According to surf historians, Huntington Beach was first surfed in 1907 by Hawaiian surfing pioneer George Freeth. Fast forward to 2008, Huntington Beach officially adopted the Surf City USA nickname after a tense trademark dispute between the Southern California city and Santa Cruz. Now, fittingly dubbed Surf City, HB is a hot spot for families wanting an Orange County escape lined with a long 8.5 miles of beautiful beach, a mild climate, and excellent surfing.

I love HB. It’s cool. It has character. And there’s tons to do. It’s truly the epitome of what a cliché SoCal getaway should be…

No need to read about what to buy for back to school- we all get school lists and have an abundance of No 2 pencils and washable markers. Therefore, my twist on this seasonal round up focuses on stuff that makes life easier this fall- items that are practical, positive, and pretty.

1. Makeshift Mudroom

Dreaming of a magazine-worthy mudroom? Yeah, me too. It’s a must-have for storing backpacks, shoes, jackets, sports stuff, etc. The biggest rule of thumb when creating an organizational space is: have a home for everything… and that’s where Overstock’s Seaside Hall Tree comes in.

It’s literally a Vegas for kids.

We recently returned from a 24-hour escape to the Great Wolf Lodge Arizona, and it was amazingly fun-filled, action packed and utterly exhausting (in a good way, of course).

If you’re unfamiliar, Great Wolf Resorts is North America’s largest family of indoor waterpark destinations, but it’s so much more than being a wet and wild getaway. Here are 5 things to know when venturing to the hot spot for your pack of pups.

1. Plot your stay

Yes, the waterpark is the main lure to the Lodge, but oh… that’s not all. …

After last year, many of us moms are welcoming going back to school- in school- with open arms. So, it got me thinking: while we’re buying #2 pencils and markers, we deserve some pampering of our own… right?! Here are 7 things I’m loving right now.

Bobbe Active

Topping my fall to-do list: making me a priority, and by that, I mean putting my health first. I want to set a good example for my kids, showing them their after-school sports are important… but mama can play some games, too. After taking a 20+ year break from tennis, a handful…

There’s something mystical about the coastline of Monterey. The Central California destination isn’t your cliché beach town, in fact, you’ll endure an odd sense of warmth from its often-foggy weather, and a sense of calm exploring its natural beauty.

Your family will be enriched visiting the area, as there’s so much to do and see- but I’m here to offer a two-day itinerary packed with activities and eateries that will have everyone begging for more.

Where to Stay

Casa Munras Garden Hotel & Spa, originally built in the 1800s as a sprawling hacienda, is the original boutique hotel and spa…

When I was two, we moved from Philadelphia to California. My dad flew cross country, and my mom decided to drive me and my older sisters. I was a toddler and my sisters were young kids, so this was quite the endeavor considering we had no cell phones, no Google, no navigation, etc. My mom somehow planned and mapped everything to a tea.

Fast forward 30+ years… we have everything at our fingertips. Somehow that go-getting travel gene runs in my blood, so my goal is to instill in parents to TAKE THE TRIP​ and surrender all fears of getting…

There’s a saying about Montana: it’s where the mountains call you home. And there’s no truer statement.

Sunriver Resort is a unique Oregon getaway set in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains. The 3,000+ acre property offers everything you need to enjoy a quality family getaway- an escape that will leave you relaxed, rejuvenated, and in love with nature’s beauty.


We stayed in a Lodge Villa Suite with an upstairs loft bedroom, two bathrooms, a full kitchen, living area, fireplace, and patio.

I’m all for the movement giving “hot girl summer” a nudge and trading it for a “hot mom summer.” And so, I’ve come up with a list of things moms really need this season, and some stuff that’ll make her feel extra hot.

So Cute Charms

Don’t know how those beaded charm bracelets we once made as kids are making a comeback, but they have, and they’re oh-so-cute.

Kid-tested, kid-reviewed and kid-approved… meet Nicholas Bubeck, my 7-year-old, who helped me put together this fun list of stuff that will keep your kids entertained this summer. (Because we could use all the help we can get; right, mamas??!)

A Kid-Sized Creator Cam

Instill in your children movie-making skills with the V-Tech KidiZoom Creator Cam digital camera. Ages 5–10 will love creating HD videos via their camera that sits atop a selfie stick-turned-tripod. …

Nadine Bubeck

Former TV Anchor turned all things mama. Parenting/lifestyle/travel contributor. Author, mompreneur, fashion designer. IG: @mamaandmyboys

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