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Last year, we celebrated Molly's birthday on a cruise. Check out these fun ways to celebrate on the open seas...  
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Whether you are turning four or 40 - birthdays are special. And in recent years, birthdays have also meant traveling for our family - in particular, cruises. Last year, we celebrated Molly's 4th birthday on a cruise and I turned another year older while...
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Don't you just love towel animals? Check out the fun my family and I had on our recent cruise.   #CarnivalPartner  
One of the fun surprises my family and I look forward to on each Carnival cruise are the towel animals made by our stateroom steward during turndown service each night. My girls find it so magical and it's always a topic of discussion at dinner every...
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Can you imagine what it would be like to win free groceries for a year? Winn-Dixie wants to make that dream a reality! #WDfreegroceries  
Can you imagine what it would be like to win free groceries for a year? Just think of all the money you could save -- and all of the food you could provide to your family! Well, Winn-Dixie wants to help make that dream a reality! As part of the Great...
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On my recent Carnival cruise, I got adventurous and tried 'new to me' foods at each meal. Escargot, frog legs and even green eggs and ham.   #CarnivalPartner  
I've always thought of traveling as a time to be adventurous. It is a time to try new things and step outside of my comfort zone. You only live once, right? Might as well do something you wouldn't do at home. When my family and I go cruising, that rule...
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As mom to a child with special needs, there is one thing I want you to know...

#Downsyndrome   #specialneeds  
As the mom of a child with Down syndrome, my family's world and what we see as 'reality' may be different than others. This past weekend was filled with activities - a soccer game, two birthday parties and the usual running errands and of course, a trip...
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Last week, I crossed another item off of my Disney Bucket List - the Backstage Tales Tour at Disney's Animal Kingdom. 

#MonkeyKingdomEvent   #DisneySide  
Last week, while I was at Walt Disney World for the opening of Disneynature’s Monkey Kingdom, I was able to cross another item off of my Disney bucket list - the Backstage Tales tour at Disney's Animal Kingdom! Up before the sun (literally), we met...
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It's #NationalBurgerDay ! Check out Guy Fieri's Burger Joint on Carnival Cruise Lines. Wish I had one of these tasty burgers right now!   #cruisingcarnival  
Today is National Burger Day and I've found myself dreaming of Carnival's Guy's Burger Joint. Each trip, I make my way there as soon as we board the ship - and I'm not alone, as the line forms quickly on embarkation day. Formed in partnership with Food...
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Time for this week's Wordless Wednesday blog hop! Take a look at our recent trip to Seaside, Florida. 
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Have plans to visit Central Florida this summer? Check out my stay with All Star Vacation Homes.   #AllStarVacationHomes  
During my recent trip to Walt Disney World for the premiere of Disneynature's new film, Monkey Kingdom, I had the opportunity to stay in one of All Star Vacation Homes properties inside Kissimmee's Acadia Estates neighborhood, just a few miles from the...
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Check out this new, virtual video tour of the #CarnivalVista  set to debut in May 2016 from Carnival Cruise Lines.  
Cruise lovers - Here's something you don't want to miss.. check out this newly released virtual tour of Carnival Cruise Lines newest ship, Carnival Vista, due to set sail in spring 2016. Billed as Carnival's largest and most innovative ship, it includes...
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Have you dined at Sanaa inside Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge? Check out my experience -  

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During my time at Walt Disney World for the opening of Disneynature’s Monkey Kingdom, I checked off another 'must try' restaurant on my list, Sanaa located at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge. Known for its African cuisine, Sanaa is a table-service...
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Have plans to visit the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival? Here's a look at what you can see... and eat too!  

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The 2015 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival is happening now through May 17 and when I visited Walt Disney World last week for the opening of Disneynature’s Monkey Kingdom, I had some free time to check out the festival. Here’s a look at...
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Owner of CarrieWithChildren.com and the VISIT FLORIDA Family Insider
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blogging, online influencer, family travel, florida, florida travel, writer, media relations, public relations, social media, Disney
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  • VISIT FLORIDA
    VISIT FLORIDA Family Insider, 2012 - present
    As the VISIT FLORIDA Family Insider, I create blog content, videos and manage social media channels on Facebook and Twitter helping families plan their vacations to the state of Florida. As part of my role, I also visit family-friendly destinations throughout the state providing visitors with ideas of things to see/do on their own vacations.
  • Carrie with Children
    Owner/Publisher, 2010 - present
    Carrie with Children is an online community that enjoy sharing parenting tips, positive special needs stories, discovering family-friendly products and participating in giveaways. A weekly Travel Tuesday series focuses on family friendly destinations, travel promotions and tips.
  • Visit Jacksonville
    Communications Manager, 2003 - 2008
    Media Liason for the city's tourism department working directly with travel media to create positive local, regional, national and international media coverage through targeted, proactive media outreach.
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CarrieWithChildren.com * VISIT FLORIDA Family Insider * Mom * Former travel PR pro * Freelancer writer * Online Influencer * Disney fan * Sports fan * Never Leaves Home Without a Computer and iPhone
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After seven years as a travel PR professional, I'm mom to two girls and write at CarrieWithChildren.com and I'm also the VISIT FLORIDA Family Insider. I'm passionate about parenting, travel and living a life full of love and laughter.
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I have two beautiful girls Maggie (born 11/08) and Molly (born 6/10 with Down syndrome).
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How to Celebrate Your Birthday on a Cruise #CarnivalPartner
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Whether you are turning four or 40 - birthdays are special. And in recent years, birthdays have also meant traveling for our family - in par

