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About Me & My Family

There are 4 of us and a dog. I'm out numbered because I'm the only girl.
Our Family's Travel Personality
curious, relaxed, simple, independent, energetic, spontaneous, easy_going, artsy, social_butterfly
We Just Got Back From
Barrier Island Sanctuary, Melbourne Beach, FL
Our Favorite Vacation Spot
South Seas Island Resort - Captiva, FL
A Place We'd Love To Visit
New York
Favorite Vacation Memory
Visiting Williamsburg and walking down the street while the drums were playing in the background.
Worst Travel Moment With My Kids:
Flying in a plane with my oldest on our way to Tennessee. He was screaming (he was like 2 at the time) and everyone was giving me the evil eye.
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November 15 2015
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Cordele KOA | kids travel, kids activities
Cordele KOA
373 Rockhouse Road E,
Cordele, Georgia
"Enjoyed Camping Without the Tent"
On our way to Tennessee my family and I made a quick, fun Overnight stop at the Cordele KOA. My boys, ages 10 and 7, wanted to go camping but I enjoy heat and A/C so we comprised by renting a rustic KOA cabin.
We arrived late for check-in so our key and campground instructions were taped to the front office door for us. The outside cabin light was on which made finding it at night a breeze! We rented one of the two cabins available. It was the perfect size foe my family of four. It came with a queen queen bed queen bed and queen bed and one bunk bed. The bathrooms and the campground were very clean. The boys were able to enjoy their campfire, playing in the woods and such and I enjoyed my heater!

I recommend this campsite for an overnight stay.
November 12 2015
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Beachers Lodge Oceanfront Ste | kids travel, kids activities
Beachers Lodge Oceanfront Ste
6970 Highway A1 A South,
St Augustine, Florida
"Perfect Beach Views and Easy Beach Access"
A Family Beach Getaway

Beacher’s Lodge in St. Augustine, Florida is a privately owned condo hotel situated along the beautiful beaches of St. Augustine. If you dream of a vacation where you will be kissed by the sun along Florida’s historic coast, then you must visit Beacher’s Lodge to make your dream become a reality.

Check-in was quick and easy at this condo hotel. In the lobby, I found many brochures and discounts for local area establishments. I asked the front desk staff for restaurant recommendations, and they were more than willing to offer their suggestions.

Our Room
Our room was the perfect size for our family of four and provided us with a fantastic view of the ocean. My boys, ages 7 and 10, loved the murphy bed in the family room. It made the bedtime routine a treat for them. The family room was large and opened up to a nice sized balcony where we enjoyed watching the sunrise while sipping our coffee. The kitchen was a good size with a full-size refrigerator, plenty of cabinet and counter space, and a full-size oven and stove. The master bedroom was large and comfortable. It came complete with a TV and full-size chest of drawers. The bathroom was accessible from the master bedroom and the main hallway which was very convenient for everyone!

The property is pet-friendly, but you will need to verify that the condo you will be relaxing in during your stay is also pet-friendly. The onsite pool with beach views is inviting and the beach, well, that is the best amenity of all!

Beacher’s Lodge in St. Augustine, Florida is a great place for you and your family to spread out and enjoy the salt life. It is a great place to relax, watch the boats comb the water for fresh seafood while your kiddos dance along the seashore. The beach is in constant motion and it so nice to have the option to watch the show from the sandy white seashore, or from the comfort of your air conditioned condo. With prices starting at just $77 Beacher’s Lodge is a great, affordable place for you and your family to make memories and a sandcastle or two!

Disclosure: I received a complimentary stay at Beacher’s Lodge in St. Augustine, Florida. Beacher’s Lodge requested nothing more than an unbiased account of my stay and all opinions are my own.
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November 12 2015
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St. Francis Inn Bed and Breakfast | kids travel, kids activities
St. Francis Inn Bed and Breakfast
279 St. George St,
St Augustine, Florida
"A Truely Unique Experience For Your Family"
St. Francis Inn Bed and Breakfast in St. Augustine, Florida is the place where you can truly relax and set aside the worries of your daily routine. The Inn was built in 1791, and even though it has been upgraded with today’s modern conveniences, you will experience touches of the past as you roam about the property. You and your family will have the opportunity to make friends from all over the country while relaxing in the courtyard or enjoying one of the Inn’s many social hours. The owners of St. Francis Inn, Joe and Margaret Finnegan, want their guests to relax and indulge during their stay. This desire is made evident through the many amenities and attention to detail that they give to each of their visitors.

