Pages Navigation Menu

Things to do in Orange County for OC Moms

Categories Navigation Menu

Getting Prepared for Summer Camping

Posted by on Apr 21, 2016 in Camp, Family, Featured, Giveaways, Shopping, Staycation, Travel | 66 comments

 Sponsored We have tried camping a couple of times with our children but was never able to have a successful camping trip because of being unprepared. We never invested in a proper tent, camping stove or camping light. The result was a terrible camping experience that left us not wanting to camp ever again. Well, as our kids have been getting older, they continually ask us if we can go on a family camping trip, so we made the commitment to purchase the proper camping supplies at Kohl’s, and give it another try. Kohl’s has a great selection of camping supplies from tents to stoves making it an easy one-stop shopping destination to prepare for our weekend camping trip. We invested in a really nice (and pretty) Coleman eight-person tent, a Coleman 3-in-1 propane camping stove, and a Coleman...

Read More

36 Hours in Newport Beach Seaside Staycation

Posted by on Apr 6, 2016 in Featured, Staycation, Travel | 0 comments

 Sponsored We are lucky to have our own paradise right in our backyard and don’t have to travel far to enjoy a beautiful seaside staycation. Growing up in Newport Beach, it holds a special place in my heart, and is one of my favorite staycation destinations in Orange County. After a busy couple of days in Mexico with my children, we refreshed, recharged, and reconnected by spending 36 hours in Newport Beach, and created memories that will last a lifetime. We began our seaside staycation by checking into the Hyatt Regency Newport Beach. The resort is one of the oldest hotels in Newport Beach, and yet always stays updated with the current traveling trends. After checking into the hotel, we immediately went to the pool where my children giggled, splashed, and played for hours. The resort features two pools...

Read More

Epic Family Staycation at The Pacific Edge Hotel

Posted by on Mar 16, 2016 in Featured, Staycation, Travel | 0 comments

 We stayed as a guest of the venue It has been a couple of years since we last had a family getaway to the Pacific Edge Hotel in Laguna Beach, and when I noticed the temperatures were getting warmer, I immediately jumped at the chance to stay near the beach for the weekend. The weather was perfect, the hotel was plush, the food was incredible, which made our weekend one of the best family staycations that we have had in a long time. We arrived on a Friday evening after the kids were done with school, and my husband was done with work. We checked into our room just in time to enjoy the beautiful sunset over the Pacific ocean. The kids squealed with delight while watching dolphins jumping in the waves while the sun slowly disappeared on the...

Read More

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...

Read More

Sneak Peek Photo Tour of The Ranch at Laguna Beach

Posted by on Dec 29, 2015 in Staycation, Travel | 0 comments

  Orange County locals have been awaiting the time that The Ranch at Laguna Beach would open to the community for the ultimate staycation and for visitors to enjoy what we love so much about this beautiful place in which we live. Earlier this summer, we visiting The Ranch at Laguna Beach for breakfast and got a tour of the beautiful rooms at the boutique hotel. We spent many summer nights watching movies on the big screen of the resort lawn while our kids were soaking in the beautiful of the Laguna Canyon that surrounded us. We began our first visit to The Ranch at Laguna Beach by enjoying a delicious breakfast while watching guests playing a round of golf. Once we were done savoring the delicious cuisine prepared by the incredibly talented onsite chef, we jumped onto a...

Read More

Five Things We are Excited about Great Wolf Lodge SoCal + 2-Night Stay Giveaway

Posted by on Dec 22, 2015 in Featured, Giveaways, Staycation, Travel | 165 comments

  The highly anticipated time has come for the Great Wolf Lodge SoCal to open their doors to the public. The family-friendly resort will be an epic Orange County Staycation getaway, and is centrally located in the heart of Orange County being just a short drive away from Disneyland and Knott’s Berry Farm. With the opening just weeks away, we can barely contain our excitement, and these are the five things that we are the most excited about Great Wolf Lodge SoCal opening. The Water Park The indoor water park will feature 105,000 square feet of water play fun. Kids will scream with delight while sliding down one of the three-story body slides, go on a rafting adventure on the 476-foot long family raft ride or say “cowabunga” while spiraling down the Coyote Canyon pipe-style flume ride. The Dining...

