Why You Should Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at Newport Dunes

Why You Should Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at Newport Dunes

St. Patrick’s Day has always been one of my favorite holidays (just below Halloween of course). I was raised with Irish pride from my father. As a child, I learned how to jig (performing without solicitation); I learned some Gaelic, became obsessed with River Dance and even faked an Irish accent for most of third grade. My Irish pride did not fade as an adult and although my dad may joke that I am the only Irish girl that doesn’t care for potatoes, I can down my stout and whiskey…

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…

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!!…

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…

Your Guide to Knott’s Merry Farm with Kids

Your Guide to Knott’s Merry Farm with Kids

There is nothing like a good old-fashioned country Christmas (or at least Southern California’s version of one). With all the different décor styles and modern colors used to celebrate the holidays these days, there is something to be said about the comfort of tradition. Knott’s Berry Farm Christmas is classic merriment, complete with carolers, glittering trees and even snow. Taking visitors back in time, Knott’s Merry Farm brings Christmas to the Wild West with a decked out Ghost Town and Santa’s Cabin. So cozy and beautiful, it is a holiday…

What to Expect from The Polar Express in Arizona

What to Expect from The Polar Express in Arizona

For parents, Christmas is a crazy, hectic and an expensive time of year. For children, it is the season of excitement, cheer and magic. The best present I could receive as a mom is seeing the look of absolute joy on my sweet babies’ faces as they experience the wonder and whimsy of the happiest season of all. In my family Christmas is not just one day of opening a million presents, it is a month long celebration of getting together with family and partaking in seasonal festivities. Don’t get…

How to go RVing for Thanksgiving in Big Bear

How to go RVing for Thanksgiving in Big Bear

Although Thanksgiving is nice when celebrated at home, it is also a perfect opportunity for travel. We always plan a holiday-themed trip with the kids and sometimes it best for us to take advantage of the four-day holiday. Hmmm. Where should we go? What should we do? Let’s load up the RV and hit the road. RVing is a great option for holiday travel! Why? Well, even though site rates are higher during the holidays, they are usually significantly less than hotel rooms for a group our size. Many people…

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…

How Disney Cruise Line does Halloween on the High Seas

How Disney Cruise Line does Halloween on the High Seas

You’re hands clasp the salty railing as you peer out towards the horizon only to see darkness. The moon casts an eerie glow upon the sea as the sounds of waves lap against the hull as the ship cuts through the black of night. Suddenly, a creepy sea captain beckons you to listen to the ghostly maritime tales of the restless spirits that haunt the seas. Goosebumps plague your whole body and just when you think you can’t take anymore, Mickey jumps out dressed like a vampire and the real…