travel Archive


You Lose Some, You Gain Some {Weight Loss Update}

After two weeks of losing weight after starting Weight Watchers again, I gained the third week. But I’m not discouraged. In fact, I expected the gain. Of course, I hoped by some miracle I’d have a loss or no change, but honestly, the gain wasn’t that bad. I went off program last


Get Ready for the Chicago Toy & Game Fair! (+Ticket Giveaway)

I’ll be attending with a media pass and have been provided family tickets to giveaway. Am I really talking about November already? Seems crazy, but it’s true. And that means the 11th annual Chicago Toy & Game Fair is almost here! We enjoyed checking out hot new toys last year and are


Portable Battery Chargers are a Must for a Savvy Mom

Do you use your smartphone or tablet a lot? Do you use them for business and entertainment while on the go and far from an outlet?  Yeah, me too.  I even use my phone a lot at home, but it always hits low battery when I need it and can’t sit by


Space Saving Baby Gear: Portable Baby Swing

This review was made possible by Double Duty Divas and Comfort & Harmony. I was provided the featured product free of charge to facilitate my review, but all opinions are 100% mine. Before becoming a mom, I thought I knew what baby gear I needed to have for my kids.  Then I became overwhelmed by creating a


5 Holiday Travel Safety Tips #LifeLock

Many of you may be planning to travel over the next few days if you haven’t hit the road already. I know the holidays mean more running around for us as we try to see as many family members as possible…some we only see this time of year.  Between shopping and visiting,


Get Your Rock On Anywhere With This Portable Bluetooth Speaker

Are you usually the one with the coolest playlist where ever you go?  Do people like to ask you about what tunes to play when everyone gets together for a backyard BBQ?  It’s kind of nice being the go-to person for music but it sucks to give up your phone – even


Baby Travel Gear: Eddie Bauer Trail Hiker 3 Wheel Travel System Review

With Rissa, we never had a travel system.  Since she was a late fall baby in Wisconsin, we figured we wouldn’t be using a stroller really until spring.  It didn’t seem necessary for us; however, there were some nice days where we could have enjoyed a walk if we’d had one.  We


Letting Out My Inner Fashionista With the Disney Fairies Fashion Boutique App

I’m the first to admit I’m not the most stylish person in the world.  I think I can pick out and put together nice outfits but I’m far from being ahead of the curve.  I am lucky if I can name fashion trends at any given time.  But hey, that doesn’t mean


Pregnancy Journal: Week 25!

One more week closer! This past week flew by with my trip to LA. Boy, travel is extra draining while preggo. And what is with people (especially on planes) expecting me to suck it in to get around them in the aisle to go to the bathroom? Dude, I can’t suck in


It Was Eventful in NYC for #BlogHer12

The past five days have been anything but boring. In fact, I’m still recovering from it and processing it all. This pregnant mama is tired! Oh yes, that’s a quick snapshot of the fun that we encountered! There were so many people, products, parties, and things to see and do all in


Preparing to Fly With a Toddler

When I decided I wanted to go to BlogHer ’12, I knew I wanted my daughter to come with me.  She is very much a part of this blog – a very important part!  So, to me it made sense that she should come with.  I know that this will present some


Pregnancy Journal: 21 weeks and a New Maternity Dress!

I really wish this Wisconsin weather would make up its mind! One day it’s nice, next day there’s a heat advisory, then rinse and repeat.  I do not like the heat advisories while pregnant since I’m already running hotter than everyone around me!  Add in a toddler who likes to snuggle and


On the Road Again Travel Event: $10 Walmart GC & Luggage Scale (US) 7/28-8/11

Welcome to the On the Road Again giveaway event coordinated by Tales From the Nursery and Views From the ‘Ville.  This event starts at 12:01am est on July 28th and will end at 11:59pm est on August 11th.  Each blog is offering a fun travel or vacation related prize valued at $25 or


Traveling Tips: 5 Tips for Protecting Yourself From Bedbugs

I’m going to share with you how we ended up with bedbugs after our honeymoon (what a way to start off marriage!) and offer some tips to help you from making the same mistakes we did.  I’m no expert and my tips certainly are not 100% bedbug proof, but they should help


Cottonelle Clean Care Kit for Your Travel Bathroom Needs (+Giveaway!) #NameIt #spon

Once upon a time I could use the bathroom in peace and even enjoy reading a couple pages in a book or tweeting while taking care of business. Nowadays I usually have an audience (a very curious audience at that) and have to rush through things in order to stop my child


Win Luggage and a Trip to Legoland in Florida!

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Atlantic Luggage for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine. I thought you might be interested in the Atlantic Luggage and Legoland Sweepstakes – I mean, who wouldn't love winning a vacation, right?  This sweepstakes is for a two day vacation for two adults


Blogger Giveaway Event Sign Ups: On the Road Again {Travel Theme}

Summer time is full of travel, vacations, and getaways of all kinds. From near to far and everywhere in between, we could all use a few things to help make the most of our trips! So I hope you will join us for the On the Road Again travel themed giveaway event


How to Get a Free Mt. Olympus Pass With Gas Purchase PLUS 4 Ticket Giveaway #FillUpSplashDown #WisconsinDells

One of our favorite summer destinations is the Wisconsin Dells.  Growing up in Wisconsin, I’ve had the privilege of many vacations there as a child and even a few as an adult.  It’s been a couple years since I’ve gotten to go and enjoy all it has to offer, but it will


WW: Sightseeing in NYC #TheAvengersEvent

This is going to be more of not-so wordless Wednesday! I wanted to share some pictures from my trip to New York with you. The view from my hotel room – 18th floor at the Eventi. Times Square during the day. See the Captain America shield in the back? Lots of ads


Just a Few More Days… #TheAvengersEvent

I can hardly believe my (first!) trip to New York is in just a few short days.  Early Friday morning I’m leeeeaving on a jet plane…. and won’t be home until late Sunday evening.  While I’m still nervous about flying without my husband and dealing with anxiety over being away from my