A Green Blogger and her Ford Escape

This discussion about the Ford Escape has been sponsored. I was allowed to test drive the Ford Escape for a week in order to facilitate my review.I like to think that I lead a fairly green life but there are definitely areas that could use some improvement in the coming years. My husband and I do not own particularly eco friendly vehicles. Thankfully he takes a vanpool to work and I work from home most days so we don't burn through a ton of gas. Regardless, my next car purchase is definitely going to be something more environmentally … [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...]

Need Altoids Tin Projects? Make a Tic-tac-toe Travel Game!

I always seem to have a tin of mints in my purse and my all time favorite brand is Altoids. This means that I have accumulated a large number of Altoid tins over the past few years. Rather than recycle all of these tins,  I have been trying to find ways to reuse them occasionally. There are a lot of creative ways to re-purpose Altoids tins like I did in my homemade lip balm post. I have been looking for other Altoids tin projects and I came up with a simple Tic-tac-toe travel game that takes only a few minutes to make. I am including a photo … [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...]

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...]