Muertos Procession and Festival of […]

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