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BLACKOUT – Dining in the Dark


It’s no secret that Las Vegas has some of the best dining options in the world. From steaks to sushi, the city caters to your every desire. During my most recent Las Vegas adventure, I decided to step out of my comfort zone to try a truly unique dining experience, and I was not disappointed. My husband and I had heard about this relatively new restaurant BLACKOUT - Dining in the Dark. Sounds interesting, right? Eating an entire meal without [...]

BLACKOUT – Dining in the Dark2019-12-15T17:12:08-05:00

International Travel with Tiny Humans – Tips and Tricks


                  Does the mere title of this blog make you break out in hives? Is your eye twitching yet? The thought of traveling long distances with younger kids can be intimidating. I’ve lost count of how many people looked at me like I was absolutely insane when I told them we were taking our 14-month-old on an international flight for summer vacation. It’s hard work; there’s no sugar coating that. My husband [...]

International Travel with Tiny Humans – Tips and Tricks2019-08-21T16:30:06-04:00

Navigating the Emerald Coast


If you have ever been to the South in the summer, you know unbearably, hot humid weather is a guarantee. A great way to beat the heat is to take a trip to the beach! From Alabama to Florida, the gulf coast is a popular family destination. Every summer, visitors from all over the world visit the amazing white sand beaches and emerald green waters in the Destin area. Even Luke Bryan dropped anchor at the ever-popular Crab Island for [...]

Navigating the Emerald Coast2019-08-05T15:00:04-04:00

SeaWorld All-Day Dining: Is It Worth It?


SeaWorld is a great addition to your Orlando-area vacation!  This park has a lot to offer whether you are there to learn more about animals, see shows, or experience some amazing thrill rides.  Our girls love marine life and both dream of being marine biologist.  We decided to take a weekend getaway to Orlando over Father’s Day weekend to celebrate our eldest’s 9th birthday!   There are several add-on options when booking your visit to SeaWorld.  I wanted to try [...]

SeaWorld All-Day Dining: Is It Worth It?2019-08-06T13:45:25-04:00

Top Reasons to purchase a beverage package on Royal Caribbean


“Is the beverage package worth it?”  That is a question I am frequently asked by clients.  As a traveler, I never purchased one because I didn’t think it was worth the money and would not save me any money.  As a travel agent, I am willing to try everything once, so I can offer well-researched advice.  After booking our most recent cruise, and first on Royal Caribbean, it was time to research! Royal Caribbean offers several drink packages, although we [...]

Top Reasons to purchase a beverage package on Royal Caribbean2019-08-09T15:00:08-04:00

Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach Resort: “Clear”ly  the Perfect Choice for Families


During Spring Break, we found ourselves traveling to Clearwater Beach, FL.  This is consistently rated a Top Beach on TripAdvisor.  If you visit America’s top-rated beach, you have to stay on the beach, right?!  We were in serious need of relaxation and time to reconnect.  My husband and I both have demanding jobs – and we love them – but still need to be able to focus solely on family.  After TONS of research, I found Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach [...]

Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach Resort: “Clear”ly  the Perfect Choice for Families2019-06-04T16:09:40-04:00

Five Reasons to Visit Puerto Rico


  I had the opportunity to visit Puerto Rico with my husband in late November. I was a little wary – a large portion of the island was (and still is) without power after Hurricane Maria, and my Spanish is not very good – but we decided to go for it. I am so glad we did! Here are my top five reasons to visit Puerto Rico. You don’t need a passport! Puerto Rico is a U.S. Territory, which means [...]

Five Reasons to Visit Puerto Rico2018-01-07T19:27:53-05:00

Visiting Vancouver- The Top 5 Reasons


  When traveling on an Alaskan Cruise, one of the most popular seaports is Vancouver, British Columbia in Canada. If you’ve booked an Alaskan Sailing, you’ll need to decide if you’d like to spend some time in this port city either before or after your cruise. Recently, we had this decision to make and chose to spend an extra day prior to boarding the Disney Wonder for Alaska. We found Vancouver to be a delightful city with so much to [...]

Visiting Vancouver- The Top 5 Reasons2017-09-25T16:48:36-04:00

Grand Cayman Turtle Centre


Grand Cayman is a wonderful vacation destination, both as a port to visit on a cruise and as a place to spend a week. Most people think of Stingray City or Seven Mile Beach when they think of Grand Cayman but there is so much more to see and do! The Grand Cayman Turtle Centre is the island’s largest land based attraction. The emphasis of the park is on research and conservation, not only for the many species of turtles, [...]

Grand Cayman Turtle Centre2017-07-26T15:00:37-04:00

A Fixer Upper Vacation


  Have you seen the HGTV show called Fixer Upper? If you haven’t and have no idea what I’m talking about, then don’t waste your time reading this article. But, if you’re one of the thousands who are glued to their television every time Chip and Joanna Gaines come on the show to transform a house in the Waco, Texas area for someone, read on because you might just want to adjust your Vacation Plans from some high priced destination [...]

