Carnival Vista Sailing European and NY Waters in 2016

Carnival Vista

You've read my experiences with Carnival. You've seen the fun we've had aboard the Breeze, Sunshine and Freedom. You know how I am obsessed with Carnival's speciality restaurants. I'm thrilled to announce that Carnival is kicking it up another notch for families (if that's even possible!) Here's the video that was the first enticement made to fellow media at the #TakeInTheVista event in NYC this month. (You'll see my cameo - look for the girl in the pink shirt!)   In May 2016 ... [ Read More ]

How to Plan a Family Cruise

Plan a Family Cruise

I'll never forget the first time I set out to plan a family cruise. We were invited by Carnival to enjoy their new ship, the Carnival Breeze. My youngest was nearly 19 months and the oldest was 6. Making the decision on taking the family on the cruise was difficult. I had no idea what to expect when traveling with a toddler on a cruise and beyond. We have since been on 3 family cruises and each of them have been fun and some of our greatest travel experiences.  Plan a Family ... [ Read More ]

Polaroid Cube Review for Family Travel

Polaroid Cube Review

The Polaroid Cube arrived in the mail. Sitting in a box, the girls and I tore into it, anxious to know what this 0.9 lb piece of technology would do. We were invited by Polaroid to experience the Cube. We charged it up and got to work. (See our Polaroid Camera Reveal video) For nearly 10 days, the Polaroid Cube accompanied our family to school drop off, pick-up, soccer, gymnastics, ballet and most importantly a weekend trip to Disney World. It hung out in my big purse and my back pocket at ... [ Read More ]

Win a Polaroid Cube

Win a Polaroid Cube

The holidays are upon us and all we want is to provide a wonderful time for our friends and family. We love smiles. We love happiness. We love the look on a friend's face when they open up the present and instantly smile with true appreciation. Want to win a Polaroid Cube to provide true happiness to a gift recipient in your life? I know you do!   This #polaroidcube is the happening item with this kids! They love it! #polaroidcube #ad A photo posted by Caroline Murphy ... [ Read More ]

My Daughter Screams When I Brush Her Hair

Preparing for Hair Brushing!

This post is part of the HEALTHY ESSENTIALS® 2014 program by Johnson & Johnson Consumer Companies, Inc. and The Motherhood, who sent me a box of products and compensated me for my time. Opinions, experiences and photos shared here are all my own, and I hope you enjoy them. Brushing a child's hair can be highly frustrating. Dealing with the knots and attempting to detangle isn't in any way an easy task. The whining and crying that often comes is even worse. Who can ... [ Read More ]

Unstoppable Moms Have No Sick Days

Mom Sick Day

I wrote this post as part of my participation in a blog tour for The Motherhood on behalf of the makers of Children’s MOTRIN® and received compensation to thank me for taking the time to participate. However, all opinions expressed are my own. I have to say that I was challenged these last 30 days. Although we started with my 8 year old being the most prepared patient at her annual check up, we ended with our home with the stomach flu. I've shared our story of how 3 out of 4 of us got it ... [ Read More ]

Macys Culinary Council with Chef Ming Tsai

Chef Ming Tsai

Miami friends, mark your calendar and head to http://bit.ly/Ming14 to reserve your spot at Chef Ming Tsai's Macy's Culinary Council appearance at Dadeland on December 12! Macy's Culinary Council events provide the chance to sit in the audience of renown chefs. It's a pretty incredible experience. Do you remember how my then 7 year old got cook with Chef Marcus Samuelson last Spring? That was an experience neither of us will ever forget! On December 12, Chef Ming Tsai will visit Macy's ... [ Read More ]

Book the Concierge Upgrade at Rosen Shingle Creek Orlando

Rosen Shingle Creek

We wanted to weekend getaway. We wanted to have fun and enjoy time together as a family.  An opportunity became available to book a concierge upgraded suite at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort in Orlando. We packed our bags and headed North.  The Rosen Shingle Creek is located just over 10 miles from Walt Disney World, but that's not the only reason you stay there. This resort boast more than 1500 rooms, that are ample in size and full of amenities. The grounds have ... [ Read More ]

Stomach Flu at Home

stomach flu

I can't say we took turns. We did it together. Last week my entire family had the stomach flu, with 3 out of the 4 of us having it simultaneously. It was disgusting. We're good with washing our hands and using Purell but somehow it snuck into our home.  In this post, I will share our experience having the stomach flu at home, tips I've learned from fellow moms and products you will want to have on hand to prevent or deal with the the illness if it does wreck havoc in your ... [ Read More ]

Prepared for the Pediatrician

Prepared for the Pediatrician

Each year it is recommended to take your child for an annual check-up. Being prepared for the pediatrician doesn't just mean having your insurance card handy. This annual appointment gives the doc the chance to see how your little/big one has grown over the last year and make recommendations for vaccinations, healthy living and more. My 8 year old was prepared for the pediatrician with her list of concerns.  At this year's 8-year check up, my daughter came more prepared than most ... [ Read More ]