Plan Your Family’s Next Outdoor Adventure

To know me is to know I love summer and being outdoors ~ the more of both the better! So to take the edge off of how much I wish summer would never end, I welcome fall by planning my family's next outdoor adventure. Because Labor Day marks the unofficial end of summer, hanging on to the last three weeks of my favorite season can be a challenge. And there is no question our family's >> Read More

Rainy Day Must Haves {What to Pack for Disney}

Today I am at Hollywood Studios as part of our visit during the #WDWBigFun Tween Fam Trip and unfortunately it has been raining. Its actually been pouring, like buckets of rain oh my gosh its colder than I want it to be wind blowing rain in your face kind of rain and then it stops…for a bit.  And let's face it, if you have rain on your vacation it can make for a miserable day and >> Read More

Disney Parks Extra Magic Hours with #Tweens

One of my all time favorite things to do at Disney Parks has always been to make the most of Extra Magic Hours. Its a blessing to have that extra time, making it easier to pace yourself when you are in the parks because you'll know you'll have more time to enjoy what you love most. But if you are a parent, you may have discovered the hard way that if you make the most of >> Read More

Fun Things to do With Kids in Raleigh

With the first official day of Spring break upon us, its time for our family to let loose and have some local fun. Because this is not a time when our family travels, I'm always challenged to make sure this precious time away from school and spent as a family is fun and relaxing for us all. Over the years we've grown to find we've got a short list of fun things to do in >> Read More

Spring Break at Disney World

Spring break season has arrived and for many families that means a much anticipated trip to Walt Disney World is right around the corner. If you are blessed to be visiting this Spring, you'll be enjoying the benefits of the recently introduced Magic Bands and Fast Pass + system, Starbuck's (YES!!!) stores in Epcot, Magic Kingdom, and Hollywood Studios, and all kinds of new merchandise to enjoy.  When it comes to special events and activities >> Read More

Spring Break Staycation Tips for Teens

By the time your kids are teens, words like Staycation can yield some epic eye rolls. With their friends off to Spring break at Walt Disney World (yes even in high school and especially senior year!), at a warm beach, or touring colleges, staying home as a high school student is anything but cool. Keenly aware of what everyone else is doing, there is nothing worse than having nothing to share when they head back to school >> Read More

Packing Tips for Spring Break at Disney

Today we are talking about what to pack for Spring break at Walt Disney World. You know its one of my favorite places on Earth ~ if not my favorite of all! Years ago I served my Walt Disney World College Program for a Spring semester and Spring break season definitely presents a unique set of packing needs that are worth keeping in mind. In particular if you are taking tweens or teens, this particular trip >> Read More

5 Reasons to Visit Walt Disney World This Fall

For pixie dust lovers like me, anytime of year is a good time of year to visit Walt Disney World. With so many seasonal and holiday influences throughout Disney Parks, each visit only further convicts me to somehow find a way to actually live in Cinderalla's Castle and work on Main Street USA each and every day. However for most people with a smidge less Disney fever, if you are planning a visit to Walt Disney World, you >> Read More

Summer Weekend Getaway ~ Asheville, North Carolina

Planning a summer weekend getaway is always fun and when it comes to North Carolina, we are blessed to have fabulous options all over the state.  One town that just begs for a mid summer visit is Asheville.  I had the pleasure of visiting 3 years in a row while attending the TypeAParent Conference and with each conference, had the chance to experience a little bit more of the city.  I fell in love with its incredible >> Read More

5 Ways Beat the Heat with Old Fashioned Fun

As we turn the corner on late July and welcome the hottest days our summer will likely offer, its time to beat the heat with some old fashioned fun.  By now, you've likely used up a number of your best ideas for summer fun and you might be finding yourself stressed at the prospect of facing hotter than comfortable days with seemingly nothing "fun" today.  But before you bang you head against the wall wondering >> Read More