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…

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…

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…

How to Spend a Day in Cozumel With Kids

How to Spend a Day in Cozumel With Kids

Off the eastern coast of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula is the Caribbean Island of Cozumel; one of our ports of call on while sailing the Disney Fantasy. Although this wasn’t my first time visiting Mexico, I had only visited Baja California and the Mexican Riviera before this trip and I was so excited to see the cultural and historical sites of the Yucatan. I love history and the ancient Mayan have always fascinated me. So, when I had the opportunity to travel to this area of Mexico, a trek to the…

What You Should Know about Climbing Dunns River Falls with Kids.

What You Should Know about Climbing Dunns River Falls with Kids.

Standing at 180ft high and stretching 600ft in length, Dunn’s River Falls is a Jamaican national treasure. It is also said to be the site of the infamous battle of Las Chorreras between the English and Spanish in 1657. In short, the English won control of the area now known as Ocho Rios. Today the falls are definitely a sight to been seen and climbed. So naturally, a visit to this famous water fall was a must on our recent trip. Yes, it is a tourist attraction, but some things…

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…

Ultimate Guide to Visiting Stirling Castle With Kids

Ultimate Guide to Visiting Stirling Castle With Kids

Stirling Castle doesn’t get as much attention as Edinburgh Castle, but after visiting both, I have to say that I really enjoyed my visit to Stirling Castle more. First off all, it is one of the largest castles in Scotland with a very colorful history, but without the touristy crowds of Edinburgh Castle. In fact, Mary Queen of Scots was crowned at Stirling Castle in 1542. It is also the site of the 1297 Battle of Stirling Bridge, where William Wallace took back Stirling Castle from King Edward in a…

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…