World’s 7 Most Spectacular Dream Pools

Summertime, and the livin's easy. Right? Well, it most certainly is if you're kicking back at one of the seven most spectacular pools the world has to offer. From Chile to Australia, if you're lucky enough to be in one of these pools, you're doing something right. PS- send an invitation! Yup. That is a pool. Oh, not just the part under the glass pyramid. The part with the sailboat as well.  This is San Alfonso del Mar's pool in Chile; it holds 250 million liters of water and is over a kilometer in length. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, it is the world’s largest crystalline water pool. Image source. You'll be on cloud nine swimming in this pool at what's known as the Melbourne Cloud House. Heavenly. Image source. This lovely indoor-outdoor pool reminds me of a … [Read more...]

How To Take Extraordinary Vacation Photos

School is almost out which means summer vacation is right around the corner. Whether you are traveling abroad or enjoying a quiet stay-cation, you can still document your fun filled days with you trusty camera. Follow these tips to take your every day vacation photos to extraordinary vacation photos 1. Be Spontaneous Forget the cliche family picture at the beach. Embrace your fun and silly side for a more memorable and exciting family picture. (Photo Credit: Bookt) 2. Soak In The Scenery I am a sucker for street scene and pictures of doors. Look for opportunities to capture the town in various lighting. I love the depth of this picture after an afternoon rainfall. (Photo Credit: Scenic Reflections) 3. Savor The Sunsets Nothing is better than soaking in the colors and warmth of a … [Read more...]

BlissDom at the Gaylord Texan

It kind of feels like leaving home, doesn’t it?  After three incredible years at the Gaylord Opryland, BlissDom is moving to Texas. But never fear!  I visited the Gaylord Texan and did a little recon.  Trust me when I say that it feels like home- only a bit smaller. Getting to The Gaylord Texan Unlike the Opryland, which had its own shuttle, the Texan relies on other sources to deliver you to the fabulous resort. Just minutes from DFW, an easy an inexpensive option is to book with Super Shuttle.  The ride is only $11 each way and can be easily booked online.  After visiting baggage claim to get your luggage, simply use one of the phones in the area to call Super Shuttle for pickup. Super Shuttle also provides transportation to and from Love Field for $22. Shuttles depart … [Read more...]

5 Must-Have Travel Bags

With conference season coming up, and family vacations not too far away, you will need a travel bag or two. Here are five of my absolute favorites to keep you going from home, to airport, to conference or business and more. 1. Jewel in Flourish by GigiHill Jewelry Tote - I love the bright colors of this jewelry tote and zipper pouches as well as the necklace ties inside. Snap closures secure the tote while fake ties give it a decorative look. $49 suggested retail. 2. Audrey  Tote in Flourish by GigiHill Travel Bag - A matching color pattern to the jewelry tote above, the Flourish is my favorite design but there are several to choose from. In the Rolling Audrey version (not pictured), the handle extends from a hidden zippered compartment but can be completely hidden when collapsed … [Read more...]

Planning A Girls Getaway at Blissdom

We all know that, besides being the best conference for women bloggers who want to learn more about their craft, BlissDom is the one chance we get each year to reunite with our online friends IRL.  To sit and enjoy time with other ladies who “get” us and mix geek talk, life talk and blog talk together in a mish-mash that the majority of our friends at home just don’t understand. Sadly, BlissDom goes by too fast.  And with so much to do - sessions, parties, meeting new people - it’s time to leave before we’ve really gotten to spend time with the ladies we’ve been looking forward to seeing for a year! Here’s my solution: Plan a Pre-BlissDom Girls Getaway! Instead of arriving the day events begin, why not come in a day early?  You’ll get the conference room rate and have a day to … [Read more...]

Family Fun in Grapevine, Texas

In addition to being the host city for BlissDom's 2013 conference, Grapevine, Texas is filled with fun for the whole family! Never heard of Grapevine?  Chances are you've been there and not even known it...  DFW airport is within the city limits! Peruse the photo gallery for a small sampling of the great hotels, delectable food , and family fun to be found in Grapevine! [imagebrowser id=66] If you haven't looked closely at your calendar, you may notice that BlissDom falls during your kids' spring break.  What a great opportunity to add a fun family getaway a few days before or after the conference! … [Read more...]