The Mall in Florence, shopping in Tuscany

When I knew for sure that I would be traveling to Italy, I knew that I’d be getting a new handbag. You see, years ago… before we had children… Doug and I took a trip to Italy. Doug even rented a car and drove me through Tuscany and out to the tiny Luxury Outlet Mall in Florence called The Mall. Back then, there were maybe 4 or 5 stores at The Mall and I left empty-handed. This trip, I was not going to let that happen again. We visited The Mall in Florence and had a wonderful day of shopping in beautiful Tuscany.

A girls trip to Florence, Italy

It might have been that it was a girls trip, it might have been the amazing weather, or maybe the wine even. I’m not really sure, maybe all of it. However, this time I managed to buy the perfect handbag that I knew would be treasured for years to come. Since returning, I posted a review over on Trip Advisor and I now get several questions a month about whether the trip to The Mall in Florence is worth it.

Lunch at the Gucci Cafe

I loved our trip to The Mall. But what stands out the most for me is my experience at Gucci. The staff is so friendly, helpful, and very patient. I knew I wanted a handbag but had a tight budget. After shopping for almost an hour, we decided to head up to the rooftop Cafe. Our lunch on the patio was fantastic. The food was perfect, as was the wine and the weather. It was relaxing to sit out in the sun, enjoy the meal, and then be able to find the perfect bag before heading back into Florence. Even if you don’t buy anything, I highly recommend the Cafe.

Wine at the Gucci Cafe

So yes, it’s worth a trip to The Mall if you are in or around Florence. As I said in my review, we spent a lot of time at Gucci, probably most of our day actually. They make it such a fun experience and the cafe was fantastic. The prices were in line with an outlet store but the benefit is the value-added tax (VAT) that you get back after your purchase.

Shopping in Florence, Italy

It’s not every day that a girl gets to go to Italy with some of her favorite people plus go shopping at one of the most amazing luxury outlets in Italy. I am also pretty sure that my husband is relieved he didn’t have to rent another car and take me there. Lucky for us, they have a charter bus service that will take you out and bring you back for just 13 Euros. It was such a great trip, really easy to do on our own, and now we have pretty treasures to remind us of our fantastic trip.

Let’s talk about lice…

** I talked with my family before publishing this post. They didn’t care if we talked about it having lice and want people to know it’s not a big deal if you get it.**

Dealing with headlice

The first time I got lice was in kindergarten. That was 39 years ago. The last time (fingers crossed) was last week. My oldest daughter came to me one day last week and said her head itched. After a quick look, there was evidence of lice. I immediately got on the internet and was overwhelmed with what to actually do with this. Because now there are “Super Lice” and if you get those you might as well shave your head and burn your house down. So, let’s talk about lice for a minute. continued

Disney Junior Dance Party: In a city near you!

Disney Junior Dance Party Tour

On our recent trip to Walt Disney World, we wanted to make sure we hit up the Disney Junior Live On Stage show. It’s one of our favorites and the girls still really love it. They still get excited when the bubbles come down and the streamers fly through the air. We’ve been Disney Junior fans around here for a very long time and visit our friends at Disneyland whenever we can. You might think that the show is just for preschools, but we’re always surprised at how much both of our girls love this show. continued

Spend a day in Salzburg, Austria

A Day Trip To Salzburg

I really can’t believe it’s been over six months since we went to Europe. I needed a little trip down memory lane today and wanted to share about our day trip to Salzburg. Our family is still talking about what an amazing time it was. We tried to hit as many cities as possible and sneak in a few day trips here and there. Our favorite day trip by far was to Salzburg, Austria. Salzburg is known as the home of Mozart, lots of LOVE, fortresses, rivers, and of course… The Sound of Music. I loved Salzburg and wish I had spent more time there. The kids loved this day trip and we really look forward to going back. Until then, here’s a short list of things you must do when you take a quick day trip to Salzburg. continued

Our experience with a Toyota Highlander SUV

The Toyota Highlander SUV

As our family keeps getting busier with sports, Girl Scouts, after-school activities, and playdates, and with friends and family coming to visit now and then, we’ve realized maybe it’s time to consider a third-row vehicle. While we’re looking for a third row, our garage ceiling and door height limits us to what kind of vehicle we can consider. Plus we still need space to haul around equipment and whatever else we need to transport. continued

5 things to NOT say to a Girl Scout selling cookies

5 things to NOT say to a Girl Scout selling cookies

This past weekend, we sold Girl Scout cookies at our local grocery store. I know I’ve been talking about Girl Scouts lately, but it’s cookie season, and it really consumes all of our family. I am the cookie mom for 3 troops, plus I have a daughter who wants to sell at least 1,000 boxes. I’ve been doing this for five years, you’d think that I’ve seen it all by now. This year is different. People are different. Women are… very different. Here are five things not to say to a Girl Scout selling cookies, and a simple suggestion for what you could say instead. continued

WHO wants to get crafty? DIY Valentine OWL

DIY Valentine Owls

Nowadays I am always thinking about service projects that my Girl Scouts can do during the holidays. Who wants to get crafty? My Girl Scouts do and we made DIY Valentine Owl for a senior church luncheon. The senior citizens at the luncheon are so happy to see fun crafts made for them and my girls love making these projects for them. continued

You say Trefoils, I say Shortbread. Why Girl Scout cookies have different names

Little Brownie Baker Girl Scout Cookies

We are in FULL Girl Scout cookie mode around here. We take our girls door to door and sell as many cookies as we can. Our oldest daughter has a very ambitious goal of 1000 boxes of cookies. Thankfully, our youngest has already met her goal of 24 boxes. Last week I told you 10 Reasons Why You Should Not Sell Girl Scout Cookies, I’m adding one more to the list. We’ve run into a lot of people wanting cookies that we do not have. Less than a hundred miles away, the “other” cookies are being sold and people want to know why there are different names for Girl Scout cookies. You say Trefoils, I say Shortbread, did you know those are pretty much the same cookie? continued

Packing light with CozyPhone headphones

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Train rides through Europe

This past summer we took a three week trip to Europe. Each girl had her own backpack to carry. One of the biggest space stealers was the iPod and headphone case. Both a necessity as we were going to be taking an 18-hour train ride without internet. We managed just fine, but had we known about the CozyPhones beforehand, we would have made sure we had them with us. We’re so excited CozyPhone sent us these headbands to try out for our next trip. continued

Growing up Goofy is… Growing!

We are the Bowmans of Growing Up Goofy!

No, we are not expanding our family in any way, shape, or form. I’ll get that out of the way right now. But Growing up Goofy is growing! And what I really mean by that is Doug (my husband) is going to finally contribute to my our blog. Doug offers an entirely different perspective and I’ve been asking him to write about this or that for years. We starting our first blog together as Doug and Cam in 2005… THIRTEEN years ago! continued

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