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What is the Real Cost of Cruising? See What We Spent on our Carnival Cruise

May 12, 2016
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Summer break starts in just over two weeks and I am starting to obsess about how we can possibly top our Spring Break vacation. Actually, we have an amazing trip to Arkansas planned, but that doesn’t involve the ocean, my all-time favorite thing and place in the world. Our two favorite local family vacation destinations […]

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2016 Scion iA One Week Test Drive Review: A Great Value for Teen Drivers

March 29, 2016
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I spent a week driving the 2016 Scion iA, a new model sedan that offers an incredible value for teen drivers and their families.  The iA is a new model for Scion for 2016, and offers several premium features as standard equipment. The 2016 Scion iA is available in one trim level, which includes a seven […]

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KIDZ BOP Expands National Life of the Party Tour

March 28, 2016
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Madelyn loves KIDZ BOP. When we take road trips the Sirius XM radio is set to KIDZ BOP (Channel 77 in case you didn’t konw) about 90% of the time. Poor Sebastian! Actually he keeps his earbuds in most of the time so he doesn’t even know what’s happening in the car. Madelyn would be […]

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How to Choose a Western or Eastern Caribbean Carnival Cruise

March 18, 2016
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We’ve gone to the beach for almost every vacation the last 15 years and will be going to the mountains in Arkansas this summer, so to balance things out, because I can’t possibly go 6 months without seeing the ocean, we planned a cruise vacation with Carnival Cruise line for our Spring Break. I am really excited because I know both kids will enjoy the cruise since there are a lot of entertainment and activity options on board and at ports that cater to both of their tastes.

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Southern Families Can Enjoy a Cruise Vacation from these 5 Driving-Distance Carnival Cruise Ports

February 23, 2016
Southern Families Can Enjoy a Cruise Vacation from these 5 Driving-Distance Carnival Cruise Ports

Southeast families can enjoy a cruise vacation without paying for flight tickets to get to a departure port.
Here is your complete guide to Carnival Cruise Line departure ports within driving distance of almost any state in the south east. Have you always wanted to take your kids on a cruise but the thought of paying for cruise tickets AND plane tickets, to fly to the departure port, gives you anxiety? We understand.

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The VTech VM312: The Whole Family Video Monitor System

January 6, 2016
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Every parent needs a little help watching children on occasion. You may think an audio only baby monitor works perfectly for you, but picture this: You’re up to your elbows in suds, when you hear an odd sound in your child’s room. You have to take a peek. Naturally, your dishtowel is nowhere to be […]

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Makers Kit: Craft Projects for the Whole Family

October 22, 2015
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Kids love to make things. Leave them in the dining room alone even for five minutes, and you’ll return to a tower built from chopsticks, napkins, and those coasters your mother-in-law gave you for Christmas last year. Why not channel that creativity into something productive and fun for the whole family? Makerskit is a service […]

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Change the Mood in your Home Instantly with Philips Hue Wireless Lighting

October 15, 2015
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We’ve had a blast using our new Philips Hue wireless light bulbs and Hue Go portable light for the past week.  I’ve heard about Philips Hue wireless light bulbs but didn’t understand how much a light bulb can change your life until using them.  I can change the mood, decor, and ambiance of myself, the kids, […]

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Wirelessly Stream Music and Audiobooks from your Phone with Insignia Bluetooth Speakers

August 10, 2015
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My daily routine starts with reading news on my iPhone before I get out of bed, then the kids and I listen to The Bert Show on iHeartRadio while they get ready for school – again, on my iPhone after which I drive the kids to school.  During the drive we usually listen to the radio […]

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Get Ready For Summer Camp With Mabel’s Labels Camp Label Pack

June 3, 2015
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Get your kids ready for camp with Mabel’s Labels Limited Edition Camp Label Pack. Super customizable, these labels make sure your kid comes home with the valuables he went to camp with! Plus, you’ll find a special coupon offer inside!

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One Week Test Drive + Car Review: 2015 Nissan Pathfinder SUV

February 10, 2015
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Nissan has made a number of small but meaningful upgrades to the Pathfinder for 2015. It is a great 7 passenger SUV for families who need easy access for car seats and cargo. While it isn’t as sharp a handler as some other large crossovers, its powerful V6, smooth ride and relatively strong fuel economy make it a good choice for under $30,000 to start.

