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Wallet-Friendly Trip Souvenirs

March 2, 2017|

Gift shops are hard to resist when traveling. Even as we strive to avoid bringing too much “stuff” into our house, it’s nearly impossible to bypass a tempting gift shop. During our travels, we may occasionally buy something special that catches our eye and the boys are always growing their stuffed animal collections, but we [...]

MAGICAL MONDAYS / Agent P World Showcase Adventure

February 27, 2017|

When planning our recent day “Eating Around the World” at EPCOT, we tried to pace our indulging by interspersing non-food activities. While there are a few movies and brief shows in several of the countries and I personally love just walking around and admiring the architecture, there isn’t a whole lot for kids to do [...]

Packing For A Cross-Country Road Trip part 2: The cabin and kid activities

February 23, 2017|

So, last week we packed up the trunk of our little Toyota Rav-4 with clothing, food, and hiking equipment for a three-week, 6,000-mile road trip. Woah! That’s a lot of driving! How about we take a look in the passenger compartment this week to see what we had at our fingertips for the long driving [...]

MAGICAL MONDAYS / Caw Caw! Roar! How to become a Wilderness Explorer

February 20, 2017|

At Disney’s Animal Kingdom park, guests have the opportunity to follow in the footsteps of Russell, the adventurous and kind-hearted boy from the movie Up, by earning Wilderness Explorer badges in hopes of becoming a Senior Wilderness Explorer. The free program provides a unique way to visit every corner of this gorgeous park, learn about [...]

Packing For A Cross-Country Road Trip

February 18, 2017|

Packing for twenty days on the road in a Toyota Rav-4 requires some serious planning. The Rav-4 always has more than enough storage space around town. The monthly Costco haul? No problem. Black Friday shopping? Piece of cake. But packing enough clothing, footwear, food, and hiking equipment for 20 days away from home? The Rav-4’s [...]

MAGICAL MONDAYS / Eating Around the World at EPCOT

February 13, 2017|

World Showcase at EPCOT is one of my favorite places in all of Walt Disney World. The architecture. The food. The shops. The music. It’s all just … delightful. Our boys are still a little too young to fully appreciate all the beauty that World Showcase offers, so World Showcase needs a little interest boost [...]

MAGICAL MONDAYS / Why We Stay On-Site at Disney World

February 6, 2017|

For the first twenty years that I visited Walt Disney World, I never once stayed at an on-site resort. In fact, I never set foot on any Disney hotel property. Being Floridians with annual passes, my family visited often on weekends and  stayed at inexpensive chain hotels just outside of the park on route 192 [...]

MAGICAL MONDAYS / Winter 2017 Disney Trip!

January 30, 2017|

We are currently at Walt Disney World! The usual Monday/Thursday posting schedule will resume next week. In the meantime, follow us on Instagram at tulipandsnowflake as we spend the week at the Most Magical Place on Earth!

Planning a Cross-Country Road Trip Itinerary

January 26, 2017|

Our 20-day, 6,000-mile cross-country road trip began with the simple, long-time dream of visiting Yosemite National Park. Seeing the tunnel view first-hand has been at the top of my bucket list for years. Two years ago, after a few trips north and south along the east coast, I realized that our boys had grown to [...]

MAGICAL MONDAYS / Disney Four Parks Challenge Planning Guide

January 23, 2017|

A day spent visiting all four Walt Disney World theme parks will be long, but it doesn’t have to be exhausting or stressful. Choosing the right time of year, using the FastPass+ system to its fullest, staying at an on-site resort... A few key decisions ensured that we would have a day to remember and [...]