• Waxing nostalgic about my one and only trip to New York City in 2012. http://diaryofadomesticdiva.com
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    I’m in a New York State of Mind

    New York City. The Big Apple. It’s the 15th anniversary of 9/11 — just ten days after we’d gotten married — and I’m waxing nostalgic. I’ve visited New York City only once. It was four years ago in November, just before the big election and I had sort of invited myself to tag along on one of my husband’s business trips. This would be the first time Jeff and I got away together kid-free since our eldest was born. I was pretty stoked. Our foursome went to stay with brave friends (who have three children of their own) and off we went. It was cold and rainy on the heels of Hurricane…

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    Summer Boredom Busters: Michaels Passport to Imagination

    Still looking for something to do with the kids this summer? Something that won’t break the bank? Michaels is offering seven weeks of summer crafting fun for kids aged 5-12! From July 7th to August 22nd between 10am and noon on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, Michaels will take kids on a museum road trip where they will create crafts inspired by seven of North America’s most fascinating museums. For only $2 for 2-hours your child will create crafts like dinosaur fossils inspired by the Field Museum in Chicago, Illinois and learn textural weaving from the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, NY. Bonus: the first 50 attendees…

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    Summer Boredom Busters: TD Summer Reading Club at Aurora Public Library

    Love, love, love this FREE summer program at our local library. The TD Summer Reading Club at the Aurora Public Library began taking registrations June 26th and runs all summer long. They offer fun weekly incentives as the kids complete their reading passport and two different programs are available for the 12 and under and 12 and over crowd. The 12 and under get these nifty activity books and notebooks to track their reading. Every three books reported back to the librarian earns them a stamp and a little prize and after completing 12 books the child’s name goes into a draw for a grand prize which this year includes a…

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    Have Kids, Will Travel: Ottawa in 48 hours, easy, affordable and stress-free

    When you’re traveling as a family with four kids and meeting friends with three kids of their own, equal parts planning and flexibility are required. We just returned from a whirlwind 48-hour visit to Ottawa. Beyond our accommodations we had a loose itinerary which pretty much got blown to smithereens within an hour of arriving. The trick to enjoying a stress-free mini vacation is not only to plan but to be able to roll with the punches. Here are some tips: Tip #1: Scope out proper accommodations and shop for deals First, let me just say that, if you are traveling with several children, booking a two-bedroom suite is the…