If you’re looking for the best spot to stay when traveling to Napa Valley, look no further because the Napa Valley Marriott Hotel & Spa is the perfect spot. The hotel is in the heart of Napa Valley and right off the highway. It truly is the perfect location if you plan on touring all around this area. To me this is a classic hotel and even better, you can see how much hard work they put into the beautiful renovations.Continue reading “Napa Valley Marriott Hotel & Spa”
Author: Samantha Vanderpool
The Ritz-Carlton, Reynolds Lake Oconee
THIS IS YOUR CALLING – BOOK YOU NEXT HOLIDAY VACATION NOW!! I never imagined traveling for the holidays, but we did!! We stayed at the @ritzcarltonreynoldslakeoconee during Christmas and midway through Hanukkah. The amount of holiday magic here is endless and all throughout the resorts! From decorations to events, truly there is so much to do!!!
🎄Ice skating: Enjoy the beautiful 5,000 square-foot ice rink and hot cocoa!
🎄Breakfast with Santa: The most festive breakfast and experience with Santa Claus!
🎄Story time with Mrs. Claus: Hear numerous classic Christmas tales by your truly!
🎄Build a Buddy: Build your own holiday friend.
🎄Gingerbread Workshop: Decorate a prebuilt gingerbread house with the best supplies ever!
🎄Decorate ornaments: Create a final ornament for your Christmas tree.
🎄Hang out around the life-sized Gingerbread Cottage: This is SO GORGEOUS and directly in the lobby near a beautiful fireplace!
🎄Caroling on the Linger Longer Express: Decked out train ride.
🎄Elf Special Delivery: Create some magic while you are away, by having Santa’s Elves drop off a special surprise and/or receive a special visit from Santa’s Elves and hear a bedtime story with goodies!
Truly this Christmas is filled with many festive experiences to create memories that last a lifetime.
✨From our family to yours, we hope you have a wonderful Christmas Eve. 🎄🎅🤶 #rcmemories
ICE! Is back at Gaylord Palms Resort in Orlando, FL
ICE! attraction has officially returned this year featuring Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas at @gaylordpalms!! The event runs now through January 1st, 2023 and is perfect for the entire family. 🤶🎅🎄❄️
Christmas at Gaylord Palms features a large variety of Holiday activities which require a separate ticket, but there are bundles available (I had the GOLD play & save, which included everything and highly recommend).
❄️ The Grinch’s Wonderful Awful Idea Scavenger Hunt: Scavenger Hunt Booklets and Prizes can be redeemed at Alpine Village Guest Services between 10:00am and 8:00pm.
❄️Snow Flow Mountain at Snow Factory at Alpine Village: You must be at least 42” tall and be able to carry your own tube to ride this ride.
❄️Mrs. Claus’ Christmas Traditions at Alpine Village: retelling of ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas and cookies/milk. Approximately 25 minutes.
❄️Gingerbread Decorating Corner at Alpine Village: Decorate a Gingerbread House or Cookie (this could be based off your package, as my package stated a gingerbread house).
❄️ Snowball Build and Blast: With a little Christmas magic, you’ll receive a tub of snow so you can build and toss real snowballs to boost the power of the snowmaking machines. Take your best aim at the targets and let the snowballs fly.
❄️ ICE! featuring Dr. Suess’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas: Be transported to Whoville with larger than life ice sculptures that are hand carved by master artisans from China. Two million pounds of colorful ice is used to create an amazing walk through experience. I STRONGLY recommend laying up, using snow gloves, hats, and scarfs because it is 9 degrees Fahrenheit inside this attraction. 🥶 Everyone is provided a parka and you must wear closed toes shoes.
❄️ Elf Training Academy: Choose a nutcracker or snowman ornament and paint away! When you’re done they blow dry and wrap them.
❄️Cirque-styled Christmas show: This performance has dazzling acrobatics, feats of flexibility, and high-flying stunts. Approximately 35 minutes.
