Ciaran Blumenfeld

Ciaran Blumenfeld is the founder of Momfluential Media, the designer of Francie Pants and a mom of four kids. She used to dream of a carefree life of travel and adventure that involved backpacks and flying by the seat of her pants. Now she dreams of flying first class to resorts with a spa and kid's camp program so she can finally finish reading a novel. Living in Southern California, Ciaran and her clan spend a lot of time on the beach and at theme parks, enjoying all the west coast has to offer. The perfect getaway is often not very far away. You can check out more from Ciaran on Mommies With Style and LAMomsBlog.

Playing with International Friends

My relatives have come to visit from Israel and their young children are eager to play with my youngsters. The problem? They don’t all speak the same language! This can lead to a lot of frustration. Board games and card games and many of their favorite electronic games are tricky to explain. It’s also hard to explain the rules for riding bikes and scooters around the neighborhood. Never fear, we’ve found that a few of our favorite stay at home activities don’t require a mastery of the English language. If you’re planning a trip abroad or hosting some non...

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So Cal Spa Secret: Cloud Mover Day Spa

Headed to So Cal? Want to go to the Spa that the locals go to? Leave the hotel lobby and head to Huntington Beach to Cloud Mover Day Spa. The Orange County Hot List rated Cloudmover #1 for Best Massage in 2011 and Best Day Spa in the OC for 2010 It’s hard to keep a lid on a local secret this good. The spa does a busy but not overcrowded visit, as most of the customers are local and repeat business. Inside you will find an atmosphere that is more about the treatments and less about the pretentions....

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Escape to Another Time, Another Place with Pan Am

We don’t always get to travel as much as we want, do we?  Sometimes travel can be stressful too (but so worth it!). You can come home feeling like you need a vacation from your vacation. For me, watching a great show can be like a mini vacation. This fall, Pan Am is that show. Another time, another place… This show, with it’s painstaking eye for detail and lavish, beautiful production value, really has the power to transport. For me, Pan Am has always had a special place in my heart. It was the first airline I ever flew...

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Mickey's Halloween is all Treats, No Tricks!

Disneyland is quite magical all year round but if you ask me, it’s a little more magical this time of year. Halloween is special at Disneyland. The entire park gets a thematic makeover and evenings are filled with special festivities. Take part in all kinds of frightful family fun: Viewing of the boo-tiful Halloween Screams fireworks spectacular — exclusively for Mickey’s Halloween Party Guests Admission to the Disneyland Park up to 3 hours prior to the event’s start time Take photos with favorite Disney Villains Special treat stations offering both yummy candy and healthy goodies Dress up and enjoy the...

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Summer’s More Fun in Huntington Beach at the Hyatt

Summertime is pretty fun in So Cal. There’s Disneyland, Universal Studios, Knotts, Seaworld and Legoland…. There’s weeks worth of theme park and nature fun in the area. But if you stay with your family at the centrally located Hyatt Regency in Huntington Beach, you might not make it to the attractions. This hotel will make you so comfortable, and keep you so entertained, you won’t want to ever want to leave. This family friendly hotel, with its massive waterslide pool “Slyders” and spacious grounds is a traveling family’s dream come true. A true haven. Some of the features we...

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The Luxurious Signature Suites at the Disneyland Hotel

What could make your trip to Disneyland even more magical? A stay in one of the new Signature suites unveiled recently at the Disneyland Hotel. Five luxurious suites will sleep your whole family in style. Choose from the Mickey Suite, Big Thunder, Adventureland and Pirates of the Caribbean themed penthouse suites. Each suite has a signature door bell and over-the-top themed decor that will delight parents as much as it does the kids. There’s a great view of the parks from all the suites but you’ll want to watch the nightly fireworks from the Mickey Mouse Penthouse Suite and...

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Five Ways to Save on Family Vacations

It’s possibly, some might even say easy, to make a family vacation more affordable. These 6 tips can help. 1. Clip coupons before you go. Even if you don’t clip coupons regularly, do a little research on the attractions you’ll be visiting during your family vacation, restaurants you may want to eat at, and companies that rent cars, bikes and other equipment to tourists. Two-fers and freebies make it a lot easier to splash out on dessert and appetizers. You’ll feel like a hero every time you stretch your vacation dollars. 2. Bring your “mess kit”. When traveling with...

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Disney Soundsational Summer & New Attractions!

Over a decade ago our family got our first set of Disney Annual Passes. We’d just watched the Mulan parade on Main Street USA and we were so enchanted with both the parade and our young daughter’s reaction to it, that I don’t even quite remember walking into the office turning our day passes into year long ones and having our photos taken. I just remember being so happy that we could come back and see the parade and attractions again and again at our leisure. Which we did, dozens of times. Particularly in the summertime. The new Soundsational...

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Stop Motion Sickness in it's Tracks This Summer!

We’re doing a lot of family travel this summer and we know that nothing ruins summer fun quite like an upset stomach. Don’t let travel sickness make you or your family members miserable. We’ve got a full arsenal of tools to fight back, and we are sharing them with you! 1. Queasy Pops Motion Sickness Pops. Some of you moms out there might be familiar with this one, and our next product as they are popular remedies for morning sickness as well. Queasy Pops are a popular candy based remedy that calm your tummy with natural herbs. And in...

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