Top 5 Zoo Miami Birthday Party Memories

When our littlest turned two we celebrated with a day at Zoo Miami.

We invited family friends to spend the day with us visiting all the animals & attractions at Zoo Miami & here are our Top 5 favorite memories of the day.

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Top 5 Zoo Miami Birthday Party Memories

Zoo Miami is pretty spread out, but you can rent Safari Cycles to get around with.

They were a HUGE HIT with both the kids & the adults.

Walking through the zoo with all the kids & all our stuff would definitely wear us all out, but having these cycles made the day even more fun.

The kids happily got into the cycles & loved sitting next to each other while we rode through the zoo.

The cycles come in 2 different sizes: small accommodates up to 3 adults and 2 small children & large holds up to 6 adults and 2 small children.

Just make sure you grab your cycle early before they sell out for the day!


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The animal are the star of the show at Zoo Miami.

They all look comfortable & well cared for.

The kids were VERY excited to see what was around each & every corner.


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We had no idea we could actually FEED the animals at Zoo Miami until we spotted the giraffes.

You’ll get lots of great shots of your little ones up close encounter with the zoo animals!

They have lots of antibacterial hand wash at the exhibit too!


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And just when we thought feeding the giraffes was the highlight of our day, we spied the rhino!

I won’t lie – it was pretty awesome to be so close to such a big rhino.


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We capped off the day with a few rides around the carousel.

The kids couldn’t be happier with this day out & despite the heat (in October!), it was an awesome birthday.

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Fort Lauderdale Air Show 2017

The Fort Lauderdale Air Show is coming up again soon!

Last year we spent the perfect day on the beach with the kids watching the show.

Just bring your own beach chairs & blanket, and you’re all set.

There were plenty of food trucks to choose from, so you don’t need to bring any food or drinks with you.

We had to park to walk & walk a few blocks, so it was great not to have to drag the cooler along.

The kids loved played at the beach while watching the planes whiz by.

It’s the perfect day out with the whole family!

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Spring Break Backyard Fun


Spring Break is just around the corner & we have a steady stream of friends & family coming to visit us.

That’s what happens when you live in South Florida – the Spring Break capital!

We spend Spring Break outside enjoying the warm Spring weather.

Here are a few activities to keep your kids busy in the backyard during Spring Break.

And always stock up on Kleenex Wet Wipes from Target to wipe up messes & sticky hands.

Because Kleenex Wet Wipes are free from dyes, alcohol, parabens, sulfates, and phthalates we feel comfortable in using them for the kids.

To make things easier they have made the packing in 3 different colors to remember their specialty.

Blue is for gentle cleaning.

Orange is for germ removal.

Green is for sensitive cleansing.

They came in handy even BEFORE we left the Target parking lot.

Hey, when you gotta go, you gotta go!

Now we’re ready for Spring Break fun.

Show Me Your Imagination

Nothing is more fun than seeing a child using their imagination.

Have them grab some sidewalk chalk and draw in some props, a background, whatever they can think of and join in!

Cleanup is simple with Kleenex Wet Wipes for Germ Removal to clean up those little dirty hands & faces after a wonderful afternoon of creating adventures on the sidewalk.

Feast Outside

Spring Break is the perfect time to plan a picnic.

To make the picnic that more fun have them help you with the prep work and have your kids help pick what they want to eat.

They could even help making sandwiches and packing some snacks.

We kept it simple after an afternoon of swimming – pasta!

Those Kleenex Wet Wipes are perfect both before & after eating.

They are gentle enough to clean up kids hands and faces.

Feed The Wildlife

We love feeding our local ducks & birds.

The fun actually starts by making the ducks a special treat that’s super easy to make with the kids.

All you need is:

2 cups Old Fashioned Quaker Oats
1 cup brown rice
1 bag frozen assorted vegetables (peas, corn, carrots and green beans)

Mix it together, grab your Kleenex Wet Wipes & you’re ready to go!

What are your plans for Spring Break?

Leave a comment below & share.



Sensitive Skin Care: 5 Family Travel Tips


With traveling as much I do, I’ve learned how important it is to protect my own sensitive skin from the elements.

When traveling with my kids, it’s even more important to be prepared, as kids are so much more sensitive to these changes.

Sensitive skin doesn’t have to be an issue when your family travels. Care for your family’s sensitive skin with these products, tips and remedies. A little attention to the soap and care will go along way in protecting your family’s body from rash problems that flare up during travel.

