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6 Must-Have Things For Your Family Vacation

Posted by on Jul 8, 2019 in Featured, Travel | 0 comments

Whether it is a summer house in North Carolina or a weekend away to Florida, we all dream of a picture-perfect family vacation. However, planning the holiday is not as easy as we’d like it to be. If your children are still little, of course, you want a place that they will not only enjoy but also give the adults of the family an opportunity to get some much-deserved rest. This means a place where the children can explore without putting any extra stress on yourself. These types of vacations require tons of planning. From deciding where to go and what to pack, it can become overwhelming. Fortunately for you, we have listed 10 must-have things for your family vacation. This guide will help you reduce stress and increase the fun. Clothes & Accessories This may be obvious but...

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Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve

Posted by on May 30, 2019 in Hiking Trails, Santa Rosa, Travel | 0 comments

When planning family vacations, I always include a hike in our itinerary. When planning our trip to visit Santa Rosa, there were so many hiking options, but I knew that I wanted to take a hike in the redwoods. After wine tasting at the Korbel Winery, we made the short drive to the Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve. We parked the car and unpacked the picnic lunch that we had picked up at the Korbel Winery deli. We sat under the giant redwood trees and had a delicious lunch together. One of the favorite things about the Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve is that it is not crowded like other places where families can see redwoods. It was so calm, peaceful, and we could hear the little scratches from a squirrel climbing up one of the trees. The perfect...

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Why It’s A Great Idea to Get Out the House and Travel with Your Little One Now and Then

Posted by on May 17, 2019 in Travel | 0 comments

Everyone knows that there is far more to traveling than seaside sunsets and delicious food, but what about traveling with your little one? With 64% of millennial families have been on at least one vacation in the last year, follow the trend and find out why it’s a great idea to step outside and go traveling with your little one. You’ll create some incredible memories together From the moment your little one was born, there will have been moments of every day you wish you could capture forever. One of traveling’s most simple joys is that you can create even more of these memories but in a beautiful setting. It is for this reason that camping trips and beach getaways are among the most popular, as families are never short on activities to enjoy. Ideally, you’ll need to strike...

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Noble Folk Ice Cream and Pie Bar in Santa Rosa

Posted by on May 13, 2019 in Dining, Santa Rosa, Travel | 0 comments

Eat more pie. Because “Pie not”? When visiting Santa Rosa, we had an unforgettable dinner at Bollywood Bar & Clay Oven. After dinner we noticed that a new pie bar had just opened next door, so we went in to check it out before walking down to The Jade Room Wine Bar for a nightcap. The minute that we walked into the store, the aroma tantalized our tastebuds. They feature a select amount of freshly baked pies and ice cream. I couldn’t resist tasting almost every flavor of ice cream before making my dessert decision. All of the ice creams were rich, creamy and delicious. Noble Folk Ice Cream What makes their ice cream so delicious and unique? Because it is locally made and sourced. Everything made local is always better. It is made locally at their creamery in...

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The Sandman Hotel: A Modern Boutique Hotel in The Heart of Wine Country

Posted by on May 8, 2019 in Santa Rosa, Travel | 0 comments

We stayed at The Sandman Hotel as a guest Surrounded by grape-laden vineyards and spectacular scenery is the boutique Sandman Hotel that blends gracious hospitality and contemporary amenities. The stylish sanctuary ensures a pampered stay for families in the quiet town of Santa Rosa. When I first arrived at The Sandman Hotel, I fell in love with the distinctive character of the hotel. The check-in process was seamless, and I found myself in the zen-like guest room within minutes after arrival. The spacious and inviting guest rooms are perfectly decorated with elegant furnishings, and big enough for families to lounge in before heading out for the day. The room features the finest linens, plush towels, and luxurious amenities. After relaxing in the comforting room, I restored my energy and vitality while taking a tantalizing shower before getting a taste...

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Bollywood Bar & Clay Oven in Santa Rosa

Posted by on May 6, 2019 in Dining, Santa Rosa, Travel | 0 comments

We dined at Bollywood Bar & Clay Oven as a guest of Santa Rosa One of my favorite restaurants that I visited while in Santa Rosa was the Bollywood Bar & Clay Oven. The restaurant is a short drive from The Sandman Hotel, and offers guests authentic Indian cuisine with an upscale ambiance. The minute that I walked into the restaurant I felt like I was in a restaurant located in Manhattan. The space blends rustic elements, like unfinished wood and exposed brick, with modern furniture. We took a seat at one of the tables on the second floor and got ready to dine on Indian classics paired with local wine. Bollywood Bar & Clay Oven Appetizers I love Indian food, and one of my favorite dishes is Pani Puri. It is traditional Indian street food, and it is...

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The Jade Room Wine Bar & Oysterette

Posted by on May 3, 2019 in Dining, Santa Rosa, Travel | 1 comment

We visited The Jade Room as a guest of Santa Rosa On our last night visiting Santa Rosa, we went on an epicurean adventure at Bollywood Bar & Clay Oven and then walked over to The Jade Room Wine Bar & Oysterette to have a nightcap before returning to our hotel, The Sandman. The chic wine bar is new to Downtown Santa Rosa and is a hot spot for locals and visitors. The minute that we walked into the wine bar, I felt a sense of relaxation come over me. When it comes to seating, you can take a seat at the long, and beautiful bar, at a small semi-private table or in the plush lounge area. Our group decided to enjoy a cocktail in the lounge area. We all took a seat on the comfortable seats and looked...

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Five SoCal Family Weekend Road Trips

Posted by on Apr 15, 2019 in Featured, Staycation, Travel | 0 comments

Sponsored by Alamo Travel is one of the best gifts a parent can give to their child. I try to travel as much as possible with my children. The only downside to traveling often is how expensive it can be, especially for larger families. The best way to travel on a budget is to travel by car. Living in Southern California, there are many great travel destinations nearby and conveniently located near a few major airports such as LAX (Los Angeles International Airport) and SAN (San Diego International Airport). These are our top five favorite places to take our families near SoCal. Lake Arrowhead Just a short drive to the San Bernardino Mountains, and you’ll find yourself in a wonderland. Lake Arrowhead is a short drive from the top ski resorts in the area, and the Lake Arrowhead Resort...

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Ultimate Girlfriend Glamping Getaway

Posted by on Mar 26, 2019 in Featured, Staycation, Travel | 2 comments

We visited as a guest of the Ventura Ranch KOA My girlfriends and I had been wanting to have a getaway together for such a long time. We didn’t want to take the traditional girlfriend getaway like to Palm Springs or Vegas. One of my friends suggested that we take a girls glamping trip to the Ventura Ranch KOA. Most of my friends had never been camping before, and they were excited to experience glamping as their first “camping” experience. The Ventura Ranch KOA was just a short drive from Orange County and is nestled in the beautiful Ventura mountains. The minute that I arrived at the KOA, I felt all my stress from parenting drift away while in the serene environment. The Ventura Ranch KOA offers something for every camper. There are places for guests to park their...

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Best Breakfast in Mérida: Rosas & Xocolate

Posted by on Feb 19, 2019 in Dining, Featured, Mérida, Mexico, Travel | 0 comments

We dined at Rosas & Xocolate as a guest of Mérida After using the (CBX) Cross Border Xpress to catch a flight out of Tijuana with Volaris conveniently, Xperiencia Maya picked us up in Mérida to bring us to Rosas & Xocolate for breakfast. Decor of Rosas & Xocolate in Mérida The first thing that made with fall in love with Rosas & Xocolate was the beautiful pink building. The hotel and restaurant looked like something out of a movie, and I couldn’t wait to taste their food. We walked into the restaurant, and they led us to the perfect table on their outdoor patio. Our table was right next to a pond when I enjoyed the relaxing sounds of the small fountain. After sitting in the restaurant for a few minutes, all the stresses from traveling melted away....

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Seasonal Fare at The Patio on 101 in Encinitas

Posted by on Jan 23, 2019 in Dining, San Diego | 0 comments

We dined at The Patio on 101 as a guest of the San Diego Restaurant Week San Diego is well-known for having some of the best restaurants in California. Every year during the San Diego Restaurant Week, I head down south to try a new restaurant. This year, I brought my daughter to try The Patio on 101 in Encinitas. San Diego Restaurant Week During San Diego Restaurant week, they have a 3-course dinner menu for $40. Plus, there is the option of adding two full glasses of wine for $20. Small Cheese and Charcuterie Board I started my dinner by having their small cheese and charcuterie board. The appetizer featured a chef’s choice of meats and cheese. Also, it came with an assortment of bread and accouterments. It was light, fresh and the perfect start to my meal....

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Rejuvenate at the Lake Arrowhead Resort Spa of the Pines

Posted by on Jan 8, 2019 in Beauty, Lake Arrowhead, Spa, Travel | 0 comments

I visited the Lake Arrowhead Resort Spa of the Pines as a guest The stunning Lake Arrowhead Resort Spa of the Pines provides an exceptional retreat. If you are looking for total relaxation, indulge in a soothing spa treatment in one of their private treatment rooms. Also, it is a AAA Four Diamond Spa with lodge-inspired ambiance. While on our weekend getaway to the Lake Arrowhead Resort, I escaped to the spa for a relaxing massage. It left me feeling refreshed, rejuvenated, and ready to explore Lake Arrowhead. Lake Arrowhead Resort Spa of the Pine Ambiance The minute that I stepped into the spa, I felt all my stress fade away. The spa features one of the most immersive and welcoming settings. I slipped into the comfortable robe and took a moment to breathe. I relaxed in the quiet...