A Fixer Upper Vacation2017-06-28T14:16:16-04:00

Cruising with Kids on NCL Epic


Cruising NCL with kids is an amazing experience. The NCL Epic is a great ship for families and multigenerational trips. Here are some wonderful things about cruising with kids on this ship. Youth Programs – NCL’s Youth Program is divided into groups: Guppies (ages 6 months to 3 years), Splash Academy (ages 3 – 12 years), and Entourage (ages 13 – 17 years). The Splash Academy is further divided by age: Turtles (ages 3 – 5 years), Seals (ages 6 [...]

Cruising with Kids on NCL Epic2017-06-28T14:05:57-04:00

Planning a Walt Disney World & Universal Vacation


  Having a hard time deciding between taking a vacation to Walt Disney World or Universal Orlando? Why not visit both? If you want to spend a few days at Walt Disney World and a few days at Universal, you can easily split your vacation between the two. If possible, I suggest devoting a day to each theme park. Walt Disney World has 4 parks - Animal Kingdom, EPCOT, Hollywood Studios and Magic Kingdom. Universal Orlando has 3 parks - [...]

Planning a Walt Disney World & Universal Vacation2019-10-30T16:42:46-04:00

Recreation on NCL Epic


NCL Epic is large ship, bursting from bow to stern with fun activities. From pools to bowling to trivia, there is plenty to do from sun up to sun down (and even after)! Pools – The pool areas on NCL Epic are much more than just pools. There are 2 main pools (one in the adult only section), 5 hot tubs, water slides, and an aqua park for the youngest cruisers. The slides include 2 body slides and 1 tube [...]

Recreation on NCL Epic2017-06-15T22:39:12-04:00

Reason Why You Should Take a Cruise?


  There are so many reasons why to choose a cruise for your next vacation!   One of the top reasons to take a cruise is the incredible value they offer to your vacation since the initial cost of your cruise includes almost everything you will need from mouth-watering dining, accommodations, entertainment, and not to mention the opportunity to explore unknown places. Most cruises run for $100 per person or less per day, which is much cheaper than if you were [...]

Reason Why You Should Take a Cruise?2017-05-01T08:47:09-04:00

Specialty Dining on NCL Epic


  On the NCL Epic, the Freestyle way of life really comes to life with all of the different dining options available. The Epic has 11 complimentary dining options as well as 7 specialty dining , which have a surcharge. You can purchase dining packages or in some cases, receive a dining package for free (depending on available discounts). Children can order from the kid’s menu at specialty restaurants for no extra charge or order from the specialty menu for [...]

Specialty Dining on NCL Epic2017-05-24T15:45:56-04:00

Freestyle Complimentary Dining on NCL Epic


On all NCL ships, the focus is on Freestyle Cruising which means there is no set dining time each night, there’s no strict dress code, and you won’t be stuck seated with tablemates you can’t stand each night (unless they’re part of your family!). On the NCL Epic, the Freestyle way of life really works with all of the different dining options available. The Epic has 11 complimentary dining options as well as 7 specialty dining options, which have a [...]

Freestyle Complimentary Dining on NCL Epic2017-04-04T12:30:25-04:00

3 Not to Miss Shows at SeaWorld Orlando


SeaWorld Orlando is made up of mostly shows, but it can be hard to fit them all in to one day. Check out my top three show picks and be sure not to miss them. If you have more time and can see more, that’s great! But here is my list of must do’s: 1.) Blue Horizons: This is the dolphin show, and is definitely a must do, and the show I was most impressed with! Dolphins are super smart, [...]

3 Not to Miss Shows at SeaWorld Orlando2017-02-23T13:40:18-05:00

5 All Inclusive Resorts in Mexico for Families with Young Kids


I’ve been asked a lot lately what all-inclusive resorts in Mexico are best for families traveling with young kids. There are so many wonderful resorts but I’ve narrowed down to 5 of my favorites. You will have loads of family fun at any of these resort options. Paradisus Playa Del Carmen La Esmeralda: Having a great kid’s club is a must when traveling with little ones. I love this resort because it offers daycare services starting at 12 months old! [...]

5 All Inclusive Resorts in Mexico for Families with Young Kids2017-01-31T16:08:12-05:00

How to Decide Where to Go on Your Family Vacation


  It’s time to plan a Family Vacation! But, oh, the stress that comes with deciding on where to travel! I’m here to help relieve you of some of the stress that goes along with that decision. There are several factors that might affect your choice of destination. Here are five factors that may help you narrow down your Vacation Destination: Age of Travelers- If you are traveling as a couple with just two adults, this category of factors does [...]

How to Decide Where to Go on Your Family Vacation2017-01-25T10:19:50-05:00

Puerto Vallarta-A Great Family Vacation Destination


Puerto Vallarta, Mexico is a wonderful destination for a family looking for a warm destination to travel to during the winter months.   The friendly people, amazing weather, beautiful resorts and good food make it a great place to visit for all ages. Resorts: Resorts can be found in 4 different locations-downtown Puerto Vallarta, the Puerto Vallarta Marina area, Nuevo Vallarta, and Punta Mita. You’ll find both all-inclusive resort options and resorts that aren’t all-inclusive. There are some terrific restaurants throughout [...]

