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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Glass Bottom Boat - Beaches Resort & Spa Negril

Disclosure: We received a conference rate for our stay.


There are many reasons why we love traveling to Beaches Resorts, probably too many to name but one of the best perks of visiting any of the Beaches Resorts is the opportunity to enjoy some excursions and water activities. 

Last year while visiting Beaches Resorts Negril, Jeremy enjoyed a few days of snorkeling and saw so many creatures and amazing parts of the ocean.  I am not a snorkeler, I just cannot get the hang of it, but lucky for me one of the included water excursions at Beaches Negril was the Glass Bottom Boat.  This is an excursion that is a must try for everyone.  

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Glass Bottom Boat - Beaches Resort & Spa Negril


If you are like me and you want to see those amazingly bright colored sea life and the beautiful coral reef but cannot handle the snorkeling or scuba options this is the perfect way to spend a piece of your time while at the resort.  Plus, who doesn't enjoy a nice boat ride out in the beautiful waters of Jamaica?  

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The Glass Bottom Boat is large enough for groups of about 15 people.  The boat is exactly what you would expect, a boat with a glass bottom!  This allows you to see the sea as the staff takes you out into the ocean.  Our tour lasted about 45 minutes and it was perfect.  

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While seeing the sea life was the goal, I have to say that feeling the sea breeze on my face while heading out to sea was my favorite part.  Just seeing the beach get further and further away brings a bit of excitement to this pretty calm excursion.  

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Once we reached our destination our guides hopped into the ocean and did a little snorkeling to find some sea creatures for us to hold and learn about.  Our guides were fantastic.  They took a lot of time to make sure we all got to hold and see different sea life as well as see some of the great coral reef below us.  

We got to hold star fish, sea cucumbers and even a blowfish.  The blowfish was so interesting, when they brought it to us it was full of water but then slowly "spit" out the water.  Oh nature, you are incredible.  

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This is the photo of our guide holding the full blowfish, you can see the water starting to come out of him a little bit.  So cool!!  

What To Bring For Your Glass Bottom Boat Tour:

  • Sunscreen 
  • Wear a swim suit
  • Go Pro Camera 
  • Swim shoes or shoes that will not slip on wet surfaces


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Go into this excursion with an open mind, chances are you may never have the opportunity to hold or feel these amazing creatures again.  Enjoy this time and make sure you encourage your family and friends to do the same.  

The Glass Bottom Boat Tour is perfect for all ages.  Obviously, if you get sea sick easily this may not be your first choice!  We enjoyed this trip because it gave us a chance to be out on the ocean and enjoy a boat ride as well.  Being that we live in land locked Colorado we do not have these ocean opportunities.  

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I hope that you get to experience this amazing tour.  Have you booked your trip to Beaches Resorts Negril yet?  Put it on your to do list!



Have you ever experienced a Glass Bottom Boat Excursion?


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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Disney On Ice presents Dream Big

Disclosure:  My family and I were provided with complementary tickets to the show in exchange for this post.  All opinions are my own.


Disney on Ice is quickly becoming one of our favorite live events to take our kids to.  Both Jude and Teagan love seeing their favorite Disney characters come to life on the ice.  Over the years we have really enjoyed having family dates to the Disney on Ice show so when I saw the newest production "Dream Big" was coming to Loveland Colorado I knew we had to add it to our calendar.  

There is plenty of time for you to add it to your calendar too!  Below you will find more info about the performance and how to purchase tickets.  I hope we see you there!


Disney On Ice presents Dream Big show information:

Believing is just the beginning when dreamers from Loveland witness the empowering tales of Disney’s most courageous leading ladies told through artistic skating and acrobatics in Disney On Ice presents Dream Big. Audiences are invited to join eight Disney Princesses – Ariel, Belle, Cinderella, Rapunzel, Tiana, Jasmine, Aurora and Snow White – as they embark on incredible adventures, determined to make their dreams come true. In addition, experience the sisterly love that has captivated millions as Disney’s Frozen is brought to life on the icy stage.

