By Amy Coose
By Amy Coose
Target Circle has 20% off jewelry, handbags and accessories, discount shows in your cart. This is a great deal to pick up something fun for Mother's Day. You can shop the sale here, and here are a few of my favorite items. Links are affiliate links.
Quilted Top Handle Satchel Handbag: Reg. price $35, sale price $28
Full Square Backpack: Reg. price $25, sale price $20
Athleisure Soft Weekender Bag: Reg. price $40, sale price $32
Zip Closure Straw Circle Tote Handbag: Reg. price $35, sale price $28
Ring Mini Crossbody Bag: Reg. price $19, sale price $15.20
Basket Weave Woven Tote Handbag: Reg. price $40, sale price $32
Mesh Tote Handbag: Reg. price $10, sale price $8
Women's Zip Wallet: Reg. price $18, sale price $14.40
Layered Gold Necklace: Reg. price $16.99, sale price $13.59
Textured Hoop Earrings: Reg. price $7.99, sale price $6.39
Semi Precious White Howlite & Sunstone Stretch Multi Bracelet: Reg. price $12.99, sale price $10.39
Mini Velvet Hair Twister Set: Reg. price $5, sale price $4
Diamond Dazzle Stick: Reg. price $7.99, sale price $6.39
3 Row Paperclip Necklace Set: Reg. price $16.99, sale price $13.59
By Amy Coose
There are some great Puma accessories on sale at Zulily today. From baseball caps too backpacks, you'll find something for everyone. Shop the entire sale here, and read on for a few of my favorites. (links are affiliate links)
Pink Tie Dye Baseball Cap: Reg. price $25, sale price $16.99
Evercat Keller Flexfit Baseball Cap: Reg. price $28, sale price $16.99
Evercat Surface Waist Bag: Reg. price $25, sale price $16.99
Evercat Contender Duffle Bag: Reg. price $50, sale price $24.99
Evercat Fawn Bucket Hat: Reg. price $25, sale price $16.99
Check out the whole sale here.
By Amy Coose
This popular insulated portable drink ware (and more!) is on sale at Zulily today. Here are a few favorites, and make sure to check out the full sale here. (links are affiliate links)
Shop the complete sale here.
By Amy Coose
These are perfect for you or for a gift for Mother's Day, but you have to act fast because they will sell out! Here are a few of my favorites, shop the full sale here (links are affiliate links).
Pink Floral Backpack: Reg. price $359, sale price $89
Green Floral Backpack: Reg. price $359, sale price $89
Cherry Backpack: Reg. price $359, sale price $89
Solid Color Backpack: Reg. price $359, sale price $89
By Amy Coose
Target is having a huge summer dress sale this week – save 20% off on all dresses. And if you have a RedCard, you will save an additional 5%.
Below are some of my favorite dresses. Some quantities are limited, so I recommend shopping early. (Links are affiliate links.)
Knox Rose Smocked Dress: Reg. price $34.99, sale price $27.99
Knox Rose Elbow Sleeve Dress: Reg. price $34.99, sale price $27.99
Universal Thread Eyelet Short Dress: Reg. price $34.99, sale price $27.99
Who What Wear Flutter Short Sleeve Dress: Reg. price $39.99, sale price $31.99
Knox Rose Flutter Short Sleeve Dress: Reg. price $29.99, sale price $23.99
Knox Rose Flutter Button-Front Dress: Reg. price $30, sale price $24
Universal Thread Sleeveless Dress: Reg. price $20, sale price $14
Universal Thread T-Shirt Dress: Reg. price $15, sale price $10.50
Universal Thread Sleeveless Tiered Dress: Reg. price $29.99, sale price $23.99
Knox Rose Textured Tiered Dress: Reg. price $32, sale price $25.60
Universal Thread Flutter Sleeveless Dress: Reg. price $38, sale price $30.40
Who What Wear Puff Sleeveless Dress: Reg. price $36.99, sale price $29.59
Universal Thread Ruffle Tank Dress: Reg. price $20, sale price $16
Shop all dresses here.
This is a three-day itinerary of things to do with kids in New York City, perfectly planned for a first-time visit weekend visit to NYC.
For my daughter's 10th birthday, I took her to New York City for an epic Mommy and me weekend visit to the city. We saw three shows and all the iconic NYC sights. The trip was packed, but it was so worth it. In this post I have outlined the full itinerary, but want to share a couple general notes first.
Where we stayed — I thought I booked a hotel close to Times Square, but it wasn't that close, so I don't recommend where we stayed. I did love the Fifty NYC, which I stayed at a few years ago.
As for transportation, we replied on Ubers and taxis, as this allowed us to get to more sights in a timely manner and helped me feel safer traveling alone with my daughter. I did not feel comfortable navigating the subways by myself, and walking would have slowed us down (and it was cold).
