Edaville Railroad Pirates Weekend

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Edaville Railroad is undergoing a major renovation! One of the new items they are bringing are “themed” weekends. Last weekend, we went for Pirates Day at Edaville. We brought the kids’ Pirate gear, but, in typical kid fashion, when we got there, they didn’t want to wear it. However, my daughter did want to wear […]

Four Reasons to Try UberXL

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Have you tried out Uber? I haven’t, but the concept seems really cool. And now they have UberXL! Uber is an iPhone/Android/Blackberry app that allows you to request a ride at the tap of a button and summons a professional driver to your door or driveway within minutes. Track your driver’s arrival on a map […]

Luxe Luggage: Black is Out, Bold is In

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Yesterday, I got an amazing surprise on my door step. It was American Tourister luggage from the American Tourister Color Your World lineup for 2014. Last year, I got a neon green piece during the neon fashion craze, and this year, artful patterns and black and white graphics are big in fashion…and in luggage. American […]

Drive Electric Orlando

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If you have been to Orlando, Florida on vacation, you know there are a lot of thrilling attractions. Well, now there is a new rental car ride called “Drive Electric Orlando” that you should check out the next time you are in the Sunshine State! Even if you are staying at Walt Disney World, it […]

Toddler Seat Belt for Airplanes | The CARES® Airplane Safety Harness for Kids

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There are many ways we keep our kids safe everyday. We have child-proofed our home, bought the best car seats, cribs and strollers we can possibly buy. Yet, when it comes to flying on an airplane, we seem to forget to provide similar safety measures for our kids. Often having babies sit on our lap […]

MD Moms Wipes: Perfect for Travel

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While I can rent a lot of baby items or bring a lot of baby gear with me when I travel, there was one item I couldn’t rent or bring: a baby bathtub. It was when I realized the huge benefit of the Gentle All-Over Clean Cleansing Towelettes by MD Moms. My seven month old and […]

My A to G Adventures in the New Toyota RAV4

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This will be my ride for one week! The premium edition of the new Toyota RAV4. I mentioned that I would be getting a chance to test drive it in my previous post. And I got a chance to be a passenger on a recent four state adventure. But it is now in my driveway. […]

How to Save Money on Souvenirs at Disney World

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Growing up, my parents were able to take us to Disney World by saving their money from clipping coupons. They didn’t have money left over to spend on souvenirs so we didn’t get to buy anything and always packed our lunches because we couldn’t afford the food in the parks. Now, with my kids, we […]

Treasures at Smugglers Notch Resort

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Smugglers Notch Child Care is known as Treasures. It is a childcare center at Smuggler’s Notch Resort (Vermont) where babies six weeks old through toddlerhood can play, while adults can get some time to themselves. Yet, there is no need to feel guilty to have some ‘me’ time on a family vacation. This place is a total […]

Smuggler’s Notch Resort Review

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When I was invited to Smugglers Notch in Vermont for a Bloggers Weekend with my family,  I thought. “Neat”.  When I started looking into the resort amenities, I thought, “Wow.” After experiencing a long weekend there? One word: “Amazing”. So how do you put words into describing “Amazing”? Therein lies the problem. I have been […]

New Fantasyland Map

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Here are three maps to check out if you are looking for a New Fantasyland Map!   And check out all of my New Fantasyland posts and other Disney-related overviews! Let the New Fantasyland Story Begin ‘Twas the Night Before New Fantasyland Happy Disney Birthday to Me New Fantasyland Preview Party Details of the New […]

Disney Be Our Guest Restaurant

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When the Be Our Guest Restaurant opening in New Fantasyland, it brought a whole new level of theming for a Disney Restaurant. Whether it is the food or the decor, it is storytelling at its highest level of creativity. The story begins as you pass through the ruins of an old gateway to a stone […]

New Fantasyland Storybook Circus

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{In a big announcer voice..} Step Right Up! See the amazing Barnstormer, the magical Flying Elephants, a larger-than-life Mouse, a spray-tacular train, all in the fantastical New Fantasyland Storybook Circus!!! My three year old was enthralled. Whether it was Goofy’s Barnstormer Rollercoaster, the Dumbo Flying Elephants, the splash pad or the Big Top Tent, he […]

