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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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Coastal Breezes and Cuisine at Doheny Surf

Posted by on Apr 25, 2017 in Dining, Staycation, Travel | 0 comments

We dined as a guest of the venue When checking into the DoubleTree Suites in Doheny Beach, I noticed the chic restaurant off to the side of the lobby. I took a peek at the menu and immediately knew that I wanted to have dinner with the family one night during our seaside staycation. After a fun day creating family memories at the beach, we returned to the hotel to have dinner at Doheny Surf. The restaurant has a coastal design that is perfect for families to enjoy an intimate dinner together. The one thing that I noticed in the restaurant is that they have a wood fire pizza oven which is rare to find in a hotel restaurant. The menu had a wide variety of culinary options making it easy for everyone in my family to find something...

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Bubblegum Alley in San Luis Obispo

Posted by on Apr 18, 2017 in General Motors, San Luis Obispo, Travel | 0 comments

While on our road trip to Monterey, one of our favorite stops was to see the bubblegum alley in San Luis Obispo. My daughter and I have always wanted to see the bubblegum alley in Seattle, and we didn’t even realize there was one in San Luis Obispo until a friend mentioned it to us. We put the address into the navigation in our Buick Encore and made our way to have some sticky “and stinky” fun. The biggest challenge of getting to the bubblegum alley was finding parking. The alley is located right in the heart of downtown San Luis Obispo, and parking is not easy to find. Once we found a parking spot, it was only a one-hour parking, so we had to make our visit to the area brief. The alley was located in-between two businesses...

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Monterey’s Fish House

Posted by on Apr 17, 2017 in Dining, Monterey, Travel | 0 comments

After a long drive from Orange County to Monterey, we settled into our room at the Monterey Tides Resort, and then looked online for somewhere to get dinner. There are so many choices when it comes to dining in Monterey, and one restaurant that stood out to us among the rest was the Monterey’s Fish House. Little did we realize that we picked Monterey’s most popular restaurant to go for dinner. We arrived at the restaurant close to 8 pm on a Thursday, and there was a line of people that wrapped around the side of the building. We took our place in line and waited for a table at the highly acclaimed restaurant. Once we got a table, the service was phenomenal. We got a small table in the back of the restaurant and had one of the...

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Tonita’s Mexican Food in San Luis Obispo

Posted by on Apr 13, 2017 in Dining, San Luis Obispo, Travel | 0 comments

There is nothing I love more than authentic Mexican Food. While on our recent road trip to Monterey, we made a quick stop in San Luis Obispo to look at Bubblegum Alley and to have lunch. When we arrived in town, there were endless choices of places where we could stop for lunch, but it was a small taco shop on the corner that caught our eye, and we had one of the best lunches at Tonita’s Mexican Food. The restaurant is a small building that has a large outdoor patio with a beautiful view of lush plants and trees. We were a little deceived at first because the Yelp app was advising that the restaurant was closed, but when we turned the knob on the front door, there was a lovely lady at the counter ready to take...

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Hilton Reinvents the California Road Trip

Posted by on Apr 12, 2017 in Staycation, Travel | 0 comments

In California Summer starts in April. Travelers from around the globe will enjoy the ultimate Golden State adventure with Hilton’s “California Road Trip,” a destination package that inspires thrill-seekers and value-minded explorers. Discover an array of adventures and authentic experiences with rates starting at $149 per night. The package will highlight premier destination cities such as San Francisco, Santa Barbara, Anaheim and San Diego with special rates available through Labor Day Weekend 2017. The California Road Trip package features savings of more than $125 per night, with exclusive discount of up to 15 percent on Enterprise/Alamo and National Car Rentals, $25 food and beverage credit (available in MIX Restaurant only), complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi, unlimited access to the hotel’s Health Club & Spa and a California Road Trip Road Kit featuring exclusive discounts on local entertainment and attractions. Room rates...

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Visit The First Motel in the World

Posted by on Apr 12, 2017 in General Motors, San Luis Obispo, Travel | 0 comments

While on a mother and daughter road trip from Orange County to Monterey, we added a stop at the first motel in the world to our itinerary. The first “Mo-tel” was opened on December 12, 1925, and was closed in 1991. Since we love to travel, we thought it would be neat to have a chance to see where travel first started right in the heart of San Luis Obispo. We were driving a beautiful 2017 Buick Encore that made it easy to locate the destination with the vehicles seamless navigation system. The motel was located right on the side of the freeway making it easy for us to stop and take a look without adding a lot to our drive time. When we arrived at the motel, we pulled our Buick Encore into the parking lot, parked the...

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Oceanfront Dining at Vizcaino at Monterey Tides

Posted by on Apr 11, 2017 in Dining, Monterey, Travel | 0 comments

We dined as a guest of the venue I have been hearing a lot of buzz surrounding the cuisine being created at Vizcaino (previously Cafe Beach) at the Monterey Tides Resort. When planning a short weekend getaway to Monterey, I made reservations for us to have dinner at the highly acclaimed restaurant. We made reservations to have dinner right at sunset, and it was the perfect timing to have dinner at Vizcaino. We took our seat right next to big glass windows that provided us with beautiful views of the crystalline waters. We ordered our drinks and got ready to embark on an unforgettable dining experience. Our meal started by sharing the Queso Fundido. This dish is one of our favorites to have while in Mexico, and this dish had the same authentic flavors like the ones we enjoy...

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Family-friendly Adventures in Ojai

Posted by on Apr 7, 2017 in Ojai, Travel | 0 comments

While the city of Ojai may cater to an adult clientele, there are still a number of ways for families to connect and enjoy their time together. From food to shopping to local culture, kids and kids-at-heart will find amusement in their getaway. If you’re in town on a Sunday, explore the weekly Farmer’s Market. Food samples, local crafts and fresh air makes for an easygoing afternoon. The local toy store contains distractions and entertaining ways to pass the time. And stroll down the Arcade (no video games here!) to treat yourself at the ice cream or frozen yogurt shops. Prefer to be more mobile? Hop on and off the Ojai Trolley Service. Departing from Ojai Avenue and the Arcade and commuting as far as Whispering Oaks, it runs from 5:36 a.m. to 8:56 p.m. during the week, with...

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Dining at The Oaks in Ojai

Posted by on Apr 4, 2017 in Ojai, Travel | 0 comments

We dined as a guest of the venue When you’re traveling, there are typically three major expenses towards the top of your list: transportation, accommodations and meals. Once those are covered, your remaining budget is bonus. What if we told you one destination combines two of those expenses? Over in Ojai, The Oaks not only includes your room, but makes a point of feeding diners healthy cuisine. Guests are always welcome to eat elsewhere, but having prepared lunches and dinners onsite takes the guesswork out of locating a restaurant. If you plan to head out on an excursion, the kitchen can pack your meal to-go. Special nutritional needs and alternative options are also available. Make the most of your stay by taking advantage of this amenity. Weekly menus are posted in The Oaks lobby. While evening meals are typically...

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Girls’ Getaway in Ojai

Posted by on Apr 3, 2017 in Ojai, Road Trips, Travel | 0 comments

Visited as a guest of the venue A girls’ getaway doesn’t necessarily mean boarding a plane or heading to Vegas. Traveling a few counties over can be just as reenergizing to your mind and body, if not more so. We recently traveled to The Oaks at Ojai for a few nights, hoping to spend some quality time with our partner-in-crime. We split our time between on-site and nearby activities. Our first day, we stopped by Hip Vegan for lunch al fresco. Fresh vegetables and grains were the perfect way to kickoff our getaway. After check-in, there was time to catch an afternoon Qigong class. Focusing on centering and balancing ourselves, it was what we needed to get into a relaxed mindset. We also got to talking with Eve, who was visiting for some “me time”. She just received a...

