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Don’t Stay Home This Summer


Don’t stay home this summer when you can be out exploring the World! 2017 is flying by!  The big question is do you have your summer vacation plans yet?  If your family is like mine, planning too far in advance

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Art Smith’s Homecoming – Lunch


As I stated in our first post about our dinner visit to Art Smiths, having grown up in the south, and having a mom who I consider one of the best southern cooks whose table I’ve ever had the joy

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Vivo Italian Kitchen


Vivo Italian Kitchen features fresh pastas made in house, great sauces and the meatballs were fantastic! House-made meatballs in marinara – these were really good! Squid Ink Seafood – shrimp, clams, mussels, calamari, white wine, basil, black spaghetti Risotto –

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Packing Tips


April showers bring May flowers, or so the saying goes. For me, April means spring break and summer vacation planning. Your planning may be in full swing or not even started yet but have you ever thought that part of

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Pandora the World of Avatar

Pandora – The World of AVATAR is set to open at Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park on May 27, 2017 at Walt Disney World® Resort. In this video, hear from AVATAR Creator/Director James Cameron as he offers a sneak peek at what

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Paddlefish – Disney Springs


Last week we had an opportunity to dine at Paddlefish, a brand new restaurant taking over the Empress Lily, which was once home to Fulton’s Crab House. It had been years since we’ve eaten at this location, back when it

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Hard Rock Hotel Orlando with Gracie the Traveling Cat


Meet Gracie, our traveling cat. While Gracie doesn’t always travel with us, she does make the summer trip with us up to our retreat in Maine, and Leslie thought it would be nice to let Gracie join us at the

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Hard Rock Hotel Universal Orlando Resort


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Brooks Lake Lodge – 2017


Every year around our anniversary in late January  / early February Leslie and I take a trip to one of her favorite places in the world, Brooks Lake Lodge in Dubois, Wyoming. The lodge is beautiful and remote at the

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Star Wars Day at Sea – Disney Cruise Line


We recently had the opportunity to sail on the Disney Fantasy for a Star Wars Day at Sea cruise. Early in the cruise, the first day actually for us, an experience request card will be placed in your room for

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