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  Every weekend day in December from 12-3PM, Frankford Hall morphs from a Philly beer hall to rocking kid-friendly party, complete with Santa, free food for the kids, and live music.  Since any kid party that includes beer is one Mike is willing to attend, off we went. Of course, Pax was terrified.     I don't know why I even bother pushing the whole take-a-picture-with-Santa...
  Franklin Square is one of our favorite places to take the kids - there's a decent playground, mini golf, and a gorgeous carousel.  And it's walking distance to some of our favorite Chinatown restaurants in Philly.  (Or try a burger at the Square - they're surprisingly good.) But for the holidays, Franklin Square has created some sort of holiday extravaganza that is simply...
  A few weeks ago, we headed down to Kelly drive to go for a little family walk.  And were greeted by this sight:    Oh.  Oh.  It was the Manyunk Bike Race, which is, apparentely, a big deal.  There was music, and beer, and a kiddie carnival.  They had some sort of zip-line thing for kids that dare-devil Raines was ALL...
Our move from Denver to Philadelphia was pretty heart-breaking.  I mean YES, it was our (Mike's) decision, nobody was forcing us (Mike)* to move, but still. We left so many good friends behind.  But I'll never forget our first foray into Philly.  We took the train and somehow ended up in Chinatown.  It was agonizingly hot, so humid you...
We had a seriously amazing weekend.  I had booked us for a family workshop at The Clay Studio after spotting their bumper sticker on the back of a car.  When I eventually looked them up, I couldn't believe the find.  The Clay Studio started as affordable studio space for students just out of art school...but has since expanded into...
We had the most amazing Saturday.  It was our long-anticipated day date (aka my Christmas and Valentine's Day present).  And while I had visions of waltzing around the city in something wildly glamorous...Saturday was a mushpot of snow, sleet, and freezing rain.  So instead, I wore this:   We started at the Art Museum, where we - get this - wandered...

Local Love: Lulu’s Casita

Thanks to Vivi Gonzalez and Jessica Robles Worch, Mainline mamas have a new place to hang:  Lulu's Casita.   Lulu's Casita is a kid-friendly cafe and play space where "kids can play and parents can stay".  And at Lulu's Casita, they are serious about play.  For example, there are runways and dress up and giant blocks....   ...and an insane attention to...
Reader Question: Hello! I just had a baby 3 weeks ago. We are driving to Arizona June 30th to visit family. It will be a long road trip, with baby and my two other boys ages 6 & 8. My question is …..what do I wear?! I am severely postpartum and about a size 16/18 right now. My belly is still pretty flabby ( from my 8 year old? Haha) I want to be comfortable, but I refuse to wear yoga pants or maternity gear! After following your site for awhile and agreeing with your style…I am hoping you can lend some advice!! I am usually very good at packing and putting together outfits, but this soon after baby has me mystified ;) Shannon Answer: Wow, girl!! A road trip, several weeks postpartum, with two boys and a baby! Impressive. Let's see if we can't figure out some insanely comfortable, yet stylish outfits for you to pack.
NYC is a tough one as a tourist. You want to look edgy and up-to-date, but New Yorkers walk, on average, two miles a day, and tourists probably walk more. So, to get the absolute most out of the city, footwear choices have to be spot-on.