We saw three Broadway shows, which was perfect for us, but might be a lot for others. Two of the shows we saw (The Music Man and MJ The Musical) are hot shows with few to no deals. If you are flexible in what you see, check out this post for tips to save money on tickets.
New York City Trip Budget
In terms of budgeting for this trip, I think it would be different for everyone based on choices that you make for food, transportation and entertainment. Here are a few rough numbers though, in case it is helpful.
Taxis & Ubers: $350
Three Broadway Shows: $1,000 (Music Man was $500, other two shows were both Orchestra seats)
Ice Cream Museum, Top of the Rock, Statue of Liberty, Zoo: $350
Southwest flights: $400
Below is our three-day itinerary. I hope this helps you if you are planning a trip with kids to New York City.
Things to do with kids in New York City: Day 1
We flew to NYC early in the morning so that we would have three full days in the city. Don’t miss the I Love New York sign in the airport near the taxi exit. We got a taxi and dropped bags at our hotel. Then it was off to the Central Park Zoo, which was a must for Adeline and on many lists of things to do with kids in New York City.
The Zoo is charming and small and took about an hour to go through.
After the Zoo we headed to do a little shopping at Zara, which was a huge hit with Adeline.
We also visited the New York Public Library, as it has the original Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, Piglet, Kanga and Eeyore. Unfortunately the exhibit was closed that day (we went back on Sunday).
We grabbed lunch at Chipotle, which was quick and easy near the library.
We then walked to Rockefeller Center and FAO Schwartz.
Adeline then wanted to visit the Museum of Ice Cream, which many people recommended on Instagram as a fun thing to do with kids in New York City.
While we had fun taking pictures and going through the museum (it took about 75 minutes), it was NOT worth the price of admission and I would not recommend this stop.
After the Museum of Ice Cream, we went back to the hotel, changed for dinner and the theater, then went to see Times Square. Adeline loved it so much.
That night we saw MJ The Musical, which is one of the best musicals I have ever seen (and I've seen a lot) and surely the best show currently on Broadway. If you are going to NYC, it would be my number 1 recommendation. It was astonishing.
Things to do with kids in New York City: Day 2
Our plan for the first half of Saturday was to visit the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, which was another must for Adeline. We headed over to the Castle Clinton National Monument, which was the meeting place for the tour I had booked on Viator.
We got there early, so walked a few blocks to the Financial District to see the Wall Street Bull and Fearless Girl statues.
In retrospect, I would have skipped the tour of the Statue of Liberty and just taken the ferry over to see it, go to the museum, then go to Ellis Island. The tour took a lot of time and wasn't very interesting for a 10-year-old. The weather got really windy and rainy, so we opted not to go to Ellis Island and headed back inland for lunch.
After getting off the ferry, we walked over to the Sea Glass Carousel for a charming ride, which Adeline loved. There's also a fun little park with cool slides in the same park.
Then we walked a few blocks to the iconic Fraunces Tavern, which was established in 1719. The tavern has a museum in it, but because of limited time, we didn't visit it (in retrospect we probably could have, but Adeline didn't want to.)
After lunch we took a cab to the 9/11 Memorial, which was powerful for Adeline to see. We then visited the Brookfield Shopping mall. This also has lots of places to eat and would have been another good option for lunch.
Then it was time for more shopping in Times Square. Adeline's favorites were the Disney Store & the M&M store.
After shopping we got in line for Ellen’s Stardust Diner for dinner. Without question, this is a MUST DO on any trip to NYC. The entire waitstaff are aspiring or former Broadway singers and they sing throughout your meal. The line typically is a 60-90 minute wait. We lucked out by pairing up with another family when there was an opening for an 8-person table, so we only waited 10 minutes.
We saw Hugh Jackman and Sutton Foster in The Music Man at The Winter Garden that night. This is one of Broadway's hottest shows (we got “cheap” seats and two tickets were $500). I'll be honest — it was amazing to see Hugh and the costuming was fantastic, but it was our least favorite show of the weekend. If I was planning a trip to NYC, I would not see it. I don't think the experience was worth the cost of tickets.
After the show, we rushed out of the theater to go to the backstage doors (around the block to the back of the building) to have a chance to see Hugh and Sutton leave the theater. Both actors leave about 15 minutes after curtain. Hugh is incredibly kind and quickly chats/takes selfies with people on his way out. He stopped at took a selfie with Adeline for her birthday and it was one of the best moments of the weekend. Sutton doesn't stop to talk to anyone (I read this online and found it to be true of our experience too).
