Monday, February 22, 2021

Photos by Sara Malanaphy

Our family recently spent a lovely afternoon in the bustling community of Tradition. Located in Port St. Lucie, Tradition is a master-planned community of neighborhoods, featuring two retail centers with an array of shopping venues, delicious dining destinations, and over 300 acres of trails and lakes along Florida’s Treasure Coast. We strolled through Tradition Square, the cheerful Town Center that reimagines small town living with fresh, modern amenities and experiences with nostalgic charm. This is located in the heart of the community where residents can enjoy events, concerts, dining and more. We grabbed lunch at one of the restaurants in Tradition Square before moving on to our next adventure.

The highlight of our visit to the charming community was a ride on the Tradition’s 
recently welcomed autonomous shuttle, TIM (“Tradition in Motion”). This shuttle 
offers residents and visitors a convenient, safe and environmentally friendly way to 
get around the community. Two routes are available connecting Tradition Town 
Square to the Landing Shopping and Talk in the Park. Olivia thoroughly enjoyed 
the ride, and it was such a unique way to navigate around the community and 
experience life in Tradition. 

We rode through both routes but ended up hopping off TIM at Talk in the Park. With 
a focus on wellness, Tradition is home to the T-Trail. This trail network winds through the community and connects people to the outdoors while conveniently leading into the Town Center. The T-Trail connects over 300 acres of gorgeous lakes and parks and is perfect for active families such as ours. 

Overall, we had a truly enjoyable experience in the community of Tradition. It is simply bursting with opportunities for both residents and visitors. The Town Square, TIM, and the T-Trail give this community a unique feel that kept us entertained throughout our visit. We are eager to return to beautiful Traditionthe next time we find ourselves in Port St. Lucie!

Wednesday, December 23, 2020


This is an #AD from Hasbro

Every princess has a story… what’s yours? Olivia was over the moon with excitement when a box from Hasbro arrived packed full of Disney Princess Royal Shimmer Fashion dolls and other royal surprises!  Inside the box Olivia found four shimmery Hasbro Disney Princess dolls, a foam crown with accessories to decorate, and a custom princess notepad perfect for writing her very own fairy tale.  After carefully decorating the foam crown with the sparkly jewels, she felt like “one of the princesses” and played with her new dolls for hours.  She happily twirled around the house in a fairytale daydream and doodled away in her princess notebook. Foam crown and notebook were a special surprise in her box, but are not available for purchase.  While it was very difficult for her to choose a favorite doll (she is crazy about them all), she decided that she especially loved Tiana and the diversity that she brings to the Disney Princess family.

Each Disney Princess character has their own unique and iconic  personality. With Hasbro’s line of classic Disney Princess dolls, Olivia was able to express her special style and create her very own stories as well! She is hoping to collect all her favorite Disney Princess characters with the Disney Princess Royal Shimmer Fashion doll assortment that are available at most major retailers. This assortment includes royal characters such as Ariel, Rapunzel,  Cinderella, Belle, Aurora, Snow White, Tiana, Jasmine, Mulan, Pocahontas, and Merida. Each princess shimmers and shines in a unique outfit that sparkles from top of the bodice to bottom of the skirt! Olivia has just loved playing out her favorite magical moments from Disney Princess movies and imagining her very own fairytales with these fashion dolls.  With Hasbro’s line of classic Disney Princess dolls, Olivia has truly enjoyed expressing her own style and creating her very own stories.

Parents can shop Hasbro Disney Princesses here. After all, we all have a princess inside of us! 

Thursday, October 15, 2020

How Probiotics Benefitted My Baby

This post is sponsored by Gerber Formula but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

My heart explodes with pure joy each time I look at my darling Henry's face. From his infectious smile to his mischievous giggle, he has truly brought so much happiness to our family.  From the moment we brought our little miracle home from NICU, we knew we would do anything to keep our tiny boy healthy.  He initially experienced mild spit-ups and seemed uncomfortable after eating.  Our older daughter, Olivia, had experienced signs of colic as a baby, and we were concerned that Henry may have similar digestive issues.  We decided to incorporate probiotics into Henry's diet. 

