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How I Stayed In a European Castle For Free

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Remember my Kickass European Itinerary I shared with you last month?   Well I’m finally settled back into real life and football mom life so it’s time to get back into the groove of sharing my travel stories and tips with you from that amazing adventure. Strap in as I tell you all about how I stayed in a European castle for free. Yes, I said free!!!

I have wanted to stay in a castle since I was a little girl. I’ve always had that girlish fascination with all things princess and fantasy related. Blame it on being a Disney crazed 80s baby. A night in a castle was a bucketlist item I was determined to fulfill while I was visiting Europe.  Read More »

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Family Travel Savings With Groupon Coupons

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This is a sponsored post. All opinions are my own. Summertime is the prime time for family travel, whether it’s road trips, staycations, or impromptu weekend getaways. As a single parent I know how hard it can be to make memories for your kids but not do too much damage to your wallet.  I’ve recently learned about Groupon Coupons as a great way to help save money while making those summer vacation plans. Read More »

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10 Solo Travel Safety Tips for Women

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There’s a saying that goes “If you wait for someone else to go with you then you’ll never go.” I used to be one of those people. I didn’t want to go to the movies or dinner alone.  I certainly never dreamed I would travel alone or camp in the woods with just me and my son.

Fast forward to 2015 and I have done so many things solo that I never dreamed I would or could do.  I finally took an international trip alone. I’ve ventured to domestic cities alone.  I’ve taken excursions alone when friends didn’t want to come along with me. I’ve gone to Disney World for the day all by my lonesome. I also hike alone frequently. You get the picture…I’ve grown to enjoy the company of me. But every now and then I do come across some horrible story of something happening to someone who was traveling or doing some other activity by themselves. It’s a bit of a gut check because I can’t help but think it could also easily be me.

The question I’m asked most often by others, especially other women is “Am I afraid?”  Well, the simple answer to that is yes. My “mom-tuition” means I automatically worry. However I’ve learned to hone that worry and anxiety into a very simple 2 step plan.  Read More »

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Family Travel Adventure: Wiping Out At the Kalahari Waterpark Resort, Sandusky

 

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Waterparks are a definite summertime privilege that we all look forward to.  However, Florida waterparks in the summer also come with the perils of scorching hot pavement when you come out of the water, bugs that like to fly around and ruin the fun, and those pesky summer storms that roll in just about everyday with their ominous clouds and thunder and lightning that forces you out of the water to seek shelter.  It’s a real struggle bus sometimes.  But what if I told you there was a glorious place where you can enjoy the waterpark rain or shine, cold or hot, and there are no wasps, ants, or mosquitos around to harass you . Where is this mermaid mecca?  It’s the massive indoor waterpark at Kalahari Resort in Sandusky, Ohio, the largest indoor waterpark in America!  Read More »

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