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All-inclusive family vacation giveaway – with Vacation Nanny!

by Shelly Rivoli

When I returned from our recent stay at Franklyn D Resort & Spa in Jamaica, all I could think about was how much I wished I could give that incredibly relaxing gift… an all-inclusive vacation complete with a professional Vacation Nanny… to every one of my readers who is juggling life with a little one (or two, or three…) and could really use a vacation.

Well, I can’t give it away to everyone who’s read Travels with Baby and follows this blog (a thousand blessings on your heads)… but I am thrilled to say that one lucky reader is going to win a 3-night, all-inclusive vacation in Jamaica for a family of 4, complete with a personal Vacation Nanny!

The very generous people at FDR Holidays are sponsoring this all-inclusive stay for a family of 4, including 2 adults and 2 children under 16 years, which you can use at your choice of either of their Jamaican all-inclusive resorts: Franklyn D. Resort & Spa on Runaway Bay or FDR Pebbles at Falmouth (both are 2009 TripAdvisor.com Traveler’s Choice Award winners!).

Transportation to and from Montego Bay Airport (MBJ), all meals in all resort restaurants, drinks, cocktails, ice cream, entertainment, kayaks, snorkel gear, scuba trips, waterslide, and extra snacks and refreshments in your refrigerator are included, as is the daily service of your professional Vacation Nanny to help make sure that when you get home from this family vacation—you feel like you’ve had a vacation!

To enter to win:
Add a comment below this blog post stating how having an FDR Vacation Nanny would improve your next family vacation by 11:59 p.m., Tuesday January 5, 2010. Please note: This is open to Travels with Baby blog subscribers only, so if you haven’t already subscribed, just enter your verifiable email address in the spam-free subscribe box above (I do not share or sell email addresses). A handful of restrictions apply, so check below for details.* Prize must be claimed within 3 days.

The randomly chosen winner will be announced Thursday, January 7, 2010. 

Overwhelmed by the possibilities? I’ve got a few great ways our Vacation Nannies helped us on our trip listed below—and don’t miss my Vacation Nanny 411 post and video (or the Franklyn D. Resort & Spa review and video) for more inspiration!

Up your odds with additional entries:

You can get up to 2 additional entries for this contest (only 1 entry per method, please). Here’s how:

1. Twitter – Tweet about this giveaway on Twitter, including a link to this blog post http://tinyurl.com/yl5ufn3 and my twitter handle @travelswithbaby, then leave an additional comment below with your twitter handle.

2. Facebook – Visit the Travels with Baby page on Facebook and become a fan if you haven’t already, then write your reason for wanting this vacation on the Travels with Baby wall. After that, leave an additional comment below telling me you’ve done that, too.

Five Great Ways to Vacation with Your Vacation Nanny:

1. Relax at the pool and beach. For real.
Your Vacation Nanny will keep a watchful eye on your child near or in the pool while you close your own, happy to recline on the lounge as they play, working on that Caribbean glow and catching up on the past two years of insufficient sleep. Later, let your Vacation Nanny take your child to the beach beside the Grill, which becomes “Nanny Central” during afternoons while toddlers and small children amass for a grand playdate. Your tot will romp on the sand, splash in the sheltered cove, and enjoy the shaded toddler play equipment right on the beach under the supervision of your nanny. Meanwhile you slip out in a sea kayak (or slip off for a long-overdue pedicure).

2. Make it a date.
Have your Vacation Nanny take your kids to the early Kidz Buffet and evening children’s activities afterward, while you enjoy a late-day dip in the adults-only Jacuzzi perched by the sea, and ready yourself for a relaxing dinner with—who’s that? Ah, yes, the love of your life. 

3. Enjoy breakfast (for a change).
Our West Coast jetlag was no problem when I realized I could simply have our Vacation Nannies join us for breakfast. For the first time in years, I was able to eat my entire breakfast without standing up, while the nannies helped feed all three of the children, ran back to the room for anything we’d forgotten, or took the fussing baby out for a stroll when he grew too tired to enjoy our conversations.

4. Climb Dunn’s River Falls.
Leave your little one having fun at the resort, or bring him and your nanny with you (an excellent option for breastfeeding moms who can have a tough time getting away)! Vacation Nannies get a discounted admission ($8) and free transportation from the resort to this world-famous spectacle, where they can carry your baby or walk with your toddler up the trail beside as you brave the falls. Tip: Give her your camera and let her snap some shots as you climb!

