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Elena

Elena is the managing editor for Daily Mom. She enjoys traveling, spending time with her daughter, running several businesses, working on Daily Mom, playing volleyball, going to the gym, photographing and reading. You can contact her via email.

#RealTravel – 8 tips to make family travel fun

We all have experienced times in our lives where we have to do things out of obligation that we would much rather trade in for something else more pleasant. However, travel doesn’t seem like the kind of life experience that you would ever want to forgo. In fact, our culture promotes travel as something inspirational, aspirational and good for your soul.

Not all travel falls into that category, and some situations demand a different kind of approach. We call it #realtravel. Real travel is the time when you have to go to Texas for a dancing competition. Or, fly up north for a family reunion. Or spend hundreds of dollars to attend your college friend’s wedding. Or, how about visiting your divorced parents who dislike each other for Thanksgiving? Sounds like fun, doesn’t it?

Whatever type of travel it is, there is more focus on the connections and interactions with people that you love (or are supposed to love), which is great, rather than experiencing the world and exploring your destination.

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Child Centric Vacation ideas in Southern California

California is calling all kids! The golden state is well known for a lot of reasons: Hollywood, Beverly Hills, The Beaches in Laguna, the Pacific Coast Highway. But you know what else California should be known for? Being an amazing location for a vacation with kids. Southern California is a dream when traveling with little people. This beautiful spot on our country’s west side has everything you need for a great family vacation. The location is fabulous, the accommodations are family friendly, and the fun never stops. In fact, California has so many options for visiting families it is now being referred to as Kidifornia! Kidifornia is all about offering you the trip of a lifetime with your entire family. We’ve got the details you need to take a trip to Kidifornia with your kiddos!

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Quick Guide to Family Friendly Nassau, Bahamas

For many people, a visit to the Bahamas is on their travel bucket list. Maybe you’ve traveled to the Bahamas without kids or maybe you’ve never been there at all. As parents, the first thing we research when picking a destination for a getaway is how family friendly that city or area happens to be. Traveling somewhere and realizing there is literally nothing for your kids to do is a nightmare! Please keep the Bahamas on your list of must visit locations and plan a family vacation with kids in tow. Nassau is very family friendly from the accommodations to the activities. Everyone in your family is welcomed here and everyone will have a wonderful time. We’ve made it easy for you to plan your next vacation. Here is Daily Mom’s Quick Guide to Family Friendly Nassau, Bahamas. 

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What it’s like to go on a fitness retreat

Have you ever wondered what it is like to go on a fitness retreat? Maybe you’ve never even heard of a fitness retreat. If you love to travel, if you want some inspiration to make healthier choices, have fitness goals you haven’t been able to meet yet, or are just looking for a new adventure, a fitness retreat is perfect for you. As far as getaways go, a fitness retreat is the most fulfilling you can go on. Don’t believe us? Read on to learn about what a fitness retreat is like, day by day. 

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Hotel Marina El Cid Spa & Beach Resort

Hotel Marina El Cid Spa & Beach Resort is located in Puerto Morelos in the Mayan Riviera area of Mexico. This part of Mexico is a favorite for family travel, and El Cid is one of the best all-inclusive resorts to bring your family to for a getaway. Hotel Marina El Cid Spa & Beach Resort is a sweet little spot in paradise just waiting for your family to come and take in all the luxuries and experiences. To get here, fly into Cancún International Airport. The resort is comfortable for adults and families traveling with children. Whether you are looking for some peace and quiet, cultural experiences, excitement, or just want to get a suntan by the pool, this all-inclusive resort is exactly what you crave in a vacation. 

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Get fit in luxury with luxefit

What is a fitness retreat?


Fitness retreats have been becoming more popular lately but you may still have not heard of the concept. A fitness retreat is a trip to a private place, usually somewhere you would want to getaway to, anyway, where you can shut out the rest of the world and focus on your wellness. You get away from real life. Leave behind the stress of your job and other responsibilities. You turn off your phone. You remove the temptations that normally distract you from being fully focused on your body and spirit.

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Baby Products you Need from the JPMA Baby Show

Our managing editor, Elena, spent a few days hunting down the best products at the JPMA Baby Show in Anaheim, California. This was the first Baby Show for JPMA, and it did not disappoint. Elena talked to a lot of amazing brands and shared it all with us on Daily Mom’s Facebook page, live. The world of baby products is always changing with new brands and products coming on the market that make life with babies and little kids easier. If you missed all the fun as it happened, we’ve put some favorite products together here for you. There is something here for every place in your everyday with your young children.