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Family Dining at Lake Arrowhead Pizza

Posted by on Jan 7, 2019 in Dining, Lake Arrowhead, Travel | 0 comments

It is one of our family traditions to have dinner at Lake Arrowhead Pizza whenever we visit Lake Arrowhead. The pizza place is packed every night, and the pizza is fantastic. During our recent visit to the Lake Arrowhead Resort, we walked into the Village to have dinner at Lake Arrowhead Pizza. When we arrived, there was a line out the door. While we waited in line, the kids went into the arcade to play games. What to order at Lake Arrowhead Pizza When you first arrive, you order at the counter. The menu features everything from greens to pasta and even burgers. Every time we have dined at Lake Arrowhead Pizza, we order the same thing. Mozzarella sticks and a pepperoni pizza. We placed our order and found a table to enjoy dinner together as a family. While...

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GMC Denali and Dogs Roadtrip to Ojai

Posted by on Jan 6, 2019 in Autos, Featured, General Motors, Ojai, Travel | 0 comments

We took a GMC Denali to Ojai as a guest of GMC After having children, I realized that I was spending less time with our dog than I did before kids. I decided it was time to have some bonding time with our dog, and took her with me to Ojai. I loaded up our GMC Acadia Denali with all her favorite toys and made the short drive to Ojai. Road Tripping with Dogs in the GMC Denali Acadia When planning the trip, I made sure that Daisy was safe in the back seat by using a harness. She had a smile on her face the entire car ride. Plus, I was able to keep her comfortable by turning on the heated seats. Caravan Outpost The GMC Acadia Denali provides such a comfortable ride that it only felt like...

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Village Ice Cream & Sweet Shoppe in Lake Arrowhead

Posted by on Jan 6, 2019 in Dining, Lake Arrowhead, Travel | 0 comments

While waiting to have lunch at The Lakefront Tap Room Bar and Kitchen in Lake Arrowhead, we walked around the village. While exploring the village, we stumbled upon Village Ice Cream. Since we were on vacation staying at the Lake Arrowhead Resort, we decided to treat the kids to some ice cream before lunch. Location of Village Ice Cream in Lake Arrowhead Village Ice Cream is located right in the heart of the Lake Arrowhead Village. They offer a wide variety of ice cream flavors and lots of candy. It is a kids dream come true. It is also an excellent place for kids to get a souvenir. Flavors of Ice Cream There were so many tasty flavors that it was hard to pick just one. The kids and I sampled almost every flavor before making a final decision...

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Lake Arrowhead: The Lakefront Tap Room Bar and Kitchen

Posted by on Jan 5, 2019 in Dining, Lake Arrowhead, Travel | 0 comments

While staying at the Lake Arrowhead Resort, we took a short walk into the village to have lunch at The Lakefront Tap Room Bar and Kitchen. I had heard a lot about the restaurant and was excited to have a relaxing meal. Restaurant Near The Lake Arrowhead Resort The restaurant is right on the water, so families can enjoy beautiful water views while dining. They also have a great selection of beers for the parents. The restaurant is quite popular, so we did have to wait for about an hour to get a table. While waiting, we walked over to the Village Ice Cream and Sweet Shoppe to enjoy dessert before lunch. It wasn’t long until I got a text message that our table was ready. We were lucky to have gotten a table on the outdoor patio for...

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Lake Arrowhead Resort: Dining at Bin 189

Posted by on Jan 4, 2019 in Dining, Lake Arrowhead, Travel | 0 comments

We dined at Bin 189 as a guest of the Lake Arrowhead Resort The Lake Arrowhead Resort is the premier place to stay with your family in the San Bernardino Mountains. The resort features plush accommodations, stunning water views, and elevated dining at Bin 189. While staying at the Lake Arrowhead Resort, our family started the weekend getaway by having dinner at Bin 189. The restaurant has a beautiful ambiance, and almost every table features water views. The Bar at The Lake Arrowhead Resort I awaited the arrival of my husband by enjoying a glass of wine and appetizer in the bar. My son and I savored every bite of the chips and guacamole. The dish features fresh avocado, cilantro, lime, Cotija cheese, and hand-made tortilla chips. The bar area has a large bar and plenty of tables for...

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Genoa Bar and Saloon: Nevada’s Oldest Saloon

Posted by on Jan 3, 2019 in Autos, Carson Valley, General Motors, Genoa, Nevada, Travel | 0 comments

While visiting Genoa Nevada, I had to make a quick stop at the oldest bar in Nevada, Genoa Bar, and Saloon. I drove our Chevy Tahoe over to the saloon after having lunch at the historic Pink House. The kids played with a wild deer outside of the saloon, while I went inside to explore. The minute that I walked into the saloon, I felt like I had been transported into another time. It was something straight out of a movie. Since I was driving with my kids, I couldn’t enjoy a cocktail, but I did take some time to soak up the ambiance. The saloon has a huge old-fashioned bar, a pool table, and even some tables for gambling. About Genoa Bar In 1863, Al Livingston built the building and called it Livingston’s exchange. In 1884, Frank Fettic...

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Heart Rock Waterfall Hike in Crestline

Posted by on Jan 2, 2019 in Autos, Featured, General Motors, Hiking Trails, Lake Arrowhead, Travel | 0 comments

One of my favorite things about staying in Lake Arrowhead is all the beautiful hiking trails in the area. While on a recent getaway to the Lake Arrowhead Resort, we did the heart rock waterfall hike in Crestline. The hike is just a short drive away from the Lake Arrowhead Resort, and perfect for families with young children. My daughter and I got into our Buick Regal GS and headed down the mountain to the start of the trail. Finding the Trail in Crestline Finding the trail was a little challenging. The GPS took us to the side of the road, and we were not 100% sure if that was the location of the trail. To find the trail, you’ll want to put Camp Seely into your navigation. At the entrance to the camp, you’ll see a small sign...

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Kings Canyon Waterfall Hike in Carson Valley Nevada

Posted by on Jan 1, 2019 in Autos, Carson Valley, General Motors, Nevada, Travel | 0 comments

We visited the Kings Canyon Waterfall in Carson Valley as a guest The first thing my daughter and I do when planning an upcoming trip, is to see if there is a waterfall we can explore. We discovered that there is a majestic Kings Canyon Waterfall in Carson Valley Nevada. The best part is that the hike is not strenuous like many waterfall hikes. Exploring waterfalls with your children is pure magic. What to Expect at Kings Canyon Waterfall in Carson Valley The hike is perfect for families with young children. It is less than one-mile round trip. We arrived at the waterfall hike right before sunset. There is a parking area right at the base of the trail. We parked our Chevy Tahoe, and put on our jackets, and started the hike. The trail is well paved, and...

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The Pink House in Genoa Nevada

Posted by on Dec 28, 2018 in Autos, Carson Valley, General Motors, Genoa, Nevada, Travel | 0 comments

We visited The Pink House in Genoa as a guest of Carson Valley Anytime that I am at a restaurant, and I see charcuterie on the menu, I always make reservations. While planning our trip to Carson Valley in Nevada, I learned about the historic town of Genoa. The one thing that stood out to me was The Pink House. I needed to inquire about a restaurant that specialized in my two favorite foods: meat and cheese. We went to have lunch at The Pink House after exploring off the beaten path with JT Humphrey’s wildlife tours. The minute that we parked our Chevy Tahoe in front of the house, we were in love. In fact, the restaurant is an Instagrammers dream come true. We walked into the restaurant, and there was a sign guiding us to the back...

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Carson Valley: The Hanging Tree in Genoa Nevada

Posted by on Dec 28, 2018 in Autos, Carson Valley, General Motors, Genoa, Nevada, Travel | 1 comment

We visited the hanging tree in Genoa as a guest of Carson Valley My travels around the world have made me fall in love with historical landmarks. I am fascinated by old stories. Recently, while in Carson Valley, we spent half a day in the town of Genoa. If you don’t already know, Genoa is the first settlement in Nevada, and rich in history. If you like historical buildings and history, you’ll fall in love with the town of Genoa as much as I did. While planning our trip to Genoa, I noticed something about a hanging tree online. There wasn’t much information about it, so I set out on a mission to learn more. The ranger at the Mormon Station State Historic Park gave me directions to The Hanging Tree. Also, he shared some of the back story...

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Theatre & Shopping: An Epic Mother and Daughter Weekend Getaway

Posted by on Dec 10, 2018 in Costa Mesa, Dining, Family, Featured, Giveaways, Shopping, Temecula, Travel | 184 comments

Sponsored One of my favorite things to do with my daughter is to have small weekend getaways. Before getting into the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, I planned an unforgettable weekend getaway with my daughter in Costa Mesa. With my daughter being an art student at Orange County School of the Arts, I thought that she would enjoy a getaway enjoying the artsy community of Costa Mesa, and it ended up being one of our favorite staycations ever. Costa Mesa has some of the best small businesses to shop for the holidays in Orange County, and since I want all the holiday gifts that I will be giving this year to come from small businesses, we started our getaway by shopping during Small Business Saturday. We got up early on Small Business Saturday and went to The...

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The History of Mining at Museo Ruta de Plata in El Triunfo

Posted by on Dec 5, 2018 in El Triunfo, La Paz, Mexico, Travel | 0 comments

The history of mining in the Baja California Peninsula at Museo Ruta de Plata in El Triunfo We had lunch at Cafe El Triunfo, and then our family walked next door to visit the Museo Ruta de Plata. The entrance to the museum is 100 pesos. About the Museum Museo Ruta de Plata preserves and interprets the rich mining heritage and settlement of the region. The private museum focuses on the period between 1750 and 1930. The Ruta de Plata region encompasses the entire Cape Region on the southern tip of Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula. Most Importantly, bringing history to life is their emphasis is on the La Paz Municipality. It is the 4th largest municipality by area in Mexico. That includes villages, towns and countryside spanning the width of the peninsula, from the Pacific Coast across to the Gulf...

