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Gaslamp Quarter: Why You Should Check Out This Underrated Part Of San Diego

Posted by on May 18, 2022 in Featured, San Diego, Travel | 0 comments

When we think about California, most of us instantly think about Los Angeles and Hollywood, or at a push, San Francisco and Silicon Valley. However, there are so many amazing places that you can visit in this wonderful state, and one of these is the amazing city of San Diego, just north of the Mexican border. Within this gorgeous city, you’ll find an array of exciting activities and things to see and be able to try some great food and drink at the many restaurants and bars dotted around the place. The city is made up of a number of districts that all offer something different from one another, such as La Jolla, North Park, Ocean Beach, and Old Town. But one that is significantly underrated today is the Gaslamp Quarter. Here are our best reasons to check out...

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Safe Family Fun at Welk Resorts San Diego

Posted by on Dec 16, 2020 in Family, Featured, San Diego, Travel | 1 comment

Many families are nervous about traveling during this time, but it can be done safely when choosing the right resort and adhering to the proper safety protocols. During the stay-at-home orders, I have still been traveling safely, and one of my favorite destinations has been the Welk Resorts San Diego. The family-owned resort puts families first. My favorite feature was that my family was able to drive right up to the front door of our luxurious, and spacious, villa. There was no elevator or busy lobby was making me feel comfortable from the moment that I arrived. In fact, there was drive thru check-in, making the check-in process seamless. My second favorite feature is that families need to make reservations for the pools to ensure there is no overcrowding. Rooms The room that we stayed in was a two-bedroom...

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Cool New RV Resort on the San Diego Bay

Posted by on Nov 2, 2020 in Featured, San Diego, Travel | 0 comments

Costa Vista, the highly anticipated luxury RV resort located right on the San Diego Bay in Chula Vista, has launched their website landing page and opened up their bookings page. Set to open in 2021, Costa Vista is now accepting reservations for April 2021 throughout the rest of the year, which can be booked here. Equipped with an abundance of luxury amenities, Costa Vista serves as a trailblazer in the RV park industry, offering full-service sites including unique park model vacation rentals and well-appointed RV sites that include spacious patios, picnic tables and landscaping. Sites will range from 30-35 feet wide and approximately 1,500-2,000 square feet, which will feature back-in and pull-through site availability. The modern vacation rentals will be about 400 square feet and fully furnished, designed for multiple style stays, including families and luxurious accommodations for couples....

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Make a Splash at Aquatica San Diego

Posted by on Aug 4, 2019 in Events, Featured, San Diego, Summer | 0 comments

We visited Aquatica as a guest Our summer weather is finally heating up. We discovered the best place to cool the kids down from the summer heat at Aquatica San Diego. The water park features thrilling rides, adorable animals, and endless family fun. Aquatica San Diego Attractions One of my kid’s favorite attractions was Tassie’s Twister. The ride features a multi-person raft that sends riders into a massive six-story funnel. My favorite was the Loggerhead Lane, which is a relaxing lazy river where I let all of my daily stresses drift away. Then, there is the Big Surf Shores massive wave pool. My kids felt like they were at the beach as they splashed and jumped through the waves. Cabanas The best way to experience Aquatica San Diego is by renting a cabana. With the cabana rental, you have...

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Seasonal Fare at The Patio on 101 in Encinitas

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

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

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Top Gun House in Oceanside

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

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

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Rejuvenate and Relax at Kona Kai Resort & Spa

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

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

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Edward Scissorhands House in San Diego

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

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

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San Diego Skeleton House

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

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

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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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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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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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Jeffrey Stein Children’s Music Garden at Alta Vista Gardens

Posted by on Feb 8, 2016 in Cool Places, Featured, Parks, San Diego, Travel | 0 comments

The Jeffrey Stein Children’s Music Garden at Alta Vista Gardens is one of the most magical places on earth. While I was coming home from a mother/daughter getaway in San Diego, my daughter had mentioned that she read about this park online, and wanted to visit it. I was so excited that she was researching parks that she wanted to visit so we stopped while on our way home from San Diego. The minute that I stepped out of the car, I was in awe. It is a park that you’ll want to spend the entire day at with your children. Just like visiting Legoland or the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, you’ll have enough to keep your kids occupied for an entire afternoon at the Alta Vista Gardens – so pack a lunch and get ready to explore....

