Monday, May 2, 2016

Vote on the New Party Name

A couple weeks ago, I hosted a little travel link party on this blog.  At that time, I had no plans to make it a regular occurrence.  I just thought it would be nice to provide a place for people to share some vacation posts.  In fact, the first few days I wondered if I would get more than a couple link ups!

Slowly, the posts trickled in and it ended up being so much fun!  Those of you who joined, linked up some amazing vacations and I am sure you inspired others.

I received a few emails asking about the next party.  Some of you missed this one and some of you mentioned how much you enjoyed having a place to share your travel posts.

Like I said, I had only planned for this party to be a one-time deal so I had to consider it.  Then I thought, why not?  Summer is coming and I am sure you all have some wonderful vacations lined up!

So, I was thinking... a weekly link party might be too often for this type of thing.  It's different with DIY and home decor parties since most of us are changing things in our homes constantly.  But most of us aren't traveling constantly!  So, I thought a once a month party would be more appropriate.

Starting this Friday, May 6th, I will begin hosting a First Friday of the Month Travel Link Party.  Will that be the name?  I am not sure, I am still working on that.  I can't really call it the Spring Break Link Party again if I am going to do this every month.

I will run it basically the same way as before.  You can link up new or old travel posts, (just no repeats from the previous party).  This new party will take place on the First Friday of the month.  I think by the time Friday comes along, we are all in vacation mode anyway!  Now, I just need to commit to a name.  Here are a few I am considering...

  1. First Friday of the Month Travel Party
  2. Fantastic First Friday 
  3. First Friday Fiesta 
  4. First Friday Fly Me Away 
  5. Take Me Away Link Party 
  6. Your suggestion...
Feel free to vote on any of these in the comment section.  I would love to hear your thoughts!

What do you think of my monthly travel party idea?

Friday, April 29, 2016

Rainy Day Activity for Pre-Teens and Teens

At the end of our spring break week, a group of us took our kids to an indoor go-kart racing facility,  Speed Raceway in Horsham, PA.  It just happened to be a rainy day which was perfect for an indoor activity.  We just made sure we left early enough to beat any crowds.

Go Kart Racing - A fun rainy day activity

We bought our tickets ahead of time from Groupon and paid $55 for four rides - (2 rides for each of my 2 boys.)  Each ride is 12 laps long for the Junior cars.  Even though the older kids (ages 12 and older) qualified for the adult sized cars, we were all new to this, so everyone drove a junior car.  Plus, that way they could race each other.  The adult cars used a separate track and were supposedly a little harder to handle anyway.

The kids had a blast!  At first I think they (and I) were a little nervous about operating the go karts but they got the hang of it quickly and were speeding around the track in no time!

Go Kart Racing for Kids

The place was huge and as you can see, our group was lucky enough to have it to ourselves in the beginning.  More people did show up later but it  never got too crowded.

Go Kart Racing - a great rainy day activity

Their race times were recorded and each racer was ranked up on the scoreboard.  The kids loved seeing their names up there.  They even received a printed out sheet with their racing statistics!  Such fun!

As a mom, I liked that the facility took safety very seriously.  Obviously, we had to sign safety waivers but I felt very comfortable with the way things were run.  The staff was very professional and discussed all the rules with the kids before they went out.  Safety was always stressed and I was happy to learn all the strict rules they had in place; no bumping allowed, helmets must be worn at all times, etc.  These rules put me at ease and I felt a little more relaxed letting my kids drive these vehicles around.  I was even happy to see that they provided disposable head covers to wear inside the helmets.  If you have kids, you know that catching lice is always a worry!

After the racing sessions were over, we spent some time in the arcade and then headed out to lunch.  It was a fun day for everyone!  

Here are a few tips if you plan to head out to  Speed Raceway:

  • Check their website for specials.  Like I said, we got a better price from Groupon but you never know.
  • Register online before you go.  It will save a ton of time when you get there.
  • Wear closed toe shoes.
  • Go as close to opening time as possible if you want to miss the crowds.  We were the first ones there.

There are two locations for Speed Raceway - Horsham, Pa and Cinnaminson, NJ but I am sure if you look around, you could find similar go kart facilities where you live.  It really was a great activity for our pre-teen group but I can see adults having just as much fun!

