You Haven’t Experienced Mexico Until You Visit Cabo

If you’ve been to Cancun and you think you’ve been to Mexico, think again. You need to go to Cabo. Los Cabos, located at the tip of the Baja California peninsula, is nothing like the hotel zone of Cancun or the dense mangrove forest of Riviera Maya. It’s desert, and it feels like Southern California or Arizona. Cabo is in the state of Baja California Sur (“baja” means “lower and “sur” means “south”) so it is literally Lower California South. Cabo boasts jutting cliffs, rocky beaches, coarse sand, countless varieties of cactus, and fascinating animal life. I saw swooping pelicans,
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COVID Preparedness: Disney vs. Universal

Many people have asked me about my experiences at Universal Orlando and Disney World in the height of the COVID pandemic.  Is it safe? Which park does a better job of cleaning and sanitizing? How did it feel staying at the resorts? Well, read on, and read all the way to the end because I’m doing a FREE giveaway! My kids and I stayed at Universal Orlando on June 15-22, 2020, and my daughter and I stayed at Disney World on August 3-6, 2020. I thought the best way for me to answer these questions is to have a little
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To My Kids, as They Return to School

I wear a lot of hats in this crazy life I lead. If you have read my blog, you know a little bit about how I spend my day. I am a travel consultant and a writer. I have blogged about health issues, Caribbean travel, and going to theme parks during COVID, but I haven’t written about the biggest part of my life: being a wife and mom. Last week, my four precious kids went back to school after five months of being home. There were moments when we all got stir-crazy and a little sick of each other, but
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COVID Magic at Disney World

Is the magic still happening at Disney World, even during a pandemic? Read about my experience going to Disney’s Hollywood Studios and the Magic Kingdom during COVID. I love Disney World. It’s one of my favorite places to go. I’m 44 years old, and I’m unashamed to say I never get tired of going to a Disney park. My husband thinks I’m weird for loving Disney so much, but I thoroughly enjoy myself every time I go. I love the theming, the characters, the attractions, and best of all, the Cast Members who work so hard to give personalized attention
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Sweet Haven is a Sweet Addition to Westhaven, Franklin

If you know me, you know ice cream is my favorite food on earth. I’m instantly drawn to the ice cream aisle as soon as I walk in the grocery store. I dream about ice cream. I know all the ice cream shops in town. Or so I thought. Sweet Haven Sweets and Treats is the newest ice cream shop in town, and it just happens to be down the street from my home. Located in Westhaven neighborhood in Franklin, Tennessee, off New Highway 96 , Sweet Haven opened on July 2– without even telling me! The secrecy lasted only
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High Country Adventures Cures the Covid-19 Blues

I love planning other people’s vacations. Some planning takes weeks, and other trips take years of preparation. But when it comes to my travel, I tend to be spontaneous. Last weekend was no exception. My daughter, Adelynn, was invited to go whitewater rafting with a friend and her family, and all of a sudden, rafting sounded like an excellent idea. The weather was hot, and we needed something active to do in the summer heat. Nadia is too young to raft, so Mark said he would stay home with her. That left me, Ethan (17) and Clarissa (14). Choosing High
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Universal Orlando is BACK!

A few weeks ago, I took my four kids to Universal Orlando. They had a two-week break from band and we had nothing on our schedule, so we hopped a plane from Nashville to Orlando. I usually fly Southwest, but Frontier has had some spectacular deals. We got roundtrip tickets for $70 each. I like Frontier as a discounted airline carrier because you can save money if you pack light and if you are open to sitting wherever Frontier places you.  Frontier charges you for every checked and carry-on bag and for selecting your seat. We decided to stay at
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Disney World is OPEN Again!

On July 11, 2020, Disney World welcomed guests into the Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom for the first time in 118 days. Disney Parks chose to implement a phased reopening for the Most Magical Place on Earth. Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom opened their gates on July 11. Epcot and Hollywood Studios will open on Wednesday, July 15. As you can imagine, Disney Parks have had to make some significant changes to keep guests safe. Guest Capacity Disney is strictly limiting capacity to the parks by implementing a park reservation system. If you want to visit a Disney park, you
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The Trip That Goes Wrong, Part 2

You know those times in life where you think to yourself, “This could go either way”? Sometimes, you find yourself at a crossroads, and you know things are about to turn out really well or totally go down the toilet. Let me give you a quick recap. In a matter of a moment, my future had changed. I didn’t think I would be able to get on the Disney Wonder cruise ship, but my friend Sela broke into my house and sent me a photo of my birth certificate. In just one text—a picture of a piece of paper with
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