27 07, 2016

10 things to know about your vacation car rental

By | 2016-08-30T23:10:36+00:00 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 | 2017-08-03T18:24:13+00:00 July 18, 2016|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 | 2017-11-09T09:55:10+00:00 June 8, 2016|Family, 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's invite shocked me to no end, as I'm not [...]

16 05, 2016

Hersheypark: dedicated to safety, not just fun

By | 2016-05-14T18:11:26+00:00 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 | 2016-05-03T15:02:49+00:00 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 | 2016-05-03T11:56:13+00:00 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 | 2016-08-30T22:50:04+00:00 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 | 2016-08-29T18:43:27+00:00 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 | 2015-10-01T13:59:09+00:00 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 | 2017-08-26T11:27:42+00:00 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'm a lover of food! [...]

19 10, 2015

Our #UniversalMoments during Family Forward 2015

By | 2015-09-23T16:47:32+00:00 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 | 2016-08-29T15:50:41+00:00 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 offers perks to guests

By | 2017-09-03T12:56:02+00:00 October 12, 2015|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 sharing another  family destination in Orlando. I'm sure everyone out there is familiar with Universal [...]

7 10, 2015

Kids take on Universal Studios in Stride Rite sneakers

By | 2015-09-18T19:57:33+00:00 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 | 2017-08-14T13:25:53+00:00 October 5, 2015|Reviews, Travel|Comments Off on Disney California Adventure helped 3 moms recharge after the kids went back to school

Moms recharge together in Anaheim, California! Who goes to Anaheim without hitting BOTH Disneyland and Disney California Adventure? Not a trio of moms who kept #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, [...]

1 10, 2015

Frugal ways to save on last minute travel deals

By | 2017-08-25T21:52:35+00:00 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 [...]

28 09, 2015

Back to school for the kids, moms recharges with a day at Disneyland

By | 2017-08-14T13:41:51+00:00 September 28, 2015|Featured, Reviews, Travel|Comments Off on Back to school for the kids, moms recharges with a day at Disneyland

What better way to spend time at Disneyland, than to have a girls getaway with some friends? You know what's even better? When you receive complimentary 1-Day Park Hopper Passes to Disneyland, as well as Disney California Adventure! Kids are back at school, and moms need to let loose. Once the kids have returned to school, [...]

21 09, 2015

Moms recharge at the Anaheim Marriott after kids go back to school

By | 2017-08-14T13:20:05+00:00 September 21, 2015|Reviews, Travel|7 Comments

Summers can make even the most patient of moms want to sell their kids online. Hot, sticky summer weather can push a normally sane woman with kids, to a padded room at the nearest psych ward. Work all day, come home to a house without air conditioning in Southern California? Sondra from Happy Healthy Hip Parenting [...]

24 08, 2015

Disney Social Media Moms Celebration: Garden Grocer

By | 2017-09-08T21:22:42+00:00 August 24, 2015|Featured, Travel|Comments Off on Disney Social Media Moms Celebration: Garden Grocer

As established by my entire Disney Social Media Moms Celebration series of travel posts, I'm a fairly new Walt Disney World vacation-er. Just because I'm new to this, doesn't mean I'm not going to do my best to make the Disney experience as magical as possible, right?! One of the best things we did for [...]

17 08, 2015

Disney Social Media Moms Celebration: FastPass and Park Hopper Pass

By | 2017-08-27T16:39:52+00:00 August 17, 2015|Featured, Reviews, Travel|Comments Off on Disney Social Media Moms Celebration: FastPass and Park Hopper Pass

Disney vacations are all new to me. I wasn't familiar with much of anything before we ventured out to the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration. Everything was brand new from the MyDisneyExperience website, and app for my Smartphone, to Magic Kingdom, to Animal Kingdom, to Hollywood Studios, and Epcot. It was a whole new world, with Mr. Sunflower [...]

10 08, 2015

Disney Social Media Moms Celebration: Disney Memory Maker

By | 2017-09-08T21:02:21+00:00 August 10, 2015|Featured, Travel|Comments Off on Disney Social Media Moms Celebration: Disney Memory Maker

Hands up if you're always behind the camera. I imagine a good percentage of you out there are raising your hands. (You can put them down for now. You probably look ridiculous to your co-workers right now.) Honestly, I don't love being in front of the camera, however, when family vacations come around, it's nice to [...]

