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The Art of Dr. Seuss Gallery in Laguna Beach

Posted by on Mar 22, 2017 in Best of OC, Museums, Staycation | 0 comments

  “Oh, the places you’ll go.” That is one of my favorite quotes from Dr. Seuss, and so true about sharing the world with our children. One of my favorite things to do with my children is to go exploring, and when you explore, you find hidden gems just like we did while on a recent staycation in Laguna Beach. During our staycation, the weather wasn’t as sunny as we had wished, so we made the best of our little getaway and went exploring the different art museums in Laguna Beach. That was when we discovered an amazing hidden gem – The Art of Dr. Seuss Gallery. The gallery didn’t have any signage to show us exactly what is was, but a piece of Dr. Seuss artwork that was in the window caught the eye of my younger son...

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Where to Eat, Sleep and Play in Laguna Beach

Posted by on Mar 22, 2017 in Featured, Staycation, Travel | 0 comments

 Sponsored Laguna Beach is our favorite place to getaway from the daily stresses of life and experience a family staycation right in our backyard. We always feel like we are in paradise when staying in Laguna Beach because of the beautiful waters, delicious cuisine, and fun children’s activities. We have made it easy for families to plan their upcoming Laguna Beach getaway with everything you need to know about where to eat, sleep and play in Laguna Beach. Where to Stay The Inn at Laguna Beach Looking for a resort with an ocean view? The Inn at Laguna Beach offers guests some of the best resort ocean views. The rooms are decorated beautifully, and it is centrally located within walking distance to the most popular Laguna Beach restaurants. They offer complimentary wine hour at their rooftop bar and cookies...

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Paisano’s at Pechanga Resort & Casino

Posted by on Mar 16, 2017 in Dining, Temecula, Travel | 0 comments

 We dined as a guest of the venue After a fun day exploring Temecula wineries with Grapeline Tours, we returned to Pechanga Resort & Casino to have a romantic dinner at Paisano’s. The minute that we stepped foot into Paisano’s, we were treated like royalty and had a delicious authentic Italian dinner. We started dinner by sharing the Bruschetta Con Pomodori that featured tomato, basil, baby arugula, olive tapenade, goat cheese, roasted garlic and a balsamic pipette. The dish was beautifully presented and was the perfect start to our dinner at Paisanos. My husband and I sipped on a glass of wine while sharing our favorite memories from spending the day exploring Temecula Valley wineries together. There were so many delicious dishes on the menu that it was hard for us to choose just one. One of my husband’s...

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Grapeline Wine Tours in Temecula Valley

Posted by on Mar 15, 2017 in Temecula, Travel | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue When planning a couples getaway to Temecula Valley, a wine tour is the safest and best way to enjoy wine tasting. Before going to Temecula for the weekend, I spent a lot of time researching the different wine tour companies in Temecula, and Grapeline Wine Tours came highly recommended online and by our friends who have gone wine tasting in Temecula. I easily made reservations in advance online. We were given a specific time to be outside of Pechanga Resort and Casino. The morning of our tour, we had breakfast at Pechanga Resort and Casino and then walked outside the front doors of the resort where our tour guide was waiting for us. We boarded the bus, and our guide talked to us about what to expect throughout the day. Our...

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Wilson Creek Winery & Vineyards in Temecula Valley

Posted by on Mar 14, 2017 in Temecula, Travel | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of Grapeline Our final stop on the Grapeline Wine Tour in Temecula Valley was to Wilson Creek Winery & Vineyards. The winery was one of the most popular vineyards that we had visited while on the wine tour, and had some of the most delicious sparkling wines, with the sparkling almond wine being one of their most popular wines. We entered the winery and found two seats at the bar where we would embark on a delicious wine tasting adventure. The sparkling wines were some of the best sparkling wines that I have tasted with the Orange Mimosa and Peach Bellini being my two favorites. Chardonnay has always been my favorite wine and their “Yes Dear” Chardonnay was pure perfection. The winery had an extensive gift shop and plenty of outdoor seating to relax...

