"But, Mom.... Please!” How to Avoid Temper Tantrums on Vacation

 Few things can derail a peaceful vacation faster than a tantrum. One minute the family is serenely strolling the banks of the Seine; the next all the Parisians are glaring as your face turns redder than the screaming child’s and vacation becomes decidedly less relaxing. ...more

Two Trips to Charleston, SC

Denise I need to plan a third trip!  We do love the Angel Oak--truly indescribable, isn't it?  ...more

My New Normal

I’m still here…I think this is the longest break I’ve had from blogging.Wasn’t intentional.  Nor lazy.  Nor anything.Just didn’t write.I didn’t forget — I jotted down a half a dozen things to write about…then?blankstaring at the blinking cursorblankNot sure why.  Tried to figure it out.  Then?I let it go……me?Yep, I let it go.  Not my normal……...more

4 Beach-Free, Kid-Friendly Attractions Around Miami

A lot of families are taking summer vacations to the beach this year. Who could resist the sun, sand, and soothing ocean? I love the beach so much that we decided to move to Miami, so we can have it all year....more

10 Things I'd Do With 5 Minutes of Alone Time

I love my family. I love spending time with my family. But I need to tell you something: Sometimes, all I want, for the love of Pete, is to just have some time ALONE. Can I get an amen?! ...more
Thanks for featuring me! Still waiting for that alone time ...more

10 Best Vacation Songs For Your Travel Playlist

Music is a huge part of any traveling experience ,whether it be the CDs you listen to in the car or the songs you stream while laying on the beach. I am lucky enough to be going on my first ever tropical vacation next month, so I have been preparing every detail. I've loved putting music together that gets me into that beach holiday mindset. ...more

Miami Girlfriends Getaway

Do you need an excuse to hangout with your friends in Miami South Beach? Absolutely not!But if you were looking for one, than a Birthday Celebration would be reason enough to pack your swimsuits and stilettos to hit the sand.And Shani, along with four of her friends, did just that....more

Charleston Girlfriends Getaway

Last summer, for our Girlfriends Getaway, my friends and I chose Charleston, S.C.  It was the perfect girl-bonding destination for dining, dancing, shopping, and sleeping in."Traveling together has truly helped define our relationships."...more
Denise Thanks so much for checking it out.  I was my first time.  I can't wait to go back with ...more

30 Summer Staycation Activities

Summer time can be an expensive time of year for families. If you are not careful, you can end up breaking the bank sending children to pricey summer camps or taking expensive family vacations. Why not save some money and plan a staycation?A staycation is when you participate in fun activities all within driving distance of your home. You save on hotel costs and on dining out because you can sleep in your own bed and cook your own food. With a little thought and creativity, you can have the time of your life without traveling far....more

Top Tips for Sharing a Hotel Room with Your Kids

If the thought of sharing a hotel room with your kids is enough to make you break out in hives - you're in the right place!Here are my top tips for getting a good night's sleep on vacation - even if you're sharing a hotel room with your kids!...more