The 4 Best Cars for Incredibly Active Families

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*A guest post written by Alicia Rades. If you have an active family and you're constantly on-the-go, then you need a spacious, dependable vehicle. Let's take a look at a few cars that have enough space for your family and your belongings and that offer reliable performance to get you where you need to go. US News ranks each of these vehicles as the top 2013 family vehicle in their class. Toyota Highlander Hybrid Image via Flickr by Inhabitat If you're looking for a vehicle with great gas mileage, the Toyota … [Read more...]

Thinking Ahead and Planning a Winter Vacation for the Family

Thinking Ahead and Planning a Winter Vacation for the Family

*This is a guest post.  The pressure of the school year is upon families now.  Since summer vacation ended, the daily chaotic family routine returned and so does the stress involved. Instead of dwelling on whether or not the kids are doing homework at this moment, find a little time to look ahead at the future. As a mother, it’s essential to find time for yourself and family to get away from the daily pressures, stress, and schedule throughout the year to relax and recuperate. Most families don’t go on winter vacations, but maybe it’s time you start considering … [Read more...]

Ringling Brothers and Barnum&Barley~Built to Amaze

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* I was given complimentary passes at Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Presents Built To Amaze!SM However, all thoughts are my own. Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus is an American circus company billed as The Greatest Show on Earth. The company was started in 1919 when the circus created by James Anthony Bailey and P. T. Barnum was merged with the Ringling Brothers Circus. The Ringling brothers purchased the Barnum & Bailey Circus in 1907, but ran the circuses separately until they were finally merged in 1919. I have never ever been to … [Read more...]

Top Tips When Camping With the Kids

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Camping with the kids does not need to be a daunting experience, and with some careful planning and the right pieces of equipment everyone will have a brilliant time. Regardless of where you decide to go camping, you and the kids can have fun. This style of holiday has begun to become more popular again as families try to reconnect. Kids today can be hard work, which is why you need to ensure that you have plenty planned for the trip. If possible you should try to ensure that all electronic devices are left at home, or switched off for a majority of the day. There … [Read more...]

50% Off General Admission tickets to Gilroy Gardens Family Theme Park

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Play, learn and grow at Gilroy Gardens Family Theme Park! With more than 40 unique rides, attractions, and stunning gardens geared toward all ages, you'll enjoy every minute. Visit our water play area, Splash Gardens, ride the paddle boats in Coyote Lake and even take a simulated ride in a hot-air balloon.   This is a perfect way to spend summer time with your family and friends and for a special deal My Charmed Mom Readers Save 50% Off General Admission tickets to Gilroy Gardens Family Theme … [Read more...]

AMF Bowling's Summer Unplugged Program

Summer is here! Have you planned for the activities you and your kids will enjoy? Here's another great event from AMF. KIDS BOWL FREE ALL SUMMER! Summer fun is just around the corner, and so are we. Sign-up for Summer Unplugged and Summer Pass now! Free bowling for kids all summer long! Kids registered in the Summer Unplugged program can bowl two games per day, every day, all summer long! Sign up today! https://freebowling.amf.com/?source=USFAMILY … [Read more...]

Cherry Picking In Brentwood

During the long Memorial weekend, we, together with some close friends decided to go cherry picking. I was quite excited as this is my first time to do such activity. Brentwood, California is about 61 miles from San Jose which means that travel time is more than an hour. Since our car, a 1995 Nissan Sentra is not stable to travel such distance, my husband and I decided to rely on car rental for our vehicle that day. It was such a lovely Sunday morning just perfect for a long drive. While it was showering in San Jose when we left, we were welcomed by a beautiful … [Read more...]