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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, 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!

Pets, Travel, Vehicles January 4, 2018

Pineapples, Puppies, & Superheroes: The Story of Two Friends & One Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid | #NiroRoadTrip

When Kia asked me to take a California road trip in their brand new 2018 Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid for a couple of days, I didn’t even have to think about it. The icing on the cake? I would be doing it with one of my best friends – Shelley from A Magical Mess. I have known her for a few years now and can honestly say she is one of my favorite humans on the face of the Earth. She is also just like me – Type A personality. So of course we had multiple documents detailing what we wanted to do with our trip before we even left our homes. But it wasn’t until the morning of our trip that we came up with our full theme – Pineapples, Puppies, & Superheroes.

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.