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Mexico: Family, Food, Beach and Español

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My family and I arrived in Cancun last night to attend a good friend’s wedding in Playa del Carmen. We used to live in Playa – as it’s fondly known – in 2005 when hurricane Wilma destroyed Cancun. The year my husband and I spent here has been the most magical in our lives and the friendships we made still remain strong. My husband’s sister and her family live here as well, so we’ll take any excuse to come downRead More ...

5 Must-Do’s at Disneyland Resort This Holiday Season

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Last week my family and I were lucky enough to be invited to see for ourselves the transformation the Disneyland Resort goes through to celebrate the holidays. Simply put, it’s magical and the festive holiday feeling is all around you. In true Disney style, no detail is spared and the result is the feeling that the holidays are here. We were there just for one day, so we focused on seeing and doing as much of the special holiday attractionsRead More ...

Take Your Bilingual Kids on a Cultural Journey Aboard a Cruise

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It’s been two weeks since my family and I got back from one of the most memorable vacations we’ve spent together — a Western Caribbean cruise aboard the world’s largest ship, Allure of the Seas, courtesy of Fisher-Price and Royal Caribbean — and my kids are still talking about it. We sailed from Port Everglades in Ft. Lauderdale and after two days at sea, we docked in Labadee, Haiti. It was a great opportunity for me to practice my FrenchRead More ...

My Family’s Language Immersion Experience In France

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My husband (a native French speaker) and I (an advanced non-native French speaker) have raised our two boys bilingually since they were born. They are 7 and 10 and in the 2nd and 5th grades. We normally live in the US and spend five to six weeks in France every two years. But, we wanted more! We are currently at the mid-point of a five-month stay in France. Although we have been pleased with their bilingual progress while living inRead More ...

The Family Experience of a Lifetime Aboard Royal Caribbean

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My family and I just got back from a 7-day Royal Caribbean cruise that took us to Labadee, Haiti and Cozumel, Mexico. (The ship was supposed to dock in Falmouth, Jamaica also, but Hurricane Sandy had other plans.) As you can see from the photo above, we went aboard the Allure of the Seas — the biggest cruise ship in the world! While I’ll attempt to give you a sense of what it was like through a series of photos,Read More ...

My Bilingual Kids Cross the San Diego-Tijuana Border

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Last Thursday, my family and I traveled to San Diego for my stepson’s graduation from the Marines. It was a crazy, weekend-long trip, but we were happy to all be together for such an important and proud moment in our family’s life. Since Santiago’s padrino and his family moved to that beautiful city last year, we were lucky enough to be able to stay with them. And, because they are Mexican and are used to crossing the border between San DiegoRead More ...

Mickey’s Halloween Party Is Here Again!

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That special time of year has finally arrived! Fall is here, and to much of our little ones delight we can start preparing for Halloween. Disneyland is a great place to go year-round, and it gets even better during Mickey’s Hallloween Party. Mickey’s party takes place after regular park hours and it offers a great, fun-filled time for our little ones to have age-appropriate Halloween fun. During this time all of the Disney villains take over the park, and there isRead More ...

How To Arrange a Spanish Immersion Experience Abroad

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Our family was fortunate to have had the opportunity to once again immerse our children in Spanish by traveling abroad. You may remember that last year we spent the summer in Peru. This summer was spent in Costa Rica. There really is nothing like travel to enhance your child’s language skills and to provide them with global and cultural understanding. Such trips require planning and effort, but the work is well worth it. Since I do not have family livingRead More ...

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