Tips to Help you Plan for Multigenerational Travel

Planning for multigenerational travel

Many people will be planning for multigenerational travel this summer. While traveling with extended family has its perks, it can also produce a few stressors. Here are a few tips to keep in mind as you begin to plan your getaway. Preparing for a Multigenerational Trip Plan a family meeting and discuss important things like where to go, what to do, who’s watching the kids, physical limitations and the biggie- MONEY. Discuss up front how much it will cost and who is paying for what. Money is a touchy subject and once you’ve had “the talk” everyone should be able to relax and enjoy their vacation. Plan things Together Planning any vacation is a lot of work and it shouldn’t fall on one person’s shoulders. While you can designate one person to reserve a vacation home, make flight … [Read more...]

10 Reasons to See a Concert at a Small Local Theater this Summer

10 Reasons to see a band at a local theater

Guest Post by Scotty Reiss I’m so over the big arena concerts: the scramble to buy super expensive tickets that get you a seat near the roof from which performers look like ants on the stage. It’s just not worth it. Luckily, hundreds of great bands are booked into local theaters—many of them historical treasures—around the country, and it’s a growing trend. My local theater, the Ridgefield Playhouse in Ridgefield, Connecticut, is a fabulous destination for any sort of show. Recently I went to see The English Beat and it’s an experience I’ll smile about forever. But most towns have a playhouse (a listing of historic theaters is here), so here’s why you should take a look at the schedule and buy tickets to see a favorite band: With only a several hundred seats, … [Read more...]

Tips for Taking Multigenerational Photos

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I absolutely LOVE when my clients want to bring their parents to their newborn photography session or when a client contacts me about having an extended family session. There is something so sweet about photographing grandparents with their grandkids - and if you can get all three generations (or more!) in the photo then it's really the icing on the cake. But these multigenerational photo opportunities also have their own unique challenges. Here are a few tips to help your session run smoothly and ensure that you will have picture perfect photos! 1. Make sure the grandparents are comfortable. If the grandparents are elderly or have physical limitations, making sure they are comfortable should be your first priority. If they are uncomfortable you will be able to see it in the pictures … [Read more...]

DIY Beach Bags for Every Budget

Summer Beach Tote Tutorial

Every Summer I feel the need to buy a new beach bag. There's just something about a fresh bottle of sunscreen, a fluffy new beach towel, a new magazine and a great big, new beach bag to throw it all in! As you can imagine though, these things can really add up. If you're like me, you have a Summer budget to maintain while the kids are out of school. With a bit of fabric you already have at home or a quick trip to the fabric store {or the hardware store?}, you can whip up a new beach bag in no time. Today I've gathered a handful of DIY tutorials that will help you have your new bag and be soaking up the rays by the seashore in no time! Honeymoon Beach Bag - You don't really need to be going on your honeymoon to make this bag. But, if you were headed out on your honeymoon, this would … [Read more...]

Color Trends We Love

Summer Color Fashion Trends

It’s summer.  School is out and the flowers are blooming.  We’re planning vacations and shopping for great  looks to wear to BBQs and meetings.  We are trading out bulky home accessories  for lighter looks. Opening the windows and trying new recipes on the grill. We’ve also discovered summer is a great time for new colors to fill your life. There are a couple color trends we are loving right now and you’ve probably seen them too. First are blue green aquas that remind us of those beautiful beach scenes in our dream vacations. On nails and shoes  it exudes confidence. As a flowy top we are thinking breezes and relaxation. Plus this color is a perfect compliment to all the popular home decor metallics - gold, bronze, silver.   Then there the berry pinks that are warm and cool all … [Read more...]

How To Keep Your Makeup Light And Look Beautiful This Summer!

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Ed Note: A big thanks to Karen A for contributing this article which will keep you looking great this summer! How To Keep Your Makeup Light And Still Look Beautiful This Summer! I’m a sucker for makeup. It doesn’t matter what brand. I can find something I love from just about every brand out there whether it be from Sephora, Target or the local drugstore. When it comes to summer makeup my motto is “out with the old and in with the new.” Summer is the perfect time to ditch old makeup and test-drive the season’s hottest colors, but it’s also important not to overdo it especially on extremely hot and humid days. The last thing you want is a ton of makeup melting on you face. Summer makeup should be simple and natural. Below are six fabulous tips from the pros on how to keep your makeup … [Read more...]