Palm Springs with Kids

Palm Springs with Kids

The surrounding mountains are so close you feel as though you could reach out and touch them. I take in these spectacular views through a flashy pair of shades as I sip a crisp glass of white wine, lounging on one of the many restaurant patios that line Palm Canyon drive. The heat is dry, but not unbearable thanks to the cool refreshing spray of the abundant misters. I am in Palm Springs, baby. Hollywood’s playground since the 1920’s, this desert oasis has been attracting celebrities and sun-seekers for decades….

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…

How Memorial Day Inspired Family Travel

How Memorial Day Inspired Family Travel

What does Memorial Day and family travel have to with each other? Well, let me tell you. Memorial Day is a day that we remember those who died in the American armed forces. The federal holiday started after the American Civil War, when Union veterans would decorate the graves of their fallen comrades. Originally called Decoration Day, it soon spread to include all fallen soldiers across the American military branches. The history buff that I am, my own family history has always been extremely intriguing to me and thanks to…

Fireside Inn in Idyllwild

Fireside Inn in 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…

Calico Ghost Town with Kids

Calico Ghost Town with Kids

I don’t know why, but I have always been oddly obsessed with ghost towns and always seize the opportunity to visit a new one when given the chance. Recently, on the way home from Las Vegas we decided to finally pull off the freeway and travel the three mile journey through the Mojave Desert into the Calico Mountains. As we pulled up to this former mining town in a minivan loaded with family, my heart was bursting with excitement! It was time to finally explore Calico Ghost Town with kids!…

Best Cinco de Mayo Cocktails

Best Cinco de Mayo Cocktails

It is Cinco de Mayo people! Time to cut those limes, pour that tequila, rock those sombreros and get turnt mid-week. So what if actual Mexicans in Mexico don’t even celebrate, in America it is tiempo de fiesta!! What is Cinco de Mayo you ask? Well, it is the day that the Mexican army beat the French in the Battle of Puebla in 1862. It is not Mexican Independence Day like many people think. So, why do Americans make such a big deal out of Cinco de Mayo? Interestingly enough,…

Tombstone with Kids

Tombstone with Kids

Tombstone embodies everything the Wild West should be; cavernous mines, rowdy gunslingers, untamed saloons, ladies of the night, restless spirits and rough history. Yup, sounds like the perfect family vacation. That’s why we loaded the minivan and hit the road to enjoy Tombstone with kids. Tombstone, Arizona is known as the town too tough to die. Guess it is true in the fact that unlike many silver boom towns of the late 1800’s Tombstone has dodged the fate of becoming a ghost town. It was founded in 1879 by fearless…

Arizona Inn

Arizona Inn

85 years ago an extraordinary woman by the name of Isabella Greenway opened her simply fabulous inn in Tucson, Arizona. Surrounded by the comforts of home, yet equipped with all the luxuries of an extravagant resort, the Arizona Inn remains timeless. During the depression, the inn was a symbol of hope in dark times. Today, it continues stand to strong, rising out of the desert like an oasis, beckoning guests of all types to come, stay and play awhile. And beckon guests it does. For decades the inn has attracted…

Women in Travel Summit 2016

Women in Travel Summit 2016

Fresh off my WITS16 (Women in Travel Summit 2016) high, I am now feeling motivated, inspired and a bit overwhelmed. This was my first conference ever as a blogger and I wasn’t sure what to expect or what I would really get out the experience. Well, I can say now that I wish I had attended two years ago, because Wanderful puts on a heck of conference and I learned so much valuable information. I can’t wait to get to work work work work work work. Since I am from…

Liebster Award for HotMamaTravel

Liebster Award for HotMamaTravel

The Liebster Award is an award that is given out to travel bloggers from other travel bloggers. It is not only a sign of support from the travel blogger community, but an honor to be recognized by fellow bloggers. That is why, I am stoked to receive the nomination of the Liebster Award from Anisa and Kathrine of Two Traveling Texans. Thank you girls! I really appreciate it! Be sure to stop by their blog for some Texas-sized adventures!! G My blog has been a labor of love for some…