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The Art of Dr. Seuss Gallery in Laguna Beach

Posted by on Mar 22, 2017 in Best of OC, Museums, Staycation | 3 comments

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

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Where to Eat, Sleep and Play in Laguna Beach

Posted by on Mar 22, 2017 in Featured, Staycation, Travel | 1 comment

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

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Paisano’s at Pechanga Resort & Casino

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

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

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Grapeline Wine Tours in Temecula Valley

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

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

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Wilson Creek Winery & Vineyards in Temecula Valley

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

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

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Top Spring Break Family Escapes

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

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

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Robert Renzoni Vineyards & Winery in Temecula

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

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

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Sun and Sunsets at The Inn at Laguna Beach

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

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

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The Best Fish Tacos in La Paz

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

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

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Touching Gray Whales in Magdalena Bay Mexico

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

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

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How to use the ‘CBX’ Cross Border Xpress

Posted by on Feb 22, 2017 in Featured, La Paz, Mexico, Travel | 18 comments

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

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Five Best Restaurants in Mayakoba Mexico

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

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

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Authentic Mexican Cuisine at La Laguna

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

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

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Latin Asian Cuisine at El Puerto in Mayakoba

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

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

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DJ’s Snowmobile Adventures in Mammoth

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

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

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Best Resort Kids Clubs

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

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

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L’Auberge Del Mar Reimagined Guestrooms

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

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

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Museum of Making Music in Carlsbad

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

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

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Lunch and Sun at Sands Banyan Tree Mayakoba

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

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

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Water Fun at the Carlsbad Lagoon

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

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

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The Monkeys of Mayakoba Mexico

Posted by on Jan 24, 2017 in Mayakoba, Mexico, Playa del Carmen, Travel | 0 comments

We stayed as a guest of Mayakoba When I was booking a mother and daughter getaway to Mayakoba, Mexico, I learned that they have wild monkeys who live in the trees surrounding Mayakoba. While flying to Mexico, my daughter couldn’t stop talking about how excited she was to have the possibly of seeing a wild monkey in the jungles of Mayakoba. The minute that we checked into the Fairmont Mayakoba, we asked the front desk about the monkeys. The advised us that many monkeys are living around the Fairmont Mayakoba, and guests do frequently see them at the resort. They are a wild animal, so we were not guaranteed to see one while staying at the resort. Throughout our stay, we asked many people if they had seen a monkey. Everyone we asked had told us that they had...

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Cougar Vineyard and Winery in Temecula

Posted by on Jan 23, 2017 in Temecula, Travel | 1 comment

We visited as a guest of Grapeline While visiting Temecula, we had the best time exploring different wineries with Grapeline Wine Tours. The tour guide took us to many wineries where we sampled some delicious wines. One of our stops was at Cougar Vineyard and Winery where we had lunch and tasted some of their wines. The best part of this winery is the location. It is located at the top of a hill, and guests visiting the winery can relax on their outdoor patio while sipping on wine and enjoying the magnificent views. Our visit started with having lunch in their barrel room. We enjoyed fresh sandwiches made from their restaurant while enjoying a glass of their wine. The sandwiches were just what we needed after working up quite a large appetite touring various wineries in Temecula. Once...

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Mayakoba Oceanfront Dining at Brisas Restaurant

Posted by on Jan 23, 2017 in Mayakoba, Mexico, Playa del Carmen, Travel | 0 comments

We dined as a guest of the venue After a fun morning shopping at El Pueblito and exploring a cenote, we returned to the Fairmont Mayakoba to have lunch at Brisas Restaurant. Brisas Restaurant has beautiful views of turquoise waters and a white sandy beach. It is a restaurant concept created by the popular Richard Sandoval who is known as the “father of the modern Mexican cuisine” and serves local seafood and fine cuts of meats. When we arrived at the restaurant, we took a seat at a table next to the glass where we would enjoy looking out at the crystalline waters while savoring the delicious cuisine. The restaurant is decorated with blue and white colors that created a relaxing ambiance for everyone enjoying lunch that afternoon. The menu was vast and featured foods from the raw bar,...

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Lorimar Vineyards & Winery in Temecula

Posted by on Jan 19, 2017 in Temecula, Travel | 0 comments

We visited as a guest of Grapeline While on a couples getaway to Temecula, we made plans to have a do a wine tasting tour with Grapeline Wine Tours. Our tour guide picked us up from Pechanga Resort & Casino and took us to our first stop on tour, Lorimar Vineyards & Winery. Our visit began with one of the winemakers giving us a semi-private tour of the vineyards. We were able to sample different Lorimar wines while strolling throughout the vineyard. The vineyards were beautiful, and it was the perfect place to reconnect with my husband. The wines at Lorimar were one of my favorites that we tasted while on our tour. They gave us generous pours and let us taste as many of their wines as we wanted. Since I prefer white wines, I loved that they...

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Dinner under the Stars at Saffron in Mayakoba

Posted by on Jan 19, 2017 in Dining, Mayakoba, Mexico, Playa del Carmen, Travel | 0 comments

We dined as a guest of the venue Mayakoba is a magical place. When the sun goes down, the stars light up the sky, making it the perfect place for couples to reconnect together. While I was staying in Mayakoba, we made plans to have dinner at Saffron, Banyan Tree Resorts signature restaurant. The restaurant features Thai cuisine to be savored while sitting on a wood deck that floats over water and surrounded by lush tropical mangroves. We took the complimentary resort shuttle from the Fairmont Mayakoba over to Banyan Tree Resort for dinner at Saffron. We walked over to the restaurant where we saw the beautiful deck with twinkling lights strung over the tables. They guided us to a table overlooking the water where we were about to go on an unforgettable epicurean adventure. There were so many...

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Breakfast at Journey’s End at Pechanga

Posted by on Jan 18, 2017 in Temecula, Travel | 0 comments

We visited as a guest of the venue One of my favorite things about traveling is getting to have breakfast out. It is such a treat to not being the one having to flip pancakes for hungry children in the morning and to have someone else cook for me. While I was on a weekend getaway to Temecula with my husband, we made plans to have breakfast at the highly acclaimed Journey’s End at Pechanga. I had heard a lot about this restaurant from friends who had visited the area and couldn’t wait to sink my tastebuds into some of their culinary creations. The restaurant is not located in the main resort building, but they offer a complimentary shuttle for guests over to the golf course lobby where Journey’s End is located. When my husband and I arrived at...

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Farmer’s Market at El Pueblito in Mayakoba

Posted by on Jan 18, 2017 in Mayakoba, Mexico, Playa del Carmen, Travel | 0 comments

We visited as a guest of Mayakoba One of the best things about bringing your family to visit Mayakoba in Mexico is that everything your family needs is within the Mayakoba community. While we were visiting Mayakoba, I wanted to do a little shopping to bring home some souvenirs, and when I learned that they have a farmer’s market at El Pueblito on Sunday afternoons, I made plans to bring my daughter to support local small businesses. El Pueblito is a replica of an authentic Mexican plaza. Mayakoba offers a complimentary shuttle to El Pueblito for guests staying at any of the resorts within Mayakoba throughout the day. When we arrived at El Pueblito, all of the local vendors were setting up their booths featuring their homemade foods and crafts. We took our time walking around to each booth...