Puerto Vallarta-A Great Family Vacation Destination2017-01-10T15:08:30-05:00

Fun Facts about SkyPark at Santa’s Village


Have you heard the news?? SkyPark Santa’s Village is now open!! Yes, that is correct Santa’s Village located in Lake Arrowhead, California has finally reopened after 20 long years of waiting. Phase 1 is currently up and running, and everyone is anxiously awaiting the next stages to be complete. SkyPark at Santa's Village is open daily from 10 am to 6 pm (closed on most holidays). Every guest must sign a waiver electronically before they can enter the park you [...]

Fun Facts about SkyPark at Santa’s Village2016-12-27T14:37:29-05:00

5 Reasons to Cruise with Norwegian Cruise Line


Norwegian Cruise Line is an incredible cruise line and strives to have you cruise again and again with them. They are not only renovating all their fleets, they have gone above and beyond on every aspect of their cruises from expanding their cruise destinations and port stops to bringing the absolute finest features and details to every aspect of every cruise. They want their cruise line to be the best and they sincerely want their clients to come back and [...]

5 Reasons to Cruise with Norwegian Cruise Line2016-06-28T12:45:34-04:00

Did you know you can tour a real Gold Mine?


Did you know that there are still gold mines that you can walk through and tour today?? There is one located in the beautiful rustic town of Julian located in California called the Eagle Mining Co. The Eagle Mining Co. is open daily with very affordable rates and offers you an amazing opportunity to tour 1000 feet of underground tunnels in the Eagle and High Peak mines.  You will leave with amazing knowledge and the chance to learn first-hand about [...]

Did you know you can tour a real Gold Mine?2016-01-25T22:03:59-05:00

Cruising with Carnival


Often times when I tell people that I can help them with their travel reservations the response I get is “but we’re not going to Disney World”. I suppose because Disney World is one of my favorite places to travel to people assume that Travel with the Magic only does Disney trips. However, this is definitely not the case! We can assist with travel reservations of all types. And I would like to talk about another one of my favorite [...]

Cruising with Carnival2015-12-31T17:25:06-05:00

Fun Things to Do In Alaska, Part One


I will be honest. I grew up in Alaska, so I am a little partial to my home state. But, I can promise you that it will be one of the most beautiful places you’ve ever visited. For most travelers to Alaska, a cruise ship is their method of transportation…but don’t be afraid to fly into Anchorage and experience Alaska on land (and maybe some water too). Although I could probably give you a million reasons to visit my home [...]

Fun Things to Do In Alaska, Part One2015-12-16T20:58:52-05:00

Beaver Creek, Colorado fun in the off season


  Skiing in Beaver Creek, Colorado is incredible however visiting in the offseason can be just as much fun. It’s a great time to visit without the crowds where you can really enjoy the views and the entertainment. Beaver Creek Village is a wonderful alpine village with lots of shopping dining for all. Check the calendars to see what festival might be going on in the square. Brews, Blues and BBQ festival in the spring is fun for the whole [...]

Beaver Creek, Colorado fun in the off season2015-12-03T10:23:03-05:00

Tips For Turning Reading into a Vacation!


A great way to encourage reading is for your kids to earn their way to a vacation destination!  Kids love watching a movie or playing video games, but reading, unfortunately, has become the media of last resort. So, you have to find a way to turn reading, or the Reading Fair, into a challenge with an award for completing the book.  This move will create enthusiasm and engage your family in planning a vacation together! One of the most popular [...]

Tips For Turning Reading into a Vacation!2015-10-27T16:31:49-04:00

Fun Facts about the London Bridge


6 Fun Facts about the London Bridge located in the very popular city Lake Havasu, Arizona. Did you know that the infamous London Bridge is part of the original bridge located in London, England? The London Bridge was built in 1831 over the River Thames in England, making this bridge over 182 years old. When this bridge was dismantled in London, England each cement stone was numbered for re-assembly in Lake Havasu City. The bridge was then shipped overseas to [...]

Fun Facts about the London Bridge2015-09-30T15:11:44-04:00

Homewood Suites Your Home Away From Home


Homewood Suites is really your home away from home. Homewood Suites Hotel in Avondale, Arizona is a great place to stay when traveling to Arizona or at their many other locations located across the globe. This all-suite hotel features nice size bedrooms and beds which are very comfortable with many upgrades throughout. You can stay in one or two bedroom suites and all suites come with a separate living room area, a bedroom, and a well-stocked kitchen. The kitchen has [...]

Homewood Suites Your Home Away From Home2015-09-15T18:42:51-04:00

Henderson Park Inn


Henderson Park Inn is an adults only bed and breakfast in Destin, Florida. It is right on the beach, and is a very relaxing and quiet place to spend a beach vacation. My favorite thing about Henderson Park Inn is all the things that are included. You get a daily gourmet breakfast, a boxed lunch, happy hour every afternoon, beach chairs and umbrellas, all you can eat candy bars and waters throughout the day, as well as afternoon cookies and [...]

Henderson Park Inn2015-08-27T10:15:29-04:00

Vacationing at John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park


This summer we camped in our RV at John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park and it was one of our best camping trips to date. We were very surprised how nice the campgrounds are at John Pennekamp. There are 47 full hookup sites that are very well maintain. The park amenities include fishing, swimming, picnicking, and a visitor center which includes an aquarium. We were in walking distance to Cannon Beach, the marina, aquarium, dive shop, and kayak rentals. There [...]

