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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, Movies, Travel April 16, 2018

A Tour of Pixar Animation Studios & The Pixar Archives to Prepare for Incredibles 2! | #Incredibles2Event

Incredibles 2 hits theaters in June and after heading to Pixar Animation Studios to learn all about it, I can pretty much guarantee it is going to be the movie of the summer. I was totally blown away by all the work that goes into creating an animated feature film. Stay tuned for all the details on that later, but right now I want to tell you guys all about my experience at Pixar Animation Studios. This place is amazing. I knew it would be surreal to step on to the campus, but I wasn’t prepared for all the emotions I would feel. And all the awesome things I would see.

Disney, FanGirl Friday, Travel April 13, 2018

10 Must Eat Foods + Can’t Miss Experiences at Disneyland Resort’s Pixar Fest (Opens Today!) | #Incredibles2Event

Pixar Fest is finally here! That’s right – Pixar Fest opens TODAY at Disneyland Resort. I recently visited Pixar Animation Studios to learn all about Incredibles 2 (so much more coming on that) and while there, I got to chat with the Disney Parks Pixar team. Of course Pixar Fest was the main topic of conversation and let us in on all the details. We also talked about Pixar heading to all the Disney Parks around the world. Personally, I am hoping for more Coco presence in Mexico at Epcot! Pixar Fest runs from today, April 13th, to September 3rd. If you are heading out to California to partake in the fun, here are some don’t miss activities (and food!).

Disney, Travel April 9, 2018

5 Reasons Every Disney Fan Needs To Visit The Walt Disney Family Museum with Video!

You might have an idea that I am a big fan of all things Disney. One of my most favorite places on Earth is Walt Disney World, but there is a place in San Francisco, CA that is at the top of my list. I have been lucky enough to visit The Walt Disney Family Museum twice in the last year and it is something that every Disney fan needs to experience. My husband is just as big a Disney fan as I am and I really hope one day he will be able to visit. There is so much to see – and so much to learn about Walt’s life inside those walls!

Disney, Disney Planning, Travel April 2, 2018

Inside the Disney Vacation Club Resort: Polynesian Deluxe Studio | #DVCMember #Disney

About a year ago, my family joined the Disney Vacation Club. Our only regret is not joining sooner. Our home resort is the Polynesian and we just stayed there for the first time. To say that our trip was heaven is an understatement. Before this, we had never stayed at a monorail resort. What a difference this makes! Heading to Magic Kingdom and Epcot was ridiculously easy (you can even walk to the transportation center from the Polynesian in less than five minutes!). We ended up taking several breaks in the middle of the day because of the ease of heading back to our room.

Disney, Movies, Travel March 22, 2018

UPDATED: I Am Heading To Pixar To Check Out Incredibles 2 + Interview Filmmakers! | #Incredibles2Event #Incredibles2

As you likely know by now, I have a thing for superheroes. They are kind of a major part of my life. So of course, The Incredibles is one of my favorite Pixar movies. I saw it theaters when it came out and when my husband and I honeymooned at Walt Disney World, we were so excited to meet Mr. and Mrs. Incredible. We had not met before this movie came out, but it was a favorite of each of ours before we even met. So when Incredibles 2 was announced a while back, we both starting counting the days until it’s release! Then something really exciting happened – Disney & Pixar invited me to check out Pixar in person, as well as some footage of Incredibles 2! The event takes place April 3rd to the 5th, so be sure to follow along with #Incredibles2Event.

Kids, Travel, Vehicles March 8, 2018

Watching My Daughters Grow Up Before My Eyes with Kia | #KiaFamily

When the Kia Sorento was delivered to our house, I knew it was change our lives. From the moment I saw it, I could tell it would be a world of difference to drive in the winter, but that isn’t all that changed. You see, my oldest daughter is six (going on 15). We moved her carseat over, but we could tell that she was just getting too big for it. Our first weekend with the Kia, my husband went outside, and installed her Diono Booster Seat. I would be lying if I said I didn’t shed a few tears. To see her getting in the car and buckling herself, in the regular seat belt, tugged at my heart strings.

Travel, Vehicles February 24, 2018

Kia Is Inviting You To Experience The Kia Stinger All Over the United States! | #StingerExperience #KiaStinger

If you have been following my site the last few months, than you know I am kind of obsessed with the Kia Stinger. This vehicle blows it’s competition out of the water and is one of my favorite new vehicles. In fact, I totally love it as a family car. But you don’t have to take my word for it because Kia is inviting YOU to experience the Kia Stinger for yourself. The #KiaExperience tour has kicked off near Pasadena, CA this week and is traveling all around the United States!

Disney, Disney Cruise Series, Disney Planning, Travel February 14, 2018

How to Enjoy Your Disney Cruise as a Couple (While Your Kids are with You!) | #DisneyCruise

If you are a Disney family, I highly recommend taking a Disney Cruise at some point. My family has been on two, so far, and are dying to go on another! Thanks to the Oceaneer Club and Lab, this can feel like a couples getaway as well as a family vacation. There is plenty for Disney fans of all ages to do on board and in port, including things for parents to do while the kids play at the Club. My girls barely wanted to leave – in fact, they fought with us a couple times when we said it was time for dinner. 

Travel, Vehicles February 7, 2018

4 Reasons The 2018 Kia Sorento Dominates in Upstate New York Snow | #KiaFamily

About five years ago we moved from Florida to New York for my husband’s job. I grew up in Massachusetts and one thing that I knew I was not looking forward to was the snow. What I underestimated was just how much more snow there is in upstate New York than I was used to. I learned to drive in the snow, so you would think I wouldn’t mind it. But I hate it. Well, let me correct myself. I hated driving in the snow. Especially after having kids. I would be a huge ball of nerves worried that I would slide wrong and get in an accident with them in the car. Well, thanks to the 2018 Kia Sorento, I have learned to enjoy driving in the snow.

Travel, Vehicles January 18, 2018

5 Easy Ways To Prepare for A Road Trip In A Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle (Like The 2018 Kia Niro!) | #PHEV #KiaNiro

A road trip is always a good idea. No matter where you are, or where you are going, it is good for the soul. The summer is a great time to cruise around with the windows down and the radio up. In the winter, it is ideal to drive to a warmer climate, or somewhere to ski or explore the outdoors. Recently, I took a mini road trip with Shelley from A Magical Mess in the 2018 Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid up part of the coast of California. We had a great time thanks to Kia, and our type A personalities had us planning like crazy before we even left. If you are planning a road trip in a PHEV, here are some pointers to make sure you have the best time!