We’ve learned the hard way that we have to take care of our daughter’s sensitive skin whenever we are traveling.

We’ve come up with this list of five tips, and Baby Dove on the list as one of our must-haves.

Sensitive skin doesn’t have to be an issue when your family travels. Care for your family’s sensitive skin with these products, tips and remedies. A little attention to the soap and care will go along way in protecting your family’s body from rash problems that flare up during travel.

Did you know a little one’s skin is 30% thinner than ours??

No wonder kids have extra sensitive skin!

One of our daughters has super sensitive skin & it seems like she always has skin problems when we travel.

We’ve come up with this list of five tips that help take care of our daughter’s sensitive skin whenever we are traveling.

If we forget on of these 5 things, she is pretty much guaranteed to have irritated skin when we travel.

Sensitive Skin Care: 5 Family Travel Tips

Here are five tips for caring for sensitive skin when traveling with kids.


I don’t know about you but we tend to eat more junk food than usual when we travel.

Did you know eating certain foods can cause a flare up in those with sensitive skin?

We make sure we bring along snacks that are gentle on our kid’s tummy.

Having snacks kids are used to is a massive help in controlling sensitive skin issues.

Sensitive skin doesn’t have to be an issue when your family travels. Care for your family’s sensitive skin with these products, tips and remedies. A little attention to the soap and care will go along way in protecting your family’s body from rash problems that flare up during travel.

Hand Wipes

Having Baby Dove Wipes handy will save lots of peace of mind, since kids touch EVERYTHING!

For those travel moments when it’s impossible to wash hand, it helps to at least be able to wipe down the kids hands & environment before eating.

This can massively help control sensitive skin issues by avoiding contact with problems altogether.

The Baby Dove Wipes are hypoallergenic, convenient & portable, so they’re perfect for travel.


Changes in the environment can be tough on sensitive skin.

Anything too hot or too cold can mean the skin needs extra moisture.

We love using skin care products specifically made to protect the moisture & combat the elements.

Comfortable Wear

Traveling is not the time to pack crazy uncomfortable clothes the kids never usually wear.

It’s important to keep kids comfortable while traveling to avoid things like pinched feet or fussy faces.

It definitely helps our daughter with her sensitivity to avoid irritations from the materials she isn’t used to wearing.

Baby Dove

Dove is our family’s trusted brand because it’s made with hypoallergenic-neutral formulas that don’t irritate sensitive skin.

Plus, it’s dermatologist and pediatrician-tested, so we feel good about using it on our little one.

Our kids love how soft & protected their skin feels with Baby Dove.

They’re very sensitive to smell too & Baby Dove leaves them smelling fresh & clean.

I’m crazy about sharing my love of travel with my growing kids, but the reality is that travel can be tough on them.

In order to make the all our travel memories as positive as possible, we try to keep everyone comfortable despite the disruption from our routine at home.

Baby Dove is one of those little comforts from home that make traveling with kids much easier.






12 Epic & Easy Game Day Food Ideas & Snacks

Game day will be here before we know it, and if we’re all honest, isn’t game day FOOD one of the best things about the day?

Yes it’s an excuse to indulge in  snacks & treats that we never normally eat, but isn’t that what the big day is for, really?

This isn’t something you want to leave to chance, or you’ll be stuck with only celery sticks & popcorn – nice & all but not the main attraction.


Game day food should be exciting & rewarding, so the food will be satisfying no matter whether the game is or not.

I’ve already started dreaming about the game day food we HAVE to have this year, so I’ve started a list of favorite game day food ideas & snacks.

Here are the top 12 EPIC yet EASY game day food ideas & snacks.

Let me know if you agree or if there’s something I’ve missed, so I can add it to the collection!

Crispy Chicken Strips

If you’re wondering how crispy chicken strips can be called “easy”, don’t worry – Tyson has us covered!

With a quick trip to my local Walmart, I load up on fantastic tasting Tyson® Crispy Chicken Strips that can be cooked in the oven & ready piping hot for game day.

Cripy chicken could NOT be any easier.

Your family will love this game day snack as much as mine does.

To make it even EASIER on you, here’s what you should look for.

This Slow Cooker Queso Dip from The Girl Who Ate Everything looks amazing & perfectly simple to make.