Have your kids ever gone go kart racing?

A great rainy day activity for kids or adults!

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

The Party Highlights

Thank you to everyone who participated in my Spring Break Link Party!  I was blown away by all of your amazing trips!  I think I need to really step it up on my own vacation planning...

Now it's time to check out all these wonderful trip reports!  You will truly be inspired!  Please remember to pin from the original sources.

Monaco with the Preppy Empty Nester
The Preppy Empty Nester took us on a breathtaking tour of Monaco!  Wow, just wow!

Cote Azur with White Grey Home
Speaking of breathtaking, how about White Grey Home's trip to Cote' Azur.  Just look that coastline...and that water!

Key West Trip with H20 Bungalow
More stunning turquoise water and a dream trip to Key West with H20 Bungalow.

Paris Trip by Classic Casual Home
Classic Casual Home dazzled us with the beauty of Paris and provided some valuable tips!

Aulani Disney Resort with Dixie Delights
A pinch-me-I'm-dreaming trip to the Aulani Disney Resort in Oahu with Dixie Delights makes me want to hop on a plane today!

Disneyland with Dixie Delights
And that was right after Dixie Delights spent time making magical family memories in Disneyland!  What a spring break!

North Carolina Lighthouses - From My Carolina Home
Off to North Carolina for some beautiful lighthouse tours with From My Carolina Home.  I am inspired to finally get up the nerve to climb one of day.

Shopping Wilmington, NC - From My Carolina Home
And then some shopping in the historical downtown area of the charming Wilmington, North Carolina with From My Carolina Home.

Scottsdale, AZ - Mrs. B in the Bay Area
A fabulous mother/sisters getaway vacation in Scottsdale, Arizona with Mrs. B in the Bay Area.

Kauai - The Other Side of the Road
The Other Side of the Road showed us how to celebrate a 15 year anniversary - a trip to the magnificent island of Kauai!

Flagstaff, AZ - The Other Side of the Road
The Other Side of the Road also shared their family trip to the enchanting Flagstaff, Arizona.

Mauritius - The Other Side of the Road
This family really knows how to travel!   I didn't know anything about Mauritius until I read The Other Side of the Road's travel report.  What a stunning and exotic place!

Fort Worth Stockyards - The Red Painted Cottage
The Red Painted Cottage took us on a wild west adventure to the Historic Fort Worth Stockyards in Fort Worth, Texas.

Red Lodge, Montana - The North End Loft
And a peaceful road trip with The North End Loft through the majestic mountains of Red Lodge, Montana.

Thank you to everyone who stopped by to join the party.  I had the best time reading up on places I have never been and reminiscing about some of the places I have visited!  I had planned to just put "highlights' in this post but I loved all the trip reports so much that I included everyone, (except the ones I added from my blog).  Thanks again for being part of my very first link party!

If you haven't yet, please take some time and visit as many of these posts as you can.  You just might be inspired to plan your next trip!

Once a year, go someplace you've never been before. - Dalai Lama
Where is your next trip?

Click HERE for the latest Travel Party news!

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Recent Happenings and Random Thoughts

Another busy week around here.  Then again, who isn't busy?  I don't know anyone who says, "What a slow and boring week."  I remember a teacher in high school who used to say, "Bored people are bor-ing people!"  He used to say it so much that it stuck in my head forever and I vowed to never say I am bored for that reason.  No problem there because I always have too many things to keep me occupied!

Anyway, last weekend I got together with a bunch of friends and attended our annual girls-day-out Broadway Show in New York!  Always so much fun!

Kinky Boots on Broadway

This year we saw Kinky Boots which was just as enjoyable as we had heard!  Such a fun, feel-good musical that kept us entertained from start to finish.

I love seeing musicals with my friends because my husband is just not into most of them.  I remember seeing Sunset Boulevard with him years ago and during intermission he says to me, "I am so glad that's over!"  Then I informed him it was only halfway through and he just about fell on the floor.  Luckily, he has gotten better and even loved Jersey Boys and a few others... It's still more fun to see musicals with my friends though!

Last year, the girls and I saw Finding Neverland and also managed to meet the cast.  Such a blast and you can read all about it - HERE.

