Disney Boardwalk Inn Room Tour

The 2014 #TypeAWDW Bootcamp event allowed me my first opportunity to actually spend the night at Disney’s Boardwalk Resort, so I thought it only fitting that I shared my Disney Boardwalk Inn Room Tour with you.

Keep in mind, I stayed in room 1346 which is on the 1st floor overlooking the quiet pool in the back corner of Disney’s Boardwalk Resort. While it was certainly one of the furthest rooms away from the lobby, because it was on a corner, the room itself was actually larger.

This video room tour took place during the weekend of March 28-30, 2014:

Disney Boardwalk Resort Lobby Fireplace:

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Disney’s BoardWalk check in:

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Disney’s Boardwalk Inn rotunda horse chandelier:

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The second floor patio overlooking Disney’s BoardWalk:

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Child size rockers on the patio looking back towards the rotunda:

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Guest bed inside Disney Boardwalk Inn Room 1346:

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Minnie Lamp on the work desk:

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Blogging on our ‘porch’ overlooking the Boardwalk Inn quiet pool:

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What is your favorite part of  Disney’s BoardWalk Inn?

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Dollywood FireChaser Express Family Roller Coaster Debut!

Dollywood FireChaser Express Family Roller Coaster debuts at Dollywood’s 2014 Season opening on March 22, 2014…but we got a special preview today!

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If you missed the live stream of the event, you can watch Dolly Parton herself sing “Great Balls of Fire” LIVE at the FireChaser Express opening ceremony:

FireChaser Express is the nation’s first dual-launch family coaster, meaning it leaves the station one way and comes flying back into the station in the opposite direction. The minimum height requirement for the ride is only 39-inches, so kids as young as four or five will have the opportunity to ride their first rollercoaster at Dollywood.

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As a mom (especially one who is at the park by myself with the kids on this trip), I cannot tell you how much I appreciate a thrill ride that all of us can actually go on together!

 Dollywood FireChaser Express Family Roller Coaster Debut!

Here’s just a glimpse of our FireChaser Express experience:

The kids wanted to ride it again and again, but as you can imagine, it had quite a long line throughout the day. The only downside to the 2 minute and 19 second ride is that only one car is on the track at a time, making the wait time a little longer than average.

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The FireChaser Express is a great addition to the Dollywood family of rides and we can’t wait to get back on it.

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And stay tuned for more information on the Dollywood Dream More Hotel opening Summer 2015…

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Family Life Marriage Cruise Day 3 Video Journal

We’re back with our Family Life Marriage Cruise Day 3 video journal!

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In case you missed it, you’ll want to watch our Family Life Marriage Cruise Day 1 & Day 2 video journals here first.

The 2014 Family Life “Love Like You Mean It” Marriage Cruise took place February 10-14, 2014. I had the privilege of being the official blogger for this year’s cruise, which basically meant that I had the pleasure of not only experiencing all the cruise had to offer and then coming back and sharing our first hand experiences with you.

Day 3 was REMARKABLE!!! Not only did we finally make it into the sun, this girl with a broken foot actually made it into the beautiful ocean waters of Grand Turk! Booyah!

Though we planned on just staying on board and lounging by the pool while everyone else went off on excursions, the lure of the turquoise sea was too much for me. You’ll have to watch the video for proof, but it was glorious.

Oh, and did I mention I made it down the water slide too? Yes, I know, saying it was a monumental day is probably a bit of an understatement…

We were LITERALLY the last people to get back on the ship (you never want to be THOSE people, and yet it was so hard to drag me out of the water (literally & figuratively icon wink Family Life Marriage Cruise Day 3 Video Journal . Luckily, everyone around and on board was so gracious and helpful. We made it just in time for another PACKED night of sessions and activities. Here’s a glimpse into our Day 3 video journal:

Come back each day this week to see a new Family Life #LoveLikeYouMeanIt Marriage Cruise video journal.

If you already know you want to be a part of the 2015 cruise, you won’t want to wait long…

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Through March 14, you’ll find the BEST discount offered ALL YEAR on the 2015 Family Life marriage cruise. That’s right, they’re offering a Buy One Get One Half Off promo when you use the discount code MARCH. You can even save up to $1000 off their luxurious suite packages!

