Thursday, December 9, 2010

Disneyland: When to Go

If you've ever hit Disneyland in Anaheim, California, on an off-day, you feel like you've won the lottery. Short lines and near-empty thoroughfares make it so much more enjoyable especially with impatient little ones.

I always try and check the local public schools' vacation calendars before I plan a trip. If local kids are out of school, the amusement park is packed.

Some of the calendars are available as pdf files, so click on the district name below and look for the school calendar link on the website.

Orange County Public Schools

Anaheim Unified High School District

Anaheim City School District

Los Angeles Unified School District

Irvine Unified School District

Tustin Unified School District

Newport-Mesa Unified School District

Friday, December 3, 2010

Pampered in Paris in the Press

I'm always thrilled to receive some good press! Here's a mention on Journeywoman, "the premier travel resource for women," under a piece titled "Ten Travel Books to Give or Get for the Holidays."

Pampered in Paris: A guide to the Best Spas, Salons and Beauty Boutiques...

Where do chic and savvy Parisians go to pamper and indulge themselves? The culture of well-being and beauty thrives in Paris, not only at the instituts of internationally known product brands but in the hands of individual practitioners who work in smaller, more unassuming settings.

Author: Kim Horton Levesque
Kristyn Moore
Publisher: The Little Bookroom
ISBN: 1-892145-86-3

Juicy Tip From This Book: With three locations in Paris, Manucurist is known as one of the best spots for American-style nail service. In a city where heading to a salon for a pedicure is often a seasonal event, Manucurist stays busy year-long. It is a modern space, with bright lacquer colors, black tables and a hip youthful vibe. The Castellane location near Madeleine has four manicure and two pedicure stations. The shop features more than two hundred colors of Essie and Orly brand polish - everything from classic to neon hues. Manucurist is the spot for 'Le French,' an airbrushed French pedicure. The service is friendly and treatments are superb. 4 rue de Castellane, 8th arr. Website: