Visit Florida: Not Just For Snow Birds

Visit Florida

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of VISIT FLORIDA for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine. Quick. What's the first thing that comes to mind when I say Florida? Let me guess. The first thing has to do with a talking mouse and the second has something to do with a huge migration of retired folks from the midwest and east coast. Well, let me tell you, Florida isn't just for snow birds. It's for everyone. There are such a variety of things to do and see, that everyone will … [Read more...]

3 Restaurants in Las Vegas To Try

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This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Southwest Airlines Vacations for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine. Forget the gambling, Vegas is for eating. Yes, you read that correctly. I would eat my way through Las Vegas. While most of the people I know go there for the gambling and night life, I want to go back to Vegas and eat at all of the fabulous restaurants with the most famous of chefs as proprietors. It's been over six years since I was there last and aside from seeing a … [Read more...]

Stargazing At The Sheraton Universal Hotel

Sheraton Universal Hotel

Disclosure: I was not asked or required to write this post about the Sheraton Universal Hotel, however I did receive an all-expenses paid trip to attend the Iron Man 3 premiere in LA and we happened to stay at the Sheraton Universal. As always, my statements are 100% mine and yours may differ. Wow, it's been almost a month since I traveled to LA  to attend the Iron Man 3 premiere. I know I talked about my fabulous time walking the red carpet, meeting the beautiful Gwyneth Paltrow and being … [Read more...]

Tips For Taking Road Trips With Toddlers

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Thank you to Gymboree for sponsoring this post. I have a well-traveled 3-year old. It started at 6 weeks of age when she took her first flight from North Carolina to Iowa. After being such a good little traveler, her dad and I knew that she would catch our traveling bug too. For the next 3 years, she flew and drove all over the country with us.  Yes, these little feet have been every where. After logging thousands of miles, I've learned to live by these tips for taking road trips with … [Read more...]

My Dog Sledding Experience: Harnessing The Dogs

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You may remember a few weeks ago how I told you my dog sledding trip took me out of my comfort zone.  It challenged me mentally, physically and one might argue, spiritually.  After unpacking our things in the bunk cabin, we headed over to the main house to get a better understanding of our schedule for the weekend.  That day, some of us would get to take our first sled ride but first we had to learn to harness the dogs. Just like people, dogs come in all shapes and sizes.  But unlike our … [Read more...]

An Evening At Publican Quality Meats

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When someone asks you if you'd like to attend a private dining event at Publican Quality Meats with Chef Paul Kahan, the only questions you ask are what day and time.  What he plans to serve, who will be attending or do I have a babysitter are questions that don't go through your head. Instead you prepare yourself for a truly amazing evening with great food and conversation. My husband and I arrived at the Mastercard Priceless Chicago event at 7:30 and instantly became enamored in our … [Read more...]

How Dog Sledding Took Me Out Of My Comfort Zone

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This is my 10th attempt at starting this blog post.  Each time I get about 3-4 sentences in, I change direction and hit the delete button.  There are multitude of reasons why I keep doing that but I think I've finally figured it out the main reason.  This trip wasn't just about dog sledding, though that was my motivation for taking the trip.  This trip turned out to be about stepping outside my comfort zone and pushing my limits.  Who knew that a road trip to Minnesota would do that. If … [Read more...]

Dog Sledding In Northern Minnesota

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I like to think I've done some pretty adventurous things in my life time.  In 1994, I drove across the country with my friend Emily to attend the 25th Woodstock Reunion.  For whatever reason, spending hundreds of dollars on a concert ticket, driving across the country to sleep in a tent surrounded by thousands of other people sounded like fun.  I can't remember if we told our parents what we were doing but even if we did, there was no way they could stop two twenty-year olds from taking in the … [Read more...]

7 Things That Make A Great Hotel

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I've stayed in a lot of hotels.  Most of the time for business but sometimes for fun.  What I've learned is that it doesn't matter what your reason is, there are just certain things that make great hotels stand out from the rest.  What makes a great hotel?  Well, everyone has their own wants and needs but for me here is my top 7 list. Free WiFi.  Shame on the hotels that are still charging their guest $15.95 per day to log onto the internet.  We pay an exorbitant amount for our hotel … [Read more...]

Discover Boating and Create Memories

Docking for a little fishing and family picnic at the marina.

Some of my best memories revolve around boating.  There is the summer between high school and my first year of college that my friends and I spent the many days on Lake Red Rock without a care in the world and the first trip my husband and I took to Bonita Springs, Florida where we rented a pontoon boat and roamed around while attempting to fish.  But my favorite boating memory was last year's family vacation. We took a week long trip to Northern Ohio and spent time on my brother-in-law's … [Read more...]