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One-Week Test Drive + Car Review: 2015 Lexus LX 570 SUV

February 3, 2015
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The Lexus LX 570 SUV is a luxury SUV originally designed in the late 1990s. Just as in the 90′s, the elegant, roomy interior of the LX 570 is sure to please your family – maybe as much as it did mine. The Lexus LX 570 is designed as an off-road crossover vehicle, with a high ground clearance and a towing capacity of 7,000 pounds. The LX is perfect for traveling on the interstate or traversing rugged terrain.

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One-Week Test Drive + Car Review: 2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport

February 2, 2015
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The 2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport is a smooth-riding and spacious compact crossover SUV that appeals to families because of its high safety scores, its generous safety and comfort features relative to an affordable base price, compelling advanced technology options at the higher trim levels, and the industry’s best factory warranty.

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2015 Toyota Sienna First Look and Review

October 21, 2014
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“The Original Swagger Wagon” splashes into 2015 with a dynamically refreshed exterior and copious amounts of pizazz for a parents’ night out or early-morning practice with the kids.   MSRP: Starting at $28,500-$41,650 MPG: 18 City / 25 Hwy ENGINE: 3.5-liter V6 and six-speed automatic transmission The quintessential minivan…classic chariot of the large family, often […]

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iRobot Roomba 880 Vacuum Cleaning Robot Review

September 26, 2014
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If anyone needs help with household cleaning, it’s a busy parent!  I know because we have two kids, a puppy and a guinea pig and there are lots of families with more than two kids and more than two pets which I can’t imagine!   You can imagine the mess any member of my family or pet […]

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2015 Lexus ES 350 Review – Welcome to the Future…And How Luxurious It Is!

September 22, 2014
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MSRP: Starting at $37,550 MPG: 21 City / 31 Hwy ENGINE: 60°V6 TYPE / 3.5 L DISPLACEMENT / 268 hp @ 6,200 Remember the nineties, when super-plucked eyebrows were all the rage and a certain luxury car burst onto the scene? The Lexus offered one of the first two-toned paint jobs I noticed at the time.  Back […]

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Lexus RX 450h Test Drive – A Safe, Family-Friendly, Luxury Hyrbid SUV

July 14, 2014
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MSRP: Starting at $47,445 ESTIMATED MPG: 30–32 City / 28 HWY ENGINE: V6 | 3.5 L | 295hp I recently test drove a Lexus RX 450h, a five-passenger luxury hybrid mid-sized crossover for a week and neither my kids or I wanted  to part with it.   Experiencing the luxury hybrid SUV for a week gave […]

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4 Kid’s Bikes for Kids Learning to Ride + 7 Bike Safety Tips

June 26, 2014
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Learning to ride a bike is an essential part of childhood for most kids.  For some kids learning to ride a bike is a breeze and for others, like my second child, learning to ride a bike isn’t easy at all.   If there’s one thing I’ve learned when shopping for bikes for my kids, it’s that there […]

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Keep Your Feet Cool and Cute In These 5 Breathable Ballet Flats

May 19, 2014
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Summer is quickly approaching and that means it’s time for sandals and flats.  I love ballet flats.  Ballet flats have been my go-to shoe for about three years and I don’t know how my feet survived 30-something years in something other than ballet flats or wedge sandals during the summer.  Actually, I do.  I wore […]

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5 Little Kid Rolling Travel Bags

April 24, 2014
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With summer break comes summer travel.  For families with multiple children, or any children for that matter, it’s nearly impossible for parents to help roll a child’s luggage through the airport when they have their own luggage to carry. That’s why it’s a good idea to buy a travel bag or carry-on luggage made specifically […]

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Toy Roundup: 6 Self-Contained Travel Toys Great For Summer Road Trips

April 21, 2014
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Every once in a while I stumble upon an online children’s store that is extraordinary.  Today I found AlexandAlexa when searching for travel toys for road trips.  With summer road trips coming up I am desperate to find new toys and activities that will keep Madelyn occupied during our long car rides. I appreciate simple, classic […]

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Little Girl Fashion Guide: 4 Adorable Ballet Flats for Little Girls

October 11, 2013
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Gone are the days when little girls run around in ‘play shoes’ all day, every day. Now little girls, at least mine, want to wear cute shoes whenever they can.  My daughter plays dress up and when some girls might want to wear mom’s high heels, my daughter is perfectly happy in a pair of […]

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