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Exploring an Abandoned Mine in El Triunfo

Posted by on Dec 3, 2018 in El Triunfo, La Paz, Mexico, Travel | 0 comments

After having lunch at Cafe El Triunfo and visiting Museo Ruta de Plata, we walked behind the museum to get a closer look at La Ramona. The trail has a beautiful paved walkway that leads up to the historic mining chimney where your kids might get to see some wild chickens or even a cow or two. As we walked up to La Ramona, we were all in awe of the beauty of the structure and wondered how it was possible for such a large structure to be standing & so strong. Around the chimney were old pieces of mining equipment and the ruins of the old mine. While we were looking at La Ramona, a historian approached up and started talking to us about the history of the town and La Ramona. He was so pleasant and told...

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Best Pizza in Baja California: Cafe El Triunfo

Posted by on Nov 27, 2018 in Dining, El Triunfo, La Paz, Mexico, Travel | 0 comments

When planning our visit to El Triunfo during our stay in La Paz, Mexico, I did a little bit of research and learned that there is only one restaurant in the small town called Cafe El Triunfo. While exploring the town, I did learn that there are more restaurants in the town, but since I thought it was the only place to dine, we stopped in for lunch before learning about La Ramona and exploring the town. The minute that we drove into the small town, there was a sign on the side of the road directing visitors to the location of the cafe. We parked the car and walked up to the beautiful restaurant. The restaurant is one of the most beautiful places that I have ever dined at in Mexico. When you first step in the door,...

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La Ramona Mining Chimney in El Triunfo Mexico

Posted by on Nov 26, 2018 in El Triunfo, La Paz, Mexico, Travel | 1 comment

On my first trip to La Paz, Mexico, I heard about a mining chimney called La Ramona in El Triunfo that was made by Gustav Eiffel (who also built the Eiffel Tower) located in a small village just a short drive away from La Paz. Every time we have visited La Paz, we never had time to visit El Triunfo until recently. I initially thought that our visit to El Triunfo would be a short visit, but after spending time in the magical town, we ended up spending the entire day exploring. It took us about an hour to arrive in El Triunfo, and the drive leading into the town was absolutely breathtaking. The minute that we first spotted the small town from the road, I was in love. The first thing that I saw standing tall was La...

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OC’s First Luxury Cat Hotel

Posted by on Oct 10, 2018 in Family, Travel | 0 comments

Orange County’s first luxury hotel exclusively for cats will be opening in Irvine this winter. Centrally located just two miles from John Wayne airport, Club Cat, an up-and-coming alternative to conventional boarding, will provide peace-of-mind to cat owners who travel for business or pleasure. With limited options in Orange County to board cats in a cat-only facility, Club Cat founder, Shana Martin, set out to create an upscale boarding environment. “As a lifelong cat owner, traveling was always stressful for me because it was difficult to rely on family, friends or neighbors to take care of my cats the way I wanted them to be taken care of,” says Martin. “Hiring pet sitters wasn’t an option either because I never felt comfortable giving a complete stranger access to my home and personal belongings.” Martin’s vision was also motivated by...

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Dinner with a View at The Sun Room

Posted by on Aug 28, 2018 in Dining, Oregon, Travel | 0 comments

We dined as a guest of the venue After a busy day exploring the Oregon coastline, we freshened up in our room before having dinner at The Sun Room Cafe at the Salishan Resort. One of my favorite things about the restaurant is the beautiful panoramic views of the golf course. We were seated at a booth overlooking the golf course and got ready to embark on an epicurean adventure. There were so many delicious choices on the menu, and it was the parmesan truffle fries with garlic aioli and portland ketchup that caught the eye of my son. Truffle fries are one of his all-time favorite dishes, and he thought that the fries at The Sun Room Cafe were some of the best he has ever had. While my son was enjoying the parmesan truffle fries, my daughter...

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Yaquina Head Lighthouse

Posted by on Aug 27, 2018 in Oregon, Travel | 0 comments

One afternoon while staying at the Salishan Resort along the beautiful Oregon coast, we went to explore the popular Yaquina Head Lighthouse. We enjoyed a delicious breakfast at Salishan Resort and then took the scenic drive along the coast to see the lighthouse. When we first arrived at the Yaquina Head Nature Area, we paid a small fee to enter the nature preserve. We drove around the bend to discover a beautiful lighthouse at the edge of the cliff. It was extremely windy the day that we visited so we didn’t walk all the way to the lighthouse but did take the stairs down to explore the black sand beach. At the bottom of the stairs were some volunteers who talked to my children about the different wildlife they might come across while looking the tide pools and reminded...

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Tenaya Lodge Labor Day Weekend Special

Posted by on Aug 25, 2018 in Travel | 0 comments

One of my favorite places to create unforgettable memories with my family is at Tenaya Lodge in Yosemite. We return to the lodge year after year, and every time that we visit, it feels like the first. Tenaya Lodge is giving travelers a huge incentive for visiting Yosemite for Labor Day with 20% off rates and no minimum stay. A 20% discount is virtually unheard of over Labor Day weekend!! Visitors should use the promo code HOTDEAL when booking. Labor Day at Tenaya Lodge is also full of fun activities including a family watercolor class, dive-in movies, day and evening kids camps and a poolside barbecue. If you don’t already have travel plans for Labor Day, make reservations to visit Yosemite with your...

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Angels Gate Park: Korean Bell of Friendship

Posted by on Aug 24, 2018 in San Pedro, Travel | 0 comments

We visited as a guest of San Pedro One of the highlights of my visit to San Pedro was going to Angels Gate Park where there is the Korean Bell of Friendship. The massive bell was donated in 1976 by the People Republic of Korea to honor the veterans of the Korean War and symbolizes the friendship between the two countries. The bell weighs 17 tons, twelve feet tall, seven and a half feet in diameter, and is made of copper and tin, with gold, nickel, lead and phosphorous. The Korean Bell of Friendship sits in the center of Angels Gate Park overlooking the beautiful coastline. It is in the center of a gorgeous pagoda stone structure that is supported by twelve columns representing the twelve designs of the Oriental zodiac. The bell is rung only four times each...

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Family-Friendly Resort Cooking Classes

Posted by on Aug 18, 2018 in Travel | 0 comments

As we are in the heat of summer, vacation time is top-of-mind and if you happen to be planning a trip for a family, keeping the whole gang entertained during said vacation is right up there. Family-friendly cooking classes – fun, tasty, hands-on activities at these resorts will keep the bodies busy and the bellies full. Chef for a Day at Renaissance Tuscany II Ciocco Resort & Spa Nestled on the hill of an expansive two-mile estate in the heart of Italy’s most beloved region, Tuscany, the Renaissance Tuscany Il Ciocco Resort & Spa overlooks the mountainous Serchio Valley, one of the most unexplored areas of Italy. The 180-room resort offers, by request, a ‘Chef For a Day’ experience for children looking to understand the local culture of Italy and the food of the seasons while having some fun....

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The Historic Warner Grand Theatre

Posted by on Aug 16, 2018 in San Pedro, Theatre, Travel | 0 comments

We visited as a guest of the venue One of my favorite things that we did when exploring San Pedro was visiting the Warner Grand Theatre. I am a little bit of a history and architecture nerd, and the minute that the trolley stopped in front of the historic theatre, I was in love. The Warner Grand Theatre opened on January 20, 1931, and was built by the distinguished team of architect B. Marcus Priteca and the artist Anthony Heinsbergen (the same team that designed the Hollywood Pantages). The theatre features some exemplary aspects of art deco like: lines, steps, sweeping curves as well as chevron patterns and the sunburst motifs. The finest examples in the Warner Grand are on the auditorium ceiling and the mezzanine ceiling. This Theatre’s design has been called “Neo-byzantine.” The theatre looks just as...

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Coffee by the Sea at Siren’s Java & Tea in San Pedro

Posted by on Aug 14, 2018 in Dining, San Pedro, Travel | 0 comments

We visited as a guest of the venue We started our day exploring San Pedro by visiting the popular local coffee shop, Siren’s Java & Tea. The coffee shop is located in the heart of downtown San Pedro and offers a variety of unique coffee creations and breakfast pastries. One of my favorite things about Siren’s Java & Tea is the ambiance. There are many tables, chairs, couches located throughout the coffee shop for families to relax and reconnect. My friend, Anita and I, found a table in the back of the coffee shop where we enjoyed catching up while sipping on a warm cup of coffee. I had heard that they are well known for their “Mermaid Kiss” coffee, and while I am not one for sweet coffee drinks, I couldn’t resist ordering a cup. The coffee featured...

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Cool Craft Brews at Brouwerij West in San Pedro

Posted by on Aug 13, 2018 in Dining, San Pedro | 0 comments

We visited as a guest of the venue The summer temperatures were rising while we were busy exploring San Pedro, making it the perfect time to stop into Brouwerij West for a refreshing taste of their craft beers. What I love about Brouwerij West is that they have a large indoor and outdoor venue complete with food trucks, making it a family-friendly brewery. We had just finished supporting local artisans by shopping at the neighboring Crafted and then walked over to Brouwerij West. The minute that we walked into the brewery, we immediately felt relaxed. There were many tables available, twinkling lights, and friendly staff. I have to admit that I have never been much of a beer drinker, but recently I have found some craft beers that I’ve quite enjoyed. I went into the craft beer tasting with...

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Visit Winnie-the-Pooh’s Hundred Acre Wood in England

Posted by on Jul 27, 2018 in Disney, Entertainment, Featured, Film, Travel | 0 comments

It has been nine years since I last visited my family in London.  We are a close-knit bunch and spend every day together.  The last time we were there my children were 1 and 4 which meant that every day was spent in a park.   My aunt Barbara told us about this enchanting park that she felt the children would love so we headed out to Aldenham Country Park in Hertfordshire to visit the 100 Aker Wood.  Now if that sounds a bit familiar it may be due to a little song that starts off like this: Deep in the hundred acre wood Where Christopher Robin plays, you will find the enchanted neighborhood of Christopher’s childhood days A donkey named Eeyore is his friend. And Kanga and little Roo. There’s Rabbit. and Piglet And there’s Owl But most of...