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Exploring Cenote Burrodromo in Mayakoba

Posted by on Jan 17, 2017 in Mayakoba, Mexico, Playa del Carmen, Travel | 0 comments

We visited as a guest of Mayakoba It has been on my bucket list since I was a little girl to explore a cenote in Mexico. When I learned that I would be going to visit Mayakoba that is located in the Yucatan peninsula, that is home to the largest amount of cenotes, I knew I couldn’t leave without visiting one. There was so much to see and do in Mayakoba that I didn’t have time in my schedule to drive to see one of the popular cenotes in the area. While I was shopping with my daughter around El Pueblito (authentic Mexican plaza), someone told me that there was Cenote Burrodromo just a short walk away from the town. I was overwhelmed with delight, and once we were done shopping at El Pueblito, the Mayakoba shuttle driver directed...

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Travel to a Natural Oasis at 29 Palms Inn

Posted by on Jan 16, 2017 in Travel | 1 comment

We visited as a guest of the venue Do you ever have those moments in life where you feel so lucky to be exactly where you are at the moment? Well, we had one of those experiences when we visited the 29 Palms Inn. Sometimes you get the chance to discover a real gem! We felt that way when we drove thru the front entrance at The 29 Palms Inn. A beautiful natural Oasis in the high desert, located adjacent to Joshua Tree on 30 acres of natural reserve. The property is so unique that we wanted to explore it immediately but the sun was setting on this special evening, and we needed to locate our cottage. Our home for the night was the West End Cottage; a spacious two bedroom, one bath including a kitchen, cozy living room...

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Winter Family Travel Deals

Posted by on Jan 11, 2017 in Travel | 0 comments

Want to take the family away this winter? Don’t know where to go? We have found the best winter travel deals available for families at the most desired vacation destinations. It’s Always Sunny in Jupiter, FL Where: Jupiter Beach Resort & Spa // Jupiter, FL What’s the Deal? With the resort’s “Here Comes the Sun” offer, guests receive 20% off rates and daily breakfast for two. What You Get: A tropical oasis located on a stretch of secluded beachfront dotted with natural dunes, Jupiter Beach Resort & Spa is the ideal getaway for travelers looking to soak some rays and unwind without breaking the bank. Take a dip in the resort’s pristine pool, kick back with island-inspired cocktails by the fire pit or new hammock garden, and indulge in decadent oceanfront meals, all while enjoying the sunshine and special...

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Big Bear Horseback Riding

Posted by on Jan 7, 2017 in Big Bear, Travel | 0 comments

We visited as a guest of the venue Did you know that you can go horseback riding in Big Bear? Yes! This mom of adventure had no idea. I’m here to tell you; it is such an amazing way to take in the mountains! Recently, I was with a group of friends visiting Big Bear, and while a few of us had been on a horse in the past year, some of us hadn’t in about ten years. So we were happy to discover that we could have a guide join us who knew the trail and the behaviors of each horse. Collectively, we were ready to do this and trust our horses to lead the way. Baldwin Lake Stables in Big Bear pairs each rider with the perfect horse; based on an individual’s body type and experience. I...

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Lunch at the Majestic Yosemite Hotel

Posted by on Jan 6, 2017 in Dining, Travel, Yosemite | 0 comments

We dined as a guest of the venue For as long as I can remember, I have dreamed of having the opportunity to dine at the Majestic Yosemite Hotel (previously Ahwahnee) and during my recent trip to Yosemite, my dream came true. When making reservations for our tour of Yosemite National Park with Discover Yosemite, we were able to include lunch at the Majestic. When we arrived at the Majestic Yosemite Hotel for lunch, there was a red carpet waiting for us. We walked the red carpet and into the dining room. The dining room was truly “majestic, ” and it felt like we were dining in a castle. We had pre-ordered our lunch when booking our tour, so everything was taken care of when we arrived. My daughter and I sipped on an ice tea and talked about...

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Jamaican Horseback Riding Adventure

Posted by on Jan 5, 2017 in Featured, Jamaica, Travel | 0 comments

Some of the links in this post are affiliate links After falling off a horse as a child, I have been fearful of horseback for most of my life. My younger son loves animals, and the one thing that he wanted to do when we were in Jamaica was to go horseback riding. It was time for me to tackle my fears, and I made reservations for us to go on a Jamaican horseback riding adventure. We arrived at a ranch in Jamaica after some ziplining and river tubing fun to find a wide variety of beautiful horses just waiting to greet our children. My kids ran over to the horses and immediately started rubbing their faces and giving them kisses. I told the staff about my fear of riding a horse, and they advised me just to stay...

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Leo Carrillo Ranch Historic Park

Posted by on Jan 5, 2017 in Carlsbad, Featured, Parks, Travel | 0 comments

Whenever I visit a new place with my children, I always look for a place to take them hiking or exploring a historic place. While we were on a recent trip to Carlsbad, I added a stop to the Leo Carrillo Ranch Historic Park. The historic park is somewhere that I had always wanted to visit with my children, but didn’t seem to find the time to make our way down to Carlsbad to explore. We first went the park on a Monday to discover that they were closed, so I made arrangements for us to return the next day before heading back to Orange County. When we arrived at the ranch, we drove down a long driveway to the parking lot. We parked the car and began exploring the beautiful park. The first thing that my kids spotted...

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Yosemite Guided Snowshoe Hike

Posted by on Jan 4, 2017 in Travel, Yosemite | 0 comments

We stayed as a guest of Tenaya One thing that I have always been wanting to try is a snowshoe hike. When I was visiting Tenaya Lodge in Yosemite this year, I made reservations at the hotel concierge to take my daughter with me on a snowshoe hike. We met our tour guide in the lobby, and she brought us to a closet to be fitted for our snow shoes. Since there was not enough snow on the ground to wear traditional snowshoes, we ended up doing the hike with “spiked” snow shoes. The snowshoe wrapped around our snow boots, and we were ready to start our hike. The tour guide took us on a beautiful hike that starts right at the Tenaya Lodge parking lot. The trail leads to a magnificent creek that is adorned with ice crystals....

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Lhooq Bookstore in Carlsbad

Posted by on Jan 2, 2017 in Books, Carlsbad, Featured, Travel | 0 comments

My kids love to read. It is their favorite thing to spend their free time doing. When I took my two older kids to Carlsbad for a weekend getaway, I couldn’t wait to surprise them by taking them to a real bookstore. Not the commercial type of bookstore that they are used to visiting, but the kind of bookstore that were abundant when I was a child. When we arrived at Lhooq Bookstore, they couldn’t believe their eyes. The bookstore is adorned with big beautiful murals and filled with thousands of classic and antique books. My older son spent hours looking at each book in the store, carefully selecting the books that he wanted to bring home. The owner of the bookstore was so knowledgeable, and spent time talking to my children about the types of books they enjoy...

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Jackalope’s Bar & Grill at Tenaya Lodge

Posted by on Jan 1, 2017 in Dining, Travel, Yosemite | 0 comments

We dined as a guest of the venue There are so many dining options when staying at Tenaya Lodge in Yosemite, and one of my favorite places to have lunch when staying at the resort is at Jackalope’s Bar & Grill. The restaurant has a wide variety of dining options and has a family-friendly ambiance. On one of the days when I was staying at Tenaya Lodge, my daughter and I went on an adventurous snowshoe hike. We got to look at trees and make snow angels while embracing the beauty that surrounds Yosemite National Park. After our hike, we had worked up quite a big appetite, so we went for an early lunch at Jackalope’s Bar & Grill. They had a lot of healthy dining suggestions on their menu, and our server recommended that I try the taco...

