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Hot Tips for visiting Santa Fe with Kids – from historic and artsy to the psychedelic

Santa Fe is a mecca for artists and history buffs, and it makes for a playful family vacation
Let me start by saying that we were really excited to visit Santa Fe, New Mexico during our Route 66 family road trip. Santa Fe has been calling my name for quite a while now, and I am happy to report that it did not disappoint! I mean, basically, from the first time I saw Jack Maxwell from the show Booze
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Perfect trip to the Grand Canyon with kids thanks to Best Western Plus Inn of Williams

One of our favorite stops on Route 66, Williams Arizona is truly the "gateway to the Grand Canyon"
We packed up our family of 7 in the minivan and left the green hills of Anaheim, California behind as we headed out on the Mother Road for our Route 66 high desert adventure. We were off to Williams, Arizona, where we would be staying at the Best Western Plus Inn of Williams before taking The Grand Canyon
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Everything you EVER wanted to know about visiting George Washington’s Mount Vernon

The ancestral home of our beloved first president, there are so many fun things to do in Mount Vernon
When we decided to visit Washington D.C on our cross-country summer road trip, the first thing that popped into my mind was that we had to spend a day at Mount Vernon. As you know, I am kind of an history nerd and there was no way I could pass up the opportunity to visit the gorgeous ancestral home of
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Ultimate List of FAQs from Parents (with answers) about visiting Las Vegas with kids

There is nothing sinful about taking kids to Vegas. Take it from this Mama who does it year after year (after year)!
We go to Vegas regularly with our kids, so I'd consider myself at least a semi-expert on how to do Las Vegas with kids of just about any age. Given our love of the city and extensive experience, we have ended up writing a TON of content over years to help families have a fun and safe visit to Sin City. As
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Mother of all Road Trips: An inspired family trip up historic Route 66

Route 66 is considered the "Mother Road" and this Mama is determined to conquer it with kids
No journey has captured the imagination of America over the last century more than Route 66. It has long been considered the "Mother Road", beckoning travelers, wayfarers and people looking for a fresh start out West. Well we have lived "out west" our entire lives, and this year we decided to take the
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Mama’s Guide for doing Las Vegas with Baby: Perfect 2-day itinerary & FAQs

Trust this Mama - there are plenty of fun and safe family activities in Las Vegas with an Infant
OK, so you are going to Las Vegas with baby and you probably have a few questions, like… Is it safe? Is it appropriate? What can and can’t we do with a baby in Vegas? Don’t worry, I got you. First of all, you are not alone. Millions of families visit Las Vegas each year and you won’t
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3 Best Haunted Hotels in San Diego that will make you Shiver

These hotels are historical, fun to visit, and absolutely full of spirit
Whether you believe in ghosts or not, there is no denying that there is something special about visiting a historic place that has laid witness to generations of human experience - from joyous celebrations to tragic losses, and everything in between. You can't help but feel a deep connection to the
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8 Amazing Kid-Friendly Day Trips from Las Vegas that will blow your mind

It's refreshing to escape the city and explore the natural beauty surrounding Las Vegas
There is so much to do on the Las Vegas Strip, even if you are visiting Las Vegas with kids, that you might be wondering why would anyone in their right mind ever want or need to leave the Vegas strip!? Well many people don’t realize it, but Las Vegas is actually situated in one of the most beautiful
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Great places to stay in Las Vegas for Big Families (or groups of 5+) near Vegas Strip

Finding a place to stay in Vegas for a big group or family is actually not that hard with these tips
Here is an amazing fact. There are over 150 thousand hotel rooms in Las Vegas, which is almost twice as many as New York City! However, the frustrating thing about Vegas (well actually about hotels in general) is that a large majority of these rooms are designed to accommodate only up to four
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Las Vegas with Kids – The Ultimate Family Guide to everything Las Vegas

Vegas is not just for adults anymore, and it is time that families start to take notice
Whether it’s “Vegas Baby” or Vegas with babies, this city offers a wide selection of activities for every age group. I’ve been going to Vegas since I was a young girl and I'm proud to keep the tradition going with my own three children. Let me tell you, Las Vegas with kids can really be a blast.
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13 Affordable Family Activities in Las Vegas that are worth your time (and money)

