3 Off-the-Beaten-Path Places to Visit While in Orlando

Orlando is the home of Mickey Mouse, Shamu, Universal Studios, I-Drive and plenty of sunshine.

While here in Central Florida we invite you to step out and enjoy some hidden spots we believe are worth the visit.

  1. Lake Eola Park – visit on a Sunday for Orlando’s Farmer’s Market, be sure to walk the loop around the whole lake, there is lots to see.

  2. Winter Park – from a great climbing tree in Central park to the must do Scenic Boat ride, Winter Park is upscale but can be done on any price scale. Here’s a mystery tour of Winter Park. 

  3. Citrus Tower –  One of Florida’s original attractions, this is a nice way to step back in time and see a different side of Central Florida.



Mommy-Daughter Date in NYC


On a recent stay in Northern New Jersey, Aubry and I headed into New York City for the day. I had a 3 o’clock photo shot with Keith Barraclough for The Redhead Project so we figured it was the perfect excuse to explore the city.

It had been to New York City 10 years earlier, to the month and it was Aubry’s first time in the city!

Aubry loves trains and trolleys, buses and subways… public transportation really so this was a fun trip for her.

We parked at the Red Hawk Deck Parking Garage in Montclair, New Jersey and walked the short bit to the Montclair Heights station on NJ Transit headed for New York Penn Station.

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Heritage Farms, DeLand, FL


I was excited when I heard about Heritage Farms in DeLand.

I’ve been looking for a pumpkin patch with all the extras like a hay ride and corn maze closer to the east coast, so thanks to all of my friends on Facebook and social media who liked the page and posted pictures of their visit to Heritage Farms, that’s how I heard about it!

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7 Date Night Ideas on Your Disney Vacation

Just because you’re on vacation doesn’t mean you can’t grab a date night.

For child care options read The Frugal Travel Mom’s Guide to Childcare at Disney World.

Now that you have the kiddos taken care of the next step is to decide what you’re going to do.

Here Are:

The Frugal Travel Mom’s 7 Date Night Ideas while on Your Disney Vacation

1. Disney Springs at Night

Disney Springs at night is awesome. The lights on the water, the atmosphere and the activities presented make this a go to for the locals as well.

Ride the hot air balloon, eat dinner, order chocolate, shop or just simply sit and relax. Whatever your budget or interests Disney Spring will not disappoint.

2. Cirque du Soleicirque2

I know this is at Disney Springs but I feel it needs it’s own section. Pricey, but worth it; we missed our early showing tickets and they found us seats for the late show, strolling Disney Springs and a fabulous show make for a great date night.

3. Hit the Parks

There no reason why you can’t cut a day with the family short and return again that night with your date!


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