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Holiday Family Shopping in Ohio's Amish Country

Holiday Family Shopping in Ohio’s Amish Country

A shop­ping trip to Amish coun­try is the per­fect hol­i­day and long week­end get­away! The pace of life is slow­er in Amish coun­try. It offers a chance to final­ly enjoy the scenery and the time to do it. There aren’t many high­ways, so you have no …

7 Best Holiday Activities in Chicago for Families

7 Best Holiday Activities in Chicago for Families

The hol­i­days are always my favorite time of year.  The mun­dane becomes the mag­i­cal.  And nowhere is that trans­for­ma­tion more evi­dent than in the city of Chica­go.  The steel and con­crete land­scape sud­den­ly becomes awash in green­ery, twinkling …

5 SpOOky Things to Do with Kids for Halloween Around Los Angeles

5 SpOOky Things to Do with Kids for Halloween Around Los Angeles

The alarm has sound­ed. A shriek has wrapped its ten­drils around our hearts. A pan­dem­ic has descend­ed upon the Earth and this Hal­loween in Los Ange­les the most fright­en­ing thing isn’t the mon­sters, the ghouls or the tricks. It’s the idea of not …

Salem, MA: The Spookiest Family-Friendly Destination for Fall

Salem, MA: The Spookiest Family-Friendly Destination for Fall

When you think per­fect small town for a spooky fall trip, you might think Sleepy Hol­low or Ami­tyville, but we think Salem, Mass­a­chu­setts.  Home of the infa­mous Salem Witch Tri­als that plagued the tiny town in the late 1600s, today it’s quite …

A Walk In The Redwoods: Family Activities at the Santa Cruz Redwoods RV Resort

A Walk In The Redwoods: Family Activities at the Santa Cruz Redwoods RV Resort

When I heard the news, a wave of relief so great washed over me, I felt the unex­pect­ed strain of tears, bits of mois­ture man­ag­ing to squeeze through. Until that moment, I had­n’t real­ized our fam­i­ly camp­ing trip to San­ta Cruz Red­woods RV Resort …

Our First RV Trip: A Beachy Way of Life — Review: Pismo Coast Village RV Resort

Our First RV Trip: A Beachy Way of Life — Review: Pismo Coast Village RV Resort

It’s the divid­ing line between youth and age. It was about 63 degrees at the beach where we camped at a near­by Pis­mo Beach RV park. A sharp wind made me wish I could retract my head into my body like a tur­tle. At the same time, my boys, 10 and …

A Cowboy Weekend: Family Fun at the Circle Bar B Guest Ranch

A Cowboy Weekend: Family Fun at the Circle Bar B Guest Ranch

Just because you live in a mod­ern city does­n’t mean you can’t be a cow­boy. At least for a lit­tle while, any­way. About 100 miles from the sky­scrap­ers of Down­town Los Ange­les are men and women who wran­gle hors­es and ride them, spurs clanking, …

What to Do With Kids in Bermuda

What to Do With Kids in Bermuda

They’re not afraid of col­or. Their build­ings resem­ble an assort­ment of East­er eggs, wait­ing to be plucked from dark green hills. If you’re vis­it­ing the vibrant main island of Bermu­da with your kids, there are many fun ways to explore the pastel …

What Every Mom Needs

What Every Mom Needs

There’s nowhere to go right now. No mat­ter how much of a break we all need, we will only get it on our half-hour walk dur­ing the stay-at-home order. Instead, we get to be togeth­er a lot now. But come on! Some­times mama needs a time out too. …

Woodward Park City: Extreme Family Travel

Woodward Park City: Extreme Family Travel

It’s a side-effect of par­ent­ing. Once your kids get close to 10 years old, you are sud­den­ly the least cool per­son they know. No mat­ter what you were before becom­ing their moth­er or father, you are now the voice of Char­lie Brown’s teacher anytime 

Three Fun Days In Vail With Adventurous Kids (video too!)

Three Fun Days In Vail With Adventurous Kids (video too!)

It was only because we used snow­board­ing as the hook.      But it was the promise of a fam­i­ly trip to a ski resort in the Col­orado Rocky Moun­tains that enticed the col­lege boy to trav­el with us to Vail, Col­orado over …

Yosemite for Families: Nature With Pamper (with video)

Yosemite for Families: Nature With Pamper (with video)

The wind leads the leaves in a Rum­ba as their hips sway through a dar­ing gust. The clouds form shapes any con­tor­tion­ist would admire, with a back­drop of blue so deep, your heart can get lost in its gaze.     It’s nature …

What You Need to Do in Pismo Beach For Family Fun!

