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Magical, Whimsical, and Inspiring: Cirque du Soleil Ovo Review

Magical, Whimsical, and Inspiring: Cirque du Soleil Ovo Review | CosmosMariners.com


When we're in the mood for a night out, but don't want to hit up the movie theatre again, we love to see what live performances are happening. When I found out that the Cirque du Soleil Ovo tour was coming to town, I cleared my schedule. I'd wanted to see one of the Cirque shows for ages, but hadn't ever bucked down and bought tickets.

Our experience there was magical, and I am now a believer in Cirque due Soleil! Hopefully, this Cirque du Soleil Ovo review will get you excited about attending one of these incredible performances, too.

Following in the Footsteps of Maureen O'Hara and John Wayne: Discovering "The Quiet Man" in Cong, Ireland

Following in the Footsteps of Maureen O'Hara and John Wayne: Discovering the Quiet Man in Cong, Ireland | CosmosMariners.com


As someone who's a sucker for history, I'm always on the lookout for a fun, quirky, historical spot to add to our vacations. On our Ireland road trip, I discovered that one of the Maureen O'Hara and John Wayne movie locations was just a few miles from the Galway castle AirBnB we were staying in, so I decided to add it to our itinerary. 

After all, when you get the chance to wander a real life set of one of the most famous American movies made in Ireland, you make a detour!

When I told my husband about it, he got so excited since "The Quiet Man" was one of his favorite John Wayne movies. He gave me a quick refresh on the movie's plot since I'd only seen it once, and off we went to the main "The Quiet Man" film location, Cong, Ireland, in the hopes of immersing ourselves in the Hollywood of yesteryear. 

Monthly Goals: August 2017

Monthly Goals: August 2017 | CosmosMariners.com

I can't say I'm sorry to see July head out the door. I'd heard about the blogging summer slump, but hadn't ever been in a position to see it in action (2014: I was just starting to get the blog going; 2015: the blog was having growing pains; and 2016: I quit the blog for the entire summer).

However, I am here to say that it is a real thing. And it is AWFUL. I had my worst month of the entire year in July despite doing exactly what I do every other month: writing consistently published blog posts, reworking old posts, and sharing both like crazy on my social media channels.

13 Things You Need to Know Before Traveling to Cuba

13 Things You Need to Know Before Traveling to Cuba | CosmosMariners.com

Cuba is one of those unusual destinations that's on everyone's bucket list but remains mysterious to most people who hope to visit. In truth, Cuba is very hard to define since it has so many influences from the Caribbean, South America and the United States.

Add in the travel restrictions that U.S. visitors have had to deal with until recently, the lore established by Ernest Hemingway's Cuban-centric novels, and the iconic snapshots of vintage cars driving the roads of Cuba, and you've got a mysterious, compelling place that has every travel lover intrigued.

Discover this amazing, sunny country with these 13 things you need to know before your tour to Cuba!

What to Do in Jacksonville, Florida: 5 Things You Can't Miss

What to Do in Jacksonville, Florida: 5 Things You Can't Miss | CosmosMariners.com

Poised on the Atlantic coast between the state line and St. Augustine, Jacksonville, Florida, has a little bit of everything: a rich history, an emerging tech scene, gorgeous beaches, and a beach-ready climate year-round. It's one of our favorite cities to explore on short weekend trips, as well as a convenient stopover when we're headed to Orlando, Miami, or the Florida Keys.

Here's what to do in Jacksonville, Florida, so start planning your itinerary for your own trip today!

Coronado Springs Resort at Walt Disney World: Better for Family Travel or Business Conferences?

Coronado Springs Resort at Walt Disney World: Better for Family Travel or Business Conferences?

With its Central American theming, convenient location next to Hollywood Studios, and sprawling campus, Coronado Springs Resort seems like an excellent option for your next visit to Walt Disney World. Yet, it doesn't seem to get the love that other moderate resorts get (I'm looking at you, Port Orleans).

Why? Perhaps it's because it's often populated by droves of business travelers staying on property and attending one of the many conferences hosted here.

Earlier this year, we found a great deal on a room at Coronado Springs, so we decided to try it out, and determine once and for all if this moderate resort was great for families visiting Walt Disney World or if it needed to be left to the business travelers.

Instagram Inspiration Friday: Airports

Instagram Inspiration Friday: Airports | CosmosMariners.com


I took a bit of a blogging break this week, and it has felt amazing. Other than a day or two here and there, I haven't taken a week off of blogging since my second kid was born back in November 2016.

So, what did I do with the time away? I spent a long weekend at Walt Disney World with my kiddos and my mom: it was surface-of-the-sun hot, but we still had a blast. When we got home, I was exhausted (because of the whole theme park with two children thing), so I've gone to bed early, played with my preschooler, held my baby, and basically remembered what being a non-blogger feels like.

And I started to map out our upcoming Puerto Rico trip. I've bought our airline tickets, so you know it's on now.