Head over to the Love Like You Mean It Cruise site and book now!

Get more information (& deals) on all the Family Life Marriage Events & watch ALL our daily cruise video journals.

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Family Life Marriage Cruise Day 2 Video Journal

It’s time for our Family Life Marriage Cruise Day 2 video journal!

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In case you missed it, you’ll want to watch our Family Life Marriage Cruise Day 1 video journal here first.

The 2014 Family Life “Love Like You Mean It” Marriage Cruise took place February 10-14, 2014. I had the privilege of being the official blogger for this year’s cruise, which basically meant that I had the pleasure of not only experiencing all the cruise had to offer and then coming back and sharing our first hand experiences with you.

Day 2 was a whirlwind at sea. No, not a weather whirlwind, but an experience whirlwind! My Type A personality kicked in and I wanted to take advantage of EVERYTHING!

I think the point of Family Life providing so many options for its guests is to make sure to have something for every personality. However I obviously took that to mean I can’t possibly miss one session icon wink Family Life Marriage Cruise Day 2 Video Journal

My husband was a trooper for keeping up with me and even making me go to a session I didn’t think I ‘needed’. Watch our Day 2 journal to find out exactly which session that was:

Come back each day this week to see a new Family Life #LoveLikeYouMeanIt Marriage Cruise video journal.

If you already know you want to be a part of the 2015 cruise, you won’t want to wait long…

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Through March 14, you’ll find the BEST discount offered ALL YEAR on the 2015 Family Life marriage cruise. That’s right, they’re offering a Buy One Get One Half Off promo when you use the discount code MARCH. You can even save up to $1000 off their luxurious suite packages!

Head over to the Love Like You Mean It Cruise site and book now!

Get more information (& deals) on all the Family Life Marriage Events

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Family Life Marriage Cruise Day 1 Video Journal

Going on our first Family Life “Love Like You Mean It” Cruise this year, we honestly had no idea what to expect. That’s why my husband, Rick, and I will be bring you day by day video journals from their 2014 marriage cruise!

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The 2014 Family Life “Love Like You Mean It” Marriage Cruise took place February 10-14, 2014. I had the privilege of being the official blogger for this year’s cruise, which basically meant that I had the pleasure of not only experiencing all the cruise had to offer and then coming back and sharing our first hand experiences with you.

To be honest, we weren’t sure if this was going to be a vacation or a marriage seminar…but it was truly the best of both worlds. Not only did we capture all the seminars, performances & cruise activities, but Rick & I also recorded a nightly video journal. Here’s a glimpse into Day 1:

Come back each day this week to live out our Family Life #LoveLikeYouMeanIt Marriage Cruise experience right along with us!

But if you’re already convinced that you’ll want to be a part of the 2015 cruise, you won’t want to wait long…

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Starting today and running through March 14 you’ll find the BEST discount offered ALL YEAR on the 2015 Family Life marriage cruise. That’s right, they’re offering a Buy One Get One Half Off promo when you use the discount code MARCH. You can even save up to $1000 off their luxurious suite packages!

Just head over to the Love Like You Mean It Cruise site and book now!

Get more information (& deals) on all the Family Life Marriage Events

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Family Life Marriage Cruise 2014: Pre-departure thoughts

It’s February 8, 2014 and I wanted to share some pre-departure thoughts about our Family Life Marriage Cruise before we head out to Miami on Monday:

If you’ve followed our marriage journey over the past year, then you know we’ve been walking a path neither my husband nor I could have ever imagined.

But if you also read “Why you won’t be getting a Christmas Card from us this year“, then you know we’re working hard AND walking hand in hand towards not just a healthier and happier marriage, but a THRIVING marriage.

So if you hadn’t heard, I’m thrilled to now share that my husband, Rick, and I will be attending the Family Life “Love Like You Mean It” Marriage Cruise 2014.

I honestly don’t know what to expect. While we’ve been to and served at multiple Weekend to Remember events, we’ve never taken five days away from our kids to not only go on vacation, but to also re-invest into our marriage.

