Category: Travel

My “Old Florida” Bucket List

I’m one of those SUPER rare Florida residents who is ACTUALLY Florida-born. Born and raised!

Even with being here for 30+ years, there were some things I had NEVER done (crazy, right?!).

So, I made a bucket list 😉

And this year, we’ve crossed quite a few off the list.

#1 Manatee Viewing Center

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Camping with Kids: Part Deux- Food to Pack

One of the things I didn’t touch on too much in my last post about Camping with Kids was food

And let’s face it…

Toddlers NEED food…

They get HANGRY…

So, here’s what we packed for our weekend trip (we had a refrigerator, also):

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Camping with Kids

We just got back from a weekend camping (Ok, GLAMping) trip.

We stayed in a cabin.

But there were still some things we needed to pack and prepare for bringing along two toddlers.

I wanted to stay in/ near Crystal River, so we could see the manatees.

I went to the dollar store and bought little ribbon dancers (remember those?!)

And glow stick necklaces and bracelets

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We brought shovels (which didn’t get used)

And fishing poles. Which definitely got used.

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Why coming back from a cruise sucks


  1. LAUNDRY. Good God the laundry. First, there’s all your and your spouse’s crap from vacation, but then the kids somehow managed to wear ALL of their clothes in the 4 days you were gone. Plus, someone peed in their bed, so there’s extra bed sheets to be washed.
  2. You have to make your own bed again. Dammit! And no cute towel animals!IMG_2323
  3. Not pooping alone! Enough said.
  4. Not begging and pleading with your kids to eat. Every meal. Every day.
  5. Sleeping in/ guaranteed nap every day. I didn’t sleep in every day (I woke up to work out), but after breakfast and the pool, I did take a nap EVERY. SINGLE. DAY.
  6. Room Service. Want chocolate chip cookies at 10 p.m.? Room service. Cheese pizza at Noon? Room service. Just call and food is delivered. You don’t even have to get out of bed until someone knocks on your door. With food.
  7. Not weighing yourself. See Room Service above.
  8. No cell phones. There are WiFi services available on ships now, but my husband and I literally LOCK our phones in the safe or put them on airplane mode, so we have no interruptions of Facebook notifications, e-mails, texts or anything else bothering us.
  9. Roaming bartenders serving you. Mimosa or a Bellini poolside? Don’t mind if I do. I’ll just lay right here basking in the sunlight while you go grab that for me.

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