And SNOW much to do! If you have any questions, comment below! 💚
Naples Grande Beach Resort
Looking for a much needed family vacation?! Look no further because the Naples Grande Resort with the family for the ultimate trip. The staff at the resort from the moment you arrive, to checking in, house keeping, servers, bartenders, the list can go on and on; went above and beyond! The location is the best spot when traveling to Naples, Florida. This resort offers; golf, spa, pool with a slide and service, restaurants, coffee shop, lobby bar, convention center, and even more! Truly there is something for the whole family!!
So, if you are looking to travel to Naples, Florida – make sure to check out Naples Grande Resort. You and your family will love the amenities this resort has to offer. Head to my Instagram page, CLICK HERE and follow me plus take a closer look and check out the highlight on my feed labeled “Naples Grande”.
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JW MARRIOTT – Grande Lakes Orlando
If you are heading to Orlando with your family, now is the perfect time to check out the newly renovated and beautiful JW Marriott in Grande Lakes Orlando! From the moment you walk into the resort you see the most stunning water fountain and gorgeous lobby.
Now for the BIG news! Their stunning newly renovated FAMILY SUITE is available! The room consists of a suite PLUS a room with bunk beds and another bed. This is the ultimate family suite. We had the best time just hanging in our room!
If you are a pool family, run don’t walk to the JW pool/lazy river! The river is so fun and the pool is beautiful. PS: in the upcoming months there will be even more exciting changes to this beautiful area!!
Did you know this resort is connected to the beautiful Ritz Carlton, Orlando? Make sure to check out Highball & Harvest for dinner, Bleu for lunch and look into a cabana poolside. Both fabulous experiences we had!
Now the main question is, when are you booking? When you book the Family Suites there are nightly customized amenities as well as custom amenities depending on the ages of your family members!
Head to my Instagram page, CLICK HERE and follow me plus check out a closer look at the highlight on my feed labeled “JW Marriott ORL”.
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Testing Your Pool Water by Leslie’s
Do you own a pool? How do you clean your pool? Where do you buy your pool supplies or pool goodies? Remember, it’s important to keep your pool clean and sanitized.
Leslie’s Pool Supplies has free testing for you to know what your pool needs and they have all the supplies you need to maintain your pool. They also have all the fun toys you can think of.
Whether its this beautiful Boca Raton location or your local Leslie’s store, their staff is always so helpful. If you live in your pool, like my family and I do, then you must go to Leslie’s and see for yourself! Check to see if you have a Leslie’s Pool Supplies near you! CLICK HERE FOR STORE LOCATOR
The AccuBlue Experience
- FREE 10-point analysis of water sample
- Precise results in 60 seconds
- Customized treatment plan
- Product recommendations and solutions
- Step-by-step instructions
- Consultation with a Leslie’s pool care expert
Perfectly balanced pool water
Summer is around the corner and it’s officially pool season! Having a pool party? Going to a pool party? Having a bbq with family around your pool? Make sure to get all your supplies and check your water levels at Leslie’s Pool Supplies near you! CLICK HERE YOU WILL BE HAPPY JUST LIKE I AM! Leslie’s is the best place to go and test your water, FOR FREE!
SOLO STOVE FIRE PITS
No matter where you live, whether the temperature is hot or cold, your home should have a Solo Stove! There is so much you can do with the Solo Stove like cook or enjoy making s’mores with friends. They come in different sizes. I own the Yukon. In my opinion, bigger is better. Just keep in mind the bigger the stove the more wood you need to burn a fire.
Here are the three different fire pits! (Photo from http://www.solostove.com
I love how little smoke it lets off because of its double wall feature. It’s light weight and very easy to bring from one place to another. We received the solo stove in May 2021 and it still works just as if it was brand new!
To get yours now – use my code “samantha20” for $20 off now! Head to http://www.solostove.com
This post is sponsored by La Famiglia DelGrosso. The opinions and text are all mine.
