Our Family Vacation to Disney World and Clearwater

Clearwater Beach
It’s been a long time since I’ve shared a travel post here, both because we purposely halted all travel plans from March 2020 until a couple of months ago due to the pandemic, and because I share most of my personal adventures on my Instagram account these days. But a couple of weeks ago we took a family vacation to Florida and it was genuinely one of the best trips I’ve ever taken, so I wanted to share some of the pictures we took along the way. (I’ve share a couple of fun Reels/videos of the trip on my Instagram as well.)
Toy Story Land Woody
Walt Disney World Cinderella's Castle
We started off at Disney World, something my husband and I admittedly dreaded. We just didn’t think Disney would be our jam, but we knew how much it meant to our kids. Well, guess what? We were wrong. So wrong. We both loved our Disney experience almost as much at the kids did, and definitely plan to go back. (Side note: I’ll be sharing a post soon with tips for Disney first timers, like we were.) We stayed on site and visited 3 parks in 3 days. It was hot and exhausting and magical and so, so fun.

Art of Animation Resort
Cinderella's Royal Table Restaurant

For the second part of our trip, we went to Clearwater Beach, where we visited two years ago. It was admittedly more crowded this time, but we still absolutely loved it. Clearwater Beach is consistently named one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, and, while very touristy, the town is cute and fun as well. We visited our beloved Clearwater Marine rescue aquarium, but spent most of the time in the ocean or pool, or just relaxing. It was a really nice way to decompress after Disney World.
Clearwater Beach Ocean
Clearwater Marine Aquarium
It was a little weird to be traveling again. My husband has been back on tour with the band since April so he was used to it, but I definitely had low grade anxiety. We made what we hoped were responsible choices, and thankfully no one got sick. 

It’s fun to share snapshots of our lives here sometimes, and maybe I’ll do it more often. It reminds me of the early days of blogging (Bubby and Bean is in its 11th year!), when it was more like journaling. Sometimes I wish we could bring that back. 

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Plant-Based Caprese Salad

Tofu Caprese Salad
Our little summer container garden doesn’t produce much, but it does produce some mean tomatoes and basil. And I’m grateful for that, because caprese salad is one of my absolute favorite summer dishes. Last summer, we tried making a fully plant-based version and replacing the cheese with tofu. It was delicious! I made it again the other day and wanted to re-share this yummy summer recipe.
Tofu Caprese Salad

PLANT-BASED CAPRESE SALAD
SERVES:4 | PREP TIME: 10 min | COOK TIME: 0 min

INGREDIENTS
1 pkg. tofu (firm or medium firm)  
3 large tomatoes
12-16 fresh basil leaves
Olive oil
Balsamic dressing (optional)
Salt and pepper, to taste

Slice tofu into equal sized pieces, about 1/3-1/2 inch thick.  Slice tomatoes into 1/3 inch rounds. On a serving plate, alternate tomato and tofu slices. Drizzle olive oil on top of tomato and tofu slices. Top with basil leaves. Add salt and pepper, and, if desired, a few drops of balsamic dressing.

Tofu Caprese Salad
Tofu Caprese Salad

I hope you love this plant-based Caprese salad as much as we do. It’s full of protein and perfectly refreshing in the summer months.  

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Canine Olympic Events with Olive and Mabel

Two of my favorite Labs – #OliveAndMabel Until next time, Good day, and good dog!


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Celebrate Snoopy’s Birthday, August 10

From his first appearance in a four-panel Peanuts comic strip at the start of the 1950s to 21st century stardom on the silver screen, thanks to the character of Snoopy generations…



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Simone Biles and Prioritizing Mental Health

Prioritizing Mental Health

I can’t stop thinking about Simone Biles and the incredible example she set by prioritizing her mental (and physical) health. I feel very inspired by her strength in doing what was best for herself (because guys, she doesn’t owe us anything), and also by her very publicly stating she withdrew because of her mental state as a result of excessive pressure. Explaining Simone’s choices to my daughter (seen here at the beach, aka both her and my happy place for decompressing and calming our minds) came so easily to me, because to her, it made perfect sense. I can see a shift in the normalization of prioritizing and openly discussing mental health that didn’t exist in the world I grew up in, and I am so grateful for that.

I want to contribute to this shift myself, and be more open here and on my social media channels about my own mental health. As someone who has struggled with anxiety disorder my entire adult life and recently, depression as well (I even got on daily medication a couple of months ago), I want to be transparent and be part of the conversation. If you are comfortable, I would also love to talk with those of you who struggle as well, so feel free to email me, comment, or DM me on Instagram.

Thank you Simone, for doing what was best for YOU, and for being a role model for my daughter and millions of others. You are the definition of greatness.

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Can I Give My Dog Ice or Ice Water?

There’s a rumor going around Facebook (one that’s cropped up numerous times over the past few years) that it’s not safe for your dog to eat ice or to drink ice water. As always,…



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How to Watch Houston World Series of Dog Shows This Weekend

WHAT: See some of the nation’s top dogs compete for the highest honor at this year’s 2021 Houston World Series of Dog Shows, brought to you by the Beaumont Kennel Club and Houston Kennel Club, with live coverage of groups and Best in Show judging on AKC.tv. WHEN: Friday, July 23rd, 2021: Houston Kennel Club … Continue reading How to Watch Houston World Series of Dog Shows This Weekend


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Czy SEO też ma wakacje?

