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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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October 07 2016
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Strong Water Tavern
6601 Adventure Way,
Florida 32819
"Really enjoyed our meal!"
Strong Water Tavern is a Tapas style restaurant and a great place to go for dinner inside the Loews Sapphire Falls Resort. It came highly recommended to us so we just had to try it!

My husband really enjoyed the Seafood Ceviche he had there, in fact he thought it was the best Ceviche he has had. My son enjoyed his hot dog off the kids menu, and I had a little trouble finding something to eat due to a strange food allergy I have. They were kind and were able to do something that wasn't on the menu for me, but I didn't have any other choices. All orders are tapas style and on the small side, so you will want to consider ordering a couple of things to try. Everything looked completely delicious that we saw go by. Their desserts were also really delicious and service was laid-back but pleasant and helpful. It was a very relaxed meal.

Strong Water Tavern prides themselves on their huge selection of Rum, some made in house. If that is your thing, check it out!
October 07 2016
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Incredible Hulk Roller Coaster - Universal Orlando | kids travel, kids activities
Incredible Hulk Roller Coaster - Universal Orlando
6000 Universal BLVD,
Florida 32819
"A beast of a rollercoast - we loved it!"
The Incredible Hulk! Coaster found in Marvel Super Hero Island in The Islands of Adventure has been newly refurbished and just reopened in August 2016! There is a newly designed queue you will pass through featuring a new story line that transports you to a scientific facility centered around a massive gamma core. General "Thunderbolt" Ross is leading the experiment and you are at the center of it - a gamma-charged Hulk! You will eventually board a really sleek new vehicle and are literally whisked away!

There are loads of loops and corkscrews and just when you think you get a little break you are looped again! It was awesome!

This ride is a beast and so much fun! Minimum height requirements are set at 54" and my son loved it but suggests that you ride the Incredible Hulk with an empty stomach! Sound advice for any big roller-coaster!
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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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