Appreciating Daily Life In SoCal

Newport Beach Pier

I live in one of the most beautiful places in the world yet I rarely share my daily life when I’m home. SoCal is still a dream for me. I can’t believe I get to wake up in the morning and go to the beach, swim in the pool, relax in the sunshine and take in the majesty of the Saddleback mountains and that’s not even a vacation; it’s my daily life.  Continue reading

Making a Splash at Moncton’s Magic Mountain

Magic Mountain Green Slide

Athena is the perfect age for water parks. She exudes happiness when she goes down a water slide and she spends so much time in the water I think she is part fish, which is why we saved Magic Mountain for the last day of our trip to New Brunswick. We wanted to go out with a splash.   Continue reading

Redeeming Myself By Swimming With Whale Sharks

Whale Sharks in Mexico

A few years ago, I attempted to swim with whale sharks at the Georgia Aquarium. I was petrified and without enough warning to do anything productive, I passed out in the tank. My journey with the gentle giants ended in darkness, cut short by my fear and denial. One of the activities offered from Grand Residences Riviera Cancun is swimming with whale sharks in the ocean and I jumped at the opportunity to redeem myself after my epic fail with whale sharks the last time. Continue reading

Impressive Suites & Vistas at Grand Residences Cancun

Grand Residences Riviera Cancun Front Entrance

I arrived at Grand Residences Cancun yesterday and I was expecting a beautiful suite with an ocean view, it is Cancun after all, but I wasn’t expecting the size of my suite, what I found on the terrace or the extent of the vistas. Color me impressed with Grand Residences. The suite is in the top five best suites I’ve ever experienced and the views make me want to stay up 24 hours a day.  Continue reading

Favorite Foods in Moncton, New Brunswick

Atlantic Lobster, New Brunswick

Coming home to New Brunswick is just as much a food event as a trip to visit family and friends. We start planning our food stops before we’re even on the plane. Pastelli holds a special place in my heart since it’s where Darren and I had our first date and Pump House is a tried and true favorite as well. I miss chicken from Swiss Chalet, pizza from Boston Pizza, and poutine and donair from anywhere and everywhere I can get them. There are so many delicious, mouth-watering options that I struggle with finding the time to enjoy them all.  Continue reading

Athena’s First Camping Experience

oTENTik in Fundy National ParkOne of the items on this year’s bucket list was to take Athena camping. I’m embarrassed to say that she’s never been before, especially since I loved camping as a child and it’s one of my earliest memories. We wanted her first overnight camping experience to be in eastern Canada so it would be similar to what I remembered as a child. We packed our bags and made our way to Fundy National Park in New Brunswick to experience camping like never before for all of us. Continue reading

Horseback Riding at Broadleaf Guest Ranch, New Brunswick

Broadleaf Guest Ranch

Last year, I took Athena to Alisal Guest Ranch in Solvang, California and she had one of the best days of her life riding a small horse around the corral. She talked about it for months. When I heard that Broadleaf Guest Ranch in Riverside-Albert, New Brunswick offers trail rides for children Athena’s age as long as they are accompanied by an adult, it was the first thing I added to my list for this visit. Broadleaf Guest Ranch is an 1100 acre, family owned and operated adventure business located in Albert County, New Brunswick, in the heart of the Bay of Fundy. They have been in business for more than 50 years and 3 generations. Their experience made me feel comfortable about booking with Athena at such a young age. She was even happier with the experience than I anticipated. The smile on her face during the entire ride was magical.  Continue reading