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…

What You Should Know About Visiting Edinburgh Castle with Kids

What You Should Know About Visiting Edinburgh Castle with Kids

Edinburgh Castle, one of Scotland’s most famous castles, is positioned strategically to rise above Scotland’s capital city. For decades this castle was home to royalty and has been at the center of wars, sieges and controversy. Actually, it seems like the Scottish and English have always been fighting over this castle. However, it is now the world that is fighting to get in! Today, Edinburgh Castle is a major tourist attraction.  Although this castle and city attract a ton of people, we had a relatively smooth day. I did 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…

26 Reasons I’m Thankful for Travel

26 Reasons I’m Thankful for Travel

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! It is approaching Turkey Day here in the U.S. and families are busy preparing big festive meals to feed big hungry mouths. In between bites of green bean casserole (my favorite) and turkey stuffing, families are getting mushy as they remember to give thanks for the wonderful things in their lives. Although Thanksgiving is an U.S holiday, I think gratefulness translate worldwide. Being a traveling mama I am feeling very thankful myself, so I’d thought it would be fun to share my 26 Reasons I’m Thankful for…

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…

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…

10 Taboos Family Travelers Should Break

10 Taboos Family Travelers Should Break

Mistakes. Mishaps. Fails. These Uh-Oh moments are not always a bad thing, if you learn from them, anyway. Happily, family travel provides plenty of opportunity for learning experiences. I have been traveling with my babies since they popped out of me and believe me, we have had our share of challenges, but I always make note of what didn’t work as to not make the same mistakes again. Like they say, those who don’t learn from history are doomed to repeat it. Do you have to learn from your own…

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…

The Voltage Road Trip Home

The Voltage Road Trip Home

As someone who did not go up camping, you can imagine my surprise when my sister suggested we get a family RV back in 2012. Neither of us had any experience with this style of travel, but with our large multigenerational group and our passion to travel together, it seemed like the perfect adventure to take on. Well that was three (almost 4) years ago and we are still RVing. We started out with the Enterra, which a cruiser RV with an outdoor kitchen and plenty of sleeping space. We…

Tom’s Farms

Tom’s Farms

Started from humble beginnings, Tom’s Farms was once a fresh produce stand and is now a favorite hangout for many travelers passing through Riverside County. I actually grew up visiting Tom’s Farms as a child and continue to make regular visits throughout the year. It is a little country oasis and it perfect for a relaxing afternoon with the family or a quick little pit-stop for travelers. So, let’s check it out. Keep Cost in Check: It is really easy to have low cost fun at Tom’s Farms. Everything is…