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July 6, 2011

Travel Tips

As I prepare to head out west to Portland with my family tomorrow, I am reminded about the impact to their normal sleep routines this could have.  Given there is both a time change and my children will be sharing a bedroom (which they don’t normally do), I have been strategizing a plan to keep them well rested. I thought I would share some of my ideas with you since so many of you are also hitting the road this summer.

1. We have a special sleep bag that we pack whenever we go on a trip.  I ask my daughters to get the things they need to sleep well at our destination and off they go to get the lion pillow, “Yeow” the stuffed cat, and “Snuggle Bunny.” In addition to these lovies, we will also pack the crib sheet my youngest daughter has been sleeping on (unwashed = familiar smell from home) and a sound machine to help mask the unfamiliar sounds that come with a new environment.  My older daughter uses the Good Nite Lite to help her to know when it’s her wake up time.  This will come in really handy with the time change.

2. Once we arrive at our destination in Portland, I will make a point to take my daughters to the room where they will be sleeping to let them get acquainted and to help get the room set up and comfortable for sleep.  I think this quick little exercise makes it much easier for them to separate when we return later for naps/bedtime because the room won’t feel quite so new and foreign.

3. I also build in an extra 10-15 minutes into the bedtime routine for extra snuggles and the inevitable calls for check-ins as they let go in a new place and drift off to sleep. Of course, I will still make sure that their routine is the same as it is at home so they know what to expect.

Are there other things that you do to help prepare/keep your kids on track when you travel? I’d love to hear them!

July 5, 2011

An A-List Interview: SunHee Grinnell

SunHee and her husband, Toland.

This week we go behind the scenes with SunHee Grinnell, the Beauty Editor of Vanity Fair magazine and a New York mom we love. I have to say, I adore what SunHee calls her greatest achievement: “Being a good (working) mom and wife without losing my sense of humor.”

As someone who also juggles a busy career and a family, I couldn’t agree with her more about the importance of being able to laugh. And I can’t help but wonder if laughter would also be one of her top tips for looking good, too!

Ali Wing: What’s your motto?

SunHee Grinnell: Things happen for a reason.

AW: What inspires you?

SG: My husband, Toland, and my son, Roman.

AW: What color are you loving right now?

SG: Right now, shades of blues and grays.

AW: What are you currently reading?

SG: Aside from all the beauty press releases that I have to read, I am re-reading A River Runs Through It by Norman Maclean. It’s one of my all-time favorites. It takes me away and it’s very calming to read.

AW: What is your favorite city/location/destination?

SG: I couldn’t pick just one! I love: Brooklyn, New York; Paris, France; Elbow Beach, Bermuda; North Shore, Oahu; and Snowbird, Utah.

AW: Who is your favorite composer, or what is your favorite music genre?

SG: I love all music, from classical to classic rock — and everything in between. A few of my favorites are: Jean-Philipp Telemann, Maurice J. Ravel, Keith Jarrett, ACDC, Aerosmith, The Walker Brothers, Amy Winehouse, Shirley Bassey, Frank Sinatra, Barry White, John Lee Hooker and Muddy Waters.

SunHee's son, Roman.

AW: What was your most favorite baby gift?

SG: A baby blanket and baby scarf from Hermes.

AW: What is your proudest parenting moment?

SG: I nipped Roman’s whining from day one when he started and I succeeded! Because of that, Roman never whined as a toddler. (Thank God!)

AW: What do you consider to be your greatest achievement?

SG: Picking up snowboarding at the age of 41! And being a good (working mom and wife without losing my sense of humor.

AW: Please complete the following: … makes me laugh.

SG: …unexpected remarks from my son, Roman.