Vacationing at John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park2015-08-27T08:32:09-04:00

Iberostar’s Paraiso Lindo Resort in Riviera Maya Mexico


Last month I was fortunate enough to go on an awesome family vacation to Mexico! We stayed at the beautiful all-inclusive Paraiso Lindo Resort in Riviera Maya, just 30 minutes south of Cancun! This was my first time at an all-inclusive resort and I learned so much! The rooms were more than spacious! Even with sharing the room with two other adults, we always had enough space for everyone to be comfortable! There were always plenty of towels in the [...]

Iberostar’s Paraiso Lindo Resort in Riviera Maya Mexico2015-08-03T20:10:37-04:00

Must Do’s During Your First Visit to LEGOLAND


Some Must Do’s when visiting LEGOLAND first you must head over to Explorer Island especially if you have young kids or anyone who has a fascination with fossils this is where explorers can dig for fossils, ride on a junior size roller coaster, climb inside a “Megga-Egga Saurus” or lie inside a real life-sized dinosaur footprint, you will see just how big these amazing animals really were. Next head over to Coastersaurus where you will reach speeds up to 21 [...]

Must Do’s During Your First Visit to LEGOLAND2015-08-03T19:46:14-04:00

Summer Fun in the Florida Keys


The Florida Keys are located off the southern tip of Florida that runs about 120 miles long. The Keys are made up of over 1700 islands, in which only a small percentage are accessible by car. Because there are so many islands in the Keys, the Keys are divided into groups. They are grouped as the Upper Keys, Middle Keys, and Lower Keys. Key Largo is the first Key and Key West is the southernmost Key. The Keys are surrounded [...]

Summer Fun in the Florida Keys2015-07-31T21:15:10-04:00

Family fun at Catalina Island


Catalina Island, California’s hidden gem! If you have never been to Catalina Island you really must make it a point to go and see this amazing Island. You can make it a day trip or a weekend getaway. Either way you will not be disappointed. It is a great place to take your family or if you are in need of a couple’s getaway. You must first book a ferry ride over with one of the two boats that over [...]

Family fun at Catalina Island2015-07-01T13:37:03-04:00

Utah in the Summertime


Are you a skier? A hiker? A nature lover? Like adventure? Well, then visiting Utah may just be the vacation spot for you! Of course, if you’re a skier, you will want to come between December and May. Utah really does have the Best Snow on Earth. But, summertime is an awesome time to visit Utah, too! Many people have asked me (because I live in Utah) if it gets warm in Utah. Let me assure you it does! We [...]

Utah in the Summertime2015-07-01T13:19:34-04:00

Packing the perfect park bag


Packing the perfect bag to bring into a Disney theme park is not rocket science, but it can be hard to not over pack and bring unnecessary things into the parks! Follow these tips to pack the perfect bag while saving space and sanity! One of my favorite things to do in the days leading up to my vacations is planning what I’ll bring into the parks each day. For some, this is silly and a little too Type A [...]

Packing the perfect park bag2019-05-29T14:01:57-04:00

Hyatt Regency Newport Beach


Looking for somewhere fun to stay this summer? The Hyatt Regency in Newport Beach, CA is the place to stay!! The Hyatt Regency not only has amazing and courteous staff that makes you feel like you are part of their family they also have everything you would want in your hotel stay. From the moment you walk through the lobby doors you will be greeted with a smile! From there you may pick and choose from the many sitting areas [...]

Hyatt Regency Newport Beach2015-05-28T08:58:54-04:00

The most fun you never knew you were going to have!


On our recent NCL Jewel cruise to Roatan, Belize, and Cozumel, we decided to book the Gumbalimba Animal Sanctuary excursion through NCL. We weren’t sure what to expect, but the reviews were good, so we took our chances and this excursion ended up being the highlight of our cruise! Our meeting time for the excursion was not until 11:45. We left the ship early to explore the shopping area at the port. There were plenty of shops to choose from [...]

The most fun you never knew you were going to have!2015-04-28T16:53:34-04:00

Going on a trip to Paris is a Dream Vacation!


Everyone dreams of Paris in the springtime, but I actually got to go in May one year. It was a dream trip and I highly recommend it. Whether you are a history buff, an art fanatic, a foodie, or a shopper, you will love Paris. There is so much to do! There is no way to cover it all here, but I will try! It’s a long flight from the U.S., but well worth it. 1. Museums- Most people have [...]

Going on a trip to Paris is a Dream Vacation!2015-05-20T23:17:07-04:00

New York’s Central Park


Central Park is a definite must do while visiting New York City. The park is filled with historical beauty and spans over 843 acres in the middle of Manhattan. Central Park was established in 1857 and was originally 778 acres. In 1962 Central Park was declared a National Historic Landmark. The park is the most visited urban park in the United States. The park is also one of the most filmed locations in the world. The park is open 356 [...]

New York’s Central Park2015-04-28T17:05:53-04:00

Some must Do’s when visiting Universal Studios Hollywood


The first thing you must do when you arrive to Universal Studios Hollywood is to walk the red carpet you not only get to feel like a movie star, but can also be a great photo opportunity to capture this one in a lifetime moment. Then head over to the lower lot area where they have the most popular rides such as Transformers where you will experience 3D special effects along with physical moving effects, the infamous Mummy riding which [...]