After parking our car across the street from the Main Inn, my family and I entered the Inn's Courtyard through the very clearly labeled gate. The Courtyard was beautiful and tranquil. My family had fun exploring outdoors while I acquired our room keys. The ladies at the front desk were warm and inviting. I arrived during a busy time, but they handled the phone and guests with kindness and ease. I was given my key, instructions regarding the cottage, social hour and breakfast times, plus little tidbits of information that I needed to know during my stay. They also made sure that I knew guests of St. Francis Inn received complimentary admission to the St. Augustine Lighthouse and Museum plus a 50% discount on admission to the Oldest House Museum. (We visited the Oldest House Museum and I highly recommend it!)

The Room
My family and I relaxed in The Cottage during our stay. We were told that the building was the slave’s quarters long ago, but we felt like a queen and kings during our vacation. The Cottage was very spacious and included a living room, nice sized kitchen, a downstairs bathroom with a jacuzzi tub, an upstairs bathroom, and two bedrooms. The living room was comfortable and cozy with a fireplace, writing desk, a couch and extra chair, books, games, fresh flowers and a filled sherry decanter. My husband and I enjoyed a glass of the complimentary sherry after my kids, ages 7 and 10, settled in for the night. It’s funny how something as simple as a nightcap can add so much to the experience of a vacation. The living room opened into the kitchen. The kitchen was nice and included a full sized refrigerator, stove/oven, a table and chairs, utensils, and a private door to the pool area. The master bedroom upstairs was charmingly decorated and contained a queen sized bed, a sitting area, and ample closet space. The second bedroom contained two twin sized beds and a writing/sitting area along with a closet. All of the beds were very comfortable and on each bed a treat rested, waiting for us to snatch it up! Both bathrooms were very nice and I have got to say that I loved the poo-pourri located on the back of each toilet. It cracked me up, but it’s another example of how much detail is given to each guest’s comfort during their stay at the Inn.


Breakfast at St. Francis Inn was scrumptious! We enjoyed homemade ham and jack egg cups, a hashbrown casserole that was to die for, fruits, homemade cinnamon rolls, yogurt parfaits, cereal, and a delicious pumpkin spice latte. We savored each bite in the outdoor courtyard with several Inn guests, while others enjoyed their morning meal in the dining room. It was nice to walk into the main house, smell the delicious breakfast aromas, and to be greeted with smiling faces from fellow vacationers. I really enjoyed the sense of family and togetherness that was felt between the Inn guests and staff.

The Amenities

The amenities offered at St. Francis Inn, along with its staff, make St. Francis Inn Bed and Breakfast an experience and not just a place to stay while on vacation. I mentioned a few of the amenities offered above, but there are so many more! The evening social hour was a fun event for my family. My boys enjoyed the bowls of popcorn and treats offered to each of the guests. My husband and I loved the complimentary beer and wine. During social hour, I enjoyed tasting the wines found at the local winery, San Sebastian Winery. Each was unique and full of flavor. I also appreciated the conversations and relationships formed during this time. Guests gathered in the Dining Room and swapped stories from the day’s travels while comparing drink flavors. Afterward, we enjoyed dinner on our own, then gathered again for evening dessert. My boys loved the s’mores! The basket of chocolates, graham crackers, marshmallows, and sticks were ready and waiting in the Dining Room at 8 pm. We gathered up the treats and made our way to the Courtyard where we roasted marshmallows over the gas fire pit. It was quite fun and sweet memories were made around the fire pit that night! You will need to check out the St. Francis Inn website to view their additional free amenities as there are too many to mention!

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the St. Francis Inn Bed and Breakfast. I highly recommend your visiting and making fun, unique memories with your family!

Disclosure: I received a complimentary stay at St. Francis Inn in St. Augustine, Florida. The Inn requested nothing more than an unbiased account of my stay and all opinions are my own.
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November 11 2015
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Villagio Italian Grille | kids travel, kids activities
Villagio Italian Grille
500 S Legacy Trail,
St Augustine,
Florida 32092
"Breakfast at the Villagio Italian Grille in St. Augustine, Florida"
During our stay at the World Golf Village Renaissance St. Augustine Resort in Florida, my family and I enjoyed a delicious breakfast buffet at the Villagio. The ambiance was warm and inviting, and the selection of breakfast foods was more than I expected.

Each of us, including my boys ages 7 and 10, indulged on The "Villagio" Buffet. My husband, who is a pescatarian, was able to enjoy both the traditional breakfast and the "fancy" foods that were offered to us. Yes, I do consider cheese blintzes to be “fancy” food. The omelet bar was a big hit with my husband. The omelet chef was very nice he even let me sneak a picture of him while he was working his magic! My boys enjoyed everything they tasted, however, the cereal and toast were both big hits for them. They really got a kick out of cranking out those cheerios and watching the toast as it slid down the toaster. The cheese blintzes and the smoked salmon were my favorites, they had me craving for seconds.