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Discover Yosemite Tour

Posted by on Dec 28, 2016 in Travel, Yosemite | 0 comments

We visited as a guest Yosemite is a beautiful place to visit in the winter, but many families get nervous about driving around in the National Park when there is snow and ice on the ground. When I went to Tenaya Lodge on a Mother/Daughter weekend getaway, I didn’t want to drive around Yosemite in the snow alone with my daughter, so we made reservations with the hotel concierge to have a tour of Yosemite National Park with Discover Yosemite Tours. The morning of our tour, my daughter started the day with a relaxing yoga class at Ascent Spa, and then we met our driver for the day, Glenn. Glenn greeted all the children on our tour with coloring books and provided the adults with a map of Yosemite. He told us a little bit about himself and then...

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Skates and S’mores at Tenaya Lodge

Posted by on Dec 21, 2016 in Travel, Yosemite | 0 comments

We visited as a guest of the resort I love making s’mores, and I also love ice skating. Here in Southern California where we live, it doesn’t get cold enough to build a fire to make s’mores, and it rarely ever gets cold enough to the point where you want to go ice skating. When my mom showed me the itinerary for our trip together to Tenaya Lodge, and I saw s’more making and ice skating on our schedule, and I got so excited. Whenever we travel somewhere cold, my brothers and I almost always try to go ice skating. We also love making s’mores. The only thing that I was sad about was that I didn’t have my brothers to go ice skating with, but when we arrived at the resort, there were other kids that I had...

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Dine Inside of a Life-Size Gingerbread House

Posted by on Dec 17, 2016 in Christmas, Dining, Family, Featured, Staycation, Travel | 0 comments

We visited as a guest of the venue While our family was visiting Great Wolf Lodge this holiday season, we had the most memorable experience dining inside of a giant life-size gingerbread house. The gingerbread house is located in the lobby of the resort and is adorned with candy treats. The gingerbread house features: 663 pounds of gingerbread dough 5,635 Square feet of Gingerbread 70 Gallons of Icing 1,152 Peeps 450 pounds of Mike & Ikes 135 pounds of gumdrops 85 hours of icing 160 hours of house creation Everyone who visits Great Wolf Lodge during the holidays is drawn to the beauty of the life-size gingerbread house. Inside of the house is a circular table where families are invited to have an unforgettable dining experience. The second it was time for our family to dine in the gingerbread...

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Best Yosemite Hiking Trail for Young Children

Posted by on Dec 17, 2016 in Travel, Yosemite | 0 comments

We visited as a guest of Tenaya Yosemite is one of the most beautiful places that I have visited in the world. After coming back from a mother/daughter getaway to Yosemite, I have been getting a lot of questions about whether or not there are hiking trails fit for younger children. In the past, I have always recommended the Mirror Lake trail because it is mostly paved (good for strollers) but on this trip, I discovered my new favorite trail for younger children, Lower Yosemite Falls Hiking Trail. I wish that I could take credit for discovering this awesome Yosemite trail, but it is all thanks to our incredible tour guide with Discover Yosemite Tours, Glenn. Glenn knows every detail about Yosemite National Park, and since we had a lot of young families with small children on our tour,...

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Southgate Brewing Company Beer Tasting Dinner

Posted by on Dec 15, 2016 in Dining, Family, Travel, Yosemite | 0 comments

We dined as a guest of the resort After a fun day exploring Yosemite National Park, we returned to Tenaya Lodge to have a beer tasting dinner featuring beers from the popular Brewery, Southgate Brewing Company. Southgate Brewing Company is located near Yosemite in Oakhurst and is a favorite dining spot for locals and visitors of the area. They are known for making the best brews in the area along with delicious bites. I am not a big beer drinker, but I fell in love with all the beers I tasted during the tasting with the Tenaya Red IPA being my all-time favorite. The tasting dinner began with coconut shrimp with a cucumber cilantro sauce paired with the Gold Diggin Blonde beer. The shrimp had the perfect amount of crisp and the beer brought out the flavors of the...

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Marriott Caribbean & Latin America Winter Deals

Posted by on Dec 15, 2016 in Deals, Travel | 0 comments

This fall and winter, Marriott Caribbean & Latin America Resorts invites you to ditch the snow boots and grab the sunscreen while taking advantage of great travel deals at 15 beachfront resorts in warm-weather destinations across the Caribbean and Latin America. As part of the “You Are Here” promotion, this group of resorts is exclusively offering up to a $400 resort credit per room, per stay in premium rooms for a minimum of four nights. Plus, some resorts increase the resort credit the longer you stay. The booking window is open now through Dec. 31, 2016 for travel between now and March 31, 2017. Must use promotional code 93B and guests who book directly on Marriott.com receive the lowest Marriott Rewards® Member Rates. Known for stunning beachfront locations and premium amenities, the 15 participating resorts are situated throughout the...

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Creating Holiday Memories at Tenaya Lodge

Posted by on Dec 13, 2016 in Travel, Yosemite | 0 comments

We visited as a guest of the venue Tenaya Lodge is the perfect place for your family to relax, reconnect and get into the holiday spirit. The first night that we arrived at Tenaya, we enjoyed an intimate wine tasting in the lobby with exquisite wines from Idle Hour Winery and then we had a festive Mix and Mingle dinner with Kris Kringle. The minute that we stepped foot into the room, we were transported into a magical world filled with the Christmas spirit. There was live music playing, a large variety of culinary options and Kris Kringle himself. We savored the culinary creations made by the chefs at Tenaya while listening to the beautiful music. Once my daughter was done enjoying her dinner, she sat on Santa’s lap and told him everything on her Christmas wish list. Once...

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Morning Yoga at Tenaya Lodge

Posted by on Dec 12, 2016 in Travel, Yosemite | 0 comments

We stayed as a guest of the venue During my stay at Tenaya Lodge, I woke up early and got to take a morning yoga class. There is literally no better way to start the day than with relaxing your body. Yoga is something that I really enjoy doing to calm my senses and forget about all of the chaos of the real world. When my mom told me I was going to be doing yoga while in Yosemite, I couldn’t wait! When I got up in the morning, I put on my yoga pants and headed down to Ascent Spa. When I was at the spa, I went to a mat and started doing some easy yoga poses. Once the class had begun, I was in my own little world of yoga. The instructor had us doing basic...

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Idle Hour Winery Tasting in Yosemite

Posted by on Dec 12, 2016 in Travel, Yosemite | 0 comments

We visited as a guest of the venue After driving from Orange County to Yosemite, I was ready to spend the evening relaxing. We checked into our room at Tenaya Lodge and then joined our friends for some small bites and sips of wine from the popular Idle Hour Winery in Oakhurst. While the adults were tasting the different wines crafted by one of the most talented winemakers in the region, Anna Marie dos Remedios, the kids enjoyed cups of warm hot cocoa with mini marshmallows. Idle Hour Winery is owned and operated by Anna Marie dos Remedios and Deb Payne who started the winery focusing on these traditional methods: native yeast fermentation, gravity flow racking and the use of neutral French Oak. The wines boasted rich flavors, and the tasting was the perfect start to our vacation in...

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Family Staycation at The Ranch at Laguna Beach

Posted by on Nov 15, 2016 in Featured, Staycation, Travel | 0 comments

Sponsored When it comes to staycations, families living in Orange County have so many options, but when it comes to a beachside getaway, The Ranch at Laguna Beach is a premier choice for locals. The historic vacation destination has recently undergone a major renovation and offers guests plush accommodations just steps away from the crystalline waters of the Pacific Ocean. As our children are getting older, it is becoming harder for all of our family to be able to come together on the weekends. The minute that I noticed that my high schooler had a weekend free of commitments, I planned a weekend getaway to The Ranch at Laguna Beach. We packed our beach gear into the car and drove down the coast to the resort. We checked into our room, and within minutes our kids were on a...