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Candy Mine at Miners Diner Julian

Posted by on Feb 5, 2016 in Dining, San Diego, Travel | 1 comment

When I was dining at the Miners Diner in Julian, I noticed a whole in the wall with steps leading down and an arrow pointing towards it saying, “Come see our Candy Mine!” I was a little curious about what it was going to be, so I asked my parents if I could go down there to check it out. When I was walking down the steps, I started to smell candy immediately. When I got down the steps, I was so overwhelmed by all the candy! They had literally every type of candy there I could imagine. It was probably the coolest thing I had seen in Julian (other than the real mine I had just finished visiting.) I was excited. I stayed down in the candy mine for at least ten minutes before I ran back up...

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Queen Califia’s Magical Circle ‘Beetlejuice Park’ in Escondido

Posted by on Jan 30, 2016 in Cool Places, Parks, San Diego | 0 comments

After visiting Grape Day Park with the kids earlier this month, one of our readers mentioned that we need to visit Queen Califia’s Magical Circle in Kit Carson Park in Escondido. The park was just a short drive away from Grape Day Park and the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, and ever since we were told about it, we couldn’t wait to make a drive to Escondido to see it. The park looks like something right out of the movie “Beetlejuice”, and my kids immediately nicknamed Queen Califia’s Magical Circle, Beetlejuice Park. The morning that we planned to visit, unfortunately, the park was closed. My kids were slightly devastated, but they still got an opportunity to see the park through the cracks in the fence. It is only open on the second Saturday of the month from 10 am...

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The Hilton Garden Inn Old Town San Diego

Posted by on Jan 27, 2016 in Featured, San Diego, Staycation, Travel | 0 comments

We stayed at the property as a guest While we venture down south to San Diego multiple times a year, we haven’t gone to Old Town for almost ten years. It was while on a staycation visiting Old Town, that my son had his first allergic reaction at the age of two, almost lost his life, and we have never returned until recently. When we heard the news of the Hilton Garden Inn opening their beautiful new property right in the heart of Old Town San Diego, we felt conflicted at first about whether we should return. We made the decision that there is just too much culture and history that we are keeping away from our kids by never bringing them to Old Town, so we made the choice to book a getaway. We parked our car at...

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Visit a Real Oasis Camel Dairy Farm in San Diego

Posted by on Jan 22, 2016 in Cool Places, San Diego | 0 comments

The Oasis Camel Dairy Farm has been on my bucket list to visit for many years. It is only open to the public on select days, and the days that they are open have usually conflicted with our kids busy weekend schedules. This past weekend, we finally had a day free when the farm was open, so we planned a visit along with our kids grandparents. The drive took a little longer than we had anticipated. The farm was almost as far as Julian but was well worth the long drive. They are open to the public starting at 1 pm and the show is at 1:30 pm. We arrived just in time for the show, and so glad that we did not miss it; it was one of the biggest highlights of our visit. We had paid the...

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Epic Grape Day Park in Escondido

Posted by on Jan 2, 2016 in Featured, Parks, San Diego, Travel | 2 comments

I love to explore new parks with my kids. I have had a visit to the Grape Day Park in Escondido on my bucket list for a couple of years and finally decided that this is the year to check it off my list. When we were planning a winter staycation to San Diego, our family got up a little bit earlier than we planned to have a detour to Grape Day Park on our way to San Diego. Well..the detour continued as we checked off some more items on my bucket list by also doing the mining tour in Julian. The park was pretty easy to find and is a perfect stop while on your way to the San Diego Zoo Safari Park (it is not too far away). There is plenty of parking on the street, and...

