SNUBA with Catalina Scuba Luv

Catalina Scuba LuvI love being under water. There is beauty and grace. The fish. The kelp. They flow in an elegant rhythm. After swimming with whales, sharks, dolphins, manta rays, sting rays, and dozens of species of fish, I still haven’t been dive certified. It’s high on my list, but I need more practice using the regulator and I still feel a sense of claustrophobia or panic. It’s like I can’t breathe, but I know it’s all in my head. I went to Catalina last weekend to try SNUBA with Catalina Scuba Luv. I wanted to suppress the fear and maybe overcome it. After years of panicking and still trying, I finally found my comfort zone under the water.  Continue reading

Family Weekend at Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Spa & Marina

Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Spa & Marina

With its world-class attractions like the San Diego Zoo and SeaWorld, family-friendly dining like Corvette Diner and Waypoint Public, and terrific climate, San Diego is a perfect vacation spot for kids. There are so many amazing opportunities in the area that there’s never a lot of time at the hotel, but Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Spa & Marina is a destination in itself. There are activities for big kids, little ones, and kids at heart alike. It’s the only resort hotel in San Diego with multiple water slides and it’s close to all of the best activities. Even with tickets to San Diego Zoo and SeaWorld, we wanted to spend most of our time at the hotel.  Continue reading

Santa Barbara Beach Resort Curacao

Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort
As part of our first international trip of 2017, we’re staying in Curacao at Santa Barbara Beach and Golf Resort, a nestled beachfront resort along the Caribbean Sea within a 2,000 acre gated plantation. We only arrived yesterday, but it’s been heaven on earth already. Here’s a quick glimpse of our first two days at Santa Barbara.  Continue reading

Snowboarding Lessons at Mont Sutton

Mont Sutton, Quebec, Canada
It’s rare that I get to learn new things alongside Athena, but last weekend we took snowboarding lessons together in Mont Sutton, Quebec. We fell together, we stood together, and we learned to carve together. It was remarkable to watch how quickly she picked it up. She really taught me how miraculous children are at learning new skills. They truly are little sponges soaking it all up.  Continue reading

Winter in Mont Tremblant

Winter in Mont Tremblant
I’ll never tire of beach vacations, but it’s always good to shake it up a bit and Mont Tremblant offers a multitude of winter bucket list activities for the entire family. We recently spend four days in Mont Tremblant discovering the best winter activities available and I quickly understood why people choose ski vacations. Mont Tremblant, located in the heart of the Laurentians, Quebec, is a wondrous natural playground.  Continue reading

The Decision Not to Homeschool

Athena's first day of school

I didn’t take the decision to send Athena to school lightly. She’s only five years old but she’s traveled the world with me and learned so much along the way. She is outspoken, friendly, compassionate, and she doesn’t see the color of your skin as anything but beautiful. She’s been parasailing, panning for gold, roller coaster riding, hiking, sledding, horseback riding, paddleboarding, and surfing in California, snorkeling in the Caribbean and Thailand, skiing in Austria, California, and Canada, drum dancing in Greenland, sailing in Thailand and California, rock climbing in Canada, and ziplining in Canada and Costa Rica. She practices different languages in each new country and she sees the world with wonder and joy. She may not remember it all but it has already shaped her into part of the person she will hold on to for the rest of her life. This year marked D-Day (decision day) for us. Would she go to public school and travel less? Or would we continue to travel the world and homeschool? I decided to send her to school after years of careful consideration. Here’s why.  Continue reading

The Best of Iceland with Kids

Iceland with KidsWhen I dreamed of visiting Iceland, I imagined wild adventures like scuba diving between two continents, ATV riding, paragliding, and sky diving, and it is all possible in Iceland, but maybe not with a five year old child. She’s adventurous and loves to push the limits but I have a few years before she can jump out of planes or dive between continents. So what are the best experiences in Iceland with kids? We spent a few days discovering Iceland to find out for ourselves. These are are top five suggestions for Iceland with kids. With bountiful natural beauty, spectacular sights, and unique, soft adventures, Iceland with kids is magical.  Continue reading