Are you dreaming of setting sail on a cruise? Our family of four recently visited the Bahamas aboard the Carnival Valor ship and had the most amazing time! Today, I’m sharing the highlights of our cruise in this Carnival Valor cruise review. Check out the staterooms, onboard activities, spa, dining and much more!
Carnival Camp Ocean is a
kids parents dream! Okay, maybe it’s a dream for both parties. 😉 So what is Camp Ocean? It’s the ultimate place for kids to play, while parents spend some quality time relaxing and enjoying the ship at their leisure. Geared towards kids ages 2-11, Camp Ocean is a supervised age-based space for kids aboard the ship….and it’s FREE!
Read on for more details about Carnival Camp Ocean
Cruising is one of the ultimate travel adventures, but remembering everything to pack can be stressful. If you’re wondering: “what should I pack for a cruise?” you’ve come to right place! Here’s a must-have Carnival Cruise packing list to keep you focused on setting sail, and relaxing in style.
Carnival Cruise Packing List
Planning a visit to St Simons Island, Georgia? Don’t forget to check out this list of FREE things to do on St Simons Island! One of 13 major islands in the chain located on the southern tip of Georgia and Florida’s northern coastline, St. Simons Island is the largest at roughly 40 miles in length. This small, quaint town boasts salt marshlands, beachside views, historic landmarks and so much more!
FREE Things to do on St Simons Island
This is part 3 of our Carnival Cruise Bahamas series. I’ve talked about why you should book a Carnival Cruise, and shared tempting foodie favorites from the ship – now it’s time to talk about excursions! After all you’re cruising to somewhere, right? So you might as well embrace the destination by partaking in a fun activity or two! Here’s some of our favorite Carnival Bahamas excursions.
The Best Carnival Bahamas Excursions in Nassau & Freeport
Let’s face it – part of the reason you book a cruise is for their amazing food, right?! It’s like a foodies paradise. Get ready to indulge with this Carnival Cruise Foodie Guide, specifically the Carnival Valor ship!
Carnival Cruise Foodie Guide – The Valor Ship
Do you love to travel? If you’ve never cruised before, it’s time to book a Carnival cruise! Why, do you ask? The customer service is OUTstanding, you can visit dream destinations, dine at gourmet restaurants, and be entertained the entire time! Our family of four recently visited the Bahamas aboard the Carnival Valor ship and had the most amazing time. It was our youngest son’s first cruise, and our older son was too young to remember his first experience, so it was exciting to see the adventure through their eyes. Read on for details on why you should book your first cruise with Carnival Cruise Line.
5 Reasons to Book a Carnival Cruise
Plan the perfect beach getaway to the beautiful, historic area of St. Simons Island, Georgia! One of 13 major islands in the chain located on the southern tip of Georgia and Florida’s northern coastline, St. Simons Island is the largest at roughly 40 miles in length. This small, quaint town boasts salt marshlands, beachside views, historic landmarks and so much more! If you’re looking for a luxury getaway, there’s no place like The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort on St. Simons Island.
The King and Prince Resort
Shiny cars on the lot, a salesman, and finance department. Yep, I’m talking about car buying today. Finding the perfect car can be stressful, especially when it’s your first time. If you’re just starting to build credit, you will most likely need to buy something more practical than perfect. Once your credit is more established, you can consider upgrading to your dream car.
Finding the Perfect Car for You
I was invited as media for a 2 night stay at Innisbrook Golf Resort. All opinions are my own.
Whether you’re seeking a romantic getaway, guys’ golf vacation, or family trip – Innisbrook Golf & Spa Resort is the perfect destination! The Salamander property is just 30 minutes from the Tampa airport, and 2 hours from one of Florida’s top destinations – Orlando. The multi-award winning property boasts 900 wooded acres, beautiful lakes and lush greenery.
More about Innisbrook Golf Resort
DriveShop loaned me this vehicle for review. All opinions are my own.
