The Drinking Around The World Epcot Challenge

The Drinking Around The World Epcot Challenge

Built in 1982, Epcot is the theme park that I have dreamed of visiting my entire childhood. I have always been fascinated with the world, constantly day dreaming about the countries I longed to visit in real life. It is no wonder that I would grow up to be a travel addict, taking my kids along for the global ride. So, a park that celebrates humans, innovation and culture, felt like it was made for someone like me. A permanent world fair where one can travel the world in a…

Hot RVing at the Newport Dunes Resort

Hot RVing at the Newport Dunes Resort

Growing up in Southern California, I am a total beach-lover and the same goes for my kids! We never turn down the opportunity to be by the sea. Sandy toes and surf hair is a regular look for our family. Newport Beach draws thousands of visitors from all over, why not take advantage of living in a tourist destination, right? Hidden within the Back Bay Nature Preserve is the Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort and Marina. It is the perfect spot for families to enjoy the beach safely, because there are…

Celebrating Life With Birthday Getaways

Celebrating Life With Birthday Getaways

Some of us were simply born to travel and birthdays make for the perfect excuse to pack up and leave town. Anyone who knows me knows that I’m not a huge birthday party person. The cost to reward ratio is unbalanced. I would rather take the money I’d spend on a party and have a memorable weekend instead. For most of us adults, we gave up parties years ago and birthday getaways are a great way to celebrate. But did you know they are fun for kids too? Yes, kids…

Why You Should Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at Newport Dunes

Why You Should Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at Newport Dunes

St. Patrick’s Day has always been one of my favorite holidays (just below Halloween of course). I was raised with Irish pride from my father. As a child, I learned how to jig (performing without solicitation); I learned some Gaelic, became obsessed with River Dance and even faked an Irish accent for most of third grade. My Irish pride did not fade as an adult and although my dad may joke that I am the only Irish girl that doesn’t care for potatoes, I can down my stout and whiskey…

Pregnant in Las Vegas

Pregnant in Las Vegas

I love Vegas! Its the perfect vacation destination, no matter your situation. It was fun as a child, long before I was legal to party. I enjoyed it in my 20’s, when I could fully participate in Sin City shenanigans. I love Vegas with my kids and I even loved Vegas when I was pregnant! Yes, I was pregnant in Las Vegas and it was fabulous. Right before Firecracker was due I had the strong urge to visit Vegas. I was 36 weeks pregnant and HotDaddy wasn’t super comfortable with…

Why You Should Ride ScotRail With Kids

Why You Should Ride ScotRail With Kids

I love train travel. There is something so relaxing about sitting back and watching the world go by (and knowing that I am safely on the ground). I always opt for train travel when provided the opportunity, especially while visiting a place with gorgeous a countryside. While visiting Scotland, it was a given that we would take the train somewhere, anywhere; hence, our adventure on ScotRail. Servicing Scotland’s seven cities of Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Dundee, Glasgow, Inverness, Perth, and Stirling as well as many scenic rail journeys, ScotRail can literally take…

What You Should Know About Visiting Edinburgh Castle with Kids

What You Should Know About Visiting Edinburgh Castle with Kids

Edinburgh Castle, one of Scotland’s most famous castles, is positioned strategically to rise above Scotland’s capital city. For decades this castle was home to royalty and has been at the center of wars, sieges and controversy. Actually, it seems like the Scottish and English have always been fighting over this castle. However, it is now the world that is fighting to get in! Today, Edinburgh Castle is a major tourist attraction.  Although this castle and city attract a ton of people, we had a relatively smooth day. I did my…

Drop Your Bags at the Tradewinds Island Grand

Drop Your Bags at the Tradewinds Island Grand

Imagine waking up to palm trees swaying in the breeze, to the turquoise sea sparkling in the sun and to the sand feeling as soft as powder sugar? It is not a just a fantasy, this is for real. While staying at the Tradewinds Island Grand on St. Pete Beach, we woke up to paradise every day. Not only is the location gorgeous, but the resort caters to families. Although this HotMama isn’t afraid to make any accommodation family-friendly, I just love when resorts make it easy. The property is…

Fun Things to Do on the Newport Coast with Kids

Fun Things to Do on the Newport Coast with Kids

A mermaid at heart, it is no wonder why I love the sea. The beach is my happy place and Newport Beach is like home. The beach of my youth, I grew up playing on Newport’s sandy coast, day dreaming about all things childishly magical. It is where I first tried my favorite mint chocolate chip ice cream during a family vacation at the age of five. It is where HotDaddy and I spent many lazy days of summer as teenagers. Now, it is where I get to watch my…

How to Spend a Day in Grand Cayman with Kids

How to Spend a Day in Grand Cayman with Kids

While sitting on a sandy beach, sipping rum punch and gazing out at the Caribbean sea; it is hard to believe that you are actually on a mountain top. Yes, a mountain top. Interestingly, the three masses of land that make up the Cayman Islands are actually the peaks of a large underwater mountain range with the largest being Grand Cayman. Once nicknamed Las Tortugas, by Christopher Columbus, the islands were crawling with sea turtles. Now a popular cruise ship port, Grand Cayman is also crawling with visitors. In fact,…