Our Summer Getaways

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This past weekend we had our first mini vacation of summer. It was a short trip to Disney right here in Orlando. Food Blog Forum was hosted again by Disney World, and it was a beautiful weekend. We got to Disney early Friday morning, my husband, his younger sister and her husband and my son. We hit the the parks early and road as many roller coasters as possible. For the rides my son couldn’t get one, we left him with my sister-in-law. Having another couple to take care of little ones is essential when there’s roller coasters involved!


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Later that evening I attended the welcome reception and got to catch up with dear food blogger friends I hadn’t seen in what seems like forever, plus meet some new bloggers along the way! Early Saturday morning, my family hit the parks, and I dragged myself out of bed and made it to the conference. We spent all day listening to the most inspirational bloggers, David,  EliseJulieLindsay, Todd and Diane and Jaden.

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Above photo: from Jenny, and that’s me, LesliePaulaJennyRebecca and Tina.

Later that night we road a few more rides before eating at Sanaa at the Animal Kingdom Lodge, which I really hope we get to stay in next year. This year we stayed in the Grand Floridian, which is a beautiful big white resort with a cross between a Key West and old Plantation style. The rooms are very old-fashioned, but still super cute. The Animal Kingdom resort lodge surrounds a large area where they keep lots of animals. And as you dine, you can watch the giraffes and other animals roam around. It’s so gorgeous.

They gave us roses at the restaurant, my son photo bombed Sabrina with Perry the Platypus, we took the ferry back over to the resort  and then Julien picked me my favorite flower, a gardenia as we walked back to the room, so he didn’t get in too much trouble that night.
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On Sunday, we woke up as early as possible and left for Magic Kingdom to ride as much as we could before. My sister-in-law and her sweetie didn’t have to get back to work until Tuesday morning, so we were able to spend most of the day on Monday together too.

Our last getaway together was to Sugar Mountain to go skiing. It was so much fun, and equally exhausting. And now our next getaway is going to be a next excursion in a Vegas vacation! We’ve been talking about it for years, and I guess we should have went before we had a kid, but better late than never.


We’re leaving the little one with Grandma and flying out to Vegas for a weekend. I can’t wait! From all the beautiful hotels to the shows and those amazing buffets. We plan on eating our way through Vegas, with a little gambling here and there.

I’m actually booking the trip today, and I found the most amazing deal with Southwest Vacations. They have the best deal on Las Vegas Vacations that I’ve found. Right now, when you use the promotional code VEGAS, you can save up to $100 when you book your flight and hotel to Las Vegas with Southwest Airlines Vacations. The more you spend, the more you save: save $50 on a package $500-$100, save $75 on a package $1000-$2000 and save $100 on a package over $2000. You can also customize your vacation package to include car rental, show tickets, attraction passes, tours and more. This deal is only good for trips booked between through May 27, so hurry over to their site here!

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