Apple Picking Tips

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Apple picking is a big tradition in my family. It has been a fall activity consistently for over 35 years! With that many apple picking seasons under my belt, I have apple picking tips to share for your Apple picking trip this season! Apple picking tip #1 Know what kind of Apples you want to […]

The New Disney Springs

It is hard to believe that Walt Disney World’s Pleasure Island will only exist in my memory and that Downtown Disney will only exist in my former photos. This past spring Downtown Disney has an official new name: Disney Springs. Yet, what does that mean to us families when we visit? Is it family-friendly? Worth […]

2016: What’s New at Disney World

Wondering what is new at Walt Disney World in Orlando Florida? If you haven’t been to Disney in the past year, these are the new attractions in 2016 and upcoming in 2017! There is always a reason to go ‘home’ again! So here is what’s new at Disney World in 2016 and beyond! Magic Kingdom […]

Walt Disney World Quests – Expand Your Vacation

One of the fun opportunities to do on a Disney World vacation doesn’t actually involve a ride or a Broadway-like performance on a stage. In fact, it just takes a minute to collect the pieces and then you have a fun opportunity to expand your Disney vacation experience. These opportunities are called quests and they […]

Best Disney World Attractions for Grandparents and Grandkids

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After going to Walt Disney World for many years with my grandparents, along with my parents and siblings, I now travel as a parent myself with my kids and their grandparents! As a result of this multi-generational travel to Disney World, there are some Walt Disney World rides that are better for all ages than […]

Kungaloosh! Jungle Skipper Canteen

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When I was at Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World recently, I got the complimentary opportunity to try out a new restaurant called the Jungle Navigation Co. Ltd. Skipper Canteen. The Jungle Skipper Canteen is located in Adventureland right across from the Jungle Cruise, and features a menu of Asian, South American and African cuisine […]

Disney’s Memory Maker – Is it Worth the Money?

Our family has been fortunate to have received complimentary Memory Maker during our last Disney vacation so we could try it out and the PhotoPass Service. First, I wasn’t quite sure it was worth the money and second, I wasn’t quite sure how it worked. After having experienced it, I have the answer to my […]

Epcot Gets Frozen!

Frozen Ever After takes guests through the kingdom of Arendelle from the Disney animated hit, ÒFrozen.Ó Located in the Norway Pavilion at Epcot, Frozen Ever After celebrates a ÒSummer Snow DayÓ on a journey through a frozen willow forest, past Troll Valley and up to Queen ElsaÕs palace high up on the north mountain. Epcot is one of four theme parks at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (David Roark, photographer)

In June 2016, Epcot got Frozen. No really, it really got Frozen! For the first time in forever (get it? HaHa!) “Frozen Ever After” is now open at Epcot’s Norway Pavilion at Walt Disney World Resort! The new attraction is inspired by the blockbuster hit Frozen. The ride celebrates a “Summer Snow Day” in a […]

Best Place to Stay at Disney Saratoga Springs Resort

We just arrived at the Disney Saratoga Springs Resort and Spa – thanks to a complimentary stay. The resort is part of the Disney World string of hotel properties and also one of the Disney Vacation Club Resorts. The Disney Saratoga Springs Resort is located across the lake from the new Disney Springs (formally Downtown […]

On the Road: Top Ten Travel Toys this Summer

Traveling with kids this summer! We have all heard the dreaded “are we there yet” and with a few simple toys, we can avoid most of this. Think games, small toys, easy to carry (and stow) activities or playsets. Each pick here also was selected because it works in the car, the restaurant along the […]

The Bostonian Hotel Review

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If you are traveling to Boston and looking for a place to stay that is family-friendly and business friendly, put The Bostonian on your list as you will see in my The Bostonian Hotel Review thanks to a complimentary one night stay I received recently. Central Location The main feature of The Bostonian is its […]

Playing at Play Fair 2016 NYC

Play Fair 2016

Obviously, if you read this blog you know that toys are my favorite things. Seeing the hottest toys on the market AND being able to play WITH my kids is total toy nirvana though! And I get to do that at the new Play Fair 2016 in New York City. Play Fair 2016 is in NYC […]

