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About Me & My Family

In a nutshell I am a wife, mother, adventurer, urban gardener, bookworm, foodie, lover of traveling and the great outdoors. I love an adventure and am lucky to be the mother of a 9 year old boy who loves one too! He has become one of my very favorite travel companions and with dad, we have seen a lot! We have been spending a lot of time camping and traveling with our little teardrop trailer over the last 5 years - putting on over 20,000 miles, visiting 10 western states and lots of National and State Parks. Camping isn't our only jam - we love to travel the world as well! We just returned from Southeast Asia in February (the Philippines!), love to have ski vacations to Whistler, BC, spend much of our summers on a boat in Canada, and have trips to Europe starting to take formation for next summer. So many places to see, so little time!
Our Family's Travel Personality
adventurous, curious, quiet, relaxed, simple, independent, energetic, spontaneous, easy_going, scheduled
We Just Got Back From
Orlando, Florida!
Our Favorite Vacation Spot
As a couple - New Zealand. Mama/son trip - The Philippines
A Place We'd Love To Visit
Favorite Vacation Memory
We are always happy in Hawaii, but then, who isn't?
Worst Travel Moment With My Kids:
Traveling to the Oregon Coast for my birthday, and our guy having hand-foot-mouth disease and we didn't know it. He was screaming nearly the whole time and was having such a hard time eating and sleeping.
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September 28 2016
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The Kitchen - Hard Rock Hotel Orlando | kids travel, kids activities
The Kitchen - Hard Rock Hotel Orlando
5800 Universal Boulevard,
Florida 32819
"A great place to celebrate birthdays with magic!"
We were heading out to dinner with friends to celebrate our son's birthdays. We wanted to do something special and when we heard about the wandering magicians during dinner on Friday nights we decided we needed to check The Kitchen out!

The restaurant is located on the lowest level of the Hard Rock Hotel and in keeping with the theme of the hotel is chock full of memorabilia. There is plenty to look at.

The menu is full of all sorts of dishes. They do a variety of starters and salads that will entice anyone (we enjoyed the calamari)! For meals selections range from flatbreads (pizzas basically) and burgers to beautiful seared tuna, pasta and big hunks of beautiful meat. We all left full and happy! They have gluten free and light fare menus available as well as kid's menus.

One of the kid's favorite things outside of the really cool magicians was the "Kid's Krib", which is a room in the back where they can hang out and watch cartoons and movies in bean bags while they are waiting for dinner to come out or for the adults to finish their drinks and conversations.

This restaurant offers the magicians on Friday nights from 6:00-9:00p and character dining Saturday nights from 6:00-9:00p. There was also an artist doing caricatures in the lobby at the bottom of the stair near the ice cream and sweets shop in case you need a quick piece or art!

We recommend it highly!
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September 28 2016
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Loews Sapphire Falls Resort | kids travel, kids activities
Loews Sapphire Falls Resort
6601 Adventure Way,
Orlando, Florida
"This hotel opened in July 2016 and I got a chance to tour it!"
The Loews Sapphire Falls Resort is a gorgeous Caribbean themed onsite hotel at Universal Orlando Resort. I didn't have the pleasure of staying here, but I was able to join a tour of the property to learn more about it. Friends who did stay here at the same time we were down said they were very happy with it and would highly recommend it to anyone looking for affordable luxury minutes from the Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios.

There are 1000 guest rooms and suites at this resort. The standard guest rooms are beautifully decorated in calming blues and whites and very comfortable. I was able to go inside one of their standard rooms and immediately felt the tension draining from my body. I was wishing we could stay there (we will look into next time!). They offer double queen beds (the room can accommodate 5 people) or a King room (which can accommodate 4 people).

There are several suites to choice from that give families the opportunity to spread out a little more. The "Kid's Suite" for instance has one room with a King sized bed and a second room with 2 twin beds. According to their website: "The two separate rooms are connecting and feature a single entrance to the adult room. The children's room opens only into the adult’s room, and not into the hallway. The kids’ rooms will have fun themed décor." I didn't get a chance to see them in person unfortunately but it sounds perfect for families!

The property is gorgeous and boasts the biggest pool onsite. It is a zero-entry pool with a water slide and a beautiful and relaxing pool deck. It is here you will find the Drhum Club Kantine for your pool side food and drinks. The kids club, arcade, kids play area and work out room are all off the pool deck (on the same level), so families can have different interests and still be in the same area. My son and husband went over to use the pool one day (if you are staying on the Universal property you can use the pools at any of the other resorts with your room key...a nice perk!). They loved it there, especially the water slide and were wishing they had more time to play.

