Mimi Slawoff, Los Angeles TravelingMom

Mimi Slawoff, Los Angeles TravelingMom

Mimi Slawoff A Los Angeles native, Mimi Slawoff spent her childhood traveling with her parents and sister. The summers she spent living in Bulgaria with relatives fueled her love of travel and linguistics (she is fairly fluent in Bulgarian and stumbles through French). A former Los Angeles Daily News reporter, Mimi swapped news for travel writing when she became a mom. She freelances and writes a monthly family travel column for L.A. Parent magazine (www.laparent.com). Mimi's kids - Christina, Michael and Megan - have been traveling with her since they were tots and are now hooked on travel too.

Great All-Inclusive Family Resort in Cancun – Seadust Cancun

Along Cancun’s Caribbean coast are numerous eco-friendly, all-inclusive resorts. What sets the Seadust Cancun Family Resort apart from most is the focus on families. You won’t find rowdy spring break parties here. In fact, Los Angeles TravelingMom noticed the resort attracts many local families as well as international visitors. Ranked #11 out of 180 Cancun resorts by Trip Advisor, Seadust recently underwent a multi-million dollar renovation. Families will find updated rooms and new play areas. And then, of course, there’s the perfect location on the beach. Why the Seadust Cancun is a Great All-Inclusive Family Resort in Cancun. 1....

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7 Reasons to Choose Carnival for a Mother Daughter Cruise

Carnival Cruise Line has 25 ships (with two more on the horizon) operating three- to 16-day voyages to numerous beautiful destinations. It’s why my family and I have cruised with Carnival for about 20 years. We’ve sailed many times from our home port in Los Angeles to Mexico. But we’ve also cruised from Miami to Caribbean ports. Although the five of us usually sail together, a mother daughter cruise a few years ago evolved into a tradition. Most recently, we celebrated my daughter’s college graduation with a Carnival Cruise to the southern Caribbean. 7 Reasons to Choose Carnival for...

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Fun Things to Do in Ogden, Utah On and Off the Ski Slopes

Of all the ski towns in Utah, Ogden may be the best-kept secret. Located north of Salt Lake City, Ogden is a small, historic town with three fabulous ski resorts: Powder Mountain, Snowbasin and Nordic Valley. Situated about 20 minutes from Downtown Ogden, the resorts are within close proximity of each other. Skiers, like this Los Angeles TravelingMom, can enjoy uncrowded slopes on 12,000-plus acres of ski-able terrain. Another perk: there are many unique and fun things to do in Ogden, Utah beyond the ski slopes. Where to Ski & Play in Ogden, Utah From Los Angeles, it’s a...

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7 Best Things to Do in Eau Claire WI with Kids

Eau Claire is a small, scenic river town in west-central Wisconsin. Located at the confluence of the Eau Claire and Chippewa Rivers, the town of nearly 69,000 residents is rather eclectic. Think Midwest indie town. Why? There’s a thriving music, art and culinary community. You’ll also find unique start-up businesses, and recreational activities for all ages. Locals liken Eau Claire to a young Austin or mini Portland. With such diverse offerings, families will find many fun things to do in Eau Claire with kids. Things to Do in Eau Claire with Kids The Eau Claire and Chippewa Rivers meander lazily...

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Best Winter Sports for Families in Los Angeles Area

Los Angeles is a big city known for movie studios, beaches, mild temps and palm trees. But L.A. is also a great place for winter sports. Really! Best winter sports for families in L.A. include outdoor ice skating, and nearby skiing and sledding. Experience Los Angeles as a winter wonderland southern California style. Beaches, studios and cultural attractions may be the reason for visiting Los Angeles, but add winter sports to your itinerary. Ice skating and sledding are among the winter things to do with kids in L.A.  While it doesn’t snow in L.A., it’s a short drive to...

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Best Holiday Lights Displays in California, Hawaii and the Northwest U.S.

Christmas tree lighting ceremonies launch the official start of the holiday season. For many families, it’s a tradition to visit places decked out with holiday lights. All around the country, neighborhoods, hotels, malls and other venues offer beautiful holiday light displays. Here are some top places to enjoy holiday lights displays in California, Hawaii, and the Northwest. Checking out holiday lights displays is among the fun things to do during the holidays with kids. In California, themed boat parades and sparkling attractions brighten up harbors and cities. The state of Washington has the largest drive-through holiday lights display in...

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2 Day Itinerary for Los Angeles with Family

Los Angeles is a sprawling city with beaches, mountains and valleys. You definitely need a plan to make the most of your visit if you’re in L.A. for just two days. Things to do with family include include visiting Universal Studios Hollywood, Griffith Park and the beach. You’ll also have time for Hollywood, Little Tokyo, and Dodger Stadium or the Hollywood Bowl if you follow this 2 day itinerary for Los Angeles. Yes, it will be a whirlwind tour but you sure will see a lot of L.A. Disclosure: This post may contain affiliate links. If you click through...

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1 Day in L.A. with Kids: See Hollywood & Santa Monica Beach

The most populous city in California, Los Angeles covers an area of about 469 square miles. But even on a one day visit you can still see many top attractions. To explore L.A. in one day it’s best to focus on specific neighborhoods. Visit Hollywood and Santa Monica on this 1 day itinerary for Los Angeles. Things to do with family include visiting Hollywood attractions, the La Brea Tar Pits, and Santa Monica Beach. Disclosure: This post may contain affiliate links. If you click through and buy, TravelingMom will get a commission. Thank for helping support TravelingMom. How to...

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7 Family-Tested Reasons to Visit Universal Studios Hollywood

Located in Universal City, Universal Studios Hollywood is much more than a theme park. It’s a working studio where you can see how movies are made. In addition to a behind-the-scenes studio tour, live action shows feature amazing stunts. With shows, themed areas and thrilling rides, it’s good to have a plan in place. Buying tickets online and downloading the app are among our 7 family-tested suggestions for visiting Universal Studios Hollywood. 7 Reasons to Visit Universal Studios Hollywood At Universal Studios Hollywood, you can visit movie lots, experience thrilling 3-D rides, and watch amazing stunt shows.  Located in...

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L.A.’s Top Five Cleanest Family Beaches

Los Angeles County’s diverse beaches offer many ways to enjoy family playtime in the sun and surf. Whether you prefer wide, sandy beaches or rocky shores for tide pooling, there’s a beach for you. Keep in mind that some beaches are cleaner than others. Heal the Bay’s annual Beach Report Card measures the level of bacterial pollution at more than 500 California beaches. L.A.’s top 5 cleanest family beaches consistently rank high on the list for water quality. L.A.’s Top 5 Cleanest Family Beaches The best part about going to the beach is getting in the water, right? Heal...

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