17 04, 2017

Traveling safely: 4 tips for avoiding accidents on vacation

By | April 17, 2017|Travel|0 Comments

Many people look forward to taking a vacation, and having fun in a new setting, while spending time on a trip. Although traveling the world can prove to be exciting, several accidents can occur if certain precautions are not taken. When you want to stay safe and avoid accidents, there are a few important tips [...]

10 04, 2017

Is a Disney Cruise the right cruise for your family?

By | April 10, 2017|Reviews, Travel|0 Comments

Disney Social Media Moms Celebration is an invite only event, but you still have to pay a conference fee. It’s not FREE, but it is discounted. It’s an invitation many of those in my industry would love to receive, but Disney can’t invite everyone. Our family has been lucky enough to be invited three years [...]

5 04, 2017

Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside Resort did not work for our family

By | April 5, 2017|Reviews, Travel|4 Comments

Disney Social Media Moms Celebration is an invite only event, but you still have to pay a conference fee. It’s not FREE, but it is discounted. It’s an invitation many of those in my industry would love to receive, but Disney can’t invite everyone. Our family has been lucky enough to be invited three years [...]

11 01, 2017

Ladies weekend in Rochester New York has to include a spa visit

By | January 11, 2017|Featured, Reviews, Travel|Comments Off on Ladies weekend in Rochester New York has to include a spa visit

Rochester is filled with history, but it's also filled with fun stuff to do with your gal pals! A ladies weekend in Rochester New York has to include a spa visit, and of course, stops at the famous Wegmans that started it all! Plus, the Rochester Public Market, when the weather is nice. Truthfully, I'd [...]

28 12, 2016

All around Rochester exploring the world of play, art and George Eastman

By | December 28, 2016|Featured, Reviews, Travel|Comments Off on All around Rochester exploring the world of play, art and George Eastman

All around Rochester exploring the world of play, art and George Eastman, is one of my favorite experiences since starting my travel writing. Don't get me wrong, San Diego, and New York City, are my favorite cities for obvious reasons. However, Rochester has become a place I never expected to fall so deeply in love with. [...]

26 12, 2016

Eating my way through beautiful Rochester in Western New York

By | December 26, 2016|Featured, Reviews, Travel|Comments Off on Eating my way through beautiful Rochester in Western New York

Eating my way through beautiful Rochester in Western New York didn't cover nearly enough food, so I plan on heading back in 2017! I got a tease of a taste, a little amuse bouche, if you will. Next trip up, I'm hitting the BBQ places, but this time definitely wet my whistle for a lot [...]

12 12, 2016

The Strathallan Hotel located in the heart of Rochester’s cultural & historic districts

By | December 12, 2016|Featured, Reviews, Travel|Comments Off on The Strathallan Hotel located in the heart of Rochester’s cultural & historic districts

The Strathallan Rochester is located in the heart of Rochester's cultural and historic districts, and since it's a DoubleTree by Hilton property, you get a warm cookie when you check-in. Sweet! Especially after realizing everything at the hotel closes up rather early on a Thursday night, and I've just landed at Greater Rochester International Airport. JetBlue [...]

7 12, 2016

Walking in the footsteps of the legendary Susan B Anthony

By | December 7, 2016|Featured, Reviews, Travel|Comments Off on Walking in the footsteps of the legendary Susan B Anthony

  Walking in the footsteps of the legendary Susan B. Anthony is one of the most powerful experiences any woman can have. The only thing that could have made my footsteps more powerful? Having my daughter with me, following the same path through history. One day, I'll bring her to take it all in. It's [...]

5 12, 2016

Brilliant with a side of personality: Ward Stare

By | December 5, 2016|Featured, Reviews, Travel|Comments Off on Brilliant with a side of personality: Ward Stare

Brilliant with a side of personality doesn't even cover Ward Stare. His talent is extraordinary, and the fact that he's from my home state of New York, brings a sense of pride. I'd have never known of him, or his talents, if not for my daughter's desire to play Viola for her school's orchestra. Go [...]

23 11, 2016

The European Capital of Food Festivals

By | November 23, 2016|Featured, Food, Travel|Comments Off on The European Capital of Food Festivals

Photo Provided by Guest Writer, Chris Beattie. Készül a finom magyar dödölle. Kirakodóvásár. Fortuna utca. - Budai Vár, Budapest The European Capital of Food Festivals Over the last decade, Budapest has become one of the most popular tourist destinations. The growing number of tourists and foodies has made Budapest one of the top [...]

