My family had the pleasure of spending the week in Franklin, North Carolina a few weeks ago. This part of the state brings you back to a simpler time - things are quiet, simple, and nature focused.
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On my family’s most recent trip to Walt Disney World, we dined at one of my favorite spots - the Kona Cafe. After discovering this place on my first anniversary trip (almost 6 years ago!) - I have had the pleasure of returning time and again for breakfast, lunch, and dinner!
On my family’s recent trip to Pittsburgh, we made a stop at the National Aviary. To be quite honest, I had no idea this place - which is the only private indoor zoo for birds in the entire U.S. - was located in Pitt until I googled “Pittsburgh family must do’s” or something along those lines. Regardless, this looked like a good find, so everyone hopped in the car and headed that way! Turns out, the aviary would be one of our favorite experiences of our entire trip!
On my family’s recent trip to Pennsylvania, we made a pit stop in Hershey. I’d heard tales about this little slice of American Heaven since I was a kid, and I was so excited to explore this sweet (literally) city with my children. As we passed the city limits, we rolled down the car windows and breathed in the air, and I kid you not, you could smell the chocolate! It was such a sweet beginning to our adventure.
DISCLAIMER: This blog post is the opposite of incredible. It was slated to be about Epcot’s Flower and Garden Festival. It was supposed to be filled with beautiful blooms, favorite treats, Florida sunshine, and more. It is not. Because, mom life.
I’m a Disney girl, always have been and always will be. I started going to Walt Disney World before I could walk, and Disney is truly my happy place. I have spent birthdays, spring breaks, holidays, anniversaries, and everything in between here, and I wholeheartedly knew that I wanted to raise my children with the Disney magic that I hold so dear to my heart.
My family recently spent a long weekend at the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, and it was a picture perfect family getaway. Crystal blue waters, white sand, and sun paired with good food, ample entertainment, and beautiful accommodations left us wanting to ditch our day jobs and move to the beach by the end of our stay.
Last week, I had the pleasure of spending the morning at the Jacksonville Zoo. It had been years since I’d gone adventuring here, and I am so glad my family took the trip! It has changed significantly since my childhood days, and I am sure I will be back to explore it more with my kiddos.
When my husband told me that he would be heading to Jacksonville for a board meeting, I asked him if we could come along and turn his work trip into a mini vacation. He of course agreed, and I am so glad he did! Our trip to Jacksonville Beach was so much fun!
Over the years, I have gone to Disney World more times than I can count. At each stage of my life, I have found magic there in different ways, and my favorite things to do there have changed. I definitely titled myself a “Disney enthusiast” by the time my first son was born, and when he was about 3 days old I was already itching to take him to the parks (no, I didn’t take him when he was that young, calm down).
Disney was the first vacation destination we visited as parents. Though some might feel as though the cons outweigh the pros for taking super little ones to Disney, I would beg to differ. In fact, I feel as though Disney is one of the best places for young families to go because of pure ease. We have returned numerous times since my kids were born, and we are now gearing up to take another trip in a few weeks!
Many moons ago, before we had kids, my husband and I talked about how we would travel the world together. We even wrote a list of places we wanted to see and adventures we wanted to experience. We were super young and on a shoestring budget, but even still, we made travel a priority.
Then, we had our first son. Work schedules became increasingly demanding. We bought our first house. Financial demands changed. Not only did our bucket list seem to be put on the back burner, but with a tiny human in tow, travel logistics changed too. My oldest couldn’t make it to Target in the car without losing it, so how would he endure a road trip or anything else?