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I love getting ready for a new adventure- researching a new destination, the excitement before heading out on vacation. What I don’t love to do before a trip – packing. I mean it’s a necessity of course! I find it takes longer than I want it to and I just want it to be done. But I have found a few shortcuts over the years that have made the process more efficient and more foolproof.

My best tips to help you pack for your next vacation! mommatogo.com

 

Vacation Packing Tips

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Most of the time, I write about family friendly getaways, and fun things to do with kids. Yes, I visited Vegas with just hubby, and Minneapolis and Baltimore with some girlfriends, but little man and baby girl do prove to be my best travel companions. Traveling with a 5 and 7 year old can be fun but busy and hectic. However, on our recent two-week trip to SW Florida, I realized there are a lot of calm and relaxing activities to be had in the Naples, Florida area.

Need a relaxing vacation? Head to Naples, Florida where you can paddle board, do yoga on the beach, go wine tasting or have a relaxing day in the sand. mommatogo.com

Relaxing Activities in SW Florida

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I hate the winter. I hate the cold, and the snow, and temperatures that prevent outdoor activity. I love the warm, and the sun, and to be outside as much as possible. So to combat the winter blues, I’ve realized that I need to head south several times each winter.

It’s essential for my survival.

I’ve been fortunate enough to visit Orlando twice in the last two months. Both trips were awesome and I blogged about specific activities here and here, but I am recapping it all in a 48 Hours In… post.

48 Hours In... Orlando, Florida. Where to stay, where to eat and what to do (not just Disney!). mommatogo.com

 

48 Hours In… Orlando, Florida

 

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I am so excited to have our first guest poster! This is a guest post by Claire Hastings, designer and style writer from Australia. She has been writing as long as she can remember. She is also an eternal enthusiast, cat lover and regular contributor at Ripped.me.

You can follow her on twitter.

 

Ever since my first sleepover when I was in elementary school, I’ve been working on my packing skills. Over the years, I was lucky enough to travel often to different destinations and for different reasons: sleepovers at friend’s house in another city, going to music festivals with friends, holidays with my boyfriend, and surprise trips to the beach in the middle of the day. Needless to say, I’ve perfected my packing technique and today I can pack everything I need in a blink of an eye. Still, it doesn’t matter where I’m headed, there are some things I can’t live (and leave) without.

Wanderer's Fashion Basics: A weekend away, beach essentials, festival wear, Guest Post on mommatogo.com

Wanderer’s Fashion Basics

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We are so lucky to be able to visit Southwest Florida each winter. The weather is almost always perfect, and there is so much for the kids to do! Over the last seven years, we have stayed in both South Fort Meyers and North Naples so we have sampled a variety of activities in these areas. Here are a few of our favorites!

Must Do-Activities in Naples, Florida! Fun things to do with your kids, family, couples or honeymooners! mommatogo.com

Naples, Florida Must-Do Activities

 

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I am always on the look out for good travel deals and how to save money on trips. I think we do a great job booking flights and hotels, and maximizing our Delta and Marriott rewards points. However, car rentals always throw me for a loop. Sometimes I feel like a great deal on car rentals is like a nut I cannot crack! But over the recent years, I have come up with some strategies that have saved me money on car rentals. Here are my best car rental booking tips!

My best tips for getting the best price on your next rental car reservation! mommatogo.com

Car Rental Booking Tips

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If you have been following along, you know that our family was so fortunate to spend three weeks in Hawaii last summer. We visited Maui and The Big Island with our two kids, age 4 and 7. Needless to say, we had an awesome time. Most of my planning was done by searching Pinterest for family friendly blog posts offering advice of “must-dos” on the islands. I compiled a list of things that sounded interesting (and brought a 2016 Fodor’s Hawaii with us  ** affiliate link**) and made our way through the many awesome activities we hoped to do. We also discovered other great things and I am thrilled to share them all!

 

P.S. This list is great for anyone traveling to Maui – honeymooners, adventurers, couples, etc!

 

Maui Must-Do Activities. Perfect for families, couples, honeymooners and any adventurer. Best of the island of Maui, Hawaii. Maui Ocean Center, Beaches, Kihei, Haleakala and Lahaina mommatogo.com

Maui Must-Do Activities

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I’m staring out the window at a full on blizzard and reminiscing about our trip to Orlando a mere two weeks ago! If you checked out my Chef Mickey review, you know that baby girl and I were in Orlando to visit family. A full-on Disney day wasn’t in the cards for us (plus I would have felt bad going to Disney without little man). But we did do a day to trip to Legoland Florida– and it was awesome!

Review of Legoland, Florida. A lego themed amusement park near Orlando, Florida. mommatogo.com

 

Legoland Florida Review

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Last weekend, baby girl and I took a much-needed break to some warm weather. We spent five days in Orlando, Florida with my cousin and her three kids!

Now when people think Orlando, naturally, they think of Disney World. And believe me, Disney World is amazing! And tiring! And expensive! So on this trip we took a mellower jaunt to the Greatest Place on Earth – a character meal at Chef Mickey!

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Review of Chef Mickey character brunch at Disney's Contemporary Resort, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida. mommatogo.com

Chef Mickey Review

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One of my favorite places to visit is Atlantic City. I love the casinos, the beach, boardwalk, and the cheesy Jersey Shore vibe. I always have fun there. My earliest memory of visiting AC was after my cousins wedding… in 1992! Last October, I ran the 2016 AmeriHealth Atlantic City Half Marathon with that same cousin! My husband even proposed to me in a limo on a surprise getaway to the Borgata!

We have visited AC almost every year during the week between Christmas and New Year’s. In 2011 we took our infant daughter and in 2012, 13 & 15 headed down without kids. This year, I wanted to spend time all together so the four of us headed down for 48 Hours In… Atlantic City.

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48 Hours In... Atlantic City. A winter family getaway to Atlantic City, New Jersey. Where to stay (Tropicana), eat (Cuba Libre, Rainforest Cafe, Angelo's and Country Kitchen) and what to do (mini golf, board walk, aquarium, swim and more!) mommatogo.com

48 Hours in … Atlantic City, New Jersey

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