Nine Hefty Universal Orlando Hotel Benefits and Perks

Universal Orlando Hotel Benefits and Perks: Aventura Resort early park entry

When visiting Universal Orlando Resort, is it better to stay at an on-property resort or off? While both may work well for your traveling needs, you may want to consider staying onsite for the hefty benefits. From freebies to transportation, here are nine Universal Orlando hotel benefits and perks. For past trips to Universal Orlando Resort (UOR), I have stayed both on property and off. Yes, I had my own vehicle so driving to the parks wasn’t a problem. But, if given the choice (and budget) to do either, I’ll…

Never Make These Seven Universal Orlando Mistakes

Universal Orlando mistakes: rope drop

Getting ready to visit Universal Orlando Resort in Orlando, FL, and want to make the most of your visit? Or maybe you’ve already visited and want to better your park experience. Either way, I’ve got you covered. From when to hit the theme parks to what never to buy, never make these seven Universal Orlando mistakes! Don’t Skip Early Park Entry for Resort Guests Never Spend Money on Water Don’t Expect to Hop on Rides Midday Don’t Think Spring Break Will Have Low Crowds Never Discount Single Rider Lines Don’t…

5 Best Museums in Indianapolis for Families

Best Museums in Indianapolis for Families: Children's Museum of Indianapolis and its Chocolate Slide

Headed to Indy with the kids and looking for fun places to visit? Want to add some learning while you’re there? From massive, outdoor ways to blow off steam to lessons in Indiana geology, here are the best museums in Indianapolis for families!  Eiteljorg Children’s Museum of Indianapolis Indiana State Museum Newfields (Indianapolis Museum of Art) NCAA Hall of Champions I’ve had the pleasure of visiting Indianapolis, Indiana, several times. And while each visit was for a different reason, I loved adding in some culture and learning for my daughter.…

How to Keep Kids Safe at Theme Parks: Dos and Don’ts for Amusement Park Safety

how to keep kids safe at theme parks: storage lockers

Let’s get this out of the way: theme parks are very safe. But accidents happen everyday at theme parks all over the world. While I don’t like to think about it, I have to. I have a kiddo, after all, and do everything possible to maintain her health and well-being. But there are important dos and don’ts to know on how for kids (and their caregivers and parents). Whether you’re planning a trip to a theme park or are standing in one right now, here’s how to keep kids safe…

10 Fun Reasons to Visit SeaWorld With Younger Children

SeaWorld with younger children: manatees

I love taking my family to Orlando, FL, a super popular vacation destination for families. While most theme parks and attractions are geared towards both adults and kids, SeaWorld is an especially great choice for parents with children between the ages of 2 and 8. Here are 10 reasons to visit SeaWorld with younger children on your next family vacation. When I was a kid, my family used to make an almost-yearly summer visit to Ohio. On almost every visit, we’d pack up the family car and head to Aurora,…

A Passport to Hoppiness with Butler County Beer Circuit

Butler County Beer Circuit Passport to Hoppiness

What happens when you have a designated driver and want to check out the Butler County Beer Circuit in Butler, PA? You hit as many as you can – in 24 hours, of course. Here’s my take on why you need to check out the BCBC including brew standouts and what sets each brew pub apart from the others.  When you head out on a beer circuit or brew trail, it’s always fun to let someone else choose the brews. So, keeping that in mind, I asked both the barkeeps…

A Bird’s Eye View of Manhattan with a Unique Wood Watch by JORD

Unique Wood Watch by JORD: Hyde Watch at top of the Rock in Manhattan

Mr. Locke’s style has always been impressively classic with cool, modern touches. So, we hit the Big Apple to get a bird’s eye view of the city with his new Jord Hyde wood watch. Here’s why he’s loving it, wears it everyday, why you’re probably pronouncing the name incorrectly – and a giveaway! Disclosure: Jord graciously provided Mr. Locke with a Hyde Ebony & Iron watch in exchange for this post and a giveaway. All opinions are our own! #jordwatch #jordwatches   I’ve known my husband since high school and,…

Does Orlando CityPASS Save Money on Theme Park Tickets?

Orlando CityPASS logo Orlando theme park ticket prices

With the recent announcement of the new official Orlando CityPASS that includes four Orlando theme parks, I had to ask myself it really will save me money. Including Orlando theme park tickets for Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando Resort, SeaWorld Orlando, and LEGOLAND Florida, the concept seems like a great idea – but is it a money saver? The answer is very surprising.  At this point, I visit the Orlando, FL, area at least twice a year. But, of the four major Orlando theme parks, I only have a Walt…

Best Winter Pittsburgh Day Trips

Best winter day trips from Pittsburgh: Ohiopyle State Park.

Visiting Pittsburgh this winter and looking for some fun, creative winter day trip options? From skiing to wine tasting, here are the best winter day trips from Pittsburgh all under a two-hour drive.  I’ve lived near Pittsburgh for most of my life, so I know how precarious the winters can be, especially when it comes to driving. I also know I can get stir crazy and have to get outdoors at least once during the winter. So, I wanted to create fun winter day trip options that have easy drives.…

Comparing Pittsburgh’s Providence Point to Luxury Travel

One of the apartment kitchens in Providence Point.

Providence Point in Pittsburgh is lovely, there’s no way around it. And, when it comes to senior living, it’s top of the line. So, exactly  how does it compare to luxury travel (and why would you want to live there)? Here’s the scoop on Pittsburgh’s Providence Point and why I may have found a five-star, all-inclusive resort in the city.  I’m in no hurry to retire. Having written that, having an opportunity to check out the latest in senior living piqued my curiosity. And when I heard about all of…