Category Archives: TRAVEL

Where There’s a Will, There’s a Wyndham

I don’t get to see my group of college girlfriends much these days. Sure, we chat on WhatsApp and send videos on Marco Polo, but it’s not the same as catching up face to face. And now that we all have kids and live around the country? Let’s just say it’s a logistical nightmare. That’s why I was so excited we were able to pull off a recent weekend at Walt Disney World with our husbands and kids. I was even more thrilled when the Wyndham Orlando Resort International Drive invited my family to stay for the duration of our visit. When it comes to Wyndham Orlando options, the official hotel of I-Drive 360 is (in my opinion) the best!

We drove the few hours from Boca to the Wyndham Orlando Resort in a pretty sweet (borrowed) ride. The 2017 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring FWD. It was a cherry color called Soul Red Crystal and it was fabulous. Check out my short video tour:


The 2017 Mazda CX-5 transcends its class with elegant design and a class-above sophistication. I personally fell in love with the sunroof and automatic gate. But, I’m a mom, so no surprise right? It’s a little compact for our family…I really dig a third row. But, for traveling around town and to Orlando, it was perfect.

One of the coolest features? The Windshield-projected Active Driving Display. As you are driving, you can see your speed along with stop signs and the speed limit. It’s really neat and I tried to feature it in action in the video above. Starting MSRP: $24,045

#drivemazda
Ready for Disney!


Looking for Wyndham Orlando Options? Just Say Yes to the Wyndham Orlando Resort International Drive

When we arrived at the Wyndham Orlando located right on I-Drive (so convenient!), we were totally floored by the lobby and reception area- it looked brand new! There was a bar…which served Starbucks. I was most excited about that. 🙂 Although we didn’t spend much time here, it was a wonderful welcome and introduction to the Resort.

Wyndham Orlando options

Wyndham Orlando options
Can I please have this ceiling in my house?

Once we saw our room, I felt like our vacation had finally begun! #dailybocaavery was probably the most excited about our Family Suite because…BUNK BEDS! There’s also a flat screen TV and bean bag chair in that nook.

Wyndham Orlando options

Wyndham Orlando options
Can I sleep on top, mom?

Our bed wasn’t too shabby either and I LOVED that the floors in the room weren’t carpeted. Carpet at hotels always kind of grosses me out, how about you?

Wyndham Orlando options

The bathroom was a nice size and there was a HUGE closet to stow our stuff in.

Soon it was time for lunch! We decided to eat on property by the pool. The weather was perfect and the food was really tasty at at the Wyndham’s restaurant Gatorville! Gatorville Poolside Bar & Grill is open daily for Breakfast starting at 6:30 AM; All day menu and bar service is available from 11 AM to midnight.

We also simply had fun exploring the Resort grounds! When it comes to Wyndham Orlando options, the Wyndham I-Drive clearly put a lot of time and effort making their property lush and beautiful.

All in all, we had a fabulous time at the Wyndham Orlando Resort International Drive and the best part? I get to give my readers a banging discount! 30% OFF their best available rate!

Simply visit THIS LINK to book at the Wyndham I-Drive for your next Orlando family vacation.

Hosted: This post was hosted by the Wyndham Orlando Resort I-Drive and Drive Shop USA. All opinions expressed in this blog post are my own and not influenced in any way by the host.  Any statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with provider and please refer to this site’s Disclosure for more information. I was given a complimentary hotel stay for the purposes of this review and a week to use the 2017 Mazda CX-5. But, that does not impact my views and opinions.

Take Planning Your Family Vacation to the Next Level

When you hear the word “Expedia”, you immediately think vacation planning website, right? And why wouldn’t you? They’re the biggest travel company in the world, after all. Believe it or not, there’s an Expedia right here in Boca Raton…Expedia CruiseShipCenters that is! They have a brick and mortar storefront for all of your Boca Raton travel planning needs right in the Shoppes at Blue Lake(off of Yamato Road).

Continue reading Take Planning Your Family Vacation to the Next Level

Spatober in Palm Beach County Featuring Major Pampering Deals

Have you ever heard of Spatober? Me neither, until I had the pleasure of experiencing a couple of child-free and relaxing days with some of my blogger girlfriends at the PGA National Resort and Spa. The keyword being: SPA.

Special thanks to Discover the Palm Beaches for hosting me!