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Cabrillo National Monument in San Diego

Posted by on Sep 16, 2015 in National Parks, San Diego, Travel | 0 comments

While we were staying at the Kona Kai Resort in San Diego, the kids noticed a beautiful lighthouse on the bluff that overlooked the waters surrounding the resort. Their curiosity continued as they began researching the lighthouse on Google during dinner at Vessel Restaurant. What I somehow never realized is that the lighthouse was located at the Cabrillo National Park and is home to the historic Cabrillo National Monument. Excited to explore this National Park that is so close to our home, we woke up early in the morning to explore the National Park. Admission to the National Park is $5 (cash only). Before entering the park, we paid our respects to the many fallen men and women of our military at the Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery. Once we were inside of the National Park, we discovered that there...

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Spruce Street Suspension Bridge in San Diego

Posted by on Sep 14, 2015 in San Diego, Travel | 0 comments

After exploring the historical Quince Street Bridge in San Diego, the kids were in for a big treat when we arrived at the Spruce Street Suspension Bridge. The bridge was a little hard to find in a residential neighborhood at first, but was well worth the search. Where the start of the bridge is located.. We parked our car and walked over to the suspension bridge that was built in 1912. The 375-foot steel bridge would bounce and sway while we walked across it (It was a little frightening for me at first). Once we were 1/2 way across the bridge, we got to see amazing views of San Diego, and my boys loved jumping up and down as they walked across it. The bridge is located in Banker’s Hill at the corner of 1st Avenue and Spruce Street....

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Quince Street Bridge in San Diego

Posted by on Sep 14, 2015 in San Diego, Travel | 1 comment

While spending the weekend with the kids in San Diego, I took them to see the historic Quince Street Bridge for the first time. I wanted the kids to experience some of the history of San Diego during our visit, and not just the beautiful beaches. The bridge was built in 1905 and is one of the last remaining trestle bridges in San Diego. Guests visiting the bridge can see panoramic views of San Diego while walking across the historic landmark. At the top of the bridge is a little free public library where guests can “leave a book and take a book.” The bridge is HIGH! I am deathly afraid of heights and barely made it 1/2 across the bridge before panicking from being able to see the drop below through the cracks of the wood. The bridge...

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Follow the Yellow Brick Road to the Munchkin House in La Jolla

Posted by on Sep 10, 2015 in Featured, San Diego, Travel | 0 comments

While spending so much time in La Jolla this summer, we got wind of the news that there was a “Munchkinland” build on the La Jolla hillside in the early 1930’s. Guess what? One confirmed Munchkin house remains!! During our last trip to the San Diego area this summer, we added the house to our GPS to see for ourselves how small the house actually is in real life. We drove up a small windy street to the top of the hillside where we discovered the adorable house. There was no parking, and signs warning of tow-away, so we had to make our visit quick. My giant suburban took up the entire road as we jumped out of the car to check out the house in a flash. It is cuter in real life than we could have imagined....

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Exploring La Jolla Sea Caves with Everyday California

Posted by on Sep 6, 2015 in Cool Places, La Jolla, San Diego, Staycation, Travel | 1 comment

After visiting the Holy Jim Cave in La Jolla, I couldn’t wait to plan a return visit to explore the La Jolla sea caves via the water. Everyday California Kayaking Company The one company that stood out to me amongst the others in the area was Everyday California. They share the same passion for preserving the ocean sea life. Plus, they educate the community on the importance of our eco-system. We reserved our tickets in advance. Plus, we stayed the night at the La Valencia. It was the perfect Mother/Daughter staycation overnight getaway. After a relaxing night in La Jolla, we woke up early in the morning and had breakfast at the Shorehouse Kitchen. The restaurant is directly next door to Everyday California. After my daughter and I had enjoyed a delicious breakfast, we were ready to explore the...

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Exploring the La Jolla Sea Caves – Sunny Jim Cave

Posted by on Jul 23, 2015 in Featured, San Diego, Staycation, Travel | 3 comments

I’ve kept seeing an online discount for kayaking into the La Jolla Sea Caves for years and decided to be spontaneous by surprising the kids with a visit for the first time this afternoon. The kids and I jumped into the car and made our way down the 5 freeway to La Jolla where we were about to embark on the most memorable day trip of our summer. One of the most popular ways to visit the sea caves is via kayaks, but since I was with the kids alone, I didn’t want to attempt to kayak without another adult to help ensure the kids were safe on the water. There is one place that families can visit the sea caves without water access, and it is hidden inside of a small store on the La Jolla Shores called...

