• By Traveling Mom Kim Orlando for GalTime.com

    Top tips to make flying with your little ones a sky-high experience.Top tips to make flying with your little ones a sky-high experience.Traveling with infants and traveling with kids young enough to be in car seats can mean headaches for traveling moms. These 14 tips can make family vacations easier.

    1. Many airports these days have separate security lines for families traveling with kids and for frequent flyers. Choose the family line so you can take your time and not stress about impatient people behind you. I've even seen moms helping one another get through the line.

    2. You'll need to run everything, including the car seat, stroller, diaper bag and baby's shoes through the X-ray machine then carry the baby through the metal detector.

    3. Leave the base for the infant car seat at home. You don't need it-- just put the seat belt over the top on the slots. (This works for cars as well as airplanes.)

    4. Bring a stroller and car seat to the gate even if you didn't buy a seat for the baby. When you get to the gate, stop at the counter and ask whether there are any

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  • By Organizer Lisa Zaslow for GalTime.com
    Road trip!!! Get there with everyone smiling. Yes, it can be done!Road trip!!! Get there with everyone smiling. Yes, it can be done!

    "Road trip!" When we were twenty, this was as simple as hopping into the car, care-free, and heading off on an instant adventure. Some years later, the thought of planning a road trip can seem as daunting as organizing an excursion to climb Everest. Here are some tips to plan your trip that will help you experience the joy of getting on the road again.

    Plan Ahead. Make sure your home is cared for while you're away. Depending on the length of your trip you may need to arrange for: mail to be held at the post office; watering your plants and yard; care of pets; payment of upcoming bills. Ask a neighbor to keep an eye on your place to deter thieves and check for any weather damage.

    Car Care. Get your car serviced before you go. Check the fluids, tires, lights, windshield wiper blades, etc. Learn how to change a flat tire. Sign up for a road-side service plan and make sure your car manual is actually in the car. Get organizers that fit

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  • By Organizer Lisa Zaslow for GalTime.com
    Pack perfectly every timePack perfectly every time

    Does the thought of packing make you almost want to skip your trip? Follow these packing tips and you'll always have exactly what you need, whether you're the type who tends to pack more changes of clothes than Lady Gaga needs for a long tour or someone who packs so little that you forget your toothbrush.

    Determine your essentials

    Whether you're going away for one night or one month, to Boston or Bali, there are certain things you need for every trip. Make a list of your must-have items, from toiletries to basic clothing pieces. Some suggestions:

    • Toothbrush
    • Toothpaste
    • Hair brush and comb
    • Shampoo and conditioner
    • Lotions and potions - from soap to your favorite face cream and make-up essentials
    • Sunblock
    • Implements you don't want to be without - tweezers, razor, etc.
    • Beauty tools - blow dryer, flat iron, etc.
    • Prescription medicines and vitamins
    • Sunglasses
    • Underwear and bras
    • Tops - blouses, t-shirts, sweaters
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  • Great dining all over the nationGreat dining all over the nationWhat factors make any given restaurant that much better than another? In a country with so many great eating places to choose from, seeking out the best ones can be a daunting feat and could quite possibly inspire blood-boiling debate. Just how good is that cozy neighborhood spot with the best spaghetti and meatballs you've ever had? What about that impossible-to-get-into sushi bar that serves 20 perfectly executed courses to a handful of lucky diners every night? And who's to say the best restaurant in America isn't a barbecue place so incredible that both visitors and locals are willing to wait in line for three hours for sliced brisket and ribs? Bearing this in mind, we offer The Daily Meal's list of the 101 Best Restaurants in America for 2012.

    Click here to see The Daily Meal's 101 Best Restaurants in America 2012

    This is our second annual attempt to acknowledge and rank the multitude of great restaurants, on every level, with which our country is blessed, and it should be noted

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  • One of the first decisions that a newly-engaged couple has to make post-proposal is not only when to get married, but where. Beachy destination weddings are becoming especially popular, but in my opinion, they are simply not a good fit for everyone. I'd love to share my experience attending my sister's wedding in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, with you, in the hopes that it will help you decide if it's the right choice for you and your groom. I'll also share what it's like to be a guest in this scenario, so that you can get some insight on what to expect if you'll be jetting off to a loved one's wedding soon. Let me take you through some of the details...
    My sister's wedding ceremony in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.My sister's wedding ceremony in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.

    1. How do you feel about an informal dress code? The dress code for a destination wedding is likely to be more relaxed than a formal wedding, especially if the ceremony is taking place on or near a beach. Embrace it! My dad wore flip-flops as he walked down the aisle and Corey sported khaki shorts. Typically, if you're attending a

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  • By Tara Weng, GalTime.com

    Stay safe this Spring Break!Stay safe this Spring Break!College students will soon be heading out for their annual Spring Break destinations. While breaking away from studies and cutting loose is probably on the top of their lists--safety is probably foremost on their parents' minds.

    I have enough trouble worrying about how my kids stay safe at school, nevermind on a trek to another state or another country.

