Travel Tuesday : Spending Ramadan in Brunei

Traveling in the Middle East is one of my dreams, especially with the World Cup headed to Qatar. So I am collecting lots of tips ahead of time!

Once a year, in the holy month of Ramadan, Muslims all over the world avoid drinking, eating and smoking before sunset. Although non-Muslim travellers might feel as though they should be wary of travelling to Brunei during this period, there’s actually no need for caution. In fact, Ramadan can be a fascinating time to explore a predominantly Muslim nation – the evenings are often filled with feasting, social gatherings and lively events.

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Dream Trips : Introducing the Terror Twins to Real Life Terrors

There are so many dream trips my husband and I would like to take. Most don’t include the terror twins but how incredible would it be to take them to Africa? Thrilled to see that this is becoming an option for those of us who are not among the jet set. Still a dream trip, but an attainable one…
Kids on Safari Vacation
photo credit : GreatValueVacations

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Travel Tuesday : Staying Connected in the Magic Kingdom

Mobilizing the Magic

So excited about this news!

Protect Your Tech While Traveling


Tips below!
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Bloggers! On a boat!

Disclosure: I get to go on this cruise for free thanks to Madame Deals and Sea Dog! Thanks!

Sea Dog Fireworks Cruise

In just 16 days I will be taking off for the fair city of Chicago. There I will be eating, drinking, getting my blog on, and hanging out with my friends that live in the computer. And what better way to do that than on a boat?
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Setup Summer : Get the Car Summer Ready!

Disclosure: I am a member of the Collective Bias® Social Fabric® Community. Part of this content has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias® and FRAM. I was free to write what I wanted and all opinions are my own.

Today is three weeks until summer for us! As you can probably guess, I am basing summer on the date my kids start their break from the regular school year. Even though they have summer school (free in our school district for all kids), the end of the school year means summer is officially here.

To us, summer equals road trips. We go to see family in Texas and Oklahoma; we spend the weekends driving to Missouri sites; we drive all around our city during the day. With my kids’ allergies, it’s important to me that our car be healthy of an environment as possible. I can’t control what affects them all the time, but I can control what affects them in the car (especially on those ten hour trips!)
FRAM Fresh Breeze Air Cabin Filters
Read on for my experience with changing the filter!
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What to Pack for a Blog Conference

Blogging conferences are some of the most fun you can have in a couple of short days. But man those days are packed. So you need to be prepared! After over twenty blog conferences, I consider myself a packing pro. This list will help you tackle your fears and prepare you to wow the crowds, hit the ground running, or at least keep you from dissolving into tears as you pack.

What To Pack For A Blog Conference Like BlogHer Blissdom TypeA
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Dream Trips: From Iceland to St. Louis, Glaciers to Gorillas


This week my prompt as part of the HTC TroopOneX was to write about dream trips. Well the prompt might have been dream “trip” but who could have just one? Not me and the husband who love travel like a fat kids loves cake (to quote 50 Cent.) We have a list of TEN dream trips we would like to take.

And this past summer we crossed one off the list: Iceland!
Look how happy we were to be there!


You may have noticed that I haven’t written about or shared pictures of Iceland. Partly because I had some internet drama happen right around then but mainly because, OMG ICELAND. It’s an impossible country to put into words.

But this post isn’t about Iceland.
It’s about another dream trip. To St. Louis.
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Travel Tuesday : Traveling With Rosacea

In previous blog posts, I have talked about my struggle with Rosacea. It’s not all bad though; I
was able to attend the BlogHer conference with my ticket sponsored by So
something good came out of all the flushing!

However, I was nervous about the trip and about our trip to Iceland.
Some of the biggest triggers of rosacea are seasonal weather conditions, emotional
stress, exercise, alcohol consumption and spicy foods.

Let’s see, I usually am known to consume a drink or two at BlogHer parties and though the
conference is awesome, it is amazingly stressful too. One moment I am happy and can’t get
enough but the next I am exhausted and just want to be left alone.

And then there’s the whole trip, going from humid New York to well, Iceland. Hello weather change!
Add in hiking and all the lamb stew and remoulade laden hot dogs (seriously, Iceland is known
for them, look it up) and well I was afraid I would look like a big tomato in all of those scenic
glacier shots.

Fortunately there are preventative steps. As they say, the best defense is a good offense.

It’s an extra step but I always take care to do the following:

1. Pack my skin care with me in my carry on. I decant mine into smaller TSA approved
bottles. I don’t want to risk trying something new.
2. Be extra vigilant with sun protection. I always bring my natural sunscreen stick with me every where.
3. Keep up with my routine, even though I just want to sink into bed. Consistency is so

For more information about rosacea, visit

Disclosure: I am a RosaceaFacts Ambassador, sponsored by Galderma Laboratories, L.P. I was provided with a free BlogHer conference pass, in exchange for my efforts in spreading the word about Rosacea awareness.

Travel Tuesday : Toyota and Audubon Ask Drivers to Exit the Highway This Summer

(Photo from ShanaMama)

Do you family road trips include any of the following:

  • Visiting a snake farm in Texas?
  • Checking out the “Love Motel for Insects” in New York?
  • Viewing the Corn Palace in South Dakota?

No? Well you’re missing out on the many curiosities and unique scenery our country has to offer. And it’s not all about the man made stuff. Taking the scenic road means seeing natural wonders that will knock your socks off.

Toyota and the National Audubon Society are teaming up this summer to ask Americans to Exit the Highway and pledge to spend more time taking scenic roads. Highlighting nearly 100 nature destinations in more than 60 cities, the campaign is also rewarding nature seekers.

For every initial pledge and for every photo of a nature stop shared online at, participants are entered to win a Toyota Prius V! That’s what I am talking about.

The website also offers road trip itineraries inspiration for a day outdoors or an unexpected stop on your next road trip. You can map an itinerary to suit their travel plans or use them as inspiration for some family fun. Not near a highlighted city or region? You can suggest your own local nature spots to the Exit the Highway community by uploading a photo of your favorite nature location at

To start your own adventure, take the pledge at, or In addition to taking the pledge, the Exit the Highway website also allows you to:

  • Earn bonus entries into the Toyota Prius v sweepstakes by sharing photos tagged with #exitthehighway via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram accounts or manually uploading photos at
  • Explore nearly 100 nature destinations (70 of which are free to the public) along with a link to details and hours of operation.
  • See itineraries that utilize Google Maps for point-to-point directions.
  • Recommend favorite nature stops in your area to other nature seekers.
  • Get personal recommendations from local leaders with a passion for caring for the environment.

Did I convince you? Will you be taking the road less taken this summer?


Disclosure: I am part of the Toyota Women Influence Network. I have not been compensated for this post. Opinions are my own.