Ultimate 2017 Family Theme Park Bucket List


Every year I am excited for what new attractions will be at my favorite theme parks. This year we are planning a few visits to Orlando, Florida and I wanted to share my 2017 theme park bucket list. Some of these attractions have already opened and others will be opening later this year.

Aquarium of Myrtle Beach

5 Can’t Miss Experiences at Ripley’s Aquarium of Myrtle Beach


There is a reason we visit Ripley’s Aquarium of Myrtle Beach every time we visit Myrtle Beach. It is awesome. Evey time we visit we see something new and fun. I love that there are hands on experiences as well as exhibits that will entertain the entire family. When you visit be sure to include these 5 can’t miss experiences at Ripley’s Aquarium of Myrtle Beach.

Family Friendly Apps for Travel

Family Favorite Apps for Traveling


When we are traveling we like to use our devices to keep the kids busy during long drives or flights. We have Kindle Fires but most of these apps are available across different devices. I’m excited to have my daughter guest post with me to share with you our family favorite apps to play when travelling.

Family Guide to Myrtle Beach

Ultimate Family Guide to Myrtle Beach


Myrtle Beach is an amazing family fun destination. It has beautiful beaches, entertainment, and so many mini-golf courses I can’t keep up.  Our first visit was when my daughter was 2.5 months old and we have continued the tradition of our visits as our family has grown. We love visiting and the memories our stays have given us are priceless. Read on for my Ultimate Family Guide to Myrtle Beach and start planning an incredible beach vacation.

Best of Pittsburgh for Families

Best of Pittsburgh for Families


Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania is a great city for a weekend getaway with your family. You could actually spend an entire week  because there is so much to do. We like to plan a visit once a year and enjoy the many things the city has to offer. Read on for the best of Pittsburgh for Families.

Disney Resort on a Budget

How My Family of 5 Stays On-Site at Walt Disney World On a Budget


Finding on-site Disney resorts on a budget can be a challenge for larger families. Most think a stay on-site at Walt Disney Resort in Orlando, Florida is out of reach. This may not always be the case. Here are my 5 best on-site Disney resorts on a budget for families of 5(or more).

Share the Love Cookies by Design

Teach Your Kids to Share the Love for Valentine’s Day


Valentine’s day is a week away. Typically, I give the kids chocolates and we write valentine’s to each other.  Some years my husband and I go out but most years we spend time together as a family. This year I want to do something different. This Valentine’s Day we decided to share the love through our community.

Essentials for a Family Road Trip

Essential Tips for a Family Road Trip


Parents are often surprised that I enjoy taking road trips with my husband and 3 kids. I do really love them. There is no better way to discover a new destination then driving through a city or town. If you do a little prep and planning the drive can become part of the vacation and are often some of the best parts of the trip. Here are eight tips that have helped me get through 10+ hours in the car with the family and can help you plan a great family road trip.

On-Site Walt Disney World

7 Magical Reasons to Stay On-Site at Walt Disney World


If you ask people their opinion on staying on-site at Walt Disney World or off-site you will get a dozen different  opinions. Some think it is too expensive. Some think it is too much Disney. I think it is the perfect choice for your family if you are spending most of your vacation at the parks. The perks of staying on-site at Walt Disney World are numerous and can fit into any family budget.

Family Time

52 Ideas for Quality Family Time


We are in need of some serious quality family time lately. When we are travelling we always have a great time and it feels so good to be connected. Sadly we can’t travel year round. There is school and work. We end up getting into a routine and life becomes busy. Our weekends are full of chores and obligations. Unless we plan something, we end up sitting around doing house chores or playing on electronics.  I was inspired by a recent article and put together 52 ideas for quality family time to help me schedule our weekends with a better family focus.

Ultimate Ice Cream Sundae Party

How to Plan the Ultimate Ice Cream Sundae Party


My daughter turned nine this week.  Nine is an age when character birthdays are almost over but you still want to have a fun birthday party.  This year I wanted to keep it small so she invited a few friends over for an Ultimate Ice Cream Sundae Party. It was easy and fun to plan and the girls had a great time.

Family Fun Activities to Countdown to Vacation

Family Fun Activities to Countdown to Vacation


It is no secret that I love planning vacations.  Planning your vacation creates excitement and quality family time before you starts your travels.  I love to create family fun activities to countdown to vacation.  Read on for my easy and fun ways to start getting excited for your next vacation…today!

Jedi Training Academy

Jedi Training at Walt Disney World: What You Need to Know


On our last visit to Walt Disney World we had the opportunity to participate in the Jedi Training Academy at Disney Hollywood Studios. It is open to all visitors at Disney Hollywood Studios with an admission ticket. This was one of my kids favorite activities from our visit to Disney World and they are still talking about it. If you have a Star Wars fan in the family I highly suggest you add Jedi Training Academy to your must see list. It is a mix of show and interactive experience that your entire family will enjoy!

Adventures of a Kitchen Rookie

Adventures of a Kitchen Rookie


I have to let you in on a little secret.  I don’t cook. Ever.  My husband does most of the meal cooking and shopping and I do the kids lunches and snacks.  This year one of my goals is to try new things and not be afraid to fail.  I felt that this would be a perfect time to face my fear of cooking. With that in mind, last week I started a 3-day adventure of a kitchen rookie.

Best of Toronto for Families

Best of Toronto for Families


Toronto, Canada is a huge city with so many fun things to do. There is something for everyone. I have visited more times than I can count and I still have lots of things I’ve never discovered. Here is my list of best of Toronto for families as well 5 attractions on my Toronto family bucket list.

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