An Inside Look: Guy's Burger Joint on Carnival Cruise Lines
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Today is National Burger Day and I've found myself dreaming of Carnival's Guy's Burger Joint. Each trip, I make my way there as soon as we b

Making Towel Animals and Great Family Memories #CarnivalPartner
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One of the fun surprises my family and I look forward to on each Carnival cruise are the towel animals made by our stateroom steward during

Win Free Groceries For A Year From Winn-Dixie #WDfreegroceries
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Can you imagine what it would be like to win free groceries for a year? Just think of all the money you could save -- and all of the food yo

Seeking New Food Adventures While On a Cruise #CarnivalPartner
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I've always thought of traveling as a time to be adventurous. It is a time to try new things and step outside of my comfort zone. You only l

Disney Dining: Sanaa at Animal Kingdom Lodge #MonkeyKingdomEvent
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During my time at Walt Disney World for the opening of Disneynature’s Monkey Kingdom, I checked off another 'must try' restaurant on my list

An Inside Look: Disney's Animal Kingdom's Backstage Tales Tour #MonkeyKi...
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Last week, while I was at Walt Disney World for the opening of Disneynature’s Monkey Kingdom, I was able to cross another item off of my Dis

Cruise News: Carnival LIVE 2015 Summer/Fall Concert Series #CarnivalLIVE
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There's big news this week from Carnival Cruise Lines as they recently announced the 2015 Summer/Fall Carnival LIVE concert series lineup. A

Be A Wilderness Explorer at Disney's Animal Kingdom #MonkeyKingdomEvent ...
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When I visit Walt Disney World, it is always a treat when I experience something 'new to me'. Last week while at the parks for the festiviti

Disney's Wild Africa Trek: A 'Must Do' Experience #MonkeyKingdomEvent #D...
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During my recent visit to Walt Disney World surrounding the festivities for Disneynature's newest film, Monkey Kingdom, I had the opportunit

I Cry On Cruise Ships For A Good Reason.. And I'm Not Ashamed
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You wanna know a secret? I cry at least twice every time we go on a cruise. It's something I just can't control. I know you must be thinking

Favorite Friday Video: Girls Do Science #MicrosoftBloggers
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I was surprised to recently learn that 7 out of 10 young girls start out with an interest in science and math, yet only a small percent purs

Carnival LIVE
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There are so many fun ways to have a truly, unique experience while on a cruise. I'm a music lover and my favorite event is Carnival's Carni

Introducing the Microsoft Band #MicrosoftBloggers
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Bathing suit season is coming up soon (for some of us, it is already here)! It's that time of year where I go to the store and think, "Ugh!

All-Star Fun with Disneynature's Monkey Kingdom! #MonkeyKingdomEvent #Al...
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I'm excited to share with you that next month, I am headed to Walt Disney World for three-days of events and fun celebrating the release of

Molly Milestone: Happy, Friendly and Outgoing
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It's been awhile since I've shared a 'Molly Milestone' with you, but it isn't because she hasn't been progressing well. She's doing amazing

What's Your Passion and Purpose?
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When the folks at Jacksonville's upcoming Generation W Conference asked me what my passion and purpose were in life, I'll admit I had to do

Happy Birthday and Thank You, Dr. Seuss!
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March 2, 2015 marks the 111th birthday of beloved children's author Dr. Seuss. The stories of Theodor Seuss Geisel play a role in our daily

You Might Be Excited for #HouseOfCards If... - Fiddle Dee Me
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Season 3 of #HouseOfCards starts tomorrow and I might be a little excited.

5 Reasons to Travel with a Microsoft Surface Pro 3 #microsoftbloggers
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Between my personal travels and my role as the VISIT FLORIDA Family Insider, I am on the road quite often. And I never leave home without my