Last month my son and I took a trip to South Beach, Miami for an enjoyable weekend on the water. Our beachfront hotel offered amazing views of the ocean and a pretty sweet pool as well. In addition to being there for work, I also scheduled some time with our cousins who live locally. J had no idea and when they showed up at our door he was giddy with excitement. J and his young cousins couldn’t wait to dive into the hotel pool and play.
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Have you ever boarded a Disney cruise? Last week my son and I had the pleasure of boarding the Disney Magic for the day at Port Canaveral, Florida. This was our first time aboard a Disney cruise ship and it was everything you’d expect and more!
Tangled: The Musical
Tangled: The Musical is the newest original Disney Cruise Line stage spectacular. Presented exclusively aboard the Disney Magic, it’s the first-ever stage adaptation of the beloved animated film, “Tangled.” Once on board we made our way to the 977-seat Walt Disney Theatre, which spans the width of the ship and encompasses three decks, which include orchestra and balcony seating. The 60 minute performance begins with Flynn Rider and follows the original storyline you know from the film.
I’m blogging today from Sarasota, Florida. It’s just a 2 hour drive from Orlando and not only has some of the most beautiful white sandy beaches, but the Sun N Fun Carefree Resort!
This multi-award winning resort offers fun for all ages, any time of year! Make it a weekend getaway or week long stay in your RV, or rent a 1 or 2 bedroom home. Each home includes a full kitchen, bedroom (or 2), living space with pull out sleeper sofa and TV & DVD player, indoor and outdoor dining space, and more! [Read more…]
It’s officially summer! Well it is here at least. 🙂 The kids are out of school and it’s time to relax and enjoy the Florida sunshine. Hilton Bonnet Creek is located minutes from the Disney theme parks, and is hosting a big bash for summer. Their 5th annual SummerBlast event! What’s even cooler is their rates – for a limited-time you can score a room for just $119 a night*!
I was invited to stay at All Star Vacation Homes in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are mine alone.
What if I told you there were beautiful vacation home rentals within minutes of Walt Disney World that offered full privacy and luxury living. It’s possible with All Star Vacation Homes! Not only do they offer this incredible stay opportunity in Orlando, but San Diego (CA), Captiva Island and Sanibel Island (FL), plus Sun Valley (ID) as well. [Read more…]
I don’t know about you, but I hate how long airport lines can be. Last summer I nearly missed a flight out of New Jersey heading back home, even though I arrived 1 1/2 hours before departure time, which is what is recommended. The lines were insane and by the end of it I was running to the terminal barefoot to catch my flight. Talk about a nightmare! I’m certain many of you can relate to airport stories like mine, so I’m really excited to tell you about a new program that let’s you skip the lines at airports! Yes, it’s possible. Read on for more details.
About CLEAR Membership:
- CLEAR is a membership-based service that allows travelers to get through airport security faster.
- CLEAR is currently in 11 major airports with many more locations opening soon! Current locations include: San Francisco (SFO), San Jose (SJC), Las Vegas (LAS), Denver (DEN), Houston (IAH & HOU), San Antonio (SAT), Dallas (DFW), Orlando (MCO), Baltimore (BWI), Westchester (HPN), and Miami (MIA) coming soon.
- Exclusive CLEAR lanes let you breeze through airport security in less than 5 minutes!
- Membership costs $179 annually, or about $15 a month. You can add a spouse to your account for $50 and kids under 18 are free if they are traveling with a CLEAR member.
A big thanks to Drive STI for providing this vehicle loan for review. All opinions are mine alone.
Are you in the market for a bigger vehicle that can fit your entire crew? Check out the 6-passenger 2015 Mazda5 Grand Touring. It has just the right amount of upgrades to keep the entire family seated comfortably, while not breaking the bank. So what’s included with this sporty minivan?
2015 Mazda5 Grand Touring Included Features:
- Power windows & doors
- Bluetooth hands-free phone option
- Remote keyless entry
- Cupholders for each row
- Heated front seats
- Leather-trimmed seats
- Steering-wheel-mounted audio controls
- Rain-sensing windshield wipers
- Power-sliding glass moonroof
Have you ever heard the saying, “saving for a rainy day?” I’m not sure where this originated, however the meaning behind it seems to reflect a negative tone. Saving money should be looked at positively. You’re in control of your money, your destiny!
