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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 | 0 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...

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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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