La Famiglia DelGrosso is America’s oldest family-owned sauce maker. Each sauce provides a delicious and authentic flavor that completes any Italian dish, with whole plum tomatoes right from Italy! It also doesn’t have any added sugar, which is an added bonus for me. I love creating a family favorite dish using La Famiglia DelGrosso sauces. On tonight’s menu: Lasagna using La Familia DelGrosso Sunday Marinara
My guys and I sure do love pasta nights and we have it on the menu very often. I am a huge fan of keeping a dish like lasagna simple, so I opted for the Sunday Marinara variety. A fun fact about the brand: each of the different sauce recipes is created by a DelGrosso family member, which I think is so cool! Henry and William love the DelGrosso Sunday Marinara, my husband prefers the Tomato Basil Masterpiece, and I can’t get enough of the Fireworks Sauce (OH EM GEE – SOOOO GOOD!) The sauces are available at Publix – and there is a promotion valid in the Extra Savings flyer from 11/6 – 11/19
CHECK OUT THE SAUCES
o La Famiglia DelGrosso Sunday Marinara: A delicious classic combination of fresh garden tomatoes and herbs
o La Famiglia DelGrosso Tomato Basil Masterpiece: a sauce full of intense tomato and basil flavor
o La Famiglia DelGrosso Fireworks Sauce (my personal favorite): a delicious blend of tomatoes, zucchini and a bit of spice
o La Famiglia DelGrosso Alfredo Sauce (not featured)
o La Famiglia DelGrosso Puttanesca Sauce (not featured)
o La Famiglia DelGrosso Vodka Sauce (not featured)
o La Famiglia DelGrosso Pizza Sauce: the perfect sauce for homemade pizza night
DINNER IS SERVED
+ 6-8 sheets of lasagna (depends on depth of pan)
+ 1 Jar of La Famiglia DelGrosso Sunday Marinara
+ 3 cups ricotta cheese
+ 4 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
+ ½ cup grated parmesan cheese
+ 1 egg
+ 1 tablespoon olive oil
+ Salt and pepper
+ Fresh basil
- 1. Preheat oven to 375F
- 2. Cook lasagna noodles in salted boiled water according to packaging, then drain and rinse them in cold water. Try to keep the noodles from sticking.
- 3. Mix egg and ricotta cheese together in a bowl.
- 4. Using any pan of choice (my pan 4×12), layer sauce and noodles in an even layer. Spread ricotta and egg mixture with mozzarella. Continue to do this until all noodles are used.
- 5. Cover the lasagna with the pan top.
- 6. Bake for 30 minutes covered, then bake uncovered for 15 minutes.
- 7. Top with fresh basil and parmesan.
- 8. Pair with a delicious salad of choice (Caesar, Italian, house) and fresh bread! Enjoy.
This recipe is a family favorite. We like to keep it simple with the Sunday Marinara, but you can customize this recipe to please your family’s taste. Switching out the Sunday Marinara with any of the other DelGrosso sauces would be a delicious twist on this classic lasagna.
Family Style at Loews Miami
The family and I arrived at the Loews Miami, in Miami Beach ending our summer 2021. Of course the long drive of 45 minutes turned the two boys in a funky mood and Ben and I were ready for a much needed vacation. From the moment Ben drove up the driveway area of the hotel we found ourselves in paradise. The hotel entrance was beyond stunning and the kids ran over a huge fish tank, with endless fish and sea creatures. The family and I had the ultimate vacation experience in Miami Beach.
COMPLIMENTARY PHOTO SESSION: When you stay at the Loews Miami, you and your family or party can book a 45 minute photo session. You take photos all over the hotel property and the beach! Felipe made the experience so easy, especially with the kids. The photos will be cherished forever.
WHAT MAKES THE LOEWS MIAMI POOL PERFECT FOR FAMILIES? There are many areas you can choose from to set up your family for the day. We made sure to take time on the chairs and enjoyed drinks and food pool side! There are plenty of shaded spots and umbrellas for sunny spots. The pool entrance is 0 and that is the best for babies and toddlers. The shooting water was so fun for the boys, they ran back and forth for the longest time! If you don’t bring pool toys, there is the perfect shop you can have your kids pick out something. Also if you forget or lose sunglasses (I lost mine) you can purchase sunglasses at the shop for an amazing price ($20!)