What You Need to Do in Pismo Beach For Family Fun!

We’d seen pic­tures of all-ter­rain vehi­cles blast­ing through sand dunes in Pis­mo Beach, like Mad Max search­ing for an adven­ture in a post-apoc­a­lyp­tic future. It does­n’t seem too far of a stretch based on what’s hap­pen­ing in the world today but …

Experience the Wild Side of Florida

Experience the Wild Side of Florida

When my hus­band told me at the begin­ning of Novem­ber that he had vaca­tion days to use or lose come Jan­u­ary, that’s all I need­ed to start plan­ning some­thing fun.  Since we live in New Eng­land, Flori­da seemed like the best place to trav­el to in …

How to Re-Light That Spark in a Disney World

How to Re-Light That Spark in a Disney World

When­ev­er my fiancé and I start to feel like we’re out of sync or we haven’t had a real con­ver­sa­tion in a while, we set a cof­fee date. And by “cof­fee date”, I mean that we make cof­fee in our kitchen or run to the clos­est dri­ve-thru and then bring 

Best Food in the North Carolina Mountains

Best Food in the North Carolina Mountains

The pic­turesque towns of High­lands & Cashiers, N.C. are at the top of our week­end get­away list! Check out this guide for the best food in the North Car­oli­na mountains.

No Spoilers! What to Expect from Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance

No Spoilers! What to Expect from Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance

The time has come, Star Wars: Rise of the Resis­tance is final­ly open at Dis­ney­land. See what the expe­ri­ence was like, what to expect, and whether our expec­ta­tions were met in this no spoil­ers guide.

7 Tips for Mammoth Summer Fun with Crazy Kids

7 Tips for Mammoth Summer Fun with Crazy Kids

Although I want­ed him to be brave, part of me pic­tured his hands los­ing grip on the rope sus­pend­ed to the branch above his head and his lit­tle body land­ing with a dull thud onto the sharp rocks. Besides our screams of ter­ri­fied excitement, …

The Most Family Fun You Could Have at Winter Carnaval and Quebec City

The Most Family Fun You Could Have at Winter Carnaval and Quebec City

Some­times it is great to escape the heat of LA for ear­ly win­ter in Que­bec City. From a mas­sive snow car­ni­val to a choco­late muse­um, there is no short­age of things to do #fam­i­ly­trav­el #que­bec­c­i­ty #week­end­get­away

Seeking Balance in New York City

Seeking Balance in New York City

I recent­ly took a week­end girl’s trip to New York City. (And no, that is not a mis­placed apos­tro­phe, because there was only one girl on this trip — me.) That’s right, I did New York solo. I did vis­it and spend time with friends, but much of the …

An Oasis Adventure in Irvine

An Oasis Adventure in Irvine

Until recent­ly, Irvine, Cal­i­for­nia has only exist­ed as a blip on our fam­i­ly road-trip map — between the free­way dri­ve from Los Ange­les to San Diego. We’d see high-rise build­ings, malls and hotels whiz by. Noth­ing to draw us in. Noth­ing to …

What to Expect at Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge

What to Expect at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge

I con­sid­er myself to be a mid-lev­el Star Wars fan. I’ve seen all the movies, but I’m not famil­iar with the oth­er medi­ums in the Star Wars fran­chise. Still, since I saw the first movie as a kid, I’ve loved the adven­ture, tri­umph, humor, and even …

Adventures by Disney SoCal Escape: How To Get Behind The Scenes at Disneyland

Adventures by Disney SoCal Escape: How To Get Behind The Scenes at Disneyland

I love Dis­ney­land, so when my son and I were invit­ed to expe­ri­ence the 4‑day Adven­tures by Dis­ney: Dis­ney­land Resort and South­ern Cal­i­for­nia Escape, I was  beyond excit­ed. But even I could nev­er imag­ine the amount of pix­ie dust that was about to 

Winter in Lake Arrowhead with Kids

Winter in Lake Arrowhead with Kids

For some rea­son, our San­ta Mon­i­ca beach fam­i­ly always went look­ing for snow and win­ter fun in Big Bear Lake, nev­er Lake Arrow­head.         In the sum­mers, it was always back to Big Bear, to try our luck at …