Through enchanted pixie-dust, Tinker Bell takes audiences on a journey of beloved Disney tales. Make a splash with the fearless dreamer Ariel as she yearns to explore life above the waves. Watch Rapunzel, Cinderella and Belle as they learn about the power to make their own magic. Travel to the wintry world of Arendelle with sisters Anna and Elsa and the hilarious snowman Olaf from Disney’s Frozen as they learn that true love is the greatest magic of all. Be there to discover a whole new world with the daring Jasmine, and join Snow White, Aurora and Tiana as they remind you that strength and kindness go hand-in-hand. High-flying jumps, daring acrobatics, breathtaking skating and lovable Disney friends make Disney On Ice presents Dream Big an experience your family will never forget!


Budweiser Events Center Loveland Colorado Performance Schedule:

Thursday, March 30: 7:00 PM
Friday, March 31: 7:00 PM
Saturday, April 1: 11:00 AM, 3:00 PM, 7:00 PM
Sunday, April 2: 1:00 PM, 5:00 PM

Budweiser Events Center Loveland Colorado
5290 Arena Circle
Loveland, CO 80538


Ticket Information:

Disney On Ice presents Dream Big will be performing in Loveland at the Budweiser Events Center Thursday, March 30 – Sunday, April 2, 2017. 

Tickets start at just $15! (Additional fees apply. Excludes Front Row and VIP seats) All seats are reserved, and tickets are available at Disney On Ice.


We are really excited to be attending the performance that Erika Craven will be performing in. She is a native of Fort Collins Colorado! Love supporting our local celebs!  

Bio of Erika Craven:


What age did you begin skating?
I started skating at age four.
Why did you start skating?
I started skating because my brother had begun to play hockey and as a little sister I wanted to do everything he was doing. As soon as my feet touched the ice a life-long passion was born.

What are some of your industry achievements (competitions/awards/tests)?

I am a double gold medalist (Passed my Senior level free skate and moves tests). I also have placed in the National Artistic Showcase and earned the ISCFC Sportsmanship Award.

Where did you grow up?

I grew up in Fort Collins, Colorado.

Are there any cities/towns you have a close connection to? (i.e. family vacations, place you grew up in, etc.)
I was born in Klamath Falls, OR, and I went to school in upstate NY. I have family in Chicago and Seattle.

Did you train/perform at a hometown club or studio? If so, where?
Ice Skating Club of Fort Collins

If so, who was your coach/instructor?
Heidi and Paul Thibert, Gordon Harrison, Shelby Lyons

What high school/college did you attend? If applicable, what degree did you receive?
I attended Rocky Mountain High School (CO) and Hamilton College (NY) where I received my B.A. degree.

What year did you join Feld Entertainment?
2014

What Feld production are you currently skating in?
Disney On Ice presents Dream Big

In what other Feld productions have you performed?
Disney On Ice presents Dare to Dream, Disney On Ice presents Princesses & Heroes

Where did you audition?
Rochester, NY

What did you do prior to joining Feld Entertainment?
I was in college at Hamilton College in Clinton, NY. I graduated in 2014.

What countries have you traveled to while working for Feld Entertainment?
I have traveled to the U.S., Canada, U.A.E., Qatar, Peru, Panama, Brazil, Argentina, and Chile.

Have a great performance Erika!  We will be cheering on our hometown gal!




What has your favorite Disney on Ice performance been?

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Date Night at Beaches Negril

Disclosure: We received a conference rate for our stay.

Last year we were enjoying the beautiful Beaches Resort in Negril Jamaica thanks to the great Social Media on the Sand conference.  As I sit here looking through photos from our trip, I cannot help but get that urge of needing some ocean waves crash on my feet and soft white sand in between my toes.  Heaven!  Beaches Resort and Spa Negril was fantastic, make sure you check out my other posts all about our trip, I hope you get the travel bug and reserve your stay soon...you deserve this!  

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While Jeremy and I were in Negril we had a lot of US time which was a great way to enjoy our kid free vacation.  Last year when we traveled to the Social Media on the Sand conference we traveled with two other couples so we had a lot of triple dates, crazy beach days and evenings of acting like college kids again - oh the memories.  But for the trip to Negril we made sure to live up the no kids life.  Hello Date Night, Date Day, Date Morning, Date Ice Cream Trip - I think you get the idea.  

