The Jefferson Richmond, VA First Impression Summer 2016 - Pet-friendly Hotel

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The Jefferson Hotel Richmond, VA Family Travel Review
Given the fact that The Jefferson survived not one, but two fires, it was not surprising to see that all the candelabras were fitted with electric bulbs, but one can image how beautiful it would have been with real candles back int he day!

The Jefferson Hotel Overview

The Jefferson Hotel is an historic hotel in Richmond, VA, known both locally and nationally for its rich roots and exceptional service. The Jefferson has hosted a number of notable guests over more than 100 years since it first opened its doors in 1895--presidents, actors, musicians, etc. While it has seen its fair share of devastation, including several fires, it has managed to rebuild and maintain its prominent position in Richmond. Perhaps one of the most unique and interesting facts about the hotel--at least to us--was that alligators (yes, real alligators!) were at one point kept in the marble pools in the Palm Court--the last of which died in 1948 (Old Pompey was his name).

We recently went on the first of several summer road trips, making a stop for a couple days in Richmond where we got to experience The Jefferson firsthand! Overall, it truly was a lovely hotel and one we're excited to share with you.


Cape Codder Resort & Spa Hyannis, MA First Impression Spring 2016

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Cape Codder Resort & Spa Overview

Cape Codder Resort & Spa, one of 3 family-owned resorts owned by Catania Hospitality Group, is a family-friendly Cape Cod resort that boasts some serious appeal when it comes to families with children (at least we think it does!). While it may not be ocean-adjacent, what it lacks in ocean view it makes up for in family-friendly amenities from our experience.

We want to preface this review by stating that we were invited to check out the resort while they were still prepping for their upcoming summer 2016 debut during which they will unveil their new indoor water park along with multiple renovations, so while we were unable to view and experience some aspects of the resort, we're happy to share what we did see and do.

Cape Codder Resort & Spa is convenient located in Hyannis, MA, which is on Cape Cod for those unfamiliar with the area.


Discussing Type 2 Diabetes, ADHD & Some Amazing News!

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Please keep in mind, the statements made below are based on our opinions, experiences and research. Please do not consider any of this to be fact and consult with your own physicians prior to making any changes, choices, etc.

Hey, guys!
Those of you that have followed us for some time are probably already aware that Patrick (the hubs) has type 2 diabetes.

When he was first diagnosed, we found that while we had a basic understanding there was so much we were fuzzy on and many things we didn't know.

There are also a lot of misconceptions regarding Type 2 floating around out there--what causes it, who can be diagnosed with it, etc.

We got some amazing news today and were inspired to share a bit, but before we get into that, we thought we'd start a brief discussion on Type 2 to help spread awareness and hopefully help clear up some confusion! Also, we strongly recommend checking out the American Diabetes Association for reference, which was first recommended to us by our doctor when Patrick was first diagnosed.


Disneyland Tips & Family Travel Guide

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FamilyADHD DIsneyland Guide for Families Tips & Tricks

Disneyland Overview

Anyone that knows us or follows us knows we're total fans of Disney theme parks! While it's most convenient for us to visit Walt Disney World since it's on the same coast as us, we've been dying to bring the kids to Disneyland for quite some time. I went as a kid and have great memories of it, but that was nearly 3 decades ago (Oh my gosh, feeling old!), so it was almost like going for the first time for all 4 of us!

While we're going to dedicate a separate post to the differences between Walt Disney World (which we know super well) and Disneyland, we're going to focus on Disneyland and how best to plan for a fantastic family trip to this amazing park in this feature.

Disneyland is actually split into two parks--Disneyland Resort and Disney California Adventure. We made the choice, given the changes currently under construction at Disney California Adventure (which we are beyond excited about) and the ages of our kids to spend the day at Disneyland only. While you could potentially visit both parks in one day, it could be tough with kids around our boys' ages--8 and 10.

VisitedMarch 2016

Crowd Levels: light to moderate

Age Range Appeallittle ADHDers to adults depending on areas visited and height

Are Parents Catfishing Each Other on Social Media?

Warning: If you get easily offended this probably isn't the movie for you.

I recently saw a trailer for Bad Moms (included above), which stars a lot of funny celebrity moms (Yesssssss, Christina Applegate and Kristen Bell!).

I'm not crazy about everything in the trailer, but it honestly looks like it could be pretty funny overall! Regardless, it got me thinking, so buckle up.

It's hard to be a mom (or primary caregiver) in this day and age, especially with perceived social media perfection glaring us in the face day in and day out. But is it really real? By portraying these perfect lives with perfect children and perfect marriages are we essentially catfishing one another?

Keep in mind, what I'm about to discuss can apply to anyone (single, taken, married, childless, parent, etc.), but today I'm focusing specifically on how this affects parents. I'm also not talking about the occasional poster that only hops on social media to post a birthday or holiday picture now and again. What I'm talking about is an extremely intentional behavior. You get the idea!