I Went to Disney World & Came Back a Little Sexier

A couple of weeks ago I had the most amazing Mother’s Day ever, after traveling to Disney World to attend the Hanes Comfort Summit and officially become a part of the Hanes Comfort Crew. And you know what? I haven’t fully returned to reality quite yet. Because it’s pretty hard to get back into a normal routine after spending a few amazing days connecting with some incredible bloggers (who I hope to be like when I grow up), learning about products that make me genuinely excited to be a woman, and of course — hanging out at the happiest place on earth.

Seriously, you guys — I had the BEST time. And I really, really NEEDED those few days to be around people who truly “get” me and understand what this whole blogging thing is all about.

Like these girls. If you don’t recognize them immediately from the photo, you’re really missing out.

 

Some really fun gals.

(If you need a cheat sheet, that’s Danielle Smith, Jill Smokler, moi, and Meagan Francis. You’re welcome.)

Ok, back to the Hanes Comfort Crew and what, exactly, it is. As a new member of the group, I’ll be testing out all sorts of fun Hanes products throughout the year — and helping spread the word on a little secret not too many people know. You guys — Hanes stuff is actually Mom Sexy. For reals. Their newest line of women’s bras and underwear make me feel like a hot ticket when I put them on — not like a grandmother, which is probably what first pops into your mind when you think Hanes. You know, a 6-pack of white panties with a waist band so high they practically touch your boobs when you wear them.

Check out that photo of me and the girls one more time. You see that neon pink thing sticking out of my dress. That’s a Hanes Bandini Bra. And it’s hot.

And it’s only one of the many products I’ll be telling you more about down the road.

For now, I’m going to continue the process of trying to get back into a normal groove, but I won’t lie. I’d much rather be back sitting on my balcony at Disney’s Boardwalk Inn, taking in the view and contemplating what color underwear I want to throw on before meeting my new friends for mojitos.

 

Disclosure – I am a member of the Hanes Comfort Crew and did receive a trip to Disney World with my family on behalf of Hanes. My opinions and my posts are all my own.

I’m Joining the Hanes Comfort Crew (& Hopefully Getting My Mom Sexy Back Again)

Ahhh. Comfort. It’s something we could all use a whole hell of a lot more of — especially since as moms, we spend a good majority of our time comforting other people, taking care of their needs — and forgetting to pay attention to ourselves in the process is kind of inevitable.

But you know what happens when you neglect yourself? You lose your Mom Sexy. Or at least that’s what’s happened to me over the past year-and-a-half or so. For a variety of reasons, I’ve been in a major funk, people. And slowly but surely, I’m crawling out of it — and I’m ready to find my Mom Sexy again and bring it back a second time around. (More on that to come in another post at some point. Soon. For reals.)

In the meantime, I’m taking the first step to reintroducing some comfort into my life — starting on Mother’s Day. I’m thrilled to announce that I’m becoming part of the Hanes Comfort Crew, and I’ll be attending the Hanes Comfort Summit at Disney World next week to learn all about ways moms can incorporate a little more comfort into our daily routines — which is something we all need and deserve. I’ll be joining an amazing group of bloggers for those few days, which is awesome, because let’s face it — working at home full-time doesn’t provide for a whole lotta face time with adults. (I NEED THIS DESPERATELY.)

This photo pretty much sums up my excitement level.

 

One very happy bitch.

On that note — I’m off to finish up work for the week, pack, and get my Disney on. Can’t wait to spread the Mom Sexy love and fill you in on all sorts of comfy stuff when I get back.

(Yes, I’m coming back. I promise. Maybe. Probably.)

 

“Disclosure – I am a member of the Hanes Comfort Crew and did receive a trip to Disney World with my family on behalf of Hanes. My opinions and my posts are all my own.”

 

15 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Planning Any Vacation

Ok, you guys — I have a secret. And it’s one most of my family and friends already know, so I figured it was about time for me to just go ahead and admit it and put it out there for everyone to hear. Because I just can’t hide any longer.

Here it goes … (deep breaths) — Yes, I’m a writer by day, but I moonlight as an unofficial travel agent. Ok, so I don’t actually book flights and hotels for people or anything like that (though I have done that in the past). Somewhere along the line, I became somewhat of a “go-to” person for questions involving all things travel related, particularly when friends are planning summer vacations, weekend getaways, and everything in between. (Hell, I even get texts and phone calls about which restaurants to hit on any given Friday night of the year.)

Maybe it’s because I’m the daughter of a retired airline employee, so travel is in my blood. Maybe it’s because I’ve taken my fair share of vacations over the years and I paid attention and picked up and retained a buttload of info along the way. Or perhaps I’ve earned my unofficial travel agent status because I’m the resident trip planner in my own family. Whatever the case, I’m damn good at dishing out some really freakin’ awesome travel-related recommendations, so I figured maybe it was time to share some of my tips and tricks for making sure you don’t wind up crying like a baby upon checking into a hotel that looks absolutely nothing like it does in the damn online brochure in a destination that offers nothing but rest and relaxation when you’re looking for action and adventure.

I guess I’ll start with the basics — figuring out what the hell it is you’re after on whatever trip you happen to be planning.

Here are 15 questions you should ask yourself before deciding on the perfect destination. Once you have these answered, it makes narrowing things down a whole heckuva lot easier. (And yes, I guess I’ll need to do a follow-up post on where you need to go from there. Stay tuned.)

1. What exactly do I want? — (Seems simple enough, but I can’t tell you how many people I know who settle on a place to visit without knowing what they want to do on vacation, only to be disappointed after arriving. This is particularly important to figure out if you’re planning a trip with the kids.)

2. Is being right on the beach/close to the mountain/city important to me?

3. Do I want to be able to walk to said beach/mountain/city/town so I don’t have to drive everywhere?

4. Is this trip about sitting on my ass and relaxing or am I hoping to take in the sights and experience a little culture?

5. How much is in my budget? (A no-brainer, but this one often gets overlooked. For reals.)

6. Is flying going to be a huge pain in the ass? Would it be better to go somewhere within driving distance?

7. What the f*&% do I plan on doing with the kids on rainy days? Sitting in the room/rental and bonding, or is it essential to have a freakin’ movie theater near by?

8. How long do I wanna stay? (Many places have strict 3, 4, 7, etc. night minimums during certain seasons.)

9. Do I give a shit about the food? (Again, this one is kind of important if you’re traveling with the kiddos. My 6-year-old lives on a diet of chicken nuggets and grilled cheese, so it’s imperative that those two things are offered wherever we go. No exotic cuisine for him.)

10. Am I cool with cramming my family into a hotel room, or do we need to find a locale that offers plenty of home/condo/cottage rentals so we have more space to retreat to different rooms and ignore each other spread out?

11. When do I want to travel? Do I have time to renew my friggin’ passport before then? (If not, this helps eliminate quite a few options.)

12. How much stuff am I ok with packing? Is it going to be a hassle to have to pack nice outfits for dinners? Would it be better if we can just chill in bathing suits and cover-ups all week and not have to worry about getting all gussied up?

13. Will it bug the shit out of me if no one speaks English?

14. What types of fellow travelers do I want to be surrounded with? (Other families so your kids have kids to play with, adults-only, etc.)

15. How important is technology to me? (This is a big one that folks often forget to take into consideration. Believe it or not, there are still places on this earth that don’t have wi-fi or cable television. Sad, but true.)

Do you have anything specific you ask yourself before planning vacations?