Getting in the Glow with Disney World’s Main Street Electrical Parade #Disneyside

Posted by on Mar 24, 2014 in Disney, Family Travel

Getting in the Glow with Disney World’s Main Street Electrical Parade #Disneyside

While going through some photos in my Dropbox, I came across some photos I took while Raijean and I were at Disney World Magic Kingdom with both of our kids last August. We were given the opportunity to see the Magic Kingdom compliments of Disney, so we took the last full day that we had while in Orlando to take in as much as we could. Of course a visit to Walt Disney World isn’t complete without seeing the vibrant and fabulous Main Street Electrical Parade, which is a great way to end a day at Magic Kingdom. Filled with sights and sounds that are truly electric, it is a sight to behold. The parade features several floats that are synchronized to music. Through the use of electronically controlled lights and live entertainment, the Main Street Electrical Parade is a technological feat that is fun for the entire family. During our first family trip to Disney World last February, we didn’t get a chance to see the Electrical Parade. So this visit, I made sure that we stayed to see the wondrous lights in action. Below are a few photos I took of the Main Street Electrical Parade. I am not that much of a photographer, but I did my best to capture the visuals.               These photos features “scenes” from Disney favorites Alice in Wonderland, Pete’s Dragon, and Cinderella’s Clock Tower. I ended up running out of power, so I was unable to document every scene from the parade, but got a few shots for my collection. If you haven’t seen the Main Street Electrical Parade live and in-person, I suggest you make sure to go. Take the family. I promise you it is something that you will always treasure and remember. For more information on the Main Street Electrical Parade at Magic Kingdom, click...

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Chicago Travel: 5 Museums You Have to Visit the Next Time You’re in the Windy City

Posted by on Mar 17, 2014 in Travel

Chicago Travel: 5 Museums You Have to Visit the Next Time You’re in the Windy City

I love Chicago and not just because I live here!  Chicago has some of the best food and lifestyle experiences of any city that I’ve ever been too. There are so many things to do here that sometimes even us residents have to take time to play tourist. One of my favorite yearly activities include visiting the local museums. I may not seem like a museum gal but I certainly am. I’ve been going to Chicago museums since I was a kid and now that the boychild is older, it’s about time that I take him. He has a very inquisitive mind so I’m sure it will not only keep his attention but it will also enhance his learning. Here is my list of top 5 museums to visit while in Chicago The Museum of Science and Industry: this museum is great if you want to learn more about science. It’s the largest science museum in the western hemisphere and they have tons of live science activities and exhibits. Shedd Aquarium: This is one of my favorite museums to go to when you want to learn about aquatic life. It’s the largest indoor aquarium in the world, with more than 8000 aquatic animals. I know the boychild will absolutely love the Shedd Aquarium as much as I do. The Art Institute of Chicago: The Museum houses more than 300000 works of art, this one is for the true art lover DuSable Museum: I’ve always been obsessed with African American History and this museum will give you your fill and more. The DuSable Museum of African American History is the first and oldest museum dedicated to the study and conservation of African American history, culture, and art. Adler Planetarium: Chicago’s Adler Planetarium is America’s first planetarium and a premiere resource for inspiring the next generation of space explorers. This is perfect for the space lover in all of us. And for an added bonus check out the Chicago Children’s Museum Families play & learn together on 3 floors of fun, located at Navy Pier. So there you have my top picks of museums to visit the next time you are in the Chicagoland...

