TSA Practices Review Needed

24 hour news provided a ring side seat to the dispute over TSA. Children screamed as they were manhandled by TSA officers. Adults were infuriated or embarrassed as TSA handled their “junk”. Others resigned themselves to the “this is the price for airline security” approach. Midst the air travel dispute most airlines added a checked bag fee. As nothing is done in a vacuum, since the airlines have charged for checked bags there has been a 50% increase in the number of bags coming thru security lines....more

Travelling On a Budget and Staying Safe

One of my favorite films is “The Holiday”. I remember the first time I watched it, I thought the idea of a house trade was so cool. But its not always quite as glam as in the movies. When you’re planning a vacay, renting a house can sometimes be a great way to save some money. You can get a larger space for a smaller price. So who wouldn’t love that! Well, that’s just the problem. Renting houses instead of staying at hotels has become so popular that scammers have picked up on it....more

Spinach in the Polish Style or Szpinak po Polsku

I love cooking with what I have.  Going to the grocery store, seeing what is fresh, on sale, or just appealing to me, and taking it home to make something different.  Something tasty.  And preferably, something traditional.Sometimes, though, I don't know exactly what to do with the produce.  But I have, without exaggeration, 17 cookbooks, 6 of which are in Polish and I am always looking for more.  This time, I looked up Szpinak (pronounced "Sh-pee-nahk" and meaning "Spinach") in my ...more

6 Tips for Friendlier Skies

By Kristin Fast, Lifestyle Editor and In-House Wit-Cracker There was a time when traveling on an airplane was the height of sophistication… ...more

Apps for the iPad that Occupy Traveling Kids

I’ve shamelessly touted the iPad as my favorite travel accessory and now you can stock yours up with a bunch of apps that will keep your tot busy, or at least clicking around, while you travel. Some of them Karam has been playing since he was 18 months and others he is still growing into. Figure it out, based on your child’s age and interests. The good news is, more than half of them are free! ...more

Thanks for the suggestions- I’ll be sure to check out the Dr. Seuss app. I am constantly amazed ...more

An Unexpected Trip to Texas: Granny Panties, Beaches, and Barbecue

 We sadly waved au revoir to Florida, boarded our plane, and prepared for a long day in the sky. As our connector flight arrived late in Houston, we rushed to the next gate, only to get there in the nick of time. I walked up to the stewardess, handed her the boarding pass, she looked, and replied "You don't have seats. Just wait over here." I panicked, "What do you mean we don't have seats? I checked in this morning!" "Just wait over here, please." I looked at Mr. MBA and the kids wondering what would happen next....more

Poland's Decision to Suspend Compensation Plans for WWII Victims

I should be writing a recipe about Polish Creamed Green Peas and another about raising a bi-lingual child in the USA, but...Right now, there is a controversial decision by the Polish government being discussed around the world.  The decision to suspend compensation plans for real estate seized by Nazi Germany and then by the USSR Communists.If you haven't heard about it, I asked Poland.gov.pl's facebook fan page admi...more

Cool New Travel Gear

After attending the International Home and Housewares Show and the Travel Goods Show which was held at the same location, I was granted a few review samples of some of my most exciting finds. And I have the perfect opportunity to put them to the test this week given this my family/working vacation to Orlando for the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration. Take a peek at the video:...more

Urgh. I tried to embed it, but that didn't seem to work. You'll have to click through to see it ...more

Don't call it St. Patty's Day (and Other Bits of Friendly Irish Advice)

The Irish have a longstanding relationship with America. I mean, they practicaly overtook the U.S. for a while. Not bad for a small island with a population of about 4 million. They, like you, celebrate St. Patrick's Day (you guys invented the parades, not the Irish). We also call it St. Paddy's Day. Paddy is a nickname for Patrick. Patty is a woman's name, short for Patricia. There is no St. Patricia's Day!  The Irish know this mistake happened due to the fact that Americans don't differenciate between their Ds and Ts. They pronounce both letters as a D....more

Thank you for this. I've been sitting here in my Irish house in the middle of Ireland eating my ...more

Yesterday was a double-whammy of surprises

Blimey, if ever I was going to kill a fatted calf, it would have been yesterday. But luckily I didn't actually have a fatted calf, so the poor (albeit hypothetical,) bastard was saved. 'What the blazes are you going on about?' I hear you cry. ...more