November 19, 2016

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Los Angeles Holiday Activities & Events Guide

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The holiday season is upon us which means an overload of things to do in Los Angeles. Even though we don’t get the snowy cold weather, this city knows how to celebrate for the holidays! Parades, neighborhood Christmas light extravaganzas, Santa photo ops and of course classically southern California winter fun – sand sledding! If […]

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November 14, 2016

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Exploring Saguaro National Park in One Day

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One of our main reasons for our recent visit to Tucson was to explore Saguaro National Park. And to get a other junior ranger badge of course! Reading the name saguaro, you might not know exactly what it is (or even how to say it!), but once you see the iconic cactus often associated with Arizona […]

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November 3, 2016

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Visiting Manzanar National Historic Site with Kids

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If you follow us regularly, you know we are national park obsessed. But it’s not just nature parks that we love to go to, we also enjoy visiting many of the monuments and historic sites that are part of the national park system. Through these other parks, we have been able to learn more about […]

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October 24, 2016

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Guide to Legoland California

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Even though we live only 90 minutes away from Legoland in Carlsbad, it has taken us years to finally get there. My son isn’t a lego fanatic, so we weren’t pushed to make the trip. I regret now that it took us so long to get there. Being annual passport holders at Disney just up […]

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October 18, 2016

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Finding Fall in Bishop, California

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Growing up in Texas and spending most of my adult life in places that do not experience fall, I had had enough and wanted to find some cooler air and pretty colors! My nature loving sidekick was game as he has been searching for fallen leaves representing all the colors of fall. So off we went. […]

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October 10, 2016

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Dishoom: The Best Indian Food in London

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Ever since we left India 4 years ago I have been on the hunt for great Indian food everywhere we go. After living in India for almost a decade, you can imagine our standards are quite high. We need a good variety of dishes common to India (aka paneer), good spice levels and authentic tastes. It […]

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October 3, 2016

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Our Los Angeles Halloween Must Do’s

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Every year the number of traditions that my son institutes seems to grow exponentially. It’s tough to keep up with all the things he wants to do each year to signify and celebrate the coming Halloween holiday. For him it’s not just the one day of trick or treating, rather it’s the build up that is […]

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September 29, 2016

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On Safari at MalaMala Game Reserve

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In February, we headed off to one of the few continents I had yet to visit, Africa. I am an ardent animal lover who has passed that love on to my 5 yr old son, thus a safari excursion was the perfect birthday present for me and the entire family. If you read our planning […]

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September 22, 2016

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England’s Outdoor Secret – Adventure Play Forests

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It’s all over my Facebook feed these days about how children do not get enough outdoor time. One article even said “The average American child spends four to seven minutes a day playing outdoors and up to seven hours a day staring at a screen.” That seems totally crazy to me. But then I look […]

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August 29, 2016

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Copenhagen Card – Should You Purchase It?

On my first trip to Europe as a backpacker I was given a sound piece of advice that I’m honestly still not always great at following: Don’t fret over the cost of attractions. Recognize that you may never visit again and the cost of seeing something that is a little over your budget is much […]

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August 25, 2016

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Uthando: A New Way of Visiting the Townships of Cape Town

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There is much controversy in the so called “poverty tours” – do they provide a learning experience or is it just a way to gawk at those less fortunate? Having lived in Mumbai working in many poor and slum communities I am particularly aware of this type of tourism and it’s many sides. In some ways, it is educational […]

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August 15, 2016

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Medieval Times or Pirate’s Dinner Adventure

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Visitors flock to Southern California for vacation looking to fill their days and nights with as much fun as they can afford! If you are visiting Buena Park or nearby Anaheim you probably have on your itinerary to attend an interactive family dinner. The decision is which one to attend – Medieval Times or the Pirate’s Dinner […]

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August 11, 2016

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Exploring the McKenzie River in Central Oregon

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Oregon is renowned for outdoor recreation and the McKenzie River in central Oregon is a great place to experience so much the state has to offer. From hiking on old lava flows to relaxing in ancient hot springs, the McKenzie River is loaded with family friendly fun. All of the local activities, accommodation and even the highway […]

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August 8, 2016

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Top 3 Boutique Hotels in Kerala

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One of my favorite things about traveling in Asia are the amazing luxurious hotels at reasonable rates. During our years in India, the country in general was often behind the game when it came to boutique hotels, which meant most of the time we were trained to look for the international chain 5 star hotels if […]

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August 4, 2016

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48 Hours in Copenhagen with Kids

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As much as I hate to zip through a city, sometimes it’s a necessity. On our recent jaunt around Europe visiting friends and family, we had the opportunity for a quick visit to Copenhagen en route to a friends house in Sweden that we couldn’t pass up. We didn’t have a ton of time, but […]

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August 1, 2016

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Summer in Big Bear with Kids

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Often only thought of as Southern California’s place to play in the snow, Big Bear also has a wide array of activities luring visitors throughout the year. As the heat of the summer sets in, Big Bear is the perfect escape. Nestled high in the mountains on the banks of a lake, Big Bear offers cooler temperatures […]

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July 28, 2016

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8 Great Things to Do in London with Kids

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It goes without saying what an amazing, world class city London is. Having visited many times prior to having a child,  I was excited to see it anew through my son’s eyes.  There is no shortage of things to do in London with or without children. Rather, the challenge is to narrow down what you can […]

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July 25, 2016

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Sky’s the Limit Observatory in 29 Palms

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One of the best places in Southern California for star gazing is in and around Joshua Tree. We have been out several times specifically to do this, but only recently learned about the Sky’s the Limit Observatory in 29 Palms. On our last visit to the northern part of Joshua Tree we noticed the observatory’s white […]

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July 21, 2016

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29 Palms: A Joshua Tree Hidden Gem

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We have been to Joshua tree too many times to count, but we continue to find new areas to explore. On my most recent trip, I had the opportunity to stay in Twentynine Palms near the Oasis of Mara entrance. In all my times to the park, I have only visited this area twice. Now […]

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July 18, 2016

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Central and Southern Oregon Road Trip Itinerary

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For our third annual multi-family summer vacation, we decided on a road trip through Oregon. We had initially hoped to start in Portland and work our way around the state, but quickly realized how much there is to do in the US’s 9th largest state. Instead, we opted for a loop, focusing on the central and southern […]

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