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Ideal Family Hotel: Hilton Garden Inn Atlanta Downtown

by Paula on August 17, 2014

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It’s always scary picking a hotel sight-unseen.  Is it really a place you want to stay?  Are the rooms clean and spacious?  Is the property well-kept?  Are the staff members nice?  How about safety?  Is the parking well-lit and secure?  What about convenience?  How close is the hotel to what you are planning to do?

What’s a mom to do?  Well, it helps if you can find reviews, like this one.  ;)

It also helps to find maps of the area, so you can plot out everything in the area.

When Ariel and I started planning our quick getaway to Atlanta, I pored over everything I could find about the area surrounding our desired attractions.  We had decided that visiting the Georgia Aquarium and the World of Coca-Cola topped our list (aided by the fact that they are adjacent to one another) and that we’d also love to experience Zoo Atlanta.  To avoid driving in city traffic and paying parking fees at various places, I wanted to stay within walking distance of the Georgia Aquarium and the World of Coca-Cola.

There are a lot of hotels in the surrounding Luckie-Marietta District (because of the streets bordering the blank block section of downtown).  We were excited to see the Olympic Park and Sky View were within walking distance of GA and WOCC.  The district also boasts shopping and dining opportunities galore.

But upon closer examination, one hotel stood out from all the rest:  Hilton Garden Inn Downtown Atlanta.  Why?  Because it is NEXT DOOR to the Georgia Aquarium!!  Can’t get much closer than that!!

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Top 5 Tween Favorites at World of Coca-Cola

by Paula on August 17, 2014

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Our recent trip

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Myrtle Beach Vacation Giveaway!

by Paula on June 24, 2014

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Myrtle Beach Family Vacation Giveaway

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

VACATION!

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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Celebrate YOUR State Giveaway Hop–Sign Up Now!!

by Paula on June 4, 2014

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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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30 Years of Celebrations at Medieval Times!

by Paula on January 3, 2014

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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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Surprise Me Sunday

by Paula on July 21, 2013

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Okay, there’s not much better at least to me than an ice cold Diet Coke.  Except I just heard of having a Coke in a bottle made of ice.  Ummmm, yeah.  It would be ice cold down to the last sip!!  What a brilliant idea!!

Frozen Coke Bottle

 

And it would be eco-friendly too!  No glass to recycle (or end up in the trash if folks didn’t recycle it–grrr….)…. I LOVE IT!!  Now to get Coke to sell them in the US….  Currently, they’re just for sale in Colombia (yes, the country!), but we can hope, right?!?

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Trip to Paris Giveaway!!

by Paula on July 9, 2013

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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 + Six Flags = Good Clean Fun!

by Paula on July 8, 2013

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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…]

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Staycation 2013

by Paula on May 22, 2013

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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: Enjoying the SC Upstate on a Budget

by Paula on May 21, 2013

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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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