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Myrtle Beach Family Vacation Giveaway

It’s sweet summertime and there is one word on the minds of moms everywhere…..


Ahh, glorious vacation! But if you’re like me, with even the thought of vacation, you’re seeing dollar signs.

What if I told you that one lucky reader will win a FREE 4 Day/3 Night trip to the incredible, oceanfront Sand Dunes Resort and Spa in Myrtle Beach, SC resort along with FREE water park passes, FREE golf, FREE breakfast buffet for children, and MORE?! Keep reading to find out how your family could be our lucky winner!

But first, what if you’re not the lucky winner, but still want to take your family on a fun and memorable vacation without breaking the bank? How do you do that?

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I love being from South Carolina!  Beaches, mountains, history, great food…there’s so much here to be insanely proud of!!


South Carolina state flag


Where are you from?  Are you as proud of your state as I am of South Carolina?

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Medieval Times

Ariel and I were recent guests of the Medieval Times Castle at Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, where we enjoyed a delicious meal, entertaining jousting, and dramatic hand-to-hand combat amid festive holiday decor.

For those of you who haven’t experienced the grandeur that is Medieval Times, it’s dinner theatre with a spectacular twist:  you dine in a recreated medieval castle while watching gallant knights battle in a large arena.

That sounds pretty simplistic, but the entire operation is far from it.  This was my third experience at Medieval Times, but Ariel’s first.  So I was well aware of how much fun the event would be… and was anticipating how much she would love it!

And I was so right!

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You know, I’ve been to Paris twice….. and would go back in a skinny minute!  Loved loved loved Paris!!  The Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, the pastries, the crêpes, the bread!  So many good things in Paris!!

When I found this giveaway, I knew that I needed to tell you about it and encourage you to enter the giveaway.  Wouldn’t it be fantastic if one of my readers won?!?!?  SQUEEEE!! Win a trip to Paris!


Here are a few of the important inclusions of the prize:

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Wet Ones Event at Six Flags Over Georgia!

Ariel and I were recently invited to join a group of bloggers for a special event hosted by Wet Ones at Six Flags Over Georgia.  There really was no way that we could turn that opportunity down, right?!  :)   We brought along Ariel’s cousin, Aurora, to share in the fun.  Neither of them had ever been to Six Flags, so they were thrilled to have the chance to visit.

Mindbender roller coaster at Six Flags

As soon as we pulled into the Six Flags parking lot, the squeeeing commenced!!  First thing we noticed was the green framework of the Mind Bender roller coaster.  {I remember when it was installed!  Eeek!}  The girls were sooo excited!!  And so was I! [click to continue…]


Staycation 2013

Yesterday we posted our best tips for enjoying the bounty of activities in Upstate South Carolina. Today, we’d like to showcase some of our favorite bloggers’ posts about their corners of the country! Enjoy!!

Mid Atlantic

NW (or all), Connecticut :: Parenting Miracles

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Staycation 2013


Welcome to our Staycation 2013 post!  Living in the Upstate of South Carolina, we’re lucky to have multiple free and low-cost attractions and family-friendly activities in our area, many of them within a short 1-2 hour drive.

Listed here are a few of our favorite places and spaces in the South Carolina Upcountry.

The Upstate of South Carolina can be defined in multiple ways, but I’m including six counties, based on the path of I-85 as it traverses South Carolina on its way from Atlanta, Georgia, to Charlotte, North Carolina.  Those six counties, listed alphabetically, are:  Anderson, Cherokee, Greenville, Oconee, Pickens, and Spartanburg.

This post focuses on Anderson County activities.  I’ll focus on a new county each day this week and will link them all together at the end of the week.  Stay tuned!!

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Walt Disney quote


No, not those padlocks.  I’m talking about the padlocks lovers leave on fences, bridges, and specially made structures to cement their love for all time.

Never heard of these?

I’m embarrassed to admit I hadn’t either.  But now I have…. and so have you!  Check out these love padlocks on the famous Pont de l’Archevêché in Paris:

Locks of Love from ParisInfo.com


Locks of Love from ParisInfo.com

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stack of books artwork from PTOToday.com


I have been so impressed by the variety and sheer numbers of tween programs offered by local libraries across the country.  I did a bit of research and found all sorts of programs.  Check out these worthy programs….and be sure to check out your local library too.  If they’re not already offering tween programming, they might be willing to start if enough folks are interested!

Canton Public Library in Canton, Michigan, doesn’t just have a few offerings:  they have a whole page on their website dedicated to tweens and activities, lectures, and books of interest.  They even have yoga classes!  Impressive!

Leavenworth Public Library in Leavenworth, Kansas, offers tween classes in duct tape crafting, origami, and and spaghetti art.  Wait…. spaghetti art?  I’m going to have to check into that!

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