Champagne and strawberries at Hilton Sandestin Beach Resort

Each year for our anniversary, my husband and I have intentions of taking a romantic getaway to a gulf coast beach. Life always seems to get in the way, but this year, the moon and stars aligned providing us the opportunity to run away for a long weekend of relaxation and romance. We were searching [...]


Carnival Breeze cruise ship Premium Vista Balcony Stateroom

Carnival was the first cruise line to reach one million FaceBook fans, and they’ve used this as a vehicle to share so many insider cruise tips and photos with their fans. Carnival has a strong following and community of loyal cruisers. Last week they debuted their latest promotion ‘Live the Carnival Breeze Life’, a movement to bring [...]

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Affiliate link to JVC Everio HD Camera that I use for travel videos

I was going through some boxes and found old movies of my grandparents’ travels through Europe. My grandfather was a hobby movie maker and could always be found with a movie camera in hand. Like then, today when people travel, they usually take photos to document the experience or have their own home movies. With today’s [...]

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Community Coffee on the Road

I begin each morning with Community Coffee, a brand that’s been enjoyed by my family for more than four generations. It was there for me as a child, as I sipped coffee milk while watching Saturday morning cartoons. It got me through those college years, and has been with me through 18 years of working [...]


Rayovac Batteries at Walmart

Hurricane season begins on June 1 each year, but the Tropics really start churning right about now (mid-August). I’ve lived through a number of hurricanes, as a kid and now as an adult with my own household. There are plenty of lists out there about what you should have on hand, but I’ve put together [...]


Lake Yellowstone Hotel (c) Xanterra Parks and Resorts

Lake Yellowstone Hotel and Cabins is one of the most historic and well-known lodging options inside Yellowstone National Park. Built in 1891, and restored in the 1990′s, I felt like I was stepping back in time as I walked through the doors of Lake Yellowstone Hotel. The main hotel offers an ambiance of the 1920′s [...]

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Cruise travel is about the common areas, the port stops, the cuisine, and for me, the staterooms. I truly enjoy the relaxation of sitting on a cruise ship balcony sipping my morning coffee and noshing on a room service breakfast. It’s a peaceful way to begin the day, with each morning having a different view. [...]

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Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort

South Walton, located along Florida’s Northwest coast, is an area of 15 neighborhoods located along the Gulf Coast. These neighborhoods offer some of the most beautiful beaches I’ve ever seen, and I’ve ben to a few. It may be that this area is close to my heart, being the setting for many family vacations when [...]

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The Carnival Breeze will sail her inaugural season from Europe, launching in June 2012. Check out this video, hosted by John Heald, that highlights the amazing destinations this Dream Class Fun Ship will will visit. After her first season, she’ll be based in Miami, Florida to cruise the Caribbean. Carnival Breeze Europe Destinations Carnival Breeze [...]


There’s no doubt that The Flip Ultra HD is one of the most user friendly digital video cameras. It also set the bar for competing companies to produce products. Sadly, The Flip is no longer being produced and is becoming harder and harder to find in stores. In the Research and Development Department, we’re [...]

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