This post is dedicated to all those Traveling Mamas, from the past and present, that have traveled to settle North America. This post was originally published Thanksgiving 2008. The United States has long been a haven for those fleeing political or religious persecution. It is a well-known fact that Native Americans lived in North America long before settlers from Spain, England, France, and all those from the East came to explore, conquer, and live. But today, our country (and this Continent) is a mixture of ethnic, religious, and political backgrounds. We are so fortunate to live in a place where we can be ourselves, whereRead More →

Picture yourself at Walt Disney World, pushing a stroller around, possibly on a multi-generational family trip, and you find nap time is quickly approaching – for everyone. You just want a little Me Time. There’s nothing wrong with that. Parents need to stay sane and take advantage of down time, or even treat themselves to a visit to the parks WITHOUT the kids. Family travel can get crazy, so why not ask a family member to watch the kids, giving you and your spouse a few moments of adult time. Did you know there are nearly 400 places to dine across Walt Disney World Resort? AndRead More →

Traveling alone can be fun, but it can also be nerve-wracking for some. I quite enjoy the aspect of solo travel, as it provides a reprieve from having to compromise on decisions or having to take charge of everyone in my family. I can eat where I want, order a glass of wine during my flight, stay at whatever type of lodging I choose, and I can truly relax. Solo travel can also have its downside, such as loneliness or issues of safety. During my recent attendance at CES 2012 in Las Vegas, I did what I always do when booking my own lodging —Read More →

Today is the first official day of exhibits for CES 2012. This event is so large that it fills up the entire Las Vegas Convention Center Hall and the conference space at The Venetian Sands Expo Center.So far I’ve only managed to see the South Halls of LVCC. This morning I opted for the monorail since last year I learned just how long one has to wait for a taxi or official shuttle to LVCC. The line to get into the monorail station was already extremely long and was a good indication of how my day would be. Fortunately, Nokia had a promotional dance crewRead More →

Celebrity couple enjoys quality family time at Orlando theme park. Academy award-winning actors Michael Douglas and wife Catherine Zeta-Jones along with their children Dylan, 10, andCarys, 7, flew over The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and past Hogwarts Castle while riding Flight of the Hippogriff at Universal Orlando Resort on November 27, 2010. Fans of the Harry Potter books and films, the family also sampled Butterbeer, got fitted for wands at Ollivanders and toured HogwartsCastle while on vacation at Universal Orlando over the Thanksgiving holiday. TheWizarding World of Harry Potter is the most spectacularly-themed entertainment experience ever created that was inspired by J.K. Rowling’s compelling stories and characters. This info was provided to by Universal Orlando Resort. To planRead More →

The rain was dripping on the gravel area of my back patio, with big, fat raindrops plopping into the tiered fountain. It’s the time of the day where dinner is simmering on the stove and the rest of the family has yet to come home for the day. As I poured and looked at the light color, I thought of the Wine in the City event I hosted along with Erika Lehmann and Tim Hayden. We were graced with the beautiful personalities of Jackson Family Wines – Barbara Banke and Katie Jackson. The La Crema 2008 Sonoma Coast Chardonnay opens with crisp green apple andRead More →

I posted beforehand about the launch of a new spa concept – eforea: spa at Hilton. I was fortunate enough to be invited to the launch party by Hilton Hotels and Resorts. I’ve been on many press trips in the past decade, but I rarely attend launch parties (I live in Louisiana), which made this a refreshing experience. Those of you interested in the launch party may want to watch the video I put together of the night: The night began with cocktails and  press briefing, followed by a tour of the first eforea: spa at Hilton. While the concept of a spa at aRead More →

BlogWorld and New Media Expo isn’t just an educational experience, but it’s also a chance to network and build your brand. A trio of us (me, ThemeParkMom, and MommyMusings) decided to make a girlfriend getaway out this annual event. It is Las Vegas, after all! was a media partner with BlogWorld and I was also the instigator behind the travel portion of the expo. Each year, I learn a little bit more and I always listen to the attendees opinions on what they liked and what they didn’t, so that each time it gets that much better. The best part about the entire expoRead More →

Tonight I’m attending the launch event of the Hilton brand’s new spa concept – eforea: spa at Hilton. I love the Hilton brand, and when you add spa into the mix, it’s a match made in heaven for me. The launch is being celebrated with a special performance by SEAL and other celebrities are scheduled to be on hand, including Tyson and Real Housewife of New York Bethenny Frankel, who will be signing books. I can’t wait to see who walks the blue carpet later tonight and hopefully send a few photos to Twitter. When I initially arrived into Newark this afternoon, I was greeted by a nice driver who had a giftRead More →

Vegas is the city that never sleeps. It’s also a city full of great eats. One meal that doesn’t get enough love in Vegas is breakfast. I can’t survive without something to eat at the beginning of the day, especially during busy events like BlogWorld. Our friends in Vegas suggested we sample the breakfast offerings at Silk Road, located in Vdara just behind Aria Casino at CityCenter. We started off with blood orange mimosas, which were fitting for any girlfriend getaway. I opted for eggs Benedict, which were delicious, but @themeparkmom’s breakfast sliders were off the hook! We also tried the ham and cheese beignet’sRead More →