21 11, 2016

Hard Rock Hotel San Diego: when you want to live like a rock star

By | November 21, 2016|Featured, Reviews, Travel|Comments Off on Hard Rock Hotel San Diego: when you want to live like a rock star

Gaslamp Quarter of San Diego. Yup, just like most cities, San Diego has a variety of neighborhoods, and sections. The Gaslamp Quarter happens to be one of my favorite places to hang out in, when I visit my beloved San Diego. It's got all the best restaurants, and we all know my love of all [...]

19 09, 2016

Another city, another chance to experience amazing food: Long Beach

By | September 19, 2016|Featured, Food, Travel|Comments Off on Another city, another chance to experience amazing food: Long Beach

Another city, another chance to experience amazing food. This is Long Beach! It's not the Long Beach in my native New York, either. It's the Long Beach on the other side of this beautiful country, out in sunny California. Another city, another chance to experience amazing food: Long Beach I've said it before, and I'll [...]

29 08, 2016

Eating my way through San Diego on the coast of California

By | August 29, 2016|Featured, Food, Reviews, Travel|Comments Off on Eating my way through San Diego on the coast of California

Eating my way through San Diego, right there on the coast of California, with a good friend....it doesn't get any better than food, and friends! At least, not for me. Especially when I need a little break from work, and being mom. During, and after, an amazing event Kia Motors invited me to, eating my way [...]

3 08, 2016

Family weekend getaway: what’s there to do in the Poconos?

By | August 3, 2016|Featured, Travel|Comments Off on Family weekend getaway: what’s there to do in the Poconos?

It's time for a family weekend getaway. Great. Now what? Where can one go that's close enough to drive to, without the kids losing their minds in the car? The answer? The Poconos in Pennsylvania! It's one of the best places to visit in Pennsylvania for families, (or couples.) Plus, the drive to Pennsylvania is [...]

27 07, 2016

10 things to know about your vacation car rental

By | July 27, 2016|Featured, Travel|2 Comments

It's time to plan your big vacation, which means thinking about your vacation car rental. The last thing you want to do is rack up mileage on your own car, at least that's what Mr. Sunflower says to me before I start vacation plans! Or, perhaps, you need a larger car than what you’ve got. [...]

18 07, 2016

Weekend getaway at Mount Airy Casino Resort

By | July 18, 2016|Featured, Reviews, Travel|Comments Off on Weekend getaway at Mount Airy Casino Resort

Weekend getaway at Mount Airy Casino Resort? My first thought was "what happened to the lodge I grew up seeing commercials for when I was a kid?" I had no idea it had been torn down, and this new Mount Airy Casino Resort took up residence next to a beautiful golf course. It might be [...]

8 06, 2016

What Disney Social Media Moms Celebration meant to me in 2016

By | June 8, 2016|Family, Featured, Travel|Comments Off on What Disney Social Media Moms Celebration meant to me in 2016

Disney Social Media Moms Celebration is an invite only event, but you still have to pay a conference fee. It's not FREE, but it is discounted. It's an invitation many of those in my industry would love to receive, but Disney can't invite everyone. Last year it shocked me to no end to have been [...]

16 05, 2016

Hersheypark: dedicated to safety, not just fun

By | May 16, 2016|Featured, Reviews, Travel|Comments Off on Hersheypark: dedicated to safety, not just fun

Knowing that Hersheypark is dedicated to safety, not just fun, is probably my favorite part about the Hersheypark experience. Why? Well, as many people know, I have safety issues. I also have control issues, but that's a totally separate situation. In any event, I'm known for locking people out of the house, because I'm obsessive [...]

9 05, 2016

What’s new at Hersheypark this year?

By | May 9, 2016|Featured, Travel|Comments Off on What’s new at Hersheypark this year?

As any good amusement park knows, you've got to keep it fresh, or people won't come back each year. So, what's new at Hersheypark this year? One simple answer: so much! New eating spots at the park; new menu items at different food vendors in the park; a new cocktail at the various Hershey lounges, [...]

2 05, 2016

Milton Hershey had a vision

By | May 2, 2016|Featured, Reviews, Travel|Comments Off on Milton Hershey had a vision

Milton Hershey had a vision. It wasn't all about the dollar, and it wasn't just about making chocolate for the "everyday man." Sometimes when you see the high prices of The Hotel Hershey, you wonder "where does all this money go? Into the hands of some corporation, and those that run it?" Yes, some of [...]

