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Looking for Kauai Toddler Activities? Don’t Miss Kauai Kunana Dairy

Looking for Kauai Toddler Activities? Don’t Miss Kauai Kunana Dairy

The garden island of Kauai is known for its rugged beauty (featured in Jurassic Park!), friendly people, laidback lifestyle, and adventure tours. Yup, they like to offer kayaking, hiking through a rainforest to hidden waterfalls, zip lines that rival the Nile in length, boat tours where you can swim to hidden caves, and more. Amazing and life-changing, but not necessarily family-friendly. And honestly, Kauai is SUPER keiki-friendly. If you are looking for Kauai toddler activities (beyond the beach), look no further…

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14 Easy Ways to Enjoy an Exciting Foodie Family Trip on Kauai

14 Easy Ways to Enjoy an Exciting Foodie Family Trip on Kauai

It’s no secret that my family loves to eat. Though my 3-year-old recently had trended more towards the “chicken nuggets and French Fry” diet (i.e. ketchup), she is still fairly adventurous when she’s hungry. So when we recently visited Hawaii, I knew we needed to spend some time exploring the ‘ono foods on Kauai. Full disclosure: many of these foods can be found on other Hawaiian islands, but I’ve included places on Kauai suitable for foodie families. There is also…

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Grand Pacific Palisades: Even the name makes it the Best Legoland Hotel for Families

Grand Pacific Palisades: Even the name makes it the Best Legoland Hotel for Families

If you are visiting Southern California with your kids, maybe you have heard of a little amusement park outside San Diego: Legoland. You may think this place is just for aficionados of those tiny rainbow bricks, but you would be mistaken. Here in Carlsbad, you can also visit the famous flower fields (from March to May), the beautiful and kid-friendly beach, and it’s a mere hop, skip, and jump to San Diego Safari Park. Now that I have your attention,…

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Pasadena Date Night Ideas–A Local’s Guide to Fun

Pasadena Date Night Ideas–A Local’s Guide to Fun

In all honesty, my husband and I are not very good at the “dating after kids” thing. We went out on our first date when our daughter was 3 weeks old, then did not go out again for another 6 or so months. Life, kids, work always seem to get in the way. This past year, we vowed to each other to make more time for the other person. We splurged on season tickets to the Ahmanson Theatre. We actually saw…

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Muelle 3: The Best Lunch Restaurant in Ensenada

Muelle 3: The Best Lunch Restaurant in Ensenada

  Mexico’s travel warnings aside, cruises continue to visit the lovely Baja town of Ensenada. Disney, Carnival, and Princess cruise lines all dock in the port town for the day. If you choose to eschew the liquor-soaked tours or a trip out to La Bufadora, take a stroll along the Malecon until you reach Muelle 3. This small but fierce foodie restaurant serves some of the best and freshest food you will find while taking a break from your cruise.  In all…

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How do we Teach Kids to be Ethical Travelers?

How do we Teach Kids to be Ethical Travelers?

I recently read an article about the ethical treatment of elephants in Thailand. I feel sometimes when I travel with my daughter, we do often go for what is easy. We stay at resorts, or approved hotels or vacation rentals. We shop at Target to replenish our stocks of clothing soiled by potty-training fails. When I read the article about the elephants, it made me wonder, how do we teach kids to be ethical travelers? If we were in Thailand,…

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How to Experience Knott’s Berry Farm with Toddlers

How to Experience Knott’s Berry Farm with Toddlers

Let’s say you’re visiting Los Angeles or Southern California with your young ones in tow. What to do? How can you maximize the sunshine? Surely you will look at the gargantuan House of Mouse, but would your littlest ones enjoy it? With waits getting longer, and fellow guests getting less pleasant, maybe you’d prefer an easier, less expensive day in the sun. Why not try out Knott’s Berry Farm with toddlers? I think you will be pleasantly surprised as I was. A Little…

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Travel with Toddlers: 11 Ways to Ease the Pain

Travel with Toddlers: 11 Ways to Ease the Pain

When you picture travel with toddlers, what do you imagine? Recently a friend told me, “Well, you know, it was really getting past the time when we should be traveling with my daughter.” At the time, her daughter had just turned about 15 months. I don’t think it’s a secret that traveling with youngsters from ages one to three can be challenging. Well, OK, fraught with peril is a more accurate description. Before they can walk, kids can be distracted,…

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Forget the Snow! Celebrate the Holidays in Los Angeles

Forget the Snow! Celebrate the Holidays in Los Angeles

When you think of your favorite winter holiday, what do you picture? Snow piled outside your window, soggy mittens landing in a heap by the door? The chill in the air turning your nose redder than Rudolph? Palm trees? Ha! We have all that and more when you decide to celebrate the holidays in Los Angeles. Skip the flights cancelled due to ice, the caroling when everyone has strep throat, Jack Frost who does not so pleasantly nip at your…

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Put Down the Phone!: The Unplugged Vacation

Put Down the Phone!: The Unplugged Vacation

Does this sound like your family? Each night, you gather around the dinner table. You have worked hard tonight, you avoided the bagged salad and hand-chopped all those carrots. You set the plates on the table, and immediately your kids say, “I want to eat at the coffee table. Can I watch YouTube?” Maybe your husband works long hours like mine, and enjoys flipping through photos on the Chive to relax. Even during hours when he is supposed to be…

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