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Lindsay_michael

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About Me & My Family

I'm mom to a hilarious (I'm talking comedian-in-the-making) 5 year old and a cancer-surviving superhero 7-going on 27-year old. After our daughter's battle with an aggressive form of leukemia (AML), we decided to make the most of every minute. Our family's motto: Until further notice, celebrate everything! This means lots of trips. We try to incorporate educational experiences as much as possible, but our ultimate goal is to celebrate life and celebrate family!
Our Family's Travel Personality
adventurous, curious, rowdy, independent, energetic, spontaneous, easy_going, artsy
We Just Got Back From
the museum (any museum!)
Our Favorite Vacation Spot
do we have to pick just one? The Mountains!
A Place We'd Love To Visit
Hong Kong and mainland China
Favorite Vacation Memory
My daughter's Make-a-Wish trip... every minute of it. It coincided with her 4th birthday. We went to Disney World. Her bright smile lit up the park!
Worst Travel Moment With My Kids:
Within an hour of arriving at our Villa at Disney, my very excited daughter started jumping on the bed. She fell face first on to the ground and her nose bled everywhere. Fortunately she recovered within a few minutes and was ready to head to the parks!
Websites I Like:
www.thecancersprint.blogspot.com

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May 12 2013
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Sea Trail Golf Resort & Convention Center | kids travel, kids activities
Sea Trail Golf Resort & Convention Center
75 A Clubhouse Road,
Sunset Beach, North Carolina
"Beach Resort with the Comforts of Home"
Each year, our family takes at least one beach trip and we always try to stay oceanfront. This year we decided it was time to try something new. Rather than renting a beach house or staying in an oceanfront condo, we checked into The Sea Trail Plantation and Golf Resort. It is located on the mainland of Sunset Beach, NC in Brunswick County just minutes from the Atlantic Ocean.

Sea Trail Plantation offers over 200 villa-style suites. Our villa included a full kitchen, dining and living area, a bedroom with two full beds, and a “mini-suite” which had two additional full beds, a kitchenette, and a small dining area. The suite had a full washer and dryer, which is ideal for vacationing with kids anywhere, and absolutely necessary for sandy bathing suits, and dirty beach towels. The villa was bright and comfortable. I appreciated having a full kitchen for preparing meals without the responsibilities of cleaning that go along with renting a beachfront privately-owned home. Our villa also had a porch that overlooked a lovely golf course.

Amenities at Sea Trail included indoor and outdoor pools, three award-winning golf courses, two restaurants, and 2000 serene acres. Spanish moss draped from trees over the golf course and made for a lovely backdrop for my daily run. The indoor pool was small, but big enough for the kids to burn some energy between beach trips. Although the outdoor pool was closed for the season, it was beautiful and I’d love to go back in the summer to try it out.

The resort is minutes from the delicious restaurants and unique shopping of Calabash, NC, and the town of Sunset Beach. It is also a hop, skip, and a jump from the ocean. The trip from the plantation to the ocean can be easily made by car or by beach cruiser. I would recommend Sea Trail to any family looking for a peaceful resort vacation with the comforts of home.

Disclaimer: We enjoyed a complimentary stay at Sea Trail Golf Resort and Convention Center while visiting the Brunswick Islands, as well as passes for several island activities, but the opinions expressed in this review are my own.
 
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May 12 2013
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Calabash Creamery | kids travel, kids activities
Calabash Creamery
9910 Beach Drive,
Calabash,
North Carolina 28467
"I Wish I Could Give Calabash Creamery 10 Stars!"
What is a trip to the beach without ice cream? The Calabash Creamery in Calabash County, NC offers some of the most delicious ice cream I’ve tasted. So good, in fact, that we visited twice in one day. And I’m not embarrassed to admit that!

After a sunny dolphin-watching cruise, we stopped by the Creamery. We were all a little tired and the kids were hungry. The menu was long and creative, and I decided to order the salted caramel ice cream. It was the perfect blend of sweet and salty. You might even say it was life-changing. My kids went with bubble gum and black cherry. We enjoyed our ice cream cones in the large rocking chairs lining the front porch of the creamery.

Later in the day, we debated ordering dessert at the restaurant where we were having dinner. Before the dessert menu arrived my husband grinned sheepishly and said, “Want to go back to the Creamery?” The agreement was unanimous - a rare occurrence with a five and seven year old.

For our second ice cream of the day, I went with a sugar cone of Plantation Prailline. Think sophisticated butter pecan. My husband ordered salty dog which was chocolate ice cream with salted peanuts and pretzels. Yum! The kids picked black cherry ice cream again, but topped it with gummy bears. If their smiles were any indication, they made wise choices.

The philosophy at The Calabash Creamery is “to serve the best ice cream, made from the best ingredients with the most friendly service.” I’d say they live up to that philosophy. They only use fresh ingredients, which is why you will only find flavors like cantaloupe, sunset peach, and strawberry during the summer months. They also say the secret is in the cream. 16% butterfat cream, that is! It’s okay. You’re on vacation. Even if you go back twice!

Disclaimer: Our latest trip to the Brunswick Islands included a complimentary stay at the Sea Trail Plantation and Golf Resort on Sunset Beach and passes to several activities on the islands courtesy of the Brunswick County Tourism Development Authority, but the opinions expressed herein are my own.
 
