The Julieverse Best of Maine Awards

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A few of our favorite spots in Maine are definitely worth passing on to you. Booth Bay Harbor, Maine Best Popcorn and gifts: Coastal Maine Popcorn -- great for snacks and gifts Best lobster lunch: Fisherman's Wharf Inn -- one of the best places to enjoy the freshest Maine lobster and the beautiful views of the harbor. Best family-friendly adventure: Balmy Days Cruises -- my boys (all three of them) had a great time cruising the Booth Bay Harbor and surrounding area on The Bay Lady, a … [Read more...]

The benefits of vacation home rental

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Wyndham Vacation Rentals. As I finish up a relaxing one and a half week summer vacation, one that went off the grid (conversations included "What?! There was a hurricane three nights ago?!"  and "Huh?! Everyone is evacuating the island we're making our way to because it's shut down!?"), I'm reflecting on what made it so peaceful, relaxing and far too quick. I love a great theme park trip, or a vacation full of exploring big cities, but a truly … [Read more...]

Tech travel gear for family travel

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Before heading to Disney World, TypeA Conference and KidCon in March, I scoped out our tech travel gear and grabbed a few new items that were particularly helpful for traveling with the boys to a tech conference. This being a tech conference, I had been thinking about how to bring all the technology my kids and I would need. Their sessions included photography, video and networking. So, I grabbed cameras, ipods, DS's, Kindles and one of their laptops, with the hope of downloading their … [Read more...]

#DisneySide: Found it!

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I love Disney World, Disney movies and Disney Memories. But, for several reasons, I opted out of participating in the #DisneySide promotion seen throughout Social Media this winter. I just didn't see it. Disney is wonderful, but a #DisneySide? I wasn't sure I had a different side when it came to Disney or, for that matter, very much of anything else. But, last weekend, I took just my boys to Disney World for the TypeA WDW conference, where I taught a part of the KidCon sideshow--a conference to … [Read more...]

Need a work bag for your man? I have it all figured out.

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I still haven't bought a gift for my husband. Last week, I asked him to please make me a list of just three things he wants so that I have a few leads. He didn't. So, I started searching. I've had a few ideas for a while now, but no push that THIS is the gift to give. So, I played it out a little bit last night. Or I tried to. This was the conversation: Me: So, how much do you think is the right amount to spend on a work bag for a guy? I'm researching a post... Him: Don't worry … [Read more...]

Before you go: A few tips for using the MyMagic+ bands at Disney

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This summer we took a quick-trip to Disney World which, as you know, is the most magical place on Earth. Adding to the magic this fall, we were one of the families to test the new MyMagic+ MyBands, Disney's newest big deal. The bands are rolling out through the fall, with their official debut scheduled for February. If you're lucky enough to be staying in one of the testing resorts, you'll receive an email from your travel agent or Disney Parks to let you know you qualify. It's still … [Read more...]

In Philadelphia with Kids: The Fireman Museum!

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With so many well-known museums to visit in Philadelphia, it's easy to skip over some of our tiny gems. But if you're spending the day in the Old City/Society Hill area (which is known for not only Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell, the Constitution Center and so many homes of historically-relevant Americans, but also top-notch dining), then be sure to stop by Fireman's Hall Museum.   Housed in a restored firehouse, this small museum holds firetrucks that date back centuries, allowing … [Read more...]

Our Super Hero Family #FamilyForward (more pictures!)

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About a month ago, my family embarked on what quickly became a trip of a lifetime to Universal Studios and Loews Royal Pacific. I'm still wowed that my husband refers to it as "the best vacation we've ever taken" simply because he had sworn off theme park vacations. But he's right. Family Forward 2013 was more than a vacation to a theme park (something he'd been avoiding for months.) Family Forward was a chance to reach deep into the network of our family, focusing on our strengths, our … [Read more...]

5 Conference Fashion Rules to Follow

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With several social media and blogging conferences on the calendar in the next few weeks, I've been fielding the "what should I wear???" questions often the last two weeks. Here's a recap of TypeA Conference 2012: What bloggers really wear at conferences. 5 conference fashion rules to follow Be you: Look for "networking-chic" clothing Yes, I probably just created a new fashion genre, but this is key. A large portion of what you'll be doing at conferences is networking--you'll meet … [Read more...]

What to wear to a theme park when it’s hot in summer

what to wear to a theme park, especially when it's hot in the summer!

There's no getting around it, unless there's a crazy cold front, if you're heading to an amusement or theme park in the summer, it's going to be hot and you're going to sweat. You're also very likely to get wet. While the kids are easy to dress (we love dressing them in bright tie dye because you can't miss them). Dressing yourself is a bit harder. Here are some things to keep in mind: You're going to get wet on rides like log flumes and river rafts and, likely, not have a … [Read more...]