May 30, 2016

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Get off the Beaten Path with Joshua Tree Excursions 

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I have been to Joshua Tree many times, and while there is still a ton to explore on my own, I was excited to get off the beaten path with Joshua Tree Excursions during my last visit. Joshua Tree Excursions is a locally owned company providing privately guided off-trail experiences with the thought that life is about the journey […]

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May 26, 2016

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Touch a Truck Thousand Oaks

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Touch-a-truck events are becoming the spring and summer thing to do. Some are fundraisers for public schools or charity organizations and some are just free community events. The Touch-a-Truck day in Thousand Oaks is our favorite of all the ones on offer throughout Southern California. (more…)

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May 18, 2016

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Buena Park: A Kid’s Dream Destination

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There isn’t always time or money to take elaborate vacations out of town, but that’s where staycations come in handy.  We are so lucky to live in Southern California where there is an abundance to do locally no matter the season. For my son’s spring break, we decided to do a staycation exploring our local […]

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May 9, 2016

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Fire Service Recognition Day Open House

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There are several important events in the year according to my 5.5 yr old. Christmas and Easter are two, but right up there with national holidays are the open house days for the sanitation department and the fire stations! The second Saturday of May is designated as Fire Service Recognition Day in Los Angeles (and […]

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May 5, 2016

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LA Sanitation Department Open House 2016

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It’s almost that time of year again! The day little boys (and girls) look forward to all year long – trash truck open house! My son equates spring and summer with several things and the opening day to summer in his mind is the LA Sanitation Department’s open house.  Sadly for him, we have had absolutely […]

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May 2, 2016

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A Perfect Family Weekend in Huntington Beach

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When most people think of Southern California, the image that comes to mind is of golden sand beaches running for miles, beautiful sunsets and surfers galore. This is exactly what is waiting to greet you in Huntington Beach! From relaxing on the beach, to adventure sports and delicious restaurants, Huntington Beach offers something for everyone, making […]

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April 25, 2016

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Love A Little Paradise | Let’s Go To the Cook Islands

Love a Little ParadiseA mom & son adventure to the Cook Islands

Spring Break is over. I am still mentally recovering from a failed trip to the Dominican Republic. We are in the middle of packing up our house to move. And a month of summer travel is looming ahead of us. Even with all of this, we couldn’t resist a quick mom and son trip to […]

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April 21, 2016

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Finding Adventure in Dinosaurland

Finding Adventure in Dinnosaurland

Last summer we took a 10 day road trip through Arizona and Utah with our family friends from Texas. While researching that trip I came across Dinosaur National Monument in northern Utah and western Colorado. We weren’t planning to be anywhere near that area so I stored it away for any future trips in the […]

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April 18, 2016

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Where to Eat in Cape Town with Kids

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One of the most stressful parts of travel for me is figuring out where to eat. Somehow I manage to research and plan most aspects of our travel, always forgetting to look at food options. However when you travel with kids (or a mama who gets hangry!) this is kind of important. We typically find […]

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April 13, 2016

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No Bags Necessary – My Misadventures with Fathom Travel

My Misadventures with Fathom Travel

Sometimes when you hear something is too good to be true, it is.. I have been excited for weeks to take my first holiday without my son and my first cruise. Not just a regular cruise either, the maiden voyage of a new cruise line that focuses on providing social impact activities. And I was […]

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April 4, 2016

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Family Day Trip to Muir Woods

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The Bay Area is one of my favorite places on earth. Not just because I lived there for almost a decade, but because no matter where you turn you are surrounded by so much beauty. The abundance of beautiful scenery, picturesque streets and my favorite, the fog rolling in each day can’t be beat. There is […]

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March 21, 2016

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Tips on Celebrating Holi in India

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One of our all time favorite holidays in India is the Festival of Colors, better known as Holi. After 9 years of celebrating it in the streets of India (and 3 in Los Angeles), we have become experts on how to celebrate it safely and to maximum effect! (more…)

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March 17, 2016

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Where to Stay in Cape Town with Kids

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Cape Town is one of the most spectacular cities I have visited in my many years of travel. From its picturesque beaches, abundance of outdoor activities and vibrant local culture, Cape Town offers something for everyone. Kids especially will love taking a cable car up the mountain, watching penguins play on the beach and exploring neighborhood playgrounds. It’s […]

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March 14, 2016

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Our South Africa Family Adventure

Our South Africa

We just returned from an amazing 12 days in South Africa to celebrate my 10th birthday (yes, I am a leap day baby!). I wanted something totally epic and unforgettable and that would keep the entire family engaged so I didn’t have to ‘take care’ of everyone. This was the perfect trip. I have so much […]

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March 7, 2016

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Where To Go in Nicaragua

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Nicaragua is high on my travel to do list (well what isn’t really?). When a friend took off with her husband and 20 month old son for a 2 week trip, I was captivated by their adventures! I loved following their journey on Facebook and Instagram, so I asked them to share their trip with […]

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March 1, 2016

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Best Urban National Parks for Families

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In celebration of the 100th year of the National Park Service, I will post at least once a month in some way relating to our wonderful national park system to help bring awareness to an awesome part of our country that is so often under utilized. Many famous and well visited tourist sites in the US are […]

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February 25, 2016

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Chihuly Garden and Glass in Seattle

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For most visitors to Seattle, a stop at the Space Needle is a must. Now you have something else to add to the ‘must do’ list- the Chihuly Garden and Glass Exhibit. Located at the base of the Space Needle, there is little reason to not see it. This turned out to be one of […]

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February 22, 2016

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Couchsurfing with Kids

CouchSurfing with kids

A few years ago, a friend of mine went traveling for several months one winter with her 4 year old daughter. As I watched their journey I kept wondering how she was managing for so long on her own while traveling to off the beaten path locations throughout Europe. Turns out, she survived (and thrived) in […]

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February 15, 2016

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Hiking the Kilauea Iki Trail with Kids

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A visit to the Big Island of Hawaii isn’t complete without a trip to the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Having the opportunity to see a real live active volcano in person was one of the main reasons in going to Hawaii for our family. One of the highlights of our Big Island road trip was a 4 […]

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February 11, 2016

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The Hotel Monaco in Seattle: Family Friendly Luxury

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Looking for accommodation in any city can be overwhelming. What area is the best place to stay? Is it walkable? How are the rooms? Is it kid friendly?  These are some of the thoughts that go racing through my head every time I am looking to book a hotel. I find booking accommodation to be […]

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