Spatober in the Palm Beaches

Spatober is a month-long promotion highlighting an array of wellness-focused offerings available throughout America’s First Resort Destination®. Designed to rejuvenate the mind, body and soul, featured spa therapies, wellness experiences and healthy treats are available at exclusive, limited-time prices only throughout October 2017.

In support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, all participating businesses will donate a portion of their proceeds to the Palm Beach County chapter of the American Cancer Society.

There are so many options available and I’ve included my favorites from the Spatober 2017 listings below. But take it from me, put The Spa at PGA National at the top of your wish list! I experienced the Blushing Pink Rose Massage and Roses Facial during my visit and the treatments were amazing. So were the newly renovated spa facilities. STUNNING.

Spatober in the Palm Beaches
The Spa at PGA National

Waters of the World at The Spa at PGA National

Here’s what they’re offering for Spatober:

PGA National Resort & Spa

Cost: $89 per treatment

Tickled Pink Spatober Menu (all include a mini bottle of Rose Prosecco)

  • Roses Facial (50 minutes): Breathe in the sweet scent of rose and experience the softness of natural marine and plant extracts for a sensory, soothing facial experience by Phytomer. After a rose-mineral mist, the complexion is polished with an AHA scrub for a petal-soft texture, then anointed with Rosee Soin rose oil to detoxify and strengthen skin.
  • Blushing Pink Rose Massage (50 minutes): Allow us to infuse your skin with a serum infused with roses and mixed with a nourishing oil featuring organic sunflower seed oil.
  • Pretty in Pink Manicure and Pedicure (75 minutes):  Immerse in a refreshing bubbling soak that both relaxes and invigorates. A sprightly sugar scrub made with Square One organic vodka and raspberry extract thoroughly banishes dry skin and hydrates deeply with natural oils. A light drizzle of softly scented melted shea butter, cocoa and mango butter make for a lavish finale. Follow up with a full nail care and polish in the color of your choice.

Specials are valid Sunday through Friday. Tax and gratuity will be added. For each Tickled Pink treatment booked, $5 will go toward a breast cancer charity.


As for some of my other favorite spas in Palm Beach County:

SPATOBER 2017 SPA TREATMENTS

The Breakers Palm Beach

Cost: $99                              

The Power of Pink Scrub: Reserve a 25-minute OSEA Body Scrub featuring a fragrant, organic bio-scrub of your choice to gently exfoliate and soften your skin. 25% of the net proceeds from the service will be donated to charity. Rate does not include service charge and tax. It may not be combined with any other offer or discount. Other restrictions may apply.

Eau Spa

Cost: $150            

The Palm Beach Potion in the Lotion Massage: Enjoy a 60-minute massage Monday through Thursday. A 20% gratuity will be added. Specials may not be applied to gift cards or certificates. Discounts cannot be combined with any other discounts, offers, discounted gift cards or promotions. Eau Spa will donate 10% of each Palm Beach Potion in the Lotion Massage to charity.

The Spa at Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach

Cost: $160       

Wellness Quench: A relaxing and invigorating afternoon at the five -star, five-diamond oceanfront Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach to include: a 50-minute wellness treatment (a 30-minute detoxifying body scrub and 20-minute relaxing massage); access to the spa’s saltwater Jacuzzi, eucalyptus steam room, high-performance showers and relaxation rooms; your choice of one fitness class, including beachfront yoga, in October; and valet parking. The resort will donate $10 per package booked to charity.

nSpa at the Delray Beach Marriott

Cost: $250

Our Village by the Sea: Combine a 50-minute head, neck, shoulder and scalp massage with a 50-minute Sea of Life facial. It infuses your skin with repairing ingredients formulated with antioxidants, organic seaweed extracts, Vitamin C and hyaluronic acid. Both services must be received on the same day by the same person. Cannot be combined with any other promotion or discounts. An 18% service charge will be added. The spa will donate 10% per package to charity. 

The Seagate Hotel & Spa

Cost: $150

On Cloud Nine: A relaxing neck, back and shoulder massage using pink hibiscus oil melts away tension and soothes sore muscles. Face, scalp and feet are then treated, enhancing tranquility. ESPA’s Pink Mud nourishes hair while ELEMIS Rose Absolute and Moringa Oil hydrate and detoxify skin with a decadent lifting facial massage. A hot-towel foot cleansing ritual followed by the stimulation of pressure points on the feet encourages the release of blockages and increases energy flow. This package consists of three 25-minute treatments. Gratuity is not included. A donation of $10 per package will be made to charity.