Cave Kayaking with Kids! Santa Cruz Island in Ventura, California

Cave Kayaking with Kids! Santa Cruz Island in Ventura, California

It’s not some­thing I thought could hap­pen so close to the urban sprawl of Los Ange­les. https://youtu.be/X‑NbH9OtyvI Yet, here we were, look­ing through a rain­bow of ocean mist as dol­phins below escort­ed our Chan­nel Islands fer­ry to our cave 

Extreme Family Vacations: Beekeeping (VIDEO)

Extreme Family Vacations: Beekeeping (VIDEO)

This Thanks­giv­ing, we took a turkey break and went in search of bees. Rather, we had heard about a bee tour we could take at the West­in Mis­sion Hills Golf Resort & Spa (which, by the way, looks to be a very fam­i­ly friend­ly resort, we …

Cruising the San Francisco Bay with Teens

Cruising the San Francisco Bay with Teens

a kayak­ing adven­ture  San Fran­cis­co’s nick­name is The City by the Bay, so when I trav­eled to San Fran­cis­co last Decem­ber with my two teenaged sons, we decid­ed it would be fun to see the city from the bay. A Dif­fer­ent View — Photo 

A Fun Family Summer Staycation —  Hyatt Regency Westlake

A Fun Family Summer Staycation — Hyatt Regency Westlake

We’ve nev­er done a stay­ca­tion. I’ve nev­er seen the point. Our house is fine. We have a pool. We have a grill in the back­yard. We have a great view of some pret­ty hills (ok, they’re often brown but they’re bet­ter than con­crete). We’re a 15 minute 

A Long Weekend In La Jolla Shores with Kids

A Long Weekend In La Jolla Shores with Kids

This is more than just a trav­el sto­ry. It’s a love sto­ry that takes place on the road. Its lat­est chap­ter took place in La Jol­la Shores, Cal­i­for­nia. It’s a tale of two fam­i­lies who used to live in the same town and spent a lot of time togeth­er. But now, these fam­i­lies live on oppo­site sides of the country.

Finding Your Alternate Universe

Finding Your Alternate Universe

A short­er ver­sion of this arti­cle first appeared in the Acorn. I recent­ly had the chance of sit­ting down with pro­lif­ic yoga mas­ter, Shi­va Rea, for a fire­side chat. OK, maybe she was dri­ving on the free­way and talk­ing to me through her …

7 Tips For A Fun, Romantic Trip to Lake Nacimiento

7 Tips For A Fun, Romantic Trip to Lake Nacimiento

If you’ve been mar­ried for longer than a minute or are even dat­ing some­one for more than 6 months, you know. Rela­tion­ships take effort. You have to real­ly work at “Hap­pi­ly Ever After”

A Spooktacular Howl-O-Ween at the Great Wolf Lodge

A Spooktacular Howl-O-Ween at the Great Wolf Lodge

It start­ed on our fam­i­ly trip in the lob­by of the Great Wolf Lodge in Gar­den Grove, Orange Coun­ty. A big, black spi­der clung to the ceil­ing, its sharp fangs hov­er­ing over the lit­tle guest’s heads, an eerie spi­der­web cov­ered the entire front …

2 Moms, 4 Boys and an RV: 7 Tips on Enjoying Family Camping

2 Moms, 4 Boys and an RV: 7 Tips on Enjoying Family Camping

What could pos­si­bly go wrong? Four boys jostling in a small space, no hus­bands to pawn them off on for a few sec­onds of peace? Well. This. This could go wrong. And it did. Over and over again. But that’s not the whole sto­ry. The idea was …

Glamping in Ventura

Glamping in Ventura

Before chil­dren, camp­ing was an adven­ture. We got dirty. We drank dur­ing the day. We slept on the dirt with only a thin lay­er of stuffed poly­ester pro­tect­ing our bod­ies from the rocks. We cooked on grills pow­ered by fires we painstak­ing­ly built …

Giving Mothers the Gift of Peace

Giving Mothers the Gift of Peace

(This arti­cle orig­i­nal­ly appeared in Yog­iTimes Mag­a­zine — I just added all these groovy pic­tures) One thing no one ever tells an expec­tant moth­er is the arrival of her beau­ti­ful, coo­ing lit­tle bun­dle of chub will be the depar­ture of her …

Splashing Around at the Great Wolf Lodge

Splashing Around at the Great Wolf Lodge

When the Great Wolf Lodge in Gar­den Grove, CA first opened, I did­n’t see how an indoor water­park could sur­vive, or even be of inter­est, in South­ern Cal­i­for­nia. Who would want to go? Leave the sun­shine for a bunch of indoor water­slides? I had …