Gulf County, Florida is a Nature Lover’s Paradise!

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Gulf County, Florida for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine. When I think about the most enticing travel destinations they are always locations that offer a wide variety of outdoor activities. I don't really like spending my days at amusement parks or museums, although I have seen my fair share of those over the years. What I really want out of a vacation is to connect with nature, explore the flora and fauna of an area, hike a few trails, and feel the sun on my face. Gulf County, … [Read more...]

Staying Sane While Traveling with Kids #marriottvacay

This post about traveling with kids has been sponsored by Marriot and Clever Girls but all opinions expressed here are my own. My husband and I travel frequently with our kids. Having all of our family out of state means that traveling with kids is vital if I want them to get to know their grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins. My youngest was 6 months old when we made our first trip from Georgia to New Hampshire. For those of you not familiar with geography, let me just tell you that there is a LOT of land between those two states. 24 … [Read more...]

Hotels in Savannah and Kid Friendly Things to Do There!

This post about hotels in Savannah and kid friendly things to do there has been sponsored. I received a discounted stay at the Riverstreet Inn during my travel in exchange for this post. Over the summer my family and I decided it was time for a family vacation. We don't get to travel together very often due to both time and finances so we wanted to find someplace fun that the kids would really enjoy. Of course, we also wanted it to be relatively local so we didn't have to fly! Our last trip to Savannah was about 12 years ago and we had such … [Read more...]

Fun Things to Do in Texas

This post about things to do in Texas has been sponsored but all opinions expressed here are my own. I received a complimentary stay at the Austin Hyatt in exchange for my review. When I graduated from college at 22 I followed my heart and my brand new job down to Texas. Having been born and raised in New England, it was a bit of a culture shock to say the least. I was raised on pot roast and baked beans and all of a sudden I am eating alligator on a stick and fried jalapenos. The multicultural mishmash of Houston was an eye opener, to say … [Read more...]

Natural Spa Experience and Getting Back to Nature at Hyatt Regency Lost Pines #sponsored

This natural spa experience post has been sponsored by Hyatt Regency Lost Pines. I received one night stay at Hyatt Lost Pines Resort at no charge with access to their amenities in exchange for my review. All opinions expressed here are my own. During my recent trip to BlogHer Food in Austin, Texas last month I got the chance to visit the Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort and Spa. I thought it would be wonderful to pamper myself with a natural spa experience before the chaos of the conference set in. I don't get to pamper myself on a daily … [Read more...]

Traveling to Australia? Don’t Miss the Wildlife!

My husband has one of those jobs that periodically sends him to exotic locations to work. Over the past few years he has traveled to places both near and far. He has visited Canada, Thailand, Australia and a number of other faraway destinations. He and his colleagues always try to plan one day when they can take a few hours to explore the country and it's culture. He has visited river markets in Thailand and a wildlife sanctuary in Australia. By far, traveling to Australia was definitely his favorite experience. The plants, animals, and scenery … [Read more...]

Plan Your Perfect New Orleans Adventure With Gogobot! #GogobotTravel

My husband and I love to travel with our kids and when we pick a destination we try to find unique things about the area to experience, rather than sticking to the 'touristy' sites. I would much rather learn about the history and natural plants and animals of a region than visit an amusement park that I can see in many other locations. And FOOD is a huge part of our vacation, no matter where we travel....I make sure to try regional dishes whenever I can and my kids have finally accepted the 'no chicken fingers at restaurants' rule that I put in … [Read more...]

Travel Snacks: Top 10 favorites for your holiday road trip #kiaholidays

My husband and I travel quite a bit with the kids to visit family that is scattered all over the country. In fact, we just got back from a 4 day trip to Kentucky to attend my husband's step sister's wedding. It was an 8 hour drive in each direction but it was nice to visit with family and friends that we don't get to see very often. When your family all lives an entire day's drive from you, you become an expert at traveling with kids and keeping everyone happy. Or, if not happy at least you manage to keep everyone from killing each other! I … [Read more...]

Road Trip Advice: Stay Sane, Save Money and Go Green! #kiasocialclub

Many years ago, my husband and I moved half way across the country to live and left behind parents, grandparents, siblings, cousins and just about everyone else we knew. It was a good move for us financially and my husband got a great job but it left us rather lonely. The only way we could visit our family was if we flew (which we could not afford) or if we drove (which is a 2 day road trip). Since we wanted the kids to grow up knowing their family as more than just pictures on the refrigerator we started making a very long road trip every year … [Read more...]

Embassy Suites encourages you to have one more vacation!

It is the heat of August and my children just started back to school this week. Seems crazy to me but that is the way our school district works, unfortunately. The other day, my husband and I were staring at the calender and trying to figure out if we had time to squeeze one more vacation in before Fall gets here. We are thinking of heading out of town over the Labor Day weekend to go visit some family. Since staying with family isn't always a lot of fun (too much of a good thing, you know?) we are considering staying at a hotel for a day or … [Read more...]

