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…

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…

Developing Kids’ Global Palate

Developing Kids’ Global Palate

A major perk to travel (at least for me) is the opportunity to indulge in new flavors and styles of cuisine. Whenever I’m planning a trip, my list of must-do’s is mostly made up of places to eat. As comedian Jim Gaffigan once said, “Vacations are really just about eating somewhere we’ve never eaten before.” In all honesty, food really does add to the sensory experience of a new destination by allowing us to taste a culture other than our own. We are what we eat, right? However, kids aren’t…

Drop Your Bags at Tucson’s Arizona Inn with Kids

Drop Your Bags at Tucson’s Arizona Inn with Kids

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…

What You Should Know About Everglades Airboat Tour With Kids

What You Should Know About Everglades Airboat Tour With Kids

The When you are visiting certain destinations there are some things you just have to do. For instance, zooming through swamp land on an airboat while in South Florida. Despite Papa and Grams’ objections, I booked one of these adventures on our last visit to Naples. I had some apprehensions too, I mean some gnarly creatures live the swamp and I have small kids! But, we did and loved it! Everything went great and it ended up being the highlight of the trip. So, if you are a worried parent…

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…

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…

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…