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15 Best San Diego Attractions for Kids Plus Hotels & Restaurants for Families

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 in 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 […]

Best San Diego Gaslamp Restaurants According to a Local Foodie

As a travel writer, former San Diego resident, and self-proclaimed foodie, I am often asked for restaurant recommendations in America’s Finest City. There are delicious restaurants throughout San Diego County, but if you want to stick to downtown, San Diego’s downtown Gaslamp Quarter serves up a bounty of delicious eats. Here are my picks for the eight […]

Best California with Kids Destinations

California is so jam-packed with family-friendly fun, the state could be renamed Kidifornia. In fact, there are so many destinations for families in the Golden State, you may not know where to begin planning your vacation. Read my picks for the best California with kids vacation destinations below. This story and giveaway are brought to you in […]

Best San Diego Zoo with Kids Tips & Itinerary

As a fifth-year San Diego Zoo member and a mama of two young children, I have spent a lot of time at this world-renowned zoo. Here is a list of 11 of the best exhibits, restaurants, and rides the zoo has to offer.

LEGOLAND California Tips for All Ages from Babies to Adults

From themed rides and LEGO brick building stations to musical fountains and roller coasters, LEGOLAND has something to please everyone. Read on to learn about the best this park has to offer for babies, toddlers, tweens, teens, and grown-ups.

LEGOLAND Water Park Tips for a Joy-Filled Day

To be an “authentic” traveler, I guess I’m supposed to only like nature-y, educational, culturally enriching, good-for-you stuff. But here’s the thing about water parks…they’re FUN! They induce pure joy for my children, and let’s face it, for me! Joy is good, right?

12 Tips for SeaWorld San Diego with Kids

As a California resident, former SeaWorld annual pass holder, and parent of two – I have been to SeaWorld San Diego more times than I can count. I’ve gathered up a list of 10 tips to make the most of visiting this watery amusement/education park when visiting with kids.

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 couldn’t go. Now, suddenly we are packing our bags. 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 […]