Celebrating Life With Birthday Getaways

Celebrating Life With Birthday Getaways

Some of us were simply born to travel and birthdays make for the perfect excuse to pack up and leave town. Anyone who knows me knows that I’m not a huge birthday party person. The cost to reward ratio is unbalanced. I would rather take the money I’d spend on a party and have a memorable weekend instead. For most of us adults, we gave up parties years ago and birthday getaways are a great way to celebrate. But did you know they are fun for kids too? Yes, kids…

Pregnant in Las Vegas

Pregnant in Las Vegas

I love Vegas! Its the perfect vacation destination, no matter your situation. It was fun as a child, long before I was legal to party. I enjoyed it in my 20’s, when I could fully participate in Sin City shenanigans. I love Vegas with my kids and I even loved Vegas when I was pregnant! Yes, I was pregnant in Las Vegas and it was fabulous. Right before Firecracker was due I had the strong urge to visit Vegas. I was 36 weeks pregnant and HotDaddy wasn’t super comfortable with…

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…

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…

Ultimate Guide to St Pete Beach with Kids

Ultimate Guide to St Pete Beach with Kids

Welcome to St Pete Beach where the sand is as white as snow and as soft as powder, where the clear waters of the gulf are as radiantly turquoise as they are invitingly warm and where the sunsets are just too breathtaking to be real. Known as the sunset capital of Florida, St Pete Beach has been rated #1 top beach destination by TripAdvisor.com as well as earned a rating of #5 by Travel’s Choice Awards. Parent Magazine even rated St. Pete Beach as #3 of America’s Top 10 Best…

Downtown Disney

Downtown Disney

By now, many of you know that we are quite the Disney family and have read my tips on both Disneyland and Disney California Adventure. Well, there is more. Between both parks, connecting the various Disney resorts is a magical little place called Downtown Disney. The first thing that makes this place one a HotMama Picks is that it is free to get in. Something at Disney, free? Short answer, yes. Now, there are plenty of places to spend you money: restaurants, shops and bars, but if you want the…

Raging Waters

Raging Waters

Let me start by saying that I am not a water-park person, but when we were given the opportunity to take the kids to Raging Waters in San Dimas, we decided to give it a try. I’m not going to lie; I was a bit snobby at first, but heat and hunger does that to me. I was trying to navigate my way through the largest water-park in California with a large group, including six kids (as usual) and I felt overwhelmed, hot, hungry and thirsty. Eventually, I got my…