Indulge and Discover the Italian cuisine at Vivo Italian Kitchen at Universal CityWalk

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During our recent trip to Florida , we spent a few days at Universal Orlando along with a bunch of other bloggers and their families as part of the Mom It Forward Family Forward retreat. This exciting trip was made possible in part thanks to the generous Family Forward sponsors, including the VIVO Italian Kitchen restaurant that provided our family with a delicious dinner. This brand new restaurant is located at Universal CityWalk, just a … [Read more...]

Anna and Elsa Frozen Makeovers from the Disney World Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique

Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique Anna Elsa Sisters

It was this time a week ago that our family was experiencing our second day of Disney World when we were making our way to the back of Cinderella's castle to take our daughters to the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique for their scheduled appointments. We were trudging through another soggy, rainy day and thankful for the cool, dry relief that the boutique offered. Who can't appreciate that when it never ever seems to stop raining in Orlando? After we … [Read more...]

Going to Universal Orlando? Here’s Why Loews Portofino Bay Hotel is THE Place to Stay #FamilyForward

Loews Portofino Bay Hotel #FamilyForward

Just a few short weeks ago, my family set off in the minivan for a 3 part family vacation. The first leg of our trip was a 4 night stay at Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando. We traveled there along with many other blogger families to attend the Mom It Forward Family Forward Orlando Adventure.  A team of generous sponsors made the cost of our trip too affordable to pass up and I'm so glad we didn't. We had a pretty rough start to … [Read more...]

Visiting Rocky Mountain National Park & a Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal Bars Recipe #NaturalDifference

Rocky Mountain National Park

The J.M. Smucker Company sent me free product samples and asked me to blog about this product. A few weeks ago, our family took our first road trip of the summer. It was actually more like an adventure as we brought along some of our extended family and set out to drive across the country to Colorado. This was a drive that wasn't unfamiliar to me as my parents took me on quite a few family vacations to visit the Rocky Mountain National … [Read more...]

Our Six Flags St. Louis Trip #WildforWetOnes

Six Flags St Louis Rides #WildForWetOnes

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Wet Ones through the Mom It Forward Blogger Network. A few weekends ago, we took two of our kids on their very first trip to Six Flags St. Louis. This is a theme park that I visited many times as a kid and one of many experiences that I'm so glad I was finally able to share with them now that they're a bit older. Before hitting the road for the two hour drive, we packed our day trip essentials in a handy, … [Read more...]

5 Tips for a Kid-Friendly Summer Adventure & Go #WildforWetOnes

5 Tips for a Summer Adventure with Kids #wildforwetones

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Wet Ones through the Mom It Forward Blogger Network. For many families, the summer break is starting to wind down. Our own kids go back to school in about a month and we're looking for ways to keep the last few weeks exciting and full of adventure. Unfortunately, the summer fun we've already had has depleted a lot of our summer fun money. So I've come up with a few ideas for having fun on a budget! 5 … [Read more...]

5 Reasons Puerto Rico Should Be On Your Travel Bucket List

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This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Puerto Rico, The All-Star Island. All opinions are 100% mine. In about 13 years or so, my husband and I will be free of children living in our house. At that time, we plan to start crossing travel destinations off of our mutual bucketlist. When you have three kids, traveling is quite expensive and limited on what you can do. That's why we're saving Puerto Rico for the years we get … [Read more...]

Peek Inside the New Diagon Alley at Universal Studio’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Diagon Alley

Years ago when I heard the announcement that Universal Studios Orlando would become the home of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, well, truthfully, I squealed like a kid on Christmas morning. The books and movies that had become an obsession were now becoming a real life attraction. Then our family made the long drive to Florida for a family vacation and we hadn't carved out any time to visit this new attraction. You can imagine my … [Read more...]

Weekend Things | Snow Days

11 week old lab puppy

This past weekend we got our first real snow storm. I spent most Friday doubting the snow would ever amount to anything but woke up Saturday morning to almost 7 inches of it on the ground. Tink, our lab puppy, got to experience snow for the first time and boy did she have a ball out there! While I was wandering around taking photos, I left hubby to do the shoveling. One of these years we might actual invest in a snow … [Read more...]

Family Travel | Giant City State Park Nature Trails

Giant City Trail Bluffs

About once a year we try to make it down to southern Illinois for a weekend trip in and around Giant City State Park near Carbondale, IL. It's a place we've been going with my parents since I was a little girl. While my husbands ideal vacation usually involves sand, ocean and warm breezes, I much prefer the stillness of the deep woods, a chill in the air and nothing but dirt under my feet. That's why I love Giant City State Park so much. It's … [Read more...]