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…

5 Ways Kids Change Travel

5 Ways Kids Change Travel

Follow my blog with Bloglovin When I was really baby-hungry, people used to ask me, “Don’t you want to travel more before you have kids?” As if I was throwing in the travel towel to suddenly live a stationary lifestyle. My answer was always an affirmative, “No.” I wanted my kids to see to the world too and become my travel buddies. Besides, if I did all my traveling before kids, I’d have to repeat all my pre-baby trips anyway. I wouldn’t say I am an emotional person, but I…

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…

Best Halloween Events for Families

Best Halloween Events for Families

A sprinkle of creepy, a dash of suspense and a handful of fun is the perfect recipe for a spooktacular family adventure. Halloween is not just a one-night event, for this Hot Mama and my family it is a month long celebration. Whether you want to travel far or stay close to home, October is chalk-full of amazing Halloween events for families. Keep the cost in check : $-economical $$-moderate $$$-pricey Hopefully most parents know their children’s fear-level and how much spook they can handle. If you’re kids are fearful…

Cigars, Spirits and Travel: Taste the World at Home

Cigars, Spirits and Travel: Taste the World at Home

As a writer for Cigar & Spirits Magazine, I understand and appreciate the impact a fine cigar and a premium spirit can have on your mood and on your life. As a mama that travels with kids regularly, I understand this even more so. It can instantly turn an ordinary weeknight into a celebration. Although best enjoyed in moderation, a cocktail paired with a cigar excites the senses and brings people together. Cigars, spirits and travel allow us to enjoy the flavors of the world from the comfort of our…

Visiting The Queen Mary with Kids

Visiting The Queen Mary with Kids

Built during the Great Depression, Queen Mary departed on her maiden transatlantic voyage in 1936. This grand ocean liner set the bar in terms of luxury, hosting celebrity guests such as Clark Gable as well as British royalty. The Queen Mary’s days a luxury liner were short lived, because in 1939 she transformed into the Grey Ghost as a troopship at the start of WWII. After her service in the war she returned to serving passengers for 20 years, before docking for the final time in 1967 in Long Beach,…

Ultimate Guide to Old Town San Diego With Kids

Ultimate Guide to Old Town San Diego With Kids

Old Town San Diego is the birthplace of California and 200 hundred years later continues to be the hubbub of excitement. The history, the culture, the proximity to sea and the tequila, make Old Town one of my favorite places to visit in San Diego. Although there are said to be plenty of ghosts, this is no ghost town. There is so much to do with all the shops, restaurants, bars and historic sites. The constant hustle and bustle of activity keeps it full of life every day. With so…

Magical Family Travel. Do You Believe in Magic?

Magical Family Travel. Do You Believe in Magic?

Over a lukewarm cup of coffee and a living room full of toddlers, I somehow managed to read an article in its entirety and I have to say, what a breath of fresh air. I’m Done Making My Kids Childhood Magical, offers a fantastic perspective for parents feeling the pressure in this showoff society we live in. As a person who advocates traveling with your kids and having magical family travel, I just have to explain why I agree with this article and why other parents should breathe a sigh…

Everything You Need to Know About RVing with Kids

Everything You Need to Know About RVing with Kids

To be honest, I never gave much thought to camping or RVing. Sure, as a child I would notice the decked out RV’s with party lights strung festively across the awnings and think it looked cool, but never actually considered RVing myself. I grew up with resort parents, who strongly believe that a vacation is all about relaxation, no manual labor. My dad doesn’t even like to order crab legs, even though he loves the taste. “I don’t want to pay to work for my dinner,” he says. It is…