If you don’t have a slow cooker, it can be done on the stove instead.

It’s literally just combining all the ingredients & cooking on low for a few hours – winner!

These delicious potato skins from Brown Eyed Baker are mandatory game day food.

Don’t be scared of making these – with just 15 minutes of prep time, these are a crowd favorite.

Sloppy joe’s are my wife’s nostalgic favorite, and these sloppy joe sliders from Jenn’s Bliss don’t disappoint.

Prepare dozens of sliders all at once in a baking dish – genius!

These sheet pan nachos from Damn Delicious take loaded nachos to a whole new level.

This is perfect game day food if you plan to feed more than 4 people.

To make things even easier on yourself, cook the meat the day before – it will taste even better!

With just 10 minutes of prep time, these 4-ingredient jalepeno poppers from Inspired Taste are a quick win for spice lovers.

These can also be completely prepared a day ahead & then cooked in the oven a few minutes before you’re ready to eat.

If your cravings aren’t in overdrive yet, we’re only halfway through the list.

Next we have another winner that takes only 15 minutes of prep – this hot Italian sub sandwich from Lemons for Lulu.

Don’t let the long list of ingredients worry you – if you don’t have one of two of the ingredient, you can always substitute or omit items to your own taste.

Hardcore Texas chili lovers will argue that chili can not be prepped in just 20 minutes, but just don’t tell them this easy Texas chili recipe from Genius Kitchen only took you 20 minutes!

I think chili tastes even better when it’s reheated a day or two later, so this can & should be prepared ahead of game day.

Once you have your chili ready, make sure you have fixings to make chili dogs as well.

This chili dog recipe from A Sweet Pea Chef shows you everything needed for the perfect chili dog.

With only 5 minutes of prep time needed, chili dogs couldn’t be easier – or tastier.

Ordering pizza during game day is risky since it’s such a popular idea, but this pepperoni pizza dip from Belle of the Kitchen will satisfy those pizza cravings.

If you want people to think you’re a genius in the kitchen, this insanely good artichoke dip from Live Craft Eat takes an entire 5 minutes to prepare – yes, I said 5 minutes!!!

With just 15 minutes of prep time, these chicken taquitos from Two Peas & Their Pod are as delicious as they are colorful.

Anything that can be topped with guacamole, sour cream, or salsa is a winner in our house.

What do you think? Are these recipes easier to prepare than you first though? Which will you make on your next game day?

If I’ve missed any of your easy favorites, let me know in your comment below.

Mandarín Oriental Hotel Miami

Last week I had meetings in Miami & stayed at the Mandarín Oriental Hotel Miami.

When traveling with work, I rarely get a chance to get outside during the day.

Luckily I’m solar-powered & my eyes pop open at dawn everyday.

One of my favorite things to do when traveling is to walk around an empty city at sunrise.

It’s the best way to take in a city at my own pace, before the hectic workday begins.

I clear my head, get in some exercise & discover a new city, all at once.

We live about an hour away from Miami, so I rarely visit – probably only once or twice a year when friends are visiting.

Here are my pictures of the Mandarín Oriental Hotel Miami pool and room & nearby Brickell neighborhood.

Quiet morning walk around the Mandarín Oriental Hotel Miami Pool


Sun coming up at the Mandarín Oriental Hotel Miami Pool


Outside view of the Mandarín Oriental Hotel Miami


View from my balcony at the Mandarín Oriental Hotel Miami


Brickell neighborhood of Miami Florida


My suite at the Mandarín Oriental Hotel Miami (checkout that view!)


Another view from my Mandarín Oriental Hotel Miami suite.


Time for breakfast! Mandarín Oriental Hotel Miami Brunch & Decor


Sun going down on Brickell


Brickell Miami photo at night.


A final fantastic view of Brickell in Miami Florida


5 Travel Hacks For International Travel With Baby


If you’re new to international travel with baby in tow, it’s easier than you probably think.

Our daughter’s first overseas trip was from our home in Paris, France to my visit my wife’s family in Dallas, Texas.

She was just 4 months old.

I know it’s annoying when people tell you how easy it is to have international travel with baby, but once your baby turns in to a toddler, you will realize it’s true.

Follow these 5 simple tips to make your international travel with baby a more comfortable experience for you, your baby & everyone else traveling around you.

