Drop Your Bags at the Tradewinds Island Grand

Drop Your Bags at the Tradewinds Island Grand

Imagine waking up to palm trees swaying in the breeze, to the turquoise sea sparkling in the sun and to the sand feeling as soft as powder sugar? It is not a just a fantasy, this is for real. While staying at the Tradewinds Island Grand on St. Pete Beach, we woke up to paradise every day. Not only is the location gorgeous, but the resort caters to families. Although this HotMama isn’t afraid to make any accommodation family-friendly, I just love when resorts make it easy. The property is…

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…

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…