Karen Heffren, Desert TravelingMom

Karen Heffren, Desert TravelingMom

Karen Heffen is a Tucson native who can't imagine moving but loves traveling outside the desert whenever she can. Naturally with two little boys, Disneyland is a frequent destination for her family. Most often they head to California or explore Arizona but love when they can travel outside their comfort zone! Karen shares her family adventures including DIY costumes, fun cupcakes and social good and at Desert Chica


May This Resource Be With You: Guide To All Things Star Wars At Disneyland

California is the ultimate Star Wars location, with Skywalker Ranch and Lucasfilm in Northern California, and Disneyland featuring awesome Star Wars attractions in Southern California. Check out this guide to all things Star Wars at Disneyland to help you plan your “must see and do” Star Wars shows, rides and character encounters. Guide to All Things Star Wars at Disneyland While Skywalk Ranch is not open to the public and public access is limited to the lobby and Yoda fountain at Lucasfilm, Disneyland has made it convenient for all fans to geek out over amazing Star Wars experiences all in...

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Family Fun at Spring Training in Peoria

Phoenix, Arizona is home to Cactus League spring training and 10 different stadiums, making it the ultimate vacation spot for baseball fans in March. If you plan on bringing the whole family, then head to spring training in Peoria. The kids will love the new splash pad and playground. We head to Phoenix a few times a year to check out fun attractions and events. Watching the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field is always a fun way to spend a summer evening. If you want to enjoy baseball and avoid the Arizona heat, then spring training would be your best...

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Hotel Review: Thunderbird Executive Inn – Glendale, AZ

Free breakfast and a 24-hour snack pantry in a convenient West Valley location make the Thunderbird Executive Inn an awesome budget friendly option for families visiting Phoenix for spring break or spring training games. Hotel Review: Thunderbird Executive Inn – Glendale, AZ The Thunderbird Executive Inn is a hidden gem located on the campus of the Thunderbird School of Global Management. The graduate school was built on the site of Thunderbird Field, an airbase active during World War II. There are interesting remnants of historic significance around the campus, including the 1940s-era air tower which you can visit. Head inside to see...

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Sneak Peek at Lucasfilm Headquarters: A Must Visit for Star Wars Fans

  While the average person might not have access to a full-fledged tour of Lucasfilm headquarters in San Francisco, it is possible for anyone to see a little bit of this ultimate Star Wars fan location.  Read on to see what the general public has access to and what the full access tour includes for the lucky few.   Sneak Peek at Lucasfilm Headquarters: A Must Visit for Star Wars Fans Recently I was invited on a Disney press trip that included a visit to Skywalker Ranch and Lucasfilm headquarters to interview the cast of Rogue One. It’s an...

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Multigenerational Adventures in San Francisco

Forget about exotic island vacations when searching for the ultimate multigenerational destination. Think outside the box and the beach. Desert TravelingMom decided to go urban and discovered lots of fun multigenerational adventures in San Francisco. Engaging museums, outdoor fun and unique venues made visiting the city an amazing idea for multigenerational travel. Everyone from 6 to 60 enjoyed San Francisco. 5 Multigenerational Adventures in San Francisco Southern California is our typical destination for fall break, but this year we opted for a new adventure and headed further north to San Francisco. My husband and I had not traveled to San...

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10 DIY Disney Inspired Costumes For Kids

Halloween is quickly approaching  and that means it’s time for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Walt Disney World. Are you planning a trip this fall to check out the Halloween fun? While Disney costumes are not required garb, they are the most popular option for partygoers. If you need a little Disney inspiration, check out this list of 10+ Disney inspired Halloween costumes for kids. If you are headed to Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, then now’s the time to planning your costumes. There are so many adorable Disney costumes to make or buy. If you want to make easy...

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Walt Disney World Dolphin Resort Review

Location, Location, Location. Location is the reason I wanted to try Walt Disney World’s Dolphin Resort in the first place and it’s the number one reason why I would recommend you should consider it too. It’s also tough to beat the value the Dolphin offers as an on property hotel with some Disney perks. There are many reasons to consider staying at the Walt Disney World Dolphin on your next trip to Orlando. I’m sharing my thoughts below, including why it isn’t the perfect resort option. But let’s be honest, is there a perfect one out there? The Dolphin...

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Planning Guide to Mickey’s Halloween Party at Disneyland

Is Halloween your favorite time of the year? Are you a Disney fan that dreams of Mickey Mouse and friends dressed in their favorite costumes? Do you like attending special events with exclusive attractions? If you said yes to any of those things, then Mickey’s Halloween Party at Disneyland is perfect for you! Check out the planning guide to Mickey’s Halloween Party below for all the details on how you can attend! Guide to Mickey’s Halloween Party at Disneyland Summer is in full swing which means fall vacation planning has begun. One extra special fall trip you should plan...

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3 New Things at LEGOLAND California in 2016

Whether you are a first-time visitor or annual pass holder, you will always have something new and exciting to look forward to at LEGOLAND California. 2016 is an extra special year because there’s not only a new ride – there’s a whole new area of the park! Ninjago fans rejoice and celebrate all things Ninja in Ninjago World! Plan your next visit to check out these three new things at LEGOLAND in 2016! 3 New Things at LEGOLAND California in 2016 You can always count on new additions to Miniland, new LEGO shows and new attractions at LEGOLAND Calfornia. This year...

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Hotel Review: Hilton San Diego Resort and Spa

Looking for a fun beach front resort that is also close to all the action San Diego has to offer? The Hilton San Diego Resort & Spa may be the perfect combination of both. With beach access and fun resort activities you could stay and play all day at the resort. It’s Mission Bay, California, location is also convenient when exploring all the attractions San Diego has to offer. We stayed the Hilton San Diego Resort & Spa during our recent Southern California vacation. We are regular San Diego visitors but it was our first time at this resort. Fortunately...

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