Some must Do’s when visiting Universal Studios Hollywood2015-04-28T17:04:09-04:00

Washington DC


Recently, I had the opportunity to travel to Washington, D.C. with my family to do some sightseeing. We flew in to Reagan International airport late on a Thursday night. We stayed at a Fairfield Inn in Chinatown. While I highly recommend the hotel- the staff was friendly and the rooms clean and comfortable- I have reservations about recommending the area. Chinatown was pretty rowdy over the weekend. There are lots of homeless in the area. Typical of a big city [...]

Washington DC2015-03-27T12:56:27-04:00

Temecula Wine Country


Looking for something fun to do while in town visiting the city of Murrieta or Temecula Wine Country? There’s a great company called Bottle n Brushes that provide you the opportunity to paint and sip wine in a breathtaking setting. Bottles n Brushes host painting events at three of the local wineries and they are Wilson Creek Winery, Mount Palomar Winery, and the Curry Vineyards allowing the class participants the opportunity to enjoy a glass of wine of their choosing [...]

Temecula Wine Country2015-03-27T11:10:23-04:00

Spring Break in New York City


This year for our family Spring Break vacation we traveled to New York City. We stayed at the Waldorf Astoria which is located in midtown. The hotel is located just blocks from Rockefeller Center, Time Square, 5th avenue shopping, and several popular New York sites. The Waldorf Astoria is one of New York’s luxury historical hotels and takes up and entire city block. I was struck by the beauty of this hotel. We stayed in a luxury guest room which [...]

Spring Break in New York City2015-03-27T11:09:04-04:00

Wilson Creek Winery


If you are looking for somewhere new to visit or just looking for something to do on a sunny California afternoon you must come and visit the Wilson Creek Winery in Temecula California, also referred to as Wine Country. There are acres and acres of breathtaking views as well as grape vines covering most of the grounds of this amazing winery. There are also several shaded sitting areas and grass covered grounds if you would like to come with your [...]

Wilson Creek Winery2015-03-03T15:15:24-05:00

10 Tips for a Great Carnival Cruise


Whether this is your first cruise, or your tenth, you'll find some useful tips here to improve your upcoming trip! 1. Get your passport. On my recent cruise on the Carnival Magic, the embarkation lines were crazy long. Once we got through the ID checkpoint and into the line for room keys, my group was singled out and moved into a different (much shorter!) line. Why? Because we had two things going for us: we had passports and we did [...]

10 Tips for a Great Carnival Cruise2015-03-03T15:20:57-05:00

The Atlantis-Paradise Island, Bahamas


Recently, I had the opportunity to visit Paradise. Well, Paradise Island in the Bahamas, but it’s pretty close to Paradise! You’ve seen this hotel in movies and on commercials. It’s made to look like as though it rose from the ocean. It’s a very large resort with beautiful architecture. There is some of the bluest water in the world in the Bahamas. One of my friends even called it “Aqua Marine” and I believe she is right! There are also [...]

The Atlantis-Paradise Island, Bahamas2015-03-03T14:54:02-05:00

Oatman Ghost Town


Oatman is one of the few actual “living” Ghost towns in existence still today. This Ghost town is located in Oatman Arizona and still has many of its original buildings and dwellings. Some of these historical buildings include Oatman Post office, Oatman Hotel, and the Oatman Theatre just to name a few. The Oatman Hotel is where the infamous Clark Gable and Carol Lombard stayed after their wedding in Kingman, Arizona. They loved this hotel so much it is said [...]

Oatman Ghost Town2015-02-18T12:31:21-05:00

St. Kitts


I was fortunate to visit the island of St. Kitts during our summer cruise. St. Kitts is an island in the West Indies. The West side of the island is on the Caribbean Sea and the Eastern side of the island is on the Atlantic Ocean. The island is part of the Leeward Islands in the Lesser Antilles. The Island is full of tropical beauty. The island has lush rainforests, waterfalls, a dormant volcano (Mount Liamuiga), white sandy beaches, crystal [...]

St. Kitts2015-01-28T12:36:18-05:00

Ramada Gateway Hotel


Ramada Gateway Hotel is your home away from home! This is a good neighbor hotel located in Kissimmee, Florida. This hotel is located only 1 mile away from Walt Disney World Theme Parks, such as Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Epcot, and Magic Kingdom and is located only minutes away from other main tourist attractions such as LEGOLAND Florida, SeaWorld Orlando, Universal Orlando, and The Holy Land Experience just to name a few. Ramada Gateway is not only known [...]

Ramada Gateway Hotel2015-01-03T13:17:57-05:00

Family Fun in Galveston, Texas


If you're within driving distance of Galveston, chances are you already know a few things about it. But if you've never been (or just haven't been in a few years), here are some activities you should know about: 1. The Beach. Yes, you probably know there's a beach here. And I'll admit that sometimes seaweed abounds. But it's all up to the weather, and sometimes the water is really beautiful here. And even when it's not, it's still fun to [...]

