Disney guide

Hi Darlings,

Our family relocated to Orlando August 2018, to get our kids excited about our move we went all out and took advantage of the Florida Resident Annual Disney Pass. We have had so many visitors so through trial & error we have our Disneyworld highlights:

I highly recommend you download My Disney Experience app You can purchase tickets and book your fast passes (to avoid queues) through the app. Once you purchase your tickets you can book 3 fast passes per park a month advance, which I highly recommend during the school vacation dates & weekends. Queue times without a fast pass can be approx 90 minutes + queue time! All the rides my kids enjoy I book a fast pass for!

Magic Kingdom - Your Dreams Come True. You can’t beat the walk up to famous Princess Castle. This park brings back childhood memories, while creating new ones with your kids! We had a cute character dinner with Winnie Pooh & Friends at The Crystal Palace. My kids favorite rides are: Splash Mountain, Space Mountain, Big Thunder Mountain Rail Road & Speedway

Animal Kingdom - My favorite park with my kids, so easy. My kids love Boneyard - Open-air Dinosaur play space. There is shade and no queue or fast pass needed. Boneyard is a great place for parents to take a rest while kids roam & play! Reserve Tusker House Restaurant for lunch, enjoy dining with Donald Duck & his friends. My kids favorite rides at Animal Kingdom are: Kali River Rapids, Kilimanjaro Safari & Festival of the Lion King (Stage Show).

Epcot - Love this park. There is a whole loop of different countries, each serving their traditional food & drink. There are street entertainers in each country and we always visit England (my Motherland) Fish & Chips and Wine…..best combo! Each country has restaurant which will need a reservation but they all have a take-out option too. My kids favorite Epcot Rides are: Mission Space, Soarin Around the World & Test Track.

Hollywood Studios Jedi Training, my kids & their friends loved! You must register before the show, there are times all day but pre-registration early on in the day is highly recommended. My kids enjoy: Stage Indiana Jones (stage show), Slinky Dog Dash, Twilight Zone House of Terror. Highly recommend Fantasmic, night performance with Mickey.

I highly recommend to eat out of the parks, click here for our Orlando Restaurant Guide

Disney Guide - Dave Drumheller 

If you do not feel like booking fast passes, many of my good friends highly recommend Disney Guide Dave Drumheller. Dave can take you & your family to age-appropriate attractions with minimal waiting in line. Has Disney Trivia, takes family photos. He will start at park opening time, and the tours typically end between 3:30 and 4:30. His rate is $850 per day or $950 during peak season! Friends call him Disney Heaven! info@wdwguidedtours.com

We will continue to add to this post when we discover something new.

We hope you found our guide useful.

Genny xo


London in 2 days with kids

London is where I was born, raised & worked! I moved to the US 12yrs ago for love. We go back often with our American kiddos to visit our family but we feel it is important they understand their parents country we always take them on adventures round our homeland!

If you only have 2 days in London, here are my recommendations all tried & tested by my crew!


Covent Garden Hotel or The Edition London. Both centrally located my friends have stayed with their families and loved!

Day 1

  • Buckingham Palace, don’t bother with interior tour but just enjoy the outside and  hopefully catch changing of the guard (around 10.45am - 11.15am)

  • Walk up Pall Mall to Trafalgar Square, take a quick walk round the National Portrait Gallery which is free entry.

  • Walk or Black Taxi to Covent Garden. Highly recommend lunch at BalthazarPetersham Nurseries or Homeslice Pizza Covent Garden

  • Covent Garden is amazing for all the family, their are amazing street entertainers and the architecture and ambiance is amazing. There are some good shops. Bobbi Brown try an appt with Amelia, Arket, Charlotte Tilbury & Shop at Blue Bird

  • There is a fun British Transport Museum in Covent Garden that the under 10s will love.

  • Have dinner in Covent Garden at The Ivy or a taxi or uber for dinner at Kettners or Brasserie Zedel

Day 2

  • Visit Borough Market so many foods all the traders are so nice. My kids & their friends loved it!

  • From Borough Market walk along the Thames to Head to the London Eye (around 29mins walk). The walk is magnificent and great way to admire and soak in London. Take pit stop at Tate Modern Museam, the building alone is superb but they always have free collection displays.