5. Do Dolphin Cove. Let her help mind your little ones as you swim with a dolphin and help keep track of your daypack and gear as you assist your toddler or preschooler in exploring the (barbless) stingray cove with snorkels. FDR’s Vacation Nannies are admitted free to this popular family attraction and you’ll be glad to buy yours lunch and make a leisurely trip of it (Tip: combine it with your visit to Dunn’s River Falls, just 3 minutes away).

Good luck!

Safe journey,

Shelly Rivoli, author of the award-winning guide Travels with Baby
The Ultimate Guide for Planning Trips with Babies, Toddlers, and Preschool-Age Children

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* Winner receives a 3 night/4 day stay for a family of 2 adults/2 kids under 16 years. Vacation is land only, not inclusive of air. Vacation expires 1 year from date of issue. To make reservations, please call our Reservations Department at (876) 973-4882-4 within three weeks of your preferred date of arrival. Keep in mind that your trip is based on space availability at the time of your request and blackout periods are applicable. Blackout dates are: 2/14/2010 through 2/21/2010; 3/28/2010 through 4/11/2010, 7/29/2010 through 8/7/2010, and five (5) days before and after a major USA or Jamaican holiday.

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raven May 20, 2010 - 3:31 am

Great idea! A vacation in which you will really enjoy your stay at Franklyn D Resort & Spa in Jamaica plus a vacation nanny who'll take care of your kids. Wow! It would really be fun! Thanks a lot for sharing. It's really appreciated.

More Power.

All Inclusive Vacation

maura January 6, 2010 - 2:50 am

I just became a fan of Travel with Baby- we have been looking for the perfect trip with our sons (2 and 7) and we think FDR could be it – a nanny? really? WOW!

momo momma

Virginia January 6, 2010 - 1:39 am

just posted on the TWB FB fan page, too 🙂

Virginia January 6, 2010 - 1:38 am

DH & I went to Jamaica for our honeymoon & had an amazing time– we would love to take our 7 year-old to swim in warm water, snorkel & see all the beautiful sites! and having a vacation nanny would be the best of both worlds- family time & couple time!!!

mimidennis January 5, 2010 - 9:55 pm

I also just left a comment on the FB page – and posted a photo of my travelin' baby getting her diaper wanded by the TSA on a trip to Florida when she was 16 months old. 🙂

mimidennis January 5, 2010 - 7:40 pm

Not five minutes ago I had a conversation with a newly pregnant coworker telling her to take a "babymoon" while she has the chance – travel with baby(ies) is certainly different from pre-baby vacationing! That being said, we've taken our kids to Florida, Hawaii, and camping at Cinnamon Bay in St. John USVI – pretty exciting stuff! It's so important to build great vacation memories as a family so we're up for the challenge.
We certainly don't travel light these days and a nanny on site would be heavenly to help us have some free time to relax, do some diving or snorkeling, or simply explore the island and reconnect. What a great idea! Thanks for the chance to win!

jen January 5, 2010 - 6:30 pm

When my husband and I first met, we had a dream to live on an island and write a book… We would love to take our girls (ages 9 and 11) to an island paradise like Jamaica and show them why the islands are so magical and maybe someday they will have the same dream ~ and maybe they can make it come true!

Angie and Curt January 4, 2010 - 8:15 pm

Just left a comment on the facebook page and became a fan. Nice site!

Angie and Curt January 4, 2010 - 8:14 pm

We have a 5 year old and a 2 year old and both work full time at demanding jobs. While we're grateful to be employed we could really use a vacation where we enjoy quality time with our kids.

Annemarie January 4, 2010 - 5:54 pm

I just posted on your fan page as well & I'm about to tweet (@yoyomama_van). Just a note, this email address is different than the one I subscribed with b/c it wouldn't let me sign in using anything other than my gmail addy so let me know if you need me to confirm my subscription.

Annemarie January 4, 2010 - 5:52 pm

We have a six-year-old and a four-year-old and the only vacations they've been on are family road trips to the cabin. Which are lovely but there's no nanny and no chance for us to have some couple time. It's definitely time to up their travel ante but I have my own business and our budget is very tight. Plus it's just rainy, rainy, rainy and wet here and it would be a dream to see some sunshine.