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Dining In the Vineyards at Welk Resorts and Spa in San Diego

Posted by on Jul 7, 2015 in Dining, Featured, San Diego, Travel | 0 comments

We attended as a guest of the resort Before there was Donny and Marie, even before there was Sonny and Cher… there was Lawrence Welk. the legendary host of his own self named variety show, which launched in 1951 and aired for three decades. While best known as an entertainer and big band he also became the owner of what is now Welk Resorts and Spa in the early 80’s. Recently, we were invited to dine “under the stars” in the Lawrence Welk Vineyard in Escondido at the Welk Resorts and Spa and celebrate Welk’s new craft beer and wines produced in collaboration with partners Iron Fist Brewing Co. and Belle Marie Winery. A stay at one of the resort’s villas following the tasting was included in the invitation, thankfully! Join us on a photo tour of his resort...

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Mission San Antonio de Pala

Posted by on Jun 29, 2015 in California Missions, Featured, San Diego, Travel | 0 comments

While having a little weekend getaway in San Diego, we stopped at the beautiful Mission San Antonio de Pala. The mission is very close to the Pala casino and is only accessible by a small dirt road. When we pulled off the main road to visit this hidden gem, our children were amazed by the beauty of this mission. It was founded in 1816 by Fr. Antonio Peyri. It was very prosperous and received more than 1300 Indian converts until the beginning of its decline after the secularization by the Mexican government in 1846. Partially restored in 1903, the restoration of the original quadrangle was complete in 1959. The mission is the only one of the original California missions still ministering to Native American People. (source: Mission San Antonio De Pala) The mission is gorgeous and full of history...

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Epic Father’s Day San Diego Getaway

Posted by on Jun 17, 2015 in Father's Day, Featured, San Diego, Travel | 0 comments

Wondering what to do on Father’s Day? Still don’t have plans, and want to take your kids dad on an epic adventure? The Hotel Palomar in San Diego is the perfect place to surprise dad over Father’s Day weekend with their “Take Flight” adventure destination package. The discounted travel package includes deluxe accommodations, a pass for tandem skydive at Skydive San Diego, a 20 percent discount at Nature’s Spa by Jurlique, a flight of beer from San Diego’s microbreweries and a custom skateboard deck, featuring artwork from Grant Pecoff. The fun doesn’t have to stop there! And while in town, guests can take advantage of the warm weather and go out kayaking or snorkeling with Everyday California. In addition to a great workout, the entire family (kids 6+) can get an up-close look at leopard sharks, seals, turtles, bat...

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Momcation at Harrah’s Resort Southern California

Posted by on May 11, 2015 in Featured, San Diego, Travel | 0 comments

We stayed as a guest of the resort As Moms, we are always working. Driving carpool, cooking dinner, doing homework – our job is never done. The best thing that I have found to be the best Mother and wife is to take the time to care for myself. At least twice a year, I plan a weekend getaway, leaving all the stresses of parenting behind to focus on myself and inner healing. With Mother’s Day happening this month, I surprised by Mom by taking her with me on my “Momcation” to Harrah’s Resort Southern California in San Diego. I left my husband behind with the kids for the weekend and picked up my Mom for the ultimate weekend getaway. Being a food lover at heart I planned to stay at Harrah’s for the 2nd Annual Latin Food &...

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The Amazing Cape Rey

Posted by on May 6, 2015 in Carlsbad, Featured, San Diego, Travel | 0 comments

We stayed as a guest of the property I love weekend getaways, especially ones that are local.  One of my favorite spots to relax and unwind in is only 35 minutes south of Orange County. Now you’re probably thinking San Diego is more like 50 minutes south, but unbeknownst to most people there are amazing beach cities between Orange County and South San Diego County.  When people think San Diego they think downtown, La Jolla, Balboa Park, and Mission Bay, what they tend to forget about are the North San Diego County cities of Solana Beach, Encinitas and my favorite Carlsbad. I’d rather not share about the best kept secret, aka the gem of San Diego County (in my opinion), but since I already started I might as well let the cat out of the bag.  Why is Carlsbad...

