Cruising the Carnival Inspiration for Frank’s 40th Birthday!

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If you follow The Mommy-Files, you know that I love to travel and especially love to cruise!  This May, my handsome, smart and amazing fiancé turned 40 years old.  To celebrate his birthday, we decided to go on a Carnival Cruise to Ensenada with some of our friends.  It was so much fun!!!! We decided […]

Test Driving the 2014 KIA Cadenza in Comfort & Style

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As a blogger, I have the opportunity to test drive a lot of different cars.  I love driving, so test-driving cars is definitely right up my alley!  I recently got to test-drive one of my favorite cars – the 2014 KIA Cadenza.  Oh my gosh, talk about driving in luxury.  This car rocked! I was […]

Take a Family Daycation to the Beautiful Pacific Edge Hotel in Laguna Beach, California

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I love to travel and love living in California!  Do you know what I love even more?  Traveling to different beautiful places within the state of California!  Last year, I had the opportunity to check out the newly renovated Pacific Edge Hotel in Laguna Beach, California.  Let me tell you – it’s a gorgeous hotel […]

Vacation Mishaps and Vacay Gone Cray Cray!!!

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I love to travel!  In fact, since a young age, I’ve enjoyed traveling.  I’ve traveled to Maui (at age 13), to Canada (at 15) and to Russia (at age 18).  Since starting my blog, I’ve had the opportunity to travel around the county, as well as to Mexico a few times.  I’ve visited Cancun, Mexico […]

Save Money and Travel Around LA with Taxi Magic

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Frank and I travel down to Los Angeles a lot!  We’ve found that sometimes it’s just easier (and more cost-effective) to take a taxi to get where we’re going.  Whether we’re heading to a baseball game, a concert or a press event, it can get expensive (and frustrating) driving around and searching for parking in […]

The Central Coast – A Place Like No Other

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This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Cambria Estate Winery for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine. I love living on the Central Coast!  Not only do I live in a beautiful part of California, but also I am within driving distance of other beautiful areas on the Central Coast.  One […]

Millennial Travel Tips with Dhani Jones

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I love to travel and if you’ve noticed, our generation of techies in their twenties and early thirties (Millennials), are reshaping the way of travel.  According to a survey commissioned by Chase Card Services, millennials are twice as likely to prefer Elite status as a benefit of their travel rewards program, compared to older travelers. […]

Visiting the Wilton “Sweet Up” in Chicago

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I am so excited to be working with the Wilton Team again. I loved being one of the original Wilton Moms and am continuing with Wilton as a member of their Sweet Treat Team. While I am by no means a professional when it comes to cake decorating, I do have a passion for making […]

Run or Dye – Fun Run Recap

Run or Dye Recap

  A couple weeks back I joined about 9,000 other participants in this year’s Run or Dye Color Run in San Luis Obispo, CA. We had so much fun! My girlfriends and I created a group called “Parental Colors,” and we even brought a few of our kids. I don’t know who had more fun, […]

61-Week Hiking Challenge (Week 20) – Sydney Street Trail to Murray Hill (Unnamed Hill)

WK 20 - Sydney Strret

  Oops! We did it again! It’s only been 7 weeks since Arleena and I last visited Murray Hill (otherwise known as the Unnamed Hill)/ Reservoir Canyon Trail. I cannot believe we chose to do the other side – and on a sweltering 90-degree sunny day no less! The last time we ventured up this […]

61-Week Hiking Challenge (Week 19) – Irish Hills (Froom Creek and Poppy Trails)

WK 19 - Irish Hills

  This week Arleena and I wanted to revisit the trails of Irish Hills.   This mountain range has several different routes to hike that it will take a few more trips to explore the entire area. Back in week 15 we ventured through Mariposa and King trails. This week we traveled along Poppy to Froom […]

61-Week Hiking Challenge (Week 18) – Cerro San Luis

Week 18 - Cerro San Luis

This week Arleena and I revisited Cerro San Luis (or San Luis Mountain). Back in week 12, Arleena and I made a wrong turn on this trail that only got us to the M on this mountain which about ¾ of the way up to the top. Needless to say we were a bit bummed […]

7 Essentials You Need to Bring when Traveling to Europe for the First Time

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A romantic place filled with gorgeous architecture and rich history, the whole of Europe is a dream destination of many people. While you want to get lost there for days, you must remember to bring enough (not all) essentials like wedge boots, jeans and cardigans especially when you’re traveling for the first time. Amsterdam, Berlin, […]

Cruising the Carnival Imagination

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Frank and I have been on two cruises together and love the cruising experience!  Frank has been on a lot of cruises, but this was my second cruise – both time going on Carnival Cruises.  I absolutely love them!  I love the service, the drinks, the rooms and the overall experience.  In fact, we love […]

California Strawberries Farm & Culinary Event

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A little less than a month ago, I had the opportunity to attend the 365 Days of California Strawberries Farm & Culinary Event with a group of other bloggers.  I love that my family and I were able to drive to and participate in the event.  One of my favorite things about living on the […]