Amy January 4, 2010 - 5:46 pm

I would love to be considered for this vacation. I am a 44 year old mom of a 2 year old boy. While he is a normal tantruming little person in so many ways, we had a bit of a shock recently when he was diagnosed with Autism. While we are grateful that he is high functioning, we now find ourselves in a world of stress as we navigate our way through the Early Intervention system and state budgets. A vacation would be a very welcome break from examinging everything in our world under a microscope…and a break with a babysitter? Who could ask for more than that?

Anonymous January 3, 2010 - 4:38 am

I just became a Facebook fan of Travels with Baby too. This vacation sounds so dreamy. Hopefully you can get some good hits from the social media.

Anonymous January 3, 2010 - 4:33 am

OMG, a vacation nanny?! I had never heard of this until reading your blog. A trip to the Carribean with the family and someone to help with our baby would be the greatest. We have a 9 month old in Cleveland, Ohio. We need some sun and relaxation desperately! I love the blog and tips on here. PLEASE let us WIN!!!!!!!

Kevin January 2, 2010 - 1:55 am

Being the parents of a 2-year old son, who live far away from family (the built-in babysitters), my wife and I have had little time alone for a romantic date out, much less a fun family vacation. Winning this trip, and the Vacation Nanny, would allow this stay-at-home dad and my hard-working wife some much needed relaxation. I look forward to actually eating dinner together and partaking in water sports while feeling confident that our little one is having fun as well.

Christy December 22, 2009 - 10:39 pm

This is an amazing opportunity to celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary with some romantic time without having to leave our precious son who turns one only weeks before! I haven't figured out another way for us to get away and celebrate such a big anniversary properly without missing our little so very much! Thanks for offering such a great prize!

Anonymous December 22, 2009 - 9:46 pm

All our trips have been to visit grandparents … this would be a REAL vaction! Since my husband and I haven't had a night out since my 3 year-old daughter was born–yikes!– a vaction nanny well, here's to dreamin'!

brayavery December 22, 2009 - 3:47 pm

It would be wonderful to take a vacation…i am a single mother of 2 great, very busy kids and work full-time. It would be amazing to have time with them to slow down from our busy lives and to relax together. It would be amazing to suprise them with a vacation. We would be soooo thankful!

Patricia December 21, 2009 - 8:00 pm

WOW, what an amazing looking place! A vacation nanny is such a great idea. I'm sure it would be a vacation that my family would come away from feeling refreshed and rested. Our three year old daughter would have a blast I'm sure and it would give hubby and I some time to really reconnect.

Rosi December 20, 2009 - 9:11 pm

Hello again! I'm a Facebook fan, wrote on the wall and now I'll post a link to the contest on my page to to spread the word for you. I'm sure this will lower my odds of winning but what the heck? I think it's important to spread the word of your blog. ;o)

Rosi December 20, 2009 - 9:05 pm

Hi Shelly! We are long overdue for a vacation away together. Having a nanny with us would allow us to enjoy some good mommy and daddy bonding time while also enjoying an incredible experience with the whole family. Thanks for your great posts. The blog looks great!

theobriends December 20, 2009 - 2:04 pm

Our friends just returned from FDR with their 3 kids. FDR will now be their annual family vacation destination! They said one of the highlights of the trip was the nanny – the kids adored her! Nice to know there is a resort who caters to families with kids of all ages – we have 4 kids – PICK US!!!!! Thanks~

Tim December 19, 2009 - 5:13 am

Twittered too

Tim December 19, 2009 - 5:04 am

I just posted on facebook!

Tim December 19, 2009 - 4:34 am

My wife and I have 3 kids, and we never have a chance to relax on vacation. It would be great to have the extra set of hands!

kelliVT December 18, 2009 - 3:49 pm

I have 3 young kiddos and I'm an at home mom. I'd love a break – especially in the cold winter! This sounds perfect.

diego December 16, 2009 - 1:22 am

I would like to give my daughter and her husband a break. This is their first and it was quite a stuggle at first. They both are EXHAUSTED! It would be a great opportunity to reboot before my daughter has to return to work!