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2016 Cyber Monday Travel Offers

Posted by on Nov 11, 2016 in Travel | 0 comments

Everyone likes a good deal and we all know that Cyber Monday is one of the best times of the year to snag one. The following deals at resorts throughout the US, Caribbean, Mexico, Latin America and even Europe can be booked on Cyber Monday, November 28, 2016. You can visit Cyber Travel Deals for more info. All deals are subject to blackout dates and based on availability. Additional restrictions and room category limitations may apply. New offers are added daily. Booking window differs per property. CONTINENTAL U.S. FLORIDA Hotel: The Palms Hotel & Spa Offer: 25% off best available rates, starting at $149/night Valid for Travel: December 4th 2016 – October 31st 2017 How to Book: www.thepalmshotel.com with promo code PROCYBER Booking Window: November 25-28, 2016 Hotel: Circa 39 Hotel, Miami Beach Offer: 25% off best available rates,...

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10 Things to do in Puerto Peñasco

Posted by on Nov 5, 2016 in Mexico, Puerto Peñasco, Travel | 0 comments

We visited as a guest of Mexico Puerto Peñasco is a quaint fishing village located along the Sea of Cortez that is just about a 45-minute flight from Tijuana. When families arrive in Puerto Peñasco, they will feel a sense of calming come over them as they bask in the beautiful ocean views and savor local cuisine. When bringing your family to visit Puerto Peñasco, these are ten things that you must do when visiting the area: Swim in the Sea of Cortez The Sea of Cortez (known by Jacques Cousteau as the world’s aquarium) is one of the most beautiful bodies of water on our planet. The water has a higher salt concentration which gives your body a healing effect while floating in the water. Make sure and bring along a snorkel and goggles because fish are everywhere...

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Exploring Coit Tower in San Francisco

Posted by on Oct 14, 2016 in San Francisco, Travel | 0 comments

It has been a longtime dream of my daughters to visit San Francisco. One of the things on her list to see when in San Francisco is the historic Coit Tower. The tower is a 210-foot tower located in the Telegraph Hill area of San Francisco. Lillie Hitchcock Coit left a part of her estate for beautification of the city, and the money was used to build the tower in 1933. Before checking into the Grand Hyatt San Francisco for the night, we had lunch at Golden Boy Pizza, and then drove over to see Coit Tower. The tower is at the top of the highest point of San Francisco, and it was a little scary driving up the 90 degree angle street to see the tower. The only problem with visiting the tower was that there was no...

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Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe

Posted by on Oct 12, 2016 in Mexico, Mexico City, Travel | 2 comments

We visited as a guest After exploring Teotihuacán and having lunch at Restaurante Gran Teocalli, we returned to Mexico City to visit the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe. It is one of the most sacred places in Mexico City and where Our Lady of Guadalupe is believed to have appeared to Saint Juan Diego Cuauhtlatoatzin. We first visited the newer circular shaped Basilica where we had a once in a lifetime opportunity of seeing the original image of the Virgin of Guadalupe on Juan Diego’s cloak. In front of the image was an escalator that keeps visitors moving back and forth in front of the image to avoid overcrowding. I rode the escalator multiple times, and couldn’t take my eyes off the beautiful image. Then we walked into the church where a service was happening. The beautiful music...

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Restaurante Gran Teocalli

Posted by on Oct 11, 2016 in Mexico, Mexico City, Travel | 0 comments

We dined as a guest After spending the day exploring Teotihuacán, everyone in our group had worked up quite an appetite. We had heard a lot about the popular dining destination, Restaurante Gran Teocalli, so we decided to stop for lunch before heading back to Mexico City. The minute that our bus arrived at the restaurant, we were greeted by their friendly staff who were all dressed-up in traditional tribal outfits. They were playing music and dancing as we entered the restaurant for lunch. Once we were inside the restaurant, we were seated at a comfortable table and given a tour of the massive buffet. My favorite part of the buffet was the quesadilla bar where we could customize mini quesadillas just the way that we wanted. They were so delicious that I couldn’t help but go back for...

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Teotihuacán Pyramid of the Sun and Moon

Posted by on Oct 10, 2016 in Mexico, Mexico City, Travel | 0 comments

We visited as a guest The highlight of my trip to Mexico City was visiting Teotihuacán and hiking to the top of the Pyramid of the Sun. After visiting the Teotihuacán Museum, we made our way to the front of the majestic pyramid where we would hike up hundreds of tiny stone steps to the top of the pyramid. The moment that I saw the pyramids, I was overwhelmed by their beauty. I had to catch my breath for a moment as I looked around at what was once the place of the most powerful rulers in Mexico. There are two pyramids; The Pyramid of the Sun, and The Pyramid of the Moon. There were hundreds of people making their way to the top of the Pyramid of the Sun, and I couldn’t wait to join them. The city...

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The Great Wolf Lodge Howl-O-Ween Staycation

Posted by on Oct 9, 2016 in Halloween, Holiday, Staycation, Travel | 0 comments

We stayed as a guest of the venue When looking for the best place to have a Halloween staycation with your family this year, The Great Wolf Lodge is the place to have a epic Howl-O-Ween getaway. Last week, our family had a weekend getaway to the premier vacation destination, and it was one of the best family staycations we have ever had. We checked into The Great Wolf Lodge on a Friday afternoon, and then took the shuttle over to Disneyland for Mickey’s Halloween Party. Our kids trick-or-treated, enjoyed tasty Halloween-themed treats, and watched the fireworks twinkle over Sleeping Beauty’s Castle. Once the clock struck midnight, and Disneyland started to close, we made our way back to The Great Wolf Lodge where our children would dream of cake pops and lollipops. Our family would spend the weekend in...

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A Glimpse Back in Time at Museo Teotihuacán

Posted by on Oct 9, 2016 in Mexico, Mexico City, Travel | 0 comments

We visited as a guest The first thing that we did when arriving in Teotihuacán was to visit the museum located at the archeological site. It was the perfect way to start our visit to the magical place by allowing us to learn about the history of the indigenous people who once lived in the region. It took us about an hour to slowly explore the museum, but I could have spent all day reading about the history. Teotihuacán means “place of the Gods,” in Aztec and the city first formed in 150 BCE and 200 CE. The museum is filled with thousands of artifacts from the Mayan, Aztec and Toltec civilization. There are small plaques in front of each display case that talks about the items in each glass case along with a little bit of history behind...

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Golden Boy Pizza in San Francisco

Posted by on Oct 5, 2016 in Dining, San Francisco, Travel | 0 comments

The one thing that we had on our mind when traveling to San Francisco was pizza! Immediately after crossing the Bay Bridge, we drove to North Beach for lunch. The pizza place choices were endless, so we went with a friends recommendation, and had lunch at the popular Golden Boy pizza place. When we arrived, there was a line that wrapped around the corner with people excited to sink their taste buds into a slice of Golden Boy pizza. The aroma of freshly cooked pizza filled the area surrounding the restaurant, and my mouth was watering. Once we got to the front of the line, it was hard to make a choice. The restaurant offers cheese, pepperoni, combination, and the most famous – clam pizza. Everyone in our family got something different so we could all share, and we...

