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


Kids Will Dig The Boneyard at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Need a break from the traditional theme park action at Disney’s Animal Kingdom? Check out the Boneyard, a large play area in DinoLand where kids can blow off steam and parents to rest their feet without the lines and crowds. With lively music and interactive features for kids from toddlers to tweens, it’s a hidden gem you shouldn’t pass by. The Boneyard at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. The Boneyard is located near the entrance to DinoLand USA, on left side just after you pass under the huge dinosaur bridge. The bridge in fact connects one side of the Boneyard to...

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Hotel Review: Anaheim Marriott is a RunDisney Friendly Hotel

Are you looking for a RunDisney Hotel option at the Disneyland Resort? I recently completely my first RunDisney event, the Star Wars 10k at the Disneyland resort. I found the Anaheim Marriott offered many conveniences for RunDisney participants,including a shuttle right out front, a Starbucks for early mornings and very comfortable beds! Accommodations We stayed in a Deluxe Double guest room and found it to be very spacious. All rooms include new mattresses and luxurious bedding, making them extremely comfortable and perfect after a long day in the parks or long run through the parks. The size of the...

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Hotel Review: Hilton Sedona Resort and Spa in Sedona, Arizona

A visit to beautiful Red Rock Country is must for both Arizona families and tourists alike. The Hilton Sedona Resort and Spa in Sedona, Arizona is a nice, family friendly lodging option in the heart of Sedona. What Works For Families A pool with kid features and water toys made it a hit with our boys. Suites are available with separate bedrooms, making bedtime easier with little ones. Kids (under 10) eat free at the Grille with adult meal purchase Wifi included in Resort Fee What Doesn’t Work For Families Beyond the pool there are no other kid centered amenities...

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Sneak Peek at the North Pole Experience

Visiting Santa Claus at this workshop in the North Pole is much easier than you think, at least if you are close to Northern Arizona! The North Pole Experience offers tours of Santa’s 400 year old North Pole workshop via a special portal located near Flagstaff, Arizona. Caroling elves help navigate the portal magic and within 15 minutes of departure, you arrive at Santa’s wonderland. We’ve visited Santa’s workshop for the past 2 years and both of my boys (now 4 1/2 and 7) love the experience. In fact they have already asked if we are going again this...

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Family Fun at Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona

Catching a baseball game at Chase Field is a fun family outing in Phoenix, Arizona. The retractable roof allows guests to enjoy beautiful weather during the cooler months and keeps the air conditioning contained during the hot summer months.  Plus the Arizona Diamondbacks offer a kids club, family friendly amenities and kid-focused promotions. Ball Park Playground The Sandlot, located on the upper concourse, offers a playground with two clubhouses, four slides and a play area for kids of all ages. Bigger kids can swing away at the batting cages and younger kids can hit a Wiffle ball and run the bases...

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Donut Bar San Diego

You don’t have to wait until National Donut Day (June 6) to enjoy the treats at the Donut Bar San Diego. A few months I enjoyed a girls’ weekend in San Diego and one of the new restaurants we tried was the Donut Bar in downtown San Diego. Unique Donut Varieties The Donut Bar offers seriously unique and yummy donut creations. Their menu rotates but recent varieties include root beer float, candy bar, maple bourbon, cake batter and strawberry split. DONUT BAR is a completely different kind of donut company. While focusing on the real ingredients, flavors, textures and design of...

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Hot Diggity Dog! Casey’s Corner for Quick, Family Friendly Dining at Disney World

Casey’s Corner is a great counter service dining option my family and I discovered while visiting the Magic Kingdom for the first time. It’s located at the end of Main Street so it’s easy to grab a quick bite as you enter or leave the park, or as you pass through the hub from one land to another. Casey’s Corner celebrates all things baseball, from fun memorabilia to yummy food you’d expect from a baseball park.   Casey’s Corner Menu Hot dogs are a quintessential baseball food and thus the cornerstone of the menu at Casey’s Corner as well. They...

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Healthy, Memorable Food at True Food Kitchen in Scottsdale, Arizona

As a big fan of Fox Restaurant Concepts and their uniquely themed eateries including Zinburger and Blanco Tacos & Tequila, I was anxious to experienced True Food Kitchen in Scottsdale, Arizona. I was in town with my dad and wanted to try one of the restaurants unavailable in Tucson. Healthy Food Options Having just made New Years resolutions to be healthier and try new things, the True Food Kitchen seemed like the perfect choice. Their dining concept was developed in conjunction with Dr. Andrew Weil and his anti-inflammatory diet for optimum health. They use high quality, locally sourced (as much as possible) food to create unique and healthy...

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Holiday Inn Express in Flagstaff, Arizona: A Family-Friendly Hotel

Are you looking for a great family hotel in Flagstaff, Arizona? The Holiday Inn Express Flagstaff worked well for us recently providing all the amenities we needed at a great price. Holiday Inn Express Flagstaff Location We traveled to Flagstaff with our 3- and 6-year-old little boys to visit Santa at The North Pole Experience. The Holiday Inn Express is only a few minutes away from where you board the trolley to Santa’s Workshop and is also a partner hotel of The North Pole Experience, which meant we received a special discounted rate. It’s location within the heart of Flagstaff...

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The North Pole Experience in Flagstaff, Arizona

A visit to Santa’s workshop is a dream come true for many kids, including my own. A visit to the North Pole is too far for most families, but luckily there’s a portal to Santa’s workshop in Flagstaff, Arizona. It’s call the North Pole Experience. The North Pole Experience begins at the Little America Hotel, where the launch station for Santa’s magical trolleys is located. Naturally, an elf drives the trolley through the magic portal to Santa’s workshop. The ride itself only takes about 10 minutes and is kept festive with stories from the elves on board. I was...

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