Ultimate Guide to Disneyland with Kids

Ultimate Guide to Disneyland with Kids

The original Disneyland Park, located in Anaheim, California first opened June 17, 1955. Almost 70 years later Disney is as popular as ever attracting 17 million visitors a year. My Great Aunt Betty took my mom when she was a little girl the first week the park opened. I grew up going to Disneyland and now my family continues to be among the crowd, visiting multiple times a month. We have practically made Disneyland with kids a routine, so we got this on lock and it’s time to share my…

Cigars, Spirits and Travel: Taste the World at Home

Cigars, Spirits and Travel: Taste the World at Home

As a writer for Cigar & Spirits Magazine, I understand and appreciate the impact a fine cigar and a premium spirit can have on your mood and on your life. As a mama that travels with kids regularly, I understand this even more so. It can instantly turn an ordinary weeknight into a celebration. Although best enjoyed in moderation, a cocktail paired with a cigar excites the senses and brings people together. Cigars, spirits and travel allow us to enjoy the flavors of the world from the comfort of our…

Visiting The Queen Mary with Kids

Visiting The Queen Mary with Kids

Built during the Great Depression, Queen Mary departed on her maiden transatlantic voyage in 1936. This grand ocean liner set the bar in terms of luxury, hosting celebrity guests such as Clark Gable as well as British royalty. The Queen Mary’s days a luxury liner were short lived, because in 1939 she transformed into the Grey Ghost as a troopship at the start of WWII. After her service in the war she returned to serving passengers for 20 years, before docking for the final time in 1967 in Long Beach,…

Rashes, Ouchies and Bug Bites! Oh My!

Rashes, Ouchies and Bug Bites! Oh My!

Good morning…or is it? This morning baby boy woke up with a rash all over his body. Being a prepared traveling mama, I always come stocked with my mobile pharmacy, but I’m never ready for the shock and stress when your faced with a rash. My husband was quick to jump into emergency mode, but being on vacation I had to calm it down and think. I took a moment to search his body, inspect the rash and rule out the possible causes. Needless to say, I realized it wasn’t…

Ultimate Guide to Old Town San Diego With Kids

Ultimate Guide to Old Town San Diego With Kids

Old Town San Diego is the birthplace of California and 200 hundred years later continues to be the hubbub of excitement. The history, the culture, the proximity to sea and the tequila, make Old Town one of my favorite places to visit in San Diego. Although there are said to be plenty of ghosts, this is no ghost town. There is so much to do with all the shops, restaurants, bars and historic sites. The constant hustle and bustle of activity keeps it full of life every day. With so…

Magical Family Travel. Do You Believe in Magic?

Magical Family Travel. Do You Believe in Magic?

Over a lukewarm cup of coffee and a living room full of toddlers, I somehow managed to read an article in its entirety and I have to say, what a breath of fresh air. I’m Done Making My Kids Childhood Magical, offers a fantastic perspective for parents feeling the pressure in this showoff society we live in. As a person who advocates traveling with your kids and having magical family travel, I just have to explain why I agree with this article and why other parents should breathe a sigh…

Ultimate Guide to Glasgow with Kids

Ultimate Guide to Glasgow with Kids

Glasgow, the largest city in Scotland and one of the friendliest, hasn’t always had such a positive reputation. Once a major shipping port and industrial center, Glasgow, like many big cities, had issues with overcrowding, sanitation and violence. Since then, Glasgow has gone through major changes and re-branding. Fabulous shopping and restaurants, Glasgow University and the School of Art have become major attractions to the city. In fact, in 2008 Glasgow was named UNESCO City of Music. So, when my husband had the opportunity to work at the Glasgow University,…

Stepping Back in Time at the La Brea Tar Pits with Kids

Stepping Back in Time at the La Brea Tar Pits with Kids

  Los Angeles is a bustling metropolis home to Hollywood movie studios, famous beaches and trendy restaurants, but would you believe me if I told you it is also home the world’s most famous fossil sites? Well, it is. Smack dab in the middle of L.A are 10,000 to 40,000 year old asphalt pools that contained many Ice Age animal bones, like mammoths and saber-toothed cats. That is right, alongside skyscrapers and city traffic, is a live fossil excavation site. I’ve wanted to take my kids for a while now,…

Everything You Need to Know About RVing with Kids

Everything You Need to Know About RVing with Kids

To be honest, I never gave much thought to camping or RVing. Sure, as a child I would notice the decked out RV’s with party lights strung festively across the awnings and think it looked cool, but never actually considered RVing myself. I grew up with resort parents, who strongly believe that a vacation is all about relaxation, no manual labor. My dad doesn’t even like to order crab legs, even though he loves the taste. “I don’t want to pay to work for my dinner,” he says. It is…

Water Parks with kids: A Survival Guide for Parents!

Water Parks with kids: A Survival Guide for Parents!

I will be the first to admit that I am not a water park person. Sure, the kids love them and I would have too as a kid. Well, I’m not a kid. I’m a grown ass woman and water parks are not my go-to for a good time. For the most part, they are hot, chaotic, and a lot of work. The funny thing is we actually have passes to one near our home. I know, sounds weird. Why would I ever visit a water park, let alone have…