• Baby - Family - Vacation

    11 Tips for Surviving Disneyland with a Baby or Toddler

    Disneyland! Every kids dream! But what about parents? Are you the type of parent that gets excited too or do you dread Disneyland with younger kids in tow? The crowds, the expense, the wrangling of children, the waiting in line. It can be a lot when you’re trying to care for younger children who you can’t expect to patiently stand in the sun for 25 minutes while waiting in line for It’s a Small World. Try catching a toddler who can easily run under the chains as you awkwardly attempt to weave through people who think you’re cutting in line.…

  • Baby - Motherhood - Vacation

    How to Survive International Travel with a Toddler

    Before I start I have to admit that I had major anxiety about traveling abroad with my 1 year old son, Atlas. All you hear are the horror stories about planes with babies and we were supposed to take SIX flights over the course of two weeks? Not to mention three back to back flights in a 24 hour period. I had a feeling we were absolutely insane. Tack on the fact that I am terrified of planes and I was having some major anxiety about the trip we took last month, but I’m here to tell you that it wasn’t that…

  • Family - Frugal - Uncategorized - Vacation

    9 Ways to Save Money on Your Next Family Vacation

    Going on family trips can be expensive, but if you’re careful and pay attention there are a lot of ways to save money while on a family vacation. Our little family of three recently went on a 5 day/4 night trip to Brian Head, Utah. Our budget was $100/day including gas. While I was confident we would be able to stay on budget, I didn’t expect us to be under budget. While we didn’t use all of the tips below, I’ve compiled all of the ways we like to save. Some trips we use more of these tips than others,…

  • Life - Our Story - Vacation

    Morro Bay and Our Little Surprise

    I’m finally sharing the photos from our Morro Bay trip back in October! Every year we take a week and go somewhere for our anniversary. We decided to stick a little closer to home and spend time relaxing on the beautiful Central California coast. Most of our week was spent exploring the town around our hotel, eating (a lot!) and relaxing in the hotel (aka napping!).Mid-way through the trip I kind of lost my appetite so I spent a lot of time just hanging out and watching Blaine eat. Blaine got his fill of Fish and Chips and I was…

  • Family - Life - Photos - Uncategorized - Vacation

    Monterey

    Monterey is such a beautiful, wonderful city. Living in southern California all my life, beaches are have consistently been part of my life. But the beaches in southern California are vastly different from beaches up the coast. Head up the coast a couple hundred miles to experience foggy and beautiful instead of hot and crowded? Yes, please. My family and I (aside from Blaine who had to work) headed up to Monterey in August to celebrate my sisters birthday. We stayed in Monterey and ventured into Santa Cruz, Carmel and Pebble Peach. We spent a  lot of time in the…

  • Life - Uncategorized - Vacation

    Mid-Week Sedona, AZ Getaway

    One thing we rarely do is get away, by ourselves, during the week. With a husband who works a typical 8-5 job, it’s hard to get weekdays off even though my hours are completely flexible. But last week we were able to take a few days to ourselves and refresh in the beautiful town of Sedona, before the 4th of July rush. The gorgeous landscape, our luxurious (for us at least!) hotel, sleeping in, indulging in yummy food, it was a few days of total relaxation and doing whatever we wanted, even if it was just to sit in our…

  • Life - Uncategorized - Vacation

    Daytona Beach

    My first work trip, people! Does that mean I’m officially a grown up? A few weeks ago I, along with three other Marley’s Mutts staff members and a cute baby, were off to Daytona Beach for the Animal Care Expo put on by the Humane Society. I won’t bore you with all the things we learned because unless you’re into animal rescue that’s probably not all that trilling. But the trip in general? Amazing. I’m beyond grateful that I was asked to go on this trip. Daytona Beach is amazing, I got to bond with my co-workers and I really…

  • Photos - Uncategorized - Vacation

    Pismo Beach // Hearst Castle & Elephant Seals (Part 2)

    Pismo photo explosion! I can’t help it, so many good pictures. We did the Hearst Castle tour on our trip, probably for the 5th or 6th time. Johnny, my brother in law, had never been there before so it’s always cool being there when someone sees it for the first time. It’s such an extravagant place and an interesting story. And the gardens? Something about the gardens totally entranced me this time. I always love the time we spend there, but this time I walked down each pathway admiring and enjoying each beautiful section of floral beauty. It was sunset,…

  • Life - Photos - Uncategorized - Vacation

    Pismo Beach Trip // Part 1

    While my sister, Lauren, and her husband were in town we took a mini family trip to Pismo Beach. It’s funny how often we end up there off-season and we almost never go during the summer. We drove up on a Thursday and met my mom there who drove up from Los Angeles. We stayed at this little motel by the beach that we stay at almost every time unless we rent a condo or house instead. You can get a room with a little kitchenette which we like so we can have a fridge and have food in the…

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    A Weekend in Big Bear With Friends

    About a month ago we met up with some friends in Big Bear. It was Kim and Kyle’s (one of my besties and her boyfriend) birthday month so they rented a cabin and invited friends to spend the weekend with them. We spent most of our time in our awesome cabin just hanging out and having some (too many?) drinks. I made some new friends and reminisced with my oldest friends. There was lots of spa time, eating and laughing. It couldn’t have been more fun! On our last day we made a stop at our favorite zoo and everyone…