Water Parks with kids: A Survival Guide for Parents!

Water Parks with kids: A Survival Guide for Parents!

I will be the first to admit that I am not a water park person. Sure, the kids love them and I would have too as a kid. Well, I’m not a kid. I’m a grown ass woman and water parks are not my go-to for a good time. For the most part, they are hot, chaotic, and a lot of work. The funny thing is we actually have passes to one near our home. I know, sounds weird. Why would I ever visit a water park, let alone have…

8 Awesome Tips to Make Flying with Kids Easier

8 Awesome Tips to Make Flying with Kids Easier

The joys of flying with kids. I will admit, being trapped in a metal tube thousands of feet in the air with two toddlers does not sound like a barrel of fun, but it is the burden I bare in order to travel with my babies. The truth of the matter is that I hate flying. I can feel the panic tightening in my chest as I write this post. Unfortunately, I have to do it if I want to travel, which I do. So, up up and away I…

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…

Traveling in Place and Embracing Local Travel

Traveling in Place and Embracing Local Travel

It is no wonder I have a nomadic spirit. Growing up, there was always a new adventure around the corner; somewhere to go, something to see. My family didn’t necessarily travel to far and exotic places (mostly due to my mama’s extreme fear of flying), but we had plenty of fun road trips and weekend getaways. Even on the rare occasion that we weren’t traveling, we were surrounded by the excitement of travel. My parents taught me the skill of Traveling in Place! Airports When I was a child, long…

Best Gadgets for Traveling with Kids

Best Gadgets for Traveling with Kids

Let’s be honest, traveling with kids is not the easiest thing in the world, the linguistics alone is a challenge. With the proper props on hand it is easy to keep everything running smoothly…well as smoothly as possible. I’m a big fan of making things run smoothly and the more I enjoy family travel the more I will be willing to take on more trips with my family. What to know what helps keep me sane? Here are some of my picks for the best gadgets for traveling with kids….

Traveling to Big Bear with Kids

Traveling to Big Bear with Kids

Escaping to the mountains is exactly that, an escape. The surrounding nature, the crisp fresh air and the simplistic way of life instantly melts way the any pent-up stress. Whether it’s a romantic weekend with that special someone or an action-packed adventure with the family, Big Bear has all the ingredients for a fantastic getaway. Here is my guide to Big Bear with kids. Keep the cost in check The great thing about traveling to rustic locations is the ability to have a great vacation while staying on a budget….

Bravo Farms with Kids

Bravo Farms with Kids

Although my kids have been raised near the sea, my daughter is a country girl at heart. She claims to want to live on a farm, milk cows, get her eggs from her own chickens and grow her own food. She loves the Food Network with her favorite shows being Pioneer Woman, Farmhouse Rules and Heartland Table. Fortunately, my niece married herself a real cowboy and we were invited to visit his family farm. Firecracker had a blast feeding all the animals and letting the baby calves suck on her…

Liebster Award for HotMamaTravel

Liebster Award for HotMamaTravel

The Liebster Award is an award that is given out to travel bloggers from other travel bloggers. It is not only a sign of support from the travel blogger community, but an honor to be recognized by fellow bloggers. That is why, I am stoked to receive the nomination of the Liebster Award from Anisa and Kathrine of Two Traveling Texans. Thank you girls! I really appreciate it! Be sure to stop by their blog for some Texas-sized adventures!! G My blog has been a labor of love for some…

Family Travel and Terrorism

Family Travel and Terrorism

Terrorism is a terrifying word, instantly striking intentional fear in the hearts of many all over the world. Horrific acts of violence, innocent lives being lost and shocking images in the media being played on repeat; it is enough to make you want to grab your family and hide. I know this is a depressing topic, which is typically not my style. I prefer to focus on the positive side of life and travel, but in light of recent events I felt it was an important discussion to have. The…

Fit on the Road

Fit on the Road

Being a busy mama, I understand that it can be hard to maintain a regular workout routine. Kids, work, housework, the chores never end. Throw in frequent travel and it is nearly impossible. Or is it?? Health experts claim that we need at least 30 minutes of cardio a day to maintain a healthy lifestyle. As Matthew McConaughey once said, “find a way to sweat every day.” Not the kind of sweat you get, lounging poolside in Mexico while sipping a margarita, but rather a heart pumping, strength building kind…