Laguna Beach with Kids

Laguna Beach with Kids

Laguna Beach is a little piece of paradise in Orange County, California. It has been the setting of such popular shows as Laguna Beach on MTV and Real Housewives of Orange County. It is no wonder, with its gorgeous coastal landscapes; absolutely breathtaking. Many people think of Laguna Beach as this pretentious bubble of wealth, but Laguna Beach is much richer than this swallow perspective. Laguna Beach has culture, with art galleries around every corner. There are endless options for fantastic dining; a real foodie heaven. Natural lovers will love…

10 Tips for International Travel

10 Tips for International Travel

International travel can seem a bit overwhelming, especially you have never traveled abroad or don’t do travel often. The more I travel the more I learn ways to make things easier for myself and my family. I get asked questions about international all the time and I have the answers you are looking for right here. To help make international travel easier, here are HotMama’s 10 Tips for International Travel. 1. Passports: You can’t go abroad without them. Apply for your passport early, even if you have no current plans…

Cruising for Solo parents

Cruising for Solo parents

Cruising: The Perfect Match for Single Parents Traveling with Kids When you’re a single parent and holiday time comes around, many questions can run circles in your mind: What type of holiday will be the most interesting, safe and memorable for your children, while allowing you to relax and de-stress? Many single parents are finding that they ideal way to travel with kids, is by sailing the high seas on a luxury cruise liner. The thought of not having to cook, enjoying tons of free entertainment for kids and not…

5 Steps to Easy and Enjoyable Family Vacations

5 Steps to Easy and Enjoyable Family Vacations

One of the most exciting aspects to travel is all the new things you will get to do, see and eat! When planning a family vacation it is natural to want to do it all, but BEWARE. With the excitement of a new destination insight, making lists of things to do can get pretty long really fast. The one thing I’ve learned from my many travels is trying to schedule too much into one trip can be an instant vacation buzz kill. You are putting too much time, money and…

HotMama Diaries: Scotland

HotMama Diaries: Scotland

06.22.15 HotDaddy met us for lunch at this awesome place I discovered, called Hillhead Bookclub. The décor was eclectic, the atmosphere was relaxed and funky, and the food was yummy and reasonable. They serve basil-strawberry water, which looks gorgeous on the table. There is also a great craft-cocktail menu. One interesting cocktail for a group would be the Hillhead Punch served in a Gramophone! Parents! You can enjoy the cocktails, because there is a playroom for the kids. There is even a Ping-Pong table for the “big” kids. After lunch…

Forward Thinking

Forward Thinking

The sickening feeling in the bit of your stomach. The heavy weight of anxiety in your chest. The dreaded realization that your trip has come to an end. Waking up on the last day, looking around at all the clothes that were once so exciting to pack leaves one to question, where the heck did my vacation go? All the preparation. All the excitement. Now, just over? It is a moment that no part-time traveler looks forward to. Especially, if the end of your travel means, you go back to…