    Thankfully there are steps you can help your kids take and understand before landing at their vacation hot spots. Marcia Peot, full time police officer and Chief Safety Officer at StreetSafe, offers the following safety reminders:

    • Don't let your guard down. Being on vacation is not an excuse to throw caution to the wind and do something you wouldn't normally do or put yourself in an unsafe situation.

    • Research the place you are visiting before you go, especially if it's a foreign country. Find out if there are dangerous areas you should avoid, familiarize yourself with local laws and

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  • Food: Top 10 Restaurants to Visit in Britain

    Written by Laurie Jo Miller Farr

    Prior to the 1990s, Britain was not seen as a destination for foodies. British fare was boiled and boring, making curries the default choice. How things have changed!

    According to Tim Zagat, co-founder of the restaurant survey guides that bear his name, "Thirty years ago the food here was a joke but today London is one of the top five cities for dining out in the world."

    Let's consider a national top ten list:

    Dinner by Heston Blumenthal offers upscale decor. Credit: Mandarin Oriental Media CentreDinner by Heston Blumenthal offers upscale decor. Credit: Mandarin Oriental Media Centre

    1. Dinner by Heston Blumenthal at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, London
    Reserve early. A full three months prior to opening day on Jan. 31, Dinner was fully booked. One of only four chefs to ever be awarded four Michelin stars in Britain, Blumenthal created an upmarket brasserie serving traditionally-inspired British dishes accompanied by their own fully researched historical footnotes, with names like Salagumundy and Rice & Flesh. Set lunch at £29. Address: 66 Knightsbridge, London SW1.

    London is one of the top five cities for dining out in the world. Credit: Wikimedia CommonsLondon is one of the top five cities for dining out in the world. Credit: Wikimedia Commons

    2. The Ledbury, London
    With two Michelin stars, this Notting

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  • Photo: Courtesy of Organix and RemingtonPhoto: Courtesy of Organix and RemingtonBy Amber Kallor

    Remington T Studio Pearl Ceramic Straightini and Organix Renewing Moroccan Argan Oil Penetrating Oil

    Keep this six-inch Remington flatiron in your top desk drawer for emergency frizz situations or taming unruly bangs. It heats up to 392 degrees in 60 seconds, and the ceramic plates--infused with crushed pearls--provide a smoother glide.

    Or rub a few drops of this travel-size Moroccan argan oil into your palms and run them over your hair to eliminate flyaways, smooth split ends and add shine.

    Flatiron, $18, RemingtonProducts.com
    Oil, $4, Ulta.com for store locations

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    Photo: Courtesy of AlmayPhoto: Courtesy of AlmayAlmay Oil-Free Makeup Eraser Sticks

    Sometimes little mistakes leave a big mess. If you don't have time for a do-over, snap the end of one of these swabs to release a blend of aloe, cucumber and green tea, which will clean up mascara smudges and eyeliner flubs-without removing the rest of your eye makeup.

    $6, Drugstore.com

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  • The world's beloved dishes from today's street foods to traditional classicsThe world's beloved dishes from today's street foods to traditional classicsWhat are the world's most iconic dishes? What would be on the tip of a local's tongue when suggesting what to taste, or the best place to find it? Furthermore, how many dishes contribute to defining a place? The world is a gastronomic paradise, its every corner harboring a distinct culinary identity.

    Slideshow: World's Most Unexpected Table Manners

    These dishes say more about a place than just what foods are eaten there. If you look a little closer, they reveal an inside truth about who they nourish and can be an up-close lens on a place's history. These foods draw influence from a country's politics, geography, climate, a people's makeup, and its culture. They've stood the test of time - whether derived from a colonist's cuisine or in spite of it, and whether they've been updated for modern palates or kept in traditional form.

    Regional specialties have ignited hundred-year debates, and a dish's origins can create rifts between neighboring countries. Beyond that, where to find the

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  • Post Ranch Inn, Big Sur, CA
    Post Ranch Inn, Big Sur, CA
    The most dramatically situated and architecturally ambitious of the Big Sur inns, Post Ranch Inn has rooms set along the bluffs and others tucked away in the forest. And what do we think of the clifftop rooms? Wow. As in: Wow, check out those end-of-the-earth ocean views and get a load of those James-worthy bells and whistles.
    > Related: Monterey Bay Area hotels

    Rolling Huts, Methow Valley, WA
    Rolling Huts, Methow Valley, WA
    Skip the snow cave, and check into a stylish winter perch. Tucked into the tranquil upper end of northern Washington's Methow Valley--where the loudest noise is the swish of cross-country skis--are the Rolling Huts, tricked out with platform beds, wood-burning fireplaces, and sleek kitchenettes. If cooking isn't your thing, order tapas to go from the Wesola Polana Diner, and snuggle in to watch shadows play on the peaks above the ponderosas. Or ski out your door 6 miles for an espresso and fresh-baked goods at the Mazama Store. No tickets necessary for the nightly

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