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Review: mifold Travel Carseat

June 17, 2017

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If you know us in real life or have followed us for a while you probably know that my husband doesn’t drive. Yep. That’s right. We live in Los Angeles and my husband doesn’t drive! As you can imagine this is no easy feat. With public transportation that runs few and far between, it means that […]

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Top Family Activities in Arenal and La Fortuna

June 5, 2017

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With an abundance of outdoor activities, not to mention amazing access and views to one of the most perfectly formed volcanos in the country, it’s no surprise that Arenal and La Fortuna is at the top of most Costa Rica itineraries. Well known as an outdoor adventurers playground, there is a ton to do for […]

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Celebrating Midsummer in Sweden

June 1, 2017

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One of the our favorite things about traveling is visiting a destination during a local festival. Even just being an observer to local events can bring such a unique insight into the local culture. It is even better when you can celebrate these special days with locals themselves. Always on the hunt for ways to immerse ourselves […]

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Guide to Legoland Water Park

May 29, 2017

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Growing up in Texas, my summers were spent at the local pool or the water park, so I was super excited to finally take my son to his first water park. With hot summers, Southern California has a great selection of water parks to experience, but they are not all ideal for young swimmers. My research […]

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Summer Photography Essentials for Water Fun

May 26, 2017

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Summer is finally here, which if you have kids means a lot of time will be spent in or around the water. Don’t miss out on documenting your family fun just because you don’t want to take your camera near the water. Waterproof your life with the right equipment so you don’t miss that perfect shot […]

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10 Electronic Free Activities for Kids 5-12

May 18, 2017

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One of the first adages of flying with children is give in to the screen. Allowing your kids more screen time during travel makes life easier for everyone, but what do we do now that governments are moving to ban laptops and iPads from some international flights? In my post a few years ago, I […]

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Monteverde Itinerary & Guide

May 12, 2017

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Straddling the Continental Divide in the mountains of Costa Rica is Monteverde, one of the country’s top tourist destinations. In English, that translates to green mountain. And green it is! There is an almost always present layer of moisture in the air, creating what is known as a cloud forest.  This unique habitat is home to […]

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9 Things to Do in San Francisco with Kids

May 4, 2017

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San Francisco, the city by the bay, is one of my favorite cities in the world. The beautiful views, the architecture, the quaint neighborhoods with their own distinct feel, the abundance of amazing restaurants, and the glorious fog.  I first fell in love with San Francisco’s windy cool summer air when I was 10 years old out […]

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Rejuvenate at SpringHill Suites in Oceanside

May 1, 2017

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The last thing I wanted to do after finding my car broken into was drive 80 miles south of Los Angeles to Oceanside for a planned weekend getaway. Turns out, it’s exactly what I needed. Packed up and ready to head out for a mother-son weekend, we had one last stop to make at my son’s […]

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Classic Costa Rica Itinerary for Families

April 27, 2017

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Costa Rica is a large country, with an abundance of things to do from top to bottom and from both of it’s coasts. However, many visitors do not have all the time needed to explore this vast country, rather they have only 1 or 2 weeks maximum. For many, their trip must fit into a […]

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Arenal or Monteverde? Which is better?

April 24, 2017

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Arenal or Monteverde? Which is better?

Planning a trip to Costa Rica is a bit of a challenge considering how much there is to do, not in just one area, but in every region of the country. Many visitors opt for in-land adventure activities followed by time for relaxation on the beach. While considering where to go in-land, you will invariable come across […]

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Top Things to Do at Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco

April 20, 2017

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San Francisco is one of the world’s top destinations for tourists and is wonderful city for families to visit. A visit to the magical city of San Francisco is never complete without some time at Fisherman’s Wharf.  Yes, it’s super touristy, but for a reason. There are some great things to do and see there. […]

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National Parks in the Bay Area

April 17, 2017

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During our recent visit to the San Francisco Bay Area, we unexpectedly found ourselves at a national park site that we didn’t even know existed. Researching this a bit more, I was surprised to learn there are 10 national park sites in the Bay Area. Considering how much we love the national parks and seek them out […]

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Glamping in Southern California

April 13, 2017

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I love camping, as in, I love being out in nature. But I actually don’t really love setting up a tent, sleeping on a half inflated air mattress (I mean they never stay inflated for the whole night right?) or cooking on a one pot stove or an open flame (anything besides a s’more that is!). What […]

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6 Things Not to Miss at the Grand Canyon

April 10, 2017

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Visiting the Grand Canyon is often high on travelers’ bucket lists. Part of the Grand Canyon makes up one of the most famous of all the US’s national parks, while other sections are located on lands still owned by Native Americans. Both sections of this massive UNESCO-listed site offers dramatic scenery, varied flora and fauna, cultural […]

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Review: ProPacking Cubes, the Family Packing Essential

April 7, 2017

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Do you struggle to stay organized when you travel? If so, this post is specifically for you! At home some might say I am an organized mess, meaning I know exactly where everything goes and is, even if it looks like a tornado swept through moments before. When I’m traveling I am pretty much the same. Super […]

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Best Family Road Trips in the US

April 3, 2017

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Best Family Road Trips in the US

One of our all time favorite ways to travel is by road. Prior to having kids road trips were few and far between. Usually just as a means to get somewhere that was too expensive to fly! I wasn’t looking to take it slow, savoring each little moment as much as I do now with a child […]

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Top 5 Things for Families to Do in Palm Springs

March 30, 2017

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An exclusive vacation spot for Californians and out of towners alike, Palm Springs is known for its outdoor exploration, relaxation and intense heat. These things blend together to create the perfect desert experience. Ideal for a girls weekend away or a couples retreat, Palm Springs is also a wonderful destination for families. Skip the beach and hit […]

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World’s Best Family Road Trips

March 27, 2017

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World's Best Family Road Trips

Road tripping is a quintessential part of life in many countries around the world. Growing up in the US, we often think of road trips as being an American thing (don’t we think that about all things!), but through my years of traveling around the world, I have seen how it’s part of the fabric […]

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Weekend Getaway: A Train Journey to Oceanside, CA

March 23, 2017

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Through the years, my son has become a real train enthusiast, moving beyond just playing with his toy trains to actually taking an interest in real ones no matter where they are. He loves to go to the local train station for train spotting (patiently waiting for trains so he can write down the train numbers […]

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