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


3 Cool Kid-Friendly Museums in Tucson

Most people avoid Tucson in the summer. It can seem extremely hot, especially if you aren’t used to our “dry heat.” However if you’re adventurous and willing to visit Tucson in the off-season you can score fabulous summer resort rates. Besides hanging out at the pool, you can stay cool by visiting some local museums that are fun and kid-friendly. There’s no shortage of fun and great deals if you visit Tucson during the hot months. Score great deals at local resorts like the Hilton El Conquistador and don’t miss these free, family-friendly ideas in Tucson. Plus check out the fun...

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Celebrate Halloween at Disneyland

When do Jack Skellington, Captain Hook and other Disney villains rule Disneyland? During Halloween Time when The Happiest Place on Earth gets spookier. Halloween Time at Disneyland begins on Friday the 13th (September 13, 2013) and runs through Halloween.  We usually try to plan our annual fall visit to coincide during the Halloween celebration.  Halloween Time includes special attractions like the Haunted Mansion Holiday with Jack Skellington and Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy. Plus there is the Pumpkin Festival on Main Street with hundreds of unique pumpkins and the Halloween Carnival featuring fun kids activities and Disney villains at Big Thunder...

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Southern Arizona Pumpkin Festivals

With the temperature finally cooling down in Southern Arizona, the last weekend in October is a great time to get outside and enjoy the weather. While we don’t have the same colorful fall foliage as other parts of the country. We do have great pumpkin patch and farm festivals to help inspire our fall spirit! The Marana Pumpkin Patch & Farm Festival, just north of Tucson includes lots of family fun in the price of admission. From jumping air pillows, corn mazes, pig races, and a large kids play area, there’s plenty to do beyond just picking out the perfect...

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Creative Halloween Costume Ideas: Go for a Travel Theme!

Eeek! Only one more week until Halloween and you still haven’t figured out the right costumes. What could be scarier than that? Never fear,TravelingMom is here! These creative Halloween costume ideas are just the ticket for combiing a love of travel and a love of dressing up. Creative Halloween Costume Ideas It’s easy to combine the love of travel and Halloween. Visiting a seasonal haunted house or staying overnight at a haunted hotel are popular options. Amusement parks also get in the spooky spirit: Disneyland and LEGOLAND keep it family friendly while Cedar Point keeps the scare factor high. If you don’t plan on...

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