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Carrie McLaren
Lives in Jacksonville, Florida
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My latest story at The #Florida Buzz Blog is all about family road trips. #bloggingFL  
Wanna know a secret? My kids have never been on an airplane. All of our family vacations have been roadtrips! We've discovered new places throughout our travels, some we even drove by and made a quick u-turn to go back and check out. Whether we are playing...
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Check out my nightly routine and enter to win a great #ARMandHAMMER  gift pack along with a $100 VISA gift card!  
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Have you ever fed a giraffe or touched a rhino? I did both this past weekend at Lion Country Safari!   #travel   #Florida   #LoveFL  
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Three years ago, I was a  new mom struggling with my newborn daughter's diagnosis of Down syndrome - these books gave me hope.     #specialneeds   #downsyndrome   #books  
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Hey #Jacksonville  - Here's the scoop on the new Microsoft Store opening this week!  Learn how you can get tickets to see Macklemore in concert too!   #windowschampions  
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Seven years ago today...
Seven years ago today, I married an amazing man that put up with my crazy ideas, my spur of the moment adventures and never minded when I tended to get too loud at football games. Even though my name change was only two letters different than my maiden...
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Need a tasty appetizer for #NewYearsEve?  Check out these baked crab rangoons.  Delicious!  
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Travel Tuesday:   Interested in going to Las Vegas? Check out these great tips from Marriott Hotels & Resorts and plan your own #MarriottVacay.  #CleverGirls
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Video Blog: I'm a newbie soccer mom - check out my thoughts on the Soccer for Dummies book!
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Owner of and the VISIT FLORIDA Family Insider
blogging, online influencer, family travel, florida, florida travel, writer, media relations, public relations, social media, Disney
    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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Tagline * 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
After seven years as a travel PR professional, I'm mom to two girls and write at 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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Last week, I gave you a sneak peek at our 'date night' out to Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando Resort. It was a great night out

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