We’re a family of travelers, or well….Maybe it’s just me who’s the big one on traveling and my family just seems to follow behind. On a normal trip you’ll find myself, my hubby and my two girls, but this time it’s different. This time I got some me time, and planned a girls trip for a weekend!
Headed to Florida with the girls! We left Toledo on Friday and were returning Monday. No kids, no husbands, just the girls!
Our first stop for the weekend was to check into the hotel. We were extremely lucky to have a stay for two nights at the beautiful Renaissance Orlando Sea World Resort. We knew we were getting the Parlor Suite and were so excited simply from the photos online.
Thinking that it’s the official Sea World hotel, I was hoping it wasn’t going to be swimming full of kids and families. This was an adult girls weekend away, I left my kids at home and didn’t want to deal with anyone else’s, you’d also expect to see Sea World galore all over the hotel, but besides the attractions desk, that’s the only place we saw Sea World mentioned.
Upon our arrival, we had the choice of valet or self parking. We weren’t sure exactly what we were going to do, so we just parked in the front and headed in with our bags, we figured check in, then decide. Valet parking is $27.00 a day, and self parking is $20. We decided to self park.
We come to find that not only did we have the Parlor Suite but also the adjoining room.
Walking through the atrium lobby we didn’t see any kids acting crazy, screaming babies nothing, this hotel was simply beautiful and quiet! Great for a girls weekend away but also looked like a great place for families as well! With beautiful seating, artwork, an indoor water fall, and signs for kid activities they thought of everything. You would also see a Starbucks, Frozen Yogurt place, a sushi bar, sports bar and restaurant. We were highly impressed and we haven’t even got to our rooms yet!
Once we went up to our floor in the glass elevator, we opened the door, and our jaws dropped! That was just in the adjoining room which featured 2 queen beds, a beautiful bathroom, flat screen TV. The room also had a mini refrigerator and coffee tea service. That room alone was stunning! Once we opened the door to the suite, we were speechless!
The Parlor suite was HUGE! It was the size of a small apartment, not a hotel room. With a King size bed, and a huge sectional sofa that also pulled out into a bed, the room also had a small refrigerator, coffee/tea service, a beautiful huge bathroom with double vanities. In the room you would also find a large desk, as well as a huge dining table and chairs, as well as a beautiful color scheme and a large flat screen TV mounted to the wall. This room was just beautiful! We had a beautiful view as well. For the four of us girls, these rooms were more than enough for 2 nights!
After we settled in, we decided to take a walk around the hotel and it’s grounds that night to see what they had to offer. We found a gift shop that was basically a small store, an arcade, various ballrooms and halls. We also ventured outside to be greeted by beautiful fire pits with seating, and into the pool grounds where there was an amazing pool, lots of seating and beautifully lit gazebos on the grounds. We were in awe!
This was only our first night, we had just checked in….What would we do in the morning?
Stay tuned for the rest of our Orlando Florida Girls Weekend Getaway that will feature more about the Renissance Orlando at Sea World, The Blue Man Group, Antojitos Authentic Mexican Food at Universal CityWalk and Capone’s Dinner Show!
June 10, 2015 – 3:26 PM - | Posted in Reviews, travel | No Comments »
Lots going on with WWE during the summer months. Not only do we have some great Pay Per Views to look forward to (that you can catch for just $9.99USD on WWE Network) but there’s lots of community events and celebrations for WWE as well.
First off, two weeks ago you may have noticed John Cena calling out a young fan in the crowd. Now we all know it’s no secret that I’m not a huge Cena fan by any means, but this guy is simply AWESOME as a person! A little boy in the audience for RAW was holding up a sign that said, “I’m Beating Cancer”. During a live TV segment, John Cena in the ring stood up and said: “If I say or if I wear the words ‘Never Give Up’, not only am I telling the truth, but I am encouraging young and old, all alike, like that person right there, to do the exact same thing”. He did this, while pointing to the little boy with the sign, the look on his face was amazing, and it was amazing for Cena to go out of his way, off script on live TV to do this!
After RAW went off the air, Cena took that boy and invited him into the ring and draped the United States Championship belt over his shoulder!
WWE also recently announced that they had surpassed half a billion social media fans! Their WWE Facebook Page alone has more fans than the NFL, ESPN, Marvel, Google and UFC. WWE via Twitter has more followers than MLB, Disney, Sony and Pepsi. According to Klout WWE is the No. 1 most influential brand on Twitter. WWE’s Instagram has more followers than ESPN, HBO, NHL and Gatorate, their YouTube channel has nearly 5 billion views and is the NO. 1 sports channel ahead of the NBA, MLB, NFL, NHL, ESPN and NASCAR!