These family activities in Vegas are loads of fun and are way cheaper than gambling!
As you hopefully already know, there is so much more to Las Vegas than gambling and nightclubs. Las Vegas is a virtual playground for adults (and children) with about a gazillion different attractions to entertain just about everyone. It seems that all the hotels on the Vegas strip have something truly
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10 Free Family Activities in Las Vegas that are Definitely worth your Time

You don't have to spend a lot of money (or anything at all) to have a great time in Vegas
Truth be told, you really don't have to spend a lot of money to do some very fun family activities in Las Vegas. Sure the city has elegant restaurants and five star accommodations (and $10k blackjack tables), but the city is also full of cheap or even free entertainment opportunities around almost every
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Las Vegas Strip Hotel Map: A unique map of main hotels on the Vegas Strip

See the hotels on the Vegas strip from a brand new perspective
Just glance at a Las Vegas strip map and you will immediately see what is so unique and special about Las Vegas. It is literally jam-packed with gigantic multi-million dollar resorts where you can get gorgeous four star accommodations, often at extremely affordable rates. Let’s face it, with so much
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5 Haunted Historical Places you need to Take your Kids right now

Kids love a good scare as much as anyone and these places will teach them all about history too
As a young girl, I always found myself drawn to dark and ethereal stories. My parents would often get mad at me for frightening my younger family members with Ouija board games, makeshift séances and candlelit ghost stories. But let’s be honest, they kept coming back for more and no doubt found this
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Reasons to Fall in Love (and drive safely) in Southern California

Find out about the many fabulous ways to spend a day in SoCal!
Just traveling through Southern California, whether on the Pacific Coast Highway or one of the several busy freeways, is sometimes frustrating but it is hard not to notice the inherent beauty of this place.  The sky has this cheerful glint to it and the air is thick with the smells of the city. Every
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Annapolis Live Music: Best Kid friendly restaurants with FREE live music

Maryland's capital is a beautiful and lively city with plenty of live music joints
Annapolis is Maryland’s capital city and was founded way back in 1649. It is home to Maryland’s State House, which once served as the United States national capital in the 1700’s, as well as the United States Naval Academy. Resting on the sparkling Chesapeake Bay surround by waterfronts and history,
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5 Insider Tips for doing Las Vegas with Kids the right way (plus a bonus tip)

Find out why we think Vegas is a safe and fabulous vacation spot for families like yours
Too many articles out there about visiting Las Vegas with kids are either out-dated or written by parents that are too prudish to really appreciate all the city has to offer. As a Mama that brings her munchkins to Vegas regularly, I am confident in saying that Vegas is awesome for families – that is,
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Hotel Spotlight: Spring time at Apple Farm Inn is lovely in San Luis Obispo

A great place to drop your bags in San Luis Obispo and a true family favorite
Spring has sprung at the Apple Farm San Luis Obispo. The sun is out, the air is crisp and the flowers are in full bloom. Everything from the elaborate Apple Farm Inn hallways to the adorable gift shop is decked out in spring décor and it is just splendid! I’ve visited during the fall, which was lovely
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21 Amazing Las Vegas Shows for Kids: Best Family Shows in Vegas

The ultimate guide for finding the perfect Las Vegas show experience for your family
So you're planning a trip to Vegas with kids, right? Don't let the haters tell you that you're crazy! We take our kids to Vegas every year and they absolutely love it there. And one of the main reasons why my kids love Las Vegas is they get to experience amazing family-friendly Vegas shows with
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These are the 5 Best Family Hotels in Las Vegas (and this is why)

Not all hotels are created equal, and these Vegas resorts are practically designed for families
We go to Vegas often with our kids, and we have learned a TON over the years about doing Vegas with kids the right way. If you have never been to Vegas, I will warn you that there are so many choices when it comes to hotels that it is really hard to know which one to pick, especially because every family
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Old Town Scottsdale – Best Hotels and Fun Things to do with Kids

Escape to Old Town Scottsdale and experience the "West's most Western Town"
Old Town Scottsdale is the not only the oldest area in Scottsdale, it is also in my opinion the most happening. First settled in the 1880’s, this neighborhood is now a bustling collection of interesting shops and restaurants, also referred to as downtown Scottsdale. With such an exciting merge of old and
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Pregnant in Vegas – A Guide to Las Vegas for Expecting Mothers

