Enterprise, take me on a winter road trip!

This post brought to you by Enterprise Rent-A-Car. All opinions are 100% mine.

Most of our town has been sick for the past week.  Sick like ⅓ of our student population was out on Monday- as well as 20 staff members.  Our family was not spared and we’ve been home for days on end.  We are getting cabin fever something fierce!  

I was thinking last night about how much fun it would be to call Enterprise Rent-A-Car, get a SUV to use for the long weekend, and escape away to someplace fun.  Having a roomy SUV to drive heading North can mean 4 wheel drive and less wear and tear on our own vehicles.  (And we could have a magical sanitization fairy come and disinfect our vehicles while we are away).

I’m thinking we could take a road trip to an area that has hotels with indoor pools, hot tub, and someplace to go tubing in the snow.  That shouldn’t be too hard to find since we’re in New England. The biggest thing for me is to GET AWAY.  They are sanitizing our schools again tonight and have cancelled all weekend activities- if only I could have someone come in and do that here, and leave the windows open for several hours to air out the house.  Magic Mountain is close, affordable, and not a huge size ski area which sounds just about perfect to me!

Why would I look to call Enterprise?  Well, their loyalty program allows members to earn points toward free rentals! With the current Enterprise Plus Your Points promotion website, members can earn double points on qualifying rentals (12/2/13 thru 3/31/14) and earn free additional days.  So we could easily use some of those points to add a day or three on to our little winter road trip.  We could also just enjoy earning some of the double points now and use them later….

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*Select ways to earn points as part of the promotion include:

-Purchase a qualifying rental (earn double points)

-Add a GPS unit as part of a qualifying rental (earn 50 bonus points)

-Share the qualifying “Plus Your Points” message on Twitter (earn 20 bonus points)

-Refer a friend into the “Plus Your Points” promotion, who subsequently rents with Enterprise at least once during the promotion earning period (earn 300 bonus points)

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All point activity is tracked through the “Plus Your Points” website. A participant must register for the “Plus Your Points” promotion in order to receive points. To enroll in the Enterprise “Plus Your Points” promotion, click here. You’ll be asked to enter your Enterprise Plus Member # upon enrollment (if you don’t yet have an Enterprise Plus Member #, you can sign-up for Enterprise Plus here: http://bit.ly/1gqnh5c

Where would YOU take a road trip this winter?

 

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5 Things You Must do When Visiting Puerto Rico

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5 Things you Must do When Visiting Puerto Rico:
1. Glow like an angel in the water in the Bioluminescent bays. Puerto Rico has 270 miles of coastline and featured in the Top 10 beaches from Travel Channel — including Flamenco Beach in Culebra, often cited as one of the best beaches in the world.
2. Visit the only rainforest under US national park service, El Yunque, and climb to the clouds. What an awesome photo opp that will be!
3. Enjoy horse back riding or the magnificent Camuy caverns that runs through the 3rd largest subterranean river in the world.
4. Experience the delicacies of Puerto Rican gastronomy and its famous Rums.
5. Leave your passport at home! Just hop on a plane and go – no foreign money or passports are required to visit Puerto Rico!
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Wordless Wednesday: Microsoft Minion visits Seattle #WindowsChampion #Seattle

Of course, if you know me, I’m never actually wordless. So this is fewer-than-normal Word Wednesday? These pics are from my Seattle trip last month with Microsoft.  The kids were wanting to know what I was going to be doing when I was away and instead of bringing a toy from all 3 of them as they wanted, we decided I’d just bring one little Minion with me and I promised to take many photos of the Minion exploring Seattle.

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I’m pretty sure my seat mates at 5am thought I was all kinds of weird.

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Here he is in the Seattle airport

minion-visits-seattle-underground-tourAfter we had some lunch and met with all of the nice Microsoft and Windows PR peeps, we went to explore Seattle underground at BILL SPEIDEL’S UNDERGROUND TOUR .  Being from New England, I don’t know a lot about the history of Seattle- it’s just not in all of our texts in school, etc.  So I was learning so much on the tour. But also- it’s fun, and a really cool way to see the city and literally see behind (and under) the scenes.  Our guide was Kari (I think that is how you spell it) so if you get her for a guide, tell her she’s fabulous and remembered all the way in CT!

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 There are many who have seen ghosts behind where Minion is sitting.  We did not- at least in this picture.