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So while the Family Life Marriage Cruise 2014 will be a first for us, we also hope to take you along with us. We know many of you may have considered attending this marriage event, but really didn’t know what you’d be getting into.

Well through the power of blogging, video & social media, you’ll now get a front row seat into everything the Family Life Marriage Cruise offers, from the speakers & entertainment to the ship & its amenities.

But I need your help! Leave a comment below letting me know what you most want to know about the Family Life marriage cruise and I’ll count it a privilege to serve as your eyes and ears over the coming week.

Find out about all the Family Life Marriage Events (& the experiences we’ve had and the discounts they’ve given us to share with you!)

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Family Life Marriage Events

We have such a special place in our hearts for the Family Life marriage events.

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We attended our first Family Life Weekend to Remember right after we were married ten years ago and now we’re getting ready to attend our first Family Life “Love Like You Mean It” Marriage Cruise over Valentine’s Day 2014.

Whether you’re looking for a registration discount code or simply want more personal insights into these marriage events, I’ve gathered all our Family Life experiences into one place for exactly that reason!

Of course, as we continue to experience more events for the coming years (as I know we will!), I will continue adding those updated experiences here, as well as pass along any savings tips I can to you.

Family Life Marriage Events

Family Life Weekend to Remember

Family Life Weekend to Remember Registration Discount Code

Family Life Marriage Cruise

Family Life Cruise discount packages

*** Our Family Life Marriage Cruise 2014 Video Journal ***

Family Life “The Art of Marriage”

Learn more about the Art of Marriage

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Sandestin 2 Bedroom Review Video Tour

In the final component of our family’s Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort experience, today I’m sharing our Sandestin 2 Bedroom Review Video Tour:

The Luau Towers’ pool:

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The view of the sunrise from our room:
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In full disclosure: I was invited by the Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort to bring my family to stay with them for the weekend in exchange for simply sharing my honest opinion about our experience.

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You can read the Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort post I wrote before we left for our trip, as well as the review video my kids & I made right before we left the Sandestin resort highlighting our stay.

 

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Disney Cruise Line Deals and Tips

A culmination of our family’s best advice for Disney Cruise Line Deals and Tips!
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It was brought to my attention that all of our Disney Cruise Line deals and tips were not easily accessible all in one place. So if you want to know about everything from how we announced our Disney Cruise Line vacation to our kids to the secret tips we’ve learned while on our Disney Cruise family vacation, this is the place to find it!

I’ll continue to update these as I uncover more tips and continue to process more from our trip. Click on the hyperlinks below to read specific articles outlining each of my Disney Cruise tips below.

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Sandestin Resort Review Video: So many amenities, so little time…

I wasn’t required to post more about our fall trip to the Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort, but after experiencing the resort, I felt the need to share just how much my expectations were exceeded.

In my previous Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort post, I shared a lot of details about the property and what it offered, but I wanted to give you a first-hand account of our experience, so I thought the best way to do that would be through this Sandestin Resort review video:

As you watch our video and look over all our pictures, I think you’ll agree that we packed a lot into our three night trip (which turned out to be more like a 2 day trip when you take drive time into account).

Of course we went down in specifically to experience Trick or Treating on Halloween night at Baytowne Wharf and then got rained out all day Friday (perfect for outlet mall shopping and a movie!), so most of what you see us doing all happened on that Saturday.

Here’s just a sample of what we packed in during our time at Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort:
*Watching flying fish from the marina

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*Dressing like Despicable Me 2 Characters for the Costume Contest
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*Climbing the tree house
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*Swimming in the pool
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*Walking the beach at sunset
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*…and then watching the sunrise from our room
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Our family utterly loved our trip to Sandestin. Our only complaint was not having enough time there! When we return, which I know we will in the future, we’ll be sure to plan on at least 5 nights and also bring friends with to share in the fun too icon smile Sandestin Resort Review Video: So many amenities, so little time...

In full disclosure: I was invited by the Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort to bring my family to stay with them for the weekend in exchange for simply sharing my honest opinion about our experience.

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If you enjoyed following me on Twitter & Instagram (@TheSamiCone) for this trip, then you’ll love the rest of the family fun experiences I post about on there too!

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