  • On your walk you will walk past Shakespeare’s Globe, so brilliant to have it in central London.

  • There are many pubs along the walk just in case you need to hydrate!

  • London Eye is a must if it is your first time visiting London, there is a super playground called Jubilee Gardens a 5 minute walk from London Eye & Sea Life London Aquarium is located just next to London Eye.

  • Afternoon Tea was a big part of my life. I love Tea, Cakes & Sandwiches at Sketch or Claridges

  • Evening catch a Theatre Production, Matilda, Big The Musical, Mama Mia or Harry Potter. Dine before the theatre at Bocca Di Lupa or Kettners


My three favorite shopping temples:

Harrods, Liberty’s & Selfridges

That is a jam packed 2 days, hope you find this helpful. I am always found sipping cocktails after a busy day in London with my kiddos!

We would love to know your London family recommendations?

Genny xo

Borough Market. All these kid in this photo do not live in the UK but they all wanted bacon sandwiches!

Guide to Japan with Kids

My friend Sophia recently flew from London to Japan for a fabulous 2 week trip with her two sons, Mom, Dad & Brother. Here are Sophia’s recommendations all tried and tested by her family, she has two sons ages 10yr & 6yrs old.

Travel to Tokyo

We arrived at Haneda airport in Tokyo (highly recommend this airport as it is only 30mins away from central Tokyo and is a newer airport too). Non-stop flight from London is 11hours, from NYC flight is 14hours.


Our family stayed at The Palace Hotel in Tokyo Perfect location near the Imperial Palace, 5 star hotel with beautiful views, great restaurants and and close to Ginza shopping area. Very central. 

Things to do in Tokyo

Spent the day walking around, going to Yoyogi Park (great for cherry blossoms)

Meiji shrine serene oasis with beautiful Temple.

Imperial Palace and beautiful grounds, is the primary residence of the Emperor of Japan which are only open two weeks out the the year to the public. One week during the cherry blossom season, and one week in the fall. 

Team Lab Borderless Exhibition explore, discover in one borderless world with lights!

We went to Tsukiji fish market (the auction has moved but the outer fish market has remained and its still amazing to go in the morning and have fresh sushi and fish).

Chidorigafuchi Park,: one of the best places to see the cherry blossoms. Chidorigafuchi's path is the most scenic spot around the moat, with a 700-meter-long tunnel of cherry trees in the spring.

Asakusa to see the oldest temple in Tokyo. Asakusa retains the vibe of an older Tokyo, with traditional craft shops and street-food stalls along Nakamise Street

Ueno Park there is a science and nature museum which is incredible, highly recommend it. 

Shopping Tokyo

Shimbuya  (great shopping district). Shimbuya crossing is one of the famous sites in Tokyo. Shopping malls, shopping streets, crowded intersection bring you an image of the bustling streets of Tokyo in general but Shibuya, is perhaps the perfect representation of that!

Amore Toyko Vintage Designer Shop

Ginza like their 5th Avenue. Ginza 6 dept store - only two years old, incredible building, can go to the roof and relax in a garden. Shopping is amazing - great payout and lots of restaurants. Check out the book store inside as well! Pokémon store in there too. Markos is obsessed we went 3 times 🤦🏻‍♀️

Itoya Best stationary store! in Ginza, its huge, each floor dedicated to specific section like stationary, travel, pens/pencils, calligraphy and painting supplies. You will need a good hour + to go through the whole thing.

Supreme, Tokyo has 3 stores unlike other major cities. They are Supreme obsessed

Kit Kats are huge in Japan. They have every single flavor!

Restaurants in Tokyo recommended by Suzy Lewis

Roppong Iinakaya This is our favourite restaurant in Tokyo, more adult as expensive but kids would also love and are welcome.

Shin Hinomoto Another fave and we always go, great for kids too great pricing. Run by a Scott who’s lived in japan forever .... very low key easy going place under the railway bridge. Food is off the charts great.

Anniversaire Cafe. Gorgeous cafe for people watching and tea and cake stop on the amazing Omotesando Dori ...

Nishi-Azabu Brilliant relaxed restaurant in gorgeous setting, this place was used for the film Kill Bill you’ll recognize the scene where she’s in the yellow suit going crazy and knifing peeps with this as background. Great food and kids always love it here.