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Top Gun House in Oceanside

Posted by on Jul 9, 2018 in Autos, Kia, San Diego, Travel | 0 comments

We stayed as a guest of Visit Oceanside/Vehicle provided by Kia When planning our recent Oceanside staycation, I was doing some research on things to see and do in the area when I learned that Kelly McGillis’ house from the movie Top Gun is in Oceanside. As we were arriving at our hotel for the weekend, I immediately recognized it on the corner, and parked our Kia Sorento in a parking spot and got out to look at the house. I was overwhelmed with excitement because Top Gun was one of my favorite childhood movies. When my kids walked up to the house they said, “what is Top Gun?” I couldn’t believe that after all the movies I have shown the kids that I had not yet introduced them to the movie Top Gun. The house was not in...

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What A Teen Learned From a Road Trip with No Electronics

Posted by on Jul 6, 2018 in Autos, Family, Kia, Travel | 1 comment

Car provided by Kia Every summer I go on a road trip with just my mom, me and occasionally my little brother. Going on a trip with my older brother is practically unheard of because he ‘IS’ a typical teenager and all he likes to do is spend time in his room. My mom told me that we would be making a road trip (just the three of us) with no plans. We were just going to drive in her Kia Sorento with no set hotel reservations or destination, and only one thing in mind – to take our time exploring and connecting with one another. Now, my older brother is a huge planner, so I had no idea how that was going to work, but we made it happen. I learned some really valuable things while on this...

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Boutique Elegance at La Casa De Los Dos Leones in Querétaro

Posted by on Jul 2, 2018 in Autos, Family, Featured, Kia, Mexico, Querétaro, Travel | 0 comments

We visited as a guest of the venue When planning our upcoming Mother and Daughter getaway to explore the history and culture of Querétaro, I knew that I wanted to stay in boutique style hotels to fully experience the culture and history of the beautiful city. We used Pied à Terre to find La Casa De Los Dos Leones in Querétaro because they are the premier community to help travelers with finding the best boutique hotels that focus on culture, art, and gastronomy. Moments after arriving in Querétaro, our driver took us to La Casa De Los Dos Leones which was located in the heart of the city, and where a beautiful Kia Sorento was in the parking lot awaiting our arrival. As we walked into the lobby, we were greeted by the staff who offered us a refreshing...

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Museo de Arte de Querétaro

Posted by on Jun 5, 2018 in Mexico, Querétaro, Travel | 0 comments

While in Querétaro, there was one place that I really wanted to visit, and that was the Museo de Arte de Querétaro. The Museo is one of the most beautiful buildings in the city and full of famous pieces of art. During my visit, I only had a few minutes to explore the building and capture some photos of the beautiful architecture. If you love architecture or history, you’ll fall in love the minute you walk into the Museo. The moment that I stepped into the atrium, I was overwhelmed by the beauty of the building. I took time to admire every curve of the designs sculpted into the cement walls that surrounded the atrium. In the middle was a gorgeous fountain and there was a tall cement staircase where I stopped to sit and embrace all the exquisite...

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El Mesón de Chucho el Roto in Querétaro, Mexico

Posted by on Jun 4, 2018 in Mexico, Querétaro, Travel | 0 comments

We dined as a guest After arriving in Querétaro, Mexico, I couldn’t wait to sink my taste buds into some authentic cuisine. I was visiting some friends in the area, and they had recommended that my first meal in the city be at the popular dining destination, El Mesón de Chucho el Roto. The restaurant is located in the heart of the city and features a relaxing outdoor dining patio where guests can hear live music from the center and enjoy beautiful views of the historic building surrounding the center. When we arrived, we were taken to a table on the patio where we sipped on hibiscus water and enjoyed the live music. Grasshoppers are one of my favorite things to enjoy while in Mexico, and my daughter had yet to try it, so we ordered some Sopes de...

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Hike to Heart Rock

Posted by on May 1, 2018 in Featured, Hiking Trails, Joshua Tree, Kia, Travel | 2 comments

Vehicle provided by Kia When planning a mother and daughter trip to Joshua Tree, one of my friends mentioned to me that we needed to hike to heart rock. Unfortunately, there is barely anything written online about how to find the mysterious heart rock, so we set off on an adventure to find heart rock. There were only a few things that we knew about heart rock before going on a hike, and that was that it is located in the White Tank Campground along the Arch Rock Nature Trail. Before checking into our campsite, we drove in our Kia Sorento to Arch Rock Nature Trail in an attempt to find heart rock. The trail is only .5 miles, but we seemed to hike for at least a couple of miles. We hiked all over the area until the...

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A Perfect 24 Hours in New York City

Posted by on Apr 11, 2018 in Autos, Featured, Kia, New York, Travel | 0 comments

We visited as a guest of Kia After having an eventful day at the New York Auto Show for the unveiling of the all-new 2019 Kia Optima and K900, I had an unforgettable 24 hours in New York City. The perfect day in NYC started with a short walk from the Soho Grand Hotel to Jack’s Wife Freda for breakfast. The adorable cafe is located in the heart of lower Manhattan and has a fresh and healthy menu. There were so many delicious choices to choose from on the menu, making it hard to pick just one. While I can never normally resist a delicious benny, it was the poached eggs with grilled tomato and haloumi that tantalized my taste buds. The dish was light, refreshing and the perfect meal to start that day in NYC. Raindrops were slowly...

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The Royal Palace on the Disney Dream Cruise Line

Posted by on Mar 9, 2018 in Dining, Disney, Disney Cruise Line, Travel | 0 comments

We attended during the Disney Social Media Moms Conference After having dinner at the Enchanted Garden Restaurant on the Disney Dream Cruise Line, we couldn’t wait to experience dinner at the highly-acclaimed Royal Palace. Our family was going to attend a pirate party after dinner, so we arrived at the palace in our favorite pirate attire, ready for a delicious dining experience. My children were the most excited to see our servers again, Sudarmaji and Vinay. They treated my children so wonderfully and would perform magic tricks for them. They even knew what my kids favorite foods were after just one night and made some excellent recommendations for them. For the appetizers, I started with the iced lobster and jumbo shrimp. The dish was simple, yet flavorful. It was the perfect prelude to my main course. And, while I...

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The Enchanted Garden on the Disney Dream Cruise Line

Posted by on Mar 7, 2018 in Dining, Disney Cruise Line, Family, Travel | 0 comments

We attended during the Disney Social Media Moms Conference When planning our upcoming family vacation on the Disney Dream Cruise Line, I didn’t know what to expect when it came to dining. We had the option of selecting one of two different dining times, and we would be assigned to dine at that specific time at a different restaurant each evening. The first evening, we dined at The Enchanted Garden restaurant, and it was one of our favorite restaurants on the cruise ship. The minute that we arrived at the restaurant, we were immediately guided to our private table where we would embark on an epicurean adventure. The staff was already aware of my older sons food allergies, and they came over to go over the allergies with us to ensure that he did not have any issues during...

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Disney Dream Cruise Line Presents Beauty and the Beast The Musical

Posted by on Mar 5, 2018 in Disney Cruise Line, Entertainment, Theatre, Travel | 0 comments

We attended during the Disney Social Media Moms Conference I am a huge theatre lover. Ever since I started school at the Orange County School of the Arts, the theatre has become a giant part of my life, and I couldn’t imagine my life any other way. When I did some research about our upcoming trip on the Disney Dream Cruise Line, and I discovered that there was going to be a theatre on the ship, and I was so excited. Next, I looked into it more and learned that they would be doing a live musical production of Beauty and the Beast, and I couldn’t wait to see it. When we boarded the cruise, I was counting down the nights until Beauty and the Beast, which (lucky for me) was on the second night. Our dinner was at...

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Snow Tubing at Mt Baldy

Posted by on Jan 18, 2018 in Cool Places, Family, Featured, Kia, Travel | 0 comments

Vehicle provided by Kia One of my kid’s favorite things to do is go skiing! Unfortunately, we haven’t been lucky enough to get much snow in our local mountains, so during the holiday break, I took my kids to Mt Baldy for the first time to check out their snow tubing. Mt Baldy is a true hidden gem for those who like snow. It is much closer than Lake Arrowhead or Big Bear and is a great skiing facility. The area had not gotten much snow the weekend that we visited, so there was not any snow as we drove up the mountain, but once we got off the chairlift, the ski resort had created a winter wonderland. When there is snow in the area, the ski resort offers skiing, snowboard, and tubing for families to enjoy. The day...

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Glamping in a Tipi under the Stars in Joshua Tree

Posted by on Jan 17, 2018 in Autos, Joshua Tree, Kia, Road Trips, Staycation, Travel | 3 comments

Glamping in Joshua Tree with AirBnb was one of my favorite mother/daughter trips. My daughter and I love visiting unique and fun places. Recently, a listing on Airbnb in Joshua Tree caught our attention. It is a place that we wanted to visit, and we added it to our travel bucket list over a year ago. During the holiday break, I surprised my daughter with an overnight to Joshua Tree to go glamping in a tipi! Hiking to Heart Rock at Joshua Tree Joshua Tree is just a short drive outside of Palm Springs, so we packed up our car and got ready for an unforgettable mother/daughter adventure in the desert. Before checking into our tipi for the night, we went into Joshua Tree National Park to look for “heart rock.” We went on a beautiful hike and were...

