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Travel: Ojai Valley Inn and Spa

We were in Ojai, California celebrating our birthdays this year. My husband is celebrating his 40th birthday, and we had family visiting from out-of-state. They were also on Spring Break. The month of April is a big birthday month for our family. There were a total of five celebrating birthdays including mine so we wanted to make it special for everyone with a birthday trip. Ojai is about a two hour drive from Orange County. We were pleasantly surprised and blown away by all the amenities and “Ojai Hospitality” at Ojai Valley Inn and Spa. We were surrounded by Golf Courses and mountains! Now I know why celebrities come up … READ MORE >>

Belmont Park Adventure in Mission Bay

When we were staying at the Bahia Hotel in Mission Bay, Belmont Park was seen across the way. Sure we could walk over, but have you seen my sister-in-law’s itinerary?? We were on a “tight” and I mean “tight” schedule. After all, they were touring sunny SoCal in one week remember? With a couple of hours to play before dinner, we drove ourselves over. =) Belmont Park/(c) Let’s Play OC! Hot Tip: As you soon as you decide it’s on your “To-Do”, sign up to receive coupons HERE. The one that we were especially looking for was RUSH Laser Tag and shortly after I registered my email, I scored this: … READ MORE >>

Catalina Island – Scenic Golf Cart Tours and Rentals

Golf Carts are one of the main ways of getting around Avalon, California on Catalina Island. They are also a great way to explore scenic Avalon in a short amount of time. You can rent a golf cart at several locations for an hourly rate. (We only needed it for about 2 hours.) Catalina Island Golf Cart Rentals and Tours gave us a route to follow and the map is really easy to read. Primarily staying off residential streets with some being one-way roads, it takes you all around the outskirts of the city of Avalon, but you are always in the driver seat so you can stop whenever you … READ MORE >>

Top 5 Reasons to Plan a Weekend Getaway to Catalina Island | Travel Tips for Families

Have you been dreaming lately about an island getaway? Why dream when you can make it a reality? All you have to do is look across our waters. On the clearest skies, you will see Catalina Island. It’s so close that you can get there in the morning and be back by night. Here are my top 5 reasons why you should plan a visit: You’ll save money on plane tickets. Lots of ways to get there. (By water out of San Pedro, Long Beach, Newport Beach, and Dana Point OR by air). Close enough to go for a day trip or weekend getaway and be back at work on … READ MORE >>

Catamaran Resort Hotel and Spa

Written in collaboration with Catamaran Resort. Opinions are our own. All images copyrighted by Mission Bay Hotels. Catamaran Resort Hotel and Spa is a Polynesian-themed resort located about 8 miles from San Diego International Airport and close to nearby popular attractions like SeaWorld San Diego (3 miles), San Diego Zoo (12 miles) and LEGOLAND California (28 miles). FUN FACTS: “The San Diego hotel and its surrounding area was originally the summer estate of the Scripps family which they called Braemar. Mrs. Scripps, matriarch of the family, envisioned a simple yet elegant home, a place where the family could enjoy wonderful ocean breezes and comfortable starry nights. The family eventually abandoned … READ MORE >>

Universal Studios Transformers Ride-3D


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My boys are HUGE and I mean HUGE Transformers fans! We started collecting these KRE-O Transformer’s set this year, and I think we’re almost done. (KRE-O’s are HasbroToys version of construction sets). The boys enjoy building them together with their Dad, and they spend hours and hours playing with them (under supervision). They don’t transform, but they can build them in two different ways. Anyhow, with the new Transformers: The Ride-3D this year at Universal Studios, they were in for a real treat! Transformers: The Ride-3D Right next to the Transformers: The Ride-3D, we spot Optimus Prime and took this shot with him. AWESOME. Then Bumblebee walked past us so … READ MORE >>

Porsche Timeline Show in Lake Arrowhead is Our Annual Tradition!

We stumbled upon Porsche Timeline Show in Lake Arrowhead a few years ago. We wanted to get out of the city so we took a day trip to the mountains. I think we were looking for Big Bear and came across this little town called Lake Arrowhead (about 30 minutes from each other). It was foggy that day but we saw that we had just missed an annual Porsche car show. Ever since then, I google it every year to try to make it every year. My boys love it! We’ve gone several times and as the boys get older, it’s a little different every time. If you’ve met my husband, you … READ MORE >>