Five Fabulous Travel Tips As Seen In My 3TV Segment


Just in time for your summer travel plans, I have put together my top five fabulous travel tips that I swear by plus a few amazing places I recommend for family travel, both local and far away. If you caught my segment on the KTVK 3TV morning show, Your Life Arizona, and want more information about the travel tips I shared, here is the information with the links to the different items and places I recommend.  And be sure to go to my blog’s search bar to look up your desired destination to see if we have covered it.

Travel Tip #1 – Packing/Planning Fail Safe Forget Nothing Tool 

Once I discovered the Pack This! Travel list pad by Knock Knock, I have never looked back when it comes to packing planning. I call it packing planning because when an item is left behind, it will usually cost time and money to either purchase what was forgotten or have it shipped, which can be costly.  The Knock Knock Pack This! Pad is my favorite travel tool ever.  It is a handy exhaustive one page at a glance packing list that includes everything one could ever think of to pack for a trip.  Items that I wouldn’t consider like an umbrella, binoculars, bug spray, sunscreen and more. Every time I use this list, I forget nothing and my packing is done faster and is more efficient.  I swear by this and I buy my pad (60 sheets 6 x 9 size) for $6.99 at knockknockstuff.com and at amazon for only $4.85.

Travel Tip #2 – Best Wrinkle Free Clothing Tip Ever!

I don’t remember where I first heard this tip years ago, but I have never arrived with a wrinkled garment since. Here’s hoping it works for you since it has been failsafe for me. Simply dry clean the garments that you want to arrive wrinkle free before you travel.  The trick is to keep the clothing covered in the dry-cleaning plastic wrap it came home in.  Gently fold dry cleaned clothes on hanger and still in dry cleaning wrap and place on the very top of your suitcase after all other items are packed.  Give it a try. I have been pleasantly surprised how this has worked for me every single time.

Travel Tip #3 – Suitcase Type

Be loud and bold with your suitcase design for several reasons.  If your suitcase is a unique and colorful design, you will find it fast when it is coming off the conveyer belt at baggage claim.  Plus, if it is lost in transit, it will be easy to describe to airport and airline personnel.  I also finally bought a larger roll away suitcase that fits all my items.  We women do pack a lot and that is because we have a larger variety of shoes for different outfits and occasions, we tend to pack some our kids’ things with ours as well, we have more accessories than men typically do, etc.  Buying a larger than average suitcase has made me a one suitcase gal now.  I didn’t think that was possible!  So, consider buying the larger rollaway version if you usually have two suitcases.

Travel Tip #4 – Research Airport

Chances are that you will spend a good deal of time at airports.  Arriving early or being delayed, I have learned to research the airport I am traveling to ahead of time.  Doing this has made the trip even more fun.  I know that airports don’t sound fun, but since you must spend some time there, why not get there early for less stress, get all checked in and then enjoy yourself a little.  Plus, some airport websites offer coupons redeemable at the different stores and restaurants.  For example, San Antonio International Airport has coupons for airport restaurants, stores and more, including a tasty wine themed eatery.  So, check your airport website to see what is available and if coupons are also offered.  Here are some of my favorite airport attractions, so if you are stuck there for a bit, try these unique spots…

*Vino Volo in San Antonio International Airport – This cool restaurant offers gourmet wines from around the world.  I ordered a flight of red, white and champagne when I was there.  It was very relaxing and enjoyable to get to sample wines with a nice salad before I boarded my flight. Plus, I could use the coupon I accessed from the airport website to purchase a bottle of wine sold there if I had decided to buy some Vino.

*Be Relax in LAX – The last time I was at LAX, I enjoyed a very well done 10-minute shoulder, head and neck massage at Be Relax in Terminal 1 at LAX.  It set me back $29 (and I added a tip), but it was worth it because it was really good and therapeutic.  Plus, it is nice to board feeling somewhat relaxed.

Those are just two examples.  I also like that our airport here in Phoenix, Phoenix Sky Harbor has a ton of local favorite restaurants in the different terminals. So be sure to check the different airport websites to know where to go to eat, shop and relax while you wait.

Travel Tip #5 – Check my Blog!

I absolutely love travel blogging, so whenever I go anywhere, whether it be a staycation in Tucson, or all the way to marvelous Maui, I share my specific city recommendations in the travel section of my blog.  So, before you go, enter your destination city into my blog’s search bar to see if I have covered it. I also have team writers who have reviewed a Disney cruise and more. Here are some of our fun recommendations to some of my favorite travel destinations…

*Maui – my blog lists our top ten things not to miss in Maui and my family’s #1 favorite attraction is the Twin Falls hike that is beautiful and family friendly. We were especially impressed with the package that we booked called Hike Maui that included kayaking, snorkeling and the wonderful Twin Falls hike where we got to taste food right off the trees on our way to the waterfalls.  Once at the stunning waterfalls, we could jump off cliffs into the water and swim in freshwater pools.  We were also given Awapuhi plants, which contains the organic ingredients that Paul Mitchell uses in their Awapuhi shampoo.  My kids opened the plant and washed their hair under the waterfall.  It was such a cool day and purchasing the 7-hour activity package was the way to go. I have all the links to all of our Maui recommendations in my Maui article here.