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Rejuvenate and Relax at Kona Kai Resort & Spa

Posted by on Jan 9, 2018 in San Diego, Travel | 0 comments

We visited as a guest of the venue Who likes to escape to a tropical paradise to rejuvenate and relax? We sure do, and we found the perfect place to share with all of you! Kona Kai Resort & Spa, a beautiful, local resort and spa in San Diego; truly a sparkling jewel. Pulling into the circular drive of Kona Kai Resort & Spa on Shelter Island reminded us of how close, and yet how removed we were from the fast pace of city life in downtown San Diego. As we walked through the property out toward the cabana’s, we felt the warm sun and ocean breezes blanket us. We soon found ourselves sipping on a lovely cocktail of grapefruit juice & champagne while taking in the harbor views. Ahead of us, a day of pampering within the walls...

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Carlsbad Kidifornia Mini Mayor Beach Party

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

Sponsored The search continues until November 12th for the future mini-mayor of Carlsbad. In celebration of the hunt for the perfect candidate, Visit Carlsbad hosted a fun family beach party at The Beach Terrace Inn. Families from all over Southern California came to the Beach Terrace Inn for the festive beach party. During the event, there was an epic sand castle building contest where families created creative sand castles to represent their vision of a miniature city. Children created Star Wars themed sand castles, mini versions of Las Vegas and more. Along with the sand castle building contest, there were delicious treats. Families enjoyed refreshing juices, cookies, and goldfish crackers. Once the sand castle building was complete and the winner was announced, the kids were given some boogie boards, and then ran into the ocean to go swimming. The...

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EPIC Carlsbad Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch

Posted by on Oct 24, 2017 in Carlsbad, Halloween, Holiday, Travel | 0 comments

We visited as a guest of the venue I have heard a lot about the popular Carlsbad corn maze, and while our family was visiting Carlsbad over the weekend, we decided to make a quick stop to explore the maze before going to brick-or-treat at LEGOLAND. Little to my surprise, it was much more than ‘just a corn maze’ but one of the most largest and elaborate corn mazes I had ever seen. When we arrived at the pumpkin patch, we purchased tickets to enter, explore the maze, and to ride the tractor. Once inside, there were pumpkins everywhere. Our kids took their time to pick out their favorite pumpkin before walking over to explore the maze. In the heart of the pumpkin patch are a lot of things for families to do. There are a lot of photo...

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Exploring Maui with Pedego Electric Bikes

Posted by on Oct 19, 2017 in Hawaii, Maui, Travel | 0 comments

We toured as a guest of Pedego After taking our kids on an epic adventure around Irvine with Pedego electric bikes, every time that we are traveling, the kids ask if there is somewhere that we can rent Pedego’s. While on our recent trip to Maui, we had a late flight on our last day, so I decided to see if there was a Pedego store on the island, and to my delight there was. I made the reservations and waited to surprise the kids with the news that I was going to take them to ride a Pedego until that morning. When they woke-up and were sad about leaving Maui, I cheered them up with the news that we would be spending our last hours on Maui riding Pedego’s – they squealed with delight. We drove to Hawaiian...

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You’re Invited: Friendsgiving in the Vineyard

Posted by on Oct 18, 2017 in Events, Road Trips, Travel | 0 comments

Join us for the family-friendly 7th Annual Release Party at Record Family Wines on Saturday, November 11th from 2pm to 6pm as they kick off the 2017 holiday season! Experience all that the vineyard has to offer in the Fall – cooler temperatures, leaves changing colors on the vines, and a sense of post-harvest calm. New releases, including the highly touted and extremely limited 2014 wines, will be featured along with a harvest inspired feast. Locally raised turkeys will be cooked to perfection in their deep pit BBQ accompanied by catered sides of fresh Central Coast sourced fare. Live entertainment, vineyard tours, games, and more. You don’t want to miss this special time of celebration in Paso Robles! Need a place to stay? There are so many great options in Paso Robles. Hotels, B&Bs, vacation houses or you can...

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You’re Invited: Carlsbad Kidifornia Beach Party

Posted by on Oct 13, 2017 in Carlsbad, Events, Travel | 2 comments

Sponsored Visitors and locals are invited to attend the Carlsbad, Kidifornia Beach Party on October 21st, from 9:30 am to 1 pm. Join the mayor of Carlsbad, Matt Hall, for a morning of kid-friendly activity on the sandy shores of the Beach Terrace Inn. There will be fun, games, and chances to win great prizes in Carlsbad, Kidifornia, including a two-night stay at West Inn & Suites, dinner at Bistro West, lunch Grubby’s and four park passes to LEGOLAND, and much more! Beach Party Activities: Mini-Mayor video filming: Take a pose in our Kidifornia photo booth and tape your winning video to become our Mini-Mayor. With your parents’ permission, we’ll help you to create a 1-minute video on what you most enjoy about the city, and enter you into the contest to win a two-night stay at West Inn...

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Big Bear Alpine Zoo Flashlight Safari

Posted by on Oct 9, 2017 in Big Bear, Events, Travel | 0 comments

We visited as a guest of the venue During the month of October, the Big Bear Alpine Zoo is welcoming families to bring their flashlights for an unforgettable flashlight safari. The special event is happening on Friday and Saturday evenings throughout the month of October, and it is a great reason to plan a weekend getaway up to the mountains. Since my children love animals and learning about animals, I planned a weekend getaway to Big Bear this past weekend to experience the flashlight safari. We went to the Big Bear Alpine Zoo around 5:30 pm in our beautiful Kia K900. We were dressed in warm clothes, and there was a ton of families eagerly waiting to get into the zoo for the flashlight safari. The zoo divided families into small groups and welcomed everyone into the zoo one...

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Apply For The Official Kid-Cabinet of Carlsbad ‘Kidifornia’

Posted by on Oct 5, 2017 in Carlsbad, Events, Travel | 1 comment

Sponsored Did you hear? California is now Kidifornia…and Carlsbad wants to be the capitol! With the approval of their parents, kids are encouraged to form part of Carlsbad’s new administration and win fantastic prizes including a stay at West Inn & Suites, trips to LEGOLAND, dinners at Bistro West and Grubby’s, aquatic adventures at Carlsbad Lagoon, and more! The different positions that your kids are invited to apply for are: Mayor: To run for Mayor, kids will be asked to upload a 1-minute video on social media highlighting why they love the city; one winner will be chosen by Visit Carlsbad to be the Mayor of Carlsbad, Kidifornia from videos submitted under the #MiniMayorCarlsbad hashtag. Head of R&D: Kids will be invited to participate in the “Kids’ Check Out Survey” and share what they love most about the city;...

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All-Inclusive Luxurious Escape at The Clement Hotel

Posted by on Oct 4, 2017 in Kia, Palo Alto, Road Trips, Staycation, Travel | 0 comments

We visited as a guest of the resort While on our way back to Orange County from San Francisco, we made a one night stop to experience the luxurious all-inclusive, The Clement Hotel. I had heard a lot about the exclusive hotel and couldn’t wait to experience the hotel after a week-long road trip up north. When we arrived at The Clement Hotel, we parked our Kia Sorento in front of the resort, and a bellman came out the front door to welcome us. He took our car key and welcomed us into the hotel for what was going to be a relaxing stay. Once we were checked in, we were given a tour of the beautiful hotel before taken to our suite. The room was spacious and luxurious – everything I wanted out of our stay at the...

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Desert Family Oasis: DoubleTree Palm Springs

Posted by on Sep 11, 2017 in Kia, Palm Springs, Travel | 0 comments

We visited as a guest of the venue Palm Springs is one of our favorite places to escape the stresses of daily life. We kicked off our summer this year with a weekend getaway to the desert and discovered our new favorite desert resort, the DoubleTree Palm Springs. I first found out about the resort when seeing pictures of the beautiful property in my Instagram feed, so I planned a trip at the beginning of summer before the summer heat was in full effect. We loaded up our Kia Sorento with our suitcases and took a short road trip to the desert. We made a couple of stops along the way to see Pee-Wee Herman’s Dinosaurs and to show the kids the massive windmills. When we arrived at the resort, we parked our car and got ready to embark...

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Epic Los Angeles to Las Vegas Road Trip

Posted by on Sep 11, 2017 in Featured, Kia, Las Vegas, Road Trips, Travel | 1 comment

Vehicle provided on behalf of Kia One of our favorite summer road trips was when we went off the beaten path from Los Angeles to Las Vegas. Normally, when going on a Las Vegas road trip, we can’t wait to get to the city and drive all the way to Vegas with as minimal stops as possible. This year, we did things differently and turned a four-hour drive into a 12-hour drive, and it was the best Las Vegas road trip ever! If you make this road trip, you’ll want to leave early! Leaving from Los Angeles or Orange County will take about the same amount of time, and your family can easily accomplish all these stops, and make it to Vegas before sundown. You’ll want to load up your Kia with plenty of snacks and water for the...

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Dinner under the stars at Cafe Santorini

Posted by on Aug 25, 2017 in Dining, Pasadena, Travel | 0 comments

We dined as a guest of the venue When planning a family getaway to Pasadena, there are so many choices when it came to deciding where to go for dinner. I had heard a lot about Cafe Santorini, so I made reservations to have dinner on their rooftop patio on our first night in Pasadena. The restaurant was a short walk from The Courtyard by Marriott where we were staying for the weekend. We entered the restaurant through a small door on the side of the building and walked up the long and narrow staircase to check in with the hostess. My favorite feature of the restaurant is the outdoor dining ambiance. There are a couple of inside tables, but everyone who dines at Cafe Santorini wants to eat outside where there is a beautiful view of old town...

