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. 

You’re the One That I Want

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The girls and I watched the movie Grease last night. (well, I watched the entire movie, they fell asleep half way through) So, I thought is would be fun to have dinner tonight at Biff Burger. Biff Burger was a fast growing national burger chain in the 1950”s, and now there are only two locations left, including the one we visited here in St. Petersburg, Florida. On Friday nights, they have classic car shows, so we drove 20 minutes south to enjoy dinner at this retro establishment. I hadn’t been since I was a child, and I can tell you that not much has really changed. This is a CASH ONLY establishment, so come prepared, and bring your appetite, there are lots of yummy choices.

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.

Staycation-Hyatt Regency Orlando

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I don’t know about you, but for me, summer school break is flying by! We are at about the half way mark, and a few weeks ago, I decided we needed a little weekend getaway before school started. I knew I wanted a fabulous resort with a fun pool, and the Hyatt Regency in Orlando did not disappoint! The Hyatt (formerly the Peabody) is located on International Drive, really close to SeaWorld, and in between the Disney and Universal parks. The property is well maintained, the beds were comfortable, the towels were soft and fluffy, and the girls were very excited about the t.v. in the bathroom! The resort is located right next door to Pointe Orlando, a large shopping/movie/restaurant complex, so we were able to walk there and have dinner at Johnny Rockets. The resort has many restaurants on-site , so if you don’t want to leave the property, you wouldn’t have to. Most of the pictures I have posted are of the girls at the pool, because that is where we spent most of our time. The pool area is PERFECT for children, with it’s zero entry, basketball hoop, and shallow water. There is also a grotto pool with waterfalls (the kids loved jumping through them), and a small wading pool/beach for the really little ones. I enjoyed a couple of yummy frozen cocktails, and felt very relaxed poolside with my happy children. Sometimes it’s just nice to just get away for a weekend, and I know we will definitely be back to stay at the Hyatt Regency Resort.

*this is not a sponsored post, and all opinions are my own. I booked our room through Priceline, and I think we got a great deal on a beautiful resort!

Happy Birthday, America!

We celebrated the Fourth of July with my family in our backyard yesterday. It is a tradition I look forward to every summer. In the morning, we went to a parade in downtown Safety Harbor, and in the afternoon we swam, made homemade ice cream, cooked out on the grill, swam in the pool, and did some small fireworks in our yard. We did have some rain to contend with, but it cooled down the air, and we didn’t let it spoil the festivities. 

Summer Essentials for kids

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Here are a few things we can’t live without during these hot Florida summer months.

My kids love popsicles, and want to eat them every day when the weather is hot. Having a Zoku allows us to make healthy popsicles like lemonade and sliced strawberries. Yum. 

The girls live in their Crocs this time of year. They wear them to the beach, swim practice, the park, and every other place we go.

I have found that the Burt’s Bees insect repellant works great. We leave it in the back yard and spritz some on in the evening when the bugs come out. Bonus, it smells great!

I don’t know about your kids, but mine HATE sunscreen. Thank goodness for waterproof spray on sunscreen, so I can get the job done quickly and effectively. 

I always keep some spray in conditioner in our beach bag and near the pool. It is a must for keeping the girls hair manageable this time of year.

Sunglasses to protect the kids eyes when they are outside is very important. I am partial to the retro oversized sunglasses, like this pair.

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Let’s Go Fly a Kite (and have a picnic, too!)

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If you have grown tired of my beach photos, I do apologize. It’s what we’ve been doing lately! I picked up some kites from the dollar store, and the girls had a blast flying them at the beach today. We had a picnic with my husband’s family, and we all had the best time! (a highlight was feeding our leftover lunch to the seagulls)

We will be taking a little staycation in Orlando in a few weeks, at a super fun resort, so check back, soon!