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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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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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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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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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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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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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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
Guide to RV Camping at Mission Bay RV Resort with Kids Read Article

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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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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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
Things to do with kids on Newport Coast OC Read Article

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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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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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
Disneyland with Kids Ultimate Guide Read Article

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
Guide to Visit La Brea Tar Pits with Kids Read Article

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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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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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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