I Dream of Summer Travel: My 2014 Wish List + $200 Giveaway

I Dream of Summer Travel: My 2014 Wish List + $200 Giveaway

Over the weekend, Daddy D and I took the kids to see Rio 2. I've heard that sequels never compare to an original, but I won't ever tire of visiting Rio de Janiero - even if it's via movie screen. I especially loved the opening scene: an aerial view of the crowded beach shoreline, sweeping down to engulf the party goers dressed in white, even closer to watch as they threw flowers into the ocean, petals all colors of the rainbow. And when the Brazilian beats drummed heavy and the fireworks exploded, I couldn't help but give Alina's hand a little squeeze and whisper in her ear, "one day I'll take … [Read more...]

Passport to Culture: France

Passport to Culture: France

Cultural Activity for Kids Our at-home travel series took us to France this month, but it's most certainly a destination that I hope to take my kids to for real one day. I've been to France once. With an old friend, we stayed in Paris for a few days before taking the train down the coast to Monaco. It was breath-taking being in Europe and realizing how young our country truly is. Walking down those cobblestone streets makes you feel so small, yet so alive and purposed, to know you are just a moment in history. One day I'll take my babies there. But for now, we explore, learn and travel... at … [Read more...]

Booking Family Travel And Accepting Our Reality

Booking Family Travel And Accepting Our Reality

We did it! Last week we booked our big family travel plans! After hundreds of research hours, conducted over many years, I was ready to buy our vacation to a destination that I've had my sights on since forever - long before it became the international superstar that it is now. Costa Rica is one of the most stable countries in Latin America. Without a national army, it's incredibly safe with a stable currency. The region boasts equatorial temperatures, and so long as you don't mind a bit of rain, there's really no bad time to visit. The biodiversity in Costa Rica is insane, and the animals … [Read more...]

Passport to Culture: An At-Home Travel Series

Passport to Culture: An At-Home Travel Series

Raising Multiracial Children: Feeling Whole in Mixed Identity I started De Su Mama out of a desire to ground my then 1 year old daughter in an identity that created wholeness. As a bicultural Latina, with divorced parents no less, I knew what it felt like to grow up feeling fragmented. Long before my children were born, I wanted so much more for them. I did my best at marrying a man of stability (and in my opinion, marrying D was the smartest thing I've ever done). As it turns out, I fell madly in love with a black man and had his beautiful mixed babies. Raising multiracial children is the … [Read more...]

Alina’s 4th Birthday: Goofy’s Kitchen at Disneyland Resort

Alina’s 4th Birthday: Goofy’s Kitchen at Disneyland Resort

Our First Trip to Disneyland After a 2 week Disneyland Countdown at home, picking up our birthday girl from school and giving our birthday Disney puzzles to her friends, we drove down from Vegas to Anaheim. It's not a far drive - about 3-4 hours - so the evening was perfect for a character dining experience at the Disneyland Resort, Goofy's Kitchen. I made reservations to Goofy's Kitchen about a month in advance (although, in the middle of January, that wasn't really necessary). After the drive from Vegas, checking in at our hotel (which was walking distance to the parks, etc), I wanted to … [Read more...]

New Years in New York with Scrubbing Bubbles®

New Years in New York with Scrubbing Bubbles®

New Years in New York City was a blast! Between the fanatical energy, my drop dead gorgeous husband and the opportunity to work on an amazing, charitable campaign, I couldn't have asked for a better start to 2014. Scrubbing Bubbles® is sponsoring this post so that I can share the great time we had in New York on New Years, the official launch of Scrubbing Bubble's Let's Bubble program! Daddy D and I needed the quality time together, but more than that, it was nice that he was able to experience exactly what I do when I travel for work. The man-power and expertise required to pull off an … [Read more...]

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