3 08, 2015

Disney Social Media Moms Celebration: Epcot

By | 2017-08-27T16:28:02+00:00 August 3, 2015|Featured, Travel|Comments Off on Disney Social Media Moms Celebration: Epcot

The first night of the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration conference, our families were shuttled over to Epcot for an outrageous Family Dinner, after the CONFERENCE attendees enjoyed a welcome reception. The family dinner was amazing, and once it ended, we were led over to the IllumiNations Sparkling Dessert Party. The party had cocktails, desserts [...]

27 07, 2015

Disney Social Media Moms Celebration: Disney’s Hollywood Studios

By | 2017-08-27T15:37:33+00:00 July 27, 2015|Featured, Travel|Comments Off on Disney Social Media Moms Celebration: Disney’s Hollywood Studios

When I was younger, my parents took the family to Walt Disney World in Orlando. Way back then, there was a park called MGM. My only memories of the park were of a Jaws ride, which was no longer in existence; and, Indian Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular. When I received the Disney Social Media Moms [...]

20 07, 2015

Disney Social Media Moms Celebration: Disney’s Animal Kingdom

By | 2017-08-27T15:13:30+00:00 July 20, 2015|Featured, Travel|Comments Off on Disney Social Media Moms Celebration: Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Before leaving for our Disney Social Media Moms Celebration trip, many people told me Disney's Animal Kingdom was boring. Many told me the kids wouldn't find it fun. Those people were totally wrong. We had a great time at Animal Kingdom. Holy macaroni, the shade all over the park was fun enough for all of [...]

13 07, 2015

Disney Social Media Moms Celebration: Disney’s Magic Kingdom

By | 2017-08-27T15:18:28+00:00 July 13, 2015|Featured, Travel|1 Comment

If given the chance, I highly recommend spending Mother's Day with your family at Disney's Magic Kingdom. I thought Disney Social Media Moms Celebration was nuts to have the conference over Mother's Day weekend. They weren't nuts. Those masterminds were geniuses. Geniuses, I tell you! Extending our trip was the best decision Mr. Sunflower and [...]

11 07, 2015

7 reasons a schedule doesn’t work when traveling with kids

By | 2017-06-19T11:19:26+00:00 July 11, 2015|Travel|Comments Off on 7 reasons a schedule doesn’t work when traveling with kids

Traveling with kids. It's an art form many people don't truly understand. Simple trips to the store can be chaotic: last minute trips to the bathroom; car seat is wet for some reason; not one child seems to be able to find their sunglasses; every child wants to bring just one more thing for the three [...]

6 07, 2015

Disney Social Media Moms Celebration: Disney’s Pop Century Resort

By | 2017-09-03T13:41:57+00:00 July 6, 2015|Featured, Travel|1 Comment

  Once Disney Social Media Moms Celebration came to a close on Mother's Day, our family headed back to our room so we could check-out of the beautiful, luxurious Disney's Yacht Club Resort. Fear not! It's not the end of our Disney World adventure! Our family spent days enjoying our park hopper passes, and we [...]

29 06, 2015

Disney Social Media Moms Celebration: Disney’s Yacht Club Resort

By | 2017-08-30T09:35:26+00:00 June 29, 2015|Travel|Comments Off on Disney Social Media Moms Celebration: Disney’s Yacht Club Resort

November Sunflower, and the Sunflower Family, aren't what you'd call luxury travelers. We're more of a "budget-friendly" family in life, as well as whilst vacationing. Hell, we rarely get to vacation, let alone vacation in a high-end resort like Disney's Yacht Club Resort. Don't get me wrong, we're classy animals, for sure. I say excuse [...]

22 06, 2015

Disney Social Media Moms Celebration: Conference Day & Mickey’s Beach Bash

By | 2017-09-10T14:12:03+00:00 June 22, 2015|Travel|3 Comments

Have you ever been invited to something, and wonder "how am I supposed to concentrate on a conference while my family's enjoying Disney World without me?" It's not a regular occurrence in my daily life, so I'm fairly certain it's not a regular occurrence in most of your lives. As luck would have it, it [...]

21 06, 2015

Guest Post: 3 tips for purchasing a vacation home

By | 2015-06-20T20:02:53+00:00 June 21, 2015|Travel|Comments Off on Guest Post: 3 tips for purchasing a vacation home

3 Tips for Purchasing a Vacation Home, and How to Make the Most of it. You've probably heard on the news how vacation home sales are reaching new heights. The economy is recovering, mortgage interest rates are low, and lenders are easing up their standards for approving loans. The National Association of Realtors had even [...]