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A Fabulous Day at The Flower Fields

Posted by on Apr 17, 2015 in Events, Featured, San Diego, Staycation, Travel | 1 comment

We visited as a guest of the Flower Fields My husband, son and I visited The Flower Fields in Carlsbad. We were there as part of a special media tour. It was very fun and informative. We learned many new things about The Flower Fields that we had never known before today. These things were shared by Paul Ecke III (the Ecke Family started the flower fields) and also by the General manager of The Flower Fields Fred Clark. Our Journey through The Flower Fields started on an antique tractor ride. Once we boarded the tractor our tour began. We headed towards the field furthest away from the tractor start. The Ranunculus are planted sequentially so that the first bloom start all the way on the field to the left and then move towards the right as the weeks...

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Street Performer Fun at Balboa Park in San Diego

Posted by on Mar 28, 2015 in San Diego, Travel | 0 comments

Believe it or not one of the highlights for our kid’s when visiting Balboa Park in San Diego was watching the different street performers. We spent almost as much time watching the various performances along the sidewalk that runs between the different museums as we did inside of the museums. While our kids watched the different performers, they were invited to participate in some of the live street shows. My kids smiled from ear to ear while watching people juggle, play music and dance amongst the visitors at the park. When the kids were not watching the performers, they were taking their shoes off and frolicking in the cool fountain along with other children or climbing on the different art sculptures. Balboa Park isn’t just a great place for museums and dining but also entertainment. I encourage families to...

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Balboa Park Historic Carousel

Posted by on Mar 27, 2015 in San Diego, Travel | 0 comments

Take your kids for a ride on the historic Balboa Park Carousel. This carousel has been delighting children since 1910 and still has all of it’s original hand-carved European animals. The carousel is one of the few in the world that still has the classic brass ring game. Classic band music plays as children ride in circles on their favorite animal while being surrounded by beautiful hand-painted murals. It is located at Balboa Park directly outside of the OC Zoo gates. The ride lasts for five minutes and is $2.50 per ticket or $10 for 5 tickets (all adults riding must have a ticket with babies under the age of one ride free). After your children ride the carousel there is also a small animal swing ride and train rides available just a few feet away. Location: 2920 Zoo...

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Balboa Park Miniature Railroad

Posted by on Mar 26, 2015 in San Diego, San Diego Zoo, Travel | 1 comment

One of the highlights for children visiting Balboa Park or the San Diego Zoo is taking a ride on the Balboa Park Miniature Railroad. Children can ride on the miniature railroad along a long windy track surrounded by giant animal sculptures, lush green foliage and more. Before leaving Balboa Park, we ended our visit to the area by taking our kids on a train ride. The kids laughed and giggled as the train made its away along the track throughout Balboa Park. The train ride is about three minutes and goes on a 1/2 mile trip through four acres of the park. There are only 50 currently models of this train remaining, and your kids can ride on it today at Balboa Park in San Diego. Location: 1800 Zoo Place San Diego, CA 92101 Hours: Open DAILY, 11am –...

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Climb the California Tower at the Museum of Man

Posted by on Mar 25, 2015 in Featured, Museums, San Diego, Travel | 0 comments

When I learned that the California Tower at the Museum of Man was opening to the public for the first time since 1935, I could not wait to bring our children to be a part of history. Families get to go up a staircase that has been hidden from the public to get a glimpse of history and spectacular San Diego views. When we first arrived to climb the tower all of the tickets had been sold out, and we were lucky to get tickets for the last tour the following day. It is important when planning a visit to purchase your tour tickets in advance (there are limited amounts of tickets available each day). Since I am deathly afraid of heights, I spent time exploring the Museum of Man while my husband took the kids on the tour....