Thinking of going to Vegas pregnant? Follow these expert tips for a fabulous visit
I love Vegas! It is the perfect vacation destination, no matter your situation. It was fun for me as a child, long before I was legal to party. I thoroughly enjoyed it in my 20’s, when I could fully participate in Sin City shenanigans. If you’ve read my blog then you know how I feel about making any
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Ultimate Guide to Palm Springs with Kids

Seriously, everything you need to know about visiting Palm Springs with kids
The surrounding mountains are so close you feel as though you could reach out and touch them. I take in these spectacular views through a flashy pair of shades as I sip a crisp glass of white wine, lounging on one of the many restaurant patios that line Palm Canyon drive. The heat is dry, but not unbearable
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Things to do in Savannah GA with Kids: First time visitor’s guide

A charming visit to the "Hostess City of the South", and oldest city in Georgia
Savannah. Oh, Savannah! The name alone drips with southern charm. I mean you can’t even say Savannah without a romantic sigh. It is a place my mother has romanticized in her mind ever since I was a kid. Needless to say, I was super excited to be able to finally take her there during our 60 day summer road
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5 Kid Friendly Restaurants Nashville with Live Music!

Who says honky-tonking in Nashville is for adults only? Not us...or our kids!
Nashville is known as Music City! So naturally, we couldn’t visit without indulging in the Nashville music scene. Now, we were on an epic family road trip and had multiple generations to keep happy. Needless to say, we weren’t looking for solely things to with kids in Nashville TN. We were looking for
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Our Guide for seeing Austin bats on a Lone star riverboat Austin bat cruise

Seeing 1.5 million bats at dusk will educate, entertain and delight the whole family
Honestly, I had never heard of the Austin bats before visiting Austin, Texas on our cross-country road trip. Since we were only in town for the day, we wanted to do something truly unique to the city. So while enjoying our complimentary breakfast at The Best Western Plus Austin City Hotel, I started doing
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6 Powerful things I learned driving cross country with my kids and parents

Road Trips are affordable way to check items off your bucket list
Like many other millennial women that are busy planting seeds and starting families, I have unassailable dreams of traveling the world with my kids. Admittedly, these visions have always been more about exciting destinations, and less about the method of getting there. I suppose the “getting there” part
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A Family Guide to visiting Memphis with Kids – it’s all about the Peabody

The Peabody duck march is hilarious and must see for all ages
Welcome to Memphis, the home of famous Memphis BBQ, blues music and Elvis! After a fun-filled weekend in Nashville, we were slowly making our way home to California. However, our epic summer #HotMamaDoesAmercia road trip wasn’t over yet and we were determined to make the most out of our one day in Memphis.
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Family Road Trip Across US: 19 states in 60 days

Taking your kids and parents together on a family road trip across US is a life-changing experience
In the Summer of 2017, we packed up the kids and grandparents and took the plunge on an epic family road trip across US, driving from one coast to the other in our own minivan. We were able to visit so many amazing cities and attractions that have always been on our bucket list. And we spent only $700 in
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Hotel Spotlight: Family review of Best Western Plus Sundial in Scottsdale, AZ

The perfect place to drop your bags in the Arizona desert
The last stop on our epic family road trip across US, prior to returning home to Orange County, was in Scottsdale, AZ. Despite being on the road for almost 60 days, we came into town with a renewed energy. Maybe because we were closer to home and on more familiar turf or maybe it was because we were just
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Hotel Spotlight: Family review of Best Western Plus Austin City Hotel

A great location in Austin with on-site restaurant and craft beers on tap
After a long day of driving from Memphis on our epic 60-day family road trip, we were relieved to arrive at the Best Western Plus Austin City Hotel. We were arriving into town later than we thought, hungry and tired. Reminiscent of a boutique style hotel, the lobby was bright, modern and welcoming.
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Visiting Belle Meade Plantation with Kids in Nashville

Featuring a kids scavenger hunt and wine tasting for mom on this historic property
Although there are many things to do in Nashville with kids, there is a lovely little place on the outskirt of Nashville that I would like to share with you. Belle Meade, though it retains its independent status, is also a part of the city of Nashville. It is home to the Belle Meade Plantation, where we had
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Hotel Spotlight: Family review of Best Western Plus Belle Meade Inn & Suites in Nashville