New to international travel with baby? Don't worry - we've got you covered with these 5 Travel Hack tips & ideas for trips with infants on planes.

5 Travel Hacks For International Travel With Baby

Here are the best 5 hacks I have found that have made international travel with baby a piece of cake.

Leave Early

As a corporate traveler, I know exactly when I need to leave to get to the airport at just the right time.

As a dad, I’ve learned it’s important to head to the airport much earlier because if something can go wrong – it will go wrong.

More than once, we’ve had major diaper blowouts while waiting in line to go through security.

Give yourself that extra time, so your stress level stays low & your baby can feel relaxed.

Carry On Comfort

Speaking of major diaper blowouts, plan to bring at least 2 changes of clothes in your carry on & more diapers than you think you will need.

Pack them in a ziplock back that you can re-use to seal up the dirty clothes.

Forget fancy baby clothes, make your baby as comfortable as possible – even bring along pajamas.

Baby clothes are tiny, and you could really regret it if you don’t have a clean change of clothes handy.

New to international travel with baby? Don't worry - we've got you covered with these 5 Travel Hack tips & ideas for trips with infants on planes.

Prevention Is Key

International travel with baby means less time available to change & clean baby exactly when you would like to.

It’s much harder to change diapers during travel, but there’s an easy way to avoid irritating baby’s skin & mood!

To baby comfortable & clean throughout your trip, just pack Desitin Maximum Strength cream in your carry on.

Desitin helps keep a barrier between the diaper and your baby.

New to international travel with baby? Don't worry - we've got you covered with these 5 Travel Hack tips & ideas for trips with infants on planes.

This will ensure they wouldn’t get a heat rash or irritated – especially during long trips.

It’s one of those products you will keep on hand for years because older children too can get relief from this protection.


Pack Their Favorites

Once your baby is old enough, bring along their favorite snacks & toys.

You are allowed to bring whatever milk, water & baby food your child needs for the flight.

If you’re bringing jarred food, just pack it in an easy-to-access place in your carry on & present it with the milk you are bringing.

Snacks & toys are a great way to keep baby entertained & satisfied with full bellies.

Deep Breaths

I know this one might sound silly, but plan to feel overwhelmed at some point during the trip.

A fellow traveler might be rude or your flight may get delayed.

It’s going to happen.

Remember to enjoy the experience…

New to international travel with baby? Don't worry - we've got you covered with these 5 Travel Hack tips & ideas for trips with infants on planes.

Hey, even if it’s terrible – those make the best stories later!

Have your own tips for international travel with baby?

Leave your questions & comments below.

Halloween Treat Ideas For School


Halloween is coming & who doesn’t love Halloween treat ideas for school lunch boxes??

My girls are still little, so I can’t go as SPOOKY as I would like.

Here’s a quick & easy lunch box or after school treat that is super easy to make.

It will make any dad look like a rock star.

I love that making it gives my girls the opinion of a healthy AND delicious treat.

Halloween Treat Ideas For School

Halloween Treat Ideas For School

I got this idea as I was headed to Target and saw that Babybel were on sale & all dressed up in their Halloween costumes!

Halloween Food Treat Ideas For School Snacks

Babybel is a MUST for my family & we always fight over the last one.

We love that they are 100% cheese & full of calcium and protein – just what growing kids need.

This quick lunch or after school snack doesn’t make much prep.

Here’s what you need:

  • Your choice of Babybel (I picked up both the original & light because both taste fantastic!)
  • Bagels – we had leftover pumpkin bagels and decided to use those for this recipe

Halloween Treat Ideas For School

All you do is spray your waffle maker, slice your bagel and use 2 of Babybel’s of your choice and place them on one bagel slice and cover and cover for 3-5 minutes (depending on your waffle maker)

Halloween Treat Ideas For School

Once you are done open and slice and pack your kids’ lunch! I took an orange and made it into a pumpkin. (I used an edible inked marker even though the orange will be peeled.)

Halloween Treat Ideas For School

To make the napkin ghost I just used a piece of washi tape and packed it in the lunch box. So easy to make!

You could also add additional fruit or cold cuts when making the Waffled Babybel sandwich for your older children or yourself.

This makes a great weekend breakfast or Halloween lunch too.

Healthy Halloween Treats

Of course Halloween Babybels also make great treats on their own.

My kids love this delicious healthy treat anytime they want a snack.

How do you enjoy your Babybel?