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What to Pack for a Disney Cruise

12 Things to Pack for a Disney Cruise

We just returned from our FIRST ever see comments here). According to countless hours of research, it’s not just about showing up and having a magical time. No, there are specific cruise necessities and it’s important to know what to pack for a Disney Cruise. Waterproof Phone Case Double Sided Tape Over the Door Shoe Hanger Most […] Read more…

9 Tips for Staying Safe at the Beach

beach safety

Yesterday we took the kids to the beach and the flags were flying at yellow (medium hazzard). The photo below captures just how rough the current was, making me more nervous than usual. As much as I love the beach and creating memories with the girls, it’s not always the most relaxing environment. Normally I worry about my […] Read more…

Just Back: Big Kahunas Water Park Review

This summer the girls and I have been visiting my family and playing tourist in my hometown – Fort Walton Beach and Destin, Florida. If you’re planning to visit (which I highly recommend) be sure to check out our Big Kahunas Water Park review. It’s been many, many years since I’ve visited Big Kahunas – I worked here […] Read more…

Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort Review

Hilton Sandestin Resort Review

Last month the Hilton Sandestin Beach Resort invited me and my oldest daughter to attend their annual media trip for a two nights and three days with six other mom bloggers and their kids. L and I packed our bags and off we went on a jet plane! Secretly I’ve cyber stalked the #HiltonSandestinMoms media trip on […] Read more…

family getaway at the four seasons chicago

Years ago BK (before kids) I was fortunate to travel the world working for clients with sizable budgets. The Four Seasons was the preferred hotel allowing me to experience many of their luxury properties in Hong Kong, Portugal, Maui, Toronto, Fort Lauderdale, Boston, San Diego, Scottsdale, New York, Punta Mita, Dallas and others that I […] Read more…

hotel royal new orleans

This year we rang in the New Year “New Orleans” style with my cousin and his wife who live in LA. All the kids (they have two boys) stayed behind with our parents so we could have a few days of adult time.  We haven’t seen one another in five years, it was so nice […] Read more…

sassy solution: nanny caddy saves the day

nanny caddy vending machines

Today L and I spent the day at the Field Museum checking out the 1893 World’s Fair Exhibit (post to follow about that). We ended our tour with a stop at the Crown Family Play Lab and as we were collecting our coats I noticed a vending machine. Not just any vending machine. At first […] Read more…

busy moms love hailo cab

As a busy mom saving time and finding services to make life easier and more convenient are extremely important. My smartphone plays a big role in this, becoming a lifeline to everything from taking perfect iPhone photos and now hailing a cab. Read more…

Kids Rule Program at Hotel Allegro Chicago

This summer we were treated to a weekend stay-cation with the kids at the Kimpton Hotels hosting business meetings and events at their luxury properties in Arizona and California,  I’ve never had the opportunity to experience as a leisure travel guest.  Read more…

Hard Rock Punta Cana Spa Review

If there is a spa in heaven it will be the Hard Rock Punta Cana Spa. We recently returned from our second annual celacation (ie; a trip that we take to celebrate my birthday without the kids). This year we traveled to the Dominican Republic for seven glorious days of sun and relaxation. I feel […] Read more…

Hard Rock Punta Cana Presidential Suite

Just back from our kid-free, spouse connecting, relaxation vaca in the Dominican Republic, where we stayed at the Hard Rock Punta Cana Resort. I have a full report and review coming this week, but here is a sneak peak of the Hard Rock’s Signature Presidential Suite. We spent seven days at the all inclusive resort […] Read more…

Ritz Carlton San Juan (#Travel Review)

Note: Since we last visited the Ritz Carlton San Juan, the hotel has undergone an extensive renovation of their 416 guest rooms and suites.   What could be better than celebrating the big 4.0 alone with your hubs at the luxurious Ritz Carlton San Juan? That’s exactly what we did a few weeks ago for a […] Read more…

10 Things I Loved About BlogHer 2010

Just back from New York attending BlogHer 2010! Being my first blogging conference, I had no idea what to expect, but was pleasantly surprised with my experience. With over 2,000 bloggers descending on the Hilton New York, I am pretty sure we each had our own unique experiences. Thought I would share the ten things […] Read more…