9 03, 2016

Family trips and children’s health

By | March 9, 2016|Lifestyle, Travel|Comments Off on Family trips and children’s health

When you've got kids, keeping family trips, and vacations interesting is always a challenge during Spring Break, for parents. Camping is one great activity that families can enjoy during spring break. It's a great way to enjoy nature, spend time together and appreciate many things which go unnoticed during normal daily life. Family trips and [...]

9 11, 2015

Fall is for camping at #KOAMystic

By | November 9, 2015|Featured, Travel|Comments Off on Fall is for camping at #KOAMystic

Who would have ever thought I would actually look forward to camping? Certainly not me. The words Fall is for camping would never have fallen out of my face before having kids, but it's kind of the best time of the year to get your "camp on," I promise! We might make a family tradition of [...]

2 11, 2015

What went down at Family Forward 2015

By | November 2, 2015|Family, Featured, Travel|Comments Off on What went down at Family Forward 2015

Back in 2014, I had joined a network called Mom it Forward. I thought it had a lot of great opportunities, and it was a good fit for me. I had no idea it put on an amazing conference, dedicated to families and building stronger bonds within the family. The Family Forward conference is held [...]

26 10, 2015

Dining at Universal in Orlando

By | October 26, 2015|Featured, Food, Travel|Comments Off on Dining at Universal in Orlando

Vacations for me are more than just about having fun at amusement parks, or hanging at the beach. It's also beyond the choice of "adult" beverages available to me, and how often I can suck one of those down. What are vacations for me? FOOD. I'm not ashamed of it. I love to eat! Since [...]

19 10, 2015

Our #UniversalMoments during Family Forward 2015

By | October 19, 2015|Featured, Reviews, Travel|Comments Off on Our #UniversalMoments during Family Forward 2015

Family vacations aren't a regular thing for the November Sunflower family. It all turned around in 2015. We were given some amazing opportunities to attend outstanding events, and the events were deeply discounted to destinations my kids wanted to go to. Let me rephrase that statement. My kids BEGGED to go to the destinations we went [...]

13 10, 2015

4 killer tips to ensure your next family vacation is the best one yet

By | October 13, 2015|Featured, Travel|Comments Off on 4 killer tips to ensure your next family vacation is the best one yet

There are few things better in this world than a great family vacation. However, they don’t come around nearly as often as we’d like. Therefore, it’s imperative that you get the most out of your trip. Granted, a family vacation is what you make of it, nevertheless, there are a number of preparations that can [...]

12 10, 2015

Loews Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Studios

By | October 12, 2015|Featured, Travel|2 Comments

Orlando doesn't just have one "family vacation destination." Don't get me wrong, we all know what Orlando, Florida, is known for. If you don't, you might need to fill up on some of my family travel articles. Right now, though, I'm going to share about another  family destination in Orlando. I'm sure everyone out there is [...]

7 10, 2015

Kids take on Universal Studios in Stride Rite sneakers

By | October 7, 2015|Featured, Reviews, Travel|1 Comment

Walking. It's all part of a trip to Orlando. It doesn't matter how hot it is, or if the rains pour down upon you, you're going to be doing a ton of walking. The Boy had destroyed, or in his words, "got good use out of," his sneakers from first grade. He loved them so [...]

5 10, 2015

Disney California Adventure helped 3 moms recharge after the kids went back to school

By | October 5, 2015|Featured, Reviews, Travel|Comments Off on Disney California Adventure helped 3 moms recharge after the kids went back to school

Who goes to Anaheim without hitting BOTH Disneyland and Disney California Adventure? Not a trio of moms who couldn't wait to keep the #MomsDisneyDay going strong after the kids went back to school, that's for sure. After we'd had our Disneyland fun, it was obviously time to head over to Disney California Adventure, and enjoy [...]

1 10, 2015

Frugal ways to save on last minute travel deals

By | October 1, 2015|Travel|Comments Off on Frugal ways to save on last minute travel deals

If you want to see more of the world for less, definitely keep reading. I’ve pulled together some awesome tips for getting a last-minute package deal for less - and there are plenty of different ways to save. Take a look at the frugal ways to save on last minute travel deals, and let me [...]