Cori December 16, 2009 - 1:01 am

I also posted a comment on your Facebook page. We have not had a vacation since Ethan was born, and we certainly can use one! There's nothing more relaxing than fun in the sun…and a nanny is a super bonus!! The one thing I love to do best on a vacation is get a deep tissue massage, so the nanny would be helpful during that time. I also love to work out in the gym every day, so the nanny could hang out with Ethan during that time, too. Ethan goes to bed at 7pm, so my husband and I would love to have a quiet dinner together, which doesn't happen often. We have never been to Jamaica, so I hope I win and get the chance to go as a family!

lkgeiser December 16, 2009 - 12:44 am

I could sooo use a vacation. But do I have to take the kids? 🙂

Creole Lady December 16, 2009 - 12:37 am

Like some of your other readers, I'm also a single Mom who is currently struggling. For me a vacation is the 30 minute drive between work and home. Winning this vacation would be the most amazine refresher. A little time to just truly relax for a moment and savor life. I'd probably bring my mom with me who is my babysitter and lifesaver!

Colleen Lanin at Travel Mamas December 15, 2009 - 10:46 pm

Facebook too!

Colleen Lanin at Travel Mamas December 15, 2009 - 10:26 pm

Just to be safe…here's my tweet!

It's too good, I had to enter! RT @travelswithbaby: Family of 4, free vacation, Jamaica, all-inclusive. http://tinyurl.com/yl5ufn3

Colleen Lanin at Travel Mamas December 15, 2009 - 10:23 pm

How would having a nanny improve my Jamaican vacation…let me count the ways!
1) Massage, baby!
2) Mama time!
3) Date night!
4) Jamaica, mon!
5) One on one time with kids
6) I could go on and on…

I already tweeted. The contest is just too dang good…I had to come enter! Subscribed to your site, too!

Sarah V. December 15, 2009 - 3:29 pm

Just tweeted about the giveaway! I'm @svern

Sarah V. December 15, 2009 - 3:27 pm

I would LOVE to have the help of a nanny on our next trip! Our daughter is almost 3 and she's a joy…but my husband and I would sure love to have a leisurely dinner alone!

(I'm subscribed through another email address, not through my google account.)

familyadventureguidebooks December 14, 2009 - 5:33 pm

I tweeted about the giveaway @bridgetasmith

familyadventureguidebooks December 14, 2009 - 5:29 pm

I am a mom to 3, ages 5, 5, and 10 (No I don't have twins 😉 ). Vacations are fun, but can be absolutely exhausting. Usually we travel while my husband is teaching classes so I'm on my own with the kids for more than eight hours a day. It would be great to have a break while on vacation and know that my kids are having fun. It would also give us some one on one time with each other and with our kids. I think we could all use it.

MoreThanMommy December 14, 2009 - 3:43 am

My husband and I found out we were pregnant just 4 months after we got married. We found out we were pregnant with baby #2 before our first was even a year old. Aside from our honeymoon, we've never had a grown-up vacation! Our kids are still young (2.5, 4), but I would love to travel with them while still getting in some grown-up fun. Having a Vacation Nanny would convince my husband that the trip is doable!

Kelley, Dennis and Kaitlin Adams December 14, 2009 - 3:34 am

Also posted on facebook wall

Kelley, Dennis and Kaitlin Adams December 14, 2009 - 3:33 am

We have a 2 year old toddler and a vacation in Jamaica would be wonderful. A nanny would be a dream come true since my husband and I have never been out alone since we have had our daughter.

Mrs Chronic-Shock December 13, 2009 - 8:43 pm

Commented on Facebook wall 🙂

Mrs Chronic-Shock December 13, 2009 - 8:40 pm

We live very far from family and friends that would watch our son. We are new parents and are really beginning to realize how life has changed and wishing we had taken a few more vacations before our son was born. We wouldn't change ANYTHING, but a family vacation with a nanny would be a God-send.

Kim December 13, 2009 - 7:40 pm

We'd love this!!! Our 21 mt old son keeps us on the GO, so we need a break, stat!

Amber December 13, 2009 - 1:56 pm

I have a just turned three year old and a four year old. We love to travel with them and share the experience with them, but we never have any down time to ourselves. We would love to be able to balance a family vacation with some special couple time as well. We couldn't afford to this on our owns, but I have had FDR website bookmarked since we had children. I will keep my fingers crossed. Thank you!

Monica December 11, 2009 - 11:03 pm

Twittered about the giveaway. @morkm

Monica December 11, 2009 - 11:00 pm

Oh my gosh! Having a vacation nanny would make our next vacation a REAL vacation. I would be able to relax and enjoy myself – I'd sleep, get a pedicure, have a real dinner with my hubby…..sigh. Vacation nannies are such a genius idea.