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Almara Restaurant in Mexico City

Posted by on Oct 4, 2016 in Mexico, Mexico City, Travel | 0 comments

We dined as a guest of the venue When first arriving in Mexico City, I checked into my beautiful room at the Galeria Plaza Reforma hotel, and couldn’t wait to sink my taste buds into some delicious food. Since I was tired from my travels, I didn’t want to explore the city on my first night, and had a relaxing dinner at the restaurant next door to the hotel, Almara Restaurant. The moment that I walked into the restaurant, the staff made me feel at home. They found me a table right by the window where I could see people walking along the cobblestone streets and a beautiful iron sculpture. Since I was visiting the city during the month of the countries biggest celebration, Mexico’s Independence Day, there are select cultural food offerings available at restaurants during the month...

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24 Hours in San Francisco

Posted by on Oct 4, 2016 in Featured, San Francisco, Travel, Uncategorized | 1 comment

We stayed as a guest of the Hyatt While on our way home from Squaw Valley, we made a last minute decision to book a night at the Grand Hyatt San Francisco and spend 24 hours exploring the city with our children. It was a whirlwind getaway to the foggy city where we created lifelong memories together. Thinking about planning a quick getaway to San Francisco? Find out how to see the city in just 24 hours. Saturday 11am. Our family drove over the Bay Bridge, and into the city. The kids had their hands pressed on the glass windows as our family got closer and closer to the city. 12pm. The kids were hungry from the drive, and we didn’t want to stop for a big breakfast, so we went for lunch at the popular Little Italy pizza...

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Viceroy Zihuatanejo ‘Day of the Dead’ Celebration

Posted by on Sep 29, 2016 in Mexico, Travel, Zihuatanejo | 0 comments

Viceroy Zihuatanejo will come alive October 31 through November 2, 2016 with exhibits by acclaimed folk artists, historic displays, performances by noted dance companies, special dining and music to celebrate Mexico’s unique signature holiday, The Day of the Dead. During El Día de los Muertos, Mexicans remember and honor their passed family members and ancestors. But it is a celebration, not a time of sadness. The Day of the Dead is a colorful and exuberantly festive national holiday with roots that go back millennia. The Spanish tried to eradicate it but it was more powerful than the conquistadors. This chic resort on the Pacific is continuing the tradition by partnering with a local art gallery, GALART, to offer a three-day The Day of the Dead program. Monday, October 31 6 – 8 pm – Cocktail Reception at La Marea...

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Hilton San Diego Downtown/Bayside Weekend Getaway

Posted by on Sep 19, 2016 in Featured, San Diego, Staycation, Travel | 0 comments

We stayed as a guest of the venue Staycations are my favorite kind of family vacations. It just takes a couple of minutes to toss a couple of outfits into a bag and be poolside at a hotel relaxing within minutes. Because staycations are always far less stressful than major vacations, our family tends to take staycations a lot throughout the year. It is a perfect way to stop, relax, and recharge as a family without a big cost or stress. We found ourselves overly stressed about the start of the school year, so we took our kids to San Diego for the weekend to stay at the new Hilton San Diego Downtown/Bayside and relieve some of their back-to-school anxiety. The new hotel is centrally located within walking distance of some of the best family attractions in downtown San...

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Pacific Standard Coastal Kitchen in San Diego

Posted by on Sep 14, 2016 in Dining, San Diego, Travel | 0 comments

We dined as a guest of the venue When I heard about the opening of the hottest new dining destination in San Diego, Pacific Standard Coastal Kitchen, I couldn’t wait to make plans to go to San Diego for an epicurean adventure. When making plans to dine at the new restaurant, I learned that a new hotel, Hilton San Diego Downtown/Bayside, just opened next door, making it the perfect opportunity for a family staycation. After spending the day exploring downtown San Diego, our family had worked up quite an appetite and were excited to having dinner at the chic new restaurant. The minute that I stepped into the restaurant, I was in love with the decor. The restaurant features cool colors, modern light fixtures, and golden silverware. Before I even had a chance to taste the food, I was...

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Squaw Valley Farm to Table Dinner

Posted by on Aug 29, 2016 in Dining, Lake Tahoe, Squaw Valley, Travel | 0 comments

We dined as a guest of the venue When planning our coming family vacation to Squaw Valley in Lake Tahoe, we wanted to have a unique dining experience. We had heard a lot of buzz about the intimate Farm to Table dinner experience, and the talented Executive Chef Tiffany Swan, so we made reservations to go on an epicurean adventure at the Olympic Village Lodge Garden in Squaw Valley. The dinner featured a three-course family style dinner using fresh, local ingredients. The Executive Chef has partnered with the Tahoe Food Hub to assist her in creating a dining experience using ingredients grown from local farmers. I couldn’t wait for the night to come when we were going to experience the dinner. There is something special about having dinner with your family and friends in a garden with fresh food...

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Majestic Havasupai

Posted by on Aug 27, 2016 in Arizona, Travel | 1 comment

Havasupai has been on my “bucket list” ever since I saw my first picture of the beautiful blue-green water and falls. If you’ve never heard of Havasupai or seen photos – get ready to add a new destination to your “bucket list.” Please note – this and all pictures are completely unedited. I didn’t use any filters or any other manipulations. All photos were taken by me on my iPhone 6 or my Samsung TL220. The water really is that beautiful blue-green. And the photos really don’t do it justice. When planning a trip to Havasupai, you need to know that it is a long process. You will want to visit the official website of the Havasupai Tribe   for current fees and information. You can also find information from the National Park Website since it is located in the Grand Canyon (However, the...

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Hipster Dining at Rocker Squaw Valley

Posted by on Aug 26, 2016 in Dining, Family, Lake Tahoe, Squaw Valley, Travel | 0 comments

We dined as a guest of the venue Finding places that serve good food is a necessity when traveling. The one thing that I loved about our summer getaway to Squaw Valley is that there were multiple delicious dining destinations within walking distance of The Village at Squaw Valley Resort including Rocker at Squaw. After the drive from OC to Squaw Valley, my kids were starving. While they wanted to eat anything within reach, my husband and I were seeking a relaxing restaurant where we could unwind from the long drive. Rocker was just a short walk from our hotel room, and we loved the hipster decor, so we stopped in for dinner. The restaurant featured a large outdoor patio, wrap around bar and plenty of semi-private booths for families to enjoy an intimate dinner together. Just minutes after...

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Squaw Valley High Ropes Extreme Adventure

Posted by on Aug 25, 2016 in Featured, Lake Tahoe, Squaw Valley, Travel | 0 comments

We visited as a guest of the venue The one thing I am proud about instilling in my children is their love for adventure. I have been encouraging them always to go off the beaten path, and explore the world in a way that others don’t. Now that my children are getting older, they spend time researching our upcoming travel destinations to see where we can go exploring, and when planning our end of summer getaway to Squaw Valley, the high ropes experience was at the top of their list. While I used to love zip lining, rock climbing, and skydiving, I have been slowly developing a terrible fear of heights as I have gotten older. When my kids mentioned the high ropes, I got a knot in my stomach thinking about climbing high in the trees of Squaw...

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Viceroy Zihuatanejo Romantic Weekend Getaway

Posted by on Aug 25, 2016 in Featured, Mexico, Travel, Zihuatanejo | 1 comment

We stayed as a guest of the resort When was the last time that you had a weekend getaway with your husband? For my husband and me, we couldn’t remember the last time that we got away without the kids, so we realized that it has just been way too long. My husband was gearing up to have a major corneal transplant done, and I thought that taking him to a magical place in Mexico would get his mind off the surgery, and he would come home relaxed and free of any stresses before having his transplant. There were so many fantastic choices of where to have our getaway in Mexico, and it was the Viceroy in Zihuatanejo that caught my eye. I had always wanted to visit Zihuatanejo, and the resort looked like the perfect romantic destination for...