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Top Spring Break Family Escapes

Posted by on Mar 14, 2017 in Travel | 0 comments

  It is almost time for the kids to be off from school for Spring Break, and the perfect time to plan an unforgettable family getaway. When looking for a place to vacation with your family during the Easter holiday, you’re guaranteed to have a memorable vacation at one of these top Spring Break escapes. A Tropical Easter Getaway for the Gang Tamarind | Barbados Situated on the platinum west coast of Barbados, Tamarind, a contemporary Caribbean oasis, welcomes worldly travelers, couples and families alike to experience warm Bajan hospitality and play in an island paradise. Visiting this Spring? No need to worry about missing the Easter Bunny, he knows his way around the island. In addition to an Easter buffet lunch featuring live entertainment, Tamarind is hosting a special Kids Party and Easter Bonnet parade on the lush...

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Robert Renzoni Vineyards & Winery in Temecula

Posted by on Mar 13, 2017 in Temecula, Travel | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of Grapeline While on our Grapeline Tour in Temecula, we visited various wineries with Robert Renzoni Vineyards & Winery being one of our favorites. When we arrived at the winery, it felt like we were in the middle of a winery in Italy. The Tuscan-style winery is located at the top of the Temecula Valley hilltop and is surrounded by rows of grape vines. We entered the winery and were given poker chips for some tastings that were included with our tour. Robert Renzoni Vineyards & Winery had some of the best red wines that I have ever tasted. My husband enjoyed their Malbec wine so much that he purchased multiple bottles to bring home. It wasn’t just the wine that we enjoyed while visiting Robert Renzoni Vineyards & Winery but also their signature...

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Sun and Sunsets at The Inn at Laguna Beach

Posted by on Feb 28, 2017 in Featured, Staycation, Travel | 0 comments

 We stayed as a guest of the resort Our favorite place to have weekend staycations is in Laguna Beach. When planning our recent Laguna Beach getaway, we made plans to stay at the highly acclaimed Inn at Laguna Beach. I have seen the hotel many times while walking along Main Beach or driving down PCH, and I couldn’t wait to stay and experience the resort. I picked up my kids early from school on a Friday afternoon and took them down to Laguna Beach. I parked my car in the resort parking lot and walked down to Main Beach to look at the tide pools. The tide was low, and it was the perfect time to see all the beautiful sea life living in the tide pools on Main Beach. After splashing our toes in the ocean, we walked...

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The Best Fish Tacos in La Paz

Posted by on Feb 24, 2017 in La Paz, Mexico, Travel | 0 comments

  Ever since visiting La Paz last May, I have been craving the fish tacos that I had at Tacos De Pescado El Estadio. They were the best fish tacos that I have ever eaten in my life, and I couldn’t wait to have more when I returned to La Paz. When planning our recently family weekend getaway, I made plans one morning to bring my family to Tacos De Pescado El Estadio for breakfast. Why fish tacos for breakfast? People who live in La Paz eat fish tacos for breakfast or lunch and then carne asada or al pastor in the evenings. Tacos De Pescado El Estadio is one of the most popular places that locals go for fish tacos for breakfast or lunch, and you’ll often see a long line on the weekends. Since the last time...

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Touching Gray Whales in Magdalena Bay Mexico

Posted by on Feb 23, 2017 in Featured, La Paz, Mexico, Travel | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest If you’ve been following our family travel adventures, then you know how much we love to have unique and adventurous travel experiences. A couple of years ago, I heard about how during a short period out of the year, families can touch wild gray whales in Magdalena Bay, Mexico. That’s right – you can touch wild gray whales!! I didn’t realize that Magdalena Bay was close to La Paz, Mexico until a friend of mine posted that it was whale season in Magdalena Bay on her Facebook page. The minute that she told me that Magdalena Bay was just a couple of hours drive from La Paz, I went online to book our airline tickets to visit La Paz to see the whales. Why can you touch gray whales in Magdalena Bay and nowhere...

