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Snorkeling in Maui with Lumix Underwater Camera

Green-Sea-turtle-photo-by-Yvonne-Condes

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

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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 »

Omni Rancho Las Palmas Review

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I’m from the desert and I have no problem spending time in 90+ degree, dry heat. That’s why I love Palm Springs in the summer. There are so many deals and I never have to put on a jacket like I do all summer long in West Los Angeles. My favorite place to stay, and also my family’s, is the Omni’s Rancho Las Palmas. Rancho Las Palmas is in Rancho Mirage ... Read More »

Disneyland Hotel Review

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This is how I remember the first time I went to Disneyland: It was the summer after 8th grade and my dad piled all of into the car – my mom, 4 kids plus a couple of friends – and we drove from Tucson to Disneyland. We all stayed in one room at a hotel near the park and my dad snored all night long. Looking back, I don’t know how ... Read More »

Staycation at Sunset Cove in Laguna Beach

View from Antigua balcony

This post was written by MomsLA Contributor Kim Tracy Prince.  What do you do when you have to leave your home for two nights because it will be tented for termite fumigation? Why, you flee to the beach, of course. After four years in our house it became clear that fumigation was necessary. There was no doubt: every morning a little pile of termite droppings appeared on the counter of ... Read More »

Muppets Most Wanted at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood

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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 »