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Best Breakfast in Pasadena: Lincoln

Posted by on Aug 24, 2017 in Dining, Kia, Pasadena, Travel | 3 comments

We dined as a guest of the venue On our last day visiting Pasadena, I wanted to go to the best place in town for breakfast. With Pasadena being a culinary hot spot, there are so many choices when it comes to dining out. I asked around, and everyone mentioned Lincoln. After checking out of our hotel at the Courtyard Pasadena, we drove in over to Lincoln for breakfast. While on our way to the restaurant, we spotted a fun fork in the road and stopped to capture a photo of the funky roadside attraction. When we arrived at the restaurant, it looked like a warehouse. I parked our Kia Sorento in the parking lot and walked into the restaurant. The minute that I entered the restaurant, I was in love with the vibe. There was a line of...

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Halfway to Hana: Home of ‘The Original’ Banana Bread

Posted by on Aug 24, 2017 in Hawaii, Maui, Travel | 0 comments

We visited as a guest of the resort After swimming in Haipua’ena Falls and Ching’s Pond, our kids had worked up an appetite, and we wished we had taken the advice of the staff at the Ka’anapali Beach Hotel and purchased a picnic lunch to take with us on our excursion. Thankfully, we arrived upon the Halfway to Hana food stand that had not only food to fuel our kids, but also the best banana bread our taste buds had ever experienced. When we arrived at the food stand, the parking lot was full. We found a spot along the side of the road and then walked up to see what they had to offer. After swimming, and cliff diving, our kids were willing to eat anything. I ordered them all a hot dog and a large bottle of...

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Deja View: The Art of Andreas Deja at the Walt Disney Family Museum

Posted by on Aug 24, 2017 in Disney, Entertainment, Film, San Francisco, Travel | 0 comments

We visited as a guest of the venue One of my favorite things to do when I’m in the San Francisco area is to visit the Walt Disney Family Museum. When I went to visit Pixar Animation Studios to learn about the upcoming film COCO, I made a stop at the museum before flying home. One exhibit at the museum that captivated me was Deja View: The Art of Andreas Deja. Before exploring the exhibit at the Walt Disney Family Museum, I didn’t know a lot about Andreas Deja. I quickly learned that he is one of the most highly acclaimed animators of all-time and is known for his work on bringing Scar in The Lion King to life. While I was looking around the exhibit and admiring his work, there were drawings of lions that didn’t look familiar...

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The Huntington Library and Botanical Gardens

Posted by on Aug 23, 2017 in Kia, Pasadena, Travel | 0 comments

We visited as a guest of the venue One of the most popular places to visit in Pasadena is the Huntington Library and Botanical Gardens. On the first day of our Pasadena staycation, we had lunch at Pie-n-Burger before going to explore the botanical gardens. I picked one of the hottest weeks in history to visit the botanical gardens, and the temperature was over 100 degrees, so we had to make our visit shorter than I would have liked. When we first arrived at the gardens, I purchased the kids some water bottles at the cafe located near the entrance to keep them hydrated as we walked around. The minute that we entered the gardens, we were captivated by the beauty. The gardens are 120 acres, and we could have spent the entire day exploring the different gardens and...

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Blue Sapphire Pools: Ching’s Pond and Falls in Maui

Posted by on Aug 23, 2017 in Hawaii, Maui, Travel | 0 comments

We stayed as a guest of the resort While staying at the Ka’anapali Beach Hotel, we embarked on an adventure of a lifetime exploring the hidden waterfalls of Maui. After swimming at Haipua’ena Falls, our next stop was Ching’s Pond & Falls. Parking was difficult at this stop along the road to Hana, but we managed to find a spot along the side of the road. When we arrived at the falls, locals were having a family barbecue at the falls. As we walked down to the waterfall, there were warning signs that we were trespassing on private property. At first, I was worried, but some locals were swimming down in the pools invited us to continue down for some water fun. When we arrived at the pools, it was the most beautiful place I have ever seen in...

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Doc Brown’s Back to the Future House

Posted by on Aug 22, 2017 in Kia, Pasadena, Travel | 0 comments

Vehicle provided on behalf of Kia Back to the Future is one of my favorite movies EVER!!! I have watched the series more times than I can count. When I heard that the house of Doc Brown was in Pasadena and we were there, I knew I had to go. I asked my mom if we could go and she said, of course!!! When we pulled up in front of the house, I practically screamed with the excitement of seeing the house from my favorite movie. When we first arrived, I sat on the edge of our Kia Sorento looking at the house because I thought it was so cool. Once we found a parking spot, we got out of our Kia Sorento and went to the front porch. We choose just to walk around the outside, but if...

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Hidden Haipua’ena Falls in Maui

Posted by on Aug 21, 2017 in Hawaii, Maui, Travel | 0 comments

We stayed as a guest of the resort Our family has done the road to Hana multiple times in the past, but every time we would always get stuck at the more “touristy” stops along the road. This year, my daughter and I did some research to find some more secluded stops that featured more waterfall swimming and less hiking. We left the Ka’anapali Beach Hotel around 8:00 and skipped Twin Falls for haipua’ena falls, and it was the best decision we ever made. Since we arrived at the falls early, and most tourists were at Twin Falls, we had the entire waterfall and swimming pool to ourselves. The one thing that I loved about this swimming area is that it was about 10-20 feet from the road (perfect stop if you have grandparents or young children traveling with...

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The Luggage Room Pizzeria in Pasadena

Posted by on Aug 21, 2017 in Dining, Pasadena, Travel | 0 comments

We dined as a guest of the venue While on our Pasadena staycation, we got a little taste of history while dining at The Luggage Room Pizzeria. The restaurant is located in the 1934 luggage room of the Del Mar Train Station and is a great place for families to enjoy a delicious meal together. When we arrived at the restaurant, we were greeted by the nicest staff who helped show us to a table for the evening. The restaurant is intimate, has a large bar in the center, and an open-air kitchen where guests can see pizzas being made in the wood-burning oven. After we got our drinks, we ordered some appetizers to start our meal. It is rare to see deviled eggs on a menu so I couldn’t resist giving them a try. The eggs burst with...

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Roadside Attraction: Fork in the Road

Posted by on Aug 19, 2017 in Kia, Pasadena, Travel | 0 comments

We visited as a guest of the venue Whenever I am visiting a new area, I am always on the hunt for a fun and funky roadside attraction. With Pasadena being a city rich with historical history, I knew that I would find something fun to discover with my kids. While driving around the city in our Kia Sorento, my younger son spotted a giant fork in the road. We couldn’t believe our eyes and the kids insisted that I pull the car over to check it out. There was some parking down one of the residential streets and we walked over to look at the cool roadside attraction. The first thing that I thought of when I saw the giant fork in the road was the scene from the muppet movie which was one of my favorite memories...

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Pasadena Neon Retro Arcade

Posted by on Aug 18, 2017 in Pasadena, Travel | 1 comment

We visited as a guest of the venue While on a weekend staycation in Pasadena, I surprised the kids with a visit to the neon retro arcade after having dinner at The Luggage Room. The neon arcade is an old fashioned arcade that features many classic video games along with some newer games; Pac Man, Donkey Kong, Fix it Felix Jr and more! When we arrived at the arcade, my kids squealed with delight. Most of the games in the arcade they had never heard of before, and I had a blast introducing them to some of the best video games ever created. The arcade is small, so parents don’t have to worry about losing their kids, and the walls illuminate with neon colors at night. The entire arcade is set-up just like arcades looked like when I was...

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Festival of the Lion King at the Walt Disney World Resort

Posted by on Aug 18, 2017 in Disney, Florida, Travel, Walt Disney World | 0 comments

We visited as a guest of Disney In celebration of the classic Disney film The Lion King coming out of the Disney vault, I went to the Walt Disney World Resort to be immersed into the magical world in which Timon, Simba, and Pumbaa live. During my trip, most of my time was spent at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, and one of my favorite things that I did while exploring the theme park was watching the interactive production of Festival of the Lion King. During the performance, the film beautifully came to life. There was music, dancing, and all of our favorite Lion King characters. One of my favorite parts of the performance was when a dancer came out onto the stage and spun a wheel of real fire. He did many tricks with the fire and even breathed a...

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Best Burger in Pasadena: Pie-n-Burger

Posted by on Aug 17, 2017 in Dining, Kia, Pasadena, Travel | 0 comments

We dined as a guest Did you know that Pasadena is where the cheeseburger was invented? When I learned this fun fact, I knew that our first meal on a staycation in Pasadena had to be at the popular burger joint, Pie-n-Burger. Pie-n-Burger is located right in the heart of downtown Pasadena. We drove our Kia Sorento to the restaurant, parked on the street, and then went into the historic building for lunch. Inside the small building is a long bar where people were enjoying delicious burgers and creamy milkshakes. Because it is one of the most popular dining destinations in the area, there was a short wait for chairs at the bar when we first arrived. There is a giant menu on the wall of the restaurant, so my kids were able to decide what they wanted to...

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Hula Lessons at the Ka’anapali Beach Hotel

Posted by on Aug 17, 2017 in Hawaii, Maui, Travel | 0 comments

We stayed as a guest of the resort During our stay at the Ka’anapali Beach Hotel, our children signed up for many cultural classes that are offered to guests staying at the resort. My daughter has always wanted to learn how to do the hula, and she was counting down the days until she would take hula lessons at the Ka’anapali Beach Hotel. The morning of the class, we met the instructor on the grass near the pool. She greeted everyone and then started to teach the basics of the hula. She took her time to ensure that everyone in the class was comfortable before turning on some Hawaiian music. It was just minutes before everyone in the class was dancing the hula. My younger son who was hesitant about taking the class because he thought the hula was...