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How to Avoid Jet Lag

Posted by on Mar 17, 2014 in Flight Travel

How to Avoid Jet Lag

I travel quite a bit, but recently, I’ve been suffering from jet lag. Now, I know a lot of you have heard of the term jet lag but do you actually know what it means? Jet Lag is often referred to as flight fatigue. Per Medicine.net, “Jet Lag is a temporary disorder that causes fatigue, insomnia, and other symptoms as a result of air travel across time zones. It is considered a circadian rhythm sleep disorder, which is a disruption of the internal body clock.”  Symptoms can include headaches, dizziness, anxiety and more. Something that you may not know but kids can experience jet lag as well. So now that you know what it is, here are things you can do to combat feeling jet lagged. Drink plenty of water, planes are full of dry air, water will help to fight against it. Stay away from caffeine: I know many people love their coffee and sodas but I suggest giving them up until you arrive at your destination. Your body’s internal clock will alright be off due to timezone changes, caffeine will only aggravate the situation and disrupt your sleep. Stay away from alcoholic beverages: again this will further disrupt your sleep and cause you to feel extremely fatigued. Try to move around on the plane as much as possible: This helps get the blood flowing and avoid getting blood clots on extremely long flights. Get a good night’s sleep but try not to nap too much on the plane. Wear comfortable clothes: This may sound ludicrous but wearing comfortable clothes on flights allow your body to be comfortable, you want to avoid close that are too restrictive while on a long flight. Try some of these tips the next time you fly and hopefully you can avoid that jet lag...

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Hotel Review: Fairmont Hotel Chicago Millennium Park

Posted by on Mar 17, 2014 in Travel Reviews

Hotel Review: Fairmont Hotel Chicago Millennium Park

Recently during a quick trip to the Windy City, I stayed overnight at the Fairmont Hotel Chicago Millennium Park. Booked on a whim using Priceline, I saw that the reviews were mostly positive, and since it was in a prime location, I decided to give it a go. I found the hotel to be pleasantly modern and upgraded despite its age, and the staff were very accommodating. The Fairmont Hotel Chicago features a spa (mySpa) and an on-site restaurant called Aria that specializes in Asian Cuisine. There’s also an Aria Bar and Eno Wine Room. There’s also plenty of meeting space for conferences and events, and a concierge to help with requests. My room was a standard guest room facing East with a King bed. The room was well-appointed and clean with a large HD flatscreen and beautiful view. For the price I paid on Priceline, the room was better than I expected. Below are a few photos of my room:           My experience was a pleasant one and I would recommend the Fairmont Hotel Chicago if you want a nice room with a few luxe touches. For more information, visit the official Fairmont Hotel Chicago site...

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Gap Year or Sabbatical: Would you take a year off to travel abroad?

Posted by on Mar 17, 2014 in Travel

Gap Year or Sabbatical: Would you take a year off to travel abroad?

Traveling is something I love to do for work and for fun. Most of the trips I’ve taken during the past two years have been mostly business, but I have been making a concerted effort to travel more for pleasure as well. There’s something about taking a break to get away from it all that is healthy and stress-free—it allows for you to recharge and refocus. But what about taking a whole year off from school or from work to travel the U.S. or abroad? When you take a year (or more) off during schooling or while working, it is referred to a “Gap Year” or sabbatical. This option is certainly more appealing these days for those who want to get more out of life and explore other areas and cultures. And for Work Life Balance, it can do wonders. You can use this time to pursue other interests, work or intern in another country, study, and more. It is an option that is appealing to more and more people, as travel opportunities become more plentiful. The “Gap Year” trend began during the 60’s in the UK. Since then, it is becoming a popular choice amongst the college going set. The “gap” refers to the year between high school and college where one takes off to travel, but now also includes those in the workforce as well (and is also referred to as a sabbatical). Personally for me, I don’t think I would want to take a full year off to live abroad, being as how I am a mom of a 10 year old who attends elementary school. But it is something I would consider doing during the summer months while she is out of school—it would be amazing to live in a foreign country and would also serve as an educational experience for my daughter. It would definitely be a win/win. There are many benefits to taking a year off to travel abroad for students and careerists. Those benefits include seeing the world, building confidence, giving back, and could also add to your resume. Does taking a Gap Year or sabbatical sound appealing to you? Here’s some additional information to consider: Decide if a Gap Year Makes Sense to You: US News and World Report How To Take a Year Off Without Ruining Your Career:...

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