I’ve been eager to try Bobbi Brown’s latest venture, Jones Road, for a long time — this lip and cheek multitasker is my top pick.
This lip and cheek stick glides on smoothly for a lightweight wash of color. Since it’s blendable and buildable, you can customize the intensity — use it with other blushes or lip colors you already own for a custom shade. Just toss one of the eight rich and flattering shades into your bag and you’re set for the day.
Jones Road’s Lip and Cheek Stick is $34.
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I’m traveling to NYC with my kids this March. They’re 5 and 8 yo. Any recommendations for a family-friendly hotel in Manhattan? I last stayed in a hotel in NYC over 20 years ago, during my college visits!
Do you have a preference what part of Manhattan? It’s big. If you want a suite, we were happy with Affinia Hotels which are proper suites at a non-crazy price point. These days my kid is old enough to easily share a room with us so we normally book at the Courtyard by Marriott on 53rd and 3rd. Neither of these are fancy, but they’re clean, comfortable, well-located for us (my in-laws live in the same neighborhood) and reasonable for NYC (typically under $300 a night, at least before taxes and fees).
We have a lot of flexibility, just want a good hotel experience. Thanks!
I recommend that Courtyard (Marriott Courtyard Midtown East) as well! Recently stayed there with my husband and 6yo. We appreciated the pull out sofa!
River bird says
Try the Lombardy – a lot of the units have kitchenettes.
Potty Training Woes says
Week 3 of potty training: DS will only go in the small potty and is afraid of regular toilets. Daycare can’t have a small potty in the classroom due to sanitary reasons, we’re told. Bathroom is across the hall. He’s had a lot of accidents at school and the staff are near the end of their rope, and are putting a diaper on him for part of the day (he was already wearing a diaper for nap time). Been following the Oh Cr*p method and trying to avoid pull ups but maybe they will help him continue to make progress with less mess? Tell me it gets better!
How old is DS? We had to stop and restart later with DS. It’s ok if you have to do that. If you do pause, you can still encourage him to use the potty before leaving for school, before bedtime, etc. And, you can work on using the big potty at home, slowly, where it might be less scary (and likely less rushed) for him. Part of the reality with daycare is you have to take their direction/concerns into account even when it isn’t how you’d do it, and I get it, it totally stinks sometimes!
that sounds miserable. Our daycare has 8 little pottys in the early 2 room, they should just call it the potty-training room. How often are they taking him? Can they take him at all transitions? Do you have a seat minimizer? If they have to do pullups and such at daycare, just do what you can at home, it’ll take longer but he’ll get there. We’re starting Saturday with the same method, worked like a charm for our daughter, so I’m nervous our son will be a struggle.
That’s ridiculous. They should have a real toilet (connected to plumbing) that is low to the ground for toddlers. What kind of daycare doesn’t have that? I would make a huge stink about it and consider leaving that daycare. At a bare minimum they need to have a stepstool and seat minimizer with handles. It’s not fair to your kid to confuse them by switching back and forth between diapers and undies. Not to mention it’s going to affect his confidence.
I read it as they have a small toilet, but they don’t have a ‘potty chair’ (one of the little potties that kids use that you have to clean out) for sanitary reasons. That’s pretty normal, IME. It’s also normal for kids to be wary of real toilets in the beginning of toilet training, but I don’t think it’s surprising that the daycare is not willing to use potty chairs.
I just got one of these from the Ulta brand and really like it. I prefer a very easy makeup routine for most days, and it’s handy. Plus, the “generic” version was maybe $7 or so?
How do you apply it? I’ll confess that these types of beauty products confuse me a bit, because I don’t want to be passing bacteria from lips to cheeks, or vice versa, really.
Hm, I hadn’t thought about that tbh. I do cheeks then lips. If you’re worried about it, whatever method you use would probably cut against the convenience.
I’ve got the travel bug. Is it too much to think I could do a trip to Paris, Lyon, and Madrid in 7-8 days? My gut says that two countries is too much. But I want to go all the places that we can on one transatlantic flight! I’ve never yet traveled internationally with kids (will be 4 and 8 at trip time).
NLD in NYC says
It’s probably too much. There’s a picture DH took in the Coliseum 10 years ago sans kids of me stretching my quads because we did Paris and Rome in 7 days and my legs were screaming. Since that trip we vowed never to cram in multiple big cities in a week. Can’t imagine doing it with kids under 10. Paris and Madrid alone could take 6-7 days to enjoy. Unless you all are avid walkers, suggest one major city as home base with 1-2 side day trips. But I feel you, my passport is getting dusty.
Thanks for the confirmation! I have a tendency to bite off more than I can chew, and that + jet lagged kids is recipe for misery.
It’s too much with kids that age. One of my biggest tips for family travel is underscheduling yourself and not moving around too much. Kids will appreciate settling into one hotel or apartment, and with kids (especially kids under 5) you’ll see less than you think you will each day, so having longer than you’d want in each place is a feature, not a bug.
With a week with a 4 year old I’d just do Paris and day trips from there. If you just had the 8 year old or the kids were a hair older I’d say Paris and Lyon. Combing those with Madrid would be too much IMO. Madrid is also not a city I think of as being kid-friendly. It’s known for nightlife and museums, neither of which is going to appeal to elementary age kids, and Spanish food isn’t particularly good for picky eaters.
Others here may have a different experience but I have not found long flights super challenging, especially once kids are past toddler age. I would not try to cram everything into one week assuming the flights will be awful, because that will just make the rest of the trip unpleasant.
I think it’s very doable, but if your gut is telling you otherwise, then go with that. I think you only run into issues when you’re trying to cram in 3 countries in a week. Still, any trip is better than a staycation!!
