One of the best parts about going on vacation is trying out new restaurants and not having to cook, can I get an AMEN?! But, when you are a visitor in a new city, it can be challenging to find the best restaurants. Thankfully we were in great hands at The Hilton San Diego Resort and Spa, because of their incredible Concierge, Gordon. I seriously can’t say enough wonderful things about Gordon, he ensured a tasty success for every meal we ate on our San Diego family vacation. Thanks to his recommendations we were able to not just enjoy, but absolutely LOVE our dining experiences in San Diego! Gordon listened to our palatal aspirations and was able to provide us with family-friendly locations to eat and explore. He embraced the fact that we were foodies traveling with kids and provided us with unique and memorable dining experiences that were also family-friendly environments. Here is a recap of some of our favorite restaurants that we discovered on our San Diego family vacation.
Where do I even begin?!… Our day at SeaWorld San Diego truly was one of the most wonderful family days we have ever shared together. My husband and I surprised our two daughters with a long weekend getaway to San Diego and SeaWorld. My husband and I both LOVED visiting SeaWorld as a kid, so it was a no-brainer to take our girls as soon as the opportunity arose! Looking back on our day at SeaWorld, I wouldn’t have done anything different: we saw and did everything we wanted! So I thought it would be helpful to share our day of adventures below, plus 10 tips and tricks!
:: Our Day At SeaWorld: How to SEA it all in one day ::
I love jackets, scarfs, hats, gloves and just about anything winter clothes related. So when it comes to picking out adorable winter looks for my girls, I have way too much fun! Contrary to popular belief, Phoenix can still get chilly in the winter. Subzero? No. Teens to 30’s? You betchya. For this reason, I need to get my girls ready for the change in season. For my little ones, I love bundling them up in the marshmallow-like puffer jackets with a coordinating hat. There is nothing cuter in my mind than a BUNDLED marshmallow running around!
My husband and I decided it was time for an official SeaWorld and San Diego vacation with our girls. We were both raised with great memories at Sea World and visiting the beach, so now that our girls are 4.5 and 1.5 years old, it was time to start making memories of our own. When I started researching San Diego hotels, I realized that not a lot of properties promoted luxury and a family friendly environment, until I discovered Hilton San Diego Resort & Spa. It is a gorgeous property on Misson Bay and it had everything we were looking for, not to mention it is less than a 5-minute drive from SeaWorld which was definitely a plus for us.
The Hilton San Diego Resort & Spa is conveniently located on Mission Bay, and the views of the water are absolutely stunning. It is a 10-minute drive from the San Diego Airport or a quick 5.5-hour drive from Arizona.
When you live in the valley of the sun, escaping to the mountains is always a welcomed retreat. We were able to spend the weekend in Prescott, Arizona to get some much needed time in the great outdoors. Cooler weather and pine trees did not disappoint!
We decided to kick off the first weekend of fall on the right note… with a girls day at the farm. We joined friends and spent the morning exploring the farm. Now that the girls are 4 and 1 years old, this fall is going to be an active one filled with all kinds of fun. There are so many aspects of fall that I can not get enough of, and they all start with the word pumpkin. Well maybe not all of them, but most of them; picking out pumpkins at a pumpkin patch, painting pumpkins, drinking pumpkin spice latte’s, sweater weather, football, fall candles, plaid blanket scarfs… I could go on and on. There is something so sweet about fall and all of the festivities… just thinking about it makes me feel all cozy inside.
…Anyways, sorry about my tangent on my love for fall, back to the farm! We were able to show the kids pretty much every farm animal you can imagine and the best part was riding a train all around the farm and through the pumpkin fields. It was a great day and the perfect kick-off to all of the exciting memories and times coming in October.
Here are a few photos from our day on the farm!
If you live in Arizona or plan on visiting, add Schnepf Farms to your must-visit list. They have the best ‘Pumpkin and Chili Party’ every weekend through the month of October… it is legit fall fun!
Have fun this fall season. Embrace all of the festivities and enjoy making memories with your loved ones! I encourage you to try something new and to drink lots of pumpkin spice lattes!
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As my family has grown, I have grown more and more in love with Costco! What’s not to love?… Quality products, excellent pricing, free samples for hungry littles, and the ability to buy in bulk! One of my favorite bulk purchases is the Coscto exclusive Huggies Little Snugglers Plus and Huggies Little Movers Plus diapers. True to the Costco way, they are high quality diapers and you can’t find a better price anywhere!
If you haven’t visited Sedona, Arizona … YOU MUST! As a Phoenician (aka – born and raised Phoenix, Arizona), I love exploring my fabulous state. Hands down, Sedona is one of my favorite cities… by a long shot! As a little girl, we vacationed in Sedona every summer to beat the Phoenix heat, so I have countless memories and happy moments forever engrained in my mind. Sedona was also the city in which my husband proposed to me, along the majestic Oak Creek to be exact. And now it is one of our favorite places to take our girls for a weekend getaway. Sedona is only about a 2 hour drive from our city life in Phoenix, so it makes for the perfect getaway location. The weather, the stunning beauty (famous for the red rocks) and the “small town” feel are just too fabulous not to visit.
On our last holiday weekend adventure, my husband and I decided it was time to take our 4 year old and 1 year old daughters on their first hike in the red rocks. We loaded up the girls in our fabulous backpack carriers, and off we went!
This is a Groupon sponsored post. All opinions are 100% my own. #Groupon #ad
My family is all about the experiences. We love to explore, try new fun things and enjoy all that our city has to offer. After all, Phoenix is the 6th largest city in the USA… literally the sky is the limit.
But… no matter what city you live in, Groupon can provide you with affordable fun Groupon things to do and see right in your own backyard. I love that anytime I am looking for a fun activity to take my girls to, it allows me to select the exact city I want to explore and categorizes my options by theme. It is so much fun jumping on my Groupon App and scrolling through all of my nearby deals and I love that with a quick “BUY” I am able to pay and use that Groupon deal right then and there.
I recently took my girls to the Phoenix Children’s Museum, and before I paid at the counter, I jumped on my Groupon mobile app and discovered that they had an on-going deal. I was able to purchase the Groupon on the spot and I saved over 50% off of the regular price. So worth it!!! …And now we are in love with the museum and have become frequent visitors.
HELLO ☀️ SUNSHINE… This tote bag is PERFECTION!
Adornlee has done it again… this is the best bag for a pool/beach day!!! I have taken it on two resort staycations now and I am officially obsessed with it! I have received so many comments and messages for details on it, so I wanted to take a minute and share with you all of the specifics, because honestly… It is Ahh-mazing!