Category: Travel

Omni Resort

With summer trips in the horizon I’m getting a lot of questions about where to go for a family vacation. So today I wanted to highlight our stay at Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa in Palm Springs.

Day 1

Omni is only 2 hours away from home, but the kiddos needed a bathroom break. We stopped at Cabazon Dinosour Park for a little stretch.

No trip to Palm Springs is complete without a date shake, so we headed into Hadley Fruit Orchards to check it out. We picked up some snacks, used the bathroom and fell in love with the yummiest “smoome” (smoothies) in town. So good!

We got back into the car to see it had reached 120 degrees! Wow!! So ready for the pool.

We made it to the resort, checked in and ran to the pool. Our friends arrived the day before so we joined them in their cabana for the afternoon.

Omni resort has 3 swimming pools, 2 slides, a lazy river and a beach entrance (complete with sand) kiddie area. So much fun!

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Jacob and I got out of the heat for a bit and enjoyed some cold drinks.

We all got washed up and met up for dinner at the R Bar.

We wrapped up the night and headed to bed. 103 at 8:30 pm!!! Nuts!

Day 2

Ready for our day! Each day we got a new splashtopia bracelet.

Our rooms were big, nice and all have balconies with a view of the pool. Our room was so close to the entrance of the pool that we just used our balcony to enter and exit our room.

We started our morning with breakfast at Blu Ember. It’s an all you can eat breakfast restaurant with a special buffet area just for kids.

Ready for the pool!

They have the best pool side menu! The kiddos got Dippin Dots and Icees while the mamas got cocktails.

Such a fun day!

For dinner we decided to venture out to town. We ended up at Old Spaghetti Factory.

I got the black cherry float, so good!!

We got back to our hotel and walked around for a bit. We stopped at the smores pit.

While heading to the outdoor movie the kids were trying to catch itty bitty frogs.

The movie that night was Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. We stayed for a bit, but decided to head back to our rooms shortly after. We were exhausted!

Day 3

We decided to switch it up and have breakfast on our balcony.

Our view was great! We were right up against the golf course and restaurants.

We got food from the market, Palms Cafe and made a little picnic outside.

We packed up and made our way back home.

Thanks for the fun memories, Omni!

As soon as we got home it cooled down 30 degrees. So crazy!

MOXI Museum

As part of my Adventures With Kids series, today I’m highlighting a place we’ve been to a couple of times, The MOXI Museum.

July, 2017
January, 2018

The MOXI museum is located in Santa Barbara where this kid friendly museum focuses on Science and creativity.

Floor 1

We touched, played, danced and even recorded a song.

Floor 1 also had an outdoor space. The kids played with magnates and different forms of air.

Floor 2

My favorite room was the light room! We payed with a ginormous Lite Brite wall, magnatiles, and designed on the projector.

We also got to build and race the cars we built.

Floor 3

This outdoor space is a great place for the kids to run around, play with the musical pieces of art, check out the look out tower for different parts of the city, and play with water (which we later found out we were not supposed to go inside. Oops!).

It’s a great day when 2 out 4 kiddos pass out as soon as we get in the car.

What you need to know!

Museum Hours: Daily 10:00 am – 5: 00 pm

Admission: Adults (13+): $15
Children (3 – 12): $10
Children (2 and under): Free

Parking: $8

Lunch: Bring your own or eat at Rusty’s Pizza Parlor (walking distance) for pizza and a great salad bar.

Be sure to tag #MCCAdventuresWithKids so I can see your adventures!

Mt. Frazier

Last Spring hubby and I had an open weekend so we took the kids to Mt. Frazier to play in the snow. Got to love So Cal! One minute you are at Malibu beach and then the next your driving to the mountains to play with snow.

I spy snow covered mountains.

Two hours later we made it to the mountain. We suited up and hit the fresh powder.

I love the snow! The crisp air, the huge trees, the adventure.

We grabbed our sled and took turns going down the mountain.

Having fun with my girl!

While Jacob and I did a couple of snow angels, Sarah drew in the snow.

Do you want to build a snowman?

Thanks for the fun memories Mt. Fraizer! Until next time.

To see past snow trips, click below.

Mt. Baldy {2019}

Lake Arrowhead {2017}

Lake Arrowhead {2015}

Adventures With Kids

You know it’s time to blog about your adventures with kids when your friends ask you for fun things to do with their kids on the weekends. Even though I’ve blogged about each adventure separately, I thought a list with all of our favorites on one page would be more helpful. I’ll even update this list with upcoming adventures.

Jurassic Quest

American Girl Store & Cafe

Wings Over Camarillo

Fillmore Train Station

Disneyland & California Adventures



California Science Center

Natural History Museum

MOXI Museum

Discovery Cube LA

Kidspace Children’s Museum


Monster Jam

Harlem Globetrotters

Daniel Tiger Live

Food Festivals

Avocado Festival

Watermelon Festival

Banana Festival

Strawberry Festival

Pop Up Shops

Museum Of Ice Cream


Fun Box

Saved by the Max


Casitas Water Adventure

Ventura Aquatic Center


Underwood Harvest Festival

Calabasas Pumpkin Festival

Stu Miller’s Pumpkin Festival

Nights of the Jack


LA Zoo Lights

Snow Day LA

Griffith Park Holiday Lights Train

Enchanted: Forest of Light

Lake Arrowhead

Mt. Baldy

Mt. Frazier

Be sure to tag #MCCAdventureswithkids so I can see your adventures!

Mt. Baldy

Every year we try and take the kiddos to see the snow. With snow capped mountains only a couple of hours away, its fun to go out and play with the snow for the day. This year we checked out the snow tubing at Mt Baldy.