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The Discovery of King Tut at the San Diego Natural History Museum

Posted by on Mar 24, 2015 in Museums, San Diego, Travel | 0 comments

It is a great time to plan a visit to the San Diego History Museum with the arrival of The Discovery of King Tut exhibit. The west coast premiere of the exhibit will only be at the museum until April 26th, and it will take your kid’s on an in-depth journey into the discovery of King Tut’s tomb. When planning to visit the exhibit, families need to plan at least 2-3 hours to discover and learn (and an additional couple of hours to explore the rest of the museum). The journey begins with a video that uncovers how the tomb of King Tut was discovered. Then the audio receivers guide your family through the three-level exhibit uncovering a world of knowledge and learning. The kids were not the only ones who enjoyed learning during our visit but also me...

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San Diego Air and Space Museum at Balboa Park

Posted by on Mar 23, 2015 in Museums, San Diego, Travel | 0 comments

San Diego is home to some of the most amazing museums with most of them centrally located in Balboa Park. When planning a weekend getaway to San Diego, we spent most of our time at museums, and the San Diego Air and Space Museum was one of our kid’s favorites. The museum is full of large scale plane models, artifacts, educational experiences and more. Parking is always a challenge in Balboa Park, but they have multiple parking lots located throughout the park. Getting around the large park is easy for families with the complimentary tram that runs every 10 minutes. The tram takes families from the parking lots to the museum or the restaurant of their choice. Once your family arrives at the museum, your children can spend hours learning about space and planes. They can climb into a...

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San Diego Staycation at the Hilton Mission Valley San Diego

Posted by on Mar 5, 2015 in Featured, San Diego, Staycation, Travel | 0 comments

We stayed as a guest of the property San Diego is the premier staycation destination for families living in Orange County. With such a large variety of hotels in the San Diego area, it can be overwhelming when trying to find a hotel that best meets the needs of a growing young family. Recently, when planning a quick weekend getaway from the stresses of everyday life, we made reservations to stay at the newly renovated Hilton Mission Valley San Diego. The hotel is conveniently located near hotel circle within a short distance from Sea World, Balboa Park and the San Diego Zoo. We started the weekend exploring the local museums at Balboa Park before checking into the hotel. Upon arrival, we were greeted by some of the friendliest employees we have ever come across while traveling. They helped us...

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Five Reasons to Visit to the Birch Aquarium in San Diego

Posted by on Feb 26, 2015 in San Diego, Travel | 0 comments

Last summer our family took a trip to the beautiful state of California with one of our stops being sunny San Diego. I had done some research beforehand on The Birch Aquarium at Scripps and decided that would be a perfect educational hands-on experience during our visit. Besides, the aquarium’s interactive exhibits would encourage not only children, but adults as well, to really open their minds and think while having fun. Birch Aquarium is north of San Diego, located in La Jolla, California and is filled with interesting exhibits and home to captivating sea dragons, creatures so fascinating you could spend hours just watching them alone. At the aquarium you can watch the creatures being fed (which is always a good time) and actually touch some of them in the outdoor Tide Pool. We found this to be very...

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Hotel Palomar Valentine’s Day Lover Package

Posted by on Feb 3, 2015 in San Diego, Travel, Valentine's Day | 1 comment

Rekindle the romance in your marriage by planing a romantic Valentine’s Day this year at the beautiful boutique hotel in San Diego, Hotel Palomar. The resort is offering a Lazy Lover Package making it the perfect time to plan a romantic weekend getaway. The new Lazy Lover package includes the following: · Deluxe accommodations · $100 credit/night to Nature’s Spa by Jurlique OR $100/night dining credit to be used for in-room dining from Saltbox Dining and Drinking · Cliché romantic welcome amenity: rose petals, cheap champagne, Whitman Sampler™ chocolates, mylar balloon, intimacy kit and a teddy bear · Morning coffee and tea service in the living room to help with the aftermath from that cheap champagne · Hosted evening wine reception in the living room · 24-hour access to in-house fitness room to work off the entire box of...

