Stream of Consciousness Sunday: Overcoming Post-Vacation Anxiety

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For probably the 4th year in a row, we were able to plan a weeklong escape to Florida right when winter seemed to have us in its clutches. I know I’ll be going back to it but I feel ready to face the inevitable end of winter. I cam practically hear the robins singing and see […]

A Disney Vacation Round-Up

Evan meets Peter Pan

Even bloggers need a vacation and by the time you read this, I’ll be most of the way through my weeklong Disney vacation. We usually go for a week every February for several reasons: The weather isn’t blazing hot. The crowds are low (relatively speaking). It’s low season (in terms of accommodations). We really, really […]

The Girl Who Loved Volvo

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Once upon a time, there was a girl who loved Volvo. She was always attracted to quirky cars and loved the boxy designs she saw barreling down the highways. And those headrests! How could she forget those distinctive headrests!! But the closest she ever got to a Volvo was her college boyfriend who bought his […]

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 […]