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Carson Valley: The Heart of Nevada

Carson Valley: The Heart of Nevada
July 22, 2014
Disclosure: I was invited for a weekend adventure in Carson Valley. All opinions are my own. If I were to describe Carson Valley in just a few sentences from my recent stay there I'd say, "What truly makes Carson Valley are the people. It is the ... Read More

Mono County: Summer Music and Food Festivals, Something Every Weekend!

Mono County:  Summer Music and Food Festivals, Something Every Weekend!
July 21, 2014
-June Lake Loop Mountain Music Festival, photo credit Mono County Tourism Located approximately 315 miles north of Los Angeles, and 280 miles east of San Francisco, Mono County accesses the east entrance to Yosemite National Park and beckons visitor... Read More

Hotel/Resort/Vacation Home Reviews

Pismo Beach: Relax at SeaCrest Oceanfront Hotel & Play at Steve’s ATV

Pismo Beach:  Relax at SeaCrest Oceanfront Hotel & Play at Steve’s ATV
July 22, 2014
Once again our son’s baseball playing let us explore a new location in this amazing state. Our latest tournament had us in the Pismo Beach area. Having lived in the Bay Area for over 30 years I had never been to Pismo and I’m wondering what took me s... Read More

Visiting the Beautiful Hard Rock Hotel, Cancun Mexico

Visiting the Beautiful Hard Rock Hotel, Cancun Mexico
July 21, 2014
Part of my recent press trip to the Hard Rock Hotel in Mexico's gorgeous Riviera Maya included a day trip to the resort's sister property in Cancun along Zona Hotelera. -photo courtesy of Hard Rock Hotel. A little over an hour's bus trip each way wi... Read More

Food & Drink

Keurig Elite Brewing System

Keurig Elite Brewing System
July 10, 2014
Last night we hosted poker night and dinner.  That means five adults all interested in different after dinner drinks.  Not wanting to leave the ho... Read More

Enjoy Goblets of Smoking Liquid Nitrogen Cocktails at Sugar Factory, Las Vegas

Enjoy Goblets of Smoking Liquid Nitrogen Cocktails at Sugar Factory, Las Vegas
June 17, 2014
Dinner and a show takes on a different meaning at the Sugar Factory in Las Vegas.  We were treated to a feast for the eyes and stomachs when we sat do... Read More

Wine Time

Brancott Estate Flight Song Wines are 20% Lighter in Calories! #MC #Sponsored #FlightSong

Brancott Estate Flight Song Wines are 20% Lighter in Calories! #MC #Sponsored #FlightSongI participated in an Ambassador Program on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Brancott Estate Wines. I received product samples to facilitate my rev...

Twisted Roots Wine Tasting Room in Carmel Valley

Twisted Roots Wine Tasting Room in Carmel ValleyLocated in the lovely Carmel Valley, the Twisted Roots wine tasting room is a great spot to stop into and enjoy some of California's great wines.  Not...

Photography

Travel Photography: The Astoria Column

Travel Photography:  The Astoria ColumnThe Astoria Column has served for over 80 years as a beacon on the Pacific Northwest Coast.  600 feet above sea level on Coxcomb Hill, the 360 degree ...

Travel Photography: Oregon’s Astoria-Megler Bridge

Travel Photography: Oregon’s Astoria-Megler BridgeGoing through my photos, I can tell very easily the things my husband enjoys.  It seems as if there is a bridge in the vicinity of where we are travel...

entertainment

Alex Ramon’s Family Friendly #NewMagic Coming to Northern California this Summer

Alex Ramon’s Family Friendly #NewMagic Coming to Northern California this Summer
June 21, 2014
Everyone loves the mystery and surprise of magic, this summer grab the kids and head out to a show that will amuse the senses and leave you asking you... Read More

Disney’s Maleficent Movie Review

Disney’s Maleficent Movie Review
May 31, 2014
Disney's animated version of "Sleeping Beauty" ever so many years ago gave us the wonderful tale of Aurora and how her loving parents tried to shield ... Read More

Technology

A Look Inside the Hyundai Plant in Alabama and Driving the 2015 #NewSonata off the Assembly Line

A Look Inside the Hyundai Plant in Alabama and Driving the 2015 #NewSonata off the Assembly LineA few weeks ago when I told my friends and family I was going to be in Alabama for just about 36 hours they of course look puzzled and asked why in th...