During our family reunion in the Chicago area, we had the opportunity to test drive the 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport. Our family of four comfortably rode around the city and suburbs in this crossover vehicle. Some of our favorite features, which will be highlighted below, are the panoramic glass roof with LED mood lighting, smooth ride, and killer gas mileage. Those are 3 must-haves for any good road trip, am I right?
A big thanks to Huggies for partnering for today’s post! All opinions are my own.
Summers are all about getting outside, to the beach, and just getting away! As a mom of two that are 2 and under, I find that our daily needs can be just as varied as the typical Florida summer weather. It’s either raining or shining! Thankfully, we are always ready for whatever summer has in store, like a day at the pool with Grandpa!
I was invited as media to cover this event. All opinions are my own.
I-Drive 360 is the hottest new entertainment destination in Orlando, Florida! Home to the Orlando Eye, the I-Drive 360 Experience features a mix of attractions, dining and shopping – all with a covered parking garage, which is free of charge. As you approach the welcome center, the focal point of the complex, you’ll see the beloved 400 foot iconic observation wheel. The open courtyard located in front of the complex invites friends and families to sit down and enjoy the scenery around them. [Read more…]
I was invited as media to cover this event. All opinions are my own.
Calling all ye’ pirates and princesses! Don’t miss Gaylord Palms Resort Princess & Pirate SummerFest going on now through August 21st! The Buccaneer Bash is full of pirate-y fun for the entire family. The resort is located just five minutes from the gates of Walt Disney World and offers a ambiance like no other in the Orlando area. In addition to the themed summer bash – Gaylord Palms includes an onsite water park, reptile feedings, and so much more!
About SummerFest at Gaylord Palms
Celebrate Princess Priscilla Blackheart’s elevation to ruler of the pirate kingdom! Guests are welcomed to join in the adventures through the following events: [Read more…]
We were provided day passes to the waterpark resort in exchange for our honest review.
Whether you’re local to “O-town” and looking for a weekend getaway, or visiting from afar – you won’t want to pass up this amazing waterpark resort! Holiday Inn Resort Orlando Suites – Waterpark is the place to stay this summer. The newly renovated one, two and three bedroom suites offer plenty of space for you and your guests. There are so many activities to do right on-site, that you may never venture outside the hotel. It’s true!
More about Holiday Inn Resort Orlando Suites – Waterpark
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.
I was invited as media to cover this press event. All opinions are my own.
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.
This is a partnered post. All opinions are my own.
A few weeks ago I shared an exciting opportunity here in Orlando. Hyatt Regency Orlando was offering their very first Wellness Weekend. The luxury wellness retreat offered a day price or overnight option at the hotel. Couples, friends, and family signed up for this limited space event to enjoy fitness classes, interactive culinary demonstrations and dining experiences. The Wellness Weekend did not disappoint!
More on the Hyatt Regency Orlando Wellness Weekend
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
Disney World offers many resorts to stay at while visiting the parks. It’s always convenient to stay on property due to special amenities like early park access, complimentary bus services, and much more. While covering a press trip for Disneynature Monkey Kingdom, I had the opportunity to step into one of Disney’s most beautiful resorts, Animal Kingdom Lodge. The resort embodies the heart of Africa with a touch of Disney. It is simply stunning!
3 Reasons to Visit Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge:
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…]
Do you love the sun, sand and ocean? You have to check out Discovery Cove – A Tropical Paradise Day Resort in Orlando, Florida. Come read all about our trip!
Imagine…in the middle of the hustle and bustle of Orlando, Florida, a tropical paradise that’s serene and surprisingly quiet. That’s exactly what you can expect when visiting Discovery Cove. This gem of a resort is a must-visit spot where guests can have one-of-a-kind animal encounters and enjoy a relaxing day in the water.
It is highly recommended that you make a Reservation to visit Discovery Cove, especially during their busier months (March – October). The park restricts visitors to a max of 1,300 guests per day to offer a more relaxed atmosphere for everyone. Begin your day at Discovery Cove by arriving between 7:15 and 8am. This all-inclusive day resort includes breakfast and lunch buffets at the Laguna Grill for each guest, as well as snack bars with chips, warm pretzels and cookies, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, and more! [Read more…]