Travel & Events

By Shannon Gurnee
In Blogger's Easter Swap
May 4th, 2016
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One of my favorite things to do as a kid was swim in the pool where my dad and stepmom lived when I was growing up. I would dive for diving eggs, do handstands under the water, play with the pool floats and lay by the pool. There are so many memories I have of […]...
By Shannon Gurnee
In Recent Posts
Apr 26th, 2016
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When we travel, we always look for great deals! Whether it’s getting cash back on purchases, enjoying upgrades or earning points on our hotel stays, saving money while traveling makes it that much more enjoyable. The demand is growing for bigger, better, and faster rewards, even as many loyalty programs – and their perks – […]...
By Shannon Gurnee
In California
Apr 9th, 2016
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A few weeks ago, our family headed down to Southern California for a much needed staycation. We only took half of our crew (3 of our 6 kids) this time around, but after our experience with Extended Stay America, we would definitely do it again with all 6 kids! We headed down on Friday after […]...
By Shannon Gurnee
In Caribbean
Mar 13th, 2016
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On our last cruise, Frank and I traveled to the Caribbean. Our very first stop was Barbados. We were really excited because neither of us had been to the Caribbean before and this was going to be our first time to Barbados. When we got off the ship, we had to take a shuttle into […]...
By Shannon Gurnee
In Blogging Conferences
Mar 8th, 2016
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884 Views
I had heard about CES (Consumer Electronics Show), but never attended before….until this year. My husband (who works in the field of technology) had attended before and had a little better idea of what to expect. While there was a lot to get out of it, I don’t really feel I was prepared as much as […]...
By Shannon Gurnee
In Food
Feb 22nd, 2016
41 Comments
4712 Views
Frank and I love going on road trips to Las Vegas! A few visits ago, I was introduced to the Brazilian Steakhouse. I have to be honest and say that I was hesitant to go to one after seeing the movie, “Bridesmaids.” I was afraid to try it for fear I would have an experience […]...
By Shannon Gurnee
In Caribbean
Jan 12th, 2016
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In August of 2015, Frank and I decided to take a well-needed cruise aboard Carnival Cruise Lines. Our destination was to head for the Caribbean via Puerto Rico. I’d never been to either Puerto Rico or the Caribbean and neither had he, so we were both very excited. One of the ports our cruise ship stopped […]...
By Shannon Gurnee
In Recent Posts
Dec 30th, 2015
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If you are like most people, then you probably feel that the day is too short and that you don’t have time to do all the things you want to do. This is not a surprise given that modern people have to work for eight or more hours a day (sometimes even on holidays) and […]...
By Shannon Gurnee
In Blogging Events
Nov 26th, 2015
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It’s been quite some time since I’ve been to a blogger event and I was really excited to attend the Kelley Blue Book Best Buy Awards Ride-n-Drive Blogger Event, thanks to iConnect! I love cars and this event was full of them – brand new, smooth-riding, comfy-driving cars who were the finalists of the Kelley […]...
By Shannon Gurnee
In Blogging Events
Nov 8th, 2015
3 Comments
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This post is sponsored by iConnect Influencer Management and Kelley Blue Book. While travel expenses were provided, all opinions remain my own. I love to drive! Whether it’s running errands, traveling, or driving around just because – I love to drive! This week, I’ll be traveling to Irvine, California to attend a blogger event where […]...
By Shannon Gosney
In Blogging Events
Oct 30th, 2015
2 Comments
1144 Views
Can you believe how close Christmas is? It’s my favorite time of the year! I love the lights, songs, and general feeling of happiness and love that goes with it! This year, Frank and I will be taking our 6 kids to check out Knott’s Merry Farm. They are going to have a blast! While […]...
By Shannon Gurnee
In California
Sep 13th, 2015
26 Comments
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This summer, we took our kids to both the Santa Barbara County Fair (located in Santa Maria, California) and the California Mid-State Fair (located in Paso Robles, California). This blog post is going to be all about the Santa Barbara County Fair! While our four older kids went on a camping trip with their grandpa, Frank […]...
By Shannon Gurnee
In Car Review
Sep 12th, 2015
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I love driving and was thrilled to have the opportunity to test drive the 2015 MAZDA 3 and it was awesome!!! I’ve never owned a brand new car, but love test-driving them and featuring them on The Mommy-Files and on my social media channels. In fact, test-driving a new car is what lead us to our […]...
By Shannon Gurnee
In Food
Aug 5th, 2015
24 Comments
3478 Views
Living in California has a lot of perks. First, we live in a beautiful part of the country! Second, we’re only about 20 minutes from the beach. Third, it only takes us about 7 hours to drive to Las Vegas for a weekend getaway! Frank and I recently headed to Las Vegas for a weekend […]...
By Shannon Gurnee
In Avila Beach
Jul 15th, 2015
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7106 Views
We live in a small town on the Central Coast and sometimes get a chance to enjoy romantic getaways together. Most recently, we enjoyed the weekend at Avila Beach. We took our RV and were lucky enough to find a spot with full hook-ups for our family RV. It was awesome!  Our RV spot with […]...
By Shannon Gurnee
In Recent Posts
Jul 2nd, 2015
26 Comments
3618 Views
This post is sponsored by Chevrolet Traverse. School’s out for summer!!! I remember how excited I used to get when I was a kid about being out of school for summer. It meant sleeping in, no homework, staying up late, traveling, going to the pool and more! It’s a little different now that I’m a […]...
By Shannon Gurnee
In Cruising Life
May 25th, 2015
28 Comments
30172 Views
It’s hard to believe that almost 3 months ago, Frank and I got married on the Carnival Miracle Cruise Ship in the Port of Long Beach! I remember searching high and low for information about cruise weddings on blogs and wedding sites and really didn’t find all that much that was current. I hope that […]...
By Shannon Gurnee
In Mexico
May 10th, 2015
40 Comments
9134 Views
A little over two months ago, I married my best friend (more pictures to come) and it was everything I dreamed it would be. Frank and I were married on the Carnival Miracle Cruise Ship in the Port of Long Beach. It was a small wedding as we were limited in the number of guests […]...
By Caroline Hileman-Schaffer
In California
May 2nd, 2015
4 Comments
2860 Views
For the last few years I’ve slowly transitioned into a runner. Do I love to run? No. Well, not when I’m running, but I like the feeling of accomplishment when I’m done. Typically, I try to run a few times a week usually completing 3-mile runs.   But running tends to get boring. That’s why I […]...
By Shannon Gurnee
In Cruising Life
Mar 11th, 2015
37 Comments
10516 Views
Hi everyone! Hope you are all doing well. I am back and now married to the most amazing man ever – officially complete with six children!!! We were married on the Carnival Miracle on February 28th and it was awesome! In fact, I had never been to a cruise wedding before and couldn’t really even […]...
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