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Minion and I were happy this was the ONLY rat we saw at the Underground Tour!

We also got to explore Windows 8.1 when we were in Seattle.  You’ll be happy to know that there ARE Minion apps.  Many of them.

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Once we learned about Windows 8.1 a bit more, we got to play with some of the newer Windows Phones.  By play with, I mean we got to see things in Seattle and take lots of photos.

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First stop? Chihuly Garden and Glass

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The Chihuly museum was amazing.  Just breathtaking- and it blew my mind that this was all from glass.  Definitely a must-see for you if you head to Seattle.  They also have a delightful cafe in the museum with amazing dishes and there are many of Chihuly’s collections on display. DELICIOUS food.

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That’s a warm, gooey chocolate chip cookie with bourbon and caramel sauce.  This I was served after a pear ravioli that was over the moon good.

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Next we got to see the Space Needle!  Which happens to be just  next door to Chihuly Garden and Glass.

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After the Space Needle, we headed over for a tour of the ever-famous Pike Place Market.  On the way to meet our Tour Guides, we met with the most disgusting landmark I’ve seen and it was so grossly fascinating!! The Gum Wall. Have you heard of it? GERMS!! But really kind of cool to see.  Seriously. Just don’t touch it.

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Have you been to Seattle? What were your favorite places to go? 

Holiday Lights in Connecticut at Lake Compounce (Printable Coupon Inside)

This past Friday, my family and I were invited to attend the opening night of Holiday Lights at Lake Compounce in Bristol, Connecticut.  We were very excited to attend this event, since we are all enamored with all things Christmas and the kids absolutely love theme parks!  We bundled up (most of the attractions are outdoors) and headed down to Bristol with Babysitter Katie along for an extra adult since my husband was not feeling well.

The lights  begin before you are even in the parking lot, and as you walk into the park, you are met with thousands and thousands of twinkling lights, Christmas music playing, and a fun, festive air.   (Also chilly, so again, bundle up!)

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There are costumed characters wandering around the park for fun photo ops and to interact with park guests.  I loved the Nutcrackers on stilts- they were really cool to see and just so fun watching them go around on stilts!

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So funny to see hats and coats in bumper cars!!

There’s several rides open- some changed for holiday themes- the little train that takes you to the other end of the park in summer is now the North Pole Express, and brings you on a journey of (many) thousands of lights, ending in a loop that will delight anyone who loves holiday decor as we do.  This ride took a while and since we were sitting and not moving around- it might be a good ride to go on last before you leave, my little ones had a hard time with being so cold after it ended.  They LOVED the lights so much, they didn’t really seem bothered!!

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When you are at Holiday Lights, be sure to visit the Winter Wonderland building- you’ll have a chance to warm up a bit, but you can also visit Santa himself, along with some of his elves (and have a great photo opp- additional fee applies!), decorate holiday cookies or gingerbread houses (nominal fee applies for the cookies and houses) and even Kyle Crocodile dressed in his holiday finery!

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There are 12 Days of Christmas light displays around the park- you have to look to find them.  We did miss a few but we didn’t have enough time to go through and visit everything (my kids use the bathroom a lot). That’s also how we missed the awesome balloon animal makers.  Don’t miss that when you go!  The animals we saw were festive and holiday themed and AWESOME!

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One of the firepits at Holiday Lights

There’s also a printable coupon for $3 off admission on Friday or Sunday, and $2 off Saturday admission. (Through 12/15) Or you can print it right here :) Holiday Lights is open weekends from 11/29 to 12/22 on Fridays from 5-9 pm and Saturdays and Sundays from 4-9 pm.  There is hot cocoa available as well as some vendors selling warm food and other beverages.  Adult tickets are just $14.99, kids 10 and under are $10.99 and kids under 3 are free.

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This is a WONDERFUL family event right here in the Nutmeg state!  Great place to see holiday lights in Connecticut and worth the drive! We can’t wait to go again!

 

Six Quick Weekend Getaways (Sans Kids)

I have to preface this post by admitting that my husband and I have been married almost 10 years (next week) and we’ve never been away just the 2 of us.  We’ve never actually been away from our kids for a night.  No weekend getaways for us (yet)It’s kind of sad, really. Not that we don’t love our kids but the idea of having a night or two just my husband and me to reconnect and enjoy one another’s company without tripping over a Lego or doll sounds like heaven!!

