Wyndham Orlando Resort

Orlando is not just for families. You can still go kid free and have a lot of fun!

Wyndham Orlando Resort invited me to stay over for the weekend last month. They included 2 tickets to I Drive 360 home of the Coca Cola Orlando Eye!

I took a friend and we headed over after work on a Friday. We are about 2.5 hours away so we arrived around 8pm. The check in staff was very friendly and the process was super easy. We went up to our room and found a wonderful surprise. There were cookies and milk waiting for us. Yumm!

The room was very spacious. We were given the Family Fun Suite. So we had a king sized bed and then off to the side were bunk beds. The bathroom was a nice size with a tub. There was even a big bean bag chair for kids. The room had wood floors which I loved! I’m not a fan of carpet in hotel rooms. Overall the room was awesome. I loved the spacious feel it had. Not cramped like some rooms are.


I want to note that had I brought kids I may have been disappointed as the bunk bed area had no door attached. So everyone was kind of in the same room. Although there was quite a bit of space in between.

All of the Orlando Wyndham Resort rooms feature;  BeWell bedding, plush pillow-top mattresses, and feather pillows, 40-inch flat screen TVs with on-demand movies, Spacious work desks, Wolfgang Puck® Coffee makers, Blue Harmony™ bath amenities, Mini refrigerators, Massaging showerheads and Laptop compatible safe. They are pet- friendly and smoke free as well! Yeah!

There are two pools to choose from. Unfortunately it was a bit chilly so we did not go swimming. The fitness center is open 24 hours a day and includes a sauna.

You don’t have to drive anywhere! We never once got into our car except to go home. After we settled into the room, we took a walk around the hotel and a couple neighboring streets. Everything is within walking distance. I mean everything! Saturday we walked over to Denny’s for breakfast. They were busy but the wait was quick. We then just walked around a bit more. There is dining, shopping and attractions right there at your fingertips.


We headed over to the I-Drive 360 entertainment district which includes the Coca-Cola Orlando Eye, Madame Tussauds and SEA LIFE. Along with the 3 main attractions there is also dining and shopping near by. We headed to the SEA LIFE Aquarime first as I was a bit hesitant to ride the Orlando Eye. I was pleasetly surprised at how much there was to see and do at SEA LIFE. We then headed over to the Orlando Eye. The ferris wheel never stops. It goes slow enough that you can walk into your pod as it’s moving. I was a bit nervous going up but  I really enjoyed the view.


After another break in the room to rest, we headed out again and had dinner at Kobe Japanese Steak House. We then went headed to a local karokee bar.

We really had a wonderful time and I highly recommend this little section of Orlando and the Wyndham Resort.

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4 Money Saving Tips for Your Next Trip to Mykonos

4 Money Saving Tips for Your Next Trip to Mykonos

There is a big misconception about the Greek island of Mykonos. Many travellers believe that traveling to Mykonos, or other Greek islands and destinations, is expensive. The island does offer a lot of luxury amenities, allowing you to enjoy the best of Mykonos is style and comfort. That said, you can also travel to Mykonos on a budget.

You can plan the trip better and do things a certain way to keep your trip to Mykonos within budget. Traveling on a budget doesn’t mean skimping or sacrificing a few conveniences either. To help you get started, here are four tips that will help you save money on your next trip to Mykonos.

Travel Off-Season

As one of the most popular package holiday destinations in the world, Mykonos can be very crowded during the high season. Thousands of travellers visit the island every day. Beaches are crowded and you will see a steep increase in hotel prices and transportation costs.

You can avoid that steep increase by traveling offseason. You don’t have to share the beaches and holiday attractions with as many tourists, which means you can enjoy the island better. You will also be able to enjoy a more relaxed ambience rather than a fast-paced one.

To make it even better, you can still sample the perfect weather of Mykonos, even when you’re traveling off-season. The period between May and June is the best time to be on the island without paying double the prices.

Book Mykonos Villas

There is no shortage of hotels on the island. You can find a hotel regardless of your travel budget, including 2-star budget accommodations and holiday rentals. To enjoy the best of Mykonos while saving money, however, you want to stay in one of the best Mykonos villas that the island has to offer.

Villas come with extra amenities that you will not get from hotels. The addition of a kitchen and a swimming pool, for example, will certainly make your stay more enjoyable; the kitchen will also allow you to prepare meals more conveniently, allowing you to save even more.

There are discounts and special offers on Mykonos villas and you can now book the villa of your choice online just as easily. You can save more on your accommodation when you’re traveling with friends.

