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How Disney Cruise Line does Halloween on the High Seas – Ultimate Guide

There are frights and delights aboard Disney's spirited cruise ships for Halloween
You’re hands clasp the salty railing as you peer out towards the horizon only to see darkness. The moon casts an eerie glow upon the sea as the sounds of waves lap against the hull as the ship cuts through the black of night. Suddenly, a creepy sea captain beckons you to listen to the ghostly maritime
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3 Places Worth Flying to for an Insane Family Vacation

Get your passports ready, because now is the time for an epic family adventure abroad
Planning a family vacation can prove to be quite the challenge for parents with children. While there are the popular choices, like Disney, there is so much more the world has to offer families that can also be kid-friendly. From museums and art galleries to seasonal festivals, there are destinations that
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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

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!
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
Cross Country US Road Trip with Kids and Grandparents Read Article

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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One Day in Memphis at the Peabody Hotel

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.
Fun Things to do in Philadelphia with Kids Read Article

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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Ultimate Guide to Visiting Glasgow with Kids

Victorian architecture, tons of free museums, and a pub on every corner. One of our favorite spots in the world
Glasgow, the largest city in Scotland and one of the friendliest, hasn’t always had such a positive reputation. Once a major shipping port and industrial center, Glasgow, like many big cities, had issues with overcrowding, sanitation and violence. Since then, Glasgow has gone through major changes and
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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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Cruising on the Disney Fantasy with Kids: The Ultimate Guide

You will not regret spending extra dough to take your kids on a Disney cruise experience
 As long-time Orange County residents and Disneyland annual pass holders, it is safe to say that we are quite the Disney family. So, it may come to a surprise to many of you that we just took our first Disney Cruise. It was something we’ve always talked about, but never took the leap to book. We kept
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Things to do in San Antonio with Kids

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
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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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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
Knotts Berry Farm Ghost Town Alive Guide Read Article

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

Check out Sea World's newest fun area for kids and Orca Encounter, open Summer 2017
 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
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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
Guide to Balboa Fun Zone with Kids Newport Beach CA Read Article

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,
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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
List of Best Beaches near Disneyland in Anaheim Read Article

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
Drink Around the World Disney Epcot with Kids Read Article

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 Ride ScotRail With Kids

The trains run on time in Scotland, and ScotRail is the way to get around the lush countryside
I love train travel. There is something so relaxing about sitting back and watching the world go by (and knowing that I am safely on the ground). I always opt for train travel when provided the opportunity, especially while visiting a place with gorgeous a countryside. While visiting Scotland, it was a
Edinburgh Castle Visitors Guide with Kids Read Article

Ultimate Guide to Visiting Edinburgh Castle with Kids

The Castle of all Scottish Castles, Edinburgh is a must see if you find yourself in Scotland
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
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Tradewinds St Pete Beach: Ultimate Family Destination Review

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
Spend a Day in Grand Cayman Island with Kids Read Article

How to Spend a Day in Grand Cayman with Kids

A refreshing day in the crystal blue waters of Tiki Beach in Grand Cayman. Ya Mon
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
Vail Lake RV Resort Temecula CA with Kids Read Article

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
Guide to visit Cozumel MX with kids Read Article

How to Spend a Day in Cozumel With Kids

A gorgeous island off the coast of Mexico that you won't want to leave
Off the eastern coast of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula is the Caribbean Island of Cozumel; one of our ports of call on while sailing the Disney Fantasy. Although this wasn’t my first time visiting Mexico, I had only visited Baja California and the Mexican Riviera before this trip and I was so excited to
Calico Ghost Town with Kids Visitor Guide Read Article

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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What You Should Know about Climbing Dunns River Falls with Kids.

Climbing Dunn's River Falls is a once in a lifetime experience
Standing at 180ft high and stretching 600ft in length, Dunn’s River Falls is a Jamaican national treasure. It is also said to be the site of the infamous battle of Las Chorreras between the English and Spanish in 1657. In short, the English won control of the area now known as Ocho Rios. Today the falls
Stirling Castle Scotland with kids Visitor Guide Read Article

Ultimate Guide to Visiting Stirling Castle With Kids

Just as beautiful and full of history, but less touristy than Edinburgh Castle
Stirling Castle doesn’t get as much attention as Edinburgh Castle, but after visiting both, I have to say that I really enjoyed my visit to Stirling Castle more. First off all, it is one of the largest castles in Scotland with a very colorful history, but without the touristy crowds of Edinburgh
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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
Sea World Christmas with Kids Read Article

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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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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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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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
Old Town San Diego Guide with Kids Read Article

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
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
Ultimate Guide to Visit St Pete beach FL with Kids Read Article

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
Guide to Naples FL with Kids Read Article

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.
Big Bear Fourth of July Camping Read Article

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
Guide for visiting Tombstone AZ with Kids Read Article

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
Things to do in Buena Park with Kids Read Article

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
Best Things to do in Dubai with kids Read Article

Best Things to do in Dubai with Kids

Dubai has plenty to offer for adults...and families with kids
Dubai is such a hot travel destination, known for luxury and modern city-scapes. I have been fascinated with Dubai for some time now, but have not had the chance to visit for myself. As a family traveler, you can imagine how excited I was to hear from Neha, my guest blogger today! She loves traveling and
Toms Farms with Kids Read Article

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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