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Date Night at Beaches Negril


For our Date Day,  we started with a Glass Bottom Boat excursion that was so incredible.  More on that in a future post.  After our excursion we decided to enjoy the beautiful ocean for a bit before heading back to our room to shower and freshen up for our formal dining experience at the resort. 

Beaches Negril has nine dining experiences that are apart of the all-inclusive resort.  A couple of them do require reservations and are considered more of a formal place to enjoy a nice dinner.  For our formal dinner we decided on The Venetian.  

The Venetian:

Discover Northern Italian Fare. Named after the northern Italian city of Venice, guests will find traditional Italian favorites and an inviting, family-friendly environment at The Venetian. Grilled meats, fresh seafood, succulent pastas, and authentic Venetian risotto are served at this beautiful eatery with expansive views of Negril's famed white sand beach and pristine waterscape. The old world d├ęcor featuring dark wood accents, stunning candelabra, and crystal chandelier evokes the feel of an old Venetian palazzo dining room.  

Dress Code: Resort Evening Attire
Reservation: Required
Dinner: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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The Venetian was fantastic.  We both love fresh Italian food which is exactly what we got.  The soft piano music adds so much to this great dining experience.  We started our meal with a fresh Caprese dish - no basil but it was still incredible.  

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I decided on the Pollo Parmigiana with pasta that was so good.  It does help that the chef is from Italy!  I wish we did two nights at this restaurant because I wanted to try more dishes. 

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When visiting The Venetian you must try their signature cocktail called The Italian Kiss.  WOW!  Dessert and drinks in one glass.  I was so excited to try this cocktail because the #BeachesMoms were talking about this one for days.  It was worth the wait.  Frangelico, amaretto, cream and a sugar rimmed glass.  Very pretty drink to enjoy after a great meal. 

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When you visit The Venetian make sure you order your dessert when ordering your dinner as well.  These mini doughnuts are to die for and they run out of them almost every night.  So, get your order in quick.  The best part about enjoying a meal like this kid free was that we were able to eat at a slower pace and really enjoy the experience and company of each other.  

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Now, when you travel to Beaches keep in mind it is all-inclusive, this means you can enjoy two (or three) desserts guilt free.  I give you permission.  After our great meal at The Venetian we walked around the resort just enjoying the nice ocean breeze and evening activities.  While we were walking around we found ourselves at Cafe de Paris...oh darn.  Lucky for us, Cafe de Paris serves ice cream all day long.  Jeremy's favorite ice cream was the Rum Raisin - he may have had a couple servings a day.  Ha!  So, we decided to enjoy a nice ice cream night cap before calling it a night.  

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The view after our Venetian dinner....breathtaking!  

While on vacation make time for Date Night.  It is a great way to reconnect, slow down and enjoy one another while relaxing in paradise.  So thankful for this time and cannot wait until our next kid free excursion.  

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Have you had the experience of a date night at a Beaches Resort?


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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Moving on Up! Jude's Taekwondo Update

Over the last year we have shared Jude's excellent work in Taekwondo.  This sport/activity is proving to be a great one for Jude and he is really excelling in the program.  A few weeks ago Jude had a testing scheduled, he did great with his form and weapon work and earned his next belt.  He loves testing, he does get nervous but he really KNOWS his stuff.  


New Belt!!  Speaking of this, I really need to find a way to display all of his belts, I believe this is his 6th belt!  Woohoo Jude!!  Keep it up!  You can see he is so proud of his work and dedication. 


This testing went just like all of the other have in the past, however, due to his great work and dedication to the program it was decided that he would move to a whole new class.  Before testing he was in the "little kids class", it was called Tigers.  He is now attending the Karate for Kids class plus a leadership class.  This means he is in a class with kids a lot older and bigger than him.  This is a whole new challenge but it is a great one for him.  

He is about 3 weeks into the new class schedule and he is improving every day.  His expectations are way higher from his instructors both at home and at class.  This has been a change for us all but I am so excited to see how the next testing goes so we can see how much he improves. 


Seeing this little guy so happy and confident is a great feeling as a parent.  While some of the pieces of this school drive me crazy (so not organized) I am unbelievably thankful that we found this activity for Jude.  


Do your children attend any Taekwondo/Karate classes for their extracurricular activities?


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