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A Family Adventure: Channel Islands Kayaking with Kids

June 14, 2018

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Last summer I was offered an opportunity to visit one of the few national parks in California I had yet to visit, the Channel Islands. Upon looking at the itinerary I noticed that an entire day was dedicated to kayaking around the island of Santa Cruz..in the sea! I was terrified to be honest. I […]

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Exploring Lassen Volcanic National Park (with Kids)

June 11, 2018

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Lassen Volcanic National Park is one of California’s least visited parks. It is located about 5 hours north of the Bay Area, 3 hours north of Sacramento and 1.5 hours east of Redding. It’s location is most of the reason it is less visited than other parks and the fact that it is covered in […]

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Fun Sacramento Kids Activities Perfect for a Weekend Visit

June 9, 2018

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The state capital of California, Sacramento, loaded with history, is often overlooked as a great family weekend getaway destination. This is too bad since it’s filled with fun, family friendly activities that also include a little bit of learning too! The city got its start during the 1849 Gold Rush and later served as the state’s […]

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Top Northern California Attractions in Redding & Upstate

June 7, 2018

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When people think of Northern California they often just consider the landmark destinations like San Francisco and the Napa and Sonoma wine country. However, Redding and UpState California, the real northern California, is the vast area north of Sacramento all the way up to the Oregon border. This area features dramatic waterfalls, redwood forests, adorable […]

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Disneyland and California Adventure in One Day

May 7, 2018

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Visiting Southern California and and only have the time (or money) to do Disneyland and California Adventure in one day? Those of us who go to Disneyland often will say no, don’t do two parks in one day. It’s true, there is a ton to do at each of the parks and to really get […]

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Staying at LEGOLAND Castle Hotel California

April 30, 2018

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The long awaited LEGOLAND Castle Hotel California has finally opened! We were so excited to be one of the first guests to stay and experience the new hotel. Read on to find out what we thought and why this should be on your must visit list! Just as I recommended for the first LEGOLAND Resort, […]

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Best Area to Stay in San Diego: Sunset Cliffs

April 19, 2018

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San Diego is the ultimate family playground with so many things to do all over the city. From visiting the famous San Diego Zoo in Balboa Park to relaxing on any of the amazing beaches, you will not be at a loss for things to do in San Diego. The city itself is quite easy […]

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The Best Natural Hot Springs Near Mammoth

April 8, 2018

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If there is one thing that everyone in our family can agree on,  it’s our love for hot pools of water! It can be a jacuzzi or a natural hot spring, just as long as it’s hot. On our recent trip to Mammoth we decided to take some time to hop around to the different […]

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Exploring All Things Harry Potter at Universal Studios Hollywood

April 2, 2018

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One of the main attractions for our family visit to Universal Studios Hollywood was of course The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Having just finished book number 5, my 7 year old was hankering to visit our neighborhood theme park. While the Wizarding World of Harry Potter isn’t a huge section of Universal Studios Hollywood, […]

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LA Sanitation Department Open House 2018

April 1, 2018

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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 (and the Fire Service Recognition Day!).  This […]

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Universal Studios Hollywood Tips for First Timers

March 30, 2018

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It has taken us 5 years of living in Los Angeles, but we finally made it to Universal Studios Hollywood. Wow! I wish we went sooner, but I am also sort of glad we waited. My son is just now 48 inches which meant he could go on every ride at the park. Visiting Universal […]

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Disney Easter Eggstravaganza

March 17, 2018

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One of the reasons we renew our annual passes at Disneyland every year is because of the many yearly holiday celebrations. We love Mickey’s Halloween party, the fantastic Christmas decorations and holiday themed rides and of course, Easter. There aren’t fancy decorations or unique parades, rather, following in modern tradition, there is an Easter egg […]

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Day Trip to San Juan Capistrano with Kids

March 12, 2018

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Since we first moved to LA I have had a list of things to do and places to visit. San Juan Capistrano has been on that list now for years. A few weeks ago we finally had the opportunity to head down to see what it’s all about. Read on to see what we thought […]

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Visiting Mission San Juan Capistrano with Kids

February 25, 2018

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For years I have had it on my massive LA bucket list to take the train down to check out Mission San Juan Capistrano. However not being a California native I am not too up on California history so I wasn’t sure exactly why I needed to visit this jewel of missions so it continued […]

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Best Resort for Beginner Skiing Near Los Angeles

January 29, 2018

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Last week we headed up to the mountains for a day of skiing and snow play. I was so excited to finally don some winter wear and check out Mountain High (Mt High), Los Angeles’s closest ski resort. Unlike our last visit to Mt High, this trip was a total success. We left bright and […]

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Guide to Exploring Joshua Tree with Kids (+ 1 Day Itinerary)

December 4, 2017

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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. 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 year of […]

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SkyPark at Santa’s Village : An Outdoor Wonderland

November 21, 2017

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We set out on a foggy overcast day for the mountain town of Skyforest, just outside of Lake Arrowhead and about 30 miles from Big Bear Lake, in search of winter fun at Santa’s Village. As we weaved through light traffic on the 210 freeway, the entire mountain range of the San Bernardino National Forest […]

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Los Angeles Holiday Activities & Events Guide

November 20, 2017

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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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Glamping in Idyllwild with Kids

November 20, 2017

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As much as we love to venture off to distant lands, we also love exploring here at home in Southern California. One place I had yet to visit was the small mountain town Idyllwild, popular with hippies and hikers alike. Idyllwild is nestled in the San Jacinto mountains about 2 hours from Los Angeles. Tall […]

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What to do in Los Angeles for Halloween

October 3, 2017

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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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