I’m grateful for a frugal husband that thinks consciously before purchases, especially big ones. When we married, we incorporated his method of using one credit card a month for general purchases and then paying off that debt each month. We stick to a budget and make sure to stay within our means, so we do not accumulate debt. Just think of how much money we’re saving by not paying interest charges. This method requires dedication and time to adjust, but it’s definitely not for everyone. It’s just what works for us. This allows us to save additional funds for sunny days, like a trip to the French Riviera!
In 2009 my husband’s family took a Mediterranean cruise that has left my heart wanting more. We had port stops in Italy and the French coastline. It was an amazing vacation, but I really longed for more time to experience each city we visited. I especially enjoyed the Villefranche port and surrounding area, so my hope is to book a family vacation where we fly over and spend a few days enjoying the sights.
What would living for a sunny day look like to you?
Who doesn’t love a fun road trip? Especially when you’re cruising in style! Local blogger friends Kim from The Educators’ Spin On It and Penny from Penniless Teacher joined in the fun while we tested out the 2015 Kia Sedona SXL.
— Jennifer H (@Lovesmytwoboys) February 21, 2015
2015 Kia Sedona Features
The Kia Sedona SXL is a crossover vehicle that screams first class – from the luxurious Nappa leather seats to the cockpit-like dashboard and console. There’s literally tons of buttons to push and play with in the Sedona. One of the coolest features I came across while driving this Multi Purpose Vehicle (MVP) is the Surround View Monitor System which displays real-time camera images with a bird’s eye view. I was certain Kia was somehow beaming images down from space. LOL! [Read more…]
Accommodations were provided in exchange for our honest review of TradeWinds property. All opinions are mine alone.
TradeWinds Island Resort is a family friendly beachfront property that has it all! Relax and unwind or play all day – it’s up to you. Located on the island of St. Pete Beach, which was recently voted the #1 beach destination in the US by TripAdvisor, TradeWinds offers vacationers a tropical atmosphere they can truly enjoy.
After checking in, guests head down the garden atrium to their respective buildings. This 8,000 square foot space includes conference rooms, a gift shop, bar, and the Palm Court Italian Grill.
Recently, guest rooms at TradeWinds Island Grand received a facelift reflecting an upscale look with natural stone travertine, nature-themed artwork, and dark wood furniture. [Read more…]
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Wondering when is the best time of year to visit Walt Disney World theme parks in Orlando, Florida? I came across this helpful calendar of the Best Times to Visit Walt Disney World in 2015 and wanted to share it with all of you.
If you want to avoid hurricane season here in Florida, I recommend planning your visit to Walt Disney World between April 13th and May 22nd. The crowds are the lightest during that time of year and more enjoyable for you and your family. Summertime is always the heaviest travel season, especially for Disney! If you want to spend the holidays at Disney, plan a visit during mid November or early December. [Read more…]
This post is sponsored by Cottonelle, but my love for their fresh care flushable cleansing cloths on-the-go soft packs is all my own!
When traveling during the summer months, you always want to make sure you are fresh & clean. That’s where Cottonelle comes in! Cottonelle Fresh Care Flushable Cleansing Cloths On-The-Go Soft packs are perfect for keeping clean during summer travel. Our family kicked off summer with quite the bang, we sold our home and while waiting for new home to complete the building process we’ve been hotel hopping. We spent many, many summer days in the pool, at the beach, and other fun family adventures.
Being prepared with Cottonelle Flushable on-the-go soft packs has made life easier while traveling. It fits conveniently in the diaper bag, my purse, or the beach bag. Plus paired with Cottonelle Clean Care toilet paper makes the perfect wet + dry combination.
If you could pick anywhere in the world to travel to, where would it be? Australia? Brazil? Fiji? Those are definitely on my bucket list. Luckily most of my ultimate vacation destinations have already been fulfilled thanks to my hubby who is a world traveler. We’ve been to Hawaii, Paris, Rome, Venice, Amalfi Coast, and more. Once kids came into the picture, we became more of domestic travelers, but I still have a few places in mind I’d love to visit once the kids are a bit older.
