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Luna Island Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls: Luna Island

It never fails. When someone comes to visit us, we always end up at Niagara Falls. It's always fun to see the falls, but we like to switch it up a little and find new areas to explore. This weekend, we decided to stay on the American side of the Falls (the Canadian side affords better views and has more entertainment options, but crossing the border for a quick trip to the falls isn't worth it) and headed over to Goat Island. Goat Island is the nicest area to view the falls from the American side. Access to Goat Island costs $10 per vehicle, but it's well worth it for the up-close views of … [Read More...]

Walt Disney World Surprise isn't for everyone

Disney Parks Extends 2015 Armed Forces Salute

Disney Parks has announced the 2015 Armed Forces Salute discounts have been extended until December 20, 2015 for ticket discounts (Tickets must be purchased by the 17th for Walt Disney World and 18th for Disneyland Resort and both must be used by the 20th) and December 23, 2015 for room discounts. These deals were set to expire on October 3, 2015. Typically, the new deals are announced in late summer. My assumption is a 2016 deal will be announced later this summer or early Fall, with discounts now following the calendar year instead of the fiscal year the offers have been following. If … [Read More...]

Brie with Pecans and Caramel Recipe

Brie with Caramel and Pecans Recipe

I know, I know. Two recipes in a row! But this recipe for Brie with caramel and pecans is amazing. It's inspired by Wegman's Caramel Pecan topping, which I love, but it's a little expensive and you can't keep it around for very long or the dried apples get soggy. By making the recipe myself, I'm able to get more for my money and throw it together whenever the craving strikes. All of the ingredients I'm using are from Trader Joe's because their Fleur de Sel Caramel Sauce is to die for. I could sit and eat it straight from the jar. I also love drizzling it over popcorn or dunking a rouge potato … [Read More...]

Watermelon Agua Fresca Recipes

Watermelon Agua Fresca Cocktails

Summer is finally showing its beautiful face, the farmer's markets are filling up, and my herb garden is in full bloom. Naturally, when I have a bunch of mint and fresh fruits laying around, I have to make cocktails. One of my favorite summer drinks is agua fresca. I whip up a fresh batch at least once a week and we've been trying all sorts of flavor combinations. My favorite, though, is watermelon. Watermelons are relatively inexpensive and one large fruit will yield a lot of juice. I save some of the agua fresca for the kids, use some to make delicious cocktails, and I also freeze a … [Read More...]


Checking Out to Check In

It's almost 10:30 on a school night. I should have been ready for bed almost an hour ago. I know my body needs at least 8 hours of sleep to function properly the next day, but it's 10:30 and I'm engrossed in Harry Potter and the Dealthy Hallows (Part 2.) It's impossible not to finish this movie out.   It's been a really long weekend. My daughter had her spring dance recital today and dress rehearsal yesterday (where we sat in a basement classroom for three hours for God knows why.) Plus we had the normal weekend grocery shopping, yard chores, cleaning, ect. On top of all that, we had … [Read More...]