After the Kinky Boots matinee, we stopped at a cozy little restaurant, The Blue Dog for cocktails.

Blue Dog Kitchen - Great restaurant in the theater district NYC

We all ordered the happy hour special of the day which was some kind of fresh squeezed citrus-y glass of yum.  We loved the overall vibe of the place with its fun decor, great menu and charming bartender.  If we didn't already have reservations for dinner, we definitely would have eaten there.

For dinner we only had to walk a few blocks to the restaurant, Thalia.  Since it was a beautiful, sunny day, we loved strolling around the city a bit.  The dinner at Thalia was wonderful.  Several of us had the shrimp scampi and were impressed with the generous portions of each dish.  Even my salad was huge...

Salad at Thalia - NYC

Another memorable day with friends.  I love our annual tradition!

This week, I also tried something new.  Just in case you missed it - last Monday I hosted my first ever link party!  One day, while thinking in the shower, (because that's where I come up with most of my ideas), I thought it would be fun to try.  I had been seeing so many vacation pictures on Instagram and various travel posts on different blogs.  I realized that there weren't many travel related link parties around so I decided to do one myself!  I always love sharing my vacation adventures with people and I thought it would be a great way to see where everyone has been.

Spring Break Link Party - great vacation ideas!

If you are interested, the party is still open until tomorrow (Monday the 25th until 6:00 pm.) - The Spring Break Link Party.  You can link up an old post or write something new.  Even if you don't have any travel posts to share, stop by to see where everyone else has been.  So many beautiful places to see!

Speaking of beautiful places, I just came across this link - - Top 10 Caribbean Beaches.  Fortunately, I have been to many of these incredible beaches but I still need to see more!  So many beaches, so little time...

Speaking of time, with the passing of Prince this week, I am reminded of this quote:

Buddha quote - "The trouble is, you think you have time"

Something to really think about and a reminder to use our time wisely.  We really do not know how much we have left.

I was so saddened by the news of Prince's passing.  He was such an amazing talent and so many of his songs bring back memories of growing up.  Such a huge loss.

I will end this post with a link to another amazing talent.  Just last night, Bruce Springsteen opened up his show singing Prince's Purple Rain  - Rolling Stone - Bruce Springsteen.  Chills...what a moving tribute!

What were you up to this week?

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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

A Helpful Tip for Bloggers on Facebook

Why is Facebook always changing things?

Helpful Tip for Bloggers on Facebook

Here is a tip that you might find useful...

First of all, this applies to those of you who have a personal Facebook account with your blog Facebook page linked up as one of "Your Pages".

If you are set up this way, you are familiar with how you can switch back and forth from personal Facebook page to blog Facebook page.

Using this Crate and Barrel Facebook page as an example, I want to show you how LIKING another Facebook page has changed...

It used to be easy to LIKE another Facebook page just by clicking on "Posting as - blog name".  You would then click LIKE and be done.

You might have noticed when you do this now, only your personal page LIKES the page but your blog page does not.

I noticed this because while scrolling through my personal Facebook feed, I started seeing all these new blogs that I LIKED recently through my blog Facebook account.  Since I like to keep my blog separate from my personal Facebook, I knew I had to fix this.

What you need to do now is go to the page you want to like...

Then click on those three dots shown above (next to the Message tab).  The menu above will show up.  Click on "Like As Your Page" and you are done!

Now this new LIKE will show up in your blog page feed instead of your personal page feed!

Here is a link to my Calypso in the Country Facebook Page if you want to follow me and try it out for yourself!

And remember, you still have time to link up any of your past or present vacation posts to my first ever link party.  Click over to The Spring Break Link Party to join in the fun!

Did you find my little tip helpful or is this old news?

Monday, April 18, 2016

The Spring Break Link Party!

Welcome friends!  It's time to share those travel posts...

Spring Break Link Party - Link up vacation posts until April 25, 2016

If you don't have a blog but still want to share a vacation photo, please follow me on Instagram and tag your photo #calypsospringbreak.

We would love to see where you have been!

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Save the Date...

Remember to stop by tomorrow for my first ever...

Spring Break Link Party!

Link up your favorite vacation posts - old or new!  

We can't wait to see where you have been!