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About Me & My Family

I live with my Husband and Daughters in sunny Oceanside, CA. We love to get out and about and see new things! I have done a lot of traveling over the years with kids, from my 2 girls, my younger brother to my little cousins and nieces. I get a kick out of surprising them with fun new things and taking them to places I enjoyed as a child.
Our Family's Travel Personality
adventurous, pampered, structured, independent, energetic, scheduled
We Just Got Back From
Paris & London
Our Favorite Vacation Spot
Koolina on Oahu, HI
A Place We'd Love To Visit
New York
Favorite Vacation Memory
The excited look on my girls face just before they see the next hotel we take on!
Worst Travel Moment With My Kids:
Waiting for the fog to clear from Oakland Airport, that can be a wait especially when my 6 month old does not want to take formula!

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251 Reviews


August 01 2016
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Agua Hediona Lagoon Discovery Center | kids travel, kids activities
Agua Hediona Lagoon Discovery Center
1580 Cannon Road,
Carlsbad,
California 92008
"Hidden Gem - Kids will love!"
I have lived 10 miles away from this location and never knew it was here! My kids loved the short but interesting trail! On the 15 minute stroll we found droppings, snake skin, and animal tracks! The Discovery Center is home to several animal varieties - including fish, birds, and reptiles. There are fun interactions set up for the children where they can get some hands on learning. My daughters were able to use magnify glasses and take on some archaeological digging.This is a great place to explore and learn about Carlsbad wildlife.
 
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July 31 2016
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Hilton Garden Inn Carlsbad Beach | kids travel, kids activities
Hilton Garden Inn Carlsbad Beach
6450 Carlsbad Boulevard,
Carlsbad, California
"Great Location - Amazing for Families!"
The Hilton Garden Inn is set in the perfect Carlsbad location. Located directly off coast highway and across the street from Carlsbad State Beach – HGI Carlsbad is a great property for families visiting San Diego County. Carlsbad offers so much for families – Great Outdoor Sports, Amusement Parks, Beautiful Coastal Landscape, and Gourmet Kid Friendly dining! In addition, Carlsbad is a prime location between downtown San Diego and Orange County activities – like Disneyland Resort!

THE PROPERTY
The HGI Carlsbad resort is AMAZING for families! There is tons of parking around the entire resort – which means you can park near your room without dragging children all over the resort. The pool is heated and the kids loved jumping in the perfect temperature pool at any time of the day or night! They offer fun family experience all over the resort including: live music, movies on the lawn, Ping Pong, and board games tucked away throughout the property.

THE ROOM
The front desk welcomed my daughters with goody bags – complete with a fun art project, bracelets, and microwavable popcorn. The guest rooms were very family friendly! We were delighted to encounter microwaves, refrigerator, and a large flat screen TV. The space was open and offered great lighting. We could see the ocean from our room and since the pool is located directly in the center of the property – so all rooms are a short walk to the pool.

UNIQUE OFFERINGS
The property has some unique experiences available. HGI is famous for their delicious breakfast buffets! My kids were over the moon for the giant waffles and I appreciated the made to order omelets! We had a great start to our day each morning. The property also has a shuttle service available which is great for nearby trips to Legoland, the Company Outlet Stores, or the lagoon!

OVERALL
We had a wonderful time at the Hilton Garden Inn – I would recommend this location for families looking to experience all the best of San Diego County! Your family will enjoy the great location, the friendly service, and beautiful property!

This review is based on a complimentary stay at the Hilton Garden Inn in Carlsbad. I received no other compensation and the business owner did not state any requirements that I express a particular point of view. The opinions I express are entirely my own.
 
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July 26 2016
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Bistro West | kids travel, kids activities
Bistro West
4960 Avenida Encinas,
Carlsbad,
California
"Fine Dining with the Kids"
Bistro West is a great opportunity for upscale dining with the entire family. The kids menu has a lot of traditional items and allows your kids to make some upgrades to their normal dining choices. Dinner comes with dessert for the kids so keep that in mind when you are planing out your meal :)

The restaurant has a resort feel with a dash of modern decor. My children loved the light wall that changed color throughout the evening. We were sat next to it and they could not have been more excited. I have a phone full of photos and videos of the wall. It really helped keeping them entertained. Along with the wall children were provided an activity book to keep things fun!

The food was very good - we really enjoyed the Duck Confit with Gnocchi Parisienne. The Duck was tender and delicious. My Husband enjoyed the Kobe burger - my bite was wonderful! We also had the duo Creme Brulee - I highly recommend it!

The food was amazing, the decor was on point, however there could have been a bit more attention to the service. We had to ask for condiments several times, the waiter forgot the kid's dessert, and I had to hunt down the check. It was summer and the restaurant was busy but that is why I gave them 4 stars instead of the 5 the food warranted.

I received reimbursement for this meal however all opinions were my own.
 
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July 15 2016
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Martin Luther King Jr. Promenade Park | kids travel, kids activities
Martin Luther King Jr. Promenade Park
326 West Harbor Drive,
San Diego,
California 92101
"Pretty Par in Urban Setting"
This very simple green space at the heart of downtown San Diego. The Water features are very unique and I even enjoy hoping from stone to stone through the path. There are no play structures here just shaded picnic benches.
 
 
July 13 2016
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Liberty Public Market | kids travel, kids activities
Liberty Public Market
2820 Historic Decatur Road,
San Diego,
California 92106
"Food Court to the MAX!"
The Public Market is a collaborative "mess hall" - fresh foods are available for the various food vendors and restaurants to create a fresh and tasty menu each day!
 
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