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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Road Trip I-95 Michigan to Florida : Fun Places to Stop Along the Way


En route to Florida along I-95, a path trekked many times by frozen people looking to escape the cold, harsh northern winters and thaw under the bright sunshine and palm trees. Like these people, I have made this road trip many times. I know from experience that this trip is a long one, however, it doesn't necessarily have to be a boring one. Step off the route by only a few miles and weird, fascinating and fun adventures await. 

In preparation for our last trip along I-95 we made a list of all of the places we'd like to stop and see along the way. Unfortunately we weren't able to see everything on our list because frankly, there weren't enough hours of daylight in our day's. We were able to see a few of them and let me tell you, it was worth it! I mean, seriously, when else will you have a chance to see a giant pencil? Probably never. 

Friday, March 20, 2015

Spring Break is Not Just for the Kids: Carousel Comes to the Lyric Opera of Chicago {April 11- May 3} + GIVEAWAY

Disclosure: Ticket Giveaway provided by the Lyric Opera of Chicago. All opinions are my own. 

A few months ago I had the pleasure of taking in a performance by the Lyric Opera with my six year old daughter at the Civic Opera House in Chicago. We went to see The Sound of Music and decided to make a "girls weekend" out of the show. We booked a room at a local hotel and headed out towards Chicago from Michigan with a little extra time before the production started so we would have time to explore the city. Luckily, we found several fun things to do within our short 24 hour stay. Read more about our past Chicago trip here: 24 Hours in Chicago

That short weekend together was such a great little getaway for the two of us and an evening at the Civic Opera House was the icing on the cake! The Civic Opera house is a beautiful historic building with tall ceilings, ornate details and an upscale feeling. Plus, the Lyric Opera puts on amazing performances with all-star casts. I would love to make another trip into Chicago to enjoy even more performances from the Lyric Opera soon and definitely plan to add it to my "date night" adventures list.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Cool Places to Visit Near Orlando, Florida

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For the last week and a half my family and I have been traveling around Florida on a ten day road trip. While we were in the area we spent most of our time wandering around Orlando and it's neighboring areas in search of adventure. Even though Orlando in itself offers quite a bit of entertainment between Disney, Universal and SeaWorld, the neighboring cities also have a lot to offer and can provide a bit of respite from the bustling Orlando lifestyle.   

Below are some of the amazing places we found while feeding our wanderlust gene in the beautiful state of Florida. 

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Brevard Zoo: Melbourne, Florida

Disclosure: All or part of this trip was provided for free or at a reduced cost for review purposes. But the opinions are only that of the writer and cannot be bought.
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A few years back I stumbled upon a zoo while traveling with my kids through Melbourne, Florida on a family road trip. As we drove up to the entrance we weren't sure what to expect since we hadn't heard of this place before, however after entering through the gates we couldn't believe how amazing this zoo was. The amount of interaction with the animals and with the staff was beyond that which we had seen before. Today, fast forward three years and have found ourselves back in the same area. Can you guess what the first place on my list to visit again is? Yep! The Brevard Zoo.

Friday, March 6, 2015

Sharing My #DisneySide

Disclosure: I received free products in order to host a Disney Side @Home Celebration. The opinions expressed here are my own. 
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It doesn't matter if you've ever stepped foot into one of the parks or not, you probably have a memory or a special place in your heart for Disney. For me, Disney movies were the first films I fell in love with as a child. They taught me to dream, to be confident in who I was and to view the world as a magical place.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Blueberry Cream Bars #LoveDoveFruits

 This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #LoveDoveFruits #CollectiveBias
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Spring is near, I can feel it; only on the inside of course because on the outside my body is still shivering from the near negative temperatures and the cold touch of snow as it falls on my face each and every time I walk outdoors. In my heart I can tell that spring is only a few days away, in reality? Eh, this winter might just go on lasting forever. I guess it is a good thing that I typically tend to lead with my heart then, right? Speaking of leading with my heart, my favorite non-guilty snack is now being carried locally by Walmart and it looks like they've expanded with new flavors! Eek, love them! If you haven't yet tried these DOVE® Fruit - chocolate dipped real fruit bites you don't know what you're missing! They definitely put the "spring" in my step if you know what I mean (too corny?).