Epcot Royal Waltz Topiary (c) Walt Disney World Resorts and Parks

Get your spring on at the 18th Epcot Flower and Garden Festival from now until May 15. HGTV stars join Disney stars like Woody and Buzz Lightyear with decorative areas throughout the theme park. This year’s 75-day festival showcases more than 100 expertly crafted topiaries, and another show-stopper will be the brand-new “Cars 2” display [...]

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Like most travelers, my parents and I are anticipating our upcoming cruise aboard the Carnival Magic. Last Sunday my parents came over to enjoy some boiled crawfish while we chatted about our plans on the cruise ship and discussed the various port stops along the way. I enjoy observing the ship building process online and [...]

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Shelling on Sanibel Island (c) Sanibel Island

Guest post by Julie Henning If you’re supposed to learn something new every day, then it only took me about 33 years to realize sea shells are made by an animal—mollusk, to be exact. On a recent trip to The Bailey-Matthew’s Shell Museum on Sanibel Island, Florida, the 30-minute film documentary The Secret Lives of [...]

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Just in time for the anticipated fall opening of Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, Ko Olina, Hawai’i, Disney*Pixar Studios are releasing a movie short with the release of “Cars 2″. The short, “Hawaiian Vacation” includes the Toy Story 3 characters and inspiration on how to have your own Hawaii vacation at home. Here’s a [...]

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Fire at Crowne Plaza Hotel Seattle

Note many readers realize that I have a full time job, because my biggest passion is travel. However, another passion of mine is fire safety. I joined the fire service as my full time career over 16 years ago and love to share the importance of fire prevention and safety in hopes of saving lives [...]

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Mardi Gras 2009

The Mardi Gras carnival season officially kicks off on January 6th each year and lasts until midnight on Fat Tuesday. We celebrate with king cakes, krewe balls, float decoration parties, food, and of course the parades. To kick things off in true Louisiana style, Zatarain’s is ringing the NYSE bell from the French Quarter this [...]

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Cat in the Hat Ride at Suess Landing Universal Orlando (c) image by Shannon Hurst Lane | TravelingMamas.com

Dr. Seuss books have been an integral part of almost every child’s early reading lessons. His books have been translated into 27 different languages and his illustrations never used straight lines. At Universal Orlando’s Islands of Adventure theme park, the world of Dr. Seuss is brought to life allowing Seussical experiences for all ages. All [...]

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Do you have a teen who’s been wanting to participate in a Spanish immersion program, but you just don’t have the budget for it? This may be the opportunity you’ve been waiting for. This just came in the TravelingMamas.com inbox and we wanted to share this with you. Please keep in mind that we are [...]

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Houston Makes an Impression Houston is the only place in the country to have a special exhibit of French Impressionist paintings on display.  The collection of 50 pieces is on loan from the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., which is undergoing renovations. The Museum of Arts Houston (MFAH) is featuring works by Mary [...]

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Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort is a massive 2,000 plus room property sprawled over 200 acres near Walt Disney World Resorts and Parks’ Epcot. I checked out this resort a few years ago during the 2009 Disney Resort Showcase, but only had the opportunity to peep inside the pirate themed rooms. I honestly had no idea [...]

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