Castaway Cay, Disney’s Island in the Bahamas

If you’ve been on a Bahamian Disney cruise, you’ve probably been to Castaway Cay. This little piece of paradise in the Bahamas is Disney’s private island, run by Disney crew and kept for Disney cruisers. As part of the recent media preview cruise of the Disney Fantasy ship, I spent an afternoon on this island,…

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Pittsburgh Style Pulled Pork Sandwich

Primanti Bros. sandwich Many people return from their travels with souvenirs; I bring back recipes. This one’s from a long-term stay outside of Pittsburgh, where my husband and I discovered the joy of French fries in sandwiches (and sometimes salads, too, but that’s another story). This slow-cooked pulled pork sandwich is inspired by the many…

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Not a “Good” Sign

No matter where I travel — across the country or across town — there’s one thing that seems to be a constant: the misuse of quotation marks. On a road trip to western Pennsylvania we saw a few doozies. Like this:   Is it “Thursday” yet? and from the same establishment…. Apparently “someone’s” food is big Seriously,…

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Mom-Daughter Trip to LEGOLAND

My, what big Lego teeth you have! My daughter is still talking about the trip we took to LEGOLAND Florida last year. My four-year-old daughter and I were invited to attended the grand opening of LEGOLAND and explored the park on a sunny, summery day. Our first stop at the new theme park was Duplo Village, an…

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Looking for Adventure in Travel

One of my favorite parts of travel is the planning. I love scouring websites and brochures, reading reviews and looking a photos taken at my destination. I’ll pore over maps to get a sense of the place and its layout (and maybe mark the location of a Starbucks or two) and check weather reports to…

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Secret Family Travel

My husband and I are currently keeping a secret from our children. Well, truth be told, we keep lots of secrets from them — most of which they will end up finding out about sooner or later (hopefully later). But this one’s a good one — and one we want to hold onto until the…

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Wordless Wednesday: House of Cards

What are you looking at? Sometimes the best toys are cheap ones; my kids love to build card houses out of flash cards. We recently bought a few packs of index cards and small labels and let them go to town with them. They loved building houses (and tunnels and train sheds and tents) with…

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Wordless Wednesday: Dizzy

Bouncing off the walls in the hotel corridor So we recently stayed at a hotel. My kids love nearly everything about hotels. Elevators! A different room to sleep in! Views from the windows! But mostly, they like to run down the hallways (see photo, above).

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Travel Opens Doors – and Eyes

Who lives in a pineapple under the sea? Don’t ask my daughter; as of now, we’ve sheltered denied her knowing that sponge. in fact, after several days at the Nickelodeon Hotel (read more about our stay here), she’s none the wiser to the underwater creatures. She did, however, meet Dora, Diego and a couple of her favorite Wonder…

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5 Best Bites in Clearwater, Fla.

With restaurants popping up all over town, Clearwater is becoming a foodie destination. On a recent trip I was able to experience some of the best restaurants the city has to offer. Here are my top 5 best bites in the city. Shrimp and Grits 1. Hilton Clearwater Beach‘s shrimp and grits. As a northern girl, I’d…

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