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May 12 2013
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The Bagel Dock Cafe | kids travel, kids activities
The Bagel Dock Cafe
10009 Beach Drive SW,
Calabash,
North Carolina 28467
"Sandwiches at the Shore"
Lunch at the beach can be a bit of a challenge. After a morning spent splashing in the tide, you’re sure to be hungry. If you choose something too heavy - perhaps fried seafood - you won’t want to get back into your swimsuit that afternoon. On the other hand, if you choose too light, your kids will end up having a hunger meltdown waiting for dinner. The Bagel Dock was a happy medium. This quick service bagel shop’s sandwiches were delicious and satisfying, even for my picky five year old.

The Bagel Dock is an unassuming sandwich shop. It may look simple from the outside, but step inside and you’ll discover a delicious selection of sandwiches, salads, and breakfast fare. Sandwich are served on bagels but can also be ordered on white or wheat bread, as well. The meat and cheeses are Boar’s Head, and all of the toppings are fresh and tasty.

Seating is available inside or out. We chose a spot outside and sipped sweet tea and enjoyed the breeze while waiting for our sandwiches. The restaurant was crowded with locals, always a good sign, but we only waited a few minutes for our food. When the meal arrived, everyone was happy with their choices.

My daughter decided to try something new - a turkey melt - and she loved it. My husband picked an Italian sub, and I had a bagel dog with a side of very tasty potato salad. My son ordered macaroni salad, which was a bit too sweet for my tastes, but his grilled cheese was decadent. The potato and macaroni salads were small, maybe 2 or 3 tablespoons, which were perfect for a light lunch.

After lunch everyone felt re-energized, and ready to return to hit the beach. The next time we are in Calabash, we will definitely grab lunch at The Bagel Dock.

Disclaimer: We enjoyed a complimentary stay at Sea Trail Golf Resort and Convention Center while visiting the Brunswick Islands, as well as passes for several island activities, but the opinions expressed in this review are my own.
 
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May 12 2013
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Ingram Planetarium | kids travel, kids activities
Ingram Planetarium
7625 High Market Street,
Sunset Beach,
North Carolina 28468
"Star Gazing at the Beach"
Since our latest trip to the Brunswick Islands was mid-week in the off-season, The Ingram Planetarium was not open for regular hours. The museum director was kind enough, though, to open the planetarium for a tour for the purposes of this review.

The Paul Dennis Science Hall was filled with hands-on activities for children of all ages. Even my husband was impressed. There was a hurricane simulator which was very cool. The modern day “Pipes of Pan” illustrated the concept of sound waves. This idea of sound as energy made for an interesting discussion with my son. An orrery, or model of the Earth orbiting the sun, and the moon’s position during that rotation helped my children visualize what can be a complicated spatial issue.

The SkiDome Sky Theater has shows on a variety of topics daily throughout the summer months and on Fridays and Saturdays in the off season. We were not able to watch a movie, but the theater was spacious and comfortable. Go to the website for previews of movies that are playing at any given time.

I love science and I believe kids can learn as much on a well-planned family trip as in the classroom. In fact, even parents can learn something new on a well-planned trip if they are open to it. The Ingram Planetarium is truly an interactive an educational museum for children. I highly recommend it for families vacationing in the Brunswick Islands.

Disclaimer: Our latest trip to the Brunswick Islands included a complimentary stay at the Sea Trail Plantation and Golf Resort on Sunset Beach and passes to several activities on the islands courtesy of the Brunswick County Tourism Development Authority, but the opinions expressed herein are my own.
 
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May 08 2013
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Callahan's of Calabash and other shopping in Calabash | kids travel, kids activities
Callahan's of Calabash and other shopping in Calabash
9973 Beach Drive ,
Calabash,
North Carolina 28467-2711
"Beach Souvenirs in the Brunswick Islands"
I’m not a big fan of shopping and I rarely spend money on souvenirs, but for some reason Callahan’s of Calabash called to me. We wandered inside to find 35,000 square feet of every decoration, toy, and souvenir you could imagine. This was not your typical, tacky, shot glass and lighthouse souvenir shop.

Callahan’s had Tervis Tumblers, Life is Good shirts, even the Natural Life line of home decor. They had home decor that you would buy and not regret later. We found unique cloth tiles with the letters of my son’s name to decorate his room. We also bought salt water taffy to take back to my co-workers. The kids each picked a stuffed animal - a cat and dog who started “fighting” the minute we headed back to the hotel.

Calabash is also home to The Bamboo Boutique. Praised for being environmentally friendly, often U.S.-made, and more durable than cheaper synthetic fibers, bamboo is gaining in popularity. This shop has been open for about two years and had excellent prices. Unfortunately they didn't have children's items, but the options for women and men were excellent. They also offered bamboo kitchen items and bedding.

Other shops in Calabash include your typical beach Christmas shop and several beachwear boutiques. As a mom who doesn't like to shop, I was surprised by how much fun we had exploring the retail side of Calabash.

Disclaimer: We enjoyed a complimentary stay at Sea Trail Golf Resort and Convention Center while visiting the Brunswick Islands, as well as passes for several island activities, but the opinions expressed in this review are my own.


 
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