Read More

Exploring La Jolla Sea Caves with Everyday California

Posted by on Sep 6, 2015 in Cool Places, San Diego, Staycation, Travel | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue After visiting the Holy Jim Cave in La Jolla last month, I couldn’t wait to plan a return visit to explore the La Jolla sea caves via the water. 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 sealife and educating the community on the importance of our eco-system. We reserved our tickets in advance and stayed the night in La Jolla 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, which is directly next door to Everyday California. After my daughter and I had enjoyed a delicious breakfast, we...

Read More

8 Reasons to Plan a Family Staycation at Hotel Irvine

Posted by on Sep 1, 2015 in Staycation, Travel | 0 comments

 We stayed as a guest of the venue Staycations are the perfect way for families to relax, refresh, and reconnect. While many families plan their staycations at resorts that are nestled along the beautiful Orange County coastline, Hotel Irvine offers a premier location for families to getaway from the daily stress for a weekend. When planning to attend the Hotel Irvine Block Party benefitting ISPS, we planned to spend the weekend at Hotel Irvine to see what OC families can expect when staying at the property. The hotel far exceeded our expectations for a family getaway destination, and these are eight reasons why your family should plan a getaway to this family-friendly hotel. Space One of the biggest struggles when traveling with a family of five is finding hotels that offer enough space for us to be comfortable. With...

Read More

Descanso Beach Club at Catalina Island

Posted by on Sep 1, 2015 in Catalina Island, Featured, Staycation, Travel | 0 comments

  One of the most popular destinations for families visiting Catalina Island to have a beach day is the Descanso Beach Club. The beach club has everything that families could desire for a family beach day. There are cabana rentals, luxurious beach chair rentals, kayaks, snorkel gear, turquoise water and ocean front dining. The beach club offers a complimentary shuttle from downtown making it easier for families to visit. Once you’re at the beach club, it is complimentary to sit on the beach surrounding the cove. The cabanas and beach chairs are available at an additional charge, and we recommend reserving them in advance (especially on weekends, summer and holidays). We arrived at the beach club after spending the first part of our visit touring the island on a golf cart. We found a table at the restaurant right...

Read More

Ultimate Family OC Staycation at the Hilton Anaheim Hotel

Posted by on Aug 27, 2015 in Featured, Staycation, Travel | 0 comments

 We stayed as a guest of the hotel The ultimate family OC Staycation is awaiting your family at the Hilton Anaheim Hotel. When we found out about the hotel’s Random Acts of Summer special, we couldn’t wait to make reservations to create unforgettable memories at the center of SoCal. Not only is the Hilton Anaheim Hotel centrally located to all the family fun in Orange County, but they are also offering the Random Acts of Summer package that includes: Over $300 in savings at top so-cal attractions Accomodations Daily breakfast for four (a $100 value) Wifi ($14 daily value) Access for two to their first-class health club (a $28 daily value) After being away from my family for a busy three days covering the Disney D23 Expo, we came back together to bond as a family with a staycation...

Read More

End of Summer Staycation at The Mission Inn

Posted by on Aug 20, 2015 in Featured, Staycation, Travel | 0 comments

 The time’s close for the school bell to ring, and the perfect time for an end of Summer staycation at the historic Mission Inn. The luxurious resort is one the most highly sought after staycation destinations in Riverside making it a special place to end your family summer memories. Currently, the resort is offering last minute end of summer packages to make your visit unforgettable. Reservations are available by calling 800.843.7755 or online End of Summer travel packages at The Mission Inn: Disneyland Package – Starting at $560 · Overnight Deluxe accommodations · A $50 dining credit to spend at any of the hotel’s award-winning restaurants · Disneyland tickets for two adults and two children (one day/one park) · Complimentary valet parking Splash Kingdom Package – Starting at $268 · Overnight Deluxe accommodations · A $50 dining credit...

Read More

Day Trip to Santa Rosa Island in the Channel Islands

Posted by on Aug 12, 2015 in Featured, National Parks, Staycation, Travel | 0 comments

  I have always had a love for history. After bringing my kids to visit Santa Cruz Island in the Channel Islands last summer, I realized that the National Parks Service now owns the once privately owned Island, Santa Rosa. While Santa Rosa has been open to the public since 2011, it is still rarely visited, keeping it pristine, untouched, and a true island paradise off our local coastline. It is a true gem that was once a cowboy ranch, frequented by celebrities, and a legacy to a family who fought hard to keep the island and the ranch that their father had built. Before the island was owned by the Vail family, it was home to many Chumash tribes, leaving the island rich in history. When planning our first visit to Santa Rosa, there was not a lot...