Family Fun in Galveston, Texas2015-01-09T08:26:07-05:00

Blue Springs State Park


Blue Springs state park is located in Orange City Florida and covers over 2,600 acres. Blue Springs is an hour north of Disney World. Blue Springs is the largest spring on the St. Johns River. Blue Springs is a designated manatee refuge. West Indian Manatees make Blue springs their winter home typically between November to mid-March each year. The spring is closed to swimmers during these months. The spring is a cool 72 degrees year round with crystal clear water. [...]

Blue Springs State Park2015-01-03T11:54:58-05:00

San Francisco – a place filled with wonder, excitement and endless fun


San Francisco California is one place you must make time to visit in your lifetime. It is not only absolutely beautiful it is mesmerizing. This place is where almost any adventure you can think of is around the corner. There is a never ending amount of fun, entertainment, shopping, restaurants, people watching, and activities to keep you and your family occupied for days. One of the first places you have to visit is the historical Pier 39. For one reason [...]

San Francisco – a place filled with wonder, excitement and endless fun2014-12-08T18:30:28-05:00

Big Bear California Your Natural Paradise


Big Bear, California your natural paradise is just a short drive away. This is one of the few places in California where there is not only beautiful sunshine, but it also snows in several months throughout the year! It is truly one of the best kept secrets when visiting California. There are beautiful trees everywhere you look, there is a lake, hotels, cabin rentals, a zoo, shopping you name it. Big bear is a great way to get away, but [...]

Big Bear California Your Natural Paradise2014-11-19T09:22:08-05:00

Christmas in Vegas


Have you ever wanted to do something a little different for your holidays? Maybe your kids are older, or have moved away from home? Maybe you'd like to do something festive, but away from your home town's activities? Maybe you don't want to do a lot of cooking this year? Then maybe Las Vegas in December is for you! Just imagine it: A little winter wonderland, without shoveling any snow! Here are some of the fun things you can do [...]

Christmas in Vegas2014-10-27T08:59:49-04:00

Holiday Inn Waikiki Beachcomber Resort


Holiday Inn Waikiki Beachcomber Resort is your home away from home. Each room is catered to truly make you feel you are on vacation, but with all the convenience of home. For example, every room has a coffee maker, air conditioning, television, internet access, telephone, microwave oven, refrigerator, safe, and so much more. Most rooms also have an amazing ocean view and lanai (a balcony or covered patio). Not to mention literally being just steps away from Waikiki Beach. Holiday [...]

Holiday Inn Waikiki Beachcomber Resort2014-09-24T10:37:30-04:00

Carnival Cruise Lines are so much fun for the entire family!


Carnival Cruise’s Lines were made for the entire family to enjoy! Carnival cruises has something for everyone and every age to enjoy while cruising on their cruise lines. They truly try to make each cruise and cruise ship cater to every member of your family and every age group that is cruising. There is so much to do on every Carnival Cruise ship from daily activities, entertaining shows, pools, games, mini golf, relaxing spa services, Fitness Center, Casino, dance club, [...]

Carnival Cruise Lines are so much fun for the entire family!2014-08-26T13:10:59-04:00

Must do Family Attractions at Universal Studios Hollywood


Universal Hollywood is known for its high-speed thrill attractions, such as Transformers: The Ride - 3D and Revenge of the Mummy: The Ride. But did you know that it's also a great destination for the whole family? Here are our favorite family attractions, as decided by my 6- and 10-year-old: STUDIO TOUR - You'll board a tour bus for a trip through the backlot area. A tour guide, along with a funny video starring Jimmy Fallon, explains all the different [...]

Must do Family Attractions at Universal Studios Hollywood2014-08-26T12:23:25-04:00

Camp Carnival


Carnival Cruise Lines has an onboard kids program named Camp Carnival. Camp Carnival has so many different activities to offer. Camp Carnival is divided into three different age groups: 2 to 5 years, 6 to 8 years, and 9 to 11 years. Circle C is for kids 12-14. The Youth staff is highly trained and are always making sure the kids are having a blast. You can pre-register your child before you sail on your manage my cruise account. You [...]

Camp Carnival2014-09-10T12:04:52-04:00

Puerto Rico is “Pwetty Fun”;!


My husband and I love Hawaii! I’ve written about it several times in past blogs, so you know. So when we found out we had an opportunity to go to Puerto Rico on a business trip, we weren’t sure how it would it would stack up to our past experiences. But, now that we have been, I highly recommend it! The highly rated El Conquistador, a Waldorf Astoria Resort is the best-known resort on the island. It is secluded and [...]

Puerto Rico is “Pwetty Fun”;!2014-08-26T11:51:19-04:00

If It Sounds Too Good To Be True, It Probably Is!


If It Sounds Too Good To Be True, It Probably Is! (And other things your mother and your travel agent said to you) Haven’t you always heard this expression? “If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is!” And what about this one, “I told you so”? Don’t think for one minute that travel planners don’t make mistakes in planning their own family travel, because I’m here to tell you I did! Recently, my husband and I decided [...]

If It Sounds Too Good To Be True, It Probably Is!2014-07-29T18:54:30-04:00

Big River, California


When I think of summer vacation I think of sunny weather, I think of children getting out of school, I think of lazy mornings, barbecue’s and cooking s’mores, but most of all I think of packing up my car and driving out to Big River, California. Big River is a very small area located about fifteen minutes before Parker, Arizona. It is part of the Colorado River (which runs through Colorado, Utah, Arizona, Nevada, California, Baja California, and Sonora). Big [...]

