Gina Martin

Historic Chills at Philadelphia’s Eastern State Penitentiary

by Gina Martin

A visit to Philadelphia often includes lots of history stops and it can be fun to get off the beaten path a bit. One unexpected treat in Philly is the historic site at the old Eastern State Penitentiary. The exhibits are really well done, and […]

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Spiders Alive! at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City

by Gina Martin

Spiders seem to inspire reactions that are extreme – you either love them, or loathe them. I find myself on the “love” end of the spectrum, with most family and friends on the “loathe” end. So, when the American Museum of Natural History in New […]

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My Favorite Gluten-Free Bakery: Taffets in Philly

by Gina Martin

If you or a family member have to eat gluten-free, you probably haven’t had a decent sandwich in years. I’m in the same boat, since I’m allergic to wheat, corn, and soy the bread options are severely limited. The ones I’ve found have been nothing […]

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Philadelphia Shopping: I Goldberg Army Navy Surplus, Your Friendly Zombie Apocalypse Preparation Store

by Gina Martin

On our recent trip to Philadelphia I took my tween and teen kids to one of my favorite shops from when I used to visit Philly back in the early ’80s, I Goldberg Army & Navy. In their surplus area, on the basement level, we […]

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Hotel Review: Philadelphia PA, Homewood Suites University City

by Gina Martin

When I took the whole family to Philadelphia for a visit while I went to the US Mint media tour, we stayed at the brand spanking new Homewood Suites in the University City section of town. What a beautiful hotel! It just opened May 2012, […]

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Philadelphia’s US Mint Shows You The Money

by Gina Martin

On a recent road trip to Philadelphia with my family, I attended a behind-the-scenes sneak peek tour of the US Mint, the largest coin manufacturer in the world. The re-designed public tour, which is free, opens July 3, 2012. I was able to also go […]

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Cooking with Fire: Price Chopper’s House of BBQ Grillin’ Class

by Gina Martin

Just in time for the beginning of grilling season, and Father’s Day, I attended the Price Chopper House of BBQ Grillin’ Class (yes, spellcheck, they spelled it this way on purpose), and it was not only very informative, it was delicious. For purposes of disclosure, […]

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Kids Cook Too: Healthy Cooking Classes Have Long-Lasting Benefits

by Gina Martin

Summer is finally here, which means we now see a steady supply of fresh vegetables from our farm subscription. Luckily, I have a creative and industrious kitchen helper in the form of my daughter, who from a young age has been cooking and learning about […]

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Museum Membership Has Its (Reciprocal) Privileges

by Gina Martin

When we visited the Schenectady Museum of Science this spring, I signed us up for a family museum membership. At only $65 for a whole year, we get free admission to the museum and four planetarium show tickets for use any time, which is a […]

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A Family Visit to Equine Advocates Horse Sanctuary Farm Tour

by Gina Martin

Despite the rain this past weekend, I took my family out for a farm tour and visited Equine Advocates’ horse sanctuary in Chatham NY for their first open house day of the year. The Open Day is a self-guided tour, where you can read about […]

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