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We are back from Hawaii! We had an amazing trip, and we can’t wait to go back. We ate delicious food (mom and dad even enjoyed some local adult beverages like a Lava Flow and Kona Brewing Company beers), we swam in beautiful warm waters, and drove through the gorgeous windy roads from Kona through Waimea and to the other side of the island to hike to incredible waterfalls.

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Akaka Falls, The Big Island of Hawaii

It was our first “big” family trip, and it’s one we will never forget. The kids had a blast, Jason and I had a blast, and we are all wondering when we can go back.

Remember I mentioned I was worried that the kids or I might get some motion sickness? Mia and I both seem to be affected by it, and so I dreaded the possibility. We had plans for a trip to the other side of the island (and those roads are windy.) That’s when Mia normally gets sick, in the car. So I was worried that the other two might as well.

We also had a trip to take a boat out a few miles off shore to snorkel with dolphins. We went out early morning – when the dolphins come in from feeding all night – and hoped to catch them in their resting spot for the day. I was concerned about Mia being on a boat since she gets sick in the car. She was also concerned that she might get sick and told me that her tummy hurt from the car ride. So before we headed out on the boat, I gave all of the kids Dramamine® for Kids in the hopes of staving off any potential sick issues and having to help her puke over the side of the boat!

Do your children suffer from motion sickness? Taking an adventure by car, boat, or train and not sure if they do? Don't forget Dramamine® for Kids - it WORKS!

There are other over the counter medicines out there, but we choose Dramamine® because it’s the #1 pharmacist recommended brand for treating and preventing motion sickness. I like the ability to be proactive and give it to the kids before, but if they start experiencing motion sickness when we aren’t expecting it, I can still give it to them if they get it and it helps mellow out the symptoms.

Dramamine® for Kids is the only medicated motion sickness relief product just for children ages 2-12. Since I have three in that age range, it’s perfect for our family. Just like the adult Dramamine®, it can treat symptoms of motion sickness on the spot, or you can use it before an outing to prevent nausea, dizziness, vomiting and queasiness. One of my favorite things about Dramamine® for Kids is the convenient travel case that it comes in that I can just toss in my purse or bag. Each tablet is a precise dose (no measuring needed) and the kids said that the grape flavor was really good…no complaints about taking yucky medicine!

And we got to see, hear, and swim with the dolphins! Bear with the terrible underwater pictures; they were taken with a $13 underwater camera and dolphins move FAST!

Mia didn’t want her picture taken underwater, but you can see her watching the spinner dolphins as they spin out of the water. They put on quite a show! The first (blurry) dolphin picture shows a dolphin who thought it was fun to zip past me – look how close we were! The bottom picture was of a mom and her baby. The baby was doing all kinds of spins in and out of the water. As a scuba diver who has often heard dolphins while diving but never got to see them, this was a really special experience for me. And it was made more special because the kids got to be a part of it as well.

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Now that we are home and out of vacation mode, I still keep Dramamine® for Kids in my purse for those “just in case” moments we decide to take another adventure! The L.A. Fair is here…I’m sure we’d all need some Dramamine® for all of the roller coasters and fast rides!

Do your children suffer from motion sickness? Taking an adventure by car, boat, or train and not sure if they do? Don't forget Dramamine® for Kids - it WORKS!

We were so happy with how well that Dramamine® for Kids worked, that Mia and I have given it the Mommy of a Monster stamp of approval!

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I Think I’m Too Old For Las Vegas

If you live in California and drive to Las Vegas, you know that this sign always means that you're on your way to a weekend of fun!

If you live in California and drive to Las Vegas, you know that this sign always means that you’re on your way to a weekend of fun!

This past weekend, Jason and I went to Las Vegas with family and friends to celebrate my littlest brother’s 30th birthday party. Well, lots of my family and friends bowl on a league and they were having their “sweeps”, or final games of the season, in Vegas. They’ve done it for years, and while we haven’t gone in quite a few years, it’s always a blast.

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My mom (right) and some of our favorite friends wearing their lucky bowling socks…balls and pins. Both my mom and Dena won a ton of money with their mad bowling skills!

But here’s the problem with Vegas. My 40 year old brain shuts off and my 20 year old brain takes over. I forget that I’m too old to stay up gambling and drinking and partying like a rock star all night. I forget that I need to eat 3 meals a day, and that I need to drink a ton of water. I forget that I need 8 hours of sleep. I forget that when I do party like a rock star, I can only do it one night, not two.

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So my 20 year old brain took over this weekend and coming home on Sunday I was exhausted. Now, nearly a week later, I’m still trying to catch up on sleep and recover from a weekend of too much partying and not enough of doing anything healthy.

My siblings and I at the end of a very long day and night.

My siblings and I at the end of a very long day and night.

It was a blast, a huge blast, and I loved every minute of it.

But next year? I think instead of hanging out all night with the 30 year olds, I’ll be heading to bed at 10:30 with the other old people.

Visiting So Cal? Visit Temecula Valley!

If you are planning on visiting Southern California, plan to visit Temecula Valley. There's so much to do and see for the whole family! And don't miss wine country while you're there!

A few weeks ago, I was lucky enough to be invited by Visit Temecula Valley to attend the Temecula Valley Balloon and Wine Festival with several other local bloggers. It was a BLAST to say the least! We ate and shopped during the day, and were lucky enough to attend a private dinner at Wilson Creek Winery before heading to the Festival.

I’ve lived about an hour from Temecula for my entire life, and I had no idea of how much there is to do there (other than go to wine country!) Old Town Temecula is full of shops and restaurants and would be fun for the whole family.