The Lightspeed Quick Cabana is perfect for the beach, backyard, or any other place you need get some shade from the sun or protection from the elements. With the Lightspeed integrated pole system, the poles are built into the tent, eliminating the difficulty associated with traditional separate pole tents. The revolutionary compression hub system allows you to set up the tent quickly and easily. This sun shelter is both lightweight and compact, making it easy to bring anywhere. Another style of beach cabana that I personally reviewed is the Sun Smarties Cabana by One Step Ahead.
Disclosure: I have been invited as media to attend these events. Expenses have been paid in exchange for my coverage. All opinions are my own.
In just a few short weeks I will be LA bound for the Red Carpet Premiere of #MillionDollarArmEvent!
We were invited as media to visit KSC. No additional compensation was received. All opinions are my own.
Just 45 minutes from Orlando, Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex features many attractions and year-round interactive programs, including meeting real astronauts. Here’s 4 reasons to visit the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex this summer.
KSC’s most recent attraction, the Space Shuttle Atlantis opened in summer of 2013. This $100 million dollar exhibit “showcases the priceless, historic spacecraft that tells the incredible story of NASA’s 30-year Space Shuttle Program,” as described by KSC.
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Located just 1 mile from Disney World, Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress offers and unforgettable experience tucked away from all the hustle and bustle of theme park territory. Surrounded by 21 acres of shimmering lakes and lush landscaping, the resort is an ideal destination for leisure or business travelers looking to unwind.
The 1,500 acre Grand Cypress resort boasts 1,000 feet of white sandy beach on private Lake Windsong, walking paths, free- flowing lagoon pool, and much more. Upon arriving, you are greeted by the Lobby Ambassador (Merlot), who is more than happy to carry on a conversation with you. [Read more…]
When selecting a destination for a family vacation, there are many considerations that must be made. Certain families enjoy partaking in certain activities over others. Some destinations can provide quite an array of activities which provide variety for families. One of these destinations that are not normally thought of as a family destination is the city of Las Vegas.
Of course Las Vegas is well known for its casinos, however many casinos do offer other activities at their venue that can appeal to most families. For example, one of these is the Bellagio Casino. The front part of the property includes an immense fountain that provides several daily shows. These shows include a choreographed show along with music that is synchronized with the actions of the fountain. Lights are also included in the display which helps make this an excellent sight to see when in Vegas. The music played with the show comes from different genres. Another sight in which to partake while at the Bellagio is the Conservatory and Botanical Garden. Here many beautiful plants and flowers can be observed. This can also be the site for live musical performances that are held periodically. [Read more…]
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My family loves to travel, whether on a plane, train, or in a car we love to see the sites that this amazingly diverse world offers. At the age of two our oldest was able to go to Barcelona, Naples, Rome, Florence, and the French Riviera. Now that he is older he has begun to talk, and his little brother has picked up on that trait as well. So picture yourself in a car and there is a constant whining in the back with the proverbial, “Are we there yet?…When are we going to get there?… This is taking fooorever!”
Well, if you are anything thing like me this can make you go a little crazy. I love traveling, but I do not especially enjoy the getting to the destination part. Like my children, I find myself asking the same questions, but I would not never let them know that. 🙂 But the question is raised, what can I do to entertain my family while traveling? I have come up with some surefire ways to make your travel experiences much more bearable. [Read more…]
Vacationers looking for an off-the-beaten-path Colorado getaway with all the frills of a major resort should head to Crested Butte, a historic town tucked away in the Colorado Rockies Elk Mountain Range. With its affordable accommodations, gourmet restaurants, cozy pubs, and eclectic shops, Crested Butte attracts a devoted legion of repeat visitors year-round! Crested Butte Lodging & Property Management Inc. offers a large selection of quality lodging in Mt. Crested Butte. Choose from studio condominiums to 4 bedroom condominiums in prime locations including ski-in/ski-out or walking distance to the slopes.
Our Vegas experience would not be complete without great hotel accommodations. I was lucky enough to win a week-long stay at the Tahiti Village Resort & Spa, making our trip really affordable! The resort is gorgeous and relaxing. It is conveniently located less than 3 miles from the heart of the strip.