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Dana Point Family Travel Guide

Posted by on Aug 13, 2017 in Dana Point, Featured, Kia, Staycation, Travel | 0 comments

Sponsored Dana Point is the perfect place in Orange County for families to create long lasting memories together. The city is home to some of the best beaches in Orange County and luxurious resorts. When looking for the best place to plan your next family staycation, Dana Point is one of the top choices to have a getaway full of sun and fun. Where to stay There are many resorts in Dana Point that each offer a different vacation experience. The DoubleTree Dana Point is just a few steps away from the beach. They have luxurious suites and guest rooms that offer beautiful ocean views. Your family can rent a bike and cruise around Dana Point when staying at the DoubleTree Dana Point. If you’re looking for a luxurious resort on the cliffs over the pacific ocean, The Ritz-Carlton...

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The World’s Tallest Thermometer

Posted by on Aug 3, 2017 in Kia, Las Vegas, Road Trips, Travel | 0 comments

Vehicle provided on behalf of Kia One of our favorite things to do while on our way to Las Vegas is to make a stop at the World’s Tallest Thermometer in Baker California. It only takes a few minutes out of your road trip, and the stop is a must. The town of Baker is a great place to get a refreshing drink at The Mad Greek Cafe and stock up on some alien jerky before checking out how HOT it is in the middle of the desert at the world’s tallest thermometer. Once our kids and luggage get loaded into our Kia Sorento, I always ask the kids how hot they think it might be by the time we reach the world’s tallest thermometer. All of the kids make their guesses, and I bring a small prize along...

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Holiday Inn Summer of Smiles

Posted by on Aug 3, 2017 in Travel | 0 comments

We visited as a guest of the venue Holiday Inn hotels and Scholastic have teamed up for their first ever “Summer Of Smiles” program. They began the fun family program in June at select Holiday Inn hotels. At the hotels, they will have different activities and Character breakfasts for families to enjoy. We were invited to come check out the activities at the Holiday Inn Hotel in Anaheim. Right as we walked into the lobby, we were fully immersed in the excitement. They had Clifford The Big Red Dog and Geronimo Stilton doing meet and greets with the kids. Each family in attendance was given a Polaroid picture in a frame of their visit with the character. Children were also given a book to keep them reading all summer long. My daughter received a Clifford book, and my son...

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Summer Fun at Tenaya Lodge

Posted by on Aug 1, 2017 in Kia, Travel, Yosemite | 0 comments

We visited as a guest of the venue Tenaya Lodge is our favorite place to create family memories. We have visited many times during the winter months and had yet to visit during the summer until recently. While on a weekend getaway to Yosemite, we drove our Kia Sorento to Tenaya Lodge to enjoy some of their fun summer activities. We started our day at Tenaya by having lunch and swimming in their large pool. Tenaya has a beautiful pool area complete with a family pool, adult pool, and toddler pool. It is nice and spread out so that families don’t feel cramped when visiting during the peak summer months. After getting settled in our cabana for the day, the server came over to take our lunch order. There are a wide variety of drink and food options at...

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Desert Roadside Attraction: Alien Fresh Jerky

Posted by on Jul 31, 2017 in Kia, Las Vegas, Road Trips, Travel | 0 comments

Vehicle provided on behalf of Kia We have traveled from Orange County to Las Vegas an endless amount of times, and the most we have done in Baker is stop for gas or a refreshment. On a recent road trip that I did with the kids, we wanted to see some new things, and that included a stop at the famous roadside attraction, Alien Fresh Jerky. Whenever we are driving through the desert, my kids are always obsessing about aliens. When I told them we were going to stop for some alien jerky, they were ecstatic. We first got some milkshakes at The Mad Greek Cafe and then drove down the street to Alien Fresh Jerky. The building was currently under construction, and they are in the process of building an alien hotel in the back! It was clear...

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Cool Down from the Desert Sun at The Mad Greek

Posted by on Jul 27, 2017 in Kia, Las Vegas, Road Trips, Travel | 0 comments

Vehicle provided on behalf of Kia After stopping at Zzyzx Road on our epic OC to Vegas road trip, the kids were in the mood for a refreshing treat. In the past, our family would always stop for a milkshake at The Bun Boy, but since they have gone out of business, we decided to try The Mad Greek instead. We arrived just before dusk, and the area was busy with families fueling up their cars with gas, getting some alien jerky, and grabbing a bite before getting back on the road. I pulled our Kia Sorento into the parking lot of The Mad Greek, and we made a dash from the air conditioned car into the air conditioned restaurant – it was about 120 degrees at the time! As we walked into the restaurant, the kids were enjoying...

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Western American Railroad Museum

Posted by on Jul 26, 2017 in Featured, Kia, Las Vegas, Road Trips, Travel | 0 comments

Vehicle provided on behalf of Kia Every kid loves trains. Ever since my boys were toddlers, they have loved everything about trains, and that love never seemed to end as they have gotten older. While planning our OC to Las Vegas road trip, I was looking for some new places to explore, and the Western American Railroad Museum came up on my radar. I had never heard of it before, and it is located in Barstow (just a quick stop on our way to Vegas), so I made plans to bring the kids to visit it. When we arrived at the railroad museum in our Kia Sorento, my boys squealed with delight. Outside of the museum were multiple train cars just waiting for my boys to explore. By the time that we had reached the museum, it was right...

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Dinner & Live Entertainment at Maui’s Tiki Terrace

Posted by on Jul 26, 2017 in Dining, Hawaii, Maui, Travel | 0 comments

We visited as a guest of the resort After our first day in Maui, we were in the mood for some delicious food. There are so many choices when it comes to dining in Maui, and especially in the Lahaina and Ka’anapali Beach area. When planning our trip, I had so many friends recommend Tiki Terrace at the Ka’anapali Beach Hotel, and since we were staying at the resort, it made it an easy choice to enjoy our first dinner on the island. The best part about the Tiki Terrace at the Ka’anapali Beach is the live entertainment. The resort offers free live entertainment every night for guests staying or dining at the resort starting at 6pm. We made our reservations for 6:30pm so that we could enjoy the live entertainment while dining on the restaurant patio. When we...

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Learning to Play the Ukulele at the Ka’anapali Beach Hotel

Posted by on Jul 25, 2017 in Hawaii, Maui, Travel | 0 comments

We stayed as a guest of the resort When we first arrived at the Ka’anapali Beach Hotel, we recieved an invitation for our children to sign up for an Aloha passport. Little did we know at the time, but the Aloha passport would immerse our children into the Hawaiian culture. Our kids went to the activities desk where they were given a passport to use during their stay at the Ka’anapali Beach Hotel. The passport had places for kids to get a stamp after participating in a different cultural activity happening at the resort, and after getting a stamp, they could return to the activity desk to receive a prize. The first cultural class that our kids took at the Ka’anapali Beach Hotel was ukulele lessons. One of the cultural directors at the resort, Rance, led the class. He brought...

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Explore Rock Faces in the Mojave Desert

Posted by on Jul 25, 2017 in Autos, Kia, Las Vegas, Mojave Desert, Road Trips, Travel | 2 comments

Vehicle provided on behalf of Kia Before leaving for our road trip from Orange County to Las Vegas, we had all our stops planned. Everything was perfectly timed so that we would have enough time to see everything we wanted before arriving in Vegas. While I was driving, my daughter noticed something online that caught her attention – Rock Faces. She immediately plugged the location into the GPS in our Kia Sorento, and we learned that it was along our route. Little did we know at the time that it was going to be an adventure we would remember forever. The GPS took us off the highway and into the heart of the Mojave desert in Victorville, and it told us to start driving along a dirt road. Keep in mind that I was traveling alone with my three...

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Best Fish Tacos in Maui: Ono Tacos

Posted by on Jul 24, 2017 in Dining, Hawaii, Maui, Travel | 0 comments

We stayed as a guest of the resort If you’ve been following our blog for any length of time, then you know about my obsession with tacos. Everywhere that I travel, I have to try and find the best tacos in the area. The last place that I expected to find good tacos was while on our trip to Maui. It was our first day together as a family on the island, and we just finished paddle boarding with Hale Huakaʻi around black rock, and we were relaxing on the beach under a cabana at the Ka’anapali Beach Hotel when I received an Instagram message from one of our readers. She had noticed that we were in Maui and knew my love for tacos, and recommended that I try Ono Tacos. I immediately googled the taco shop and realized...

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Las Vegas’ Seven Magic Mountains

Posted by on Jul 21, 2017 in Autos, Kia, Las Vegas, Travel | 0 comments

Vehicle provided by Kia While on our road trip from Orange County to Las Vegas, one stop that we couldn’t miss was seeing Seven Magic Mountains created by Swiss artist Ugo Rondinone. Pictures of the colorful rock towers have been all over Instagram this summer, but there is nothing better than seeing the artwork in real life. We had made many stops along our way to Las Vegas and didn’t arrive at the Seven Magic Mountains until dusk. It ended up being the perfect time to visit the popular Las Vegas desert hot spot because there were hardly any visitors there. The art sculptures are located off a paved road just a couple of miles outside of Las Vegas. My cellular service was not giving me a good signal in the desert, so I used the GPS on our...

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Stand Up Paddle Board Lesson at Hale Huakaʻi

Posted by on Jul 21, 2017 in Hawaii, Maui, Travel | 1 comment

We stayed as a guest of the resort The alarm went off in our spacious room at the Ka’anapali Beach Hotel in Maui, and I opened the curtains to reveal a beautiful view of the ocean with my children who had arrived on the island the evening before. As I opened the curtains, my kids all said, “wow.” They were in awe of the beautiful view. Then I surprised them with the news that we were going down to the beach to have a family Stand Up Paddle board (SUP) lesson at Hale Huakaʻi. Hale Huakaʻi is a public activities center located on the resort where they offer snorkeling, cabana rentals, SUP, and more. Our kids got their swim gear on and after a filling breakfast at the Tiki Terrace; we went to meet our instructor at the beach....