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How to use the ‘CBX’ Cross Border Xpress

Posted by on Feb 22, 2017 in Featured, La Paz, Mexico, Travel | 0 comments

  I love traveling to Mexico. It is one of the most beautiful places on earth. The country is rich with culture, delicious food, and welcoming people. Ever since I learned about the Cross Border Xpress (CBX), I will never travel to Mexico again without using it. Families can get flights to different regions of Mexico at 75% less than flying out of John Wayne or LAX. Last weekend, our family was able to have a weekend getaway to La Paz for less than the price of going to Palm Springs for the weekend!! Many of my friends are constantly asking me questions about how the Cross Border Xpress (CBX) works, so I decided to write a step-by-step guide on what to expect and how your family can use this great service to enjoy the benefits of affordable travel...

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Five Best Restaurants in Mayakoba Mexico

Posted by on Feb 16, 2017 in Mayakoba, Mexico, Playa del Carmen, Travel | 0 comments

 We dined as a guest of the venue The best part about planning a family vacation to Mayakoba is that you don’t have to leave the property. There is a wide variety of dining options between the three resorts, and there is complimentary shuttles available for guests staying at Mayakoba. When planning your upcoming visit, make reservations to dine at one of the five best restaurants in Mayakoba. La Laguna Fairmont Maykoba La Laguna offers a large breakfast buffet in the morning and an evening menu with a wide variety of authentic Mexican dishes. There is indoor seating as well as outdoor seating with views of the river and mangroves. El Puerto Fairmont Mayakoba This is the perfect restaurant to have a date night while staying in Mayakoba. It does have a family-friendly ambiance, and the cuisine is created...

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Authentic Mexican Cuisine at La Laguna

Posted by on Feb 15, 2017 in Mayakoba, Mexico, Playa del Carmen, Travel | 0 comments

 We dined as a guest of the venue On our last evening in Mayakoba, we were treated to an evening full of culinary delights at La Laguna at the Fairmont Mayakoba. La Laguna is located right on a river where families can bask in the beautiful water views. My daughter and I had a seat right on the waterfront where we could see animals frolicking in the mangroves across the water. The minute that the menu arrived, we were in heaven. They had my favorite Mexican dish on the menu – queso fundido. We started our dinner with some queso fundido that was pure cheese bliss. It is melted Mexican cheese that is paired with warm tortillas and chile morita salsa. You must try this dish when dining at La Laguna. We also enjoyed some freshly made guacamole, chicharron...

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Latin Asian Cuisine at El Puerto in Mayakoba

Posted by on Feb 13, 2017 in Mayakoba, Mexico, Playa del Carmen, Travel | 0 comments

 We dined as a guest of the venue The first thing that I wanted to do when arriving in Mayakoba was to have dinner at the highly acclaimed Richard Sandoval restaurant, El Puerto. The restaurant combines Asian and Latin cuisine that takes guests on an unforgettable epicurean adventure. We checked into our beautiful room at the Fairmont Mayakoba and then got dressed to have dinner at El Puerto. We took a seat at a table that looked out over Mayakoba, and we basked in the beautiful views of the sunset. Our meal started with a plate of freshly made sushi. There were so many delicious choices on the menu, but the lobster roll was the one that caught our attention. The sushi featured yuzu-truffle cream cheese, avocado, cucumber, and charred serrano-white soy sauce. We savored every bite of the...

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DJ’s Snowmobile Adventures in Mammoth

Posted by on Feb 7, 2017 in June Lake, Mammoth Mountain, Travel | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue My boys have always dreamed of doing a snowmobile adventure, so when planning our winter family getaway to June Lake, I made reservations with DJ’s Snowmobile Adventures in Mammoth. With the weather being unpredictable when we were visiting the area, I waited to tell the boys the news that we were going on a snowmobile adventure until the morning we were expected to go. I was so happy when I woke up that morning to see that we had clear skies and that the snow had stopped for just enough time for us to go snowmobile riding. That morning, we left June Lake and headed towards Mammoth where DJ’s Snowmobile Adventures is located. There was parking along the side of the road, and families were eagerly getting out of their cars,...

