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Whether you are traveling the states or the world – here are some great tips and items from Mama Smith’s for your travels!

Disney, Giveaways, Kids, Local to CNY December 5, 2017

Disney on Ice presents Dream Big is Coming to Syracuse + Win Opening Night Tickets! | #DreamBig

As I am sure you know, the Smiths are a Disney family. We are Disney Vacation Club members and spend a lot of our time at Walt Disney World. One of our favorite events to attend is Disney on Ice. I remember going when I was a little girl, and now I hope my daughters will have fond memories from when we go when they are older. The latest show, Disney on Ice presents Dream Big, is coming to The Oncenter War Memorial Arena in Syracuse, NY January 2018. My family and I will, of course, be attending – but you can too!

Travel, Vehicles December 4, 2017

4 Reasons This Mom LOVES The 2018 Kia Stinger (as a family car!) | #KiaStinger #StingerIsHere

I have already told you about the Kia Stinger – and if you missed it, just search Kia Stinger on my site to learn all about it. But what I haven’t told you yet is why I think this car – this beautiful, sexy sports sedan – would make a great family car. I know what you might be thinking – is that practical? Well, it is. And here is why. 

Disney, Disney Planning, Food & Drink, Travel December 1, 2017

The 5 Best Quick Service & Sit Down Service Restaurants at Walt Disney World | #DisneyDining #Disney

My family and I spend quite a bit of time at The Most Magical Place on Earth – Walt Disney World. Our friends and family know this, and I can’t tell you how many times I have been asked for tips and tricks when visiting. I have written about a lot of this on my site, so be sure to browse my Disney Planning section – but something I have been asked about a lot recently is Disney Dining. I decided to finally sit down and write about my favorite 10 restaurants – 5 quick service and 5 sit down service.

Travel, Vehicles November 27, 2017

How the Kia Stinger Blows It’s Competition Out Of The Water! | #KiaStinger #StingerIsHere

I recently went to California to see the 2018 Kia Stinger up close and personal. I not only got to test it on some winding mountain roads, I was lucky enough to put the petal to the medal and go from 0 to 60 in 4.7 seconds! OK, maybe I didn’t accelerate that fast, but the car can! At the autocross, Kia had also brought in some comparative vehicles to the Stinger so that we could test drive them as well. These included the Infiniti Q50, Porsche Panamera, Audi A5, Lexus GS, and the BMW 440i GC – all of which I drove or was a passenger in.

Travel, Vehicles November 21, 2017

I Traveled Back to the 1970s with Kia for the Kia Stinger National Press Introduction | #KiaStinger #StingerIsHere

As you probably know by now, I was in North Hollywood last week for the Kia Stinger National Press Introduction. I hope you followed along on social – it was a blast! Over the next few weeks, stay tuned for lots on the Kia Stinger! In California, I was even able to compare it to a few similar cars. This was my first event with Kia, and I had been told ahead of time, they know how to put together an event. This couldn’t be more accurate.

Travel, Vehicles November 8, 2017

I’ll Be Ditching My Mom Van to Drive the Brand New Kia Stinger Next Week | #StingerIsHere

When I became a mom a little over six years ago, I told myself I would not become one of those moms that drives a minivan. Fast forward four years and a second kid – and we purchased one. People who see me driving around town in it automatically know that I am a mom. Yes, I am a mom, but I am a woman too. One who loves to zip around in powerful and good looking cars – like the Kia Stinger. That is why I am SO excited to announce that next week (11/15-11/17) I will be ditching my mom van and heading to sunny California, where I will get the chance to drive the new Kia Stinger GT.

Disney, Disney Planning, Printables, Travel October 24, 2017

Haul-o-Ween at Disney California Adventure PLUS Throw A Cars 3 Viewing Party | #Cars3Bluray #ThorRagnarokEvent

A couple of nights before I was heading off to LA for the Thor: Ragnarok press event, I was told some super exciting news! We would be going to Disney’s California Adventure & Disneyland – to have dinner at Cars Land and celebrate the fact that Cars 3 was coming out on digital and blu-ray. I had only been there once before, so I was really excited. We would only have a few short hours to explore, and there was so much I wanted to see. Especially since for the first time ever, Cars Land was all decorated for Haul-o-Ween. The decorations were incredible – and inspiring. They got me thinking about how I could throw a Haul-o-Ween themed viewing party for Cars 3 at home. 

