Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort is Open

Dolly Parton Hall

Dollywood's DreamMore Resort opened its doors Monday, July 27, and my family had the fun opportunity of experiencing this gorgeous and extremely family-friendly property two days later. Located on the outskirts of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, [Read more]

Johnny Rockets is Rockin’ the Flavors of Route 66

Johnny Rockets in Opry Mill Nashville

Recently I was talking about fun road trip burger restaurants and one of the places I mentioned was Johnny Rockets with its nostalgic flair. This summer Johnny Rockets is Rockin’ the Flavors of Route 66 with a limited-time menu offerings (available until [Read more]

Best Road Trip Burger Restaurants

Johnny Rockets

Back in my early 20's my grandmother and I took a road trip from Florida to Colorado. She said that if we needed to make any rest stops it should be a McDonalds because the restrooms were always clean. She was right. Every location, state after state, offered [Read more]

Five Reasons to Take Your Teens to the Boca Raton Resort & Club in South Florida

Our first view of the entrance to the historic Boca Raton Resort & Club.

As my kids grow older (they're now 15 and 13), I'm finding they need fewer bells and whistles to help keep them entertained at vacation resorts. I suppose I should say different bells and whistles are now welcomed. Once a complimentary kids' camp, a pool's [Read more]

Six Things to Pack for a Theme Park

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Before I start this post, I have to tell you that this is coming from the mindset of a mother with a toddler. That means I currently visit theme parks with a stroller equipped with plenty of storage space, from a bin underneath to a dual cup holder and cell [Read more]

North Dakota Girlfriend Getaway Ideas

Corsair at Fargo Air Museum

Some of my favorite trip memories have been girlfriend getaways. What I've learned about such trips is they are not a one-size-fits all. Depending upon whom you are traveling with your itinerary is likely to be quite different. For example, if you're traveling [Read more]

KOA Camping: What’s Behind the Yellow Sign?

Wisconsin Dells KOA

This is a sponsored post for KOA’s Promotion: What’s Behind the Yellow Sign My ten-year-old son asked if we could go camping this summer. I hesitated. While we have some camping gear, we really don’t have the important things, like a tent or enough sleeping [Read more]

Road Trips with Dad

My husband and son on a road trip to Pittsburgh.

The countdown has begun to our family summer road trip. There is nothing my husband Jeff loves more than a family road trip. Years ago, he was the hurry-up-and-get-there kind of driver but that destination-focused thinking has subsided as our family has begun [Read more]

Paddington is Now on Blu-ray and DVD

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I'm not sure what is more exciting, the news that Paddington is now on Blu-ray and DVD or that we have a fun Paddington-themed giveaway. I'm a sucker for nostalgia and I have always loved this friendly bear. Now that I'm back in the "little people" era I have [Read more]

How to Turn Instagram Photos into Home Art

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You've likely heard about the stunt that artist and photographer Richard Prince pulled. He printed Instagram photos - belonging to others - and placed a $90,000 price tag on them. We won't get into the ethics of the story here, but what I can tell you is [Read more]