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…

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…

How to Spend a Day in Grand Cayman with Kids

How to Spend a Day in Grand Cayman with Kids

While sitting on a sandy beach, sipping rum punch and gazing out at the Caribbean sea; it is hard to believe that you are actually on a mountain top. Yes, a mountain top. Interestingly, the three masses of land that make up the Cayman Islands are actually the peaks of a large underwater mountain range with the largest being Grand Cayman. Once nicknamed Las Tortugas, by Christopher Columbus, the islands were crawling with sea turtles. Now a popular cruise ship port, Grand Cayman is also crawling with visitors. In fact,…

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 a SeaWorld Christmas with Kids

Ultimate Guide to a SeaWorld Christmas with Kids

It is Christmas time in San Diego and what better to way to celebrate the holidays by the sea than by hanging out with some of the ocean’s most awesome wildlife friends at SeaWorld? It is a coastal Christmas complete with whales, dolphins, sharks, sea turtles and Santa, of course. We may not have blizzards here in Southern California, but we sure know how to do the holidays! Here is your ultimate guide to a SeaWorld Christmas with kids! First, here are some festive shots from around the park!! Keep…

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…

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…

Rashes, Ouchies and Bug Bites! Oh My!

Rashes, Ouchies and Bug Bites! Oh My!

Good morning…or is it? This morning baby boy woke up with a rash all over his body. Being a prepared traveling mama, I always come stocked with my mobile pharmacy, but I’m never ready for the shock and stress when your faced with a rash. My husband was quick to jump into emergency mode, but being on vacation I had to calm it down and think. I took a moment to search his body, inspect the rash and rule out the possible causes. Needless to say, I realized it wasn’t…

Stepping Back in Time at the La Brea Tar Pits with Kids

Stepping Back in Time at the La Brea Tar Pits with Kids

  Los Angeles is a bustling metropolis home to Hollywood movie studios, famous beaches and trendy restaurants, but would you believe me if I told you it is also home the world’s most famous fossil sites? Well, it is. Smack dab in the middle of L.A are 10,000 to 40,000 year old asphalt pools that contained many Ice Age animal bones, like mammoths and saber-toothed cats. That is right, alongside skyscrapers and city traffic, is a live fossil excavation site. I’ve wanted to take my kids for a while now,…

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…