Philadelphia: The City of Holiday Love

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When I booked a weekend getaway for the family, I mainly wanted a change of scenery, access to some fun holiday activities, and a short drive from home. I got all of that when I took advantage of a Kimpton special and planned two nights at the Hotel Monaco. While food was a big part […]

A Pre-Holiday Feast in Philadelphia

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My family has this ongoing problem. We love to travel and experience new things but we often lack the impetus to get and go. We have plenty of grand ideas that we always intend to follow through on and end up stuck behind the never-ending litany of household chores and complacency. The holidays are no exception.  We […]

Everything You Need to Know About Beaches Turks & Caicos

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If you read anything about my recent trip to Beaches Turks & Caicos, you’re probably in one of two camps. The first one is I didn’t go so can you please shut the hell up about it already camp. I get it. I did THREE posts on my trip last week where I showed you my best […]

Animals Lovers Find Paradise in Turks & Caicos Too {VIDEO} #BeachesMoms

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Hello. My name is Fadra and I’m an animal lover. I think it’s pretty obvious from my Instagram stream that my pets have pretty much taken over my life. But it’s not just pets that I love, it’s all creatures you find in nature (with the exception of spiders – just, no). While I was […]

The 50 Most Unexpected Photos from Beaches Turks & Caicos

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If you’ve ever attended a social media conference, you know re-entry is rough. You’ve just spent days surrounded by your peers, learning new things, and making new friends. It’s hard to go back to our isolated worlds. But I can tell you, after having attended many conference and experiencing these blues, re-entry after a social media […]

Don’t Hate Me Because I’m Tropical

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What child of the 70s didn’t secretly hope to one day travel to a magical island where dreams could become reality? Hope to be greeted by a suave man named Mr. Roarke and his trusty little sidekick Tattoo. Hope to have all their wishes fulfilled and hope they didn’t come at a price…   Because […]

All the Reasons to Visit Walt Disney World in September

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I had my first real introduction to all things Disney when my entire family (and my sister’s boyfriend) piled into a rented Ford Aerostar minivan and headed south to Florida. We arrived at our destination at around 2am and began our weeklong vacation of a lifetime in the blazing hot month of August. Despite heat, […]

Finding Local Adventure – Twitter Chat #traventura

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When I was 24, I joined the ranks of the travel industry. I wanted to get out and see the world and the only way I could think to afford it was to become part of the industry that promoted the one thing I wanted to do! While it didn’t pay well, the fringe benefits […]

She’s an Unstoppable Mom

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As mothers, we’re influenced by who we’ll become from the day we’re born. We’re typically surrounded my moms and grandmas and sometimes aunts and close friends. All of them, in some way, whether good or bad, serve as a role model. They shape not only the people we’ll become but also the type of mothers […]

Our #PrettyGreat Trip to Williamsburg, VA

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We took very few vacations when I was growing up but those that we did take certainly stood out in my mind. In particular, I recall my parents renting a motorhome for the weekend and taking the whole family to Williamsburg, VA. I have fond memories of the ruffled paper flowers on sticks that my sister […]

Enjoying Another Dam Weekend

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That’s not a typo, nor am I attempting to swear. I’m on a constant quest for two things: have fun with Evan this summer and experience new things. And I got to accomplish all of that within 15 minutes of my house. I love in a smallish town. Technically, I consider our town a suburb […]