Caroline Murphy

Caroline Murphy is a 30-something Hispanic mom who is influential both on and off-line. Her social media presence, writing style and video producing has brought her contracts with many well known brands. She offers a "been there, done that" style that resonates greatly with her vast network. Caroline resides in South Florida with her husband and 2 daughters. Specialties: vlogging, travel reviews, social media marketing, blogging, parenting resources, training, voice overs, instructional design, website design

A Traditional Cuban Breakfast in 3 Pieces

A visit to Miami wouldn’t be complete without a traditional Cuban meal. Beginning your day with a satisfying “desayuno” is a must during a Miami vacation. Not sure what one is, or even how to eat it? Here’s what you need to know. Traditional Cuban Breakfast in Miami Coffee, toast and fruit are the three main Cuban breakfast components. There is even a traditional way to eat them. Let’s begin with better understanding the components and how they each fit in. 1) Cafe con Leche The “coffee with milk” is included with nearly every breakfast platter, as well as sold a la carte....

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Best Tips for Disney with Multiple Aged Children

Visiting Disney with kids is always a blast, but how do you make it work when your kids are of different age groups? Because of height restrictions, interest and maturity you will likely have one kid who can go on one ride while the sibling can’t. My husband and I recently headed to Disney with our daughters – the fearless 7 year old and the obviously shorter and more fearful nearly 3 year old. We were able to manage Disney with multiple ages, heights and interest kids. My husband even handled it on his own when he spent an entire day and...

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6 Best Tips for Traveling with a Toddler

Traveling with a toddler in tow can be a challenge, especially if you also have older children who also want to enjoy the trip. As a mom of a toddler and a school-age child, I’ve learned that planning ahead can go a long way to ensure that a trip is enjoyable for the entire family. Here are my best tips for traveling with a toddler. Things to Do While Traveling with Toddlers 1. Take Along a White Board Take along a white board and some dry erase markers. This way your toddler can have fun drawing while on the...

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Camp Ocean Launches on Carnival Cruise Line

Carnival Cruise Lines is maximizing its relationship with the ocean with its new Camp Ocean. Launching in May 2014 on select ships, cruisers ages 2-11 will have the opportunity to immerse in fun, engaging and educational activities surrounding the oceans, ocean life, and the communities that live upon them. Camp Ocean Announcement At a recent media trip for the revitalized Carnival Sunshine, Mark Tamis, Carnival’s Senior Vice President of Guest Operations, shared this new upgrade to many of the ships within the Carnival fleet. “More than 200 new ocean-inspired activities will range from educational games such as Sea Creature...

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Tips for Preparing for Family Travel

What can parents do to best prepare the kids for their upcoming trip? We all know that proper preparation for any activity is important; the same goes for family travel. Sufficiently preparing for family travel is the key to enjoying your time away from home. Breaking the (Travel) News Every family – and vacation – is different. You may or may not want to discuss with your kids the possibility of traveling up to six months in advance. Honestly, there have been many trips where my husband and I don’t announce to our kids we’re heading out until that...

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New York City Family Travel Simplified with the New York Pass

80 New York City attractions in two days — sounds impossible, right? It is, but with a New York Pass, traveling families can visit as many Manhattan attractions as they can fit into a day. My family and I partnered with the New York Pass for our NYC family travel trip in late November. Our 2-day New York Pass gave us access to over 80 attraction in and around Manhattan, which makes it a Smart Mama product – an item enhancing parenting through time, cost or ingenuity.  Fellow family travel writers have used it, including TravelingMom writers Marina Villatoro and Judy Antell, so I had...

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The Benjamin: A Midtown Manhattan Hotel for Families

Selecting a hotel from the over 100 spread across Manhattan can be difficult. Our experience with the Benjamin Hotel in Midtown Manhattan has shown it to be an ideal spot for families traveling to New York City. We arrived late on a cold Friday evening, with two exhausted but excited children, and spent two nights at The Benjamin as part of a complimentary media stay.  We waited just a few minutes to check in and before long we were riding up the rather small elevator to the 17th floor. Upon opening our room, we were greeted with a beautiful...

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Royal Caribbean’s Revitalized Vision of the Seas

  Royal Caribbean recently revitalized its Vision of the Seas ship. The 2,000+ passenger cruise ship is temporarily docked in Miami, soon to be in Port Everglades (Ft. Lauderdale) and in late 2014 will find its permanent home the Port of Tampa. It will set sail each Saturday from Tampa to destinations in the Western Caribbean. I recently enjoyed a one night media sailing of the ship to get a full preview of some the enhancements.     Vision of the Seas & Families Rooms Rooms have gotten even more family-friendly on the Vision of the Seas. There are...

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Free Family Fun in Key West, Florida

Just 150 miles from Miami and a popular port stop for cruise lines, Key West is a fun, laid-back island that provides entertainment without breaking the bank. Key West can be a family destination, or just a trip for Mom and Dad. Regardless who visits the island, there are a great variety of attractions to enjoy. Key West’s beautiful flowers and historical sites are just one way to visit Key West for free. Here are other ways to enjoy the island without spending a dime: Sunset Festival in Mallory Square Every night beginning an hour or so before sunset,...

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Multigenerational Family Travel at the Turnberry Isle Miami

A family vacation can be full of non-stop fun. Our family of 4 keeps the itinerary packed with interesting, fun and educational activities. Sometimes Mom and Dad need an extra set of hands to keep the fun, fun and not too exhausting. Bringing the grandparents on trips has provided great memories and less stress. Our recent stay at the Turnberry Isle Miami reminded us of how much we enjoy bringing Nana on a family vacation. The baby boomers are becoming grandparents. My mother, Nana to my kids, is a recent widow who has always loved traveling.       For...

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