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About Me & My Family

My husband and I have 4 kids... 3 boys and then our girl. We homeschool them all and travel when possible. We just started letterboxing and are finding ourselves a little obsessed with it.
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Point Magu State Beach
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Camping in Kings Canyon or Yosemite
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The Redwoods in Northern California
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Walking the meadows of Yosemite with my family. The quiet, the sparkling water, the rustling grasses, and a dip in the river made for an amazing day.
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Anytime throw up is involved. Especially when one kid triggers another. And when we are in the car. And when they choose to use the box that is holding all their library books and toys.
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Mother's Day Family Fun & Brunches in Los Angeles, CA

Looking for something special to do to celebrate your mom, your wife, or yourself on Mother's Day?  Enjoy a brunch, a concert, or a walk in the park at these great locations in Los Angeles, CA.

Updated May 2012


1418 Descanso Drive
La Canada Flintridge, California

Mother's Day weekend brunch opportunities are :Saturday, May 12, two seatings: 10am and noon and Sunday, May 13, 2012 with Four seatings: 9:30am, 11am, 12:30pm and 2pm. Non-members $52 | Descanso members $44| $19 children 4-12 Tax and gratuity not included; menu subject to change. For reservations:


1000 Elysian Park Ave
Los Angeles, California

Take in a baseball game this Mother's Day at Dodgers Stadium and eat a great hot dog! Game time on May 13 begins at 1:10pm. Rockies vs Dodgers. (323) 224-1448


6712 Hollywood Boulevard
Hollywood, California

Watch the matinee revival screening of "The Sound of Music" at 4pm. There will also be a book signing of Fred Bronson's "The Sound of Music Family Scrapbook." Stars of "The Sound of Music" Charmian Carr (Liesl), Angela Cartwright (Brigitta) and Kym Karath (Gretl), will also be there to introduce the screening. (323) 466-3456


17985 Pacific Coast Highway
Pacific Palisades, California

Take a stroll through the gardens with mom and then enjoy lunch at the Villa's restaurant. Free admission, paid parking.


701 Stone Canyon Road
Los Angeles, California

After walking the gardens and admiring the swans, enjoy a delicious brunch at this iconic hotel.


13755 Fiji Way
Marina del Rey, California

Take a 2 hour yacht cruise for a Mother's Day Brunch on May 13, 2012 at 9am and 2 pm. $68.00 per person. Complimentary beverages, champagne and live entertainment. Make reservations at


2128 Hillhurst Avenue
Los Angeles, California

A cool place to enjoy brunch in the Los Felix district.


100 Aquarium Way
Long Beach, California

Sunday Mother's Day Brunch, May 13 from 10am - 1pm. $42 per adult (12+) and $32 per child (member discounts available.) For reservations, call (562) 590-3100, ext. 0

reviewed on: June 08 2010

"Seal friend"
We spent a lot of time in the seal tunnel which is near the back of the aquarium.  My youngest son at the time was 3 and he was carrying a bag of goldfish in his hand.  One seal spotted him and came nose to nose with my son.  They stared at each other and then proceeded to play with each other as much as they could with big plate glass separating them.  We were all giggling with the fun of the experience.
Lesson is: bring a bag of snacks and spend some time in the seal tunnel!


1126 Queen's Highway
Long Beach, California

Enjoy a fabulous Mother's Day Champagne Brunch in the Grand Salon. Sunday, May 13, 2012 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. $59.95 per Adult plus gratuity and tax $24.95 per Child 12 and under plus gratuity and tax. For reservations call (562) 499-1606

reviewed on: January 30 2014

"Beautiful to explore"
I was honestly surprised at the beauty we found hidden inside this beautiful ship. We took a special tour with Commodore Everette who has his own special love of the Queen Mary after having served on her for many years.

Walking tours with audio headsets are available as well as special tours, which feature WW2 History, the Glory Days, and Ghost Tours. After our introduction to the ship by the Commodore, we took the WW2 Tour, which I will expand on in a moment. Our one disappointment was not getting to see the indoor swimming pool.

Our kids were with us, ages 13, 11, 7, and 5. The older boys listened with interest and found the tour engaging, although they were incredibly tired from walking all over the ship for about 2 ½ hours. The 7 and 5 year olds did not pay much attention but they found interest in looking in the windows at old rooms, looking over the edge of the ship, and lying on the floor during the tour. (yes, those kids were ours) For the most part, the railings are safe for kids, as long as they don’t climb up on them. A self-guided audio tour is probably the best bet for parents with young kids.

Our private tour with the Commodore took us to all the usual locations of the audio tour. We saw the first class dining room with it’s elegant paintings, we observed the sweep of the promenade deck, and heard stories of the boat being tossed by the waves and almost sweeping over the bow. The ship is filled with beautiful wood paneling from exquisite and rare woods from all over the world. It makes the inside rooms rather dark, but they seem full of stories from all the history that took place there. My favorite room to see was the Grand Salon which had an incredible map of the Atlantic Ocean on it’s western wall. There was a silver ship floating on the map so that while on a cruise, guests could visually see where on the Atlantic they were. An historic GPS! On Sundays guests can enjoy a brunch served in the Grand Salon.

We got to see inside one of the hotel suites and were impressed with the modern conveniences (TV, showers, etc.) but with the historic elements still in place (wood paneling, old fans not in use, and hot salt water faucets… although they don’t work anymore).

We joined the WW2 Tour with about 15 other tourists. The guide infused some corny humor that had some of us laughing, and he filled his tour with stories from the Queen Mary’s service during WW2. Most interesting were the stories he related of soldiers who were crowded onto the ship (16,000 of them on a ship that was built for 3,000) and found places to sleep under stairs or even in the drained pool. The ship served a very important function of bringing soldiers to Europe and was instrumental in turning the tide of the war.  

Our best souvenirs we took from our visit (there are plenty of retail shops on board!) were 2 books filled with photos and maps from historical times. My kids might argue that they like the floating bathtub toy ships the best.

Bottom line: Visiting the Queen Mary is an impressive way to step back into history to see an incredible ship. It’s honestly hard not to think of the Titanic when you visit although QM was much bigger and built 20 years later. It is definitely worth a visit!

Special thanks to Commodore Everette for sharing his love of the Queen Mary and his stories with us. We were given complimentary tours for the purpose of sharing our experience. We were not asked to present a particular point of view and all opinions are our own.


End of Torrance Blvd
Redondo Beach, California

A FREE Mother's Day Art Walk on the Pier will include fine art work, live jazz, and lunch opportunities with an ocean-view. May 13, 2012 11am-4pm.


1 Pico Blvd
Santa Monica, California

Enjoy a beautiful ocean-front brunch at One Pico. $80. Call 310-587-1717


135 N. Grand Ave
Los Angeles, California

Enjoy a traditional Mother's Day brunch at the Walt Disney Concert Hall Blue Ribbon Garden. Patina menu highlights include buttermilk pancakes, quiche lorraine and macaroons. Seatings are at 10:00am and 12:30pm. Call (323) 850-2000 for more information and reservations.