The Happiest Place on Earth

Which is Disneyland. The Magic Kingdom is the Most Magical Place on Earth. People often confuse those two. As part of our trip to California earlier this month we took the girls to Disneyland. I wanted to take a little bit of time and talk about how the resorts are different and why I think…

Cali-forni-YAY!

Two years ago, Big Daddy and I ran off to the left coast for two weeks sans kids.  We told them we were on a fact finding mission and, we kind of were.  This year, the girls got out of school, we packed our bags and flew to… …well, not Beverly.  LAX. We spent fourteen…

I Stayed Deluxe at Disney World So You Don’t Have to

And, you don’t have to.  Let me tell you something about me. I love upscale travel accommodations. Swanky little boutique hotels. Five star hotels. Vacation rentals on the ocean on a resort island. The good stuff. I can’t always afford it, but that doesn’t stop me from loving it.  This past weekend, Big Daddy and…

Going to the Fair

If you’re from Northwest Michigan, or have spent any time up there, you might have a TV jingle stuck in your head now. Last weekend, we finally managed to get to the Renaissance Festival. It’s been on my to-do list for years. Years. Summers would come and go with the Renaissance festival never getting crossed…

Summer Vacation Recap

The past few years, Big Daddy and I have been lucky enough to go on a week (or two!) child free vacation thanks to generous babysitting offers from Big Daddy’s family. The girls get to spend a week on the shore of a beautiful little private lake tucked into the north woods in Wisconsin and…

Forty Before 40: I went to New Jersey!

Hey, so remember this little project? Well, I have.  I’ve been working on a few parts of my Forty before 40 project since I posted about it April.  I’ve made progress on a few things (like, being able to sleep with the TV off!) and am in the planning stages of some others.  But, one…

Just We Two and the Road

In July, Big Daddy and I celebrated our fifteenth year of marriage.  There’s something satisfying about us adding to our tally of years together.  I can’t remember a time when Big Daddy wasn’t in my life and I like that our year total has begun to reflect that.  When we were first married, our handful…

Disney Recap: See Ya Real Soon

So, I admit it.  I’ve been bitten hard by the Disney bug.  A lot of my spare time is spent trying to decide how to best convince Big Daddy to agree to another trip right now.  We are in negotiation for Fall 2015.  He made a face at me, but I have a good ace…

Disey Recap: Do and Do Not

Do Make Advance Dining Reservations for your “must do” dinners and character meals. Do Not make too many.  By the end of the trip I was tired of buffets and the stress of trying to get super stoked kids to eat something while Mickey was standing five feet away. Next time: I won’t pay for…

Four Weeks to Disney: Scheduled

I’ll admit, with the cost of a Disney vacation, I’ve spent a lot of time planning our trip. I was pretty sure we were going to follow a touring plan, but as I tried to plan one out, I realized that I was getting far to obsessed with the tiny minutia of our trip. Did…