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Eat the World DXB

Each year there is an event that I feel is specially made for foodies, the Dubai Food Festival. With three kids in tow I was not able to participate heavily in the food extravaganzas but eat the World DXB sounded like a neat event to take part in. Eat the World DXB is only a small portion of the full food festival. The festival is a promotion of sorts of the restaurants and dining available…

Go Inside the Gateway Arch in St Louis!

When I was young my family didn’t do a lot of traveling. We spent a lot of time at home during the summers and spring break. We did occasionally go camping in central Florida for Christmas when the weather was typically more dry and temperatures cooler. The first time I traveled farther than Ocala, Forida was when I was 17 and we drove to Iowa for the State Fair. As an adult, I…

See Bison in Iowa!

In between the corn fields there are some pretty neat things in Iowa. Like bison, I did not know that there were bison in Iowa. How cool! If you thought they are extinct then you are mistaken, they are not. The Neil Smith National Wildlife Refuge  is in Prairie City, Iowa. First of all, the bison, we got to see some! They were a little away from the car though, so they were like giant…

The Best Ice Cream Parlor (Part 2)

As much as I try to eat a healthy and balanced diet these days I will forever and always be a fat girl at heart. Ice cream is one thing that I still buy on a whim and eat in the afternoon when the kids are watching tv. I shove the container down in the garbage so my husband doesn’t see it and I don’t have to feel guilty when he…

Lots to Love About BrickStreet Market

Iowa kind of has a special place in my heart. I grew up in Florida but my mother is from there and both her and my father still have family out there as well. My grandfather is still living there (he’s 90 my mother looks after him now) and he has been sort of my pen-pal since I was young. My mother had us write letters to him each month and I…

Road Trip Essentials

This post contains affiliate links, you can read more  about it on my Disclosure Page. I have some relatives that live far away from my own family and so we find that about once a year (if we can afford it) we travel to see someone somewhere. Typically we used to fly to Utah to see my in-laws and one of my sisters. Now that we have three kids though, flying is a bit…

Take a Ride on The North Pole Express

For some people it can be a kind of rite of passage or yearly tradition or just general seasonal requirement to go see Santa Clause at some point before Christmas. I am not huge into the Santa deal but I can agree that it is fun and you can teach children the spirit of giving through the jolly fat guy. SO, I thought it would be nice to get some Santa time in plus ride…

How to Earn Money With a Travel Blog

I have not reached my one year mark yet with this blog, not even the six month mark. But, I have worked hard and am trying to emulate the dogs in the game so that at some point I can make a good full-time income working from “home”. This is a travel blog, I go try out new places close and far and share my experiences with you all. There is the…

Stocking Stuffers for Travelers

This post contains affiliate links, you can read more about it on my Disclosure Page. I know, I know, Thanksgiving has not yet arrived! But what if you find the perfect little gift to shove into a stocking for that special someone before then? Well, hopefully something in this post is a good fit and I can be at least a little helpful. I love looking at Christmas gift buying guides because either I really…

Orlando, Florida Bucket List

This post contains affiliate links, you can read more about it on my Disclosure Page. There are also product/destination links for your convenience which are NOT affiliate links. Recently we drove the 3.5hrs from Miami to Orlando so we could have dinner with a friend who was visiting the area. I wished that we had more time to spend in Orlando, we could only spend the night and then drive back the next…

Gifts for Your Travel Junkie

This post contains affiliate links, read more about it on my Disclosure Page. Halloween is barely over and Thanksgiving is yet to arrive. So why should you be thinking of Christmas gifts now? (Or if you are reading this at a different time of year, maybe a Ramadan, birthday, Hanukkah, or anniversary gift) The answer is, you know you’ll run out of time, spend more money, or forget about it and get your…

Fly Emirates Airlines

These days flying is the way to go (for very far travel that is)! And in some cases the only way. But which airline do you choose? When it came to this decision we went with Emirates. Going from Miami to Dubai is a 15+ hour flight and not one you want to take on an airline that has limited entertainment options and sub-par seating. We chose Emirates because we simply wanted to have…

Why You Should Visit Flamingo Gardens

When I was in elementary school I remember some field trips that the classes took around Southern Florida. There were two places that had an animal meet and greet presentation where snakes, baby gators, or some other Florida native would be introduced. One of the places was “The Native Village” that was located on 441 in Hollywood close to Sterling Road, it has in recent years closed. It was a neat little place…

Tampa, Florida Bucket List

I didn’t take many vacations when I was young or even when I was first married. I feel that it’s a little weird for me to enjoy planning vacations. But I do, and since being back in Florida after nearly two years in the United Arab Emirates I have a bit of drive to try and explore Florida and other states in the USA that I had not done in the…

Keeping Kids Busy While Relocating

Pretty recently I moved back to Florida after living in Dubai for nearly two years. We sold or gave away most of our belongings from our flat in Sharjah so all we brought back was two boxes and a couple of bags. Mostly clothing. We did not find a place to live before arriving in Florida, so we took advantage of my husbands repatriation “package” from his employment. For us it was about…