Hakone - 1 night

We left by private car from Tokyo to Hakone (55mins), to see the stunning Mt. Fuji. We did a boat cruise along Lake Ashi, took the cable cars up the mountain across from Mount Fuji and then drove with our driver and guide to the Hakone open air museum which was incredible! Amazing contemporary sculpture museum.

We stayed at the Kai Hakone which is a traditional ryokan with the steam baths. Wanted to have a traditional Japanese experience but only for a night 🤣

Kyoto - 3 nights

We took the bullet train from Hakone to Kyoto (2hrs).  We stayed at the Kyoto Four seasons. During cherry blossoms season, hotel is expensive but worth every penny. Amazing service, Michelin start restaurant, incredible spa, one of the newest hotel in Kyoto. Highly recommend it.  

Got the kids a book from one of the temples which they used on our entire trip to have the monks sign, stamp it, date it and write a prayer. They loved this!

We toured the Bamboo Forest, (had a rickshaw ride into the bamboo forest) one of the prettiest groves in the world!

 We visited a lot of of temples, all world heritage sights,  including the famous Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine is an important Shinto shrine in southern Kyoto. It is famous for its thousands of vermilion torii gates.

We also did a day trip to Narato visit the Deer park, Established in 1880, Nara Park is one of the oldest parks in Japan. In addition to the famous deer, the park is home to Kofokuji, the family temple of the most powerful clan at the height of Nara's influence with the largest Buddha in the world.

Osaka - 2 nights

Took train from Kyoto to Osaka (1hr)  with our guide. We stayed  at the St. Regis Osaka, highly recommend it. Best location, amazing hotel, service, food.

Osaka visited the Osaka castle The  castle is one of Japan's most famous landmarks.

Dotonbori which is the street with all the shops, restaurants along the canals. It was incredible! You can just walk into any restaurant and have incredible Japanese! 

Hiroshima - day trip

We caught the early morning bullet train from Osaka to Hiroshima (1.5hrs)

Things to do Hiroshima

Peace Memorial he ruin of the hall serves as a memorial to the people who were killed from an atomic bomb  6 August 1945. Over 70,000 people were killed instantly, and another 70,000 suffered fatal injuries from the radiation.

We also took a  ferry to Miyajima island Island of Gods  (beautiful Itsukushima shrine in the water). Hiroshima was depressing but the museum and the sight is incredible and worth a visit. Miyajima is not to be missed!! One of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been to. So much history, well preserved, really beautiful! It was amazing!!

We returned to Osaka that night and left the next day back to Tokyo. We stayed at We stayed at the Andaz Hyatt Tokyo. Amazing hotel, very hip, great location and great spa and great food. Classic high end hotel. This was also high end and cool vibe. We loved it! 

We spent the last 3 days just chilling in Tokyo, shopping and eating! 

It was a jam packed trip but incredible

Sophia x

Spring break in Hong Kong

Hong Kong is my home town and I don’t go often enough. My kids have gone with me a few times and it is always a new and different experience for them. My parents completely spoiled them with cash and gifts, they get to try all kinds of asian cuisine, and there’s no shortage of theme park excitement including Disney. Here are some of my favorite places to take the kids.

1. Star ferry and Victoria peak - You can take the ferry from Kowloon to Hong Kong. The ferry has been running for over 100 years! The view is amazing and it is a great way to see Hong Kong. From there we went to the tram station to get to the viewing tower of Victoria peak. If you are craving american food the pizza restaurant on the top floor of the viewing tower is quite good.

2. Hong Kong Mid Level Escalators - this is the longest escalators in the world. It is combined by 15 sections of escalators (according to my kids as they are the one counting). It could be a hazard if you have very young children but my kids love it. The walk back down is wonderful on cobble stone stairs lined with boutiques and coffee shops.

3. Ocean Park - I grew up going to this amusement park. It has a zoo with Pandas and all other kind of animals. There’s also an Aquarium where you can see penguins and sharks. The boys and I had a wonderful day here.

4. Hong Kong history museum and science museum - They are right next to each other. I find the Hong Kong history museum fascinating and the boys love the science museum. It’s a great place to be on a rainy day.

5. Markets - Hong Kong is full of different kinds of market. Our favorite is the Sham Shui Po Market. It has so many toys (all inexpensive), electronics and street food galore. The boys beg me to go every day.