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Best Resort Kids Clubs

Posted by on Feb 6, 2017 in Travel | 0 comments

  When looking to plan your next family vacation finding a resort with a good kids club is key. These are the best resort kids clubs where your family can create unforgettable memories together. Tamarind A vibrant, Mediterranean-style beachfront resort situated on the platinum west coast of Barbados, families flock to Tamarind for a variety of unforgettable experiences and tropical island fun. The popular Flying Fish Kids Club keeps children comfortable and cheerfully entertained throughout their stay. Locally inspired Bajan activities including dialect lessons, pastry baking classes and beach cricket (Barbados’ sport of choice) are included in each stay. Pair that with unlimited non-motorized sports – snorkeling, surf lessons, stand-up paddleboarding – movie time and arts and crafts, and you’ve got the perfect kids club! Added touch: Kids under 12 stay free at Tamarind spring and summer 2017! Playa...

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L’Auberge Del Mar Reimagined Guestrooms

Posted by on Feb 2, 2017 in Staycation, Travel | 0 comments

  The 121 guest rooms at L’Auberge Del Mar, A Destination Hotel, located in San Diego’s coastal North County region, have emerged with a fresh new contemporary look masterminded by renowned Los Angeles interior designer Barclay Butera. According to Bob Harter, director of sales and marketing for L’Auberge Del Mar, the room renovations are part of a recently completed refurbishment program, which also impacts meeting spaces and select public areas. “All our latest upgrades are taking a cue from the surrounding surf, sand and sun,” he added. Providing an inspired take on the hotel’s oceanfront location, the new guest rooms have been redone with Butera’s characteristic modern beach flair – marked by clean, transitional “coastal chic” decor. According to Butera, who first redid the resort in 2008, each guestroom now sports a calming backdrop of crisp whites and subdued...

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Museum of Making Music in Carlsbad

Posted by on Jan 30, 2017 in Carlsbad, Travel | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue I love bringing my children to museums wherever we travel. Every time that we go to Legoland, I always see the sign directing towards the Museum of Making Music, and I finally made plans to visit this hidden gem in Carlsbad. My children love music. My two older children have self-taught themselves to play the guitar and the piano. They are gifted with music, and I knew they would be thrilled to visit this unique museum. The museum is located in a series of office buildings, and people could easily drive right past it without ever knowing that it was there. We parked the car and walked into the museum where we would learn all about the history of music. At the entrance of the museum is a small gift shop...

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Lunch and Sun at Sands Banyan Tree Mayakoba

Posted by on Jan 30, 2017 in Mayakoba, Mexico, Playa del Carmen, Travel | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue One of the highlights of our trip to Mayakoba was taking the complimentary Mayakoba shuttle over to Banyan Tree Resort to have lunch at Sands. Sands Restaurant is located at the Banyan Tree beach club and offers guests beautiful views of the turquoise waters and sandy white beach. When we arrived at the restaurant, we first spent some time at the beach club. The staff helped to set-up towels for us by the pool, and we relaxed on the lounge chairs while listening to the crashing ocean waves. We splashed in the water, took a short walk along the beach and then while we were resting in our lounge chairs. Suddenly, we heard the sound of someone blowing a conch shell. We jumped up out of our chairs to see what...

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Water Fun at the Carlsbad Lagoon

Posted by on Jan 26, 2017 in Carlsbad, Travel | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of Carlsbad Every time that we go to Legoland, my kids notice the watersports happening at the big lake next to the freeway in Carlsbad. When planning a recent weekend getaway to Carlsbad, I made plans to bring the kids to experience all the water fun happening at the Carlsbad Lagoon. When we arrived at the Carlsbad Lagoon, there was plenty of parking. Our kids jumped out of the car with excitement, ready for some fun in the water. There are many different types of water sports available at the lagoon, and my two kids each wanted to do something different. My older son wanted to experience the thrill of riding a jet ski, and my daughter wanted to do a more relaxing activity by doing stand-up paddleboarding. Because of the age of my...

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