Things to do with kids in New York City: Day 3
On Sunday, our last day in New York, started with heading to the Harry Potter Store for opening at 9 am. If your child loves Harry Potter, this is a must stop, as it is one of the coolest stores I have ever been in! The store offers several virtual reality experiences, but these were sold out (book at least a week in advance).
After shopping at Harry Potter, we stopped at the LEGO store and then met some friends for brunch near the Highline.
Aladdin is a spectacular show for kids, as the music and story are familiar, and it is visually stunning.
After the show we had tickets to Top of the Rock to take in some incredible views of the city. (Summit One Vanderbilt is another popular skyscraper right now, but tickets were almost twice the price of Top of the Rock, so we decided to skip it.)
We went to Carmine's for an Italian dinner. We didn't realize that this a family style restaurant, so was waaaayyyy too much food for the two of us, but would be perfect if you are traveling with a family. A few other recommendations: Juniors, Eatly, The Smiths, Serendipity, Melt Shop, Nino's, John's Pizza, Toasties Deli and Keens Chophouse.
After dinner, we headed back to the hotel to pack up and get some rest for our 6 am flight home the next morning. It was a great three days in the city and I know it is a trip we will both never forget.
Want to see another itinerary for kids in NYC? Check out this post by my friend Janssen!
New York Itinerary for Adults
I took my Mom to New York City for her 60th birthday, and it was her first visit. Here is the itinerary of what we did on that trip.
If you are in Carlsbad, California, The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch featuring nearly 80 million ranunculus flowers, is a must-see in the spring.
The Flower Field is open from early March to early May and has a showstopping 200,000 plants per acre on the farm’s 50 acres. Each plant grows about 10 flowers. The Flower Fields feature the Tecolote Giant Ranunculus, which is native to Asia Minor and was first planted in Carlsbad in 1921.
The flowers are grown in ribbon-like bands of color including white, pinks, yellows, oranges and reds.
To see 50 acres of these stunning flowers cannot be put into words. The fields go for as far as the eye can see.
A Few Tips for Your Visit
Buy tickets online
Buy tickets online to avoid waiting in line or tickets possibly being sold out. Parking is included at no extra charge.
Plan to visit early
The Flower Fields fill up early, so plan to get there right at opening to beat the crowds.
Once you enter The Flower Fields, go left to head directly to the Ranunculus fields. There are a few other things to see on the property, but I would check those out after you see the fields!
Do not cross the tape
The Flower Fields asks that people please stay on the designated paths and photo spots throughout the fields. This helps keep the flowers from getting damaged. You can easily shoot so that it looks like you are right in the middle of the flowers.
Plan Your Attire for Photos
You will definitely want to take photos, so plan for something in solid colors, or a pretty floral print. I wore this Knox Rose dress from Target and women commented on it all morning during my visit. Accessories like a hat and sunglasses look cute too.
Get creative with your photos
Take photos from different angles, great creative with the props (like sitting on the tractor vs. in it), shoot low and high and have fun with the composition to get photos that you’ll treasure for years to come. I love this photo of me standing on a small bench.
Buy Ranunculus bulbs online
If you want to plant your own Ranunculus flowers, visit Armstrong Garden Centers to purchase bulbs from The Flower Fields. You can also purchase them at the Flower Fields, but if you are traveling, the online option is very easy and pricing is the same.
Other Things to See at The Flower Fields
In addition to the 50 acres of Ranunculus flowers, visitors can enjoy the following:
- Illusion Garden made to make visitors feel like they has stepped into Alice’s looking glass.
- Santa’s Playground featuring playhouses and giant mushrooms that were once a part of Santa’s Village in Lake Arrowhead.
- Cymbidium Orchid Greenhouse to purchase orchids
- Tractor Wagon Ride providing a tour and audio commentary of the Flower Fields’ history (an extra fee)
- Demonstration Garden showcases a variety of garden design options.
- Sweet Pea Maze is a floral take on the popular corn maze.
- Historical Poinsettia Greenhouse featuring 20 kinds of poinsettia plants.
- Carlsbad Mining Company gives kids the chance to sift sand in water and find polished gemstones — just like miners used to do.
Food at The Flower Fields
The Flower Fields also offers some limited food options including pizza, kettle corn, strawberries, lemonade and coffee. On Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, an ice cream stands is also available.
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Gap Factory is having a huge Friends & Family Sale! 50% Off Everything + Extra 10% Off Purchase with code FAMILY. Restrictions Apply. Runs 3/24-3/29.
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More than 7 years ago, when Matthew and I self-published his first children's book, we could only dream of today — more than a million children's books sold and a new one releasing (his seventh!) next month.
I Am God's Dream is the first book Matthew has written in first person, and it is an anthem of self acceptance and love for children. I've never read a children's book that gives children a more beautiful picture of who they are to God. It's his best yet.
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