While “experience autumn in the south” may sound like an oxymoron, I am a witness to the fact that our seasons do indeed change. They may not follow the traditional seasonal calendar, but if you are headed our way this fall, you’ll be in for a real treat. Our trees change color ever so slowly, the humidity lowers to a manageable range, and we have an extended playtime in the fallen leaves before winter winds sweep them away (I use the word “winter” lightly there). Just because the south isn’t “known” for our fall atmosphere doesn’t mean we don’t have any. 6 Places to...Read More
Sarah Gilliland is a mom to fraternal twin girls, lover of road trips big and small, and a passionate SEC football fan (War Eagle!). Although her father’s military service took her all over the world as a child, Sarah's family now calls Birmingham, Alabama home. Sarah happily shares the ups and downs of her parenting journey at Sarah in the Suburbs, and she co-authors a Disney fan blog with two wonderful friends called The Mouse and the Monorail. When she’s not writing or traveling, Sarah is digging deep into a good book, binging on Netflix, or planning other people's vacations.
The Epcot International Food & Wine Festival is back for its 21st year! Adding 9 more days to this year’s 2016 run, the festival begins on September 14 and ends November 14. New musical acts, new culinary experiences, and some returning favorites make this special event a “must-do” if you are planning a Walt Disney World vacation this fall. While it may not seem like a “family friendly” event, my family experienced the festival together last year and found out just how wrong we were. With a bit of planning and preparation, you too can make this event a...Read More
My husband and I have visited Memphis, Tennessee as teenagers and adults, but we never really considered it a family destination. We were recently invited as a family to visit the city best known for blues, brews, and barbecue. We left with a new perspective on the town. My family is proof that you shouldn’t judge a book, or in this case a city, by its cover. Memphis, Tennessee is about a 4 and a half hour drive from my hometown of Birmingham, Alabama. Like my beloved Birmingham, Memphis is a city continually working toward improving its community for the...Read More
Birmingham is my hometown, so sharing my love of this city is near and dear to my heart. Birmingham is the largest city in the state of Alabama, and for good reason. We have a great food scene, fun nightlife, and, most importantly to me, lots of great family fun to be had. With a mix of free and paid activities, there is sure to be something to fit every vacation budget. Family Friendly Activities in Birmingham, Alabama When you live in a city not often thought of as a tourist destination, when friend or family come to town,...Read More
Even if you aren’t a “die hard” Disney fan, you’ll want to consider Disney Cruise Line as an option for your next cruise vacation. Disney has a lot to offer different types of cruisers from seniors to honeymooners to families with little ones. Consider all your options for cruise travel when planning your next adventure. My family members and I are huge fans of all things Disney. From the animated films to the parks and resorts, our love for Disney encompasses a huge part of who we are. Our twins have been to Walt Disney World six times in...Read More
Vacations to small towns don’t have to equal boredom. Often times, the leisurely pace these picturesque towns abide by is a refreshing break from the hustle and bustle of our busy, modern lifestyles. I am a product of my southern roots, and the need to slow down every once in a while is in my genes. Mexico Beach is the perfect place to relax and enjoy simpler things in life. 6 Ways to Enjoy Mexico Beach, Florida My grandparents, on my mother’s side, first introduced me to Mexico Beach, Florida about 10 years ago, and it was love at...Read More