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A Romantic Weekend in Carmel by the Sea, California

This trip was hosted by Hofsas House Hotel.  The opinions expressed are my own.  I was not financially compensated for this post.

I have always been a proponent of parents taking some time away from the kids as a couple periodically.  It helps you connect as a couple, explore places without the constraints of bedtimes or age limitations, and (maybe best of all), get some uninterrupted sleep.  Don't get me wrong; we love travelling with our kids and showing them the world.  But I also love (and really value and cherish) trips with just my husband.  Since our last big trip this year (our two-week U.K. road trip) included the kids, the hubs and I were due for some one-on-one travel time.  We decided to go back to my home state of California for a weekend of wine, peace and quiet, and rest!

I was offered the opportunity to experience Carmel-by-the-Sea, California courtesy of Hofsas House Hotel and some of their local partners.  This was just what the doctor ordered - the perfect romantic setting for a quick and rejuvenating getaway.  While Carmel-by-the-Sea would be great for families as well, my reviews here are specific to what we experienced during an adult weekend.  I hope that this will inspire you with where to stay, where to eat, and what to do on your own getaway to Carmel and Monterey, which also happens to be the gateway to my favorite part of California (and possibly the whole US), Big Sur.

The sun setting over the Pacific Ocean as seen from my balcony at Hofsas House


How to Choose the Right Fix and Flip Property

I have worked in collaboration with one of our partners to provide you with the below post.

If flipping houses were easy, everyone would be doing it. You can be the queen of Pinterest and have a knack for design, or consider yourself a handyman (or handywoman!) that can handle all home repairs, but these skills aren’t enough when it comes to successfully flipping a property. In the end, what matters most is carefully choosing the property to get the most out of your investment. Read through these steps to ensure you pick the right place before setting out on a fix and flip.

Step 1: Set a Budget


Reviewing Taco Cabana's New Flame-Grilled Chicken Tacos and the New Premium Lunazul Tequila Margarita

Disclosure: I received samples for review purposes.  The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.  I was not financially compensated for this post.

Taco Cabana invited me to be part of its blogger tasting program to let you know about some of their new menu items (I know, it's a rough gig, but these are the things I do for you, my dear readers).  Being ever the foodie and budget-seeker, I was not one to pass up the opportunity to try these with my family, since we already love "Taco C" (as the Fab Fam affectionately calls it) for both the quality and the great prices.

In early October, Taco Cabana debuted three new tacos, a new house-made margarita, and a new Crispy Chicken Bites kid's meal.  Here is what we thought of each!


Family Travel Bucket List: Hunting for the Loch Ness Monster in Scotland

Even having grown up in America, I heard about the legends of the Loch Ness Monster since I was a young child. This mysterious, mythical creature was synonymous with Scotland in my mind. When we found ourselves planning our time in Scotland as part of our U.K. road trip, visiting Loch Ness was a requirement for the trip. Not only did I want to see the famed loch for myself, but I was also so excited at the idea of my two young sons getting to experience it. This way, as they hear about the Loch Ness Monster in school or from friends, they will have a real memory to associate it with.