Gerber® Good Start® SoothePro Powder Infant Formula, which we purchase at Target, has been a perfect option for keeping Henry happy and growing while alleviating symptoms of digestive discomfort.  This one solution formula is specifically created to reduce excessive crying, uncomfortable poops, fussiness, colic, mild spit-up and gas. It is clinically shown* to reduce fussiness as early as the first bottle and is designed to ease colic, excessive crying, gas, mild spit-ups & uncomfortable poops. Through our own experience, we have learned so much about the benefits of probiotics.  Here are a few of the ways that they have benefited our baby boy:

- Henry's spit-up incidents have decreased dramatically.

- Our little one has experienced more comfortable poops since we began using Gerber SoothPro. 

- We have seen notably less diaper rash.

- Overall less gassiness.

- Henry has been overall healthy and currently shows no signs of digestive discomfort!

We have had a wonderful experience with Gerber SoothePro thus far and have watched our sweet baby thrive.  Without the worry of digestive discomfort, he has developed a bubbly personality and is always on the move looking for his next adventure.  Our family has been so blessed with our darling rainbow baby, and we truly cherish the everyday moments we share with Henry.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Bohemian Hotel Celebration

We recently spent a weekend at the lovely Bohemian Hotel in Celebration, Florida.  The quiet Old-Florida charm of the venue was a refreshing break from the hustle and bustle of Orlando.  While this was a family trip, the turn-of-the-century charm makes this hotel idea for a romantic getaway.  From the immaculate lobby to the elegant Lakeside Bar & Grill and relaxing lounge, this was truly a delightful experience for us all.  In the evenings, we got lost in the gentle melody of live jazz, moody blues, and contemporary keyboard all while relaxing by the glistening lakeside.  Simply taking in the beauty of the hotel as we sat and engaged in the art of conversion as a family was truly a treat that left us feeling refreshed.

Outside the Bohemian Hotel Celebration, I enjoyed sipping my morning coffee while watching Miss Cupcake and my husband frolic in the sparkling pool... all while enjoying the breathtaking view of the lake!  There were also plenty of cozy seating around the hotel to sit and chat in the evenings.

All the simple yet luxurious details of the hotel made it a spectacular experience that I am so grateful that I was able to share with my family.  From the delicious fruit infused water available in the hallway to the stunning decor throughout, Bohemian Hotel Celebration was a nothing short of a captivating encounter.

What makes Bohemian Hotel Celebration unique is the sensational art that decorated the walls and displays.  I savored the moments strolling through the hallways and appreciating the artistry. Musicians serenading visitors in the evenings by the gleaming lakeside, the exclusive galleries, exquisite cuisine... this hotel is simply an enchanting experience for anyone who appreciates art.

Monday, March 25, 2019

It was raining one minute and sunny the next... a typical day in Palm Beach.  Miss Cupcake wanted to dress up for our afternoon of shopping on Worth Avenue.  She was feeling fancy and insisted on a tulle dress. She tossed on her glittery rainboots that she snagged during a recent trip to Target "just in case" the sunshine was fleeting.  The combination suited her spunky personality, and she received oodles of compliments from cordial strangers as we strolled. Palm Beach is bursting at the seams with people wishing to engage in conversation, and Miss Cupcake never turns down an opportunity to make a new friend.

Somehow dancing always manages to sneak into our weekly extrusions.  She twirled and hopped along our way through the streets.  My wish for Miss Cupcake is that she always dances to her own rhythm.

We paused for a chat after a quick glance inside Balatro Vintage Gallery. Although we were sitting on a bench in the middle of Worth Avenue, the immaculate greenery made if feel as if we were relaxing in a lush garden. We discussed fashion, art, and added a few things to our every-growing Palm Beach Bucket List. 

It was a simple yet beautiful afternoon in Palm Beach.  The rain subsided long enough for us to visit our favorite boutiques and galleries.  We giggled, shopped, and enjoyed every moment together.  We love that Worth Avenue is pet friendly. Our pampered miniature schnauzer is always welcomed with open arms, doggie treats, and drinks of fresh water via the dishes provided in several locations along the way.  Whether you are local or visiting sunny South Florida, Worth Avenue is simple a must if you wish to experience Palm Beach life.