Seven Elements Spa

Cost: $125

Summer Spa Package: Begin with a glass of pink champagne and raspberries, followed by a relaxing 50-minute Swedish massage. Next, a detox facial massage (25 minutes) uses all-natural products to cleanse, tone and detoxify your face and give you a natural “face lift” by massaging specific reflexology points. The sweet smell of Seven Elements essential oil aromatherapy will enhance your already relaxed state while you check out. 50% of the cost of services will be donated to charity.


Hosted: This Spatober post was hosted by Discover the Palm Beach All opinions expressed in this blog post are my own and not influenced in any way by the sponsor. Any statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with provider. Please refer to this site’s Disclosure for more information. I have been compensated, but that does not impact my views or opinions.

Top 10 Things to do at Universal Orlando Resort

Top Ten Things to Do at Universal Studios Florida

Top Ten Things to Do at Universal Studios Florida

  1. Diagon Alley

Are you a Harry Potter fan? If so, this addition to Universal Studios is THE PLACE for you to visit. You feel like you have walked into your very own Harry Potter movie! The world of Harry Potter is brought to life in an exhilarating way with all your favorite shops, treats, and characters.

Top Ten Things to do at Universal Studios

Make sure to stop by the London shopping district, with lots of featured shops from the franchise, as well as the Hogwarts Express and some exciting rides.

Top Ten Things to do at Universal Studios

When you are done having fun, grab your own wand at Ollivander’s Wand Shop, and curb your hunger with a chocolate frog.

2. Drink a Butterbeer

*this one gets its own number because it is such an experience.*

Top Ten Things to do at Universal Studios

You have to drink a Butterbeer to really experience the whimsical Harry Potter world. It is delicious, and kind of impossible to describe! It is a must try in Universal Studios, if only for the experience and Instagram photo. This is one of my favorite of the Top Ten Things to Do at Universal Studios Florida!

Top Ten Things to do at Universal Studios

3. The Incredible Hulk Coaster

I am totally scared of wild rides, yet love them at the same time. The only thing that is a real deal breaker for me is when a ride is super bumpy and rocky!

That is not the case with the Hulk coaster!

This crazy fun ride includes reaches an intense speed of 67 mph, after a speed increase from 0 to 40 mph in just 2 seconds! It is so scary yet crazy exhilarating and will have you wanting to ride again and again.

4. Visit Volcano Bay

This BRAND NEW water theme park features a TapuTapu™ wearable so there’s “no standing in long lines, carrying rafts around the park, nothing between you and a full day of fun.”

Click the link to read more about Universal Studios Volcano Bay.

I haven’t been yet because it is so new, but I can’t wait to rocket down that Volcano water slide! It looks amazing.

5. Meet the Characters

While these characters differ a little from the princesses and mice that are found in the neighboring Walt Disney World, the superheroes and interactive characters you can find in Universal Studios make it an experience of its own.

*Especially if you have young boys and girls. There are so many more options to keep both happy!

6. Explore Knockturn Alley

For a great break from the sun head over to this eerie and enchanted area of Diagon Alley. You get to experience the darker side of magic and explore a different side of this magical world.

7. Hit the Water Rides

While water rides are often not a first choice because you will be wet for the rest of the day, it is an excellent option when visiting Universal in the summer! Not only is it a way to keep the kids entertained, but you can also stay cool when the temperature is exceptionally hot!

*Pack an extra set of clothes, but if you don’t want to bring extra clothes, you can pay for the air dryers. 

8. Hollywood Rip Rock RideIt Coaster

When you get into this ride, you choose from a wide selection of songs from all genres that play while you ride at speeds of 67 mph, with a terrifying 167 foot vertical drop and a non inverted loop.

9. Head over to Universal’s CityWalk for a delicious dinner after a long day at the parks!

Don’t fall prey to the ever-so-easy chain restaurants or insanely overpriced tourist traps. Head to CityWalk for a delicious meal that is convenient and fun!

*Try the Vivo Italian restaurant for a delightful ambiance and exquisite cuisine.*

10. Visit some of the more classic rides

While these older rides may be a tad more dated, more classic rides like Men in Black Alien Attack or ET can take you back to a nostalgic time. When you are done with the newer and more exhilarating rides, taking a slower ride back through some of your favorite memories can be a great way to relax and show your kids the classics.


Have you been to Universal Studios Florida? What is your absolute favorite thing to do out of the Top Ten Things to do at Universal Studios?
To see more of what Universal has to offer: http://www.universalstudios.com/

Top Ten Things to Do at Universal Studios Florida