Join me for Friday Favorites and check out some of my latest awesome discoveries…
Yes, I’m starting something new this week! Lately I’ve done so many fun things that I wanted to share them all on the blog. The problem is that I had too much to share and not enough time to do it. Problem solved: I’m going to have a short roundup at the end of each week, featuring awesome products that I love or great new places that I’ve discovered. I still plan to write posts about some of these, but this will give you a little sneak peek of things to come.
My family and I recently took a road trip so that I could attend the TMS Family Travel Conference. We were lucky enough to be able to go three days early and take a tour of Jacksonville and had such a great time! They have great restaurants, zoos, museums and our hotel on the beach was awesome! If you go, you definitely don’t want to miss Sweet Pete’s Candy Shop. Jacksonville may not be the first place that comes to mind when you think of Florida but it’s definitely worth the trip.
Here we are goofing off at the zoo and getting up close and personal with one of the tigers (I swear he was posing for me)! Stay tuned for a blog post about all our Jacksonville adventures!
My conference was on Amelia Island and while we were there, we stayed at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort. I think I could have stayed there all week and not seen it all! It was absolutely beautiful, the food was delicious, the service was amazing and the views were incredible (of course, you can look for a post about this place too). I’m not an early riser but I made it a point to get up for the sunset each morning…it was totally worth it.
If you’ve never been to a restaurant with a bunch of bloggers, you’re either going to have a good laugh or get really annoyed. Nobody is allowed to eat until we have pictures of all the food and my hubby and kids always get pretty hungry waiting for us to finish. It probably looks funny to non-bloggers but we’re all about getting the good shot.
However, shooting in restaurants is really hard because unless you’re eating outside, the lighting is usually horrible. Sometimes I just give up! However, one of the other bloggers had this portable Roto Light to light the food and it made all the difference in the world. Now I’m obsessed and this light is at the top of my Christmas list! Will someone please make sure my hubby sees this?!
Now on to non-blogging faves. If you liked 24, you’ve got to check out Keifer Sutherland’s newest show. You may have to get caught up online because it’s about 6 episodes in but it’s SOOO good! Keifer plays the HUD secretary and is about to get demoted when everyone above him is killed in a massive explosion. Suddenly he’s the new president, though nobody thinks he’s qualified and they fight him every step of the way. I don’t want to give much away but all I can say is that I wish it were on Netflix so I could binge watch the entire season!
My little Keira has been begging to take ballet lessons for awhile now and she finally had her first class this week. She hasn’t been this excited about anything since opening Christmas presents last year (she even told me that she’d been practicing her “leaping”). The morning of her ballet class she popped out of bed, danced around the house in her ballet slippers and then danced out to the car for school. She had her first class that night and now she wants to go to ballet every day. Here she is, ready for class!
Have you discovered any amazing new gadgets or found a great new vacation spot? I’d love to hear about them!