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Worth Avenue, West Palm Beach

Our little family is enjoying the hustle of the holiday season. We love the traditions.... gifts, decorating, baking, and traveling. Yet our favorite tradition is spending time together and creating cherished memories. The season seems to fly by, and we want to soak up every glorious moment. With each passing year, we become more aware of the people and experiences that truly matter.

Another aspect I adore about the holidays is getting dressed and attending events with family and friends.  This little black dress will certainly be a holiday favorite of mine.  I love the delicate lace and vintage inspired details.  Best of all, it is under $50!  My Nine West black pumps pair perfectly with this dress.

Miss Cupcake was overjoyed to have a lace black dress quite similar to mine.  Her darling Happy Rose girls dress and Mary Jane shoes  are perfect for twirling and dancing.

My dear husband will be wearing Kenneth Cole REACTION Slim Fit Pants with a button down gingham shirt.  I can not even get over how dapper he looks in his black bowtie and suspender set and Calvin Klein Black Diamond Leather dress shoes.

Monday, February 12, 2018

My little family recently packed up and flew to Arizona for a bit of adventure.  While we love sunny South Florida, it was a refreshing change of scenery.  For most of the trip we stayed in a cozy condo at Wyndham Flagstaff.  The view from our patio was nothing short of breathtaking, and we enjoyed watching deer roam around the grass.  Plenty of fun activities were available, but we spent most of our time relaxing by the fire or in the hot tub while at the resort.

We usually have a well-planned itinerary when we travel.  However, this time we left plenty of time open for exploration.  These spontaneous moments turned out to be some of our favorite family memories!  The weather was chilly, but my heart was warm watching the two loves of my life scamper around together.  

Miss Cupcake adored the limestone and nearly every stop along the way involved her climbing and finding hidden "caves" beneath the stone.  She had recently learned about different types of stone at Florida Virtual School, and was excited to point out various features that she recognized from the photos she had seen. Miss Cupcake cautiously kept an eye out of scorpions, but we did not spot any while we were out and about.  We were all in awe of the view that surrounded us and enjoyed sharing this beautiful adventure together.

Miss Cupcake developed a new-found passion for rock collecting the day we arrived.  The collection grew at an alarming rate of the next few days.  Some of her favorite rocks were discovered at a quaint Native American trading post on our way to the Hopi Reservation.  As a new Florida Virtual School family, we are always looking for ways to make learning fun and interactive.  We all learned oodles of interesting facts about rocks, Native Americans, and the gorgeous state of Arizona as we ventured out and chatted with the locals.

A highlight of our journey was visiting the Grand Canyon.  We went once to sight-see and another day to hike part of the way down.  Buses run all day that take visitors from the parking lots to various parts of the canyon.  On our first visit we were dropped off at an overlook where we took photos and sat and enjoyed the view.  A couple days later we returned to explore a bit deeper into the canyon. Elk and mountain sheep could be seen as we walked down the canyon.  Some visitors were riding donkeys down the steep path.  I felt as if I were stepping into a painting.  Every direction that I looked was filled with endless beauty.  I fell in love with Arizona and even more in love my sweet little family.  These are the moments that bond us together.  These are the moments that will last forever.

This was certainly one of our most low-key vacations... no long lines, rollercoaster, or exotic restaurants.  However, we all agreed that it was the best trip we have taken to date (although we do have some exciting adventures planned for the near future).  We discovered that impromptu adventures and spending time outdoors together is something we truly adore.  

There were moment that took my breath away, both from the fear of falling into the canyon and from simply being awe-struck by my surroundings.  At five years old, Miss Cupcake was at the perfect age to appreciate the experience and had the ability to make the difficult hike partially down the canyon.  Every minute of our time in Arizona was a treasure, an educational opportunity for Miss Cupcake, and a surprisingly unique experience for us all.

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