WHO SHOULD BOOK A CABANA AT THE LOEWS MIAMI? If you are looking for an area that is air conditioned, private, and personable than you must book. When you are out all day at the pool and beach, having a private bathroom with a shower, doesn’t beat it! Your booking includes a lounge chairs, beach chairs, two story area, and so much more. For booking click HERE.
BREAKFAST AREAS: You have two choices on property, grab and go or sit down. We experienced both and I highly recommend both. At the grab and go you must get the homemade pop-tarts, OH EM GOODNESS!!! Then at the sit down there is a buffet or menu option. We choose the buffet because kids eat free with the adult fee and there was everything on menu (minus eggs benedict) which was just perfect for our family!
WHY CHOOSE AN OCEAN VIEW ROOM? Why not, do you want any other view than the beautiful ocean? No, its beyond perfect. We had two beds and a crib, plus a balcony. It fit our family just right.
If you are heading to Miami Beach, family or not – check out the Loews Miami. There are options for everyone and endless fun! Click HERE to book your next stay or check out more details from the hotels website.
Perfect Danone Oikos Blended Nonfat Greek Yogurt at Publix
This post is sponsored by Oikos Greek Yogurt. All thoughts and opinions are my own. AD
This is such a busy time of year. A time that I get excited for, but also need to find something easy for me to eat! I am getting the boys ready to go back to school, I myself am getting ready to go back to school, and I am still maintaining all that goes on in the home. And on top of all that is going on, there are still activities and sports. It truly never ends with a full house. I do love it all and it’s my favorite time of year. I absolutely love the beginning of the school year.
There is no better way to get my breakfast, snack or lunch needs taken care of than with the help of Oikos Greek yogurt. I am obsessed with Oikos new Oikos Blended Nonfat Greek Yogurt! It is made with creamy, fresh milk sourced only from family-owned farms. With flavors like Vanilla, Strawberry, Blueberry, Cherry and Plain there is a flavor for everyone. Each fruit flavor is packed with 50% more real fruit chunks than previous Oikos Greek Yogurt.
So why do I love the New Oikos Blended Nonfat Greek Yogurt – Well they believe the best ingredients make the best yogurt and I totally agree. They are non-GMO Project Verified yogurt. Made with fresh, creamy, cool milk. From family owned farms. Not too sour. Not too sweet. Simple. Good. Joy. That is a total win for me! Let me break down my favorite three below!
Blended Greek Yogurt Oikos – THIS IS ANYTHING BUT PLAIN! I mean that. The flavor is perfect to eat just on its own, but feel free to add granola or fruit. Since it is mango season, my go-to fruit is mangos, so I have been placing them in my Oikos plain yogurt. IT IS SO GOOD!
I cannot say “VANILLA” too loud in my house. My boys come running for the Oikos Vanilla bean yogurt. Truthfully, I need to hide them because they will eat the four back in one to two days. The vanilla makes me think of dessert and it is just perfect.
LOADED WITH REAL STRAWBERRY – Oh yes, it is sure is! This cup of goodness is just perfect as it is. I love that I don’t have to worry about added fruit and can grab this on the go for break, lunch or snack.
I just love to grab an Oikos Blended Nonfat Greek Yogurt whenever I am in my busy seasons, like now! I just grab it out of my fridge, pack it in my bag and that’s it! It is super easy and quick. To be honest, you don’t even need a spoon if you have a fork. IT IS THAT PERFECT. You can keep it simple or add whatever toppings you would like. Ultimately my favorite is adding fresh mangos to the Blended Greek Plain Yogurt. It’s seriously amazing and it really does help start my day or give me a much-needed pick me up during the day.
If you have a Publix near you – the next time you are going – make sure to pick up these amazing yogurts by Oikos. Especially the new Oikos Blended Nonfat Greek Yogurt. You will be very happy you did and make it your own or keep it the way it is.
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