2014 Mazda CX-9 Grand Touring: Could this Be First-Car Worthy?

2014 Mazda CX-9 Grand Touring: Could this Be First-Car Worthy?Last weekend, we took my oldest daughter who is 15 for some driving practice.  In the next few months she'll be eligible for her permit and frankly th...

Style

Maui Jim Sunglasses: “Maile” Style Review

Maui Jim Sunglasses:  “Maile” Style ReviewMe, I’ve always been a cheap, get ‘em at the local drug store, kind of sunglasses girl. It’s not that I haven’t ever wished for a nice or expensive pa...

A Look for the Seas — What to Wear on a Cruise

A Look for the Seas — What to Wear on a CruiseA Caribbean cruise used to be the preserve of the rich and famous, but not anymore. Cruise companies now have so many more packages on offer that peop...

Home/Family/Kids

Visit Gilroy Gardens this Summer and Save $15-20 Per Ticket!

Visit Gilroy Gardens this Summer and Save $15-20 Per Ticket!
June 25, 2014
Play, learn and grow at Gilroy Gardens Family Theme Park! Ideal for both families and garden lovers, Gilroy Gardens features over 40 rides, attractions and majestic gardens, plus the world famous Circus Trees! Coming summer of 2014, a Water Oasis wi... Read More

Rio 2: Twelve Fun Printable Activity Sheets & Recipes #Rio2Insiders

Rio 2:  Twelve Fun Printable Activity Sheets & Recipes #Rio2Insiders
June 25, 2014
Get ready to shake your tail feathers! Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment takes you deep into the Brazilian Amazon Rainforest for the most fun you’ll have all summer, as RIO 2 debuts on 3D Blu-ray, Blu-ray and DVD July 15. Just in time for summ... Read More

Alex Ramon’s Family Friendly #NewMagic Coming to Northern California this Summer

Alex Ramon’s Family Friendly #NewMagic Coming to Northern California this Summer
June 21, 2014
Everyone loves the mystery and surprise of magic, this summer grab the kids and head out to a show that will amuse the senses and leave you asking yourself, "HOW did he do that!?" Alex Ramon #NewMagic is coming to Northern California in July and A... Read More

Travel to Hawaii

Kauai: Island Helicopters’ Exclusive Jurassic Falls Landing Adventure

Kauai:  Island Helicopters’ Exclusive Jurassic Falls Landing Adventure
August 30, 2013
Neither my seven year old nor I have been in a helicopter before our trip to Kauai.  I don't typically get too nervous about flying anymore in an airplane though I was slightly anxious about our adventure with Island Helicopters, but also looked forw... Read More

Captain Andy’s Eco Adventures, Kauai: Na Pali Coast Sail and Snorkel Tour

Captain Andy’s Eco Adventures, Kauai:  Na Pali Coast Sail and Snorkel Tour
August 12, 2013
Having been to Kauai for the first time in 2006, I remember hearing about the Na Pali coast and how it was only accessible via hike, viewed from the air or by boat.  The road to drive on ends where the majestic cliffs begin and I was thrilled to be a... Read More

Kauai, Hawaii: Kauai Marriott Resort on Kalapaki Beach

Kauai, Hawaii:  Kauai Marriott Resort on Kalapaki Beach
July 24, 2013
At one point in our Kauai family adventure, I asked my 7 year old what she thought family-friendly meant, she responded, "cool pools at the hotel!"  That is indeed true at the Kauai Marriott Resort on Kalapaki Beach!  If you take a look at one of the... Read More
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