Mexico on Instagram The El Dorado Casitas Royale

Do you follow me on Instagram? You should! That would be fun :-) I post pics of cute kids and dogs, silly stuff, and travel photos! C’mon over!
These are my favorite pics from our Mexico trip to the ElDorado Casitas Royale!

What? It’s *almost* noon ;-) #karismaexperience #cancun #mexico #cocktails #travel

A photo posted by violacay (@violacay) on

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Red Jacket Beach Resort Video Review

We had so much fun last week when we stayed at the Red Jacket Beach Resort last.

Here’s the kids and I telling you all about it. Don’t mind my hair – it was hella humid, mkay?!



I’ll be adding our tour video soon here as well!

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Great Wolf Lodge New England for the Holidays

Last weekend my family and I were asked to attend a Howliday sneak peek at Great Wolf Lodge New England!   We got to experience Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas all in one sitting!

First we started with Howl-o-ween. The kids decorated treat bags and got some candy from the witch. During the month of October kids will get in their costumes and participate in Spooktacular family activities such as the Trick-or-Treat Trail or Monster Bash Dance Party. It’ll be a howling good time! (Get it? Wolf. Howl?)

We had a Thanksgiving feast fit for KINGS I tell you. Every bit of it was delicious (between my husband and I we tried most of it ;-). And as a bonus it was all nut free!

Then they made it SNOW! Inside. The kids thought it was so cool. It was part of what will be called  Snowland – From snow showers and twinkling lights in the Grand Lobby to gingerbread houses and enormous snowflakes. We had hot chocolate with handmade marshmallows, and the kids decorated Holiday cookies and basically got all hopped up on sugar. There was also a storytime and then a dance party. I suppose to account for the different levels of sugar intake ;-)


Dollops of Diane’s kids. Mine would not stand still for a second here.

That was all just our blogger preview of the holidays! Everything else at Great Wolf Lodge was equally as awesome.

The Dunkin Donuts and a bar for adults -that’s the way to begin and end the day ;-) The buffet breakfast for everyone. And of course, of course the WATER PARK and everything in between our room and the water!

There are shops, a salon, arcades, indoor mini golf, a ropes course and so much more. Be sure to look them up on Facebook for deals!


We had so much fun and would definitely go back! Among the water parks around these parts it’s most certainly the leader of the pack (sorry I couldn’t help myself.)


This post (and my sharing on social media) was inspired by my participation in a program by Great WOlf Lodge. I have been given aComplimentary stay at the resort. Image used with permission. All opinions are my own.

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Wordless Wednesday – Week 9 of summer in pics


Wiley Lake in Eastham, MA.


The boys.


Those faces.


I think I can. I think I can.


Sunset in Eastham.


Little feet.


Floating girl.





Big sister helping to learn to the pedal bike!


Boogie Boardin’!






BP Boulangerie. The cappuccino on the cape! Oh and the bread. And the croissant. I think I just fainted.


Waiting on me to get my cap and bread at the Boulangerie.


The Digging Crew.


Carpe Diem – Sorry.


Scooter and a yellow house.


Gelato in Ptown.




Until next year Cape Cod.

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ViolaCay and the fam go to Storyland!

I think the fall would be a perfect time to visit Storyland in Glen NH. The crowds are down, the prices are down, but the fun is still there!

The kids LOVE Splash Battle and the Raft Ride, but really, I could do without the soaking wet kids. In the fall I would have a built in – it’s a little chilly to do that today babies -excuse :-)

Not to mention the White Mountains in the fall – gorgeous.

This year we went to Storyland at the very end of August before school started. We stayed at the Residence Inn in North Conway. We had so much space for our family of 5 and a kitchen! Breakfast was yummy too, and included. Highly recommend.

Next year though, maybe the fall for us.

Go take a look, there’s still time to plan a fall trip. Have fun! We did…

There should be a cute video here, if not please refresh your browser. There it is, like magic ;-)


ps – Storyland has a new more user friendly, pretty to look at, website (well done web team!).

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Lock the front door

I just closed and locked my front door for the evening. Seems normal enough.

I turned and looked back at my kids, thankfully so oblivious to the panic I feel. There is a terrorist roaming around my area of the world. I am not so naive to think that there aren’t more or that they haven’t been there before. But now, I KNOW IT. I know he’s out there somewhere despite our local and national law enforcement’s best efforts.

My city is on lockdown. We’ve been asked to stay indoors. My city isn’t even the one where they are actively looking for this scourge on humanity. It’s a town over. My friend lives there, with her lovely boys. I am sure that her door has been locked all day. I am sure she has been nervously peering out her windows wondering if evil would visit her house in his attempt to flee authorities.

A man and his brother blew up the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Monday. It’s why I went quiet here after saying I was back from my self imposed quiet last week. I have posts about potty training, chick peas, and bowling set to go. But I can’t get my head around what has happened to my hometown, my state. I have lived in Massachusetts for my whole life except for prolonged travelling stints. I have always come home.

Home has been in  Holliston, Amherst, Watertown, Stockbridge, Belmont, Boston & Newton. Someone bombed my home. They killed my neighbors, hurt my friends, and sacred the hell out of all of us.

My friend was running the marathon. The first bomb went off literally as they put the medal around her neck. It was a frantic and breath holding 10minutes before we knew what happened to her and her family.

Every single person I know has a story about Monday, and how it touched them or someone they love.

I don’t have more to say about it right now. I’m just a little sad and a little scared is all. I hope you all are doing well.


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