I think the # of separate stops and the distance between those stops is what really matters, not the # of countries. It’s Europe, crossing the border between countries is nothing. I don’t see why Paris-Lyon-Madrid would be any easier than Paris-Zurich-Amsterdam. In fact the latter is probably easier. Madrid is a long way from Paris.
That schedule sounds like too much. Traveling with kids is fun but its a new skill set for both you ad them. With your first international trip with them keep it easy. They are learning the skills of jet lag, new languages, new food, new public transport, etc for the first time. That is a lot to absorb and process. My thing with young kids is I plan one thing a day that we want to do and one bonus thing. With older kids you can probably do one more and one afternoon activity but thats it. Unless you live in a USA country that has a lot of walking all the walking will be a surprise to them also. You want them to get the travel bug too! Do Paris. Make it an easy trip filled with kid favorites and then go on another trip again soon.
NLD in NYC says
+1 to do Paris. As a Francophile, I’m admittedly biased. However I agree with an earlier poster; I think it’s more child friendly than Madrid.
+2. I would just do Paris since you’ll have a 4-year old. You can do some great day trips from there.
Including EuroDisney if you think that would interest your kids.
We have enjoyed EuroDisney too!
Thanks – and thanks all – this is great advice. I’ll rein it in.I’m even more excited about Paris now! We do live in a big city so public transit and walking won’t be new, but the foreign language will be. We speak Spanish as a second language at home so that’s why I wanted to go to Spain. But there are lots of other Spanish speaking places we can go. Those would be different types of trips though I think and for those I think the 4 year old is too little (like Costa Rica). Except for Mexico City which I hear is wonderful with kids.
Lyon is on the list because we have a family connection to WW2 history in that region and my 8 year old is into that time period. But that side trip would be a total adventure in and of itself, so no need to add Spain in on top.
It’s funny. I’ve traveled abroad with and without my spouse many times before kids and if I had a kid free vacation I’d rather sit on a beach somewhere than go to Europe. I’m excited about sharing new-to-them places with my kids! Just not my relaxing beach (we do go to the beach in the US, it’s just not relaxing, haha).
I’ve been to Spain twice with kids and we had a great time, and we’re not even Spanish speakers. I wasn’t trying to say Spain in general is not a good place, I just don’t think of Madrid as a city to do with kids although to be fair I’m also just not a huge fan of Madrid myself so that may be coloring my opinion. We’ve been to Mallorca, Barcelona and Seville with kids 5 or under and enjoyed all of them; I’ve also heard good things about Malaga and Valencia and I’ve been to Toledo and Segovia without kids and think those would be fun too (castles!). TBH generally I don’t think huge cities are the best with little kids, just because it can be hard to see the city well with little legs. But in the big city category I’d put Paris and Rome above Madrid because I think there is more interest kids there.
That itinerary sounds kind of exhausting to me even without kids.
Ha, hard same. My husband planned our honeymoon and my one request was no more than 2 cities, max, in one week. I’d stick to Paris/Lyon unless you have the funds to do something like a Tauck family or Disney travel tour where they arrange everything for you and make it fun for the kids.
I always try to do too much and then it’s not nearly as fun. Highly recommend settling in in one place and just really seeing it, maybe taking some day trips. Don’t spend your whole vacation hauling luggage from place to place.
Same. I think one of the reasons I enjoy family travel so much is that it forces you to slow down and live more like a local than a tourist. DH and I recently did a trip without kids and we saw so much more than we do with kids, but it was completely exhausting! I kind of prefer traveling with kids and I think the slower pace is a big reason why.
More Sleep Would Be Nice says
Just dropping in to say Lyon is wonderful. You could do a lovely Switzerland-Lyon trip.
Travel Toys says
Looking for activity ideas that are easy to pack in a backpack for a four year old to do during down time while traveling. Think along lines of wiki sticks, crayon and paper, sticker books…anything else that is easy to bring along? This will be used while we wait for subways, take buses, at restaurants waiting for food to show up etc. So nothing too loud, too messy, or too big. We don’t do screens.
Card games are my go to. I carry Spot It with me to keep the kids amused. It’s a mini version that came with a Chik-fil-a meal one time, but you can probably just bring half a deck if a full deck is too bulky. Uno is also good. I also pack the green Apples to Apples cards and we play a version where I read the adjective and they have to give me a noun or situation to match.
Also 3 or 4 matchbox cars. I also have a fabric roll up map that I got at a craft fair once that has roads on it and the kids play drive the cars around on that.
My 5YO just did a plane trip with limited screens (which surprised me) and the winners were the following:
– three barbie dolls which she played with on the plane (clothes required but no detachable accessories that could get lost)
– a deck of cards to play some of the kindergarten games she knows and practice addition and subtraction “sentences”
– this tin with stickers and markers and coloring sheets (most of the flight home) https://www.amazon.com/Minnie-Fun-Color-Sticker-Activities/dp/B00FURZNJ6
– playing I spy and “truth or lie” and “guess what animal I am” which all require talking and a willing participant (hostage?)
– highlights magazines for the activities in there
I also packed a coloring book, a blank sketchpad, a bag of crayons, and a roll of colored pencils.
Mary Moo Cow says
I like the Melissa and Doug and Ooly scratch art kits/books and the Melissa and Doug On the Go Magic Patterns and Color By Number. I second traveling with some small toys like a few Barbies or MLP figurines.
We’ve had the best luck with spoken games like I Spy and Who Am I, but they require parent participation.
A few toy tools. They can “fix’ whatever happens to be around. Little tape measure, little pretend screw driver, etc.
LCD drawing tablet- they are small and very inexpensive.
Mad Libs Junior (unless you have an older sibling to the 4 year old parts of speech in which case regular mad libs)
My parents are getting my almost 5 year old a drawing tablet for her birthday next week — definitely hoping it will provide some entertainment when we travel.