Big River, California2014-07-29T18:36:46-04:00

The Carnival Breeze


We sailed on the Carnival Breeze for our summer vacation this year.  We choose the 8 day Eastern Caribbean sailing.  The ports of call were St Maarten, St Kitts, San Juan, Puerto Rico & Grand Turk.  This was our first time on the Breeze.  The Breeze is part of Carnival’s Dream class and is one of their largest ships in the fleet. The Carnival Breeze debuted in June 2012 as is part of Carnival’s fun ship 2.0 initiative which is their focus on entertainment [...]

The Carnival Breeze2014-07-29T08:56:50-04:00

Death Match 2014-Days 14 &15 trip report


The End of the Road Day 14 - After breakfast today, I stopped in the office at Pismo Lighthouse Suites and asked the desk clerk how find the sand dunes we looked for during yesterday's frightful adventure. It turns out that we had the right place the very first time! The place that had a flashing sign asking for permits and papers was just for people who want to DRIVE on the dunes. There's a restaurant just off the road [...]

Death Match 2014-Days 14 &15 trip report2014-06-29T09:08:21-04:00

Fun Facts before you sail on a 3 or 4 day Carnival Cruise


If you are looking to go on a vacation that provides entertaining entertainment, fun for all ages, wide variety of food choices (that you don’t have to cook), affordable accommodations, and the perfect last minute get away, then a 3 or 4 day Carnival Cruise might just be what you are looking for. It is the perfect last minute get away if you live in the state of California or even if you were visiting this state and wanted to [...]

Fun Facts before you sail on a 3 or 4 day Carnival Cruise2014-06-04T21:55:50-04:00

Things to do in New Orleans


I grew up outside of New Orleans, and have done many touristy things, eaten in a lot of restaurants, and caught beads at a lot of Mardi Gras parades. Often times, friends will ask me for advice on things to do in the city and if II have any tips, so I thought a blog post as appropriate on the subject. 1.) Riverwalk Mall Outlet Collection: The Riverwalk mall is right along the Mississippi river, and it just reopened last [...]

Things to do in New Orleans2019-07-29T13:53:49-04:00

Death Match 2014 – Day 6 & 7 trip report


LOS ANGELES Background: About a year ago, I got a great idea for a road trip. I'd take my kids, fly from my hometown of Houston TX , to San Diego CA, and then drive from San Diego to Oakland. We'd stop and see all the sights along the way, and then fly home from Oakland. Then I asked my friend Gina, who lives in California, if she'd like to come along. With her kids. She agreed, and Death Match [...]

Death Match 2014 – Day 6 & 7 trip report2014-06-22T16:44:57-04:00

Death Match 2014 – Day 4 & 5 trip report


Background: About a year ago, I got a great idea for a road trip. I'd take my kids, fly from my hometown of Houston TX , to San Diego CA, and then drive from San Diego to Oakland. We'd stop and see all the sights along the way, and then fly home from Oakland. Then I asked my friend Gina, who lives in California, if she'd like to come along. With her kids. She agreed, her daughter Emma named the [...]

Death Match 2014 – Day 4 & 5 trip report2014-06-19T09:30:02-04:00

Maui Wowie!


You know how we all work all year long at the gym or hitting the streets to run/walk so that we look great in a swimsuit? Or at least look decent? Well, I know that going to Hawaii is one of my incentives for keeping in shape. I look forward to enjoying all that the island life has to offer- the scenery, the great seafood, and the beautiful beaches. Whether you’re taking a helicopter ride over the volcano on the [...]

Maui Wowie!2014-05-27T21:02:50-04:00

Grand Canyon by Helicopter


My husband and I were married 10 years ago in Vegas. One of the things that we wanted to do but couldn’t (because we were a broke newlywed couple) was a Grand Canyon helicopter tour. This year, on our 10th anniversary, we decided to revisit Vegas and do it right! Papillon Helicopters has a variety of different helicopter, air and bus tours available. We chose the Grand Canyon Celebration flight. This flight included transportation from our hotel to the airport, [...]

Grand Canyon by Helicopter2014-05-05T11:13:35-04:00

Carnival Ecstasy


              I sailed on the Carnival Ecstasy on December 13, 2013. It was a 4 day Bahamas sailing. I sailed with my husband and two kids. We stayed in an inside cabin. This was our first cruise on the Ecstasy. This ship is one of the smaller and older vessels in Carnival’s fleet. The Carnival Ecstasy is a part of Carnival’s Fantasy-Class of ships. The Ecstasy underwent a major refurbishment in fall 2009. The [...]

Carnival Ecstasy2014-03-25T19:37:29-04:00

River Ranch RV Resort


My family camped at River Ranch RV resort over president’s day weekend. River Ranch is located in Central Florida about an hour from Disney World. River Ranch RV resort is located right next to Westgate River Ranch Resort. There is so much to do at River Ranch. There is a marina which is on the Kissimmee River. The facilities also have horseback riding, mini- golf, a petting zoo, tennis & basketball courts, and skeet shooting. There is a pool and [...]

