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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, Featured, Joshua Tree, Kia, Road Trips, Staycation, Travel | 0 comments

 Vehicle provided by Kia My daughter and I love visiting unique and fun places. Recently, a listing on Airbnb caught our attention as 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! Joshua Tree is just a short drive outside of Palm Springs, so we packed up our Kia Sorento 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 lucky to find the mysterious heart-shaped rock. As the sun started to set, we got back into the car...

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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...

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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 | 0 comments

 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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