Best Emerald Coast Area Activities For Families

Last month I spent a weekend in the Emerald Coast area of Florida for Brandcation, an annual blogging event that’s part girl’s weekend, part brand trip. It wasn’t my first time exploring the Emerald Coast area, and it definitely won’t be my last.  Next time, I plan to bring the whole family. During my first visit to the Emerald Coast area of Florida, I spent most of my time on the Harborwalk reveling in all the things I could do {Read More}

Motorola Headquarters in Chicago ROCKS! #VZWBuzz

Last month, I visited Chicago to meet up with the rest of the Verizon Midwest #VZWBuzz team for some hands-on training and a tour of the new Motorola headquarters. Our team is spread out across several states, so it was great to see everyone in one place and finally put faces to some of the names I interact with online. One of the highlights of our trip was a behind-the-scenes look at the new Motorola headquarters inside Chicago’s famous Merchandise {Read More}

5 reasons to visit Madison this summer

Last month I had the pleasure of celebrating Mother’s Day weekend in Madison, Wisconsin. Mykl & I drove out there to catch the tail end of their Craft Beer Week. The 4th annual Madison Craft Beer week was a 10-day celebration of the history and culture of craft beer that’s been an integral part of the area since the first commercial brewery opened in nearby Milwaukee in 1840. With over 125 breweries now operating in the area, you can see why this {Read More}

Royal Caribbean Ship Overview: Liberty of the Seas #SeasTheDay

The first international Brandcation aboard Royal Caribbean’s Liberty of the Seas was AMAZING! In case you’ve never been on a cruise ship before (or if you’re just curious what it’s like), I wanted to share an overview of this awesome 1,111 foot ship. Staterooms The Liberty of the Seas has a variety of staterooms available to accommodate parties of all sizes. Interior rooms are great for the budget-minded traveler. Exterior view rooms offer a window overlooking the side of the {Read More}

Liberty of the Seas, here I come! Countdown to #SeasTheDay #Brandcation

I can’t believe that in just a couple weeks, I’ll be joining some of my favorite blogging friends as we “Seas” the day with Royal Caribbean on the Liberty of the Seas. I’ve sailed with Royal Caribbean twice before on the Freedom of the Seas and had a phenomenal time both trips. My first trip was with my friend Bob and I had the unforgettable experience of being groped by a stingray in Grand Cayman. My second trip was an {Read More}

Popular casinos around Europe

Europe has a long history and can provide travelers with many different historic attractions to visit while on vacation. The countries of the continent also embrace modern ideas and entertainment, which open up even more opportunities for visitors. For instance, casinos are one attraction that many wish to enjoy while on holiday. John from Jackpot City shares some of his favorite casinos to visit while traveling in Europe. Germany is a nation that is a contrast of modern and old. {Read More}

An amazing visit to Loews Royal Pacific Resort

After two flights with a 3 year old that’s never been on a trip* away from home before, let alone on an airplane, the sight of Loews Royal Pacific Resort when we pulled up from the airport was almost like an amazing dream come true. Except instead of a dream, it was our reality for the next two nights while Levi and I stayed there during our big adventure this winter. Even the elephant waterfall fountain just off the front {Read More}

Family Attractions at Universal Studios Orlando

When Levi and I visited Universal Studios Orlando & Islands of Adventure as part of a press trip* this past fall, I was really impressed by all the different family attractions they offer. One of the first rides our group went on was the Transformers ride. Even though Levi was too small to go on the ride, I appreciated that there were other things we could do, including watching Transformers cartoons in the kid swap area, and meeting a real {Read More}

3 Dream Retirement Destinations

I live in Minnesota, so naturally my top 3 dream retirement destinations involve beaches like this one. This photo is of the beach in Charlotte Amelie, St. Thomas in the US Virgin Islands. Levi and I had a blast there a few weeks ago playing in the warm ocean water. I’ll take sandy beach any day over what was going on back home while we were traveling. The cold snow always gets me dreaming about warmer destinations and wishing I {Read More}

Travel Advice? Car seat safety away from home


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Solo travel I have down pat. I just grab my dolphin and sleep through most of it. Travel with Levi is a whole different ballgame, though. We leave in less than two weeks to spend a couple days at Universal Orlando and then head out on a 7-night Eastern Caribbean cruise with Royal Caribbean. I’m definitely nervous about the trip. I’ve never traveled with Levi farther than a friend’s house across town. Now I’m moving past a car ride and {Read More}