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A cruise can be an incredible family vacation. The appeal of visiting multiple destinations and unpacking just once is undeniable. But, for many, the mega ship cocktail -endless crowds, bland buffets, forgettable port towns, pools that could double as water parks— is not. That’s why the...

Tulum? Maui? Tokyo? This was my hot list a few weeks ago when I blinked and realized that winter break was breathing down my neck. And, I had planned zilch. Within an hour, I discovered that “sure thing” destinations -ski resorts with perma-powder, foolproof...

How to eat your way around St. Louis Chef Rick Lewis of Southern and Mike "Pappy" Emerson of Pappy's Smokehouse, both located in St. Louis, talk about their restaurants' specialties. (Amy Tara Koch / Chicago Tribune) Amy Tara Koch for the Chicago Tribune Some cities reveal their charm effortlessly. Walk...

An Under Canvas tent that fuses design and comfort. CreditTiffany Rose The notion of nodding off under the stars to the crackle of a fire in the shadow of ancient ponderosa pines sounds dreamy. Here’s the catch. Though I love communing with nature, I detest discomfort....

J'adore New Orleans. Especially with my daughters. When I tell people how much fun we have as a family, they look surprised. Kids? In the country's biggest party town? Absolutely. Here is the story I wrote about visiting New Orleans with kids for The New...

Men’s Journal asked me to spotlight the most egregious fashion felonies that women wish men would stop making. Here’s my round up. There are certain looks that yield style suicide: daddy denim, the kind that extend above the belly button and flow like a bloated river...

It’s annoying enough to police your children’s digital excesses at home. But precious vacation time being wasted as they socialize virtually instead of engaging in the moment is the bane of 21st-century parenting. Heeding parents’ frustrations, hotels and resorts have responded with adolescent-savvy programming that...

5 Mountain Resorts to Merge Bunny slope, Moguls and Merlot Skiing as a family ranks high on the vacation hot list. But, how you transition your fearful kid into a fearless downhill Ninja is as important as where this milestone takes place. Newsflash: Snow is only...

Getting kids to behave is not genetic. It's an art, a tap dance of give and take that hinges upon a parent's ability to be 10 steps ahead of looming meltdowns. This is especially true with travel. Fact: Flying with children is a disaster waiting to...