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15 Best San Diego Attractions for Kids

San Diego County overflows with fun for families. There is plenty for all ages to enjoy in this sunny Southern California town. As a mom who lived San Diego for 15 years and who returns regularly with her brood, here are my picks for the best San Diego attractions for kids. I’ve also included my favorite restaurants and […]

California Dreaming and a Golden State Giveaway

Do me a favor. Close your eyes and picture California. Go ahead. Close ’em. What did you see? Maybe it’s the beach scenes of San Diego and Huntington Beach, with miles of waves sprinkled with surfers hanging 10. You might see rows and rows of green and purple grapes lolling in the sun in California’s Wine Country, almost begging you […]

Fabulous Fun in Solana Beach & Del Mar, California

Solana Beach and its neighbor, Del Mar, gracefully balance the casual feel of seaside, sand-in-your-suit living with upscale offerings. If you like a blend of the finer, and the grittier, things in life – you’ll love a visit to these pretty beach towns just north of San Diego. Here’s what to do, see, eat and where to […]

San Diego’s Paradise Point Resort with Kids – Paradise Indeed!

San Diego’s Paradise Point Resort isn’t merely a place to rest your head during a stay in America’s Finest City. This hotel is a destination unto itself. Indeed, you may not need to ever leave the resort during your vacation. (But with all that San Diego has to offer families, you should drag yourself away […]

Why Visit Borrego Springs with Kids

Have you heard of Borrego Springs, California? It’s this funky area inhabited by about 3,500 residents in the middle of the desert. Although located within San Diego County, you’ll feel worlds away from the beachy vibe of SoCal in this desert village. Here are four reasons to visit Borrego Springs with kids. 1. Anza-Borrego State […]

Back to San Diego

I am headed back to San Diego for a few days. I don’t think I’m ready to go. I want to stay in our new town, set down roots, build up friendships, discover new places to eat and play. I am not ready to face our dream home, now inhabited by another family. But my 9-year-old daughter, Karissa, wants […]

My Family Is Moving to Arizona!

My family is moving to Arizona in a few days. We had planned to go for months, and then we weren’t moving, and now suddenly we are. I’ve been suffering from migraine headaches and what I assume are near panic attacks due to all of the stress of preparing for the move and my worries that […]

Strawberry Picking with Kids Near LEGOLAND California

Strawberry picking with kids may not be on the top of your list of things to do during a visit to San Diego or Carlsbad, but after a couple of fun-packed days riding roller coasters and kiddie rides at LEGOLAND California, your family will probably be ready for a nature-inspired down day. Lucky for you, there is Carlsbad […]

SeaWorld San Diego 50th Anniversary and New Explorer’s Reef

The first SeaWorld opened in San Diego on March 21, 1964. To commemorate SeaWorld San Diego‘s 50th anniversary, the park just opened the Explorer’s Reef to the public. Along with this new interactive animal exhibit, SeaWorld will celebrate for 18 months with a sea of surprises. A New Entry While SeaWorld San Antonio is introducing a new ski […]

Kids Free San Diego in October for Budget Conscious Families

San Diego is one of the most family friendly cities in the world. With plenty of beaches, museums and theme parks, there is something for kids of all ages to enjoy in this popular vacation destination. But it’s not a cheap place to visit. Hotels, admission tickets and food costs can really add up and […]

Why to Visit Aquatica – SeaWorld San Diego’s Water Park

Did you know that San Diego has a new water park? Neither did I…until SeaWorld San Diego‘s Aquatica asked me to come take a peek at their splashy offerings. Previously named Knott’s Soak City, the water park was purchased from Knott’s last fall and it reopened as Aquatica San Diego in June of  2013. Located in […]

La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club – A Place for the Simplest & Best Pleasures

The sun begins to tilt toward the sea, stretching shadows and hinting at cooler temperatures and evening’s approach. It’s time. Carts and coolers are loaded with ketchup and mustard, bratwurst and shish-ka-bobs, a tray of brownies, triangles of watermelon. There’s an unspoken buzz of excitement of what’s to come at La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club. […]

Del Mar Romantic Getaway

Del Mar, located along San Diego County’s northern coast, offers an upscale, yet laid-back vibe perfect for a romantic getaway. When the San Diego Marriott Del Mar invited me and one guest to stay at their hotel last weekend, I thought, “Oh, I could never leave my kids for a whole weekend of romance.” Nah. […]