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Muppets Most Wanted at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood


If you’re visiting or new to Los Angeles, you must see a movie at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood. My younger son and I saw Muppets Most Wanted there last weekend and had the best time. We walked into the lobby to see Miss Piggy’s Vivienne Westwood couture wedding gown on display. For a Muppet fan like me, it was pretty cool. Once inside the theater we were treated ... Read More »

Universal Studios Hollywood Review

War of the Worlds set on tram ride Sarah Auerswald

My sons love Universal Studios Hollywood, and I must say, I had a great time myself. The Universal backlot was turned into an amusement park years ago to maximize profit from the land holdings the studio had, and it has turned into fun for tourists (and locals) ever since. My eldest son got to visit Universal a few years ago with a school group, but my youngest had yet to ... Read More »

Disneyland + California Adventure Holidays #DisneyHolidays

disney collage photos by Sarah Auerswald

No one does the Christmas season quite like Disneyland and Disney California Adventure. The decorations are really magnificent and Yvonne and I are big fans. We recently were invited to visit the Disneyland Resort and Disney California Adventure with our families and we jumped at the chance. There must be Disney elves working on holiday decoration ideas for months ahead of time, and the planning and creativity really shows when ... Read More »

Hollywood Wax Museum Fun For My Whole Family

Sarah & George Clooney

My family got to visit the Hollywood Wax Museum recently, courtesy of Clever Girls Collective as part of this sponsored campaign, and we had a fantastic time! We are always looking for fun things to do as a family in Hollywood and all over Los Angeles, and it’s fun to explore the tourist attractions in your own town. The Hollywood Wax Museum was a perfect spot for my husband and ... Read More »

Adventure in Poipu; Helicopter, Zipline, and Snorkeling in Kauai

Yvonne Condes and Shelley at Blue Hawiian Helicopter Tour.jpg

Growing up, I was afraid of everything – flying, falling, wide open spaces, strangers (aka serial killers) – but once I had kids I knew that I had to do something to combat those fears. I want my boys to grow up willing to go places and have adventures therefore I must be willing to travel on airplanes and try new things. This led me to request “adventure”  when I ... Read More »

Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa Review

Sunset from the Kauai Hyatt in Poipu

Last week, my friend Shelley and I spent a couple of fabulous days at The Grand Hyatt Kauai in Poipu. Poipu is the sunny, southern side of the Hawaiian island with white sand beaches and excellent views. It was a great place to have a girls vacation and I imagine an even better place to take the family. We arrived Monday evening and were delighted to find this fresh fruit plate ... Read More »

Hollywood Wax Museum: Family Travel w/ Teens & Tweens

pack mule

I am thrilled to have 2 sons, and as much as I love an adorable toddler (and I do), I am loving these boys so much now that they are 10 and 14. They both have a great sense of humor, can have conversations about real issues, love the movies as much as I do, are really compassionate and honorable people, and let’s face it – they can carry their ... Read More »

Disneyland Halloween With a Teen and Tween

Disneyland Halloween Family Day giant pumpkin family photo Main Street Disneyland

I wasn’t sure my sons would want to see Halloween at Disneyland & Disney’s California Adventure this year, because quite frankly, they are getting old. Well, older. After all, one is a Tween and one is a Teenager, for goodness sake. Their favorite pastime is playing League of Legends or Minecraft. Or being embarrassed to even know me. Which I know is perfectly normal for boys their age. And I’m not ... Read More »

Camping with a Ford Explorer and The Government Shutdown

Ford Explorer with bikes

We had it all planned. Six months ago to the day, we reserved camp sites at Joshua Tree National Park for our family and 11 other families for last weekend. It was our third year taking the trip and the group has kept getting bigger and bigger. I had arranged with Ford to get a 2014 Explorer with a trailer hitch for review so we could pull our tent trailer on ... Read More »

Halloween Time is the Best Time at Disneyland

Dia de los Muertos at Disneyland (photo by Yvonne Condes)

I love Halloween anyway, but I especially love Halloween at Disneyland. The park is decked out for the holiday in the spectacular way that only Disney can do it. MomsLA was invited to Mickey’s Halloween Party last weekend after hours and it was a trick-or-treating extravaganza. Mickey’s Halloween Party is a special ticketed event that happens after the park is closed on specific dates. The tickets aren’t cheap, but it’s ... Read More »