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Exploring the Puerto Vallarta Malecón

Posted by on Aug 9, 2016 in Mexico, Puerto Vallarta, Travel | 0 comments

We visited as a guest of the Marriott After having an incredible dinner at El Arrayán in Puerto Vallarta, my daughter and I ended our evening with a sunset walk along the Malecón. The Puerto Vallarta Malecón is rich with art and entertainment and is an experience that everyone who is visiting the area must experience. The first thing we did was walk down to the sand to watch the beautiful colors of the sunset over the crystalline waters. It was a magical night that we both will never forget. After the sunset had ended, we joined some friends to walk along the Malecón. As we walked along the Malecón, we admired all the beautiful sculptures. The sculptures were all beautiful, and unique. It was an immersive cultural experience for my daughter. The shops and restaurants along the Malecón...

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Romantic Oceanfront Dining in Puerto Vallarta

Posted by on Aug 6, 2016 in Dining, Mexico, Puerto Vallarta, Travel | 0 comments

We dined as a guest of the venue Whenever I am in Mexico, I am always looking for the best oceanfront restaurants. After having lunch at Las Casitas at CasaMagna Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa, I made reservations to return for dinner. The food was spectacular, the views were breathtaking, and it was clearly the best place for a romantic oceanfront dinner. Even though I was not traveling with my husband, I knew it was the ideal location to relax and reconnect with my daughter over an exquisite cuisine while watching the sunset. We arrived at the restaurant after experiencing their interactive sunset guacamole presentation. We took our seat at a table overlooking the crystalline waters and ordered a couple of appetizers to start while enjoying the crisp ocean breezes. We started dinner with a small bite of...

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Unforgettable Santa Cruz Island Adventure

Posted by on Aug 3, 2016 in National Parks, Staycation, Travel | 0 comments

We visited as a guest of Ventura An adventurer at heart, visiting Santa Cruz Island was the favorite day of our journey in discovering Ventura County. Rising early was a breeze, just like a little kid off to play and the explore an island! Upon arrival at Ventura Harbor, we were greeted by Cherryl from Island Packers, the boat that will take us on the quick hour trip across the sea. Island Packers has been in business for 47 years, as we learned Cherryl’s dad owned the company which she enthusiastically continues to oversee. The boat will carry 100 people max, so make sure you reserve early. A few helpful tidbits to know before traveling on your island adventure, especially if you plan on staying awhile to enjoy the islands. You can purchase food and beverages on the boat,...

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Best Taco Stand in Puerto Vallarta: Tacos Robles

Posted by on Aug 3, 2016 in Dining, Mexico, Puerto Vallarta, Travel | 0 comments

We dined as a guest of the venue While staying at CasaMagna Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa we went on a food tour with Vallarta Food Tours, and they shared with us the best taco stand in Puerto Vallarta, Tacos Robles. Tacos Robles is a Birria Taco Stand. Birria originated in the state of Jalisco, and the competition every year is Guadalajara. Grandma and her husband started their taco stand in the early 70’s. Every year, they do a competition in Guadalajara. The husband had worked for a gentleman who won many awards, and he wanted to start his own, so Grandma had to come up with a recipe for their family, and that is what she did. They now own five places, and Taco Robles is the only one where Grandma (90-year-old) still works. They have not...

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El Arrayán Cocina Mexicana in Puerto Vallarta

Posted by on Aug 2, 2016 in Dining, Mexico, Puerto Vallarta, Travel | 0 comments

We dined as a guest of the venue When looking for an authentic traditional Cocina Mexicana in Puerto Vallarta, El Arrayán is guaranteed to exceed your expectations. While staying at the CasaMagna Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa the concierge recommended El Arrayán for dinner, and helped us to make reservations. When we arrived at the local restaurant, I was immediately in love with the decor. The restaurant was decorated with bright, vibrant colors, and the staff made us feel at home while dining at their restaurant. Since we were traveling during restaurant week, we both ordered off the pre fixe menu. We started our meal with freshly made chips and a variety of different salsas. We savored the flavors of the various salsas while looking over their menu. Everything on the menu was making my mouth water, and...

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Teen Spa Day at the Ohtli Spa in Puerto Vallarta

Posted by on Aug 1, 2016 in Mexico, Puerto Vallarta, Travel | 0 comments

I visited as a guest of the venue While my mom and I were staying at the CasaMagna Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa, we couldn’t not have a spa day at Ohtli Spa. The spa has so many great options for teens and adults. While My mom was off getting her massage, I went into their nail salon to get my nails done. Once I walked in I was greeted with friendly staff and shelves filled with different colors of nail polish. I was automatically in awe with everything about the room, from all the nail polish to the comfy chairs. I sat down in one of the chairs, and the first thing I did was pick the color I wanted. I ended up choosing the color white. After I had picked my color, they brought a warm...

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Oceanfront Dining at Las Casitas in Puerto Vallarta

Posted by on Jul 31, 2016 in Dining, Mexico, Puerto Vallarta, Travel | 0 comments

We dined as a guest of the venue After checking into our gorgeous room at CasaMagna Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa, we walked to have lunch at the on-site oceanfront restaurant Las Casitas. The host found us the perfect table overlooking the ocean where I sipped on a margarita and felt all my stresses of daily life drift away while watching the waves crash on the beach. We started lunch with chips, guacamole, and salsa while overlooking the menu for lunch. The menu offered a little bit of everything from a traditional club sandwich to fish tacos. There were so many options that it was hard for us to decide what to order for lunch. The server recommended that I try the fish tacos, and it was the best recommendation. The dish featured three tacos loaded with fresh...

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Best Family Hotel in La Jolla: Hyatt Regency La Jolla

Posted by on Jul 25, 2016 in San Diego, Staycation, Travel | 0 comments

We stayed as a guest of the resort Last year, we started spending a lot of time in La Jolla. We created unforgettable memories kayaking into sea caves, whale watching, visiting the sea lions, and dining at cutting edge restaurants. The one thing that we have not experienced was staying the night together as a family in La Jolla until recently. Instead of making our summer trip a day trip, we made it a weekend getaway by staying at the Hyatt Regency La Jolla. The Hyatt Regency La Jolla is located just a short distance from the crystalline La Jolla waters and activities. The moment that we arrived at the resort, we were greeted by the charming staff. Our kids relaxed in the children’s lounge while I checked us into our room for the weekend. The moment that we...

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La Jolla Strand Beach

Posted by on Jul 25, 2016 in San Diego, Staycation, Travel | 0 comments

We stayed in La Jolla as a guest of the Hyatt While staying at the Hyatt Regency La Jolla, I wanted to visit a beach that didn’t have the crowds that La Jolla Shores and La Jolla Cove have. The staff at the hotel recommended we visit La Jolla Strand Beach for the afternoon, and it was one of the most beautiful beaches I have visited. Since the beach isn’t overcrowded, parking is easy at La Jolla Strand Beach. We parked our car and carried our beach gear for just a few steps until finding a perfect intimate cove to spend the afternoon together as a family. There are lots of various rock formations along the cliffs that carve out the beach creating a lot of places for families to feel like they have the beach all to themselves....