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The Marvel Experience Comes to San Diego

Posted by on Jan 28, 2015 in Events, San Diego | 0 comments

Known as the epicenter of multi-genre entertainment and comic culture, San Diego will welcome an attraction of epic proportions to the Del Mar Fair Grounds this February. Crafted by Los Angeles-based experiential entertainment company, Hero Ventures, “The Marvel Experience: The World’s First Hyper-Reality Tour” invites generations of Marvel comic book and movie fans to join forces with some of the world’s most beloved Super Heroes in a place where the real world and imagination become one. The Marvel Experience Tour will make its San Diego debut on the North American Tour from Feb. 7-22. This first-of-its-kind premier touring experience features a thrilling motion ride, the world’s only 360-degree Stereoscopic 3D Dome, a wide range of technologically advanced interactive and immersive elements, state of the art projection techniques and dozens of Marvel’s most popular Super Heroes. As agents of S.H.I.E.L.D....

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Cyber Monday Travel Deal at Paradise Point Resort & Spa

Posted by on Nov 30, 2014 in San Diego, Travel | 0 comments

Give your family the gift of travel in the New Year by taking advantage of the Paradise Point Resort & Spa Cyber Monday travel deal. One of the best hotel deals I have seen at one of San Diego’s top premiere resorts is one that you should not pass up. On Cyber Monday (December 1st) save up to 45% on a stay at the Paradise Point Resort & Spa through April 2015. While staying at the resort, dine at Tidal restaurant, take surfing lessons or just relax in one of their luxurious waterfront bungalows. Details..details.. Cyber Monday San Diego Hotel Deal Details & Policies: 45% off Bayside Bungalows and 40% off all other room types. Full pre-payment is required at time of reservation. Reservation is non-cancelable, non-refundable. Must book by 12/1/14 at 11:59 PST. Based on availability. Blackout dates...

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Family Staycation at Paradise Point Resort in San Diego

Posted by on Sep 17, 2014 in Featured, San Diego, Staycation, Travel | 0 comments

We stayed as a guest of Paradise Point Paradise is not a plane ride away, and can be found just an hour drive down the coast in San Diego. Over the summer, our family created incredible family memories at the waterfront resort, Paradise Point. While at the resort, we truly felt like we were on a tropical island enjoying water sports, activities, and more. When we first arrived at the resort, we were greeted with refreshing lemon flavored water and accommodating staff members who took us to our bungalow on a luxurious golf cart. After being personally guided to our weekend hideaway, we were given the key to paradise. The waterfront bungalow featured enough room for our growing family of five to have a relaxing weekend together in San Diego. It had a large bedroom, family room, two bathrooms,...

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Learning How to Surf at Paradise Point Resort

Posted by on Sep 14, 2014 in San Diego, Staycation, Travel | 0 comments

We attended as a guest of Paradise Point While visiting the Paradise Point Resort in San Diego, we signed our kids up for the Paradise Surf Academy by Mission Bay Aquatic Center. Our kids love the ocean, and we knew that they would love the opportunity to learn how to surf while on our summer staycation. When we checked into the resort, the staff gave our children a souvenir tote filled with all the necessary paperwork, release forms, towels and tickets for the ferry ride across the bay. The kids bursted with excitement when receiving the information, and could not wait until the following day to begin their surfing lessons. The morning of their surfing lessons, the kids put on their favorite swim gear and walked to the docks to ride the ferry to the Mission Bay Aquatic Center....

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The Duck Dive is a Must When Visiting San Diego

Posted by on Jul 4, 2014 in Dining, San Diego | 1 comment

We dined as a guest of Duck Dive My husband and I packed up the kids and traveled South to San Diego for a long weekend for some much needed relaxation.  Besides lounging poolside, I always look forward to a few amazing dinners out and I was thrilled to have been invited to Duck Dive in Pacific Beach. Upon arrival, I was excited to see the restaurant had a typical beachy feel with huge wide open windows and a casual appearance.  We had reserved a large table to accommodate our family, we were seated right away next to one of those huge windows I mentioned that over looked the bustling street.  The service was amazing! Everyone was helpful, friendly and prompt in menu suggestions and delivery.  I’ll admit, I’m new to the Moscow Mule craze, and I giggled with delight over the...

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