Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Wordless Wednesday Brought to You By the Letter B


This week's Focused on the Magic Wordless Wednesday theme is the Letter B. 
 So I though Boats! Disney has lots of boats, and this one it one of the original. 
The Storybook Land Canal Boats in Disneyland.

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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

“What Keeps You From Getting Your Best Night’s Sleep?”

Great bedWe’ve traveled a lot over the past year, and had a wonderful time on every single trip. I love hopping on a plane and flying off to parts unknown, or even places that I know very well like Walt Disney World.  As busy day of touring makes me a very happy camper and I love being on the go. However I have a secret that often leaves me cranky and exhausted while we’re out of town. What’s my secret? I often can’t sleep in hotel rooms.

Now, that may sound strange, especially because I love staying in hotels, especially ones of the caliber I’ve become accustom to.  I’m one of those people that make themselves at home, completely unpacking my bags and “moving in” for the week.   I love maid service, room service, soft, clean sheets with that slightly bleachy smell.  I love how the bed looks when we come back in the afternoon and it’s been turned down for the night, chocolates on the pillows and little notes wishing me a good nights sleep.  It doesn't matter if I'm on the concierge level of the Animal Kingdom Lodge, or in a Deluxe Family Room on board the Disney Dream, the problem is that the sleep part rarely comes the first night or even the second; leaving me exhausted and cranky during the day until I finally just pass out.

IMG_0066Maybe it’s just being in a strange place, but when I’m not in my own bed, I just have a horrible time. Every sound alerts me, every change in light I notice, there are never enough pillows to make me comfortable, and it’s simply not “my bed”. So what’s a travel loving girl to do? Vicks now has an answer… it’s called ZzQuil. It’s not for colds, not for pain, it’s just for sleep.

Zzquil is for occasional use when you’re having trouble getting that sound sleep your internal clock craves, like me in a hotel room. It contains a non-habit-forming sleep-aid (Diphenhydramine HCl 50 mg ) and helps you get some shut-eye, so you can wake up feeling refreshed. ZzzQuil comes in an OTC liquid with a warming berry flavor, but for on the road convenience that won’t get stopped going through TSA checkpoints, it also comes in a great liquicap. Want to give ZzzQuil a try yourself?
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Next time I’m on the road, you can be sure I’ll be packing ZzzQuil in my bag. DO you have trouble sleeping when you travel? What are your best tips for getting a good night’s rest so that you can tour even better in the morning!? Please leave me a comment and let me know!

I was compensated for this post as a member of Clever Girls Collective. All the opinions expressed and confessions contained within are my own.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Wordless Wednesday - Japan Pavilion


Thursday, June 14, 2012

Meet Princess Sofia

Sofia-Princess-Disney_240Visit Entertainment Tonight Online for exclusive Video!

Exclusive Peek: 'Modern Family' Star Gets Animated
By David Weiner

Modern Family star Ariel Winter is getting animated for the new Disney Junior princess series Sofia the First, and we have an exclusive first look!

Sofia the First centers on a young girl whose life changes dramatically when her mom marries the king and she is suddenly whisked off to live in a castle. There, she must learn what it's like to be a true princess.

Grey's Anatomy star Sara Ramirez lends her voice to Sofia's mom, Queen Miranda, while Wayne Brady (Whose Line Is It Anyway?) plays one of the cute woodland creatures who hangs around the castle and Project Runway guru Tim Gunn voices Baileywick, the castle's royal steward.

Nancy Kanter, Senior Vice President, Original Programming, and General Manager of Disney Junior Worldwide revealed the trailer during the Las Vegas Licensing Expo earlier this week. Sofia the First debuts this fall as a primetime television movie on Disney Channel, followed by the series premiere in early 2013.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Florida’s Three for Free Giveaway is Here and You Could Win!

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of VISIT FLORIDA. All opinions are 100% mine.

In case you haven’t noticed or I haven’t said it enough recently, I love Florida!  I love how lush and green the landscape can be, the tropical environment, the water, the theme parks, the great food around Orlando.  It’s the place that I dream of when I think about running away from home.   With the warm summer sun high overhead I delight in thoughts of lying on a comfortable chaise by a seaside pool sipping cocktails.  Adding another vacation isn't quite in my budget at the moment, so I guess I'd better win one!



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  6. Trainer for a Day at the Miami Seaquarium
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  8. Ultimate Spa-cation at PGA National Resort
  9. Tee Time for Two at Renissance Resort World Golf Village
  10. Classic Family Beach Week in St. Pete
  11. Step Into the Past in St. Augustine
  12. Florida Keys Fishing


What are my three choices for a great Florida vacation?


I would love to visit St. Augustine, did you know that it’s America’s oldest European-settled city?  The history geek in me would delight in exploring the St. Augustine lighthouse, the Pirate & Treasure Museum, streets tred by Spanish conquistadors, and visit this vacations sponsor, Ponce de Leon’s Fountain of Youth! How wonderful to spend four nights at the St. George Inn.


Though, it is tempting to think about relaxing at the luxurious Breakers Resort, for a treat that’s legendary, idyllic and magnificent on Florida’s Atlantic Coast.   Every mom could use some pampered at a world class Spa sponsored by the Breakers Palm Beach.


Or maybe I’d really embrace all that’s Hot Hot Hot with a trip to Miami to train dolphins sponsored by the Miami Seaquarium, I could work side by side with their training staff, now that would be a fantastic adventure!  I think that I would fall in love with beautiful Biscayne Bay, and explore historic Vizcaya Museum and Gardens and relax at the luxurious Sonesta Bayfront Hotel Coconut Grove


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