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Family-Friendly Asian Cuisine at Cafe Japengo

Posted by on Jul 25, 2016 in Dining, Family, San Diego, Staycation, Travel | 0 comments

We dined as a guest of the venue While staying at the Hyatt Regency La Jolla, we had an unforgettable dinner at Cafe Japengo. When we first made our reservations at the restaurant, I was concerned that it might not have enough kid-friendly options, but the staff at the Hyatt ensured me that it was the best choice for dinner, and they were right. After a day of fun in the sun, we walked across the street for dinner. The staff welcomed us and found a comfortable table for us to enjoy dinner. While looking over the menu, I was overwhelmed with the large variety of healthy options on their kid’s menu. From udon noodles to a bento box, there was something for all of my children to enjoy. We started dinner with the house made chicken potstickers topped...

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Bodie – California’s Official Gold Rush Ghost Town

Posted by on Jul 20, 2016 in Las Vegas, Road Trips, Travel | 0 comments

Some people dream of seeing Paris, some dream of Hawaii, I on other hand dreamed of seeing Bodie.  Bodie?, yes Bodie.  Now before you rush to your web browser to find out what/where Bodie is I can give you the 411.  Bodie is a ghost town east of the Sierra Nevada mountain range in Mono County, California, off the 395.  It’s quite a trek to travel to Bodie so if you are interested in visiting might I suggest making it a weekend getaway maybe stay at Mammoth Lakes or Lake Tahoe which are about an hour away in either direction.  The drive along the 395 is quite scenic and if you don’t pay attention you may pass Bodie Road so make sure at least one of you keeps an eye out.  Halfway through the 10 mile drive on Bodie...

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Snorkeling at Los Arcos in Puerto Vallarta

Posted by on Jul 13, 2016 in Mexico, Puerto Vallarta, Travel | 0 comments

We visited as a guest of the venue I sat on the balcony of our oceanfront room at CasaMagna Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa watching the sunrise over the crystalline waters excited about spending the afternoon snorkeling at Los Arcos for the first time. On my previous trips to Puerto Vallarta, I had tried to make plans to snorkel at Los Arcos, but it never seemed to work out. I had heard so much about the beautiful fish that swim around the giant rock formations off the coastline, and couldn’t wait to experience it with my daughter. The concierge at the Marriott took care of all the arrangements for our excursion and made it where I didn’t have to worry about anything. When it was time to leave, there was a taxi waiting for us at the entrance...

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Las Animas Beach in Puerto Vallarta

Posted by on Jul 2, 2016 in Mexico, Puerto Vallarta, Travel | 0 comments

We visited as a guest of the venue My favorite excursion while staying at the CasaMagna Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa in Puerto Vallarta was visiting Las Animas Beach. The Canuwa tour took us snorkeling at Los Arcos before bringing us to Las Animas Beach for some much-needed relaxation and zip lining fun. The boat pulled up to the dock where we were greeted by the friendliest people who welcomed us to the beautiful beach club. We started our time at Las Animas Beach by doing the zip line at the adventure park. My daughter zipped through the forest and had the time of her life at the adventure park. Then it was time for rest and relaxation. After we had finished the zip line, comfortable beach chairs were waiting for us just steps away from the crystalline...

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Extreme Zip Line Adventure in Puerto Vallarta

Posted by on Jul 1, 2016 in Mexico, Puerto Vallarta, Travel | 0 comments

We attended as a guest of the venue While staying at the CasaMagna Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa, we took a snorkeling adventure tour with Canuwa. The boat took us on a grand tour along the beautiful coastline of Puerto Vallarta before stopping for some snorkeling at Los Arcos. While snorkeling, we saw a beautiful world under the sea filled with colorful fish and bright corals. Then it was off for some relaxation at Playa Las Animas beach where the Las Animas Beach Adventure Park is located. My daughter couldn’t wait to arrive at the beach so she could have an epic adventure zip lining adventure through the forest. As soon as we got off the boat, we went straight to the path that would take us to Las Animas Beach Adventure Park. It was a beautiful hike...

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Swimming with Whale Sharks in La Paz Mexico

Posted by on Jun 20, 2016 in La Paz, Mexico, Travel | 1 comment

We visited as a guest of La Paz The one thing that I never thought I would ever be able to check off my bucket list was swimming with whale sharks. It’s been something that I had wanted to do since I was a teenager and thought that you could only experience it when traveling to Australia until recently when I went to La Paz, Mexico. It has only been a couple of years since swimming with whale sharks has been allowed in La Paz because the people are very protective of the ecosystem and animals living in the waters surrounding the small beach town. While visitors are now allowed to swim with the sharks, tour guides are limited to only allowing a small amount of people in the water. When I went to La Paz last month, I...

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San Diego Staycation at Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

Posted by on Jun 1, 2016 in Featured, San Diego, Staycation, Travel | 0 comments

We stayed as a guest of the resort San Diego is one of my favorite summer staycation destinations with the Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina being one of the premier resorts for families. The resort is centrally located right on the waterfront and is just steps away from the popular Gaslamp Quarter. With summer right around the corner, I couldn’t wait to plan a family staycation at the Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina, so we had a pre-summer getaway. I made plans to stay during my son’s birthday weekend so he could enjoy some relaxation by the pool and have dinner at a restaurant he had wanted to try, Fogo de Chão Brazilian Steakhouse. When we first arrived at the resort, we checked into our luxurious room that had beautiful panoramic views of San Diego. There was a small...

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Best Beach in Mexico: Balandra Beach in La Paz

Posted by on May 25, 2016 in Featured, La Paz, Mexico, Travel | 1 comment

We visited as a guest of La Paz I have visited many beautiful beaches while traveling the world, but one beach clearly stood out to me as the most beautiful beach in the world, Balandra Beach. It was voted as one of the ten best beaches in Mexico by TripAdvisor, and it is clearly the #1 winner. Until visiting Balandra Beach in La Paz, Grace Bay beach in the Turks and Caicos was my favorite, but not anymore. Balandra Beach is unlike any other beach I have visited before. It is a perfectly shaped cove where visitors can walk for miles into the crystalline turquoise water without the water getting higher than your waistline. The best part – it is rarely crowded. While I was standing on the edge of sand looking at the water, the water would change...

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Elegant La Paz Dining at Steinbeck’s Restaurant

Posted by on May 23, 2016 in Dining, La Paz, Mexico, Travel | 0 comments

We dined as a guest of La Paz When staying at Costa Baja Resort & Spa a night at Steinbeck’s is a must. The elegant restaurant features one of the best chefs in Baja who is pushing culinary boundaries with his delicious creations. On our second night in La Paz, we made reservations to have dinner at Steinbeck’s, and it was one of my favorite meals in La Paz. I had already snuck a quick taste of the chef’s talents when having a couple of appetizers after a full day at Balandra beach. The quesadilla that the chef made was mind blowing, and truly the best quesadilla that I’ve ever sunk my taste buds into. Plus, their signature cocktail, the blue coconut Curacao, is unforgettable. Before taking our seat in the elegant restaurant, we listened to live music on...

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Luxe Family La Paz Resort: Costa Baja Resort & Spa

Posted by on May 20, 2016 in Featured, La Paz, Mexico, Travel | 0 comments

We stayed as a guest of La Paz The one thing that I love about La Paz is that it is not commercialized, and all the resorts are small and intimate, making it perfect for families to relax and reconnect. The Costa Baja Resort & Spa is the premier travel destination for families visiting La Paz offering beautiful panoramic ocean views from almost every room, and is located right on a soft sandy beach. Costa Baja Resort & Spa is a 5-10 minute drive outside of town making it a peaceful resort for families. They offer exceptional service, and everyone who stays at the resort is treated like family. Rooms The rooms are large enough for growing families to feel comfortable. The room that we stayed in had a large veranda where families can have meals together or relax...

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