Travel & Family Fun

By Shannon Gurnee
In Avila Beach
Jul 15th, 2015
56 Comments
1061 Views
We live in a small town on the Central Coast and sometimes get a chance to enjoy romantic getaways together. Most recently, we enjoyed the weekend at Avila Beach. We took our RV and were lucky enough to find a spot with full hook-ups for our family RV. It was awesome!  Our RV spot with […]...
By Shannon Gurnee
In Recent Posts
Jul 2nd, 2015
25 Comments
1148 Views
This post is sponsored by Chevrolet Traverse. School’s out for summer!!! I remember how excited I used to get when I was a kid about being out of school for summer. It meant sleeping in, no homework, staying up late, traveling, going to the pool and more! It’s a little different now that I’m a […]...
By Shannon Gurnee
In Cruising Life
May 25th, 2015
24 Comments
13571 Views
It’s hard to believe that almost 3 months ago, Frank and I got married on the Carnival Miracle Cruise Ship in the Port of Long Beach! I remember searching high and low for information about cruise weddings on blogs and wedding sites and really didn’t find all that much that was current. I hope that […]...
By Shannon Gurnee
In Mexico
May 10th, 2015
38 Comments
4091 Views
A little over two months ago, I married my best friend (more pictures to come) and it was everything I dreamed it would be. Frank and I were married on the Carnival Miracle Cruise Ship in the Port of Long Beach. It was a small wedding as we were limited in the number of guests […]...
By Caroline Hileman-Schaffer
In California
May 2nd, 2015
4 Comments
1594 Views
For the last few years I’ve slowly transitioned into a runner. Do I love to run? No. Well, not when I’m running, but I like the feeling of accomplishment when I’m done. Typically, I try to run a few times a week usually completing 3-mile runs.   But running tends to get boring. That’s why I […]...
By Shannon Gurnee
In Cruising Life
Mar 11th, 2015
37 Comments
6413 Views
Hi everyone! Hope you are all doing well. I am back and now married to the most amazing man ever – officially complete with six children!!! We were married on the Carnival Miracle on February 28th and it was awesome! In fact, I had never been to a cruise wedding before and couldn’t really even […]...
By Shannon Gurnee
In Cruising Life
Feb 23rd, 2015
72 Comments
10929 Views
  Frank and I love to go on cruises! Every cruise I’ve been on has been with Carnival Cruise Lines and I am so impressed. In fact, we have two more cruises already booked (including our upcoming wedding cruise). Last year, we went on a cruise to celebrate Frank’s 40th birthday with a group of […]...
By Caroline Hileman-Schaffer
In California
Feb 22nd, 2015
1 Comment
1765 Views
Laguna Lake Park is a nice 375-acre park in San Luis just south of Cerro San Luis Mountain. This park used to have a beautiful 25-acre lake that has now shrunken to look more like a pond, but the ducks are still there and like to be fed. There is also a very nice playground […]...
By Shannon Gurnee
In Food Review
Feb 15th, 2015
32 Comments
5040 Views
When Frank and I last visited Las Vegas, we discovered Guy Fieri’s Vegas Kitchen. It was so good!!! To be seated more quickly, we opted to sit out on the patio. I want to say the wait was short because it was pretty warm outside, but thankfully, we were in the shade and had nice […]...
By Caroline Hileman-Schaffer
In California
Jan 24th, 2015
1 Comment
1829 Views
I’m still trying to catch up on my hiking posts from the past few months. Finding the time, as I’m sure we all can attest to, seems harder and harder as the kids get older with all of their extracurricular activities…but I’ll save that for future posts because I digress and need to stay focused […]...
By Caroline Hileman-Schaffer
In California
Jan 23rd, 2015
2 Comments
3065 Views
Riddle me this… Who can run like a Goddess while still here on Earth, drink the nectar of the gods in a place that looks like heaven? Answer:  YOU!!! Wait, what?!?  Now I’ve had the pleasure of participating in a lot of “fun runs,” mud runs, and a half marathon…but THIS run is just what […]...
By Shannon Gurnee
In California
Jan 18th, 2015
36 Comments
4850 Views
This summer, Frank and I had the opportunity to enjoy a weekend getaway to San Francisco sans kids.  I hadn’t been to Downtown San Francisco in a long time, so I was really excited to spend time with the man I love doing some fun things in the city.  We checked out Fisherman’s Wharf, Ride […]...
By Caroline Hileman-Schaffer
In California
Jan 5th, 2015
0 Comments
1726 Views
What a way to end 2014! On Christmas day, Russel and I decided to get out and drive…just drive…find our own little adventure. Being kid-free this year it was easy for us to be on the go with no plans or expectations. For those of you who know me, I am always up for a […]...
By Shannon Gurnee
In California
Dec 22nd, 2014
11 Comments
2062 Views
Happy New Year’s!  Ok, so it’s almost time to say Happy New Year’s!  What are you planning on doing this New Year’s Eve?  Why not ring in the New Year with your family and friends at Knott’s Berry Farm?  We are excited to be taking our six kids to Knott’s Berry Farm for the New […]...
By Shannon Gurnee
In Community
Dec 10th, 2014
28 Comments
4709 Views
I love to travel!  I’ve traveled to Russia, Mexico, Canada and different states throughout the U.S.  One of the things I love being about a blogger is sharing those experiences on The Mommy-Files.  Now, I want to start off by saying that I have never been to The Amazon myself, but I have virtually – […]...
By Shannon Gurnee
In California
Nov 17th, 2014
49 Comments
6214 Views
In our family, we love to go camping!  In fact, we just bought a RV – woo hoo!  We have a favorite campsite in Santa Barbara that we visit on a regular basis and the kids love it because they get to swim, make ice cream sundaes, enjoy s’mores, play in the park and go […]...
By Shannon Gurnee
In California
Nov 16th, 2014
7 Comments
2187 Views
  Each month, a group of us girls get together and go out for a Girl’s Night Out!  It is so much fun!  Originally our group was formed to play Bunco, but with everyone’s busy schedules, it became really difficult to do.  After a few months, we were all missing our monthly get-togethers and decided […]...
By Frank Gurnee
In California
Nov 12th, 2014
42 Comments
5868 Views
  As a family, we love to camp!  Ok, so I’m not talking about sleeping on the ground under the stars or in a tent camping.  I’m talking about enjoy the beauty around you with a kitchen and a bathroom available at all times without having to walk in the dark by yourself camping.  Yes, […]...
By Caroline Hileman-Schaffer
In California
Nov 3rd, 2014
1 Comment
1387 Views
Last month my friend Melanie, our kids, and I participated in a local 5K…A Zombie Run! Zombie Invasion SLO was such a fun experience; I love themed runs! This 5K was a fundraiser for the Central Coast Autism Spectrum Center – a local charity. Zombies are horribly dangerous to all human life and zombie infections […]...
By Caroline Hileman-Schaffer
In California
Oct 17th, 2014
2 Comments
2776 Views
We’ve all been in the position of trying to stuff a lot of things to do into a short amount of time. Whether it’s running errands, going to appointments, or having to pick up the kids of a half-day. Arleena and I were pressed on time, and decided to stay local and find some kind […]...
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