How much money did we spend to go to Disney World?

The cost of a Disney World vacation for a family of 6 You know we try to do things as inexpensively as possible. Part of wanting to see the world with a family of 6 means that we can’t spend the farm on each trip. However, Disney isn’t cheap. We quickly learned that no matter how much we tried to cut expenses, the tickets for Disney World weren’t going to change. Here’s how much we spent on our trip to …

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Kampai! A morning of fun at the Despicable Me Character Breakfast

Universal Character Dining for fans of the Minions Character Dining at Disney World and Universal Orlando is a BIG DEAL. It’s also BIG MONEY. When considering what character dining experience would be the best fit for our kids, I had trouble finding one that would suit all of their ages and interests!  Most of the Disney meals cater to princesses or older characters, which the boys would not enjoy. Universal’s character dining options are limited – they offer a dinner …

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St. Augustine’s historic fort: Castillo de San Marcos

Tips for visiting St. Augustine’s Historic Fort with kids St. Augustine, Florida is a city made for lovers of history, and Castillo de San Marcos is the pinnacle attraction related to the city’s robust past. We visited recently with our young children and found the historic fort to have something for all ages. Here are my tips for exploring America’s largest and oldest fort. The history of Castillo de San Marcos Castillo de San Marcos was constructed by the Spaniards …

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Get a taste of old Florida on the St. Johns River

Immerse yourself in Florida scenic drives and historic state parks while sleeping on a houseboat. Not far from the brightly colored lights of theme parks, adrenaline rides, and mega-resorts lies a different kind of attraction.  The St. Johns River & it’s nearby scenic byways offer something different than most Florida visitors have come to expect. When northerners used to travel Highway 17 south through the Sunshine State, this area lured visitors by its cool, spring waters and alligator wrestlers.  Sadly, …

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First-timers guide to Sanibel Island

Sanibel & Captiva Travel Guide We just returned from a week at Sanibel Island and it was the perfect destination for a family beach vacation! ¬†However, before visiting Sanibel Island, I couldn’t find much information telling me what to expect during our first stay on the island. Being budget travelers, I wanted to know where the best grocery stores were, how much the bridge tolls cost, and more. Without further ado, here is your guide to a first-time trip to …

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Sheraton Vistana Resort – a review of this 2-bedroom suite near Disney World

While planning our winter getaway to Florida, we were having a problem deciding where to stay!¬† We didn’t want to travel too far from Legoland, but we also wanted a place with some amenities. We also like our time alone and wanted a 2-bedroom suite. Beach weather was iffy, so we chose to stay in Central Florida and center ourselves around all of the major attractions- Universal, Disney World, and the like. Sheraton Vistana Resort checked off every single one …

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Everything is Awesome at LEGOLAND Florida

Visiting LEGOLAND Florida was something my kids had been begging to do for MONTHS. When we thought about Christmas presents, we remembered that we hated seeing a pile of toys that would later be unused. Then we thought about turning a trip to LEGOLAND Florida theme park into our Christmas gift for the kids, and it made much more sense! We couldn’t be happier with our choice! Our kids loved their LEGOLAND visit, and we appreciated that it was the …

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Kid-approved: Monster Truck Tour at The Showcase of Citrus

What checks all the boxes of a little boy’s dream, a science lesson, and an hour of fun?!? The answer: A Monster Truck tour at The Showcase of Citrus in Central Florida. While researching things to do in the Orlando area, a friend recommended a family-friendly stop at The Showcase of Citrus. We didn’t know if time would allow, but then we found a Groupon to save on the Monster Truck tour. Once my husband saw the words “Monster Truck” …

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