Going on family vacations can be a great time for everyone there. But every so often, it doesn’t hurt to hand your kids off to your parents or a babysitter and go for a romantic get away with your significant other. And with modern transportation opportunities, traveling for a quick weekend is easier than ever. Here is a list of six quick weekend getaways that you can take while leaving your children at home.

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Sunny Isles, Florida

If South Beach in Miami is a bit too wild for you now that you’ve had children, than Sunny Isles is a great place for those on the east coast to visit for a long weekend. Sunny Isles is the perfect place for middle-aged people who are looking for a relaxing and romantic vacation with their significant other. You can find plenty of great restaurants, a few classy bars and also plenty of historical monuments. Or if you just want to relax on the beach with your feet in the sand, there are miles of oceans to do so.

Santa Barbara, California

If Sunny Isles is too far for you, than Santa Barbara is a great location for those living on the west coast and needing to get away for a few days. Santa Barbara is known for its beautiful weather year round and for its Spanish influence throughout the entire city. Santa Barbara also offers great opportunities for the outdoor couple who enjoy to surf, swim, scuba dive or snorkel.

Aspen, Colorado

Beach vacations are perfect during the summer, but there is something to be said about a beautiful winter getaway as well. Aspen is that perfect location for those looking to get away to a beautiful winter wonderland. Aspen can be a bit too upscale for families traveling with children, so if you are childless for the weekend, it’s the perfect time to experience this unique Colorado town. For those who love skiing, there are plenty of slopes to do so. Or if you just want to read a good book next to a fire, you’re sure to have plenty of lodging opportunities for that as well.

Chickasaw Country, Oklahoma

Chickasaw Country is a hidden gem that many couples don’t consider when looking for a quick vacation. After all, it doesn’t have the glamorous appeal at first like some of the other names on this list. However, because people underestimate Chickasaw, it makes it a perfect vacation spot for couples who have the weekend to themselves. Chickasaw offers casinos, golf, spas and more, all in a calm and relaxing atmosphere with much to do and see. It’s a hub for Native American cultural sites and history and there are plenty of activity options that are perfect as an individual or as a pair when going to Chickasaw Country.

New York City

The Big Apple is certainly an option for those living in the northeast. The great part about visiting New York City is that you have countless options for food, shopping and entertainment within reach. Whether you stay in Manhattan or just outside of the major boroughs, you can easily take public transportation to get into the heart of the city. With numerous landmarks and famous places to see, New York offers a bevy of options for couples.

Las Vegas, Nevada

It may have been a while since your last trip to Las Vegas, but don’t count it out as a place where singles mingle. Instead, Vegas specializes in couple vacations that are perfect without the kids. The best part about Vegas is that it is perfect place to spend a few days, before you get warn out of all the wildness that the city has to offer. You’ll be happy to be home with your kids, but you won’t soon forget the time that you had in Sin City.

Just because you have children doesn’t mean that you can’t travel with your significant other. Instead, ask your parents to babysit for the weekend and head to one of the places on this list. You’ll be sure to have a great time and enjoy the break from your kids.

Geocaching.com and Geocaching App

It has only been a couple of months since we started geocaching and we have already found 88 93 geocaches.  Thanks to Geocaching.com for a one year membership and the Geocaching.com app.  I contacted them and they were more than helpful with setting up my account and giving me a code for the app to review.  The app works seamlessly with the online website and through geocaching we have found incredible spots in our state that we had never seen before.  Geocaching is a great way to teach kids about coordinates and directions.  I can not explain the thrill of finding a hidden container and yelling out, ” I see it.”  Some caches are deep in the woods, in a park and ride lot or in a cemetery.  There is enough variety of difficulty that it can be enjoyable for anyone.

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So, What is Geocaching? As defined on Geocaching.com it is  a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location.  There are varying levels of difficulty and terrain.  The website and app rate each geocache so you can decide if it is the right one for you and your family.  Right now I find that geocaches in the 1-3 range of difficulty are good for us and hold my son’s attention.  The site and app also let you know how big each cache is and whether or not they are big enough for trading.  People leave small objects that can be traded for others of equal or greater value.  Mostly they are fun little trinkets similar to party store finds. Check out Geocaching.com for more information on how to get started.