Not located in downtown Nashville, but we found that is part of the charm of this hotel
After spending a good chunk of the summer on the east coast, it was time to head back through the south to make our way home to California. After visiting Asheville, NC the next stop on our #HotMamaDoesAmerica summer road trip was Nashville, Tennessee. Although we only had about a day to explore the county
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First time visitor’s guide: Things to do in Philadelphia with Kids

There is so much fun and history for the family to witness in America's birthplace
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania was one of the cities we were really excited to visit during our big family road trip across the United States. For one, it is the birthplace of America, where the Second Continental Congress signed the United States Declaration of Independence. It also served as our nation’s
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Hotel Spotlight: Family review of Best Western Plus Philadelphia Convention Center Hotel

Well-located and clean with a lobby bar, this hotel gets the job done
After completing the southern portion of our #HotMamaDoesAmerica road trip, we headed up to explore what the east coast had to offer. One of our most anticipated stops was Philadelphia. My daughter was especially excited about this visit. She was learning all about the Liberty Bell in school and couldn’t
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Visiting Andersonville Prison with Kids

A heavy experience that is educational and worth visiting with kids to honor fallen soldiers
There is no doubt that I am a history chaser, especially if there is an opportunity to explore personal history. In fact, it was the discovery of my Great-Great-Great Grandfather’s grave at Andersonville Prison that prompted our #HotMamaDoesAmerica road trip across America. I learned that his name was
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Hotel Spotlight: A night at the Historical Best Western Plus Windsor Hotel in Americus, GA

Step back in time to experience Victorian elegance and haunted tales at the Windsor hotel
Coming off a wonderful stay at Best Western Plus Sunset Suites Riverwalk, #HotMamaDoesAmerica epic road trip continues on with great thanks to Best Western Plus. After a brief visit to New Orleans, we were off to find my Great-Great-Great Grandfather’s grave at Andersonville National Historic Site. While
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Things to do in San Antonio with Kids – The Ultimate Guide to “Alamo City”

Saddle up and visit San Antonio with kids. "The Alamo City" is full of history and fun
One cannot think of San Antonio without thinking about The Alamo. In fact, a local recently told me that if you come to San Antonio and do not see The Alamo or Riverwalk, you have not seen their city. As our first official stop on our #HotMamaDoesAmerica cross country road trip, we only had about a day to
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My Night at the Game of Thrones Popup Bar with Kids

Must see for Game of Thrones fans and craft cocktail lovers
 UPDATE: The GOT PUB in DC was a temporary fixture in Summer 2017, but it is likely to pup up elsewhere leading up to next season. This article is still fun to see what to expect for the next Game of Thrones Pop Up Bar (PUB). It’s almost here!! Can you hardly stand it? The premier of season 7 of
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Hotel Spotlight: Family review of Best Western Plus Sunset Suites Riverwalk in San Antonio

A lovely hotel within walking distance of the famed Riverwalk and Alamo
When you are traveling, sometimes you want to stay with a name you can trust. For our family that is Best Western Plus, because we have always had wonderful experiences with them. So, you can imagine how thrilled we were when they invited us to stay with them along the way during our 60 day cross country
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Camping at Newport Dunes RV Park with Kids: Ultimate Guide

Camp the right way - Paddle boarding, Kayaking and swimming in Newport's Back Bay
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
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Real-life Westworld at Knott’s Berry Farm Ghost Town Alive

No, it is not the same as HBO's Westworld, but it will suck you in and send you back in time
 It is no secret that this family loves Knott’s Berry Farm as it is historical and hosts a number of seasonal events. Recently, we were invited to experience their summer event, Knott’s Berry Farm Ghost Town Alive. Wow, what an event it is! I make reference to Westworld because if you’ve seen
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Meet the Deep: The Ultimate Guide to SeaWorld San Diego

Sea World San Diego is a great place for the family to learn about and celebrate beautiful animals
For over 50 years SeaWorld San Diego has been helping to protect wildlife through rehabilitation, training and leading veterinary care. The SeaWorld rescue team has helped over 29,000 marine and land animals all the while providing guests with education and entertainment. Our family loves to support their
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How Memorial Day Inspired Family Travel

