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“Not merely a nation but a nation of nations.” – Lyndon B. Johnson

Whether we travel the United States for work, soccer or family vacation, we’ve been lucky to see some amazing areas of the United States. Our country is so beautiful and there’s so much to experience. Come along for some of our adventures!

Breckenridge Colorado Doubletree Hotel Review

Breckenridge Colorado Doubletree Hotel Review

I feel bad writing this review because the staff at this hotel was so very nice and the central location great, but this is not a hotel I plan to return to, and here’s why. On first glance, you’d think the Doubletree would be a great choice for a place to stay when...

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Visit Catalina Island

Visit Catalina Island

I took a girls’ trip with my then 10-year-old to Southern California. It wasn't really planned to be just the two of us, but it happened to unfold that way and turned into one of the best vacations ever! We hit up the usual parks (Disney, Universal Studios) and while...

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12  Things to Do in Taos

12 Things to Do in Taos

Taos, New Mexico was a bucket list trip for me. Having spent some time in Santa Fe, I had a hunch that Taos would be a similar win for the Perot Family vacation. I already knew that it was a pet-friendly town – which was important as we were traveling with ALL of the...

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Great Sand Dunes National Park in Colorado

“I’ve never experienced anything like that before in my life.” Can I just tell you how difficult it is to get a statement like that out of my husband? He’s been talking up our visit to the Great Sand Dunes National Park in Colorado, to everyone. It was initially a...

The Dog-Friendly Hotel Don Fernando, Taos, New Mexico

Are you looking for a dog-friendly hotel in Taos, New Mexico? We took two pups and one teenager to Hotel Don Fernando. Here’s how it went.

Visiting the Coastal Arts Center of Orange Beach, Alabama

Do you try and find the art when you're traveling? We do, and our recent trip to Gulf Shores, Alabama found us exploring the Coastal Arts Center of (nearby) Orange Beach. Here's a quick tour of what you can find there and why it should be on your bucket list of things...

The Christmas Village That Time Forgot

If you love all things Christmas you might be tempted to drop in to North Pole Christmas Village on Pike’s Peak. My recommendation – dont.

Road-tripping to Magnolia Market in Waco, Texas

Road-tripping to Magnolia Market in Waco, Texas

“I can’t wait to meet Joanna Gaines!” says the Cupcake as we’re preparing for our road trip to Fixer-Upper famed Silos at Magnolia Market in Waco. Either I oversold this little journey or she is one of those believe it and make it happen people at a ripe old age of 8....

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Stress-free road-tripping with teens and tweens

Stress-free road-tripping with teens and tweens

On this episode of MommyUpgrade LIVE, we talk with my co-host Molly as she embarks on a Spring Break trip with two tweens and a teen to Washington DC. What’s her secret to keep the kids amped up about the road-trip? In short: Let them each have a responsibility. For...

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Alizé Las Vegas, The Palms Casino & Resort

Alizé Las Vegas, The Palms Casino & Resort

The Alizé Las Vegas Restaurant on the top floor of the Palms Resort & Casino, just off the Las Vegas strip is an absolute gem.  Because the Palms is in what they call, “Las Vegas West,” the view of “Las Vegas East” (the hotels you typically think of on the...

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(Almost) One Day in Santa Fe

(Almost) One Day in Santa Fe

Sometimes we take the speed dating approach to travel. Being so close to Santa Fe while we were visiting in Colorado was literally just too much to bear. The hubs had never been and it had been eons since I had visited this Southwestern gem. A quick 5ish hour drive...

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Perots Geaux: Breckenridge Colorado

Perots Geaux: Breckenridge Colorado

Our Spring Break adventure, started in a GMC Acadia with no real schedule. We headed to Colorado and after a few days in Littleton and a day trip to Estes Park, we were bitten by wanderlust to check out another of Colorado’s mountain towns. Setting our sites on...

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Perots Geaux: Estes Park, Colorado

Perots Geaux: Estes Park, Colorado

For Chez Perot, no trip to Colorado is complete without a day or more in Estes Park. A long time favorite for us in both summertime and winter, I have lost count of the number of visits I have under my belt but I do know that it’s not enough. Over Spring Break this...

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Perots Geaux: Arrowhead Golf Club

Perots Geaux: Arrowhead Golf Club

Spring Break 2015. Armed with a luxurious GMC Acadia Denali, complete with all the newest features and compliments of @DistrictDrive, Chez Perot packed our bags and we headed west with schedule unknown. With a week on the clock and only the road before us, our first...

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Or should I say, “Aloha,” or “Bonjour” or “Howdy?” Let’s pack our bags and set out for another adventure. Here’s a few of my favorite places on earth.

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