Mary Moore

Mary Moore

Mary Moore is the retro ­loving mother of two young children who enjoys the freedom of driving the open road in search of adventure. She and her family are working their way through the backroads and cities of America in their seafoam green 1950s Bel Air. You can read more about their lifestyle and adventures on the blog Raising Dick and Jane.

Retro Disney – Where to Find It!

The Disney Parks are full of retro memorabilia and attractions – you just need to know where to go to find them. On my recent trip to Walt Disney World, I set out on a mission to find the very best retro locations, photo opportunities, rides, souvenirs and places to eat throughout all four parks. Ready to step back into 1971? Here we go! Retro Disney – Where to Find It! Around 92 years ago, Walt Disney started with a dream. Over the years, his incredible dream has continued to grow and change shape, but what hasn’t changed is where it...

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4 Easy Ways to Impact the Future While Visiting Disney’s Animal Kingdom: Discovery Island

Even when traveling, it is important to be a good steward to the environment. A break from work doesn’t mean you can also take a break from being socially responsible. If everyone who visited Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park followed these four easy guidelines, then combined with what Disney already has in place, together we could make a huge impact on the future. Seriously, these things are so easy, you may already be doing them! This world truly is a beautiful place. It is a place full of wonder and amusement, especially in the eyes of our children. Just a few days ago,...

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Don’t Miss These 7 Wine Tour Experiences in Southwest Michigan

It’s great to get away with friends or a significant other for a few days of relaxation and fun.  I recently had a chance to do just that. I hired a babysitter and my husband and I met a few friends in southwest Michigan for a weekend of wine tasting and touring. When you think of taking a weekend wine tour, southwest Michigan might not be the first place to pop into your mind. (It wasn’t mine.) However, southwest Michigan has something unique about it. It may be the lack of rush or the genuinely friendly “hello” that appealed...

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Hotel Review: The Harbor Grand in New Buffalo, Michigan

Tucked away in the southwest corner of Michigan is a hidden gem of a city called New Buffalo. This adorable small town, with only three stop lights to account for, is the perfect place for couples to reconnect or for girlfriends to get away together. With a town that offers wine tasting, shopping, exquisite food, beautiful beaches and a local casino, the Harbor Grand hotel is a perfect fit. The Harbor Grand is an luxury focused destination with small town touches and charm. While families are welcomed to stay at this location, the atmosphere is more set towards adult guests with...

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FREE Day Trip Destinations from Orlando Florida

Florida has a long history of being a beautiful place for a family vacation. From the crashing waves on the coastal shorelines to the warm sunshine that peaks through the palm trees, Florida in itself is a destination worth seeing. For many years people have been flocking to this area to escape the cold and with good reason. Today there are several amazing destinations and attractions to visit in and around the Orlando area that will take you back to the roots of the area and guess what? Many of them are free! Botanical Gardens: Florida Institute of Technology...

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Best of Ann Arbor Michigan with Kids and Time Constraints

  Ann Arbor, Michigan is one of those lucky places that has been able to successfully combine urban hip with retro pizzazz. It is not uncommon to visit Ann Arbor and find the streets buzzing with commotion and people. This is a happening place, and rightfully so. As you can imagine with the growth of Ann Arbor, there are a ton of businesses and things to do to keep one busy for several days. But what if you only had a few hours to tour the streets? What if it was just you and your kids, going against the...

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New SEA LIFE Aquarium Opens in Michigan

In January, Michigan’s newest aquarium opened its doors to allow guests a realistic and interactive look at the world’ unseen underwater creatures. Since my children love aquariums and all animals in general, we decided to take a short road trip into Auburn Hills to experience newest attraction for ourselves. Because the aquarium was situated inside a mall setting, we weren’t expecting to find what we did on the inside. It was so much more than we could have imagined. Themed Rooms As we entered into the first room we quickly found that each room within the aquarium was themed...

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2 of the Best Michigan Ski Resorts

When you think about a ski trip, Michigan is probably not top on your list—but it totally should be! Not only is the state of Michigan symbolically shaped like a winter mitten, but it is home to 26 different ski hills and resorts, including Boyne Mountain and Mount Holly, two of the best Michigan ski resorts. My family and I love to bond over windburned faces, hot cocoa and thrilling adventure before relaxing together in the evening by a warm cozy fireplace. While we continue to work our way through all 26 hills, here are our two favorite ski...

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Why Not to Add the Henry Ford Museum in Michigan to Your Roadside Attraction List

Time and time again I hear people suggesting that the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan makes an awesome roadside attraction for anyone venturing through the state. Well, I am here to tell you that it’s not. The Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village offers so much more to their visitors than just a quick stop as a roadside attraction. This is a location you will want to stay and play at for at least a day, if not an entire weekend. With all of the experiences to be had here, I would urge you to consider adding it to your Michigan destination list instead. A...

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Kalamazoo Offers Great Craft Beer in Michigan

You’ve probably heard about it in songs on the radio, but can a place like Kalamazoo really exist? It does and it’s located in Michigan. Besides being home to Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo also is a hub of socialization and the home of several craft breweries including Bells Brewery, one of the best known. Looking for a little bit of adult only adventure, the hubs and I set out on a road trip to the west side of the state to see what fun Kalamazoo Michigan really had to offer–and to prove with photos that it does exist. Bell’s...

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