Top Family Vacation Destination

Vacation Ideas for Families It’s a new year! Time to kick off those New Year’s resolutions, begin those home reorganization projects and plan the family vacations for the year! In our house, starting in January, we start to map out where we want to vacation that year. Maybe it is because of the cold we […]

9 Reasons Families Should Stay at Beaches Turks and Caicos

How is the Beaches Resort Family-Friendly? When I went to the Beaches Moms Conference at Beaches Turks and Caicos, I had to pay for my own airline ticket ($1000) and $500 to go for a three-night stay, of which I only had about 10 hours of downtime due to the conference programming and the tour […]

Culinary Concierge at Beaches Resorts

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Food allergies and food restrictions are a piece of gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, coconut free cake for the Culinary Concierge at Beaches Resorts. Have you ever heard of a culinary concierge? Sounds pretty fancy, right? Well, they are part of the Beaches Resort team to put parents, kids and families at ease when dining at Beaches […]

Beaches Resorts Sesame Street Camp

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Sesame Street Kids Camp and Child Care at Beaches Resorts Our family traveled to the Beaches Resort at Turks and Caicos last month. We were drawn to the family friendly options and the kid specific programs, like the Sesame Street Camp. First, there were so many activities for the kids to do, outside of swimming […]

Sandals Reading Program

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Scholastics Books and the Sandals Foundation support reading. When I traveled to the Caribbean recently on behalf of a blogging trip, we brought down supplies to support the Sandals Foundation, which is a non-profit organization that gives 100% of its donations (monetary and in-kind supplies) to schools in the Caribbean. You can read more about […]

Unique Items for the Beach

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Cool items for a hot beach vacation! Having spent a week in a tropical resort (the Beaches Resort to be specific!) there were some great items that made their way into my beach bag and soon became my must have favorites for a beach vacation. Here are my top unique items for the beach. First […]

A Relaxing Family Vacation

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You might have to go to Beaches Resort to get it! If your family is like our family, the concept of a relaxing family vacation is an oxymoron. Either you are running around keeping the kids entertained, or the kids get bored really fast and start complaining. Either way, you come back from the week […]

The Ultimate Hot Dog

Today is National Hot Dog Day. Though, with two young kids, it seems like everyday is Hot Dog Day. In honor of the official National Hot Dog Day, I want to share with you the ultimate hot dog place that I recently visited when I was in Cleveland, Ohio. This place should be listed as […]

What to Have in a Beach Bag

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Are you still pinching yourself that summer is ACTUALLY here? After the winter here in the Northeast, I feared I would never see a blade of grass again, let alone see sand at a beach! Yet, it is here and the warm weather is very welcome in our house. So we are already planning for […]

jetBlue Jets to Cleveland

If you ever wanted to fly to the mid-west, now is the time! jetBlue has added non-stop flights from Boston to Cleveland and back. It is the first of other new additions, such as new flights from Boston to Martha’s Vineyard. JetBlue Cleveland jetBlue is one of my favorite airlines for a variety of reasons; […]

Take Me Out to (My First) Ball Game

We took our kids to their first Major League Baseball game this past week! When we told the kids we were going to Fenway Park to see the Boston Red Sox, they were so excited, and we were excited to share with them this ‘right of passage’. First, they were excited to take the commuter […]

Sea Crest Beach Hotel Review

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After this brutal winter in New England, we are jumping at the chance to start our beach exploration! It has been on our list the past few years to find a place on Cape Cod for those weeks or weekends when we want to get away. Falmouth, MA is one of our favorite Cape Cod […]

#DisneySMMC & American Tourister

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With only days out from the 2015 Disney Social Media Moms Conference #DisneySMMC, I received a wonderful surprise on my doorstep. A lovely, purple, ilite Xtreme suitcase by American Tourister. This suitcase has a fully lined interior with large packing area that expands for added packing capacity, and two large front panel pockets for even […]

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