Inspiration for travel can come from anywhere, even from the grave
What does Memorial Day and family travel have to with each other? Well, let me tell you. Memorial Day is a day that we remember those who died in the American armed forces. The federal holiday started after the American Civil War, when Union veterans would decorate the graves of their fallen comrades.
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Epic Family Road Trip Preview: #Hot Mama Does America

Our longest trip away from home and an exploration of our family history across the US
UPDATE: This page is still a great resource to see how and why we planned our road trip, but we have since completed our crazy road trip and published all of the the new content in its own epic post that you should check out here! Wow! Summer of 2017 is going to rock, because we have partnered with Best
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Ultimate Guide: Balboa Fun Zone with Kids

A Ferris wheel and harbor side carnival atmosphere in gorgeous Newport Beach CA
There are lots of fun things to do in Newport Beach, but it is rather large and divided up into various neighborhoods. Each neighborhood has something different to offer, but for those traveling with kids it is all about Balboa Village. This neighborhood of Newport is loaded with exciting activities, and is
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Things To Do In Anaheim with Kids (Besides Disney)

As locals, we know all the secret fun spots in Anaheim to visit besides Disneyland
 Living in Anaheim, I've spent a lot of time exploring every nook and cranny of this popular city. My knowledge goes way beyond Disney, but if you are visiting Anaheim or looking to visit, chances are that you will be checking out a Disney Park or two while you are here. That's great. As a Disney mama and
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Best Beaches Near Anaheim

If you are at Disneyland but want to cool off in the Socal sun, visit one of these iconic beaches near Anaheim
As you may know, we are natives of Orange County CA, and have lived in Anaheim for at least 7 years. Given how often we like to do local OC getaways, or staycations on the weekends, it is safe to say we know some of the best hidden spots and fun activities in OC, including one of our favorite pastimes –
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Ultimate Guide To Visiting Mission San Juan Capistrano With Kids

The salty ocean breeze is a nice complement to the historic Mission in Capistrano
Founded in 1775, Mission San Juan Capistrano is steeped in history, culture and religion. As the intention of all the California Missions, San Juan Capistrano was established to expand the Spanish territory by teaching natives the ways of European life and converting them to Catholicism. Once baptized,
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Ultimate Guide To Laguna Beach with Kids

The beach made famous by reality TV has a vibrant art scene, boutique shops and restaurants
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 it is absolutely breathtaking. Many people think of Laguna Beach as this
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Ultimate Guide to RVing at Mission Bay RV Resort with Kids

The campsite is no frills, but the views are quite amazing
Location, location, location, the thing I love the most about Mission Bay RV Resort is the location. Just minutes from my favorite San Diego hangouts, Mission Bay RV Resort always provides ample opportunity for a fantastic family weekend. The views are gorgeous, the grounds are beautifully maintained and
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Things To Do At Old Towne Orange Circle With Kids

One of the oldest downtown districts in Orange County CA, and loads of family fun
Made official in 1875, Orange was once farming community bursting with orange groves. Although Orange is still thriving, the groves have since diminished. Visitors can still catch glimpses of the past where Alfred Chapman and Andrew Glassell established the first plaza center, an area locals refer to as
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Capturing Vegas: 10 Photos To Inspire Your Next Family Vacation

As though you need any more excuses to make a visit to Vegas!
It is now surprise that we are big Vegas fans in this family, as I have several posts on the topic. My parents took me every year since I was a baby and the tradition continued as I a became a mama myself. Whenever I tell people that I love taking my kids to Las Vegas I usually get a sideways look as if
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A Day At San Diego’s Seaport Village With kids

An idyllic seaside village market with fun restaurants and beautiful views
Imagine a place where you can have the best of both worlds; the laid-back beauty of a coastal beach town with excitement of a bustling metropolitan city. Well, you don’t have to imagine it, because it exists. The lovely Seaport Village is a waterfront hub of shops, restaurants and entertainment, linking
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The Drinking Around The World Epcot Challenge

With or without kids, there is no excuse not to try drinking around the world at Epcot
Built in 1982, Epcot is the theme park that I have dreamed of visiting my entire childhood. I have always been fascinated with the world, constantly day dreaming about the countries I longed to visit in real life. It is no wonder that I would grow up to be a travel addict, taking my kids along for the
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Why You Should Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at Newport Dunes