Disney, Disney Planning, Travel October 10, 2017

Inside The Disney Vacation Club Copper Creek Resort 1 BR Villa with Video Tour! | #CopperCreek #DVCMember

Not too long ago Disney Vacation Club invited us to come check out their latest resort – Copper Creek. It is located at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge – where the DVC also has Boulder Ridge Villas.  Of course, we jumped at the chance. We just purchased DVC at the Polynesian this past February and have been talking about adding on points at Copper Creek. Well, I can stay after our visit here, we will likely be doing so in the next couple of years. The sooner the better I say – I cannot wait to go back!

Disney, Disney Planning, Travel October 5, 2017

Create Memories That Will Last A Lifetime At The Happily Ever After Fireworks Dessert Party | #Disney #DisneyWorld

Something that I have always wanted to do while visiting Walt Disney World is attend a fireworks dessert party. In fact, we almost bought tickets to one during the Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party this year. So imagine how excited we were to see a dessert party on our itinerary for our Copper Creek press event! I told my daughters right away and they started jumping up and down talking about all of the desserts they were going to eat. Honestly, I was more excited for the prime viewing spot for the Happily Ever After fireworks – but of course, the desserts were a great perk!

Disney, Disney Planning, Travel September 28, 2017

5 Reasons to Book A Stay at Disney Vacation Club’s Copper Creek | #DVCMember #CopperCreek

My family and I were thrilled when Disney invited us to come check out their latest Disney Vacation Club Resort, Copper Creek, this past weekend. All I can say is WOW! Believe me when I say, you could spend your entire vacation at the resort and not get bored. But don’t get me wrong, no Disney trip is complete without at least a few days in the parks! However, Copper Creek is a great place to stay if you wish to spend a half day (or full day) hanging out at the resort to take a break from the busy of the parks.

Home Life, Travel September 5, 2017

Make Traveling with Gadgets Easy Thanks to Porte Play Organizers | #PortePlay

I travel a lot – for personal vacations as well as for business trips. Because of my job and my lifestyle, no matter where I go, I have a lot of electronics and gadgets that come along with me. I never leave the house without my cellphones, power banks, Nikon D5000, & Microsoft Surface Pro. I am constantly taking photos and recording my trips, so I need these items, plus all of the chargers that come along with them. I hate just throwing cords in to my suitcase, so have been looking for a good organizer for a while. I was thrilled to discover Porte Play organizers.

Marvel, Travel June 27, 2017

Swing into the World of Spider-Man with New Exhibit at Sony Square NYC | #SpiderManHomecoming

Calling all Spider-Man fans! Whether you are a die-hard fan or a family looking for a free way to entertain your aspiring superheroes, stop by Sony Square NYC and be surrounded by all things Spider-Man. In anticipation of the July 7th U.S. theatrical release of Columbia Pictures’ “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” Sony Square NYC is providing an experience worthy of a standing ovation. Visitors to the showroom will get the chance to step into Peter Parker’s shoes (and leap off a crane to swing through the air in pursuit of Spider-Man’s nemesis The Vulture) in the Spider-Man: Homecoming VR experience on PlayStation®VR.

Disney, Disney Cruise Series, Disney Planning, Travel May 18, 2017

3 Reasons To Book A Disney Junior Breakfast on Your Next Disney Cruise | #DisneyCruise

My family has been on two Disney Cruises now. Going in to the second one, we felt like we knew a little bit more about what we wanted to book. A must have for us was the Disney Junior Breakfast. When we go to Disney World, we always make sure to book the Disney Junior Breakfast as Hollywood Studios. My daughters are 4 and 5 so they actively watch the shows and are huge fans of the characters. They are always excited to meet them, and we knew it would be no different on the cruise.

Travel April 26, 2017

RSVP For the Florida Vacation Rental Managers XTRAVAGANZA Twitter Party | #TwitterParty #FVRMA17

The annual Florida Vacation Rental Managers (FVRMA) XTRAVAGANZA is the largest vacation home conference held in the state of Florida and is happening next week, May 2-3 in Orlando. With so many great rental managers in one spot, what better way to help our followers learn more about this booming industry than a Twitter Party.