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Harry Potter Interactive Wands at Universal

When visiting Universal Studios of Orlando, Florida, if you are like most people, you are going more to see the Wizarding World of Harry Potter than any other section of the parks. Both Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios have sections of the park dedicated to the Harry Potter films and books where you can easily [...]



Vacation Planning Strategies

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Planning a vacation with the family is exciting.  It can also be stressful and exhausting and as parents we know that there is so much more that goes into it than the fun that is caught on camera.  With a big family of school age kids and toddlers, there is a lot to think about [...]

Make the most of your visit to Universal Studios

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Visiting Universal Studios Orlando can be an overwhelming experience, especially the first time you go. From the minute you get out of the car or shuttle and make your way in, there is so much to see and take in. Every bit of it is extremely well done & there are so many neat details [...]

Raspberry Poppy Seed Vinaigrette #SweetSwaps #Partner

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Salad is a wonderful meal on its own or served alongside a lean meat when you are looking for a healthier, light alternative. But what happens when you put a rich and creamy or sugar-laden dressing all over the top? It cancels out the healthful benefits, right? This Raspberry Poppy Seed Vinaigrette is low in [...]

Delicious Dishes Link Party #21

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Happy Tuesday, everyone! It's a rainy one here in Connecticut, but with the pollen going crazy, I'm pretty happy about that. We're in that crazed end-of-school-year mode with events and activities and so many things going on... dinner gets made around 10 am in this house! So happy to find great recipe ideas to try [...]

Connecticut’s 529 College Savings Plan

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This post was sponsored on behalf of Connecticut Higher Education Trust (CHET). All opinions stated are my own. The CHET Program is Connecticut's 529 College Savings Plan.  It's the Connecticut Higher Education Trust program. All 3 of my kids have a CHET account, and we make a deposit 1-3 times a year into each of [...]

Banana Oatmeal Breakfast Bars

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Banana Oatmeal Breakfast Bars I am always, always up for new breakfast ideas. Especially for school mornings. With the end of the year, we have a lot of later-than-usual evenings and just a whole lot going on. Late nights make for hectic mornings, and finding ways to simplify mornings ahead of time is what I [...]

7 Simple Summer Grilling Hacks

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With kids, a full-time job, and countless other responsibilities, sometimes it seems hard to relax and enjoy the summer. A family barbecue can become a source of added work and stress but I have learned it doesn't have to be. One thing I always try to do is to KISS it- keep it simple, silly! [...]

Start planning your vacation with HHonors Points

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We just got home from several days in Orlando as a family. It was a great time for us to get away, spend some time together and just relax and enjoy ourselves. Well, relax for a few days, anyway, since we did 3 days at the parks while there. We used our new Hilton HHonors™ [...]

Mommy Daughter Moments

Mommy Daughter Moments

This post brought to you by Disney Baby. The content and opinions expressed below are that of this mama loves. Before I became mom to all of these boys I was mom to a beautiful baby girl first.  She was the one who made me mom 12 years ago on a perfect spring day in [...]

How Big is Your Social-Germ Network

How Big is Your Social-Germ Network

Social networking is nothing new to us, right?  Facebook, Twitter, Instagram....we come into contact with hundreds of people each day through social media and for people in the public eye, like actor Ali Larter it's even more so the case.  Recently though, Ali revealed that the size of her 15 month-old daughter's social network is actually bigger [...]