Hersheypark 2021 - The BEST Reasons to Visit This Year

Image from Hersheypark

Family theme parks have been some of our favorite destinations over the years and we missed visiting them last summer.  Now, we are ready to get back to the sun, fun, and, in the case of Hersheypark, the chocolate!  Last summer, Hersheypark unleashed a new rollercoaster, Candymonium, and a new entrance to the park.  This year, they will be releasing some new dining experiences and they sound fantastic!  There's a lot to love about a visit to Hersheypark and here are some of the things I'm looking forward to most this year!

New Dining Experiences at Hersheypark

Milton's Ice Cream Parlor - Image from Hersheypark

New is always exciting and Hersheypark has done a great job adding attractions, restaurants, and more over the past few years.  This season, guests can enjoy new dining experiences as part of Hershey's Chocolatetown.  This spring, Milton's Ice Cream Parlor and The Sweeterie Confectionary Kitchen will both open on April 2nd.  Milton's Ice Cream Parlor has both sweet and savory options covered with local custom and King Size Sundaes as well as options like grilled cheese, shareable buckets of fries, and Chicken N Waffles.  The Sweeterie Confectionary Kitchen is the ultimate candy kitchen with chocolate dipped treats and grab-and-go sweets to enjoy around the park.  You can find more details about menus for these new dining options here.

The Ultimate Family Guide to Zoos in the Mid-Atlantic

Over the past several years, I have visited a number of zoos around the Mid-Atlantic region - Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Washington D.C.  There are a lot of great choices, but here are my top choices of where to visit with your family!  Click the subtitle link on each zoo to see my full review and guide to visiting!

The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore 

Saying hi to a penguin friend at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore - July 2020

This is our "local" zoo at just about 45 minutes away and an easy drive from our house.  The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore is located in Druid Hill Park and is completely picturesque - with winding trails, easy to navigate areas, and a good variety of animals.  One of our favorite exhibits here are the penguins - they are simply too cute to miss!  

Smithsonian's National Zoo

Panda Bear at the Smithsonian Zoological Park in Washington, D.C. - December 2019

WhitePaws RunMitts - Running Gloves Review

WhitePaws RunMitts -

Mittens aren't just for kids anymore!  If you're a runner and haven't thought about using mittens before (like I was), then this is the review for you.  There was a lot that interested me about trying WhitePaws RunMitts - they were a local business being from Baltimore (and me from a suburb about 45 minutes west) and a black-owned small business.  Being from Maryland, I'm used to running in all kinds of weather in the winter.  One day can be in the 60s, the next in the 20s with snow, and then back to the 40s and rain.  The joke in Maryland in the winter is that if you don't like the weather - just wait 5 minutes.  With that in mind, it's important to be prepared for anything!

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My WhitePaws RunMitts

I chose to try out the Wind and Water Resistant RunMitts.  With the weather being so crazy around Maryland in the winters, I wanted to be prepared for anything and one thing I can't stand is being wet.  The Wind and Water Resistant RunMitts are one option on the website as well as the Double Velour Fleece.  My choice came in one color option - black - which was fine for me because I generally choose simple colors anyway.  If you like to add more color to your RunMitts, the fleece options offer several bright and fun color choices.

Walt Disney World's 50th Anniversary Celebration - New Details Released!

In this artist rendering, Cinderella Castle shines with new golden and EARidescent décor at Magic Kingdom Park as part of “The World’s Most Magical Celebration,” which begins Oct. 1, 2021, in honor of the 50th anniversary of Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Disney)

The Walt Disney World Resort celebrates its 50th Anniversary on October 1, 2021 and Disney Parks has just announced new details about a celebration that one soon won't forget.  The party will last 18 months so guests will have plenty of opportunities to enjoy the magical offerings!

Beacons of Magic at All 4 Walt Disney World Theme Parks

This birthday celebration won't be confined to just Magic Kingdom as all four parks get in on the party!  Cinderella Castle will continue its transformation with gold bunting added and a 50th anniversary crest.  The illumination after dark will give guests a pixie dusted experience.  EPCOT, Disney's Animal Kingdom, and Disney's Hollywood Studios will also feature some of the EARidescent sparkle as you can see in the images above.  I don't know about you, but I love these colors and think this will look amazing after dark all around Walt Disney World!

Muppet Babies: They Make Birthday Dreams Come True!

When it came time to plan a birthday party in quarantine (yes. . .it's 2021 and we STILL can't see people), I decided to try and make the as special as I could for my almost 6 year old.  He was going to have his own special day where we would do what he wanted to do and celebrate how he wanted to celebrate - even if it was just us.  I asked him what theme he wanted for his birthday and he said without hesitation - Muppet Babies.  I immediately went into panic mode.  

Muppet Babies Birthday -

Muppet Babies isn't a new concept.  I remember watching Muppet Babies as a child growing up, but Disney Junior rebooted the series several years ago and my littlest has been obsessed with it ever since.  In fact, he runs around the house and will tell a new joke or say something about being brave and when we asked where he learned these things, he'll often say "I learned it on Muppet Babies!"  So with such a great show that means so much to him, why did I panic?  Apparently retailers don't realize how awesome Muppet Babies is for kids.  No Muppet Babies decorations at Party City.  No Muppet Babies decorations or toys at Target.  What is a mom supposed to do?  Time to get creative and put the power of the Internet to work!