What You Should Know About Everglades Airboat Tour With Kids

What You Should Know About Everglades Airboat Tour With Kids

The When you are visiting certain destinations there are some things you just have to do. For instance, zooming through swamp land on an airboat while in South Florida. Despite Papa and Grams’ objections, I booked one of these adventures on our last visit to Naples. I had some apprehensions too, I mean some gnarly creatures live the swamp and I have small kids! But, we did and loved it! Everything went great and it ended up being the highlight of the trip. So, if you are a worried parent…

Ultimate Guide to St Pete Beach with Kids

Ultimate Guide to St Pete Beach with Kids

Welcome to St Pete Beach where the sand is as white as snow and as soft as powder, where the clear waters of the gulf are as radiantly turquoise as they are invitingly warm and where the sunsets are just too breathtaking to be real. Known as the sunset capital of Florida, St Pete Beach has been rated #1 top beach destination by TripAdvisor.com as well as earned a rating of #5 by Travel’s Choice Awards. Parent Magazine even rated St. Pete Beach as #3 of America’s Top 10 Best…

The Ultimate Guide for Traveling to Naples with Kids

The Ultimate Guide for Traveling to Naples with Kids

Defying gravity as our plane lifts off the runway at LAX, a chill runs from the base of spin up to my neck causing to me to immediately regret my decision to get on this death trap. I am terribly afraid to fly and in this moment I am forced to recall the reason I would put myself in such emotional turmoil. Then images of white sandy beaches invade my mind and I can almost feel the hot sticky Florida heat on my skin and my heart-rate returns to a…

Best Florida Cocktails

Best Florida Cocktails

What do I love more than sun, sand and sea? Southern Sippers of course! I’m talking cocktails and more specifically, I’m talking cocktails that embody the topical feeling of the Sunshine State. The kind of cocktails, that no matter where you are, you can almost feel the cool ocean breeze, the warm sun on your skin and the soft sand beneath your toes. That’s right; it is time for another installment of HotMama Cocktails: Florida. What does Florida have a lot of? Alligators. So what out. Alligators might get you,…

St. Pete Beach Conclusion

St. Pete Beach Conclusion

05/18/15 We finally made it over to Guy Harvey Outpost! Not risking another tropical storm to derail our plans, we got up early and made our way to RumFish for breakfast. What a good choice! We all decided to go for southern comforts. I had the Crab Cakes and Poached Eggs, as did Papa. Grams went for her favorite, Biscuits and Gravy. HotDaddy feasted on Fried Chicken and Waffles. After I had a bite, I totally get the why it’s a famous combo! So freaking good! The kids had an…

Sunday Funday in St. Pete

Sunday Funday in St. Pete

05/17/15 Wow! I had a very productive morning! The kids actually slept in and I was able to get a blog post up! Then I enjoyed coffee on the patio before running down to see HotDaddy’s poster session at the VSS conference. Along my walk, I snapped a gorgeous photo of the property. I mean really? This place is paradise. When I arrived and HotDaddy’s poster, the room was busy with Vision Scientists scoping out projects that interests them. I was happy to see that HotDaddy’s poster was surrounded, even…

Life’s a Beach on St. Pete

Life’s a Beach on St. Pete

05/16/15 Firecracker slept in this morning, but CuddleBear was up at the crack of dawn, despite the time change! Yay! While HotDaddy was down at the conference, the rest of us enjoyed a leisurely morning, enjoying the view of St. Pete Beach from our balcony. Morning coffee never tasted so good. Later, I took the kids to the beach to play before heading to the beach front pool to swim until HotDaddy came back from his conference. We played and splashed, okay, they played and splash as I sipped on…

Off to St.Pete

Off to St.Pete

05/15/15 Today we said goodbye to Los Angeles and hello to St. Pete Beach. We loaded up the van the night before, so all we had to in the morning was get dress and get out. However, Firecracker and CuddleBear were not too thrilled about waking up before the sun. We were out the door by 6:30 a.m., but with a rainy California day (rare) coupled with L.A. traffic we didn’t make it to LAX until after 8:00 a.m. Oh and CuddleBear got carsick during the drive, which was just…

Thread Up St Pete Beach

Thread Up St Pete Beach

Alright people! It is spring and you know what that means. We are getting ready to plop our butts in the sugary white sand of Florida’s Gulf Coast. This is about the time that I start day dreaming regularly about my impending travel. Now that all the important stuff has been handled (flight booked, hotel booked, money saved) I can start focusing on my favorite part of the planning process…deciding what we are going to wear! I usually think about how I want our photos to look and that means…