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Dog-Friendly Travel; Hofsas House in Carmel


Ever since getting our dog, Chuy,* a new world has opened up to our family; we’ve met new neighbors walking our dog, we’ve discovered a new section of Target, and we’ve discovered new outings. Last weekend we went on our first trip with Chuy to the dog-friendly hotel, Hofsas House, in Carmel. Hofsas House Hofsas House invited us to stay there and initially my husband and I were going to ... Read More »

Las Vegas Dining


During my trip to Las Vegas, I was given the hashtag nickname #tryeverything* because there was so much good food to try – Kale and avocado caesar salad, pulled pork nachos, braised ox tail, and duck breast stuffed with duck chorizo. Much of the food was surprising to me, not just because it was so good, but because there were so many interesting choices. I was in Las Vegas with a group of bloggers ... Read More »

Fun in Las Vegas Away from the Tables


When I think of Las Vegas, I think of gambling and nightclubs. I had no idea you could feed dolphins, go to concerts and music festivals, and see stand-up comedy. I didn’t realize this because when I’ve visited in the past, I was too busy staring at my cards at the blackjack table. I was a guest of MGM during Mexican Independence weekend recently (along with a few blogger friends) and had an ... Read More »

Lego Day at the Autry Giveaway


In celebration of the exhibition Route 66: The Road and the Romance, the Autry National Museum is inviting Lego builders of all ages to come build creative vehicles during Autry Explorers Lego Day on Sunday, September 14. We love the Autry and we love Legos so we’re giving way a family 4-pack of tickets. See the Rafflecopter below for details. The Route 66 exhibit, which runs now through January, 4, 2015 ... Read More »

Snorkeling in Maui with Lumix Underwater Camera


Many years ago, during my carefree life before kids, I went snorkeling in Maui. It was my first time and it was unbelievable. I remember thinking that the coral, the fish, and the turtles were so beautiful they could not have been real. When we decided to go back there on vacation with our kids, I knew I had to try to get pictures. I asked Panasonic if I could borrow a Lumix ... Read More »

Ask Alfred Launches at Millennium Hotels in the US

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The scene at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in downtown Los Angeles was adorable pandemonium, as kids and their parents were invited to sample mini-muffins, juice boxes and pb&j’s to celebrate the launch of the Ask Alfred Children’s Concierge in the US on July 10th. The Ask Alfred Children’s Concierge is available as an add-on amenity to any room package for just $15 per child, and you can surprise your little ... Read More »

Dining (and Drinking) in Sunriver & Bend, Oregon

Dining and Drinking in Sunriver and Bend, Oregon

This is the 3rd of three posts about our recent family vacation in Sunriver & Bend, Oregon. Please read the first one, which is a detailed review of the Sunriver resort, and the second, which was about family activities in Central Oregon. Dining in Bend and Sunriver, Oregon People in Bend & Sunriver, Oregon like to eat. Or at least, when my family and I were in Bend and Sunriver, ... Read More »

Family Activities in Sunriver & Bend, Oregon

family activities in Bend and Sunriver, Oregon

This is the second of three posts about our recent Family Vacation in Sunriver & Bend, Oregon. Please read the first one, which is a detailed review of Sunriver Resort and the area around Bend, and stay tuned for the third one, coming next week, which will be a review of the dining options we found there. Family Time on Vacation There is nothing like a vacation for being able ... Read More »

Sunriver & Bend, Oregon: Family Travel Heaven

Sunset in Sunriver, Oregon

Even though my family and I are not what you would call “outdoorsy” really in any way, we fell in love with Sunriver and Bend, Oregon on a recent family vacation there. And this place is Outdoorsy for sure. We traveled to Central Oregon as guests of the Central Oregon Visitors Association and spent 5 super happy days exploring the beautiful area and doing a lot of family bonding. It was ... Read More »

Kayaking in Marina Del Rey


We had one of our most fun days as a family right here in Los Angeles over Father’s Day. We rented kayaks from Marina Paddle and kayaked to Mother’s Beach in Marina Del Rey. My husband bought a Groupon for half off – it’s normally $50 for 2 hours for a double kayak – and we got them for $25 each. My husband and I each took one of the kids and ... Read More »

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