 

*Washington DC – One of our favorite Smithsonian museums is the Newseum and a lot of tourists don’t consider this relatively new attraction.  It is like visiting an American history museum through the eyes of legendary and current journalists and it is very cool.  Exhibits like the original microphones used by FDR during the Fireside Chats, front pages from newspapers from around the world the day after the horrific 9/11 are displayed.  In addition, historic original newspaper pages from some of our country’s most famous events like when Marilyn Monroe was found dead, when the Hindenburg crashed, when wars ended and more.  There is another interesting section that shows a very cool and even emotional Pulitzer Prize photograph section and so much more.  I highly recommend this fascinating museum that also has an interactive area that lets visitors of all ages take home a flash drive of themselves being a reporter in a simulated news station.  So cool!  Check out my article with links about this here.

*Sedona – I cover a lot of local trips and staycations here in Arizona, too.  Check out my Sedona article to see where to stay, what to eat, what attractions to try like the Pink Jeep Tours and more.

It was very cool that our tour guide made stops along the tour so that we could get out and take pretty pictures as we learned about the history of lovely Sedona.

I have also reviewed most of the resorts here in the Phoenix area, as well as in Tucson and articles about Flagstaff, too.  My Sedona article is here.

*Amtrak train vacation – My son got to take an Amtrak train vacation with his grandparents so he wrote a comprehensive review for us on my blog.  He did a great job, so if you are considering a train vacation, be sure to see that article on my blog.  My son’s Amtrak train trip article can be found here.

Some of the other destinations we have reviewed on managedmoms.com is a Disney cruise, a California road trip that took us from southern California all the way up to San Francisco and more. 
So, before you go, check my blog and happy travels to you!

 

 

 

 

Freebie Friday Winner!


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So, who is today’s Freebie Friday winner??  What did our winner win?  Keep on reading!!  And remember if you are a subscriber, then you are automatically entered in our weekly drawing for great prizes that include beauty items, cookware,  jewelry and more!  Lots of cool stuff!

Now, let’s announce this week’s lucky winner….

This week’s Freebie Friday winner is:

Heather Cisek from Phoenix, AZ!!!

(winner drawn through random.org)

 

Congrats to Heather! She wins a prize for her son and for herself!  So cool!  Heather won the super cute and functional Crusty’s All Stars Sandwich Cutters so she can make fun shaped sandwiches for her cutie pie son. She also won the Tigi Bed Head Textrovert to make fun summery beachy waves in her hair.  Both great prizes!  I love giving fun stuff away in our the weekly Freebie Friday! 

 
She also wins a beautiful and stylish bling head warmer from Teresa’s Creative Gifts, my favorite online shopping boutique ever! 
She can choose from one of these colors. They are so lovely and stylish on, like our model in this pretty picture. 

Congrats to Heather for winning!  And thank you so much to subscribing to this blog.

We appreciate it!

And we will have more great prizes next week, so stay tuned for that and become a subscriber to be automatically entered in the weekly drawing that we do through random.org!

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Our 3-Day Getaway to LA: Cool Things To Do


As I promised, here is my short blog article about the fun things my girl and I enjoyed during our brief visit to the City of Angels.  We loved our hotel stay at the London and you can read our hotel review about that here. We found some cool things to do when we ventured out of our cozy hotel room. Here is what we recommend that we thoroughly enjoyed…

First of all, our main reason for going to LA was to tour UCLA and we had a great time doing that.  That blog post is coming soon, so stayed tuned for that.  That took up most of our first day in LA. After that we didn’t have much time to spare before we had to head back to Phoenix, but we found some pretty cool things to do that you will want to try!

This particular spot is one that not a lot of people know about when it comes to getting that prized Hollywood sign picture. We will share the secret in the fun trip video below…

Watch this short video to see our trip highlights and to find out how we got to the perfect photo spot for the Hollywood sign.  We watched countless other tourists go the long way that isn’t as well placed as this spot is for that great Hollywood sign photo op.  Plus here is what else we did in our quick 3-day getaway to LA in our fun and short video and be sure to make it full screen for best view…

Video travel blogging is so much fun.  Here is more info about what we showed in the video….

 

*The London Hotel

For London Hotel information, check out our blog review here.

Our balcony from our room at the very cool London Hotel.