If you would prefer to order off of the menu, The Villagio will not disappoint. Menu choices include Banana Macadamia Pancakes, the Gamberetto Omelet, the Villagio Polenta Breakfast, and more! The breakfast items are a little pricey with the starting price of the Fresh Start Buffet being $14, but it’s worth the splurge!

Disclosure: This review is my own and based on a complimentary stay and meal at The World Golf Village Renaissance St. Augustine Resort in St. Augustine, Florida courtesy of the resort.
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November 10 2015
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World Golf Village Renaissance St. Augustine Resort | kids travel, kids activities
World Golf Village Renaissance St. Augustine Resort
500 S Legacy Trl,
Saint Augustine, Florida
"Enjoy a Plethora of Amenities During Your Stay at This Florida Resort!"
The World Golf Village Renaissance St. Augustine Resort in St. Augustine, Florida is a great place for both business types and families to call home during their stay in St. Augustine. The resort is encompassed by two championship golf courses designed by Arnold "The King" Palmer and Jack "The Bear" Nicklaus. I don't know much about golf, but I can tell you that these golf courses are beautiful, and make for a very relaxing backdrop to the resort. In addition to golfing, the resort offers a plethora of family-friendly amenities that you are sure to enjoy!

Check-in to the Renaissance was quick and easy. My husband and kiddos sat inside our car in the roundabout located at the front entrance of the resort while I checked-in. I was greeted by the bellman and the front desk staff. The friendly hostess at the front desk quickly pulled my information from her computer, handed me my room keys, and then asked if I would like activity ideas to enjoy during my stay. She gave me a map of the resort which included a list of the many amenities that the resort makes available to guests. Next, she provided me with a map of St. Augustine along with a list of the popular places to visit. I am very familiar with the area, but still found the map and the front desk clerk’s tips to be very helpful.

The Lobby
The lobby at The World Golf Village Renaissance St. Augustine Resort is gorgeous! There are several desks and clerks ready to greet guests upon arrival. Next to the check-in area a variety of complementary treats are available for guests to enjoy throughout the day including spa water, coffees, and milk and cookies in the evenings. Across from the check-in area is a Starbucks coffee shop and gift store featuring local treats and books. Also, a large, contemporary sitting and business area is available to all guests for working, socializing or relaxing.

Our Room
All rooms are located inside the resort and can be accessed via elevator. We rode the glass elevator up to our room located on the 7th floor, room 740. My boys, ages 10 and 7, really got a kick out of riding the elevator. Our room had a great view of the pool area and a partial view of the golf courses, which made for a relaxing evening on the balcony. The main area was spacious and included two double beds, a work space, sink, and mini-fridge. The oversized bathroom was very nice for my family of four. The toilet was located in the main bathroom but in a little alcove, which is great for the times when it is necessary to share the bathroom with little ones! Oh, and the Aveda toiletries were enjoyed by all during our stay!

The World Golf Village Renaissance St. Augustine Resort in St. Augustine, Florida offers a plethora of amenities to its guests. As I mentioned before, goodies are always available in the lobby, ask for all of the details at check-in. In addition to the pool, an arcade, ping-pong table, and nice playground is available to the kids. A very nice sized fitness room is available to the adults as well as a laundry room and complimentary WiFi access in the public areas. There is also a very relaxing walking path located throughout the resort grounds, golf areas, and nearby shops. A putting course is available for $5 unless you visit the World Golf Hall of Fame then it is free! The resort offers free parking and complimentary shuttle service to St. Augustine. So, park your car, then hop onto the shuttle to avoid paying for parking in the downtown area.

The World Golf Village Renaissance St. Augustine Resort in St. Augustine, Florida truly caters to their guests. As you can tell from the numerous amenities that are offered, the resort’s desire is that you and your family have a nice, relaxing time during your stay!

My family and I really enjoyed our time at the resort. I highly recommend this property to traveling families.

Make sure to schedule time to enjoy a walk around the property with your family, it is gorgeous.
Don’t forget to ask about the “rotation” schedule for the goodies offered in the lobby. My kids really enjoyed the evening milk and cookies.
The Imax Movie Theater and World Golf Hall of Fame are located within walking distance of the resort.
Breakfast at the Villagio is fantastic, but make good use of your in-room refrigerator if you are budget conscience.

Disclosure: This review is my own and based on a complimentary stay and meal at The World Golf Village Renaissance St. Augustine Resort in St. Augustine, Florida courtesy of the resort.
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