Summer Whale Watching in Dana Point, CA with Dana Wharf

Since attending the Dana Point Festival of Whales 2014 we have been looking forward to returning to Dana Point in the summer to see blue whales. The potential to see the biggest creature on earth in its natural environment was a great learning opportunity for my daughter. While it's never guaranteed you'll see anything specific on a whale watching tour, when you go on a tour with Dana Wharf Sportfishing & Whale Watching if you don't get a good showing of whales or Read More... {Read More...}

5 tips to help avoid identity theft during summer travel

Many of us will go on summer vacations this year and focus on relaxing with family. Many of us will also have our identity stolen during our summer vacations. By protecting your identity and not just simply monitoring your credit, you can enjoy  your summer vacation without having to worry about identity theft. As part of a sponsored campaign by Find Your Influence and LifeLock, I'm sharing 5 tips to help avoid identity theft during summer travel. We all have ideas of Read More... {Read More...}

Family Waterpark Fun at Aquatica San Diego

Living in Arizona my family frequently visits water parks during the summer. With experience from several different local parks, we were impressed by all the features of Aquatica San Diego. The water park is located just half an hour from SeaWorld® San Diego and is designed for family fun with a tropical resort atmosphere. During our visit, my daughter had a great time learning from the animal exhibits, riding water slides, playing in the wave pool, and relaxing. Our Read More... {Read More...}

Save on last minute road trip essentials with paperless coupons

Family road trips are fun but take quite a bit of planning to make them successful. By the time we have everything packed to go, I usually need to stop at the store for last minute road trip essentials. Traveling in a car with your family can be easy when you have everything you need for a pleasant time on the road. Picking up last minute essentials for road trips can be costly when you're in a hurry to start driving. I recently started using Walgreens paperless coupons to save on last Read More... {Read More...}

Dine with Shamu SeaWorld San Diego, gourmet dining while learning about killer whales

With a love for animals and spending time at SeaWorld, our family recently enjoyed a gourmet meal while learning about killer whales at Dine with Shamu® in SeaWorld San Diego. The  experience was another great educational opportunity for my daughter to learn about the killer whales at SeaWorld San Diego. Dine with Shamu SeaWorld San Diego is an excellent way to observe killer whales and learn about how they interact. With many different seating options, you Read More... {Read More...}

Disney Cruise Line shore excursion – Atlantis Sea Lion Interaction in Nassau, Bahamas

A few years ago our family went on our very first Disney Cruise. We are huge fans of Disney theme parks and although we had been on many different cruises, we knew the first time my daughter experienced the Disney Cruise Line would be magical. Already knowing Disneyland cast members add to the magic with kindness, we fully expected an amazing week. Princesses, our favorite characters, and a fun cruise itererary had us excited the entire year before the cruise set sail in January 2012. Read More... {Read More...}

California family fun: Dana Point whale watching

My family attended the Dana Point Festival of Whales 2014 in an effort to learn more about marine animals in their natural environment. My daughter is absolutely fascinated by the ocean and animals. She is so eager to learn and the festival was a great opportunity to teach her beyond our frequent visits to SeaWorld. She has seen and interacted with killer whales at SeaWorld San Diego but this was her first experience seeing whales in their natural environement. While visiting Read More... {Read More...}

Family travel – Dana Point Marina Inn (California)

We visit California frequently and recently attended the Dana Point Festival of Whales. The four day getaway with our five year old daughter included a stay at two different hotels varying in price. We spent our final night in Dana Point at the Dana Point Marina Inn and enjoyed the ease of walking to the Dana Point Harbor for festival activities, dining, and entertainment.  We spent the first couple of nights during our visit to the Dana Point Festival of Whales Read More... {Read More...}

Tips for whale watching with children

Attending the Dana Point Festival of Whales 2014 created so many amazing family memories. My daughter loved all the learning opportunities and animal encounters. Her very first whale watching experience was unforgettable and we enjoyed two different excursions during our visit. We spent time with a captain from Dana Wharf Sportfishing & Whale Watching and learned a few tips for whale watching with children. The captain's tips will help you prepare for a great Read More... {Read More...}

The Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel, Dana Point, California coastline resort

My family recently attended the Dana Point Festival of Whales and enjoyed an extended weekend in Dana Point, California. Part of our stay in Dana Point was spent at the beautiful Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel. With incredible views, the property is the perfect place to relax and enjoy a weekend away with your family. Our garden/pool view guestroom was the perfect space for our family. The modern day conveniences and ammenities provided us a great place to stay while enjoying our Read More... {Read More...}