Travel & Events

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
0 Comments
1112 Views
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
1 Comment
927 Views
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
992 Views
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
793 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
2416 Views
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
0 Comments
266 Views
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
2901 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
68 Comments
5958 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
3157 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
25 Comments
27023 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
7596 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
2453 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
9694 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 […]...
By Shannon Gurnee
In Cruising Life
Feb 23rd, 2015
72 Comments
15250 Views
  Frank and I love to go on cruises! Every cruise I’ve been on has been with Carnival Cruise Lines and I am so impressed. In fact, we have two more cruises already booked (including our upcoming wedding cruise). Last year, we went on a cruise to celebrate Frank’s 40th birthday with a group of […]...
By Caroline Hileman-Schaffer
In California
Feb 22nd, 2015
1 Comment
2672 Views
Laguna Lake Park is a nice 375-acre park in San Luis just south of Cerro San Luis Mountain. This park used to have a beautiful 25-acre lake that has now shrunken to look more like a pond, but the ducks are still there and like to be fed. There is also a very nice playground […]...
By Shannon Gurnee
In Food
Feb 15th, 2015
32 Comments
6626 Views
When Frank and I last visited Las Vegas, we discovered Guy Fieri’s Vegas Kitchen. It was so good!!! To be seated more quickly, we opted to sit out on the patio. I want to say the wait was short because it was pretty warm outside, but thankfully, we were in the shade and had nice […]...
By Caroline Hileman-Schaffer
In California
Jan 24th, 2015
1 Comment
2817 Views
I’m still trying to catch up on my hiking posts from the past few months. Finding the time, as I’m sure we all can attest to, seems harder and harder as the kids get older with all of their extracurricular activities…but I’ll save that for future posts because I digress and need to stay focused […]...
By Caroline Hileman-Schaffer
In California
Jan 23rd, 2015
2 Comments
3701 Views
Riddle me this… Who can run like a Goddess while still here on Earth, drink the nectar of the gods in a place that looks like heaven? Answer:  YOU!!! Wait, what?!?  Now I’ve had the pleasure of participating in a lot of “fun runs,” mud runs, and a half marathon…but THIS run is just what […]...
By Shannon Gurnee
In California
Jan 18th, 2015
37 Comments
6183 Views
This summer, Frank and I had the opportunity to enjoy a weekend getaway to San Francisco sans kids.  I hadn’t been to Downtown San Francisco in a long time, so I was really excited to spend time with the man I love doing some fun things in the city.  We checked out Fisherman’s Wharf, Ride […]...
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