I hope you find this helpful when you visit. Please let me know when you go!



Beavercreek - Spring Skiing

My family recently skied Beavercreek mountain, CO for the first time. We went mid-march and experienced the most glorious spring skiing. We buy the a yearly ski pass called Epic Pass gives us unlimited skiing at great resorts in US & Europe (if you ski 5 days + its worth it).

Here are our recommendations, all tried and test by us:


We flew from Orlando to Denver (4hrs) followed by 2.5hr drive with Mountain Shuttle to Beavercreek.

You can fly direct from all major airports to Denver. If you can fly direct to Vail Eagle it is only a 30min transfer, Vail Eagle flights can be pricey unless you book way in advance. FYI Uber does not work in Beavercreek!


We stayed in a 1 bed suite with kitchen & separate living room at The Westin in Avon and got the town shuttle to the mountain daily. The shuttle ride is only 10mins but we quickly got used to it and in fact it was a great way to meet people. Our kids made friends quickly on the bus and would plan their social hour with their new ‘shuttle’ friends.

If money is no object stay on the mountain at The Ritz Carlton Bachelor Gulch or Park Hyatt, both are ski-in-ski out and are around $10K a night for a 3 bed suite.

Lunch Spots

I love to ski hard then have a fabulous alfresco lunch & enjoy glorious mountain sunshine! My fave’ alfresco spots are:

8100 Mountainside Bar & Grill at The Park Hyatt (make a reservation through opentable).

Mamie’s Mountainside Grill: At first we were not sure about grilling our own food but it was fabulous. We bought burgers (gluten free buns are served) and you grill your own burgers in a gorgeous setting on top of the mountain. Wine and burgers are a perfect pick me up. Our kids grilled smores for dessert. Mamie’s is top Bachelor Gulch Lift Express.

Spruce Saddle: Casual lunch spot, canteen style. Quick pit stop, we had tacos & sushi.

Ritz Carlton Bachelor Gulch: Delicious mountainside lunch spot.

Powder 8 Kitchen & Bar: Base of the mountain. 4pm onwards live music by Shannon Tanner gets the crowd excited & they take requests via Venmo.

Visit the mountaintop Candy Cabin! They have the best pick & mix!

Dinner & Take Out

Many nights we got take out because we were tired, we enjoyed dinner by our fireplace in our apt.

Pho 20 Avon: Vietnamese delicious take out.

Pazzos Pizza: Eat in or Take out. They have gluten free pizzas.

Blue Moose Pizza: Good pizza joint but super busy during holiday so expect a wait.

Vin48: They were so nice to us as we never had a reservation. Food & service was great.

Maya at The Westin : Great Mexican food & superb margaritas


Our kids loved the Beavercreek ski school. They made friends and loved their instructors who improved their skiing technique! At the end of the day staff walk round with trays of cookies, handing them out! We only put them in ski school for 3 days so we could enjoy 3 days skiing with them. Their apres-ski was Ice Skating in Beavercreek village, we sat by outdoor fire on comfy seating while watching them skate!

Hope this inspired you a little trip to Beavercreek.

Genny xo


Over the school holidays this summer I travelled to Paris with my kids (Olivia - 9yrs & Max 7yrs). During our four day trip, Paris captured our hearts and is now one of our favorite cities.

Here are our recommendations, all tried and test by us:


Eurostar is fast & comfortable from London (St Pancras Station) to Paris (Gare du Nord) travel time 2hr 15 minutes. We bought standard seats which honestly were perfect. There are so many great shops at London St Pancras Station: John Lewis, Hamleys, The White Company.  Once you arrive at the Paris train station: Gare Du Nord Paris it is short taxi drive to all the main hotels. Once in Paris we Ubered everywhere and did not bother with the subway.


We stayed at the Westin Vendome, the hotel has a superb location opposite Jardin Tuileries which is a stunning park & playground. Our room was not huge but we were barely in our room, the bathrooms could do with a little sprucing up! If money was no object I would stay round the corner at The Ritz, mainly because I love this location especially for a short visit.

A short walk from our hotel is my favorite shopping street - Rue St Honore (3 min walk), Place Vendome for stunning buildings great for photos (3mins walk) Louvre museum (15 minute walk) through Jardin Luxembourg. I love walking as much as I can around Paris, each time I gasp at the architecture and landscape.


