Cabana Bay Beach Resort

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We just got back from a super fun long weekend in Orlando. We stayed at the brand new Universal property Cabana Bay Beach Resort. Let me start by saying, that we all agreed this is our very favorite Orlando hotel, and you all know that we’ve stayed at dozens of resorts in Orlando. The retro theming throughout the hotel had me swooning the entire time! Vo5 toiletries, mid century furniture, and oh the vintage fonts!

The kids loved the two pools. The pool off the main lobby had an awesome slide, beach area, and bar. On one afternoon, a cupcake food truck was in this area, and I had the tastiest tiramisu cupcake. The other pool area was right near the Continental building where we stayed, and there was a lazy river complete with waterfalls! How awesome is that? They show movies on a big screen at night in both pool areas, and there are fire pits in both areas, too.

We had one meal at the resorts food court area, and it was delicious and surprisingly affordable. The girls enjoyed a slurpee there one afternoon, complete with a retro ICEE cup. There is also a Starbucks on property, which made me very happy. It too had great retro features. Upstairs from the lobby was a bowling alley, and a place for late night eats. Again, how awesome is that?!

We took a free shuttle from the resort over to Universal Citywalk, and I was impressed at how efficient and quick the experience was. It would be very easy to get to the Universal Parks from this resort.

The rooms were very well appointed with a table and chairs, small fridge, flat screen t.v., comfy beds & pillows, an in room safe, and beautiful terrazzo floors in the bathroom.

I really can’t say enough great things about this resort. We are already planning our next trip back!

*I also posted several photos from our visit to my Instagram account. You can check them out @modernmommyblog.

Sunday Beach Day

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We’ve just concluded a successful first week back to school, and I figured a trip to the beach was in order. Amelia had a stellar first week as a first grader, and my step daughter started middle school. (yikes!) Maggie starts back to preschool after Labor Day. I made a big breakfast this morning of bacon, potatoes, and eggs, then we drove to Clearwater Beach to swim in the ocean, and play in the powder white sand. I hope you and your kiddos are having a smooth transition back in to your school time routines. 

Children’s Museum

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Our annual family museum passes are expiring at the end of this month, so we snuck in one last trip to the Glazer Children’s Museum today. It was the perfect balance of air conditioned fun inside, and fun in the sun & water outside the museum. We drank fancy sodas in glass bottles, and enjoyed being amongst the tall buildings and big city bustle. We have less than three weeks left before school starts, and we have a few more family adventures planned.

A Beachy Craft

Yesterday was the girls first official day of summer break. We decided to kick it off right with a trip Honeymoon Island for some fun in the sun. We found some beautiful shells like the ones above, but we also decided to search for some less than perfect shells, with holes in them, so we could do a fun craft when we returned home.

You can use any string or yarn you might have around the house, we used twine, and let your kids put their favorite shells on by themselves. The result is a fun and funky shell necklace that your kiddos will love.

Good Day Sunshine

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My sister stayed the night at a Marriott on a local beach this weekend, and was kind enough to invite us over to enjoy the pool. The weather here in west-central Florida is perfect right now, and it was so nice to swim, and warm ourselves in the sun. My mom went with us (that’s her with the girls in the waterfall photos), and she treated us to a Rita’s italian ice on the way home. Yum. I am looking forward to many more trips to the beach this spring and summer. We really do live in paradise.

A Warm January Day

It is BEAUTIFUL today in Florida. The weather is sunny and warm with a high of 78 degrees. I knew when I woke up this morning, that today was not a day to be wasted. We decided to take the girls to visit the Suncoast Primate Sanctuary. This animal sanctuary rescues animals, mainly primates, from laboratories, retired acting chimps, and failed attempts at keeping these animals as pets. For a small fee, you can tour the facility, and feed the many different species of primates. After our monkey viewing experience, we went to a favorite old roadside ice cream stand for a cold treat.

I know many of you are experiencing freezing temps right now, so I am sending you sunny greetings from Florida, with the hopes of warmer days ahead for you, too.

We are staying in tonight, and I have planned a little party for our family of four. Sparkling grape juice, sparklers, noise makers, a backyard fire pit, and s’mores are all on the agenda. 
Happy New Year to all of you!
I finally started an Instagram account. You can find me @modernmommyblog. High-res

We are staying in tonight, and I have planned a little party for our family of four. Sparkling grape juice, sparklers, noise makers, a backyard fire pit, and s’mores are all on the agenda. 

Happy New Year to all of you!

I finally started an Instagram account. You can find me @modernmommyblog.