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Now that we are geocaching on a regular basis, we always have our geo-supplies in the car.  I learned the hard way that geocaching in flip-flops is not the best plan.  Our staples include, sneakers or hiking boots, a backpack, pen, bug spray, sun lotion, GPS and our phone with the Geocaching.com app.  The app and website allow you to search based on your current location or a given area.  You can set up a “pocket query” for a given destination or even to find geocaches along a route that you will be driving.

I could go on and on about Geocaching but I want you to go check it out and see what you think.  You can get started for free at Geocaching.com or get the free version of the Geocaching.com app for your mobile device.  They even have videos you can watch to get you started.  Go on and give it a try!

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A Geocaching.com membership and app were provided to facilitate this review.  All opinions are my own.

Who will you go geocaching with? 

Futures at Fenway with Kidz Bop

A few weeks ago we were invited to visit Fenway Park in Boston for a fun day of watching Baseball and Kidz Bop for the Futures at Fenway program.   We got to see Boston’s Double A affiliate, the Portland Seadogs play against the Harrisburg Senators.  The Seadogs won with a final score of 5-2.

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We had great seats behind home plate and loaded up on hot dogs, peanuts, pretzels and cotton candy.  It was a gorgeous day at a historic and cool ball field.  This was the first time in the history of Fenway Park that they allowed dogs in the park, we even saw one man carrying his cat.

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The game was followed by a Kidz Bop concert and then we spent a couple of hours walking up Newbury Street and at Faneuil Hall.  It was really a great family day.

 

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Keep your eye out for more Futures at Fenway days.  It was a really great experience for us and we would go again.  Futures at Fenway gives families a really affordable way to visit the park– ticket prices are just $5-30 for the event and all concessions are half off.  That’s a huge savings!  It also lets the Double A affiliate teams have a chance to play in the park as well.  This year, dogs were invited (with a signed release/waiver at the entrance) to enjoy the event as well.  We’ll be going next summer as a group with friends- won’t you join us?

 

 

7 Travel Tips for Expectant Mothers

When you are an expectant mother, everything will be a little more difficult. You will need to plan for trips so that you can enjoy yourself more. Several things can make your trip more enjoyable. This post about travel tips for expectant mothers is brought to you by our friends at RUPreggers.com.

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Photo Credit: Jennifer Mirock Photography

1. Try Not to Stress

Traveling brings out the stress in everyone. There is the stress of trying to remember everything you need, and the keeping the family corralled. When making the itinerary, you will want to make sure you add in time cushions for bathroom breaks, traffic, and getting lost. The more time you give yourself, the less likely you will be stressed about the trip. You will also want to plan to perform prenatal yoga in the morning and carry out breathing exercises as you get stressed.

2. Stay Active

When you travel, blood clots in the legs are very common. This is more so when you are pregnant. Plan for extra bathroom trips and take the time to get up and walk whenever possible. Road trips are easier to stop and get out to stretch. Airlines are cooperative with pregnant mothers who need to be able to walk the aisles occasionally.

3. Take Extra Snacks

Snacks are an important part of a pregnant woman’s diet. When you are traveling, you will want to make sure you have snacks packed so you can eat when you are hungry. It is best to pack some healthy choice items, such as carrot sticks or celery with peanut butter. Protein, fruits, and vegetables are all good choices when it comes to snacks.

4. Drink Water

Dehydration is a common problem for pregnant women, and dehydration leads to contractions. Regardless of the time of year, you should always pack water to drink throughout the trip. You will also want to consider this when you plan bathroom breaks.

5. Dress Comfortably

You will want to make sure you are as comfortable as possible on the trip. This means wearing yoga pants or maxi dresses that offer non-restrictive properties. You will also want to wear comfortable shoes that have insoles if possible. Maternity leggings are always a great item to have on hand as well to help reduce any pregnancy related swelling and discomfort that may arise. You may also go from hot to cold, so bring jackets just in case.

6. Bring Emergency Pack

Your emergency pack should have your medical records, insurance card, and doctor’s recommendations. You will also want to bring any medications and vitamins that you need. Finally, you should look at including hand sanitizer, lotion, and charging cables for your electronics in your pack.

7. Keep it Simple

When you are expecting, it is okay to have a simple suitcase. Wear simple clothing that is comfortable and lightweight. You want to relax on your trip so watch the weather and pack accordingly. In addition to wanting to stay comfortable, the lighter suitcase will be easier for you to transport to your room.

