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Driving Around San Francisco in Ford Vehicles #FordTrends

Yvonne Condes and Sarah Auerswald of MomsLA about to drive a Ford F 150 Truck

MomsLA co-Founders Yvonne Condes and Sarah Auerswald were guests of Ford Motor Company at their annual Ford Trends conference, and as a final bonus, we got to drive a few Ford vehicles around town for fun. And it was. We tested out an Escape and an F-150 truck, and each was comfortable, zippy and fun to drive. We appreciated the comfort of the seats, the navigation screens and visibility, as ... Read More »

Hofsas House Hotel in Carmel: Review

Family photo at Hofsas House Carmel

My family and I stayed in Carmel recently as guests of Hofsas House, a family-run boutique hotel just a few short blocks from the center of town. We love to visit the Monterey area and wanted to explore Carmel more this time. We had a wonderful dinner at the Beach House in Pacific Grove, and got tasty sandwiches from the 5th Avenue Deli for a picnic the next day. My ... Read More »

World’s Largest Lego Model Ship Now at the Queen Mary

Queen Mary Lego Model

Take your Lego fans to the Queen Mary this Summer to see the world’s largest Lego model ship, built by Bright Bricks, now on display in the lobby of the Queen Mary, and while you’re at it, you could take a tour of the grand ship itself. Details of the Queen Mary Lego Model Length: 25’ 11” Weight: 604 pounds Width: 3’ 1” Height: 4’ 7” Number of Lego Bricks ... Read More »

Renaissance Indian Wells Resort & Spa Review


My family and I spent a wonderful couple of days at the Renaissance Indian Wells Resort & Spa recently. We were guests of the resort and treated to a round of golf, a spa treatment, and a special photography class for #DayofDiscovery. The Hotel Renaissance Indian Wells, formerly the Esmerelda, was beautiful. We had a guest room with 2 queen beds, a small refrigerator, safe, a comfy loveseat (that my younger son ... Read More »

Old Hollywood in North Hollywood: The Garland Hotel

poolside at Garland Hotel North Hollywood

Step back into the best of the 70’s at the newly-remodeled Garland Hotel in North Hollywood and you’ll be greeted by macramé planters, an orange and brown color scheme and even a portrait of the hotel’s namesake: actress Beverly Garland. But don’t worry, they’ve also added the best of today as well, including high-speed Internet, Dive-In movie nights poolside, a fabulous restaurant and craft cocktail bar (The Front Yard), and ... Read More »

5 Things To Do In Or Around El Segundo


This post was sponsored by Hyatt House.  The small town of El Segundo is nestled between the LAX and Manhattan Beach. It’s known for being home to the Chevron Oil Refinery, but also for it’s charming downtown, beautiful beach, and great shops and restaurants. This is the first of three posts about all there is to do in or around El Segundo. Automobile Driving Museum  The Automobile Driving Museum in El Segundo is ... Read More »

Disneyland Paint the Night Parade #Disneyland60


This post was written by Jennifer Miyagishima.  Can you believe that Disneyland is celebrating 60 years of magic?! I’ve been a Disneyland fan since I was a little girl. You can say that my love for the theme park is in my genes. You see, back in the ’60s, my dad worked in the Enchanted Tiki Room at Disneyland. He would tell me stories about “waking up Jose” and singing ... Read More »

Fun Family Activities on Catalina Island

Catalina family fun

Catalina Island is an ideal spot to have fun with your family, with dozens of activities to suit any budget – from lounging on the sand and splashing in the waves for free, to renting a kayak, taking a glass-bottom-boat ride, ziplining through the canyons, getting an off-road jeep tour of the Island’s interior, playing a round of golf (regular-sized or mini), or even –gulp- parasailing. My family and I ... Read More »

Lodging on Catalina Island – The Inn on Mt. Ada

view of Avalon harbor at daybreak from Inn on Mt. Ada

My family and I were the guests of the Island Company on our recent trip to Catalina Island and stayed at the most wonderful hotel we could have ever imagined: the Inn on Mt. Ada. Built by William and Ada Wrigley as their home and then converted, the Inn on Mt. Ada is the definition of comfort – with a view. All guests are treated like royalty: picked up at ... Read More »

The Oaks in Ojai Meditation Weekend


This is a guest post by Jane Gassner I’m not usually a spa person. For one, I’m fidgety and two, I prefer that those who lay their hands on my body be people I’ve had a long and intimate relationship with. But I just came back from a spa weekend that has me raving: I went to The Oaks at Ojai for their Meditation Weekend. A number of years ago, ... Read More »