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


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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Dining at Disney’s Boardwalk

Don’t forget about Disney’s Boardwalk as a dining destination when planning your next Walt Disney World Trip. With a variety of options conveniently located between Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios, it’s easy for most park visitors to pop over for a bite to eat when park hopping. The dining options at Disney’s BoardWalk are second only to the much larger and newly expanded Disney Springs. The benefit Disney’s BoardWalk offers is a much more convenient location for Epcot and Disney Hollywood Studios visitors and any guests of the Epcot area hotels which includes the Boardwalk Inn, Yacht Club, Beach...

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May This Resource Be With You: Guide to All Things Star Wars at Walt Disney World

All Star Wars fans should spend a full day exploring Disney’s Hollywood Studios and the multitude of amazing Star Wars attractions. Check out this guide to all things Star Wars at Walt Disney World to help you plan your must see and do Star Wars shows, rides and character encounters before you go. Guide to all things Star Wars at Walt Disney World Buckle up and get ready to explore all things Star Wars at Walt Disney World. Thankfully Mickey and his crew have made it convenient for fans to geek out over amazing Star Wars experiences all in...

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7 Fabulous Spa Retreats in Arizona

  Is the dreary winter weather keeping you down? Leave the blizzards, boots and blankets behind and get ready for sunshine, aromatherapy, and exfoliation. If you’re looking for beautiful weather and amazing spa experiences, then set your sights on Arizona right now. It’s the perfect trip to break up the winter doldrum and boost your vitamin D naturally. With amazing spas throughout the state, you can visit just about any Arizona destination and find unique spa treatments that fit your needs. This list of seven fabulous spas in Arizona is a great place to start planning your warm and rejuvenating...

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Best Zoo Experience Ever: Dutch Creek Farm Animal Park

Are you looking for the best zoo experience ever this summer? This Amish family run farm and petting zoo is amazing and should not be missed! With a wide variety of species available and the ability to hand feed almost all of them, it was one of our favorite travel experience last year. Dutch Creek Farm Animal Park While in Indiana last summer for our big family reunion at the Potawatomi Inn, we spent a few extra days in Shipshewana, Indiana to experience a little of the Amish culture.  The highly rated Dutch Creek Farm Animal Park was our...

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Hotel Review: Blue Gate Garden Inn in Shipshewana, Indiana

I often gravitate towards booking rooms at corporate hotel chains because it helps set my level of expectation. I like budget friendly  and safe, but also enjoy spacious and luxurious accommodations. Of course that doesn’t mean our stay is always as expected, but I am fairly confident when booking the room. Some places don’t offer many big chain hotels, so you just have to go with the flow and hope for the best. The Blue Gate Garden Inn is a perfect example of booking the unknown and loving the hotel. This summer my mom and I took my boys...

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Mickey’s Halloween Party Costume Ideas and Tips

We may have a couple months until Halloween but now is the time to start planning costumes and buying tickets if you want to attend Mickey’s Halloween Party at Disneyland. Tickets are already on sale and will sell out! Beyond buying your tickets to this after hours event, you need to consider what costume to wear. While costumes are not required, they do make the event extra fun and most guests do participate. Read below for Mickey’s Halloween Party costume ideas and tips. Fall is one of my favorite times to visit Disneyland because of all the Halloween Time...

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