SAVE on your next San Antonio vacation!

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of SAVE for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine. When my husband was a graduate student in Texas we used to enjoy taking a trip to San Antonio every once in a while. There are just so many amazing sites to see there that we could keep ourselves entertained for days without ever being bored! Of course, as a graduate student,  my husband and I didn’t have a lot of extra money so we tried to save wherever we could! Well, now, there is a great website called SAVE for people wanting to … [Read more...]

Our Embassy Suites Charleston Adventure: More Vacation for Less!

I few weeks ago, I wrote an article as an Embassy Suites Ambassador entitled: Embassy Suites helps ‘More-imize’ your vacation with a contest where I discussed ways to get 'more' out of your vacation. I was recently given  the chance to visit an Embassy Suites hotel when I went on vacation with my family to Charleston, SC. This is the first time I have ever stayed with Embassy Suites and it was truly an amazing experience! From the beautiful accommodations to the helpful staff and the abundance of things to do in Charleston, our vacation was … [Read more...]

Embassy Suites helps ‘More-imize’ your vacation with a contest!

For the last week or 2 I have been  furiously planning my family's vacation to South Carolina. We have been wanting to take more vacations with the kids but since most of our family lives out of state our vacation time is usually spent traveling to and from their homes rather than just doing stuff 'for fun'. When I got selected to be an Embassy Suites Ambassador with Mom Central, I was thrilled to have an excuse to spend a couple of days just playing tourist! Since non family related trips only happen about once a year I am determined to make … [Read more...]

Tips for Eco-friendly Travel this Summer #scjgreenerchoices

As the weather gets nicer, more and more people decide to hit the road for a family vacation. Whether you are staying close to home or traveling cross-country, there are a number of things you can do to stay eco-friendly on your next road trip. Come check out my recent article on the SC Johnson Greener Choices blog to learn how do reduce your carbon footprint on your next vacation!Disclaimer:  I have been compensated for the articles I write for SC Johnson but all opinions expressed are mine and mine alone.  … [Read more...]

Start Planning your Spring Vacation to Sea World!

I went to Florida in January with my family and when we were planning our trip I insisted that we could not go to Orlando without stopping at Sea World. I grew up in New England and would you believe I have never been to Sea World before? My kids are such huge animal lovers that I knew they would enjoy it as much as I would! We were lucky that it was relatively quiet on the day we chose to go...no lines to get in at all and a very light crowd inside. Of course, the first thing we saw when we walked in was the flamingos and we had to stop and … [Read more...]

Oh the things you can do at #Disney!

You may remember that a couple of weeks ago I wrote about my husband's marathon adventure at Disney. Well, we couldn't just send him to Disney to run by himself, right? We are all about moral support in this house...okay, really we just wanted to go enjoy all the cool Disney stuff while he ran 26 miles gasping for breath!I have been to Disney World a few times in my life, both as a kid myself and now as a parent with tween kids. This trip was definitely easier than the one we took 6 years ago mainly because the kids are older and we were … [Read more...]

Healthy Snacking on the road with Murphy USA #murphyusa

I recently went down to Disney World with my family so the husband could run in a marathon. For that 7 hour drive, I had to pack an assortment of snacks, drinks and entertainment options for all 4 of us. Road trips require lots of food and magazines to keep us going. Well, we ate and drank everything I bought on the trip DOWN, leaving us scrambling for more nibbles on the trip back home. Finding healthy food on the road isn't always easy but it can be done if you know what to look for! I was recently given the opportunity to work with Murphy … [Read more...]

Things to do in Atlanta: Behind the Scenes at CNN! #cnnbloggerstour

CNN has been my go to news channel for at least the past 10 years or so. I love the variety of news stories that are covered and the reporters and people that bring the stories to life. I know that with CNN, I can get the scoop on what's happening all over the world, not just in my tiny corner of Georgia!I have lived in the metro Atlanta area for 12 years now and have discovered a ton of really cool sites to visit but have never been on the InsideCNN Studio Tour until now. I was recently given the opportunity to go behind the scenes at CNN with … [Read more...]

Destination: Raven Cliff Falls in White County Georgia

So, a couple of weeks ago I was up in the Helen, GA area for a tubing adventure. This week we headed back up to North Georgia with my son's youth group and a few other church members for a hike to Raven Cliff Falls in White County, GA. Raven Cliff Falls Trail is located in  the Chattahoochee National Forest, is 4.8 miles round trip and has an estimated climbing time of about 3 hours. It's fairly family friendly for most of the trail (the end is another story!) ...a few hills and rocky areas to climb but nothing our kids couldn't handle by … [Read more...]