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I'm Iris, your principal travel consultant. I am addicted to traveling. My love for travel led me to helping others see the world!

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Bio:

Iris is an ambitious entrepreneur, loving mother and grandmother, devoted humanitarian, and a real-life success story. After decades of working in Corporate America, she left it all behind in 2006 and decided to step out on faith by founding her own daycare center, a strategic move for her personally and professionally at the time as it was the same year she gave birth to twins. The success of the center led Iris to develop other successful business ventures: Queens Entertainment Group, LLC, a mobile bartending company and event planning agency; and Surreal Journeys Travel, LLC, a successful travel agency with its own social media following and group that Iris personally travels with around the world.

With such drive and ambition, one would be surprised to learn of Iris’ inauspicious beginnings as a homeless high school drop out and teen mom. But Iris has never been one to let adversity stand in her way. Iris now holds three degrees, including a Masters in Teaching and Learning with Technology. Yet, despite all of her accomplishments, Iris lovingly brags that her biggest accomplishments are her five amazing children and handsome grandson.

Iris is passionate about travel and stepping out of one’s comfort zones to enjoy the priceless experiences and lessons gained through travel. She has personally witnessed the transformation that takes place when people are exposed to new experiences. As such, Iris takes pride in helping people make their dream vacations become a reality by offering affordable trips with low deposits and flexible payment plans to destinations anywhere around the world. PLUS, she goes the extra mile by assisting her clients with budgeting as well. It’s no wonder with this level of expertise and service that Iris has been nicknamed the “Queen of vacations” by her friends and clients.

Life has taken Iris on a journey. Through it all, she has lived by her motto of “Do what makes you happy, and the money will come.” Luckily for her family, friends, and clients, she has translated all of her life experiences into being a great source of information on anything from parenting to education to travel and all things in between.

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Niagara Falls with the terrorists! (my nickname for my 10 y/o twins

Road trip with the terrorists! (My nickname for my 10 y/o twins)

Welcome to my 1st blog!!!!! I hope that you enjoy my silly little thoughts. Here’s a tip to use while reading: You’ll definitely need a sense of humor to deal with my sarcasm sometimes.


My 10 y/o twins and I drove to Buffalo, NY to check on some family members this past December. Driving 10 hours with 10 year-old loud, wild, anxious twins is of course anything BUT relaxing. (Insert eye roll) Although they drove me nuts I realized that it must be even more difficult for them to sit still for that long so I decided to reward them with a trip to Niagara Falls for their patience. (We try to make a vacation out of every trip)

Niagara Falls is only a 30 minute drive from Buffalo so we were there in no time. I tried to explain to the twins what Niagara Falls was during the drive to give them an idea of what we were about to see.


Me: So have you guys ever heard of Niagara Falls?


Terrorists: no


Me: ok, well it’s the biggest natural waterfall in the world and sometimes they make the water different colors. It’s so beautiful; I can’t wait to show you guys. (s/n. I have no idea if it’s the biggest waterfall in the world; I lie sometimes in an attempt to get the twins as excited about things as I am).


Terrorists: yesssssssssssssssss


Summary on how the trip went: It was freezing cold, Jaxon and I loved the amazing views. We got wet! Jaimee was dramatic as always and acted like she was about to die because of the mist. We viewed it for all of 5 seconds then ran back inside and opted to watch the Niagara Falls movie. They loved the movie, learned a lot about the falls and learned that some people have fallen in and died and some people have fallen in and survived. (OMG) They thanked me for taking them and said they couldn’t wait to go back to school and tell their friends.

 

I also pointed out the Canadian line to them.

#happykidshappymom

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