Newport Dunes is fun anytime, but especially during St Patty's Day. For obvious reasons!
St. Patrick’s Day has always been one of my favorite holidays (just below Halloween of course). I was raised with Irish pride from my father. As a child, I learned how to jig (performing without solicitation); I learned some Gaelic, became obsessed with River Dance and even faked an Irish accent for
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Hotel Spotlight: Family review of Tradewinds Island Grand in St Pete Beach, FL

An expansive beach resort that kids love and will talk about for years afterward
Imagine waking up to palm trees swaying in the breeze, to the turquoise sea sparkling in the sun and to the sand feeling as soft as powder sugar? It is not a just a fantasy, this is for real. While staying at the Tradewinds St Pete Beach Island Resort, we woke up to paradise every. single. day. Not
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Fun Things to Do on the Newport Coast with Kids

From Iconic beaches to fine dining and shopping, Newport Coast in OC has it all
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
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Guide to Rving at Vail Lake Resort with Kids

A lovely campsite property in the heart of Temecula wine country
Vail Lake, a little oasis tucked behind the wineries of Temecula, California. This was the site of our debut RV trip back in August 2012. It is now a part of our regular rotation. We enjoy the open space, beautiful views, fun village, annual events, proximity to town, and the low rates. It's no wonder why we
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Ultimate Guide to Disney California Adventure with Kids

The prettier younger sister to Disneyland, we prefer to go here simply for the drinks!
Opening in February of 2001, Disney California Adventure stole the show (a least in my opinion). The theme park recently went through a complete remodel this year, whimsically representing California and highlighting the state’s diversity. Visitors can wander through Hollywood, stroll along the
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Ultimate Guide to The Queen Mary Scots Festival with Kids

The historic Queen Mary was built in Scotland and this festival is a fabulous ode to her Glaswegian roots
The Highland Games is the Scottish tradition of friendly rivalry between clans that goes back centuries. Bagpipes, drumming, dancing, kilts and heavy athletic events are all up for competition, making the events quite a celebration of Celtic culture. Although originally held solely in the actual Scottish
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Hotel Spotlight: Family review of historical Arizona Inn in Tucson, AZ

Amazing lush gardens and a retro pool that has entertained celebrities for a century
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
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What You Should Know About Everglades Airboat Tour With Kids

You know Floridians take their kids on air boats, so why not this California Fam?
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
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Ultimate Guide to Visiting Calico Ghost Town with Kids

A Ghost town you pass driving from Socal to Vegas that you definitely need to visit
I don’t know why, but I have always been oddly obsessed with ghost towns and always seize the opportunity to visit a new one when given the chance. Recently, on the way home from Las Vegas we decided to finally pull off the freeway and travel the three mile journey through the Mojave Desert into the
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Hotel Spotlight: Family review of Fireside Inn in Idyllwild, CA

We have always loved our stays at 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
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Things to do in Idyllwild with Kids

More intimate and artsy than nearby Big Bear, we keep going back to Idyllwild for more
Idyllwild, Ca. Where the heck is that, you might ask? Well, tucked away in the San Jacinto Mountains is a wonderful little town bursting with an amazing culinary and art culture. From Palm Springs, a swanky California desert oasis, Idyllwild can easily be reached by Aerial Tramway. Fun and convenient. It
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Ultimate Guide to a SeaWorld Christmas with Kids

Sea World San Diego makes Christmas time extra fun and extra special
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
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Have a Holly Jolly Christmas at the Apple Farm Inn, San Luis Obispo, CA

Apple Farm Inn goes all out for Christmas, and it will bring out your gleeful inner child
Every season, we like to take our family on a holiday inspired travel. One of our favorites is checking into the Christmas Wonderland that is the Apple Farm Inn. Here, we let our holiday spirit be filled with cheer. Sparkling lights drape over every surface casting a warm glow, jumbo garland adorned with
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Ultimate Guide to Knott’s Merry Farm with Kids

Knott's is great about changing their park to match the season and holiday, especially Christmas
There is nothing like a good old-fashioned country Christmas (or at least Southern California’s version of one). With all the different décor styles and modern colors used to celebrate the holidays these days, there is something to be said about the comfort of tradition. Knott’s Berry Farm Christmas
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Ultimate Guide for The Polar Express Arizona with Kids