Tahiti Village Resort & Spa sits on 20+ acres and offers 876 suites divided among 3 towers. The grounds show no signs of being in the Las Vegas desert, instead you are surrounded by lush greens, a beautiful zero entry beach pool, and relaxing lazy river. The kids will have a blast making sand castles while you catch some rays. The heated lazy river with tubes included is a great time!
Tahiti Village offers three room styles including the Moorea, Bora Bora, and Royal Tahitian. Our room accommodations were in the Moorea, the smallest of the rooms offering a king bed in a private bedroom, queen sofa bed in the living room, and kitchenette with granite counter tops, microwave, mini fridge, and coffee maker.
During our recent trip to Vegas we learned there are many free activities to do on and off the Strip.
Here’s a compilation of the top free things to do in Las Vegas:
1. Mirage Volcano-Known as an iconic strip feature, the redesigned volcano features more fireworks and state-of-the-art sound system. Erupting nightly. Every hour from dusk-11pm at the Mirage Hotel & Casino.
2. See the world’s largest golden nugget at the Golden Nugget near Fremont Street.
3. KC Twins Dueling Pianos-A fun-filled, wacky laugh fest karaoke party at the Piano Bar. See identical twins Kim and Tamara perform. Piano Bar at Harrah’s Las Vegas, 9pm nightly.
4. Fountains of Bellagio-Featuring amazing musical and water displays, this spot is a must-stop for anyone walking the Strip.
On our last day to the Vegas Strip we visited the exquisite Venetian Resort & Casino to see the Da Vinci – The Genius Exhibition. As world travelers, my husband and I have visited Venice before and thought the hotel did a wonderful interpretation of what you can expect when visiting the beautiful city.
If you’re going to Vegas to experience the strip, then I suggest staying at one of the many hotels available on the strip or within a few miles of it. Our hotel was located on Las Vegas blvd just 2 miles from the strip and offered complimentary shuttle service every half hour. This saved us quite a bit of money, however the traffic on the strip is always bumper to bumper.
One way we found to be extremely easy to get around was using the Las Vegas Monorail. The strip is a long walk and after spending one day back and forth on it, or just one night in heels, your feet and legs ache. The cabs are very pricey and the ticker keeps running even in bumper to bumper traffic. Just a 2 mile trip is $20 one way. Renting a car isn’t the best idea, unless you plan to visit the Grand Canyon or other attractions off the strip because I’m telling you-the traffic is bad.
“Although just moments from the bright lights and mega-resorts of the Las Vegas Strip, walking into Piero’s is like a trip back in time to “Old-style Vegas.” Casual yet elegant, patrons dine in intimate dining rooms surrounded by Aldo Luongo lithographs, original oils by José Bellver, and fresh floral displays scattered throughout the restaurant.”
Piero’s, a favorite haunt of the Rat Pack is just steps from the Las Vegas Convention Center. This hangout draws a mixed crowd of high-powered executives, to locals and vacationers alike, and at times Hollywood stars like Jennifer Aniston, John Travolta, and Shaq can be seen dining there.
Get ready for a week of Vegas on the blog, starting with the Richard Petty Driving Experience (RPDE)! A few weeks ago Hubby and I visited Las Vegas for the first time. It seemed a bit odd that we hadn’t been to Vegas yet with all of our world traveling experience. Nonetheless, we booked a week-long trip, sans the kids and headed out to “Sin City”.
We could not have booked a better welcome to Las Vegas than visiting the Richard Petty Driving Experience bright and early our first morning in town. The site mentions this about the experience: “Roll the dice in Las Vegas and feel the adrenaline rush behind the wheel of a 600HP NASCAR race car. The nightlife on the Las Vegas Strip may be legendary, but when the sun is up the action is always at Las Vegas Motor Speedway’s top attraction, Richard Petty Driving Experience. There is no better way to complete your trip to Las Vegas than to challenge your friends and family on the track at speeds of up to 155 MPH.”
My husband and I are headed to Vegas in the next few weeks to celebrate our 7th wedding anniversary! Neither of us have been to Sin City before, however we expect nothing short of a really great time.
While planning for our trip I used a travel guide site call gogobot, “a social travel site that launched in 2010, and is a place on the web you should know about. The company has racked up accolades including being named one of Time’s top sites of 2011 and winner of the 2010 Crunchie award for Best Design.”
I started out by searching for top hotels in Las Vegas.