Love the rooftoop pool and scenic panoramic views

*UCLA Tours
For more information and to schedule student tours, visit this UCLA link.  More thorough blog post about this coming soon!

*Glitterati LA Private Tours

Visit Glitterati’s website for more details and booking information.

The Grove Shopping, Restaurants & Farmers Market

Visit The Grove website here and be sure to taste one of those irresistible chocolate covered strawberries.  Best we have ever had!

Herringbone Restaurant in Santa Monica

Herringbone Restaurant menu, location and more can be found here.  Yummy!

California dreamin’ until next time. We plan to return this summer to tour USC.  Stay tuned for that as we will share more fun things to do on a quick trip to LA.  Happy travels!

Tasty & Light Savory Salmon & Brussels Sprouts Recipe


Clean eating has been our goal lately.  My daughter requests healthy homemade recipes as she works to keep herself in top shape to keep up with her community theatre audition schedule and high school honors class load. For myself, since I am just a few months away from my 50th birthday, I want to be as healthy as possible…and I am trying to cook that way for the hubs as well.  Our clean eating goals is not his favorite change around here since our son went away to college, but he grins and bears it, for the most part.  So when we find a recipe that meets all criteria that he also likes, I can’t wait to share my food find.  Today’s recipe is called Garlic Baked Salmon with Brussels sprouts.  I borrowed it, with permission, from my favorite online meal planning recipe guide, MealGarden.  This yummy recipe calls for some of my favorite ingredients like white wine and garlic.  And when it comes to Brussels Sprouts, when roasted with savory spices and pleasing olive oil, who can resist this healthy and tasty veggie that comes out of the oven a bit crisp?! Read on for this easy, delish and nutritious recipe that can be prepared from start to finish in a little over 30 minutes.  So good!

Garlic Baked Salmon with Brussels Sprouts

What You Need — Serves 3 

3 salmon filets – buy wild and select pieces close to the tail to avoid bones 

1/4 tsp pepper – grind it yourself for best results

3 cups Brussels sprouts, trimmed and sliced

1/8 cup extra virgin olive oil

7 garlic cloves

1/3 medium lemon cut into wedges

1 tbsp fresh dried oregano

1/2 tsp salt

1/3 cup white wine, preferable Chardonnay 

What You Do

  1.  Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  2. Mince 2 garlic cloves and combine in a small bowl with olive oil, oregano, salt and pepper.
  3. Halve the remaining garlic and toss with Brussels sprouts and 3 tablespoons of the seasoned oil on large roasting pan.
  4. Roast, stirring once, for 15 minutes.

    Looking tasty after 15 minutes of roasting

    Salmon hasn’t cooked yet and it already looks so good!

     

  5. Add wine to remaining oil mixture and when Brussels sprouts are done, stir and place salmon filets on top.
  6. Drizzle with wine mixture and sprinkle with more oregano, salt and pepper as desired.
  7. Bake until salmon is cooked through, about 5 to 10 minutes.

    Done and yum! I cut into the filet on the top left hand side to show that it is flaky and finished.

  8. Serve with lemon wedges.  So good!

Be sure to check out MealGarden for your healthy and tasty meal planning.  It has made our clean eating plan easier to follow with great recipes, grocery lists and more.  We love our MealGarden membership!

Walk/Ride/Taste & Shop San Antonio Riverwalk


Last week, I traveled to San Antonio to be with family during a surgery.  I arrived a few hours before everyone else did, so I did one fun thing. I revisited a wonderful place that I had explored before several years ago.  The very cool San Antonio Riverwalk.  I made the most of my limited time before greeting my family traveling in for surgery and it was a nice afternoon to be on my own for a bit. 
I am happy to report that the surgery went well and that my few solitary hours in the Alamo City were well spent.
I love to travel blog, so for my fellow lovers of travel, when in San Antonio, do this….

 

 

The Riverwalk — Whether or not you have just heard about it or been here before, do the San Antonio Riverwalk.  You will love the exercise you get, the food you taste, the boat ride, the shopping and more.  Here are a few highlights in pictures of my afternoon on the beautiful and fun Riverwalk.

Walk it for sure to get enjoyable exercise and to experience fun people watching. Seeing the water and the ducks are an added bonus and a great way to get your steps in and to keep your body moving.

Take breaks and and read about the Riverwalk landmarks and history.  With signs along the way, one can learn more about the Alamo city.  I personally enjoy learning about the city that I visit. There is so much to see and experience on the San Antonio Riverwalk….

Music by the local and talented mariachis!

I had to wonder if this couple was having some sort of memorable and romantic moment as the Riverwalk mariachis played! We will never know, but I enjoyed capturing this shot from afar.

A welcoming bench provides a place for a reflective rest from the lovely walk.

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