Versace Mansion aka The Villa Casa Casaurina

If you plan on traveling to Miami, plan to also visit the fabled Versace Mansion on Ocean Drive. It's one of my "go to" places when I'm in town and love, love, love the iconic venue. The former estate of the late fashion designer Gianni Versace was purchased in September 2013 to a Florida business connected to Jordache Enterprises. The Mansion was purchased at auction with a winning bid of $41.5 million. Back to it's original name from the 1930's (when the home was originally built), The ...
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Wanderlust O’ahu

If you're looking for a yoga retreat to take all the stress away, I have the retreat for you. Going on right now is the Wanderlust Festival in O'ahu. Wanderlust O’ahu takes place at a destination I like to call heaven, others call it Turtle Bay Resort. Turtle Bay is an oasis on Hawaii’s unforgettable North Shore. A haven for those who love the salty air and the sweet ocean smell, not to mention the gift of daily warm and invigorating sunshine. I've been to many beautiful places, but b...
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Shopping on Grafton Street in Dublin Ireland

Grafton Street is one of my favorite shopping destinations.  Located in Dublin, Ireland, the beautiful historic buildings along the cobblestone roads are not only breathtaking but also filled with unique boutiques, pubs, restaurants and shopping houses. Grafton Street offers both an atmosphere and shopping experience that cannot be found anywhere else. Grafton Street has a large variety of retail stores and clothing for shoppers looking for high-end or high street and is known as the ...
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The Silverado Resort and Spa

Looking for a great long weekend getaway? I have a great location to share with all of you! Back in September, my husband and I visited the wonderful Silverado Resort and Spa in Napa Valley. This enchanting location is one I will recommend to moms all day long. This golf club-like resort is tucked in the middle of the beautiful rolling hills of California's wine country.  The resort is known for hosting golf opens filled golf celebrities & champions alike and hosts some of the most glamorous...
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Del Dotto Estate Winery and Caves: Napa Valley

Spending time in Napa Valley is a "must do" for anyone who loves wine, and the California countryside.  We recently spent three days in Napa and I feel compelled to share every minute with all of you because YES, it was that amazing! To begin, I'd like to share my Del Dotto experience.  The Del Dotto Estate Winery and Caves took my breath away.  I truly just wanted to finish the tasting experience, the cave tours and go up to my room for the evening and bask in the luxuries of silk, crystal c...
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Top 8 Aruba Beaches

Aruba used to be my secret paradise.  After visiting the island for the first time some nineteen years ago, I've been in love with the perfect Caribbean destination ever since. But, now that the rest of the world knows about it or wants to know about this island-paradise destination, I thought I'd share my favorite 8 beach locations for sun, swim, snorkeling, romantic walks and family fun. 1. Palm Beach Palm Beach is a two-mile strip known for its white sands and turquoise waters. This...
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The Burren and Cliffs of Moher Geopark

Heading to Ireland anytime soon?  While visiting you must, must, must visit The Burren and The Cliffs of Moher Geopark.  The Cliffs are located just south of the Village of Doolin in Co Clare, Ireland. The "so massive they're frightening cliffs" ascend over 700 feet and run south for five miles to a place called Hag's Head. They are Ireland's premier attraction along the ocean for tourists and a must see for anyone who visits. Unfortunately, the weather was so bad the day we visited the C...
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Adare Manor Castle and Golf Resort; Ireland

Have you ever stayed in a nineteenth century neo-Gothic castle surrounded by half standing medieval ruins, beautiful gardens and romantic winding forest paths? Well allow me to take you there. I know just the place. Adare Manor Hotel and Golf Resort (a member of the Leading Hotels of the World) located in Adare Village in Co. Limerick, Ireland is exactly as described above, only dreamier. Last Spring, a beautiful trip to Ireland was our destination we had anticipated for months.  If you read ...
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Top 20 Family Friendly Activities in San Francisco

If you've never been, San Francisco is a fun place to visit, especially for the kids.  We paid a nice visit to San Francisco just a couple of weeks ago and had such a fun time, we wanted to share our top 25 family friendly activities for all of you to enjoy! Pier 39 PIER 39 was a location we visited a few times during our five-day stay.  The Pier entails 45-acres of waterfront property that is quite the gathering place for tourists and San Francisco locals. The Pier ha...
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Traverse City; A Family Vacation Destination

Michigan residents know what it means to "go up north" and Traverse City is known as True North.  A destination my entire family loves, Traverse City is a frequent vacation spot for many families each summer, especially ours. Each Spring, my kids get a little antsy as the school year winds down and their first question when the subject of summer comes up is, "When are we going to Traverse City?" If it's not on the list of our summer "to-dos", boy do we get an earful.  It's ok though, because ...
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Sunny Days and Fun Nights in Miami

If you ever have the luxury of traveling to Miami, I highly recommend it.  Traveling to Miami, Florida with no kids was one of the finest ideas ever. My husband and I travelled to this hot destination with a few other like-minded fabulous couples with a fun filled schedule in hand to keep us busy. Not the boring site seeing kind of busy but the extravagant "Hey I'm a rock star" kind of busy. A dream for most parents and certainly a trip I was able to check off my bucket list! When you're done re...
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