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Eaton Canyon Falls Hike

June 1, 2015

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Everyone woke up early, ready to “go go go” as my little one likes to say. It was a cool foggy morning, so we decided to head out to Eaton Canyon Falls for a hike. It had been on my to-do list for ages and it looked like a perfect morning to check it out. And right we […]

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Switzer Falls Hike with Kids

May 12, 2015

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We have tried the Switzer Falls hike a few times with friends, but have never made it very far (due to those pesky kids playing in the creek!). We were jonesing for a hike and decided to give it another go.  I had forgotten to check online to see how long the hike was before we set […]

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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park with Kids

April 28, 2015

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One of the main reasons we chose the Big Island over the other Hawaiian Islands was to visit Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. My son had seen a brochure about the park at a friend’s house last summer and has wanted to go ever since. Turns out, this was the highlight for all of us. There is so much to […]

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Niraamaya Retreats

April 16, 2015

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Welcome to the A to Z Challenge, an initiative that invites bloggers to post an alphabet-themed post every day (excluding Sundays) during the month of April.  As part of this challenge, I’ll be sharing some of my travel memories to known and unknown places in the hope to inspire your travel dreams. N is for…Niraamaya Retreats (Thekkady India) […]

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Travel Memories: Machu Picchu

April 15, 2015

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Welcome to the A to Z Challenge, an initiative that invites bloggers to post an alphabet-themed post every day (excluding Sundays) during the month of April.  As part of this challenge, I’ll be sharing some of my travel memories to known and unknown places in the hope to inspire your travel dreams. M is for…Machu Picchu One day, […]

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Outdoor Family Valentines Day Ideas in Los Angeles

February 13, 2015

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If you are anything like me, you tend to wait until the last minute to book anything. And of course for this weekend of love, that is not a good thing since the babysitters have been booked up weeks ago. Instead of moping about that you don’t get to spend a quiet romantic evening as […]

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5 Easy Hikes for Toddlers Los Angeles

February 10, 2015

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Hiking is the thing to do in LA. Before moving here I didn’t think that hiking with kids was even possible, especially once they were too big to carry and no longer interested in the stroller. As a baby you can carry them and older kids can walk, but what do you do during those few years where your […]

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Vasquez Rocks with Kids

January 25, 2015

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My son woke up saying he wanted to go on a hike and I knew immediately where we should go. Vasquez Rocks.  It has been on our to do list forever. All I knew about Vasquez Rocks was that it’s great for kids who like to climb rocks and that an episode or portion of Star Trek had been filmed there. […]

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Things To Do in LA over Winter Break (Updated 2015)

December 13, 2014

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This upcoming winter break is the first break at my son’s school in over a year that we do not have travel plans. After our India trip and a very busy fall, we have decided to stay put and spend our break exploring areas of LA that we never have time for. Although I would venture to […]

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Exploring Joshua Tree with Kids | One Day Itinerary

December 4, 2014

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Growing up in the 80s and 90s, Joshua Tree for me symbolized music, not a National Park.  But because of the music, the park has always held a certain allure for me. Once I discovered how close it was to LA, it moved to the top of my local travel list. But, even then, it took me almost a […]

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Malibu Lagoon Bird Watching with Kids

November 24, 2014

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I love nature, hiking and animals, but never in my wildest dreams did I imagine taking time on a Sunday to go bird watching. But yep, this is what happens in my household every month.  The Santa Monica Bay Audubon Society hosts a kid friendly bird watching walk at Malibu Lagoon State Beach and after our […]

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Family Friendly Hikes: Palm Springs Indian Canyons

November 17, 2014

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A trip to Palm Springs for most people means sitting by the pool soaking up the sun, doing some shopping and maybe visiting a few kid friendly attractions (if you have kids). For us, it means driving back and forth to Joshua Tree (or Joshman Tree as my preschooler says) to explore. My son is […]

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Family Fun: The National Park’s Junior Ranger Program

November 6, 2014

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One of the coolest and maybe least known activities at many national and state parks is the Junior Ranger Program. I don’t know why the National Park Service doesn’t market this more, because it is an amazing program for children and families. It is a perfect way to get your kids interested in the world […]

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The Ultimate Guide to Exploring Yosemite with Kids

August 13, 2014

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A family trip to Yosemite National Park is the quintessential American summer holiday. Camping (or glamping as it is for us!), getting dirty, splashing through rivers, and spending time with friends and family – what else can you ask for in a vacation?  Here is our ultimate guide to exploring Yosemite Valley with kids to […]

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Monrovia Canyon Falls: The Perfect Family Hike

June 17, 2014

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I have finally found the perfect family hike and I am so excited to share it with anyone who will listen! Monrovia Canyon Falls is my new favorite hike to do with my toddler (and his friends). It has everything you want in a hike: short and long options, wild animals, plenty of shade and […]

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Sunset Ranch & Hollywood Sign Hike for Horse-loving Kids

August 5, 2013

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Today I suggested my toddler and I get some ice cream after his nap. Shockingly, he said he would rather go for a “hike and see horses”.  Hmm. Yeah that’s what I meant! What better place to go for a short hike and see horses than Sunset Ranch at the top of Beachwood Canyon. It’s […]

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Family Hike: Dante’s Peak, Griffith Park

April 11, 2013

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Everyone outside of LA have these really negative mental images of what LA is all about – terrible traffic, lots of plastic surgery, expensive shops, totally fake people, strip mall central, etc. And yes a lot of that exists, but there is so much more here than that we have come to realize. In our […]

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The Never Ending Bucket List for Los Angeles Kids

April 2, 2013

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Mommy Poppins’s website has a great bucket list for Los Angeles kids. Since we are new to LA, it has become the perfect base for many of our local explorations. As we learn more about the city, we continue to add to this list as well as cross things off. Obviously we have quite a bit of time […]

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