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Disney World’s New FastPass Plus “FP+”

My family just got back from Disney World this past week (can’t write about Disney Land, but I imagine similar). We were clueless about the brand new rollout of the FastPass Plus “FP+” systems, but we were in good company with many guests! First off make sure you have the My Disney Experience app on […]

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Destin: Top 10 Favorite Things to Do

My family and I have been bigs fans of vacationing in Destin, even before we had to travel farther than 4.5 hours. We have made many memories there and will continue to go back at least once or twice a year. Over the past 10 years, we have enjoyed the beaches and surrounding areas of […]

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Being “Schooled” on College Shopping

Back in 1985, I remember taking off on my own whirlwind tour to visit colleges within 250 miles from my home. I repeated that again in 1989-90 for Graduate school and expanded my perimeter. Now that I am going through it with my own high school junior, it is a whole new adventure. He works […]

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Saying good-bye to a pet

Growing up with allergies, my family and allergist decided the only pets suitable for me, were goldfish. My brother had a mouse for a short time and that was it. Twenty-one years ago, I met my husband, the hugest animal lover – EVER! Shortly after, we began our home of furry 4-legged pets. Our first […]

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Infiniti JX35

I blogged about my luxury SUV shopping adventure with this post and this one. I finally decided on the 2013 Infiniti JX35 – its was not a monster truck on wheels and still offered extra seating for seven. We used USAA car buying service and unfortunately our local Infiniti dealer was not part of that […]

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Momcation…All I Ever Wanted

Actually…I kind of don’t really mean, “Momcation…all I ever wanted.” But, it was what I truly NEEDED. It has been 6 months since my Dad passed on Jan 8th and since his passing, I have not really stopped to totally decompress. I started my new company Kickify on February 1st… and life has been crazy […]

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Caregiver Void

Caregiver: a person who provides direct care (as for children, elderly people, or the chronically ill) Void: an empty space; emptiness My father passed away peacefully in his sleep on January 8th, 2012 as a direct result of Alzheimer’s Disease. For the 6 months leading up to his death, we took him into our home […]

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Alzheimer’s: Recalling Names and Faces

From the Rolling Stones song, “Sympathy For the Devil” comes a line that always makes me think of Dad, “Pleased to meet you, Hope you guess my name.” Heeeelllllloooo has become a standard greeting at our house, because frankly, dad does not recall who he is actually looking for but wants someone’s attention. Jokingly, it […]

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So much to say!

LONG POST!!! It has been crazy for the past 2 weeks. First, there was my wild weekend in the French Quarter for Tales of the Cocktail. I came home for a few days and then flew off to DC to represent Soldiers’ Angels in a meeting with the American Legion. This meeting was monumental and […]

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Chili Peeps

Sunday, we loaded the whole fam damily in the family truckster and headed to LSU for a chili cook-off. A fabulous guy who wears his Soldiers’ Angels wings proudly, “Mad Mike” Freedman from CT, was in town making his chili as part of an International Chili Society (ICS) event. Scott Navaroli, his friend and fellow […]

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