April 17, 2017 The Traveling Gals 3Comment

*This post contains affiliate links. If you purchase something through one of these links, we may make a commission at no cost to you. Thank you for supporting The Traveling Gals!* Is Flamingo Friday a thing? If not, it should be! When you are in Florida, you might see quite a few plastic flamingos adorning front lawns. While the flamingo décor is fun, you might be wondering where you can see real live flamingos. Luckily there are some great places to go where you can see flamingos and learn more about them. There are actually six known species of flamingos…

October 2, 2016 The Traveling Gals 12Comment

Vegan – Plant Based (or close to it!) at Disney’s EPCOT Food and Wine Festival It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Oh wait, wrong season. But it is Food & Wine Festival time which is one of the best times to be at Disney World. The 2016 EPCOT Food and Wine Festival has begun.  The Traveling Gals have made their first visit of hopefully many!  Every year seems to get better and better.  No matter how many times I visit, I still feel a thrill walking from the Beach Club through the International Gateway and into France.  It’s even…

September 9, 2016 The Traveling Gals 1Comment

Trip to Italy 2017- The Neopolitan Experience You may remember a previous post where we introduced you to our longtime family friend Carol D’Anca and her website Food Not Meds and books she has written on living a healthy, plant-based lifestyle. Carol also takes people on trips to Italy and she has a trip coming up in May 2017! Of course we wanted to share this with you because Italy is all about the food and culture. Carol’s family origins are in Naples and this trip will take you through Naples and the Amalfi Coast. You will get to experience…

July 5, 2016 The Traveling Gals 20Comment

How Do You Eat Healthy on a Cruise? Healthy eating is probably not the first thing that comes to mind when you think of a cruise. You might instead be thinking of the 24 hour buffet. However it is possible to eat healthy. We do it every time we cruise without sacrificing the enjoyment of eating!  It all starts with a positive mindset, some willpower (okay maybe a lot of willpower), and a little creativity. The Basics of Eating Well on a Cruise The Buffet – Often times the buffet gets a bad rap, but it can be your best friend when trying to…

May 24, 2016 The Traveling Gals 3Comment

How to Stay Fit on Vacation When You Don’t Really Want To Work Out… Post by Kary Stairs are your friend!   One of the best parts of taking a vacation is stepping out of your everyday routine. For most of us, working out while on vacation is probably the last thing on your mind. Even though you know you should, you really don’t want to.  For me, I work out extra hard and extra long the entire week leading up to going out of town.  This helps give me the boost I need to not have to maintain my early morning…

March 21, 2016 The Traveling Gals 2Comment

Is It OK to Take Your Kids Out of School to Travel? Post by Kary This is a question hotly debated by parents all over the country.  My answer to this question is YES!  You should absolutely allow your child to miss school for travel.  The only caveat being if they are truly struggling and even then you should still consider it. In my own experience, I have never hesitated at taking my daughter out of school to travel from pre-school throughout college.  I am sure this is why she is the main Traveling Gal, Ashley!  Education goes far beyond…

February 15, 2016 The Traveling Gals

Oven Baked “Fried Rice” – Quick and Easy Everyone loves fried rice! This recipe is a base and can be easily customized to accommodate your preferences. It is tasty, quick and very easy. It was given the seal of approval by our whole family. Give it a try! Traveling Gals Tip:  This recipe is perfectly paired with Miso Udon Soup! Ingredients: 2½ cups bite-sized broccoli florets or broccoli/carrot slaw chopped ¼ cup green onions chopped 2 cups brown rice 1 cup cubed extra firm tofu 1¼ cups vegetable broth ½ cup of blister peanuts Garlic to taste Ginger to taste 1 teaspoon reduced-sodium…

January 31, 2016 The Traveling Gals

Real Food for Healthy People by Carol D’Anca One of our passions is healthy eating and we are lucky enough to have a close family friend who has written two great books on the importance of why we need to eat healthy. Carol D’Anca has found her passion in healthy eating and encouraging others to take the steps to plant-based nutrition. She has two advanced degrees in nutrition and has spent the past two decades helping others regain their health. Carol hosts an excellent cooking class called “The Academy” where she provides tips and hands-on cooking classes to show that eating…

January 22, 2016 The Traveling Gals

How to Stay on Track with New Year’s Resolutions! How many of you are maintaining your New Year’s resolutions?  For most, by now good intentions have given way to bad habits.  Without a realistic plan and steps to achieve your goals, resolutions fall by the wayside.  Now that the fun of the holidays have passed and everyone is back into their regular routine, it is a good time to review your resolutions and create a solid plan to achieve those objectives. (more…)