What To Do When You Visit Temecula Valley

We visited several locations, and I can’t wait to spend another day there with the family. If you visit Temecula Valley, make sure to stop by these locations:

Temecula Lavender Company – It smells undescribably good in there. It was relaxing just walking into the little shop.

Old Town Spice & Tea Merchants – Spices. Teas. Samples. I could’ve spent all day in there sniffing (literally!) around.

Temecula Olive Oil Company – My favorite shop that we visited! You can sample a ton of different olive oils and vinegars. I bought several different oils, and can’t wait to go back.

Old Town Sweet Shop – Like an old fashioned candy shop! Make sure to try their Jalapeno Chocolate Fudge and Chocolate Covered Bacon!

Old Town Rootbeer Company – The kids would love this place! All kinds of different rootbeers from around the world. I’m not a huge fan of rootbeer, but the rootbeer they make (it’s an old family recipe) is definitely worth trying!

Crush & Brew – AMAZING food and drinks! One of my new favorite places.

I can’t wait to visit Temecula Valley again, especially downtown. I think it would be a fun way to spend a day out. And very soon I’ll be taking the kids to Temecula’s Children Museum, AKA PennyPickle’s Workshop. It’s hands on and intreactive and I know they would all enjoy it.

And after an afternoon full of fun, we headed out for wine tasting before going to the Balloon & Wine Festival.

If you are planning on visiting Southern California, plan to visit Temecula Valley. There's so much to do and see for the whole family! And don't miss wine country while you're there!

We visited Lorimar Winery for some wine tasting before heading over to Wilson Creek Winery for a tour and dinner.

If you are planning on visiting Southern California, plan to visit Temecula Valley. There's so much to do and see for the whole family! And don't miss wine country while you're there!

Wilson Creek is one of my favorite wineries, and if you ever have a lazy Sunday afternoon to spend there, it’s family friendly. There’s live music and more. And their food is delicious. Side Note: Try my Amaretto Mimosa recipe with Wilson Creek’s Almond Champagne. YUM!

And finally, we headed out to the Balloon & Wine Festival which everybody in So Cal or visiting should check out. It is so much fun! The last time I went was with the kids. This was a different experience because it was with friends. We danced, laughed, drank wine, and wished we had more room in our bellies to try all the food that is there, too. My friend Tonya describes the festival in detail and so I’ll send you over to read her thoughts on the Temecula Valley Balloon & Wine Festival.

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Thanks again to Visit Temecula Valley for inviting us to experience your incredible town!

Our Palm Desert Vacation 2014

I’ve told you before that my entire family usually takes a summer vacation in King’s Canyon every year (since my mom was a kid!) and that we’ve been going the last 3 years with the kids. This year, we decided to switch it up and try out a Palm Desert vacation with our favorite friends and their daughters instead. We had a blast!

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Now those of you familiar with Palm Springs/Palm Desert/So Cal might be asking why in the world we’d want do a Palm Desert vacation in the middle of July. In short, Jason and I both love Palm Springs (Palm Desert is the city right next door and many people think of them as one and the same) and so do the kids. So when our friends invited us, we immediately said yes. We stayed at Marriott’s Desert Springs Villas II, and hope to go back again soon.

We spent lots and lots of time in the pool, as the weather was over 100 degrees every day.

We played volleyball…

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We got up early to make sure we got the best spot at the pool…

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Mia learned to swim (finally!) without floaties, and even jumped off the side of the pool!…

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Daddy spent a lot of time throwing the kids around…

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And of course we wore lots of sunblock and hats…

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We took the Palm Springs Tram to the top of the San Jacinto mountains, where it was just like being in the mountains…

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There was dinner and dancing at our favorite restaurant in Palm Springs, Las Casuelas

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There was boat rides,

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and golfing,

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and henna tattoos,

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and hair chalk.

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And there was rock climbing.

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There was even time for drinks and dinner with friends.

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And Jason created the PERFECT summer cocktail.

Did I mention it was super hot?

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At 9 in the morning it was already well over 100 degrees. By 5 pm, it was 122. The record heat in Palm Springs is 123. Let’s just say that I hope to never, EVER be there when it’s this hot again. There’s a huge difference between 117 and 122. HUGE.

So thank you to our friends for inviting us and for all of the fun memories. Let’s do it again next year!

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Wordless Wednesday: What Happens When You Get Away Without The Kids

Okay…not totally wordless. This past weekend Jason and I escaped, ahem I mean got away, for a weekend with friends – without the kids! It’s the first time in a couple of years we’ve been able to do it, and we had a blast. There were four couples, lots and lots of laughs, gorgeous weather on the river, probably too many cocktails, and staying up way too late.

And this is what it looks like when you get away with your favorite people for the weekend. We are at Topock 66 where we stopped for a cocktail and to cool off.

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That’s my sister in front taking our picture. I’m in the black cover up drinking a Jager and Monster. Our friend Winter (we’ve known her since we were kids and we refer to her as a sister. I’ve also written about her before; one of my all-time favorite memories is with her!) is behind me drinking a vodka and soda. I guess we’re all hootin’ and hollerin’ because we are so excited to be kid-free. Jason’s back there too drinking a Shock Top beer. Go big or go home, people…though it is now three days later and I still haven’t recovered from the craziness. That kind of fun with good friends is good for the soul.

PS – This is one of my Top 10 Favorite Pictures Of All Time.

PSS – Does anybody still do Wordless Wednesday (or in my case, Semi-Wordless Wednesday?)