Mandarin Oriental Atlanta : A Multi-Sensory Luxury Experience

Welcome to the Mandarin Oriental Atlanta Hotel

  When one of your friends is marking her fortieth birthday, you want to have an experience that marks the full significance of the occasion. Having visited the Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta recently, I knew that this was going to be an absolutely perfect place for a Spa Day and Girlfriends Getaway in Atlanta and was thrilled when they agreed to host myself and two friends. I had a partner to plan for the perfect event and can honestly say there is nothing that we would change; our stay … [Read more...]

My Brutally Honest Holiday Letter – #Travel Edition

My Brutally Honest Holiday Letter

Dear Friends and Family: We had an amazing year and traveled all over the world. As a family, we traveled more than 10,000 miles (well Daddy took only about 4,000 with us, he had to work the rest of the time). The boys even got their first passports. The pictures in all our passports are horrible but that’s what I get for getting pictures done last minute at a Costco. The 6 year old’s is particularly charming and he’ll be keeping it until he’s 11. One of the highlights of our spring was a … [Read more...]

Things I Learned as I Traveled The World – #International Travel

Things I Learned as I Traveled the World

I recently had an international travel adventure that would only be considered off the beaten path. I spent a little over two weeks traveling through the North Pacific to the Republic of Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia and Guam with stops in Hawaii and Tokyo, Japan. To say it was amazing would be an understatement. It was a business travel trip and I would have never imagined visiting these places on my own (and truly except for Scuba divers, these are not tourist destinations. … [Read more...]

What is #BeachesMoms – Beaches Turks & Caicos

What is Beaches Moms #BeachesMoms

If you've been looking at my Facebook or Instagram, you'll know that I've been using the #BeachesMoms hashtag a lot lately. It's because I'm so excited to be going to the Social Media on the Sand conference at the lovely Beaches Turks and Caicos Resort Villages and Spa. Social Media on the Sand is an invitation-only, social media conference held at Beaches Turks & Caicos Resort Villages & Spa for key social media influencers.  Attendees will sharpen their social media skills during this … [Read more...]

Alligators, Airplanes & Pasta…More of Our Family Forward Adventures

Alligators, Airplanes and Pasta...More

During the Family Forward conference, we were treated to sessions from DohVinici, Animal Jam, Southwest Airlines and Barilla Pasta. My family really enjoyed every session. Each session provided us tools, resources and information that will help us in building our family. Here's my recap of each session. Animal Jam Animal Jam is an online community for children who love animals and the outdoors. It’s the result of a partnership between Smart Bomb Interactive and National Geographic Society. … [Read more...]

Dolce Vita – The Sweet Life at Loews Portofino Bay Despicable Me Suite


This part of my series on our experiences at the Family Forward Conference. For my overall impressions, visit here.   During our visit, we stayed at the Loews Portofino Bay resort. It is a beautiful Italian-village themed hotel. Every detail on the property is really reflects a stay in the Italian village Portofino from the cars parked outside to the greetings used by the staff to the music in the common areas. I really felt like we were traveling without a passport. Can you see this … [Read more...]

So that one time at the Family Forward Conference….

So that one time at Family Forward...

My family spent a weekend at the Family Forward conference at the Universal Orlando Resort. I can only say that it was amazing from our Minion Suite in the beautiful Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, the hilarious Blue Man Group show and three days at the Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure, including special conference only parties at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley and Jurassic Park Visitor Center.  It’s so much to share that I’ve been thinking about the … [Read more...]