With these steps, you will find that traveling while pregnant will not be as difficult as it could be. You always want to keep your comfort in mind and plan for the unexpected. Traveling will be limited after the 32 week of pregnancy, so make sure you talk to your physician before leaving. They will inform you on whether it is safe for you to travel or not.

 

My first blogging conference was a blast #blogherfood #afmpitcrew #iloveavocados

Last month I attended the BlogHer Food Conference in Austin Texas.  I’ve not been to a blogging conference before- I did get one day squeezed in last summer in NYC at BlogHer but honestly, there wasn’t much “conference” in my day and it was such a blur I don’t remember.  This year, Avocados from Mexico asked me to be part of their Pit Crew Team and were nice enough to fly me down the day before the conference started, and home the day after it ended so that I could enjoy the full experience of the conference.

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The BlogHer Food conference was held at the Austin Hilton, a quick (and hot!) ride from the airport.  Great accommodations, friendly, helpful staff and really nice sheets (I have this thing about hotel sheets and I love them).  Of course, I didn’t get to spend much time in my room but that’s ok.  The time I did spend, I was able to get some sound sleep (no noise from adjoining rooms), enjoy the views of Austin at night (so pretty) and even make myself some coffee in the morning while getting ready.  Definitely recommend visiting them!

I was really excited about the conference because I got to see a blogging friend I’ve met a few times on trips, and also meet several bloggers I’ve been friends with online for a while but since we live all over, never met in person before! It was awesome. I also met some of the PR folks I’ve worked with in different ways over the years…as well as many new ones.  This was a really nicely sized conference so I was able to visit booths and actually have meaningful conversations with people and chat with them about their brands, their products, and get to know them a bit in person.  Of course, being a food blogging conference, there were also many delightfully delicious snacks, beverages and goodies to sample at almost every booth and- well, if you go to a food blogging conference, wear loose fitting pants.

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Not the best quality photo but we were having oh so much fun!!

While in Austin, I got to enjoy some amazing Italian food at The Backspace with Michael Angelo’s Gourmet Foods- we actually got to meet and chat with Michael and his mom, who create each recipe for their brand themselves.  It’s a very family oriented business and they are really quite dedicated to what their product is and how they produce it.

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I should also mention here, since the above photo was taken with my iPhone, that two of the sessions I attended at BlogHer Food were about mobile photography and also editing with a smartphone.  The above photo was taken with my iPhone 5 and edited with the Snapseed app (avail. at the app store).  Not too shabby for a mobile phone pic, right?  In all seriousness, learning more about mobile photography and how it can really work and be used as a real tool for photography was really interesting and I loved learning more about it.

Brew Over Ice with Keurig- this was a booth I visited time and time again.  We’ve loved our Keurig for a while now, but it never even occurred to me that I could put ice in a cup and have fresh brewed lemonade, iced tea, iced coffee, energy drinks and more…it’s marvelous.  Plus, they gave out bendy straws with the cups….which had lids.  I was carrying many things and this was helpful to clumsy me.  I can’t even explain how I have brewed over ice since June.  Nor can I admit to you how many packages of the Snapple Lemon Iced Tea K-cups I’ve purchased.

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(Food) Photography- learned a whole lot about food photography, photography editing, and mobile photograph and editing.  I can’t believe I’m admitting this but I had the Snapseed app for almost 2 full years and kind of hated it, and then sat in a session where they showed us step by step what they did to edit a few photos on a screen and oh my gosh.  What a whole new world! I’m loving Snapseed.  (There really are a lot of great apps out there to help you edit photos on the go with your phone or tablet if you aren’t able to sit down and access your full editing software….and if you don’t have the budget for a fancy camera or fancy editing software, this is a really affordable alternative).

Parties- Apparently, blogging conferences include many parties.  Fun parties.  Parties in different places- I think I got to visit at least 10 different restaurants in Austin- something I’d never have done otherwise- and walking from location to location gave us a chance to really see how vibrant and fun the city is- always moving, and music everywhere you turn.  I’ve never been to Texas before, so every single part of this trip was new, fun and exciting to me.

Food- Big name brands, smaller brands, vegan, gourmet, mainstream, all kinds of brands and products were represented at BlogHer Food.  You will not walk far at a conference like this without some tempting food morsels calling out to you.  From basic to gourmet and everything in between,  we were able to sample things like Lentil Burritos (with bacon), Greek Yogurt Dips, Breakfast Sandwiches, Parfait desserts, main dishes, side dishes, hors d’oeuvres and more.

