Snorkel Tips for Kids

We planned our visit to Kauai, Hawaii with ResorTime for several months prior to the family vacation. We knew we would be attending the Na Pali Coast Snorkel Tour with Holo Holo Charters and with the abundant marine life in the Hawaiian waters, wanted to be fully prepared for many snorkeling adventures on our own too. Our seven year old daughter had never snorkeled in the open ocean so we sought out tips from a favorite marine biologist friend. In addition to basic snorkeling Read More... {Read More...}

Makai Club Resort Kauai, Hawaii family vacation giveaway

Our family vacation to Kauai, Hawaii as part of a sponsored travel opportunity with ResorTime was incredible. We did everything from cruising the Na Pali Coast with Holo Holo Charters to exploring local towns and snorkeling with turtles. We stayed at the Hanalei Bay Resort for our full visit but also had the opportunity to tour several other Kauai ResorTime properties. The Makai Club Resort was just a short 10 minute drive away. While my husband and seven Read More... {Read More...}

Free Printable Child Dive Log

Our family recently traveled to Kauai, Hawaii with ResorTime. We were invited to a complimentary stay at the Hanalei Bay Resort for an entire week and our adventures included a long list of diverse activities. We visited many different beaches and my seven year old daughter discovered the joys of snorkeling in the beautiful clear water full of marine life. At the suggestion of a favorite marine biologist friend, I made her a child dive log so she could accurately document her Read More... {Read More...}

Southern California resort stay giveaway

The very first place my husband and I road tripped to together was Carlsbad, California. We fell in love with the Carlsbad Inn during our first stay almost 15 years ago and knew, before we were ever married with children, it would be a place we would continue to make memories. Southern California is just a short road trip away and our family visits often.  When our seven year old daughter asks to go to the beach, we know she is asking to visit Carlsbad. Her deep love for the Read More... {Read More...}

10 Reasons to Love the Kia Sedona

We travel to Southern California frequently and usually make the six hour drive from Arizona in our own car. We recently spent a week in Carlsbad and work time constraints had us flying instead of making the usual drive. While it was the baby's first time flying, we were more concerned about finding a vehicle comfortable for our family during the week. Knowing we would be doing quite a bit of driving, we turned to DriveShop for suggestions. At the time we owned a large SUV. Our request Read More... {Read More...}

Explore Hawaii Norwegian Cruise Line

Almost 10 years ago my husband and I had a beautiful wedding in Arizona and went on an amazing honeymoon in Hawaii. Many years and two kids later, each year we say our ultimate summer vacation would be recreating that Hawaii experience with our children. The amazing memories of our seven day Hawaiian cruise with Norwegian Cruise Line is enough to want to go back, but this week I've been spending a lot of time daydreaming of that trip after receiving beautiful tropical flowers from Pro Read More... {Read More...}

10 reasons to visit Aquatica, SeaWorld San Diego’s waterpark

Last year was our first experience of family water park fun at Aquatica San Diego. Living in Arizona, it's hot in the summer and water parks are a favorite family activity. Until we visited Aquatica last year we never had added a water park to our California visits. Already loving the park because of the fun time we had there last summer, we recently visited again. Our six year old daughter had grown since our last visit and was tall enough for every thrill ride. We also brought along our new Read More... {Read More...}

Traveling with baby: how to bath a baby in a room without a tub

Traveling with a baby requires some serious packing skills. In addition to all the essentials necessary to travel with a baby, you also need to plan for all the challenges, like not having a bathtub in your hotel room. Years ago we traveled to Hawaii when our oldest daughter was just six months old. I quickly learned how a room with only a shower was not ideal for bathing a baby. Our next week away from home I packed a deflatable Munchkin White Hot Inflatable Duck Tub (affiliate link). Read More... {Read More...}

JW Marriott Desert Ridge Arizona summer staycation

With temperatures getting close to the 120's, our family was excited about our Arizona summer staycation. It had been years since my husband and I stayed at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge and decided it was time to go back to enjoy the pool resort for a weekend. Our six year old daughter loves playing outside and asks to swim all day in the summer. The JW Marriott Desert Ridge was a perfect place to be poolside all day with a lazy river, water slide, numerous pools, and plenty of shaded seats. The Read More... {Read More...}

10 reasons I would attend Social Media on the Sand at Beaches Turks and Caicos again

Last year when I was invited to the Social Media on the Sand conference at Beaches Turks and Caicos I knew it would be an unbelievable experience. My excitement quickly turned to disappointment when my husband and I realized it overlapped with an out of state work conference he could not miss. Knowing I couldn't attend with my husband and not wanting to pass by the opportunity to learn with top social influencers, I invited my mom, her cousin and 80 year old aunt to go with me. It was the first Read More... {Read More...}