Nothing can match the Christmas magic of a Polar Express train ride to the North Pole singing in Jammies
This year, we wanted to give the kids an ultimate Christmas experience and decided to go big with the holiday magic by taking the kids on the real Polar Express Arizona train ride experience. For parents, Christmas is a crazy, hectic and an expensive time of year. For children, it is the season of
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How to go RVing for Thanksgiving in Big Bear

I am thankful for spending Thanksgiving in Big Bear. What a great time for the family
Although Thanksgiving is nice when celebrated at home, it is also a perfect opportunity for travel. We always plan a holiday-themed trip with the kids and sometimes it best for us to take advantage of the four-day holiday. Hmmm. Where should we go? What should we do? Let’s load up the RV and hit the
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What to do in Solvang with Kids

A small Danish Village with great food, shopping and drinks. Lots of fun for whole family
Solvang, Danish for sunny fields, is a quaint little Danish village filled with European charm, windmills, and craft local brews, delicious local wine and decadent pastries. Settled in 1911 by Danish immigrants, Solvang remains a little piece of Denmark in Central California. With so many places to shop,
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Hotel Spotlight: Family review of Best Western Plus Hacienda Hotel in Old Town San Diego, CA

Seriously, this is our favorite weekend getaway in Southern California
Located in the heart in the hear of the city, the Best Western Plus Hacienda Hotel Old Town San Diego 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
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Everything You Need to Know about Halloween at Disneyland

Halloween is one of our favorite holidays, and Disneyland is a great place to celebrate it
By now, many of you know that we are quite the Disney family and if you don't already know, Halloween is my favorite holiday. Put those two together and Boo-Ya, you got Halloween at Disneyland! Throughout fall I love to partake in everything from the super creepy to the happy and harvesty, which
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Why a SeaWorld Halloween is Spooktacular!

There is a surprising amount of Halloween festivities at Sea World San Diego
Halloween is great time of year to let loose and let your freak flag fly. I love dressing up, being silly and laughing our fears in the face. Although I do enjoy the creepy side to Halloween, it doesn’t have to be a scary holiday. In fact, there are many ways to celebrate this wonderful holiday in the
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Terror in the Oaks: Vail Lake Resort Halloween Festivities

Camping at Vail Lake Resort is one of our favorite Halloween traditions
Starting the second weekend of October,  the Vail Lake Resort Halloween festivities transforms this serene campsite into a frightfully fun party for the whole family. Although we love RVing at Vail Lake Resort throughout the year, October is our favorite time to visit. By day the kids enjoy running in
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Ultimate Guide to Disneyland with Kids

As Anaheim natives and season pass holders, we know the ins-and-outs of Disneyland
The original Disneyland Park, located in Anaheim, California first opened June 17, 1955. Almost 70 years later Disney is as popular as ever attracting 17 million visitors a year. My Great Aunt Betty took my mom when she was a little girl the first week the park opened. I grew up going to Disneyland and
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Visiting The Queen Mary with Kids

Step back in time aboard the elegant and historic Titanic-era ship in Long Beach
Built during the Great Depression, Queen Mary departed on her maiden transatlantic voyage in 1936. This grand ocean liner set the bar in terms of luxury, hosting celebrity guests such as Clark Gable as well as British royalty. The Queen Mary’s days a luxury liner were short lived, because in 1939 she
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Ultimate Guide to Old Town San Diego With Kids

Great history, tequila, Mexican food and fun activities for the kids around every corner in Old Town SD
Old Town San Diego is the birthplace of California and 200 hundred years later continues to be the hubbub of excitement. The history, the culture, the proximity to sea and the tequila, make Old Town one of my favorite places to visit in San Diego. Although there are said to be plenty of ghosts, this is no
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Stepping Back in Time at the La Brea Tar Pits with Kids

Step back to the Ice Age with great interactive exhibits for the kids and fun for all
  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
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Ultimate Guide to St Pete Beach with Kids

With miles of white sand beaches and year-round gorgeous weather, St. Pete is the ideal family vacation spot
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
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The Ultimate Guide to Naples Florida with Kids

The jewel of Southwest Florida and just a short drive from the majestic Everglades
Naples, located on the Paradise Coast in southwest Florida is known for many things. It has been called "the Beverly Hills of Florida" as well as "the town of newlywed and nearly dead" and it gets its reputation for good reason. True, it is not a cheap party town ideal for young college spring breakers.
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Big Bear Shores RV Resort with Kids

