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All Aboard The Polar Express: Weekend Trip To Saratoga Creates Lasting Family Memories #nypolarexpress
What a fun party! Are your children fans of ‘The Polar Express’? Well, now you can actually RIDE IT! How could I pass up this opportunity for my little ones? We only have a small window where magic still exists in their world and I’m going to do every single thing in my power to prolong their wonderment.
We made a weekend out of it – a surprise weekend!! The kids had no idea we were heading to Saratoga to ride ‘The Polar Express’. We just told them to pack their bags and bring a toy for a long ride. It took us about 4 hours from Long Island to Saratoga — but we are old pros after our summer road trip. The kids didn’t even complain ONCE.
If you don’t want to drive, don’t worry! Amtrak will get you and your family there with ease.
There are several different types of tickets you can purchase for ‘The Polar Express’. We were seated in the Diamond car which meant we had reserved seats and thank goodness we did! I made a mistake on my calendar and accidentally had the wrong time down. We thankfully got there in time and because of our Diamond tickets, we had great seats on a double top car waiting for us.
Decorations and Christmas music blanketed the train. The Polar Express was exactly how I imagined it would look. One small thing… I didn’t put my children in pajamas! AHHHH I forgot! All the kids on the train were in Christmas PJs and our group looked like a bunch of jaded NYers. Black and grey – head to toe. WOOPS.
Once the train started rolling, everyone on board got to enjoy hot chocolate and cookies along with a little entertainment. We took home the mugs as souvenirs which I thought was a special treat. Something to remind us about our magical ‘Polar Express’ train ride.
Elves and Santa’s helpers raced up and down the train and played games with the kids, posed for photos and more. At one point, we listened to ‘The Polar Express’ together while the helpers walked around showing the pictures of the books to the kids. So so special.
Then – the moment we were all waiting for. The North Pole!! We rode by it and the children stared out the window looking for the big guy. Santa!! And there he was — waving to everyone who passed his little town. The train stopped and Mr. Claus hopped on board.
Santa took pictures with all the children, asked them what they wanted for Christmas and handed each child THE BELL. If you know the book, you know what bell I’m talking about.
Grab your kids, book your tickets and head on over to ‘The Polar Express’. It’s a memory that will last a lifetime.
While in Saratoga, be sure to stay at ‘The Inn at Saratoga‘. The hotel sits on the main street where all the shops and restaurants are located which makes it really easy to plan out your day. We had a room with two grand beds. Just look at that woodwork! If you are a history buff, you will appreciate the fact that ‘The Inn at Saratoga’ is the oldest operating hotel in town.
Breakfast is included for overnight guests which was a REAL treat Sunday morning! No running outside in the cold looking for a place to eat for this family. Great location combined with a mix of history. (And if you can’t make it this season – know that The Inn at Saratoga in ONE MILE from the horse track. So it’s perfect for high season as well. )
Are you a fan of ‘The Polar Express’? You have a few more weeks before Christmas. PLEASE do this!! It was so much fun for my entire family. Everyone on board was so happy – some parents were even tearing up when their little ones saw the North Pole for the very first time. It was just so special.
* I was provided hotel accomodations and tickets in exchange for review
Can you see them?! My lil man got his first two teeth. I can’t believe Caleb is almost 10 months old. This year… too too fast. He is munching on just about everything and my fingers can only take so much. Time to start pushing forward to solids.
Then he’s going to crawl.
Please… someone hold me!
HA! For the last week or so he’s been a little crazy at night and now we know WHY. Teething is such a fun stage, isn’t it? But are you ready for the strangest part? He doesn’t really drool that much anymore. Now that’s he’s teething – he doesn’t need a bib. I’m so confused.
And just for laughs — here’s Caleb having a little fun on the bed with his sister. This one always makes me smile.
Given Goods has launched a Men’s Shop for the holidays and it’s chockful of thoughtful gifts with a major twist for the men in your life. Givengoods.co is an online marketplace that offers high-end products that give back. You can shop for goods according to your chosen charity. From improving poverty in Peru to creating opportunities for school children in impoverished communities right here in the U.S., Given Goods gives back with every single product. This particular Men’s Shop has a special place in my heart because I was asked to design pocket squares to benefit my charity of choice. I chose K.I.N.D. (Kids In Need of Direction) in my local country of Trinidad and Tobago. K.I.N.D. provides education, medical care and counseling to children in need. Here are 2 gift sets that are perfect for your main man for the holidays.
1) Dash of Fun
This is for guys who aren’t afraid of a bit of adventure in their clothing. Encourage him to add a dash of personality to his suit with matching socks and pocket square. The Tabii Just pocket square is made of 100% silk and are made from excess scraps of fabric. The sale of this helps children in Trinidad get counseling and educational opportunities, which is sometimes very scarce in impoverished neighborhoods. I remember growing up in Trinidad and seeing therapy as a luxury. K.I.N.D. is dispelling this notion by providing counseling and parental support in these very areas. The sale of these Premium socks from Cole+Parker encourages sustainable economic opportunity to Kiva borrowers in Columbia. There’s just something about a spot of color on a man’s outfit that spells high taste. I love that these two are only $24 each. That means you can get both for under $50 with a little extra to spare.
2) Subdued Chic
So color isn’t his thing. No worries. Pair the green and black Tabii Just 100% silk pocket square with this Pilgrim scarf from Red Earth Trading. The sale of the scarf provides sustainable job opportunities for artists and funding for community development projects in Africa. This hand-woven and hand-dyed cotton scarf is perfect for Spring. It’s also only $45. The print on this Tabii Just pocket square is one of my favorites. It’s been a major hit in Brooklyn because of it’s understated elegance. At just $24, it’s a steal. The Charles Skinny Tie from The Life Tie Project is also 100% silk and is decorated with tiny sea otters and seals. The sale of this tie supports cancer research and prevention right here in New York City. Gifts that are only attractive are so 2012.
This year, it’s all about dual-purposed presents for your loved ones. Make a difference in the world while giving a lovely present.
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To learn more about Given Goods Men’s Shop, click here.
Tabitha St. Bernard
P&G Launches Global Initiative to Improve Clothing Care with Tracy Reese, Giles Deacon, the CFDA & Premiere Vision #pgfuturefabrics @pgfuturefabrics #pgwashablefashion
Ever thought you could throw your nicer clothes in the wash or that your favorite items can get better with washing? I spent a delightful morning with P&G learning about their new global and national collaborations in relation to fabric care. I even had a high fashion fan moment when designers Giles Deacon and Tracy Reese (yes, that designer who Michelle Obama has fallen in love with) came on stage to talk about designing clothing that can be put in the wash. More importantly (or not), I left the event really wanting to do my laundry.
That never happens.
P&G knows that we love our clothing and that caring for them is the only way to prolong their life. P&G has created a personalized approach to your laundry with some heavy hitters in the fashion industry to bring it to life. They appointed GIles Deacon as their first ever Global Fashion Consultant. Giles took on the challenge of creating high-end clothing that could be washable in your home. Along with Tracy Reese, he is changing the face of washable clothing. P&G partnered with the CFDA & Premiere Vision to launch a re-education of sorts. This initiative seeks to make brands like Tide, Downy, Gain and Bounce more fashion-focused and “unlock the care-at-home aspect of fashion.”