Yesterday after work I hopped in RedBugg (my VW) and took a road trip to New Orleans with my man, Kimo. Kimo and I have been on many road trips together, and what I like about him is: A) He lets me drive him around. B) He doesn’t mind me singing at the top of my lungs. C) He smiles all the time. D) He never wears a shirt. There is something about driving a vehicle, with the landscape quickly passing by, and learning to just live with you. As a mama, it is hard to find that quiet time to talk to yourself orRead More →

New Orleans is just one of many places that celebrate Maris Gras. Cities such as Mobile, Pensacola, and Baton Rouge offer family parades full of fun. I’ve been invited to spend a long weekend at Harrah’s New Orleans, a new hotel/resort on the scene. I’m going to eat, drink, and be merry during a time of parades and partying. The first Mardi Gras celebration may have occurred in Mobile, AL, but New Orleans made it big. Other places around the Southeast U.S. celebrate this festive season in their own special ways and they all provide a family atmosphere (even NOLA). Mobile, AL – This isRead More →

Parades and the revelry of Mardi Gras has attracted tourist and visitors from all over the world. Make sure you don’t break any of the cardinal rules of Mardi Gras. First timers may not know the traditions, but this quick primer will help you weave your way from parade route to parade route, no matter if you are in New Orleans, Mobile, or Galveston. Mardi Gras translated means Fat Tuesday. It originally began as a Catholic celebration day to enjoy the things that a person would give up during the Lenten Season. Lent, is the 40 days before Easter that symbolizes the time Jesus spentRead More →

We’re always on the lookout for informative and entertaining blogs and websites. Here are a few family travel sites (and other traveling mamas) we like to read: Bootsnall Family Travel Blog – We all just love Sheila Scarborough, who is a blogging maniac. She’s always been a traveler, growing up in a Navy family and then serving for 23 years herself. She travels with (and without) kids, blogging about the great finds in the travel world. She also blogs for Perceptive Travel. You can find out more about Sheila at her website.’s Family Vacations – I met Teresa Plowright many moons ago in Curacao,Read More →

When I found the Hungry Suitcase, I knew then that Royal Caribbean’s marketing department was full of great ideas. Who knew that they would be THIS brilliant? Royal Caribbean and USA Today are holding a contest where the average traveler has an opportunity to get in on the ship-naming action. The winner not only gets to name one of two ships in the contest, but they will also attend the naming gala, and get to take a week-long, first-class, all-expense paid cruise on the ship he/she names. The Name That Ship contest coincides with the launch of USA Today’s new cruise community. Readers can logRead More →