Read More

Romantic Weekend Getaway at Maison 140 in Beverly Hills

Posted by on Aug 1, 2015 in Staycation, Travel | 0 comments

 We stayed as a guest of the hotel When was the last time you had a romantic weekend getaway. For many moms, it is hard to find the time to getaway from their children to spend some quality time with their spouse. While I was in Los Angeles visiting Universal Studios Hollywood with my children, I stayed the night at Maison 140 in Beverly Hills. I discovered that it was the perfect boutique hotel to have to a romantic weekend away with my husband. From the moment that I drove up to the hotel, I fell in love with it. The front of the hotel has a clean, sophisticated look with a European flare. The hotel was built in the 1930’s and was once home to silent film stars Dorothy and Lillian Gish. Our evening at Maison 140 began...

Read More

Exploring the La Jolla Sea Caves – Sunny Jim Cave

Posted by on Jul 23, 2015 in Featured, San Diego, Staycation, Travel | 1 comment

  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...

Read More

Five Tips for Camping with Kids

Posted by on Jul 13, 2015 in Camp, Family, Featured, Staycation, Travel | 0 comments

  Taking the kids camping can be one of the most exciting, fun and exhilarating vacations you’ve ever had…or one of the most frustrating, annoying and miserable ones. It all depends on setting your expectations and putting in the time to properly plan it. The most important lesson can be lifted from the Boy Scouts motto, “be prepared.” Having interacted with families seeking a camping adventure at Newport Dunes for more than 20 years, I have witnessed, firsthand, the trials and tribulations they face and I’ve developed some basic tips that will ensure that your entire family will be “happy campers”: Get Involved Include you children in the planning process and try a test run in the backyard. Teach the children how to pitch a tent, help them become familiar with the sounds of the outdoors, point out constellations,...

Read More

Royal Disneyland Staycation at Anaheim Majestic Garden Hotel

Posted by on Jun 22, 2015 in Disney, Featured, Staycation, Theme Parks, Travel | 0 comments

 We stayed as a guest of the hotel Families can experience the royal treatment when taking their next Disneyland staycation at the Anaheim Majestic Garden Hotel. The hotel is located just a block away from Disneyland Resort and offers guests an interactive royal staycation experience. After celebrating the kick-off of the 60th Anniversary Diamond Celebration at the Disneyland Resort, our family was treated like royalty during our stay at the Anaheim Majestic Garden Hotel. Upon checking into the hotel, we escaped to our beautifully remodeled room that made our children feel like they were sleeping inside a real castle. The room featured bright, fresh colors with castle-themed accents. Our family of five was able to settle into our room comfortably with plenty of room for a rollaway bed while still having enough space for our children to move around....

Read More

Romantic Getaway at Island Hotel

Posted by on Apr 23, 2015 in Featured, Staycation, Travel | 0 comments

 We stayed as a guest of the property When was the last time that you had a weekend getaway with your husband? If you’re anything like me…it’s been awhile. As my husband and I approached our 17 year wedding anniversary, we planned a romantic getaway at the Island Hotel in Newport Beach. When the kids got out of school last Friday, the weather was perfect for an afternoon swim. Since their Grandparents were not picking them up until 4pm, I surprised them by taking them to the hotel to swim. We checked into the hotel, and were advised to take the elevator up to visit the Island Club. Upon entering the Island Club, the kids were in heaven and wished that they were going to have the opportunity to stay with us when they saw the all-you-can-eat candy and...

Read More

Family Guide to The Ronald Reagan Library

Posted by on Apr 23, 2015 in Featured, Museums, Staycation, Travel | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the LA Visitors Bureau The Ronald Reagan Library has been a place that I have wanted to take my children to visit for many years. While it just seems like it is just a short drive to this part of Los Angeles, it can be quite a long drive from Orange County – especially if you’re driving with young children. When I found out about the promotional event, Culture L.A., where families could have a significant discount on a local hotel and museum tickets, I immediately booked a family staycation getaway to Los Angeles. We reserved a night at the Werner Center Marriott that is just a short distance from the Ronald Reagan Library. When we first checked into the hotel, the kids immediately dashed down to the indoor pool where they spent...

Read More

A Fabulous Day at The Flower Fields

Posted by on Apr 17, 2015 in Events, Featured, San Diego, Staycation, Travel | 0 comments

 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...

Read More

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...

Read More