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Grand Palladium: Making All Inclusive Fun for the Whole Family

Grand Palladium Resorts are a very special place in Riviera Maya, Mexico. What makes this all-inclusive resort so sweet is that it is fun for your entire family. Plan a trip here with your kids, and even bring the grandparents along. You can have a destination family reunion and create memories together that will last forever. Your family will love that you just book your trip, check in, and enjoy all the all-inclusive details in this picturesque tropical paradise. 

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Northern Minnesota Gem: Grand View Lodge

 

Grand View Lodge has been a part of Northern Minnesotan history for over 100 years. Located in Nisswa, it has continued to stand the test of time as a resort destination. For many, it has become a second home, as multiple generations of families have now spent years making fond memories here. From its humble beginnings, it was intended for accommodations for parents who dropped their children off at local camps. It was a perfect oasis on the lake to escape the hot Minnesota summers, and its popularity only grew from there. Grand View Lodge is still a perfect place to visit if you want to relax, have fun, and feel pampered.

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7 Hidden Gems of Florida

A trip to Florida doesn’t have to be a week long, over the top, theme park extravaganza where you go home sun burned and exhausted. Maybe you’ve avoided traveling to Florida because you don’t want to spend your time uncomfortable in a crowded tourist trap. However, not all of Florida is like that. In fact, there are some sweet spots in the sunshine state that offer quiet little weekend getaways. No huge crowds, no theme parks, just beautiful scenery, relaxing destinations, and natural outdoor adventures. Here are seven hidden gems of Florida.

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Top 10 Attractions for Families at the Mall of America

In the heart of the midwest, you will find one place that you can take your whole family and guarantee that everyone will leave happy. The Mall of America features so many attractions and experiences that you won’t be able to take them all in over a weekend. Kids of all ages from preschool to 100 years old will love it here. One of the big benefits of choosing the Mall of America for your next family trip is you don’t have to worry about the weather ruining your plans. You can come here year round. Even on the coldest winter day, you don’t need a coat. In the summer you won’t be sweating. Rain won’t shut down your fun. You can take everything in and experience it all inside, even staying at a hotel there as well. A visit to The Mall of America should be on every family’s travel bucket list. Here are our top 10 attractions for families at the Mall of America.

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Six restaurants to visit in and around Minneapolis

The Minneapolis area is a beautiful place to live and visit. If you are planning a trip this summer, consider visiting Minneapolis to explore a new city. This area of our country offers so much, from all the attractions at The Mall of America to art museums, world class hotels, and incredible dining. Foodies, pay attention! You will want to hit up this area immediately. The dining choices are endless, and the food experiences are memorable. Here are six of our favorite restaurants to visit in and around Minneapolis.

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Fashion for Girls – Spring 2017

Spring time is always celebrated. Winter winds down and more sunny days arrive. The world wakes up and blooms all around us. One thing about spring though is your wardrobe has to balance between winter and summer, leaning more one way or the other depending on where you live. Families further north, like in Minnesota, can’t pack up their winter gear yet but need to incorporate lighter layers. Families down south move into a summer frame of mind a little earlier and start hitting the pools or beach way before Memorial Day. Whatever spring feels like for your family, we’ve got you covered with some cute new styles for your daughter this season.

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A Local’s Guide for a Weekend in Naples

This spring and summer, we want to inspire you to hit the road and visit new places. Weekend getaways are perfect for the busy family wanting to travel. I’m Elena, Daily Mom’s managing editor and lover of all things travel. I want to share my city, Naples, Florida with our readers. I am always jetting off to other locations all over the world, but I call Naples home and know that it is a fabulous place to visit. If you want to visit Florida this summer, I think you should add Naples to your itinerary. Here is my personal list of places to visit and see while you are in my gorgeous city on the Gulf!

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Experiencing the Best in Mazatlán, Mexico

Mazatlán is a wonderful city in the Mexican state of Sinaloa. This resort town located on the Pacific Coast has so much to offer. You can stay at an all-inclusive resort and still venture out for an authentic local experience. There is so much to see and do here. Try the cuisine, enjoy the natural beauty, learn about local history, and just generally have a ridiculously fun time while doing all this. Mazatlán itself is a very historic town, authentically Mexican, not overly touristy, and has lots of flights (direct) from the continental US and Canada. Believe it or not, you can experience the best of Mazatlán in less than a week. Here is how…

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