5 Ways Kids Change Travel

5 Ways Kids Change Travel

Follow my blog with Bloglovin When I was really baby-hungry, people used to ask me, “Don’t you want to travel more before you have kids?” As if I was throwing in the travel towel to suddenly live a stationary lifestyle. My answer was always an affirmative, “No.” I wanted my kids to see to the world too and become my travel buddies. Besides, if I did all my traveling before kids, I’d have to repeat all my pre-baby trips anyway. I wouldn’t say I am an emotional person, but I…

Ultimate Guide to Visiting Stirling Castle With Kids

Ultimate Guide to Visiting Stirling Castle With Kids

Stirling Castle doesn’t get as much attention as Edinburgh Castle, but after visiting both, I have to say that I really enjoyed my visit to Stirling Castle more. First off all, it is one of the largest castles in Scotland with a very colorful history, but without the touristy crowds of Edinburgh Castle. In fact, Mary Queen of Scots was crowned at Stirling Castle in 1542. It is also the site of the 1297 Battle of Stirling Bridge, where William Wallace took back Stirling Castle from King Edward in a…

Why You Should Stay at the Fireside Inn Idyllwild

Why You Should Stay at the Fireside Inn Idyllwild

As a couple, HotDaddy and I have been visiting Idyllwild since 2003, becoming quite a tradition. Since having our beautiful and wild babies, Idyllwild has shifted from a romantic escape to a family retreat. Despite our number of visits, it wasn’t until 2010 we discovered the Fireside Inn when we were looking to mix things up and stay closer to town. Only 3 blocks from the village, Fireside Inn in Idyllwild was the perfect choice. Keep the Cost in Check: Normally in this section I would suggest visiting during off…

Where We’ve Gone: 2016 Travel Recap.

Where We’ve Gone: 2016 Travel Recap.

Wow! What a year. I can’t believe that the year is already coming to an end. Recently, I have been so focused on our travel plans for 2017 that I haven’t had to the chance to reflect on all the awesome experiences we have had in 2016. We got to cross a few bucket list items off as well as visit a handful of new destinations; collecting more of those coveted passport stamps. So in celebration of the New Year, I thought I would take a moment and share our…

Why Idyllwild with Kids is the Perfect Weekend Escape

Why Idyllwild with Kids is the Perfect Weekend Escape

Idyllwild, Ca. Where the heck is that, you might ask? Well, tucked away in the San Jacinto Mountains is a wonderful little town bursting with an amazing culinary and art culture. From Palm Springs, a swanky California desert oasis, Idyllwild can easily be reached by Aerial Tramway. Fun and convenient. It only took us a little more than an hour to get there from Orange County. Idyllwild with kids makes for the perfect weekend escape, because one minute you are at the beach or desert and then next you are…

Ultimate Guide to a SeaWorld Christmas with Kids

Ultimate Guide to a SeaWorld Christmas with Kids

It is Christmas time in San Diego and what better to way to celebrate the holidays by the sea than by hanging out with some of the ocean’s most awesome wildlife friends at SeaWorld? It is a coastal Christmas complete with whales, dolphins, sharks, sea turtles and Santa, of course. We may not have blizzards here in Southern California, but we sure know how to do the holidays! Here is your ultimate guide to a SeaWorld Christmas with kids! First, here are some festive shots from around the park!! Keep…

How to Make These Easy Christmas Cocktails

How to Make These Easy Christmas Cocktails

The holidays are among us! Chances are, you are busy running around Christmas shopping and attending many holiday cocktail parties. You may even be hosting a couple yourself! Holiday cheer is not complete without some awesome holiday cocktails and that’s you are in need of HotMama’s Easy Christmas Cocktails. I love getting into the Christmas spirit and, for me, that means sipping on a Christmas cocktail. Like most of us, I’m running around like a crazy person during the holiday season. So, I like to take a time-out from the…

No Fear and Family Travel: Raising Brave Kids in a Big World

No Fear and Family Travel: Raising Brave Kids in a Big World

Fear: The unpleasant feeling when something is believed to be dangerous or to cause pain. Fear isn’t necessarily a bad thing. It is what helps to keep us alive and sometimes, I wish my kids had a little more of it. My kids are so willing to embrace new food, new adventure and new people with little (if any) hesitation. For safety reasons a healthy dose of fear is fine. It stops us from doing stupid things that could kill us! However, too much fear can stop us from living…

Celebrating a Disney Christmas with Kids

Celebrating a Disney Christmas with Kids

It’s that time of year again and what better way to celebrate the happiest time of year than taking the family to the happiest place on earth? That’s right it is time to celebrate a Disney Christmas with kids!!! Starting mid-November and running through early January Disneyland, Disney California Adventure and Downtown Disney transform into a Christmas bonanza! So read along and get into the spirit! Disneyland: Christmas lights cover almost every surface of Main Street and don’t even get me started on the magnificence of the Sleeping Beauty’s Castle!!…

Cruising on the Disney Fantasy with Kids: The Ultimate Guide

Cruising on the Disney Fantasy with Kids: The Ultimate Guide

As long-time Orange County residents and Disneyland annual pass holders, it is safe to say that we are quite the Disney family. So, it may come to a surprise to many of you that we just took our first Disney Cruise. It was something we’ve always talked about, but never took the leap to book. We kept waiting for the kids to the “perfect” age and feared the expense. Finally, we just did it and now I wonder why we waited so long. Cruising on the Disney Fantasy with kids…