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About Me & My Family

My verb is "to document." I have fabulous friends...my girl friends have kept me sane and laughing. I was a reckless traveller through my 20's but I sure had fun. I haven't left the country since I got married 10 years ago but I'm working on it. I have a 7 year old daughter who I've promised to take to Paris when she turns 16 and we talk about it all the time. My son is 4 and I havent decided where to take him when he turns 16. My husband has the best dry wit and we are a military family.
Our Family's Travel Personality
adventurous, curious, relaxed, energetic, spontaneous, easy_going, artsy, social_butterfly
We Just Got Back From
The Oregon Coast
Our Favorite Vacation Spot
Kailua, Hawaii
A Place We'd Love To Visit
Israel
Favorite Vacation Memory
Hiking as a family up Diamond Head two years ago is one of my many favorite memories. I had my 2 1/2 year old on my back, my 5 1/2 year old doing it on her own in her ruby slippers and my non-hiking husband along with us. When we reached the top, we overlooked Waikiki and shared a moment of excitement and pride that we all did it together.
Worst Travel Moment With My Kids:
When my daughter was 4, we spent a week on the Panhandle coast of Florida at a white sand beach. One afternoon as we were exploring, my daughter thought she was picking up a beautiful blue ribbon but instead was stung by the tail of a man of war. We had her soak her hand in warm salt water and there were a few tears, but she was a trooper and today she loves to tell everyone that she was stung by a jelly fish.
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November 05 2014
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Del Mar City Beach | kids travel, kids activities
Del Mar City Beach
1550 Coast Blvd,
Del Mar,
California
"Good swim and surf"
Going north from the Community Center and Lifeguard station, the Del Mar City Beach stretches out and beckons you to stretch your legs for a stroll. The sand is malleable and my son kept asking for us to stop so he could build castles. Some parts have large pebbles, but he saw that as even a better opportunity to build a more stable castle.
My daughter preferred to go into the water, and although she didn't have her suit, and it was November, she got up to her thighs and enjoyed the water. We watched the surfers all afternoon (and there were a lot of them) and had fun judging each wave and performance.
I'd swim in front of the lifeguard station if we came back in the summer and having bathrooms nearby and the playground at Powerhouse Park next door, makes this beach a great choice for a day at the beach.
 
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November 05 2014
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Powerhouse Park | kids travel, kids activities
Powerhouse Park
1600 Coast Blvd,
Del Mar,
California
"Could spend all day here"
When I go to the beach, I usually bring all my beach stuff, stake my claim, and don't move for the rest of the day. But Powerhouse Park in downtown Del Mar is so much more than just a park located on the beach. Yes, there's a huge stretch of sand that my kids loved walking because of the cement fixtures from long ago that scream to be turned into a castle or fort. Then there's the playground that has a "kid-friendly sign" (i.e. no dogs in this area in case not all kids like your furry companion). The playground has four swings that overlook the ocean, a climbing structure, and a wonderful tree nearby to test one's tree climbing ability. There's a huge grassy field that the two days I visited had families running around on or throwing down blankets to lay in the sun. There's a community center next to the field that I saw a private party hosted at, and then the next morning four women doing morning stretches in. There's bathrooms in the center open to the public and an outdoor shower for people to wash off sandy feet. The lifeguard station is also located there and provides a comfort knowing if my kiddos wade out into the water, there's more eyes than just mine on them.
If in the middle of the day, you get a little hungry, walk into town and grab some lunch at Smash Burger (only two blocks away). Ideal.
Now parking is another thing. There's spaces, but its expensive (the meters do take credit cards though). I just drove a little farther and parked in residential, something Im sure I couldn't do on a busy Saturday.
This park is a MUST if coming through Del Mar.
 
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November 05 2014
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Seagrove Park | kids travel, kids activities
Seagrove Park
Coast Blvd and 15th St,
Del Mar,
California
"Beautiful, but small"
I'm not actually sure where Seagrove Park ends and where Powerhouse Park begins. When driving north through the town of Del Mar, turn left onto 15th and it will land you smack into Seagrove Park (there's a sign that lets you know). Its gorgeous and has stunning views all around. There's multiple benches and a grassy field. I've seen online some stunning weddings conducted at the park with photos taking advantage of the horizon as far as one can see.
I would bring my coffee and a book and I could probably stay there for hours. Now with my kids, I can't. Fortunately, next to this park is a playground but I think it's technically in Powerhouse Park, so read my review on that if you want to know more.
Parking is minimal and expensive. Try parking in residential and walk a few blocks if you're a cheap-o like me. There's a Starbucks a block away, so you can still have that coffee even if the kids don't let you just sit there and enjoy the view.
PS Lots of dogs here. In fact Del Mar is dog Heaven so if your kids aren't too dog-friendly, heads up.
 