Know Where to Eat

Knowing where and what to eat will make a big difference. Most restaurants with a view charge more for their foods and drinks; what you’re really paying for is the view those restaurants provide and not necessarily better, more delicious meals.

Aside from restaurants and bars, you can also save by opting for street snacks. Here’s another secret that will help you save a lot of money on your next trip to Mykonos: gyros. Gyros are only a few Euros, but it is more than enough to keep you full for the day.

Travel Overnight

One of the things you can do when visiting Mykonos is visiting other Greek islands in the area. You can also visit mainland Greece and spend a few days there. The only problem is that the inter-island ferries can be expensive, particularly when you buy your tickets on the spot.

Book your ferries early and you can take advantage of the lower prices; you can book online, so getting tickets and enjoying discounts of up to 25% is indeed very easy to do. Compare schedules and you will also notice that traveling overnight is much, MUCH cheaper.

These are four tips you can use without a problem, but they are tips that will help you save a lot on your next trip to Mykonos. Since you don’t have to sacrifice comfort or convenience to save money, there is no reason why you shouldn’t use these tips and have a blast.


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Four Ways to Have a Family Fun Blast in Miami

Four Ways to Have a Family Fun Blast in Miami

There isn’t any question that Miami would be a family-friendly vacation as it gets 3,200 hours of sunshine every year. It is a southern state, and the winters are also pretty mild. All you have to do is rent an RV, park by the beach and have a sandy blast. If you’re looking for other family-friendly fun ideas in Miami, continue reading to learn more.

Picnic at the beach

With your RV, you have your home with you wherever you go–even at the beach. Yet, it’s nice to get outside and soak in the rays. Plus, it’s always fun to splash around in the water. Well, you can do just that. Pack up a family picnic, and enjoy the Atlantic Ocean.

You’ll get miles of shoreline with plenty of activities; you won’t know where to start. Several popular beaches include Sunny Isles Beach and Surfside. If your family is feeling adventurous, consider Crandon Park Beach, Matheson Hammock Beach or even Oleta River State Park Beach.

Fun activities include kiteboarding, kayaking and canoeing. If you have teens in tow, take them to the hustle and bustle of South Beach and the Art Deco District for fabulous architecture, people watching and mouth-watering food.

Head indoors

If you’re on a budget, and most families are, then you’ll be happy to know that there are many free places to visit that will provide a lifetime of memories. For an interactive experience, check out the Miami Children’s Museum.

While at the museum, you can even walk into a cruise ship that includes a 32-foot wall. Kids can get a detailed overview of the inner workings of a cruise ship and learn some interesting tidbits about the sea. Other experiences in the museum include a Veterinary Clinic where your children can experience what it’s like to own and care for a pet. If they want an adrenaline rush, they can climb Mt. Michimu.

Gold Coast Railroad Museum

Another inexpensive place to visit is the Gold Coast Railroad Museum. And, this place is a joy for locomotive lovers of all ages. You can take a self-walking tour to view vintage collections of locomotives. You can even take rides on various model trains.

And, you can get into the real operating cab of a train with an engineer. You’ll also learn of the significance of trains in Florida. The best part is admission is free the first Saturday of every month from 11am-4pm.

Jungle Island

This attraction is a must-see for families as you get first-hand experience of jungle life. It is located between downtown Miami and South Beach. This zoological park was also first opened in 1936. It offers free animal encounters and fantastic photo ops.

Children will also enjoy the interactive exhibits such as “Kangaroo Konnection,” the Tortoise Exhibit and the Petting Barn. For an additional fee you can also get a close-up experience with sloths or lemurs. What’s not to love?

In conclusion

Miami is more than just beaches and beautiful people—the city is a true family-friendly powerhouse. Don’t forget to rent your RV, and you are set for the time of your lives.


I'm a mother of 2 who likes to get involved in too much! Besides writing here I started a non-profit, I'm on the PTO board, very active in my community and volunteer in the school. I enjoy music, reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with my family. We just adopted our 3rd cat and love them all!

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Premium Gifting & Premium Savings this Holiday Season at St. Augustine Premium Outlets




Simon’s Premium Outlets are the place to be this holiday season delivering the best brands, the best prices, and great gift giving ideas – “Premium Gifting for Everyone. Premium Savings for You.”


St. Augustine Premium Outlets is the value shopping destination for everyone on your list including Her, Him, and Kids. St. Augustine Premium Outlets is the home of the ‘Ultimate Holiday Outlet Sale,’ and offers even more discounts on your favorite brands such as adidas, Aeropostale, Brighton Collectibles & Bose.