Sezon ogórkowy w pełni. W wielu branżach okres letni może kojarzyć się z lekkim zastojem. W biznesie internetowym również można to zaobserwować, szczególnie jeśli chodzi o niektóre usługi. Jednak nie oznacza to, że podczas wakacji lub “poza sezonem” nie warto działać nad poprawą widoczności w Sieci. Korzyści w pozycjonowaniu w okresie wakacyjnym można odczuć nie tylko jeśli chodzi o branżę hotelarską, czy też turystyczną.

My ciężko pracujemy nawet w wakacje. Staramy się, żeby nasi klienci byli widoczni w Sieci, szczególnie Ci, którzy dopiero zdecydowali się na współpracę z nami. Wzrosty w puli organicznych fraz kluczowych najlepiej oddadzą wykresy, które zamieszczamy w tym wpisie. Są to nasi nowi klienci, którym bardzo zależało, żeby szybko zwiększyć widoczność na wiele słów kluczowych i rzeczywiście się to nam udało.

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Ladybug Apple Snacks

Ladybug Apple Snacks
I used to make this snack for my daughter when she was a toddler and sort of forgot about it. Last week, she asked about it out of the blue, so we brought it back! This is such an easy, healthy snack for kids, and the fun ladybug design motivates them to eat it (raisins and all!).

Ladybug Apple Snacks
Ladybug Apple Snacks
serves 2
1 red apple
1 T peanut butter, almond butter, or sunbutter
16 raisins
1 baby carrot
Core apple and cut in half. On each half, make a slit about half way down, to form wings. Dab small pieces of nut butter or sunflower seed butter on each half, then tops those pieces of butter with raisins to form the dots. Cut two small pieces of baby carrot and insert into each top to form antennae. We like to serve with yogurt or healthy crackers, but it’s a great snack by itself too!
Ladybug Apple Snackss

I hope your little ones (or you!) like these as much as we do.

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7 Tips for Making Travel with Kids More Eco-Friendly

8 Tips For Eco-Friendly Travel With Kids

This post is in partnership with Samsonsite but all opinions are my own.

I’m starting this off with two disclaimers. 1. The travel-themed photos in this post are a couple of years old, but they fit so well with what I’m sharing today that I had to use them. 2. I’ve shared some of these tips before, but it seemed like the perfect time to revisit, because as you’re reading this, I will be on my first real trip (by plane) since January 2020! It is also the first time my kids, who are normally frequently travelers themselves, will have traveled by plane in over two years.

Traveling itself can be incredibly wasteful and harmless for the environment, but when you add kids to it, making eco-conscious choices is even more challenging. There are more messes, more requests for quick food, more stops, more garbage, and just general excess that ultimately isn’t very good for the earth. But I’ve found that a few simple things can make the difference and create a trip with the earth in mind.
8 Tips For Eco-Friendly Travel With Kids

1. Take reusable water bottles. 

Disposable water bottles are terrible for the environment, and they’re everywhere. We always bring one of our own reusable bottles for each of us, whether we’re driving or flying. We fill them up in the drinking fountains at the airport, and if we’re traveling by car, we either fill them at stops along the way or bring a big water jug along with us. It’s a great lesson for the kids too, who often reach for the disposable bottles when they see them.

2. Pack snacks from home. We fill reusable containers with snacks for both air and land travel, and for road trips we also bring fruit and sandwiches we make at home. The packaging alone from airport snack shops and/or fast food restaurants is incredible wasteful, and you’ll say some money too.

3. Bring a stroller. Obviously this will only work with little ones, but the great thing about strollers is that you can walk farther and longer than if you’re trying to go on foot with toddlers or preschoolers. And walking is always the best mode of transportation to explore your destination when you’re trying to be eco-conscious. If you have a baby or toddler, a carrier or sling works too.  

8 Tips For Eco-Friendly Travel With Kids

4. Choose eco-friendly luggage. 

My advice is to either invest in really great quality luggage that you’ll have for years and years, and/or to get luggage made with eco-friendly materials. I love my Samonsite ECO-Nu suitcases. Their fabric, including the lining, is made completely from post-consumer recycled plastic bottles. Choosing eco-conscious luggage has been a great way to teach our kids the importance of making green choices when purchases travel supplies. 
5. Turn off the lights and down the thermostat. We are so good about this at home, but I’ve noticed that when we stay at hotels, we are more forgetful about doing these things when we get out. Now we have our lights set on a timers, and we got a Nest thermostat, which allows us to control it from an app remotely.

6. Visit natural places. Sure, my kids love loud, fancy mega kiddie/family fun center type places (I mean, we were just at Disney), but they honestly love forest preserves and state/national parks (which are infinitely less wasteful) and just as much (if not more). We took my daughter to the Grand Canyon when she was 16 months old and she still regularly asks to see pictures from it! Even if we’re just taking a day trip to another town, we get outside and explore nature and other unique characteristics of where we are. It’s amazing what you can find and all of the ways you can teach your kids about the environment that way. I read that people tend to care more about issues if they have personal connection to them, so this is an ideal way to encourage your little ones to care about the earth from an early age.

8 Tips For Eco-Friendly Travel With Kids

7. Choose local. Shop locally. Eat locally (especially at places like farmer’s market and food trucks, or farm-to-table and/or organic restaurants). On top of the fact that choosing local is almost always better for the environment because the carbon emissions are much less than products that have to travel far to reach you, your kids will be excited to visit places that are different than familiar chains or that they’re used to frequenting at home.

For those of you back traveling again who want to make sustainable choices on your trips, I hope these tips help. Happy (and safe!) travels!

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