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Greater Williamsburg, Freedom to Have Fun

Colonial Williamsburg

Williamsburg, Virginia is a location that is near and dear to my heart. You might recall, that right before we had Max, we decided to take one last trip as a family of three. Williamsburg had been on my list of places that to visit and since its just a few short hours away from me in Maryland, it was the ideal spot. We had such a wonderful time and I get so sappy happy when I look at these photos and remember how little Jake was, how BIG I was, and all our family...

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Inn on the Beach Vacation


Growing up in Tampa, Florida, St. Petersburg was always such a nice place to visit. I, of course, loved crossing the bridge to see the "big pink castle" and the pretty white beach. Now that I'm living in Maryland and the winter weather drags on a bit too much for my liking, St. Petersburg is truly a paradise perfect for a getaway. Recently, we did a family bridal shower in the area and I was able to experience it with my Mom for a mother daughter weekend. We stayed at the Inn on the Beach...

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Girls Weekend at Clifton Inn

Best Friends at Winery

Obviously as besties dating all the way back to high school, Kristin and I love to get together just the two of us to really hang out. Unfortunately, we don't get the chance that often these days. Between our families, jobs and just life in general, friend time often doesn't happen. So, when we had the opportunity to stay at the Clifton Inn for a girls weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia we did a happy dance at the chance. Living just a few hours away, exploring Charlottesville had always been on my bucket list. The area is known...

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What I Spend My Money On

What I Spend Featured

Money is SUCH a tricky subject. I was at lunch with a girlfriend of mine, and we were reminiscing about that infamous episode of Sex and the City where Carrie gets judged and scolded for her too expensive shoes by a friend with children. Yes, my boys definitely came with a price tag and it wasn't a little one, but I try not to judge how my friends choose to spend their money. As long as they can afford it, then good for them! But January does imply a certain, "Back to Budget Basics" in my household. The...

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How to Keep the Kids Busy at the Airport


Thanksgiving travel is widely considered the busiest time of year to fly. With all those crowds, lines and delays keeping the kids entertained is HARD! It can be completely nerve-wracking for parents. I should know, I've done my fair share of flights with kiddos alone! Don’t stress yourself out trying to walk through the airport with fussy kids on top of everything else that you’re trying to deal with. Here is how you keep the kids busy at the airport. Pack Snacks Remember to pack a lot of snacks. I often try to find a treat or...

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Win A Carnival Cruise with #CruiseSmile

One of my all-time favorite vacations was when Kristin and I took a Carnival cruise with two other girlfriends. We had a wonderful trip that was so relaxing and fun. We still laugh and have a great time thinking about all the silly moments and cool things we did when we get together that week. Making memories on vacation is what life is all about! Now that we have little ones, I’m so excited to see that Carnival has a cruise that is perfect for us to take families on! The Carnival Magic has a new...

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Top Road Trip Tips

Toddler at Reststop Sign

It's summer and a lot of us are hitting the highway for a family vacation. Some of my favorite childhood memories are of my brother and I in the backseat on a family road trip. Of course there was an invisible line dividing the back seat that one must dare not cross. OR ELSE. But maybe that was just us? Ha. Now that we have small children, its important for me to get out and show them the world. There is so much to do, see and explore! And while I love to fly, with all...

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Video: Our Myrtle Beach Vacation

Sandcastle Building

I'm so excited to share this little video we made of our time in Myrtle Beach, SC. We had such a great time and it's so rare that our families get together for such a fun experience. I highly recommend a best friend family vacation! We spent 5 wonderful days in Myrtle Beach (you can read here for details about our time and tips for traveling with two families here) and our kids loved each other before, but now they are total besties too! I came back from this vacation to find out that a few...

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Myrtle Beach Family Vacation Tips

Meg and Kristin on Beach

Disclosure: Travel accommodations were provided by Myrtle Beach, South Carolina for the purpose of this review.  Last week both of our families packed up our swimsuits and drove to South Carolina for a joint Myrtle Beach family vacation. Myrtle Beach is about the halfway point from Kristin's home in Florida and mine in Maryland. We each loaded up a minivan with the beach toys and kiddos and after about 8 hours, we arrived in Myrtle Beach. Having known each other since we were 16, it's important for us to have our children spend time together and...

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