River Ranch RV Resort2014-02-27T19:13:22-05:00

The Kids Club on the Oasis of the Seas


My family sailed on Royal Caribbean's Oasis of the Seas in July 2013.  At the time my kids were 11 and 12. Before we sailed I pre-registered them in the kids club online at Royal Caribbean’s website. My daughter Amanda has autism and I was able to list her special needs online. Amanda was in the Voyagers group ages 9-11. My son Hunter was in the pre-teen group ages12-14. The kids programs is broken down into groups by ages: Infants [...]

The Kids Club on the Oasis of the Seas2014-01-29T17:39:40-05:00

Exploring the American Southwest


The Grand Canyon makes an appearance on many people’s bucket lists, and areas in the Great American Southwest can be wonderful destinations for groups of any ages! These are locations that can be as relaxing or adventurous as you’d like, so there’s really something for everyone. Sedona is an easy drive from Flagstaff or Phoenix airports, and there are many great places to stay in this town. Cool architecture, great spas, yummy food, and such a laid-back attitude. You can’t [...]

Exploring the American Southwest2014-01-08T19:57:45-05:00

Magical Memories: Wine Tasting in Napa Valley


This past October I had the opportunity to partake in wine tastings at 2 different wineries in Napa Valley with my sister during our girls’ getaway weekend – Kelham Vineyards and Vine Cliff Vineyards. We had a wonderful experience at both vineyards. Even though it was just after the harvest season, and most of the grapes were picked, we thoroughly enjoyed walking through the fields of grapevines. There were still some grapes left hanging on the vines, so of course [...]

Magical Memories: Wine Tasting in Napa Valley2013-11-26T15:11:11-05:00

New Orleans with kids


I’ve been to New Orleans several times with other adults, but when my nine-year-old son chose this destination for a mother/son trip, I thought “Why not?” New Orleans is full of fun, interesting and educational things to do with your kids. One of our first stops was City Park. They have a playground area named Storyland, where all the play equipment has been designed by Mardi Gras float makers. It’s a lot of fun for the kids to play, while [...]

New Orleans with kids2013-12-09T21:36:41-05:00

Beautiful, other worldly Iceland


People would ask me “Where are you going for your honeymoon?” and I knew what they were envisioning: warm beaches, swimsuits, and umbrella drinks. Then I’d answer them: “Iceland!” We went to Iceland in mid-October for our honeymoon. Yes, it’s cold there, but not crazy-cold. Temps in mid-October were around 40F, so we were quite comfortable in jeans and jackets. We flew IcelandAir nonstop from Boston to Reykjavik (the capital), which took only about five hours, and arrived at 7:00am, [...]

Beautiful, other worldly Iceland2013-12-06T09:06:47-05:00

Fun in the Swiss Countryside


Fun in the Swiss Countryside A lot of times, when we travel, we go to visit cities. We enjoy nice restaurants, museums, theme parks, tours, and hotels. And we have a great time! But it can also be great fun to try something totally different for a vacation. We went to Switzerland in the summertime, and instead of using a large city like Geneva or Zurich as our “home base”, we stayed in Murren, a tiny car-free town halfway up [...]

Fun in the Swiss Countryside2013-11-15T18:25:56-05:00

Visit the Mermaids at Weeki Wachee Springs State Park


If you have a little girl who loves mermaids and Ariel, this is a great place for a weekend trip! It’s Weeki Wachee Springs State Park, near Tampa Florida. It’s also a perfect stop for some “old-school” fun on your way down to Orlando! It was built in the 1940’s around a natural spring, which is quite beautiful with its clear water and wildlife, but the park has a lot more to offer: They do several mermaid shows daily. You’re [...]

Visit the Mermaids at Weeki Wachee Springs State Park2013-09-30T20:57:47-04:00

The Oasis of The Seas Beverage Packages


We sailed on the Oasis of The Seas in July 2013. We were very impressed by all the different beverage package options. The choices include: classic beverage, premium beverage, soda package, water package, and the juice package. The price of the packages does vary from the ship and length of the sailing you are on. The Classic Beverage Package Includes: beer house wines by the glass all non-alcoholic cocktails fountain soda juices The Premium Package Includes: beer frozen drinks all [...]

The Oasis of The Seas Beverage Packages2013-09-30T20:54:08-04:00

Disney & Partners break ground on Shanghai Disney Resort


The Walt Disney Company and Shanghai Shendi Group, its joint venture partner in China, have broken ground on the Shanghai Disney Resort following approval from the Chinese central government in Beijing. Both companies marked the start of construction on the first Disney resort in mainland China at a groundbreaking ceremony held April 8, 2011. "Today marks a significant milestone in the history of The Walt Disney Company," said Robert A. Iger, President and CEO of The Walt Disney Company. "Our [...]

Disney & Partners break ground on Shanghai Disney Resort2012-02-08T13:32:35-05:00

Southwest to ground 79 planes


Talk about scary http://www.cnn.com/2011/TRAVEL/04/02/arizona.flight.diverted/index.html?hpt=T1

Southwest to ground 79 planes2019-03-27T05:58:52-04:00

Moms on Vacation


Are you mom who wants to vacation with other moms? Check out this great site! http://twitter.com/MomOnVacation

Moms on Vacation2019-06-21T13:01:04-04:00
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