Here are a few of our favorite restaurants and less of a tourist trap.  Paris restaurants are notorious for crappy service, despite your French fluency! Below are our favs”

Breakfast - Cafe Florre Eggs, Cappuccino & croissants!

Lunch - NOTE nearly everywhere will close service at 2pm or 2.30pm!
Maison Maison Overlooking the Siene. There is a cute kids play area next door.

Pizzeria Iovines delicious pizza, wine & salad. Round the corner from my favorite store Sezane.

There are boulangeries on most corners. One day kids & I just grabbed a-to-go quiche, baguette sandwich and carried on admiring Paris!

Hotel Costes: Perfect. Kid & adult friendly. Lovely setting and so easy for first night.


Note - Buy tickets in advance and allow time for security checks! We did not buy tickets in advance and in the red hot sun we queued for an hour for some sights but was well worth it!

Louvre - Beautiful! Kids loved the Mona Lisa but we also enjoy stunning setting, architecture and incredible curation of art. Admission free for kids!

Eiffel Tower - Magnificent! We loved so much, truly one of the most stunning monuments I have every seen. The views are spectacular, we all have our own interpretation of a city but I loved seeing Paris through my kids eyes! We bought tickets for the elevator up & down!

Notre Dame - Worth a visit, line moves super fast and is donation based! My kids recognized the the historiacal cathedral from the movie, The Hunchback of Notre Dame. This was super quick visit for us!

Palais Garnier, Opera National de Paris - This was huge hit for all of us! They recognized this beautiful opera house from the movie LEAP, my kids remembered every scene from in Palais Garnier. Indeed an extraordinary building surrounded by the busy streets of Paris!

Jardin des Tuileries - This incredible public park links you to Louvre Museum from our hotel The gardens were designed by the same architect of gardens at Versailles . It has playgrounds and the kids loved it. It also had a small pop up fun fair for the summer months which was a huge hit in the evenings for my two! During the Christmas months they have a pop ice rink and winter fair.

Jardin du Luxembourg - Napoléon dedicated the 23 gracefully laid-out hectares of the Luxembourg Gardens to the children of Paris! Beautiful public park next to Luxembourg Palace, lots to do for the kids including playground and there is a pond in front of the palace where you can rent sail toy boats which they push round the pond using sticks! Cute kiosks selling ice-cream and coffee! Also a great place for a picnic!

Arch de Triomphe & Champs-Élysées - One of the most famous boulevards linking to the most famous Arch. We did a drive by which was fabulous to avoid the sea of people.


Le Bon Marche - Temple of Paris Department stores.

Monoprix - Target of France, we stocked up on reasonable toiletries and cheap chic clothes for kids!

Shop Rue St Honoré - My favorite shopping street. Isabel Marant, Bash, Goyard. These street is close to our hotel and Lourvre.

Louis Vuitton Place Vendome Flagship Store is worth visit for the history and stellar views of Place Vendome. The building was designed in 1714 by a Versailles architect which showcases Paris artistry at its best. The store is magnificent and you have endless options of their incredible collection. They have an artist onsite who can personalize your Louis bags.

Sezane - Gorgeous French collection which I covet online, so wonderful to view and buy their collection in their Paris store.

My family adore Paris and can’t wait to visit with Christopher.

Thanks for reading and sorry it took so long to write!

Genny xo



Our family are just back from 5 beautiful days in Tulum. I was a little diva and did not want to wake up in my house on my 40th Birthday so we booked a trip to Tulum which ended up being a a wonderful 5 days in paradise. I have compiled our family recommendations, we are only sharing places we visited and tested. Good tip: Leave your heels and make-up at home!

I travelled with Olivia (8) & Max (6) and Christopher flew from Orlando the following day to join us!

Travel Day

A short flight of 3hr 20 minutes from JFK to Cancun we arrive in Mexico. I pre-booked a car service with Front Desk, they were a little more expensive but I really wanted a suburban I figured they were safe! The driver was friendly,  car came with a TV & Wifi access, It took us 1.5hrs to get to Tulum.