There are 3 food options at this resort (outside of the Drhum Club Kantine):
- Amatista Cookhouse is on the bottom floor and is the 3-meal food option at this hotel, meaning they serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. Food here is inspired by the food of the Caribbean and offers "on the water" dining.
- Strong Water Tavern is a tapas style restaurant and rum bar on the lobby level, - it is kid friendly! We had a lovely dinner here the night before heading home. My husband said it was the best ceviche he has ever had.
- The New Dutch Trading Co. in the lobby is your "grab and go" food option.

Like all of the onsite hotels Sapphire Falls offers complimentary water taxis to and from CityWalk and guest get early admission to the Islands of Adventure. This resort is also along the walking paths, which is a really nice option for getting to and from the parks as well.

Thank you to Loews Hotels for taking the time to give us a tour of the property! All opinions expressed are my very own.
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September 28 2016
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Blue Man Group | kids travel, kids activities
Blue Man Group
6000 Universal BLVD,
Florida 32819
"Extraordinary Show for the whole family"
During our trip to Florida we had the opportunity to check out the Blue Man Group at Universal Orlando Resort. Their theater is right in the heart of CityWalk, just behind and next to the Hard Rock Cafe.

I had seen the group when they were touring the country more than 20 years ago, but my husband and son had never experienced them before. I knew what they were in for and we checked out a couple of YouTube videos before leaving on our trip to get the excitement pumping! My son couldn't wait!

The experience is such an amazing one for people of all ages. They aren't performing to you, they are performing with you. From what I have been told, if certain things are resonating with the crowd they go with that skit longer. If it isn't they move on. It is very inclusive with audience participation requested at different interval and on different levels.

The music, the lights, the paper, the balls, everything is exciting and makes you feel so alive. There is so much humor that everyone can understand without a single word being spoken. All senses are perked up and you wonder what is going to happen next!

The show moves quickly and our son didn't ask "how much longer" once, which is amazing considering there is no intermission. He was hooked from the moment we stepped inside - he was mesmerized by the sounds, and splashes, and colors!

This is a loud show so kids with noise sensitivity might want to to bring ear protection along.

They encourage us to "Dare to Live in Full Color" and they certainly live up to that! Definitely check this show out during your Universal Orlando visit!

We want to thank the Blue Man Group, Universal Orlando Resort, Family Forward and Mom It Forward for making this experience possible for my family. All opinions are my very own.
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September 20 2016
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Laughing Oyster Restaurant | kids travel, kids activities
Laughing Oyster Restaurant
10052 Malaspina Road,
Powell River,
British Columbia V8A 0G3
"Gorgeous views and delicious food!"
During our boat trip this summer we decided to head up Okeover Inlet for the main purpose of dining at the Laughing Oyster. My family had been here before but we were never with them on those trips and we had heard such great things.

The restaurant is in a coverted house that faces out over the inlet. You can eat on their covered deck or inside. It was raining the day we were there and we sat on the deck right next to the rail and stayed perfectly dry.

There is a small orchard on the property that lots of kids were playing in and while we were waiting for our food we sent my son off to play too. Nobody batted an eye about it and it was great for all of the kids.

The food is flat out amazing. Okeover Inlet has loads of oyster farms and so things are really fresh in that regard. Fresh salmon, halibut and prawns were also on offer. For folks who prefer land animals, they also offer amazing steak and chicken dishes. Service was very friendly and helpful, the atmosphere was relaxed and casual, and the live music was awesome!

If you are near Powell River definitely give this restaurant a try. It is one of our favorites!
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September 19 2016
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Space Needle | kids travel, kids activities
Space Needle
400 Broad St,
Washington 98109
"Expensive, but a once in a life time thing!"
This can make for a very expensive day out, but you get to go to the top of the Space Needle which has been a landmark in Seattle since the World's Fair.

The admission also includes 2 free pictures. One is taken when you enter the building just before you go up the elevator (it is taken in front of a green screen so you can pick your background). The other picture is one that you can take on the outside deck at the top. Just scan your ticket and it will snap a picture of you. You will have to go to the kiosks inside to scan your ticket and you can then email your photos to yourself or anyone else!

The ride to the top takes about 8 minutes and you can spend some time hanging out at the top, putting your name into the interactive screen uploading pictures, downloading other pictures and getting a 360 degree view of Seattle and the sound.

I haven't eaten at the Space Needle (it was very expensive), but from what I understand, it includes your ride to the top.

City Pass includes the Space Needle which makes it more affordable. If you plan to do several attractions in a few days, the City Pass is the way to go!