A Day At San Diego’s Seaport Village With kids

A Day At San Diego’s Seaport Village With kids

Imagine a place where you can have the best of both worlds; the laid-back beauty of a coastal beach town with excitement of a bustling metropolitan city. Well, you don’t have to imagine it, because it exists. The lovely Seaport Village is a waterfront hub of shops, restaurants and entertainment, linking San Diego Bay with Downtown. Its breathtaking views and convenient location to San Diego attractions makes Seaport Village with kids a perfect day-trip for families. Drop your bags: When you are visiting Seaport Village you are in the heart…

Hot RVing at the Newport Dunes Resort

Hot RVing at the Newport Dunes Resort

Growing up in Southern California, I am a total beach-lover and the same goes for my kids! We never turn down the opportunity to be by the sea. Sandy toes and surf hair is a regular look for our family. Newport Beach draws thousands of visitors from all over, why not take advantage of living in a tourist destination, right? Hidden within the Back Bay Nature Preserve is the Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort and Marina. It is the perfect spot for families to enjoy the beach safely, because there are…

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…

Fun Things to Do on the Newport Coast with Kids

Fun Things to Do on the Newport Coast with Kids

A mermaid at heart, it is no wonder why I love the sea. The beach is my happy place and Newport Beach is like home. The beach of my youth, I grew up playing on Newport’s sandy coast, day dreaming about all things childishly magical. It is where I first tried my favorite mint chocolate chip ice cream during a family vacation at the age of five. It is where HotDaddy and I spent many lazy days of summer as teenagers. Now, it is where I get to watch my…

Guide to Rving at Vail Lake Resort with Kids

Guide to Rving at Vail Lake Resort with Kids

Vail Lake, a little oasis tucked behind the wineries of Temecula, California. This was the site of our debut RV trip back in August 2012. It is now a part of our regular rotation. We enjoy the open space, beautiful views, fun village, annual events, proximity to town, and the low rates. It’s no wonder why we love taking out the RV for the weekend to relax at Vail Lake Resort with Kids. Keep cost in check: In general Vail Lake is a very reasonable with rates ranging from $45-$100,…

Ultimate Guide to Disney California Adventure with Kids

Ultimate Guide to Disney California Adventure with Kids

Opening in February of 2001, Disney California Adventure stole the show (a least in my opinion). The theme park recently went through a complete remodel this year, whimsically representing California and highlighting the state’s diversity. Visitors can wander through Hollywood, stroll along the boardwalk or hike through the wilderness before taking a break to sip wine in Napa or listen to the Mariachi Divas over a margarita. It is all here to enjoy. I love the vibe at Disney California Adventure with kids and it is definitely our favorite park…

Ultimate Guide to The Queen Mary Scots Festival with Kids

Ultimate Guide to The Queen Mary Scots Festival with Kids

The Highland Games is the Scottish tradition of friendly rivalry between clans that goes back centuries. Bagpipes, drumming, dancing, kilts and heavy athletic events are all up for competition, making the events quite a celebration of Celtic culture. Although originally held solely in the actual Scottish Highlands, the Highland Games have spread all over the world, especially in the USA. The annual Scots Festival held at the Queen Mary in Long Beach, California is the event our family has made a point of attending for a few years now. Yes,…

Complete Guide to Visiting Calico Ghost Town with Kids

Complete Guide to Visiting 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!…

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…

Why Idyllwild with Kids is the Perfect Weekend Escape

Why Idyllwild with Kids is the Perfect Weekend Escape

Idyllwild, Ca. Where the heck is that, you might ask? Well, tucked away in the San Jacinto Mountains is a wonderful little town bursting with an amazing culinary and art culture. From Palm Springs, a swanky California desert oasis, Idyllwild can easily be reached by Aerial Tramway. Fun and convenient. It only took us a little more than an hour to get there from Orange County. Idyllwild with kids makes for the perfect weekend escape, because one minute you are at the beach or desert and then next you are…