We stayed at Posada Margherita a true gem of a place with a private beach! The hotel only has 8 rooms, we stayed in room 6 which has 2 kings beds & 1 single bed. Our room was on the 1st floor, was huge with a cute porch.  The hotel has a stunning private beach with cabanas, loungers and swing bed. Their restaurant is incredible serving fresh italian and seafood topped off with stunning views of the ocean. I often had grilled shrimp, salad & rose. Kids loved the shrimp and fresh pasta. The hotel does not have a kids club or pool, but our kids did not care they made friends with kids on the beach and truly embraced days on the beach and ocean! We all fell in love with a beautiful dog called Nola who was rescued by one of workers and lives at the hotel. The hotel is extremely kid friendly, a super location. Not overcrowded and a short taxi ride to fantastic places to eat & drink. They take reservations via email: reservation@posadamargherita.com


You can be spontaneous with most restaurants, if you are a large group I suggest making a reservation. 

Cenzontle - Mexican food, this was our first dinner out. Kids had quesidilla and chicken. I had fresh seabass & salad and super refreshing Ella Fitzgerald tequila cocktail. Great setting and service.

Breakfast we went to the Real Cocunut based in the Sanara Hotel. We faced the ocean while eating a healthy delivious breakfast! The menu gluten, grain, dairy and refined sugar free but still delicious! Kids had the gluten & grain free pancakes, I had the perfect almond cappuccino and Very Berry Chia Parfait. This became our regular breakfast venue, the service was wonderful. Try and arrive before 10am for breakfast, before all the yogis finish practice and it gets a little busier.

Posada Margherita: Our favorite lunch place was at our hotel, because it is delicious and setting is just incredible it is very popular venue for lunch & dinner. Gets busy, they don't take reservations and cash only. 

Gitano - Mexican fusion. Restaurant & Bar. Great atmosphere, superb service and food was incredible. Kids loved the Chorizo with Taco wraps. Christopher & loved the Octopus ceviche and slow roasted Pork Belly with crispy cabbage. We all demolished the chocolate dolce leche dessert!

Nu Tulum - Mexican food. This restaurant only opened 2 weeks ago and was INCREDIBLE, was recommended to us by a local. Stunning setting, food had incredible flavors and cocktails were perfect! We enjoyed pork ribs in tomato sauce, quinoa rice and rib-eye steak. Kid friendly.

Hartwood - This is an institution in Tulum and a reservation is much needed or you queue from Midday to catch a table for dinner. You can email a month in advance to make a reservation. All this hype what did our family think, loved it. The service was super friendly, the food was delicious. They are very kid friendly and have high chairs too. The menu changes daily but it is well worth making a reservation and enjoying their food, setting & excellent service.

Mulberry Project Pop-up Tulum- This was recommended by a friend and this was the perfect place for my 40th bday drinks, super kid friendly, DJ on Monday night and stunning setting within La Zebra Hotel. The Mulberry Project is a Manhattan bar and they have pop-up bars abroad creating bespoke cocktails!

Matcha Mama - Shack with swings as seats serving smoothies, juices, bowls, açaí, kombucha, ice cream, everything vegan! Max is a smoothie lover and really wanted dessert sitting in swing, he loved his Mamacita smoothie: almond milk, banana, mango, almond butter. Topped with amaranth (we just asked for no Matcha)

Mur Mur - Mexican food, lovely place for dinner under a canopy surrounded by palm trees and lovely shops. Open kitchen, very cool seating areas and friendly service.

Prep Hair  I met canadian born hairstylist Chelsea owner Prep Hair. I got my usual single process done at her beautiful salon. Chelsea & her team do color, haircuts, blowouts, weddings and special events. They can travel to your hotel for a group booking.

Tulum is magical, a great place to switch off and enjoy paradise. Olivia said all your need is a beautiful beach and the ocean! We can't wait to visit again.

Thank you for reading. Genny xo

Mulberry Project Pop-up Tulum

Mulberry Project Pop-up Tulum


I found true gem and needed a single process, highly recommend Prep Hair


Perfect way to celebrate turning 40 :)

Link to my dress by Anthropologie also comes is blue stripes  http://shopstyle.it/l/A00b

Many restaurants are cash only, try and get dollars or pesos at the ATM at the airport or at your original destination because the ATMs close to the above restaurants have high charge and bad exchange rate.