With great lake views and beautiful property, this is the premier place to RV in Big Bear
When we were seventeen HotDaddy and I got into a big argument about where we would retire one day. I wanted to live by the sea and he wanted to live in a cabin deep in the mountains. We laugh about it now, but it was a pretty big deal back when we were emotional hormonal teenagers. Luckily, we live in
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Ultimate Guide to Knott’s Berry Farm with Kids

Find out all the reasons that our family loves Knott's Berry Farm
Before Knott’ Berry Farm became the theme park it is today, it was once a literal berry farm owned by Walter and Cordelia Knott way back in 1920. Once a roadside stop selling berries, preserves, pies and fried chicken, they eventually added attractions such as the Ghost Town to entertain their visitors.
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Bravo Farms with Kids

Bravo Farms is a quaint roadside attraction that is fun for the kids in Central California
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.
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How to Celebrate 4th of July at Big Bear Lake

For a refreshing 4th of July weekend, pay a visit to Big Bear Lake CA
I love to stretch events out as long as possible. Like most birthdays in my family, they are spread out throughout the month and the U.S.A’s BDay is no exception. The last few years we’ve kept the 4th of July pretty mellow with a simple BBQ/pool day and sparklers at home, but this year we went big. We
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Ultimate Guide for visiting Tombstone AZ with kids

Tombstone is much more than a movie. It is a real historic ghost town that is fun for all ages
Tombstone embodies everything the Wild West should be. Cavernous mines, rowdy gunslingers, untamed saloons, ladies of the night, restless spirits and rough history. Yup, sounds like the perfect family vacation. That’s why we loaded the minivan and hit the road to enjoy Tombstone AZ with kids. Watch video
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President’s Day at the Nixon Presidential Library with Kids

A nice place to spend President's day with kids in Orange County CA
President’s Day is more than just a fun day off work and school. It is a day meant to honor the President’s of the United States. Originally, President’s Day was known as Washington’s Birthday, which was first celebrated in 1880 as a holiday in D.C.  Then five years later in 1885, Washington’s
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Things To Do In Buena Park with Kids

Buena Park is more than just the home to Knott's Berry Farm
Orange County, California is home to many popular cities. Newport Beach and Laguna Beach both have been the back drops to famous television shows and Anaheim has Disneyland, but what do you know about Buena Park? There are so many fun things to do in Orange County for families that it would take you multiple
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The Getty Center with Kids

An affordable and educational museum makes for a fun day with kids
Visiting The Getty Center with kids was not something we planned to do, but sometimes the best experiences are the ones that happen spontaneously. Like most events in my life, it started with us being hungry and when my family goes to Los Angeles, we go to eat. So, when we suddenly got a craving for Matzo
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Guide for Visiting Pretend City Children’s Museum in Irvine CA

Your kids will have fun and learn a lot about life at Pretend City Museum
Community is a small word for a big concept. What is a community? What does community mean to you? What roles do people play in a community? These are tough questions, but today I witnessed almost 100 kindergartners have some pretty great answers. Kids are sponges and it is so important that we allow them
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How to Spend a Cheap Fun Day at Tom’s Farms

A local favorite and a fun roadside attraction off the I15 near Corona CA
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
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Global Cuisine in the OC

Find out how you can travel the culinary world in Orange County
There has been some recent discussion about a Dutch girl, Zilla van den Born, who fooled her friends and family by faking a trip to Southeast Asia via social media. Some people got really heated, calling her stunt a scam. I however, I thought it was rather brilliant. Through manipulating photos on her social
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Downtown Disney

Everybody passes through on the way to Disneyland, but Downtown Disney is it's own attraction
By now, many of you know that we are quite the Disney family and have read my tips on both Disneyland and Disney California Adventure. Well, there is more. Between both parks, connecting the various Disney resorts is a magical little place called Downtown Disney. The first thing that makes this place one a
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Anaheim Packing House

Anaheim's newest hot spot
Originally built in 1919, the Anaheim Packing House played an important role during the Orange County agricultural years. This was where local citrus farmers would prepare and ship their goods. Restored to its former glory the Anaheim Packing House pays tribute to Orange County’s farming days by creating a

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