Name: Laura Swanstrom Reece
Where did you grow up:
I grew up in Bucks County, Pennsylvania not too far from Philadelphia
Town you live in now:
I live in Palm Beach Gardens, FL
Why you love living there:
I LOVE living in Palm Beach! The weather is almost always beautiful! I think that when the weather is nice people are in a good mood – I’ve met so many lovely people here! I love seeing the sunshine and the palm trees every morning when I wake up.
Tell me about your kids:
We have 2 girls ages 12 and 15.
My younger daughter is smart and funny and very personable. She has an outgoing personality and in addition to loving math and science she is an aspiring model and actress.
My older daughter is also an intellectual – she too loves math and science – especially biology and computers. She plays tennis, loves art and is more of an introvert.
I adore how different my girls are. They are each other’s best friend too (although they may not admit it)
Favorite things to do with the kids locally:
One of our favorite things to do as a family is to go on a boat tour on the intracoastal. We hired Flagship Charter over the winter holiday for a cruise in their Hinckley. It’s wonderful to get out on the water – relax and enjoy our beautiful scenery.
What’s your ‘day job’? How did you get started with it?
I actually have a few “day jobs” – My husband and I own Reece Worldwide Travel – a boutique travel agency that offers carefully curated travel experiences for clients, specializing in travel for family and couples to destinations in the U.S., Mexico, the Caribbean, and Europe. We also have dedicated travel advisors for Cruises and Walt Disney World vacations. These advisors have skills specific to these industries and as a result, are able to offer clients a higher level of service due to their extensive knowledge and training. Reece Worldwide Travel was created to help people with their travel plans, save them time, and give them peace of mind. In addition to traveling to over 40 countries on 4 continents, I’m a Certified Travel Associate (CTA®), a certification that demonstrates extensive industry knowledge and experience and the highest standards of travel professionalism.
We also own Palm Beach Sport Horses – where we buy and sell hunter/jumper horses here in FL. The company owns Danash’s Northern Tempest – a leopard appaloosa, who is making a name for herself with her unique look and easy temperament! You can follow her on Instagram at @danithewonderhorse. I try to ride 4-5 days a week at a farm near Wellington. It’s my “escape” and keeps me sane. We compete at the Winter Equestrian Festival every year.
AND, when my daughter was signed to a talent agency here in Florida (she has been previously signed with an agency in NYC and has done a few TV commercials and print work) they asked ME to sign too! So, you never know, you may see me on TV or in a print ad soon!
What is your best parenting advice. Lay it on us.
Best parenting advice is to agree with your partner on the rules you set for your children. My husband and I agreed that we would always see eye to eye with each in front of our kids. We are a united front and we didn’t want to have our kids asking one of us for something when the other said no. So, what Dad says goes and what Mom says goes. It works!
What do you do for self care?
I’m not a fussy person and have a tough time sitting still for long periods of time. I can barely manage the time it takes for a pedicure. But I do take time to ride my horse, take a yoga class, seek out an acupuncturist or rolfer if my body needs it and I make time for my girlfriends!