In Part 1, Fashion and PR insider Shauna McMahon told us how and why she planned a 4-month family break with her husband, John, and 11-year old twins, Finn and…
PR pro Shauna McMahon hopped, skipped and jumped throughout Europe for 4 months with her smiling brood in tow. In today’s post, she shares how and why to prep for such an amazing getaway and wait for part 2 later this week, when she shares the nitty gritty: Where to stay, what to see and how to keep the kids happy along the way.
Ixtapa and its neighbouring towns on Mexico’s West coast has serious cred. Artists Damien Hirst and Julian Schnabel are spotted in the beachside village of Troncones and luxe hotel chain The Viceroy has an outpost in Zihuatanejo. We, however, were going on our first trip with a group that included 6 parents and 4 kids, so a surfer inn without a kids’ club or a haute boite for grown-ups only wasn’t on our hit list. For our first trip with vacation buddies, here’s how we made Ixtapa fit our multi-family squad.
After a two-hour drive through sleepy fishing villages, valleys and coastal terrain, we reached the city. Our first stop was the traffic light on the city’s outskirts, where we got into a car accident. After checking a dented door and our shaken nerves, our driver swiftly negotiated his mistake with a handshake, a smile and an apology to the other driver. That’s how we were jolted into the happy chaos of Havana.
Accessory designer Minling Pan, the creative brains behind MIN, a line of chic and whimsical bags, is regularly jetting off across the globe. However, if a trip takes her more than 10 days she’ll often bring Gloria, her toddler along for the ride. While it can be stressful there are a few things that she relies on to make the journey with her mini as comfortable and tantrum-free as possible.
Décor stylist Julia Black welcomed us into her favourite room. She loves her 50 shades of grey (literally, the shade grounds her home) but she layers in texture, pattern and pops of colour to win serious style.
It’s safe to say that I’m not one to rough it. After our first-ever family camping trip I was exhausted, which is why I was looking forward to our weekend invite to Viamede Resort. Situated in the Kawarthas on Stoney Lake, the resort was laid-back and rustic making it a perfect fit for my outdoorsy huzz. For me they had a buffet breakfast and fresh towels every day. Now that’s what I call compromise.
The Honest Company helmed by Jessica Alba and Christopher Gavigan (FYI: he also happens to be Jessica Capshaw’s huzz) carries everything from tampons and diapers to deodorants and laundry detergent. We were lucky enough to ask Christopher some questions about their non-toxic and clean products and here’s what he said.
When it comes to camping, meals are simplified. I get it. Not worrying about food means you have more time to hike and swim and enjoy the great outdoors. But for this next camping trip I want to eat food that’s still easy to prepare, but suited to a more sophisticated palette. Now I’m not talking gourmet (I don’t even do that at home), just different options to the traditional hot dogs and pasta.