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The Best Family Road Trip Ever

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If you follow along on Instagram or Facebook, you probably already know that my family just got back from a whopping 29 day road trip.  We drove more than 4,000 miles, visited 15 different states, visited lots of friends and family along the way, and made lots of fun memories that I know will cherish [...]

8 Simple Ways to Save On Your Next Family Vacation

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Summer is right around the corner, which for many families means one thing:  Vacation Time!  I don’t know about your family, but vacations have often been a budget-killer for ours.  We think we’ve accounted for everything, and yet by the end of the trip we are find we’ve spent more than we planned for, whether [...]

weekend in key west {princess turns 6}

If you've been reading this blog for a while I probably don't have to tell you just how much I love throwing parties.  I look forward to my girls' birthdays all year long, and start collecting party ideas accordingly, picking their themes at least 6 months in advance. So I was more than a little [...]

summer road trip {quality time with the girls i love most}

The girls and I hit the road last week for our very first girls-only road trip.  I was a little nervous about tackling a 9 hour drive with a 5 and 3 year old all by myself, but the girls were absolutely amazing in the car.  They were such little troopers and we had SO [...]

captiva island beach weekend {hello, tropical storm debby}

My friends LeeAnn and Melissa and I have talked about vacationing together for almost 2 years now, and this past weekend was the first time that all 3 families could go to the same place at the same time.  We booked our weekend at South Seas Island Resort months ago, and we were all excited. [...]

staycation {spring break 2012}

We are halfway through Princess' two-week spring break, and so far we've been having a blast.  The girls are at such a fun age! Last week we did lots of coloring and fuse beads, had a friend come play for a day, made a teepee town in the front yard, got ice cream and cupcakes, [...]

busch gardens tampa {family fun}

On Saturday we spent the day at Busch Gardens in Tampa.  It is only about 2 hours from our house and yet this is the first time we've ever gone as a family, and the first time Husband and I have been since 2004.  We had a GREAT day! When we went to SeaWorld last [...]

manatees, ice-cream, & some really hot wings {a mini road trip}

 We took a little family mini road trip yesterday.  It was a great way to spend a Sunday.  We first went to see the Manatees at the Tampa Electric viewing center.  It was pretty cool.  It was also free, which made it even cooler! Do you ever wish your kid could wear a sign that [...]

the post vacation non-blues

Rules to live by: Don't ever go on vacation at the beginning of December. I'm actually just kidding.  From a saving money standpoint, going on vacation--especially a cruise--in the first few weeks of December is a fantastic idea.  There are some killer deals!  Apparently only crazy people decide to go away this time of year [...]

our alaska cruise {photo essay}

They say a picture is worth a thousand words.... (I suppose this was more like a novel.  Sorry if I went a little overboard!)

orlando getaway

It was a very good trip.  And I'm exhausted, but happy. I was reminded of how important it is to just play sometimes. I too often get caught up in all the things I "need" to do and forget that my most important job is "Mom." We had a lot of fun. We met up [...]

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It has been a very good couple of weeks. We've spent a lot of time getting wet.... ...at the splash park... ...and in the pool. Trouble has started sleeping in the big girl bed. At least some of the time. Princess had a "camp out" in the living room... ...while Trouble pretty much did her [...]

Five Tips for Disney Fun (on a budget)

I'll spare you all the boring [to everyone else] details of our [very fun] trip to Disney and share just one very humorous anecdote: This trip we were staying at the Contemporary Resort (thanks to some awesome Florida Resident deals), and on Saturday evening we left the park around 11:30pm and took the monorail back [...]

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