Debbie December 11, 2009 - 8:34 pm

A vacation nanny could get in the water with my kids so that I can sit poolside drinking a fruity drink!

lilchefangi December 11, 2009 - 6:44 pm

I twittered too!

lilchefangi December 11, 2009 - 6:44 pm

I posted a message on facebook:)

lilchefangi December 11, 2009 - 6:44 pm

I'm due with our first baby in one month. This vacation would be awesome for new parents like us!!

Anonymous December 11, 2009 - 2:10 pm

I posted this on facebook page already: I NEED this vacation! I am a recently single mom. I have two daughters, one 6 yrs. and 3 yrs. I am being full time mommy and working full time. The only break I get is when my daughters visit with their daddy every 3 or 4 weeks, for a weekend, because he works out of state. PLEASE think of me for this prize, cause I REALLY need a vacation. 🙂

Golly December 11, 2009 - 6:39 am

Pick us. I'm caught between an infant, a school age child and endless responsibilities. We really really really need a vacation, where we can really spend time together and relax. My daughter complains that she feels left out, and wishes that we could have more family time. She's right. Pick us, because we really want to be able to spend more time having fun.

Andrea December 11, 2009 - 4:36 am

Ooooh! That would be great for me, my husband and our 4 yr old twins. We haven't taken them on a real vacation yet

meg@backpacktobuggy.com December 10, 2009 - 11:15 pm

This is a super giveaway. Things to do with a Vacation Nanny: sleep, go snorkeling, go sailing, eat spicy food, practice being a couple (we got a babysitter on a trip and came back early because we couldn't figure out what to do), sleep, drink Painkillers, take pictures NOT of our child, go to a nightclub and realize we aren't 20 anymore, sleep, hmmm what else?

Kerstin December 10, 2009 - 9:46 pm

Yay! Just did my first tweet ever! I think it worked, and my handle is crickett_4jc. Do I need an @ before that? Lol

Kerstin December 10, 2009 - 9:22 pm

…and I just left my reason on the fb fan page, for my second entry.

Kerstin December 10, 2009 - 9:15 pm

I have a newborn (10 days old!), a toddler (20 months), and a preschooler (3 1/2), and I have been saving up to go to FDR since before I got pregnant with #3, mostly because I can't imagine enjoying a trip abroad without the help of a nanny at this point! We're all redheads, so just keeping sunblock on alone is a chore I'll need help with!
And after so long without a margarita I sure could use an extra set of eyes when I choose to partake in the adult beverages!

Raquel Blackledge December 10, 2009 - 7:44 pm

I also posted a message on Facebook!

Emily E. December 10, 2009 - 7:43 pm

I left a comment on your facebook page.

Emily E. December 10, 2009 - 7:41 pm

My husband and I love to travel with our daughter, but there are many MANY times we have wanted a babysitter so we could enjoy a romantic dinner or a trip to the spa for massages. This would be FABULOUS!!!!

Raquel Blackledge December 10, 2009 - 7:38 pm

We have a three and a half year old and a 22 month old. We rarely go out or have any time together. We would absolutely love to be able to eat a meal at the same time. To have the meal still be hot would be double plus good. And Jamaica? It would be beyond amazing. We would definitely be putting the nanny to good use!

habeshachild December 10, 2009 - 6:29 pm

p.s. i subscribe to the feed of Travels with Baby blog – is that what you mean by being a "subscriber to this blog"? just in case it's not – my email is porter dot merriman at g mail dot com. thanks!

habeshachild December 10, 2009 - 6:27 pm

I'm a single mom, so vacations with kiddo are pretty much nonexistent so far… it's too much work at this stage (she is 2.5). Having a vacation nanny would mean mama would actually get to relax a bit – what a lovely lovely idea! I think the folks at FDR are geniuses!

Anonymous December 10, 2009 - 3:30 pm

I have 8 year old twins and a 10 month old. We would love this vacation because my twins enjoy the ocean and haven't traveled outside of the U.S. My twins work very hard at home, school and volunteering with a charity that helps the eldery,www.roseagencyforseniors.com.
The chance to have a nanny would be absolutely a real vacation for me!!!!
Please consider us for this great opportunity! Thank you!!!!

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