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About Me & My Family

I am living life as a mom on the run while attempting to maintain an easy pace between races and raising three children (ages 12, 8, 3). My family and I enjoy living life off the sofa and exploring the world around us.
Our Family's Travel Personality
adventurous, curious, simple, spontaneous, easy_going, social_butterfly
We Just Got Back From
Marco Island, FL
Our Favorite Vacation Spot
Sanibel, FL
A Place We'd Love To Visit
San Francisco, Seattle, Chicago
Favorite Vacation Memory
We visited the UK a few years ago. We toured Roman walls and castles which was truly an amazing adventure. I would love to return to the UK
Worst Travel Moment With My Kids:
Key West is just not kid-friendly. Open and closing the mini-fridge was the most fun my toddler had in Key West.
Websites I Like:
www.deniseisrundmt.com www.yelp.com www.hotels.com

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November 09 2014
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Carlyle Suites Hotel | kids travel, kids activities
Carlyle Suites Hotel
1731 New Hampshire Ave Nw,
Washington, District of Columbia
"Comfort and Style at the Carlyle "
This chic, art deco hotel just steps away from Dupont Circle offers spacious and comfy guestrooms. My double bed suite also offered a kitchenette adjacent to seating area complete with pullout sofa and coffee table. With a private bathroom and a vanity dressing area outside, families have have plenty of room to spread out comfortably. The room also offered a large flat screen TV and full size desk and all guests can enjoy free WIFI.
 
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August 20 2014
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Indian Rocks Beach | kids travel, kids activities
Indian Rocks Beach
1700 Gulf Blvd,
Indian Rocks Beach,
Florida 33785
"Indian Rocks Beach ROCKS!"
I absolutely love Indian Rocks Beach. Although I have never counted it to be sure, it seems like there is a public beach access every couple of blocks. A public beach parking lot is available near 20th Street across the famous Guppy's.

So why do I love this beach so much?

1) You are greeted by pristine white sand at every access point without walking far. There is not one bad spot at any point on Indian Rocks and you basically walk right onto the beach from the parking lot. Wooden boardwalks stretch from the parking lots to make the walk easier.

2) Indian Rocks Beach is untouched. It's obvious that the city of Indian Rocks Beach has worked very hard to maintain a quiet, beach town, island living atmosphere as opposed to many of the other beach cities along Gulf Blvd.

3) It's not Clearwater Beach. Sometimes I want to experience the beach away from the tourists but I want the beautiful Clearwater Beach experience. Indian Rocks offers all the beauty of Clearwater Beach without all the hustle and bustle from the crowds.

4)Indian Rocks Beach offers some of the most beautiful sunsets. For a dinner and a show, eat at Guppy's and then walk across the street for a spectacular sunset.

Hotels are limited but there are many vacation rentals in Indian Rocks Beach. It's the perfect day trip from Tampa.
 
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August 20 2014
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Clearwater Marine Aquarium | kids travel, kids activities
Clearwater Marine Aquarium
249 Windward Passage,
Clearwater,
Florida 33767
"Rescue. Rehabilitate. Release"
"Rescue. Rehabilitate. Release."

These three words are the core philosophy behind this incredible marine life aquarium and hospital. I first visited the aquarium many years ago before the release of the first motion picture film, "Dolphin Tale" which capitulated CMA into instant stardom and Florida destination. Years later, the aquarium is flourishing from the movie and the popularity of its beloved star, Winter.

Despite its overwhelming popularity and millions of visitors, this HUMBLE and MODEST facility has not lost sight of its ultimate mission and I truly love that. Now with the addition of Hope, "Winter has Hope" is more than just a catchphrase or a marketing theme. It's a way of life for these two dolphins that would never survive in the wild. Though it's a sad reality for the permanent residents of CMA, the impact they have on so many lives through the wounded Warrior Project or Winter's Kids runs deeper than the ocean.

This is not SeaWorld so do not expect the flashy shows. CMA is hospital and research facility.

To save a few pennies, watch for local deals such as "Kids free with the purchase of an adult ticket" or buy one, get one deals. Some local attractions (Florida Aquarium, MOSI, Lowry Park Zoo, etc) list CMA as part of their reciprocal program and offer free admission or a heavily reduced admission ticket.
 
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August 19 2014
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Quinn's on the Beach | kids travel, kids activities
Quinn's on the Beach
400 South Collier Boulevard,
Marco Island,
Florida
"Quinn's is the Quintessential Beach Spot"
When we arrived at the Marco Island Marriott,our room wasn't ready, however, as a kind gesture, the hotel offered a 20% discount on a meal at one of the hotel's restaurant. Of course, we took of advantage of it, but with seven restaurants on site, we weren't sure which to choose. We asked several of the hotel staff personnel for suggestions and each of them highly recommended Quinn's for its spectacular view and food. According to our bellman, "Quinn's burgers are the best on the island!"

That was no exaggeration. The burgers were phenomenal. My husband and my oldest daughter were very pleased. I ordered the shrimp tacos covered in cabbage and a fresh tropical mango topping. It was the perfect selection for this beach setting.

At sunset, Quinn's is the place to be! The restaurant sits right on the beach and every seat in the house offers an amazing view of the sunset. Every evening once the sun goes down, the restaurant hosts a "Sunset Celebration" with a fire dancer. It's the prefect Polynesian ending to a great meal and a day on the Paradise Coast!
 
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August 19 2014
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Tropiks Restaurant | kids travel, kids activities
Tropiks Restaurant
400 South Collier Boulevard,
Marco Island,
Florida
"A Beautiful Breakfast Buffet!"
The Tropiks offers a large variety of breakfast items on its buffet. From fresh fruit to made to order omelets, guests can choose lighter items or heavy breakfast foods depending on their breakfast mood. I loved that healthier, leaner meats were available such as a mango chicken sausage and shrimp was an ingredient offered at the omelet station. Everything tasted fresh and the food never sat long.

Two mimosas or Bloody Mary cocktails are included with breakfast. Kids can eat free with the resort fees. Additional children are $2.
 
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