New Fantasyland Enchanted Forest

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For anyone following this blog or my social media tweets and updates, you know that I was super excited to be invited to Disney World’s Magic Kingdom to see the grand opening of the New Fantasyland Enchanted Forest and Storybook Circus. We have been going to Disney World for decades and I remember the ‘old […]

Disney Art of Animation Resort Review

Disney Art of Animation Cars Suite

The Disney Art of Animation resort opened in the Summer of 2012 and is Disney World’s newest resort. This is one of many Disney Art of Animation Resort Reviews and I hope you find it valuable! There are four sections: Little Mermaid (with 864 rooms), Finding Nemo (with 320 suites), Cars (with 480 suites) and […]

Disney Art of Animation Cars Suite

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If you would like to read my Art of Animation Resort review, you can find it here. This post focuses on our stay at the Art of Animation Cars Suite. We stayed from Sunday afternoon to Saturday morning. In the room were my five month old, my three-ish year old, my parents and my husband […]

New Year, New Fantasyland Magic Kingdom

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With the looming months ahead (especially the cold ones), I often wonder what fun we can have as a family in 2013 and beyond. As we hunker down for the winter, we start planning our yearly travel trips. Do we go skiing? Do we have a summer getaway or a winter escape? Is it skiing […]

Stroller Rental in Orlando: Kingdom Stroller Rental

Perfect Place for Snacks in their City Mini from Kingdom Stroller!

If you are looking for a Stroller Rental in Orlando, then read on to learn more about Kingdom Stroller Rental! Last month we went on a Disney Vacation for the first time as a family with two kids. We also stayed on Disney property, which is somewhat rare for me. So despite 30 years of […]

Royal Sonesta Hotel in Cambridge, MA

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The next time you are looking for function space, or a fabulous place to stay, consider the Royal Sonesta Hotel in Cambridge, MA. The first time I visited the hotel was at a social media event hosted by MommyNiri and The Frugalette and sponsored by Fisher Price, Hasbro and other amazing brands listed below. Not […]

‘Twas the Night before New Fantasyland

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Twas the night before the new Fantasyland expansion, and all through the land, not a creature is stirring, not even this wo-man. Our swim suits are hung in the shower to dry, out of the way and up really high. The children are snuggling in their beds, getting ready to put on their Mickey Mouse reds. […]

Happy Disney Birthday to Me

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Celebrating a Birthday at Disney World! The preview of the new Fantasyland opening is tonight. I cannot believe it is finally here!  On this particular day too. December 5th. My birthday. Can you imagine any better place to be on your birthday than a place that is magical, where you feel like a princess, and […]

New Fantasyland Preview Party

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As I write this post, I am on the cusp of a reveal that will be forever in the Disney books. I don’t know what blog entries will follow this one, as I cover this grand opening of the New Fantasyland. Yet, I know that whatever words fill this screen will be ones that honor […]

iPieces Games: What to Bring to Grandma’s House this Holiday

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“Over the river and through the woods to Grandmother’s house we go….” But what happens when you get to Grandma’s house? Does she have toys to entertain a spectrum of kids that have descended for the holidays. Probably not. Which means you need to schlep a lot of stuff to keep the kids focused on […]

Details of the New Fantasyland at Disney World

New Fantasyland Opening

I’m Going to the New Fantasyland Opening! Guess what I got in the mail? An invitation to the new Fantasyland Opening at Disney World in December!   Yes, it’s true. I get to experience the Magic of the new Fantasyland grand opening!  On my birthday no less! A birth date that I share with Walt […]

My Favorite Disney World Park For Young Kids

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Going to Disney with Toddlers is a challenge, but having fun with non-park activities can keep the Disney fun going without going to the bank. Yet, you are at Disney because you want to experience the Magic, and a lot of the magic happens inside the Disney Parks. However, for kids five and under, some […]

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