Live music is everywhere in Austin.  You can literally walk up and down a street and hear about 10 genres of live music playing.  For this not-very-well-traveled girl from Connecticut, this was just really awesome and so enjoyable.  I wish I’d gotten a photo of a guy we saw playing drums on 5 gallon buckets- it was amazing.  Just a ton of fun. I could spend a few weeks just wandering around enjoying the sights and eats of this city!

I also got to sit in on a session about blogger-brand-pr relationships which was just a really great conversation for ALL sides to have.  I think for those of us who are a blogger, a brand who works with bloggers, or a pr rep working with bloggers, it’s a good idea to hear the perspective from the others’ sides, and not just that of our peers.  I think we all often forget  in this day and age of email and digital media that there are actual people on the other end of the communication- people who may have some amazing ideas and suggestions to offer.

BlogHer Food is also where I took the #bingiton challenge and, I won’t lie, shockingly preferred Bing OVER Google 4/5 times…. and started my journey of breaking up with Google for my search engine.  If you hear me tell you to “Just Bing It,” now you know why. (If you take it, I’m curious to know what your result is- so please drop a note and let me know!)

I got to experience so many wonderful sights, sounds, dishes and interact with some amazing people thanks to my sponsor, Avocados from Mexico- and also got some ideas on different ways to incorporate avocado into my own dishes here at home- one particular recipe is coming next week, so be on the lookout!

Have you attended any blogging conferences? Which ones? How was your experience?

 

 

 

Magellan eXplorist GC Geocaching GPS

Thank you to Magellan for sending us the eXplorist GC GPS to use while geocaching.  The GPS is great and has begun my family on a new and active hobby.  In the three weeks since we recieved the Magellan eXplorist GC GPS we have discovered trails and parks that we did not know existed.   It has got us outside hiking and being together as a family.  It is also a great way to start teaching children about directions and distance.  I am hooked and find myself hunting for Geocaches when I am running errands.
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So, What is Geocaching?
Geocaching is the 21st century treasure hunt that kids and families can enjoy together.  According to Geocaching.com  it  is a worldwide game of hiding and seeking treasure. A geocacher can place a geocache in the world, pinpoint its location using GPS technology and then share the geocache’s existence and location online. Anyone with a GPS unit can then try to locate the geocache.
Magellan eXplorist GC GPS

The Magellan eXplorist GC GPS provides a user-friendly experience that helps a novice geocacher discover the world of high-tech treasure hunting, and sophisticated features to give an experienced seeker an advantage in the field. The lightweight outdoor handheld GPS, with a 2.2-inch color daylight-readable screen, is pre-loaded with 999 of the most popular geocaches in the world, and is capable of holding 10,000 downloaded geocaches. For the first time, users can customize their eXplorist GC GPS with National Geographic TOPO maps or DigitalGlobe satellite imagery. Magellan has also enhanced the eXplorist GC main screen with a new, easy-to-use menu of features to give users an intuitive presentation of options for navigating through geocaches, waypoints, maps and other tools.

Features:

Handheld GPS Device Exclusively for Geocaching

 

  • Seamless connection to geocaching.com
  • Free 30 day premium membership to Geocaching.com
  • Pre-Loaded with the Most Popular Geocaches in the World
  • Complete paperless geocaching
  • Holds 10,000 caches

What do you find in a geocache?

Inside a Geocache

In every geocache is a log to sign with your geocaching handle.  Some geocaches are micros or nanos and only have a log to sign.  Others are larger and have items to trade.  You should always trade for equal value or leave an item of higher value.  Often the items are small toys or gift bag items.  We have also found plant seeds, a compass, money and more.  Kids love to bring and item and trade.  There are also items called travel bugs that can be taken and moved to another cache.  The object is to see how far it can travel and the movement is tracked on geocaching.com.  There are really so many great lessons that can be taught to kids through geocaching.

The first day we got our Magellan eXplorist GC we were able to get out and find 3 geocahes in our neighborhood.  Geocaches can be anywhere.  Some are in shopping plazas, town parks or in the middles of the woods.  We love the variety and they fact that we can find at least one anyplace we go.  After explaining geocaching to a friend she ordered and eXplorist and started geocaching with her daughter.  It is fun and addictive!

Where will you look for geocaches? 

A Magellan eXplorist GC was provided to facilitate this review.  All opinions are my own.