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…

Checking for an Apple Farm Inn Christmas with Kids

Checking for an Apple Farm Inn Christmas with Kids

Every season, we like to take our family on a holiday inspired travel. One of our favorites is checking into the Christmas Wonderland that is The Apple Farm Inn. Here, we let our holiday spirit be filled with cheer. Sparkling lights drape over every surface casting a warm glow, jumbo garland adorned with over-sized ornaments frame the windows, doors and staircase and a fire roars in the lobby as guests are invited to enjoy complimentary cookies and refreshments. It truly is as breathtaking as it sounds, which is why we…

26 Reasons I’m Thankful for Travel

26 Reasons I’m Thankful for Travel

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! It is approaching Turkey Day here in the U.S. and families are busy preparing big festive meals to feed big hungry mouths. In between bites of green bean casserole (my favorite) and turkey stuffing, families are getting mushy as they remember to give thanks for the wonderful things in their lives. Although Thanksgiving is an U.S holiday, I think gratefulness translate worldwide. Being a traveling mama I am feeling very thankful myself, so I’d thought it would be fun to share my 26 Reasons I’m Thankful for…

Why You Stay at Hacienda Hotel in Old Town San Diego

Why You Stay at Hacienda Hotel in Old Town San Diego

Located in the heart of Old Town San Diego, the Best Western Hacienda Hotel is our favorite place to drop our bags. The location is fantastic. You are walking distance from all the restaurants, shops and historical sites. This makes staying here extremely convenient, especially if you plan on partaking in all the opportunities to enjoy wonderful tequilas and tasty yard beers.  Even though we travel with kids, we make our rounds to our favorite watering-holes. If you would like to know where to drink in Old Town, check out…

Where to Drink in Old Town San Diego

Where to Drink in Old Town San Diego

Just because you are traveling with kids doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a drink. Actually, when traveling with kids it is a necessity to have a little somethin’ somethin’ and when in Old Town San Diego, tequila is the name of the game. Every September Old Town hosts the Tequila Trail which a celebration and sampling of the wonderful world of tequila, but the rest of the year visitors can wonder into any one of the fantastic bars or restaurants to sample and sip on some of Mexico’s most special…

The Best Family Friendly Countries to Visit in 2017

The Best Family Friendly Countries to Visit in 2017

Finding places to take the little ones to is always a struggle for any family – especially when overseas. Today we’re going to look at five of the best family friendly countries to visit in 2017. 1. Sweden This Scandinavian country stands out as one of the best family friendly spots to visit – going as far as to get ranked as the best place for a family to live, in a recent survey posted by the Wall Street Journal. It’s not hard to see why Sweden achieves such a…

HotMama’s Halloween Cocktails

HotMama’s Halloween Cocktails

It is that time of year again! Halloween, my favorite holiday, is just around the corner and spirits are high! Haha get it? Well, you know me and themes. I’m all about it! That’s right, it’s is time for glowing jack-o-lanterns, haunted hayrides, creepy movies and spook-a-licious Halloween cocktails. Today I’m sharing with you some of my favorite Halloween inspired cocktails that are sure to make you heart race. I don’t know about you, but I am as thirsty as a vampire. Time to get in the spirit! Have no…

Best South African Beaches to Visit

Best South African Beaches to Visit

When traveling or revisiting South Africa, local tour brochures and travel advisers alike will give you lots of different advice when it comes to the best places to visit or things to do in South Africa. These will always include compulsory visits to some of our finest cities (like beachfront Durban or varied Cape Town), touring national or provincial landmarks and a host of other wonderful local boasts, either natural or man-made, but it is our beaches that will leave you breathless and that you cannot afford not to enjoy….

Ready. Set. Go: Travel Preparation

Ready. Set. Go: Travel Preparation

Traveling is an experience. For some, travel is an enriching occasion, filled with positive memories of eating delicious meals, meeting interesting people, seeing new places and bonding with loved ones. For others, travel can be a very daunting task, muddied with chaos and disappointment. Although we cannot control every aspect of travel, it is possible to avoid much of the common pitfalls that make for a negative vacation experience. All it takes is a little travel preparation. In our house, travel preparation for a vacation starts months, sometimes years, ahead…