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Best Shave Ice in Maui: Gus’ Hawaiian Shave Ice

Posted by on Jul 20, 2017 in Dining, Hawaii, Maui, Travel | 0 comments

We stayed as a guest of the resort After checking into the beautiful Ka’anapali Beach Hotel in Maui, I went for a short drive up north to see the Nakalele Blowhole. While on my way to the blowhole, I was admiring the lush landscaping when I spotted the cutest VW bus I have ever seen on the side of the road. When I noticed that the sign on top of the bus said “shave ice,” I turned my car around to enjoy a sweet and refreshing treat at Gus’ Hawaiian Shave Ice. Little did I realize that I was about to sink my taste buds into the best shave ice I have ever had. Inside of the bus was the nicest man who helped to navigate me through their menu. There were so many delicious flavor choices and of...

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Nakalele Blowhole in Maui

Posted by on Jul 19, 2017 in Hawaii, Maui, Travel | 0 comments

We stayed as a guest of the resort When our family recently visited Maui, I had a different flight than my husband and kids, and I arrived on the island a couple of hours earlier. It ended up being a brilliant way of traveling because I was able to rent our car, check into our room at the Ka’anapali Beach Hotel, and get some groceries for the week. Then when my husband arrived with the kids, it was a much more relaxing and less stressful arrival for the kids and us. Once I was done checking into the Ka’anapali Beach Hotel, I decided to take the car for a short drive up north to explore. One thing that had been on my bucket list for quite awhile was to visit the Nakalele Blowhole in Maui. I had read mixed...

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Route 66: Elmer’s Bottle Tree Ranch

Posted by on Jul 7, 2017 in Autos, Kia, Las Vegas, Road Trips, Travel | 0 comments

Vehicle provided on behalf of Kia Every time that we go to Las Vegas, we are always in a rush to get to the city to have some fun. This summer, I took the kids by myself to Zion National Park, and we made a quick stop in Las Vegas. Since I was traveling without my husband, I decided to take my time getting to Las Vegas and explore some stops along the small strip of Route 66 that was just a short detour on our way to Las Vegas. One of our favorite stops along Route 66 was Elmer’s Bottle Tree Ranch! The small area of Route 66 between OC and Vegas adds about an hour to your road trip (depending on how many times you want to stop and take cool pictures). Elmer’s Bottle Tree Ranch is...

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Kids Cooking Fun at the DoubleTree in Palm Springs

Posted by on Jul 4, 2017 in Palm Springs, Travel | 0 comments

We visited as a guest of the resort Our family kicked off the summer season with a weekend staycation at the DoubleTree in Palm Springs. The desert destination has everything families need to have an unforgettable weekend getaway complete with various activities for children. When making our plans to stay at the DoubleTree, I called the resort to see if they had any culinary activities for my culinary arts student to participate in, and the staff went out of their way to arrange a private cooking lesson with their chef.   When we arrived at the resort restaurant for the cooking lesson, three tall white chef hats were waiting for my children at the front desk. My kids were thrilled to see the hats and put them on along with their aprons before being welcomed into the professional kitchen...

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Abandoned Town: Zzyzx Road

Posted by on Jul 1, 2017 in Autos, Kia, Las Vegas, Road Trips, Travel | 0 comments

Vehicle provided by Kia We’ve all driven by the Zzyzx road sign on the way to Vegas, and I’ve always been curious about what is at the end of the road in the middle of nowhere. While on a summer road trip from OC to Vegas, I finally took the time to pull off the freeway to explore the abandoned town at the end of this famous road. As we drove down the road, I was glad that I was driving our AWD Kia Sorento because most of the road is not paved. As a mom, I’m not used to driving on dirt roads, and when I was on the dirt road, the Sorento handled just as well as it does on paved roads. We made our way down the windy road and took a moment to stop and...

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Edward Scissorhands House in San Diego

Posted by on Jun 19, 2017 in Autos, Cool Places, Kia, San Diego, Travel | 0 comments

I visited San Diego as a guest of Kia While in San Diego learning about Kia’s ecoDynamics technology, I was given the opportunity to drive a beautiful 2017 Kia Soul EV around town. I got to explore the town with one of my best friends who shares a love for discovering unique and funky places. After I took her to see the skeleton house in San Diego, she then surprised me by bringing me to the Edward Scissorhands House (Harper’s Topiary Garden). We rocked out to our favorite tunes in the hip 2017 Kia Soul EV and felt the cool ocean breezes flowing in from the sunroof. We drove to one of the highest points of downtown San Diego, and there it was – one of the coolest front yards I have ever seen. The house sits on top...

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San Diego Skeleton House

Posted by on Jun 16, 2017 in Autos, Kia, San Diego, Travel | 0 comments

We visited San Diego as a guest of Kia Whenever I visit a city, I’m always on the hunt to find a new funky and quirky spot to visit. When on a recent trip to San Diego to experience Kia’s ecoDynamics technology, I made plans to visit the San Diego skeleton house for the first time. I did some research to try and find the location, and I didn’t find very much published about the house. I was lucky to find the name of the street in one of my favorite road trip apps, so I added a stop to my travel itinerary. Along with my friend, we drove a hip 2017 Kia Soul EV to find the skeleton house. When we started to drive down the street in search of the house, it’s didn’t take long to spot...

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Red Rock Canyon California State Park

Posted by on May 26, 2017 in Autos, California State Parks, Featured, Kia, Travel | 0 comments

Vehicle provided by Kia One of my goals this summer is to take my kids to visit as many California State Parks as possible. One of the California State Parks that has been on my bucket list to visit for many years is the Red Rock Canyon California State Park – not to be mistaken with the Red Rock State Park in Nevada. Before packing up the Kia Sorento with everything that we needed for our weekend adventure, I tried to do some research about the park online. I could hardly find any information about it online, so we just jumped into the Sorento, and went exploring. The California State Park is only an hour and a half outside of Los Angeles, making it the perfect day trip. We left early in the morning, and within a couple of...

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Best Summer Travel Deals at Renaissance Indian Wells Resort & Spa

Posted by on May 11, 2017 in Palm Springs, Travel | 0 comments

Cool pools, a sandy beach, waterfalls, cabanas, and amazing room packages are set to highlight summer 2017 at Renaissance Indian Wells Resort & Spa. With an unparalleled selection of connecting and adjoining rooms for friends and family travelers, the award-winning resort has introduced two value-loaded weekday packages – as well as a special spa escape for the coming season. The three new offerings are as follows: DOUBLE YOUR FUN FOR AN EXTRA $50, priced from $209 USD per night Summer guests can stay in spacious style and book a second room for only $50 more per night. Only one resort fee applies when booking this two-room weekday package, adding further value for summer guests – and connecting rooms are an option based on availability. Book this special offer at bit.ly/2qU8b3K, corporate code P51. Valid Sunday through Thursday, June 1...

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A ‘Suite’ Staycation at DoubleTree Doheny Beach

Posted by on May 4, 2017 in Featured, Staycation, Travel | 0 comments

We stayed as a guest of the resort Staycations are the best kind of vacations. Orange County is its own little paradise, and instead of traveling afar to find a beautiful paradise, we try to enjoy as much of the beauty of Orange County by having as many staycations as possible. Our favorite staycations are ones spent by the beach, and our recent staycation at the DoubeTree Doheny Beach was one we will remember forever. The weather was perfect the weekend of our staycation. We arrived on a Friday afternoon at the DoubleTree Doheny Beach and checked into our ocean view suite for the weekend. Within minutes of arriving at the resort, my children had changed into their swimsuits and were ready to go across the street to play at the beach. The beach is just steps away from...

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Authentic Mexican Cuisine at Olamendi’s Dana Point

Posted by on May 3, 2017 in Dining, Staycation, Travel | 0 comments

We stayed as a guest of the resort mentioned One of our favorite places to get quick and delicious Mexican food in Orange County is at Olamendi’s. Olamendi’s is located in Dana Point right across from the beach, and was once a favorite dining spot of Richard Nixon. While on a recent staycation at the DoubleTree Suites in Doheny Beach, our family went sailing in Dana Point Harbor and then walked from our resort to Olamendi’s for lunch. The kids love the festive vibe of Olamendi’s Dana Point and always play a game of ISpy while we are dining in the restaurant. There is so much for the kids to see in the restaurant that it keeps them entertained so my husband and I can enjoy some quality time talking without being interrupted by the kiddos. After a long...

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Sunset Cocktails at MoQUILA Agave Lounge

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

We stayed as a guest of the venue While staying at the DoubleTree Doheny Beach, my husband and I enjoyed some romantic time before taking the kids to dinner, watching the sunset at MoQUILA Agave Lounge. The lounge is one of the best-kept secrets in Orange County because it is not super busy on a Friday or Saturday night and offers couples beautiful views of the sunset over the crystalline waters of Doheny Beach. Both nights that we stayed at the DoubleTree Doheny Beach, my husband and I had cocktails at MoQUILA Agave Lounge during the sunset before taking the kids to dinner. The lounge features bar seating right along the edge of the roof, high top tables, couches and a large fire pit in the center. There was plenty of seating for couples, and it never felt crowded...

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Family Sailing in Dana Point Harbor

Posted by on May 1, 2017 in Best of OC, Dana Point, Staycation, Travel | 0 comments

We visited a guest of the venue One of my favorite things to do as a child growing up in Orange County was to sail my sabot. Growing up just steps away from the water in Newport Beach, my parents got me sailing lessons at a very young age. Once I learned how to sail, my parents couldn’t keep me off the water. I spent every warm day out on the water sailing my hot pink sabot around Newport Harbor. I always thought that when I grew up and had children of my own that I would teach them all to sail, but life happens, and I never got around to teaching any of my children how to sail. I have taken them out sailing a couple of times when in the Turks and Caicos and Jamaica, but none...

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