Heading Out On The Open Road? Not Without These Road Trip Games

August 8, 2012

For most families, summer is synonymous with road trips in the car.  But, those many hours spent cooped up can lead to boredom—and after a while, even iPads, MP3s, and video games can get dull. Why not use this opportunity to introduce the kids to these classic car games? Not only are they fun for the […]

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Traveling and Exploring Made Easy

July 24, 2012

Ray and I have done quite a bit of traveling this summer – much to my kids’ dismay – mostly for work, with a few romantic getaways thrown in the mix. In fact, as you read this I am heading to Chicago to learn more about the Kolcraft brands. (More on that later!) I knew […]

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Ride the Ducks in San Francisco

July 8, 2012

You can pretty much guarantee that a hot day here in the Sacramento area will mean a cool one in the Bay. Yesterday was no exception – it was a gorgeous day in San Francisco. It is a special treat to be able to escape from the heat so easily. We headed in to the […]

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See Mater and the Gang at #CarsLand in Disney’s California Adventure

June 15, 2012
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Our Afternoon at #CarsLand in Disney’s California Adventure

June 14, 2012

Today was a big day for Disney – it literally “just got happier” with the opening of CarsLand and Buena Vista Street. And we got a sneak peek! We first visited Radiator Springs and Rte 66… But, somebody got very cranky. Radiator Springs Racers is a ride you won’t want to miss! Look who’s happy […]

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Our Summer Bucket List

June 4, 2012

This is the last week of school for my kiddos. We are all so excited, but I’m afraid summertime will fly by way too fast. It doesn’t feel like there will be enough time to catch up with the kiddos for all of the time lost together during the school year. I just hope we […]

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Bring it, Summer!

May 24, 2012

This afternoon I found myself sitting on an airplane, jetting across the country. My morning was such a flurry of busyness, and I’m really not exactly sure how I made it through the day without falling into a coma as soon as I settled in my seat, only to be awakened by the flight attendant […]

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Cruisin’ on the Disney Fantasy – Day Three

March 29, 2012

Close your eyes and imagine yourself on a dream vacation… You are laying on a lounge chair in the middle of the ocean, onboard a magical ship. Each time you pop your head up, you are met with inquiries regarding your comfort and thirst. Fresh fruit and ice cream is available, if you feel like […]

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Cruisin’ on the Disney Fantasy – Day Two

March 28, 2012

Before I get in to what an amazing day today was, I must say that boarding the Disney Fantasy yesterday was such a thrill. I was on a Disney cruise ship. On vacation by myself. No work and no responsibilities for three whole days.   Before Janice and I even found our stateroom, we did […]

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Cruisin’ on the Disney Fantasy – Day One {Fashion Edition}

March 27, 2012

Bon Voyage! by christine-young featuring a ruffle front shirt Poolside by christine-young featuring vintage round sunglasses Party Time at Sea by christine-young featuring sparkle jewelry

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I’m Off to Embark on a Magical Adventure

March 25, 2012

I have been a Disney fan for as long as I can remember. I’ve played in Disneyland a number of times, I’ve visited DisneyWorld a few, and I’ve even explored Disney’s Aulani on Oahu. But. This week will be a first for me. I AM GOING ON A DISNEY CRUISE!! One of my bestest friends […]

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A Great Napa Getaway for Two {A Perfect Date}

January 21, 2012

Have you ever had a massage or sat in a sauna in a cave…that’s under a wine vineyard? How about wine tasting in an adjacent underground chamber? That’s part of what makes The Meritage Resort and Spa in Napa, California, so unique.  Christine and I visited in late November on what was our first getaway to Napa […]

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California’s New Child Safety Seat Law

January 19, 2012

I know the new child safety seat law went in to effect here in California on January 1st, but did YOU know about it? While I don’t agree that it was completely necessary, and the penalties are severe, it was a pretty easy adjustment, all things considered. In case you haven’t seen the law, as […]

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The Amazing Aulani

November 25, 2011

Where can you find the most amazing pool on the Island of Oahu? Ask any Disney Imagineer and the answer you’ll get is, “At Aulani, of course!” That was one of the goals: to build the best pool. But Disney didn’t stop there, although it certainly is the focal point of the entire resort. We […]

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Travel Photography: Kid Edition #TMOM #KidTough

November 3, 2011

As a mom I love to take photos of my kiddos. As a blogger it’s almost a requirement! Julia has come to love taking photos and will grab my phone, camera or Flip any time she can. She always thinks about how she can turn our outings in to a blog post, just like her […]

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Exploring Oahu

September 29, 2011

While we loved staying at Aulani (more to come on that soon) we also got to explore the island of Oahu a bit. Here is a recap of some of our favorite adventures: Diamond Head – a 3/4 of a mile hike up the inside of a old volcano. The views of the ocean and […]

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Disney’s New Hawaiian Resort Aulani at Night

September 21, 2011

We arrived on Oahu yesterday just before noon. We walked around Aulani for a bit, but all were exhausted. The kids and Christine crashed around 7 pm for the night, so I wondered around and took a few photos… This place is even more beautiful at night! – Posted using BlogPress from my iPhone

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Stuck In The Cold

July 28, 2011

Our family loves to travel. We go on day trips, spend weekends away and take week-long excursions. Traveling with kids is always an adventure, whether you have just one or an army. Whether you are flying, driving or traveling the countryside on a train. The story I am about to tell you took place a […]

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A Grand Welcome

March 22, 2011

I’m sure you’ve noticed that I’ve been away for a bit. At least I hope you’ve noticed. Well, last Thursday began a fabulously long weekend of learning, growing, and playing in none other than magical Disney World during the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration. Most of the weekend’s festivities took place at the breathtaking Grand […]

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February 23, 2011

So, I almost got a speeding ticket trying to get to the Alcatraz ferry in San Francisco. But, I got lucky and he was called away to something more serious. We actually made it to the island. From there, we explored the history and the escapes. Pretty spooky stuff. Ever seen Shutter Island? We walked […]

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We’re off to Hollywood

January 17, 2011

Ethan, Zach, Julia, Josh, Timmy and I have been on a little adventure. We started out this afternoon – hit traffic on the highway, stood in line at the airport, traversed through security (not an easy task with five kiddos), waited for our plane, traveled through the air, ended the short plane ride just as […]

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Costa Rica :: An Affordable Tropical Vacation Destination For The Whole Family

January 3, 2011

Most people love visiting Hawaii, but have you ever thought to compare Hawaii to Costa Rica? I suspect many haven’t. I sure didn’t, at least not until 2005 when I visited this gem of a Central American country. About the size of Vermont and New Hampshire combined and with a population of only 4.5 million, […]

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