WWE Tough Enough is also set to air soon (June 23) on USA Network. Last night on RAW, WWE and USA Network revealed the 40 finalists chosen from more than 11,100 fan submissions via WWEToughEnough.com. These 40 finalists will have to go through a WWE Tough Enough Mini-Camp that will take place at the WWE Performance Center which will then lead to another cut, where there will be an announcement of the final 13 contestants. You will be able to view the journey of the final 40 on WWE Network for the Tough Enough Competition Special which will air Tuesday June 16 at 8/7C.
I’m excited that I’ll get the chance to see WWE live once again as they head to Toledo for a Smackdown taping! This will be a special event though, I won’t be doing my usual stalking pre-show as I have a very special guest coming to the event with me. My good friend has a mother who just LOVES WWE, and has for MANY years! She’s a die hard fan, who never misses a show, yet she’s never been to a live event, and she’s 90 years old! I’m so happy to get the opportunity to bring her along with my family for her first EVER WWE show! It’s going to be so exciting! Tickets are still available for WWE Smackdown at The Huntington Center, they start at just $15. You can get your tickets by visiting ticketmaster.com, and if you see me there SAY HI!!! I’ll be the loud one cheering for New Day with my New Day Socks T-Shirt!
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June 10, 2015 – 12:37 PM - | Posted in #WWEMoms, WWE | No Comments »
What’s better than a mystery? Not much, I mean who doesn’t like to investigate and be surprised? Although this time, no investigation is needed, just the surprise!
Warner Bros. And DCKids is hosting a fun mystery gift basket giveaway which will include surprises from Batman Unlimited, DC Super Friends and Scooby-Doo! You can enter to win one of five mystery toy gift baskets! The baskets are worth a minimum of $50, and will be picked by the staff of Warner Bros and DCKids. If you have kids that are fans, this is something you’d want to enter!
You can enter the giveaway below via the Rafflecopter widget. GOOD LUCK!
June 7, 2015 – 9:59 AM - | Posted in Giveaways | No Comments »
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We’re a family of travelers. Not only do we travel through the US, but we include Canada as well. This summer we’ve done most of our traveling in Canada. One stop we made was to Horeshoe Resort in Barrie, Ontario.
Horseshoe Resort is located about an hour north of Toronto. During the summer, Horseshoe Resort provides an Adventure Park for the family, in the winter they are a ski resort.
Initially we were just spending a night there, but after being there for the day, we decided to spend an extra day/night. Horseshoe Resort was just amazing! Not only was our room great, but the Adventure Park had so many activities for those of all ages.
Activities in the Adventure Park include: Mini Putt, Rock Climbing, Balance Bikes, Gem Mining, Archery, Horseback Riding, Euro Bungee, Inflatable Obstacle Course, Paddle Boats, a Maze, Adventure Buggy Tour, Zip Lining, and my husbands favorite, the Aqua Ogo.
My girls tried their hand at the Inflatable Obstacle Course and Rock Climbing first, they also spent a lot of time on the Euro Bungee and petting the horses. Gem Mining was a ton of fun for them, you simply purchase a bag which includes the gems in a bag of dirt, you take the bag, and run them through the flowing water in your try to uncover the gems. The kids get to keep everything they find.
We did the maze as a family, you need to find all the letters in the word MAZE to finish, as you walk around, get lost and stuck eventually you’ll find the letters where you will find a hole punch to punch your card with the corresponding letter.
Hubby tried out the Aqua Ogo. This is Canada’s only Outdoor Gravity Orb. You go up a large hill (on a conveyor belt) and they zip you up inside a large plastic ball which has a bit of water inside, once zipped up, they give you a push, and down the hill you go. HE LOVED IT! You do get really wet, so be prepared!
Horeshoe Resort Adventure Park is a great place to head for summer vacation, it’s not too expensive, and the entire family will have fun…OUTDOORS! The resort also features an indoor AND outdoor pool for hotel guests, as well as a fine dining (Silks Dining Lounge) and casual dining restaurant (Crazy Horse). Both were amazing! We did the fine dining one night, dressed up and headed out to a short walk across the lot to the main building. The next night we decided to try the casual dining to grab some dessert and drinks and sit out on the patio.
Our room…Simply Amazing!
We stayed in a Premiere Slope Side Condo. The condo features two bathrooms, two bedrooms, enclosed balcony, fully equipped modern kitchen and laundry. A pullout sofa sleeper and fireplace. The room can comfortably sleep six.
Parking is always free at the resort. I highly recommend visiting Horseshoe Resort and Adventure Park, we’re going to head back at some point, we just had so much fun, and it was something a little different than we normally do.
For more information on Horseshoe Resort, Adventure Park passes, Dining and Accommodations please visit horseshoeresort.com. Canada is a great place to visit, you get to go to a different country without the high cost of traveling. You do need a passport to cross the border, luckily we’re just a hop skip and a jump.
May 22, 2015 – 6:45 AM - | Posted in Reviews, travel | No Comments »