All suited up and ready to go!

In the past we’ve taken our sled and just played in the snow. This time we bought passes ahead of time. Yes I knew there would be a skit lift, but I didn’t expect to sit in a wobbly wooden chair for 15 minutes above lot’s and lot’s of mountains. To say I was scared would be an understatement.

Sitting with my brave girl! So glad she didn’t inherit my fear of heights.

The boys were behind us. Between this height and watching hubby lift the bar gave me chills.

Up the mountain (finally!) and waiting for our time slot.

“Mommy, you should take a picture of me with my first snowball!”

Tip: Get here at least an hour before your time slot. This way you can park, ride the lifts, get in line and visit the the bathrooms.

It was our turn to go down the slopes. One kid was super excited and the other one was not interested one bit. Can you guess which one was the fan?

After a few tears, I took J to get a snack.

He spent the rest of our time on the slopes eating his snacks by the benches.

After a few snacks I convinced Jacob to try one more time. This time he was a happy camper!

So fun!!

My boys!

Such a fun day snow tubing with the family!

We grabbed a late lunch, played with the snow some more and then headed back on the lifts.

Bye, bye Mt. Baldy. Thanks for the fun trip!

To see past snow trips, click below.

Mt. Fraizer {2018}

Lake Arrowhead {2017}

Lake Arrowhead {2015}

Saved by the Max

Last weekend hubby and I went on a ultimate day date! We went to LA’s most recent pop up shop, Saved by the Max!!!

If you were a Saved By The Bell fan then you would recognize this restaurant from the second you walked in.

After we placed our order our waitress suggested that now would be a good time to walk around and check out all the memorabilia.

First up was Belding’s office. They made his office area into part of the restaurant.

Not only did I get to sit in his desk, I even wrote on his calendar. #90scheese

Next, we walked over to the locker area.

I totally felt like I was on the set of Saved by the Bell!

Me and my very own Zack Morris!

Next, we checked out the arcade (which was on automatic so you could play for free), the pay phone and DJ booth!

Our food was ready, so we sat down to eat.

I got the “I’m So Scared” coffee cocktail (a nod to the episode where Jessie sings the Pointer Sisters tune after she becomes addicted to caffeine pills) and “Beat Valley Buttermilk Pancakes” that had banana and peanut butter syrup. Both were amazing!! Hubby got the “Preppy Pastrami” sandwich and fries.

For dessert we got a vanilla shake to share. Yum!

We walked around some more and played with the props.

I found Kelly’s locker and had fun checking out all the things they put in her locker.

Hubby and I rarely get day dates, but with such a special fun outing I’m glad we got to experience a favorite show when we were teens.

10 Years

10 years ago I married a boy I met on a trip.

Read more about our story here.

Well due to the Woolsey Fires in So Cal we didn’t get to celebrate our 10 year anniversary. Thankfully after a few days, the fire were contained and we were able to return to our home.

Last weekend we celebrated our 10 anniversary with a little getaway in  beautiful Ojai.

Day 1

Check out the view from our room! It was a gorgeous evening.

Ojai Valley Inn is know for their Pink Moment. Every night right before sunset the clouds reflect this beautiful pink color on the mountains. Therefore they call it a Pink Moment. And every night they change the clock to remind guests of this amazing view.

We settled in, unpacked our bags (yes, I unpack when I stay in hotels and no, it doesn’t matter how many days I’m staying) and walked around the hotel. We decided to stay in the beautiful Ojai Valley Inn. For one I’ve heard nothing but great things about this hotel and two I wanted something that had everything in one place. For example this hotel reminded me of a little town. There were 3 restaurants, a market, a spa, golf course, an events calendar, bikes and golf carts riding around and more. It was quiet, picturesque and had lovely amenities.

We cleaned up and made our way downstairs for dinner.

We picked The Oaks for dinner. I wish I had taken a picture of my plate, because my salmon and veggie succotash were AMAZING!!! Hubby also really enjoyed his steak and we both shared a side of sweet potato mash. The sweet waitress asked us if were here for a special occasion and when we said we here for our 10th she brought us champagne and dessert to celebrate.

This pecan pie with brown sugar ice cream might have been the yummiest dessert I’ve ever had! Mmm I’d go back just for that dessert.

After dinner we walked outside for bit until we reached the cutest setting. This massive tree was covered in even larger lanterns. There was hay bales for you to sit on while a man sang songs and played on his guitar.It was the perfect setting! Note to self, get some lanterns for the backyard in your next house.

We walked over to the fire pits, chatted with a family from Orange County and ended our night roasting some marshmallows.

Note to self: Don’t take a picture so close to the fire pit. It just makes you look orange.

Day 2

We woke up and headed over to the bike rental place. Our plan was to bike into town, grab breakfast, wine taste and ride back to our hotel. Our idea was great, but wine tasting and riding bikes was not my best idea.

Our first stop was at Ojai Cafe Emporium for brunch.

I had a Mediterranean quiche and a yummy bloody mary. Hubby had an omelette and we also shared cinnamon roll french toast. I wanted to taste it all! Everything was amazing!

After brunch we rode our bikes to a nearby winery, Tipple & Ramble.

I loved their shabby chic decor!

I was living my best vacation life with a cold glass of Pinot Grigio and swinging on that hammock.

We came to our room and crashed! Good news was I closed my exercise circle on my iWatch, bad news was it was time to go home. While we waited for our golf cart to pick us up and I spotted my favorite tree again!

Thank you Ojai for the wonderful memories! Until next time!

Big shout out to our friends, Nicole and Errin for watching our kids so we can do this! We are thankful to friends who are like family.

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