It’s easier than ever to access all of the savings! From December 8 – 17, shoppers at Premium Outlets will receive a complimentary Gift Giving Guide, stuffed with retailer offers and gift giving ideas, along with the stores in the center where those great presents can be found. You can pick up this valuable resource at the Mall Office, located in the Food Court. Shoppers should be on the lookout for ‘Holiday Greeters’ who will be distributing the Gift Giving Guide.


“Our gift guide is full of valuable information and great offers from our stores,” said Hali Harden, Director of Marketing and Business Development at St. Augustine Premium Outlets. “It’s a wonderful resource to maximize your shopping trip and buy holiday gifts for family and friends – all at enormous savings of 25 to 65 percent off every day.”


St. Augustine Premium Outlets will also offer extended hours during the holiday period. Shoppers can enjoy extended holiday hours from December 16 through December 24 and from December 26 through January 1. For additional details, please visit www.premiumoutlets.com/st-augustine.


No holiday experience would be complete without Santa and all Premium Outlet centers this season will have the Santa Bot add-on via Facebook Messenger. The bot will help shoppers find the right store for the perfect gift based upon whom they are shopping for and broad categories of interest.


As always, VIP Shopper Club members will enjoy access to exclusive benefits, including extra deals, coupons, free Savings Passports, and other offers. This holiday season, VIP Shopper Club members will be able to log in and view their Savings Passport offers in digital form. The offers can be printed off at home or viewed on a mobile device. No more standing in a line at the center and waiting for a printed version of the Savings Passport! To join the VIP Shopper Club, simply go to premiumoutlets.com/vip.


About Simon

Simon is a global leader in retail real estate ownership, management and development and a S&P100 company (Simon Property Group, NYSE:SPG). Our industry-leading retail properties and investments across North America, Europe and Asia provide shopping experiences for millions of consumers every day and generate billions in annual retail sales. For more information, visit simon.com.


About Simon Premium Outlets®
The global Simon Premium Outlets portfolio offers exceptional brands at extraordinary savings through a diverse mix of luxury, designer and popular retailers representing the best in fashion, family and home. Our 91 Simon Premium Outlets in the United States, Puerto Rico, Canada, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico and South Korea are some of the most iconic and productive shopping destinations for residents and travelers including Woodbury Common (New York City), Orlando, Desert Hills (Palm Springs), Las Vegas and Wrentham Village Premium Outlets (Boston). For more information visit premiumoutlets.com or follow Premium Outlets on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.


About St. Augustine Premium Outlets

St. Augustine Premium Outlets is a 329,000 square-foot outlet center featuring over 85 designer and name brand stores.  The outdoor center features brands including Banana Republic Factory Store, Brooks Brothers Factory Store, Calvin Klein, Coach Outlet, Gap Outlet, J. Crew Factory Store, Nike, Polo Ralph Lauren, Tommy Bahama, Tommy Hilfiger, Under Armour and more. The Mall is open Monday – Saturday, 9 AM – 9 PM and Sunday, 10 AM – 6 PM. For more information visit www.premiumoutlets.com/st-augustine.


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First Responders receive FREE Admission to Busch Gardens Tampa from Oct. 11th till Nov. 24th



“Thank You” Offer for First Responders Good from October 11th to November 24th


Busch Gardens® Tampa Bay is honoring Florida first responders through November. From October 11th to November 24th, first responders will receive free admission to Busch Gardens, and four discounted tickets for friends and family at 50% off the regular ticket price.


“A first responder’s mission is to selflessly protect us each day, and this special offer is a small way to show our appreciation of their dedication to the communities they call home,” said Stewart Clark, president and general manager of Busch Gardens Tampa Bay.


Qualifying first responders include:

  • All Florida fire rescue first responders
  • Florida emergency medical services employees (EMT/EMS)
  • 911 dispatchers
  • All Florida police and sheriff officers
  • Florida Highway Patrol
  • Florida Department of Corrections
  • Florida Department of Law Enforcement
  • Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission field officers
  • Florida Forest Service Forest Rangers
  • Florida Park Service law enforcement
  • Department of Homeland Security law enforcement agents
  • Florida Department of Environmental Protection law enforcement


Qualifying first responders should visit buschgardenstampa.com for more information and register using the ID.me verification system. 911 operators must take advantage of the First Responder offer at the front gate. Tickets must be used by November 24th. Restrictions apply.


Members of the United States military and the National Guard can take advantage of the Waves of Honor® program, which provides free admission to the SeaWorld® and Busch Gardens® parks, and Sesame Place® for active members of U.S. armed forces and as many as three direct dependents per service member.


Be the first to know about new events, special deals and future announcements by following @buschgardens on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snap Chat.




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