Descanso Beach Ocean Sports Snorkeling on Catalina Island

Something I have always wanted to try on Catalina Island was snorkeling. It was early spring, and of course, the ocean water was freezing, but amazingly with wetsuits on, it becomes bearable and absolutely fun! I am talking about going 9 AM in the morning with children and not being bothered by the temperature of the water. We were only planning to be out there about an hour but that was not long enough. We didn't have to go very far to see an abundance of sea creatures right off the coastal waters of Avalon, California! My husband and I both agree that this is our new favorite activity on the island. DESCANSO BEACH OCEAN SPORTS had everything we needed - mask & snorkel, fins, wetsuits for both adults and children, boogie boards, and water shoes (highly recommended because of the rocky bottoms unless you are using fins). 

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Catalina Island's Golf Gardens Miniature Golf

One of the activities that we absolutely love to do together as a family on Catalina Island is a round of miniature golf at GOLF GARDENS. It's inexpensive, and fun for all ages. You can easily spend a good hour to two hours here. Four years ago, we introduced the children to mini-golf right here, and ever since then, it has become a tradition on the island!

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Pineapple Season at Islands Restaurants + Giveaway!

Did you know it is peak season for pineapples from March through July? ISLANDS RESTAURANTS use nearly 182,000 fresh pineapple every year! Ending soon, the restaurant features a special Pineapple Pairing Menu that runs through May 31st. Choose from their Hawaiian Burger topped with grilled pineapple and teriyaki sauce paired with the Big Island Iced Tea, Yaki Tacos topped with a house-made grilled pineapple salsa paired with a Piña Colada, or get their Hoisin Beach Bowl which includes chunks of grilled pineapple and grilled vegetables served over brown rice with mahi mahi or chicken paired with their signature Mai Tai. 

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Where to Eat on Catalina Island: Ben's Bakery at the Shops at the Atwater

Headed to Catalina Island and need a quick bite to eat? Avalon, California has a bakery cafe located inside the Shops at the Atwater. We stopped in for a tasting during our last visit to Catalina, and we liked it. Owned by the Catalina Island Company, BEN'S BAKERY offers a casual dining experience with a selection of grab-and-go sandwiches, breakfast items, paninis, wraps, baked goods, soups, salads, and pastries. BEN'S also serves fresh brewed Illy coffee, espresso drinks, iced coffee drinks, frozen blended drinks, hot tea, iced tea, smoothie bar and fresh juices of the day. I listed a sample of their menu below... 

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Mother's Day 3-Course Menu at Mimi's Cafe

Mother's Day in America is tomorrow - Sunday, May 14th, and most Moms want to celebrate with their loved ones, but they don't want to slave in the kitchen all day. Give Moms the day off. If you're looking for a family-friendly option, MIMI'S CAFE offers French-inspired American comfort food. They not only want to celebrate like they do in France with a 3-Course Menu and Complimentary Raspberry Brown Butter Seasonal bread, but they want to celebrate Moms twice, because after dining on Mother's Day, guests are invited back for Fête des Meres (Mother's Day in France, May 28th) for a free entree. They're also giving Moms a special gift from MIMI'S, a wildflower seed card that is ready for planting. After the flowers bloom, Mom will remember the time she spent with family and friends at MIMI'S. They open at 7 AM and will serve brunch until 1 PM, and their 3-Course Mother's Day menu starts at 11 AM. Here is a sneak peek of their 3 Course Menu. (They are also accepting reservations). 

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3 Easy Dinners with New Foster Farms Baked Never Fried Chicken + Giveaway! #FFBakedisBetter

Planning weekly meals for the family is often challenging for me, because I only want to make one grocery run for the week, and I can't spend too much time putting it together so if I am missing an ingredient for the recipe, I have to find a new one. Foster Farms has new product called BAKED that are in the frozen section at Albertson's or Vons. They come in 1.5 lb bags and you can always have them as a back up or if you need to make quick meals. I was up for the challenge and ended up making three simple meals that are so easy. If I can do it, anyone can do it.

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BigBoxPlay Launched Their Kickstarter Campaign This Week #bigboxplay

Do you remember playing with big cardboard boxes when you were children? I have four other siblings, and I recall a time when we taped two boxes together, cut out windows and doors, then played with it until it fell apart. Now when I see my own children doing it, I get it. It's fun, and they feel like it is their own personal space. Especially the younger one, he drags it up and down the stairs, put all his toys in it, hides in it, and wants to sleep in it with his pillows and blanket. He was upset when his Dad wanted to throw it away. 

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5 Island Freebies on Your Birthday for Catalina Island #catalinaexpress #catalinaisland

Catalina Island has been one of our annual trips for the past 4-5 years. This year I got all excited because my birthday landed on Spring Break, and I got to ride the CATALINA EXPRESS for free as well as experience firsthand the Island birthday freebies. Most people already know about them, and the tricky part is you can only get them on the day of your birthday (not the week of or the month of). They will want to see proof. With an hour and half boat-ride away from Orange County, paradise awaited us! Here are five birthday island freebies you may or may not have known about in Avalon, California...

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