 
November 05 2014
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Hotel Indigo San Diego Del Mar | kids travel, kids activities
Hotel Indigo San Diego Del Mar
710 Camino Del Mar,
Del Mar, California
"Getaway at the Village By the Sea"
Turning down into Hotel Indigo’s drive, the sea and its stunning blueness made me audibly gasp. It’s the perfect backdrop to this hotel by the sea, but the ocean demands to be center stage wherever one goes throughout the hotel’s property.

Checking in to Hotel Indigo, mosaics of sea hues behind the front desk emulate the waters outside the windows. A large rock tic tac toe game entertained my kids while I snuck a peak into the adjoining restaurant with a cool modern, coastal vibe, and then proceeded to step out on the lanai that overlooks pool #1.

Hotel Indigo is located in the gorgeous, non pretentious town of Del Mar in Northern San Diego, nestled between quaint beach towns that for no reason I can tell, often get overlooked in comparison to big brother La Jolla. Although often known for the horse races or county fair, Del Mar is so much more than that, and Hotel Indigo is the ideal place to begin your exploration into this hidden gem of a “village by the sea.”

PROS
-Hotel Indigo is under a 10-minute walk into downtown Del Mar, with amazing restaurants, and kid-friendly beaches that line the town.
-Hotel Indigo is about 3 minutes by car to the Torrey Pine State Beach and Reserve: a must for everyone’s hiking bucket list. So basically stated, this hotel is ideally located.
-Our room had a lovely view overlooking the sea where I watched my share of sunrises and sunsets.
-The Ocean View Restaurant is located in the lobby which was great if we didn’t want to go out, but even more convenient, our room included a full kitchenette, complete with Keurig coffee maker, microwave, mini frig, sink, 2 burners, and enough pots and silverware to produce a simple meal.
-Blackout curtains. Our stay fell on day light savings time, and having those curtains were a lifesaver for this mom to eek out one more hour of sleep out of my kids.
-The décor is beachy but not kitchy. It’s sophisticated coastal decor with a little quirk. I loved the photo wallpaper of horses legs running through the ocean waves.
-The staff was incredibly helpful. I thought I would stump the front desk with my requests of kid-friendly activities without going into downtown San Diego, but she happily pulled out every clipping she had and sent me on my way with at least 5 maps. When one of the cleaning staff saw us sitting idly by the hot tub without the jets on, he stopped what he was doing to show us how to work it. We saw this friendliness with the staff throughout our stay.
-Although I wasn’t able to experience the services, there is a spa (Spa Na’mara) on-site that offers a variety of pedis, massages, and other lovely relaxations. We chose the hot tub instead and each evening I watched the sun kiss the sky goodnight by my bubbly perch. There are TWO pools on the vicinities, and that made for some happy kids and one tranquil mama.

CONS
-When we arrived, the elevator was out and we were staying on the 4th floor. It did not get fixed the three days we were staying there, but really, that is a small price to pay in the overall traveler's schema.
-There was no bathtub in our room and that may prove difficult with smaller kids sandy from a day at the beach. But the showers do have a fun pebble floor that could entertain a toddler more than a tub would.
-The shower/toilet room was quite cramped. I found myself contorting around doors trying to help my daughter wash her hair while in the shower.
-I was told not all rooms have an ocean room. If you stay at Hotel Indigo, and you SHOULD, be sure to ask for an ocean view; that makes all the difference!
-There was road noise outside our room as the hotel is located off the main drag going into Del Mar. But looking at all the other hotels in town, I assume they have road noise as well, as most hotels line the coast highway to take advantage of the sea view.

Hotel Indigo is a boutique hotel that is not “so cool” that a mom like me can’t feel comfortable hanging out or worry about my kids exploring around the property. While being conveniently located to the main strip of Del Mar, it’s tucked away enough to feel like a true getaway. It’s hip without being pretentious and it knows its crown jewel is the sea and does everything to show her off. When I returned home, I was inundated with remarks of how relaxed I looked, and I know Hotel Indigo provided that restful feeling and a haven my kids and I needed to escape to the ocean.

Disclosure: I was an invited guest of Hotel Indigo. All opinions are my own.
 
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September 01 2014
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PETCO Ballpark | kids travel, kids activities
PETCO Ballpark
100 Park Boulevard,
San Diego,
California 92101
"Great for Kids!"
This is one of my favorite parks to go to baseball games at. When the kids get bouncy in their seats, we take them down to the kid's baseball field where they get pitched to while we can watch the game. Don't want to return to the seats? Watch the game from the grassy hill, or pre-order tickets to sit in the sand pit and have the kids build sand castles while you dip your toes in the white blanket of sand.
If staying in Coronado, I recommend taking the ferry over to avoid the stress of parking nearby. Don't worry, the last water ferry leaves one hour after the game to return back to Coronado.